Walking & trekking holiday specialists
Mountain Kingdoms was formed back in October 1987 as Himalayan Kingdoms, when two mountaineering friends, Steve Berry and Steve Bell rejected conventional careers to make a living from the love of their life - the greatest mountain range in the world. The reputation of the company as the Himalayan, trekking, touring and mountaineering specialist quickly grew, and in 1993, Himalayan Kingdoms were the first British company to guide Everest, putting seven paying clients, six Sherpas and two guides on the summit.
In 1995, the company separated, with Steve Bell moving the mountaineering side of the business to Sheffield, which continued to operate as Himalayan Kingdoms Expeditions until 1999 when its new name, Jagged Globe, was slowly phased in. The two companies continue to have close, friendly ties. With Steve Berry at the helm, Himalayan Kingdoms continued to grow, pioneering new and exciting trekking routes, initially across the Himalaya, and then gradually beyond into the other great mountain ranges of the world: Europe, South East Asia, Central Asia, the Americas and, most recently, the Middle East and Africa. Finally, in 2008, Himalayan Kingdoms became Mountain Kingdoms to better reflect the holiday destinations we offer which span the world.
As well as expanding into new regions, Himalayan Kingdoms also began to offer different styles of adventure holiday. Besides full camping treks, tea house trekking, homestays and hill tribe treks provide comfortable accommodation as well as contributing directly to the local economy. Luxury lodge trekking in many countries has a greater level of comfort still. Today, Mountain Kingdoms also offers Cultural Tours and Trekking Peaks. There is an impressive choice of trekking holidays that range from gentle day walks to demanding high mountain adventure.
We are justifiably proud of ‘Mountain Kingdoms' 30 years of achievements’. Mountain Kingdoms - the adventure of a lifetime
Value for money prices with an emphasis on quality
We are not in the business of cutting our itineraries and services to the bone to offer eye-catching cheap prices. Our well thought out trips do, however, offer fantastic value for money. We use some of the best airlines, and typically 3 or 4 star hotels in main cities. We include the majority of meals and use private transport for road travel. We use excellent equipment and appoint well trained staff and leaders. In 2016 97% of our clients rated their Mountain Kingdoms holiday as 'excellent' or 'good'.
The air inclusive holidays we arrange are ATOL protected (ATOL number 2973) providing either the person who pays for the booking is present in the UK when the booking is made or the first leg of any flight or flights we arrange for you commences in the UK. Visit here if you would like to know more. Our Land Only holidays are covered by a bond secured with ABTOT.
Mountain Kingdoms is a member of the Association of Independent Tour Operators - AITO is the Association for independent and specialist holiday companies. Member companies, usually owner-managed, strive to create overseas holidays with high levels of professionalism and a shared concern for quality and personal service. The Association encourages the highest standards in all aspects of tour operating, please see AITO's Quality Charter for more details.
Small group travel
For the vast majority of our holidays, we have a maximum group size of only 12, plus leader. This provides more contact with your leader, readier access to off-the-beaten-path areas, greater interaction with local communities and a reduced environmental impact. Gentle Trekking, Luxury Lodges Annapurna Foothills has a maximum of 16 people as the lodges each have 8 rooms. A small number of our treks have a maximum number lower than 12.
Holidays to suit you
We have a flexible approach to helping you to plan your holiday - flights, hotel upgrades, extensions and dates of travel can all be adjusted, on any holiday in this brochure. For an even more personalised holiday, take a look at our Tailor Made service available for solo travellers, couples or groups. For full details please see our Tailor Made pages.
Knowledgeable and personal service
When you ring Mountain Kingdoms you speak to a well travelled individual. We don't have a 'sales force' as such, instead you will be looked after by one of our team who has a direct knowledge of the region you are interested in. This ensures that we can speak from experience, offering first hand knowledge and personal insight whether you want to know what's on the breakfast menu, the best spot to take your photos or how many thermal vests to pack!
Award winning responsible tourism
We feel strongly that all our holidays should benefit local communities, protect the environment by minimising pollution and respect local traditions, religion and heritage. We support a number of charities and projects and have previously been awarded the AITO award for Responsible Tourism Operator of the Year. For the latest information on the projects we support and the work we are doing please see our Responsible Tourism pages.