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' 31 years of achievements’. Mountain Kingdoms - the adventure of a lifetime.
If you have booked a holiday with Mountain Kingdoms for 2019/20, you can join us at one of our popular pre-trip meets. They are a great way to meet fellow travellers and some of the Mountain Kingdoms team, and to ask any questions you may have about your holiday. Dates for our 2019 meets are:
Saturday 2nd March
Saturday 3rd August
Saturday 7th September
We organise a 9/10 mile walk in the Cotswolds, ending with refreshments and a presentation. Full details of how to book your place(s) will be sent with your Dossier once you have booked your holiday with us.
Forthcoming speakers at Wilderness Lectures
Mountain Kingdoms is pleased to support Wilderness Lectures, a series of audio/visual presentations in Bristol, all with the theme of worldwide adventure, travel and exploration. All of the presenters are widely travelled explorers, mountaineers and well known adventurers. Come along and be inspired!
The next season of Wilderness Lectures is set to commence on the 9th October 2019.
As usual there is a great line up of various well known explorers, mountaineers, travel writers, cameramen, TV personalities, and generally anyone who has an epic story to tell and wants to share their passion for the wilderness with like-minded people.
Here is the full line up of speakers:
09 Oct 19 - Sailing- Double Transit of the North West Passage - Bob Shepton
23 Oct 19 - Adventure - North Korea, A New Era - Jeremy Hunter
06 Nov 19 - Cycling - Around the World in 80 Days - Mark Beaumont
20 Nov 19 - Adventure - Traverse of the Europe Asia Border - Charlie Walker
04 Dec 19 - Running - The Speaker Who Walks the Talk - Chris Moon
18 Dec 19 - Diving - Underwater Adventures: Beneath the Surface - Andy Torbet
08 Jan 20 - Walking - Walking the Continental Divide - Chris Reeve
22 Jan 20 - TV/Film - The Making of 'Our Planet' - Alastair Fothergill
12 Feb 20 - Adventure - A Journey to Timbuktu in a Flying Car - Neil Laughton
26 Feb 20 - Canoeing - 2,500 Miles through Canadian North - John Harrison
04 Mar 20 - Climbing - Where is the limit? - Tim Emmett
18 Mar 20 - Space - Out of This World - Helen Sharman OBE
01 April 20 - Mountaineering - The Summit is the Goal