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 for Wilderness Lectures is set to commence on the 3rd October 2018.
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:
03 Oct 18 - Riding High in South America by Anna McNuff
17 Oct 18 - Journeys in a Biplane – Following the Female Pioneers of the Air by Tracey Curtis-Taylor
31 Oct 18 - Flight of the Swans by Sacha Dench
14 Nov 18 - Eye Below the Ice by Doug Allan
28 Nov 18 - The 100 Days of Darien by Colonel John Blashford-Snell OBE
12 Dec 18 - AWARD WINNER - Return to Pena Colorada by Connor Roe
09 Jan 19 - The Adventure Game - More Tall Tales from Filming the Extreme by Keith Partridge
23 Jan 19 - In Pursuit of Wilderness - Guy Grieve
06 Feb 19 - The Gift of Experiences - Breaking the World Record Solo, Rowing the Atlantic (and more) by Kiko Matthews
20 Feb 19 - Bonington: Mountaineer by Sir Chris Bonington, CVO CBE DL
06 Mar 19 - Passion 8,000 - Dream of a Lifetime by Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner
20 Mar 19 - My Mountain Life by Simon Yates
03 April 19 - To Eritrea and Ethiopia - Retracing a Victorian Expedition by John Pilkington