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Tales from adventure holidays around the globe

2014 Photo of the Year Competition

By Mountain Kingdoms - 23rd March 2016

2014 Photo of the Year Competition

A big thank you to everyone who sent in photos for this year’s Photo of the Year Competition. It was a near impossible decision to choose just five from the many we received but, after much discussion and debate, we’ve come up with our finalists. Here they are, together with a little bit of explanation about where they were taken.... Read more

2013 Photo of the Year Competition

By Mountain Kingdoms - 22nd March 2016

2013 Photo of the Year Competition

Wow, what an amazing selection of images you’ve sent us from your holidays around the world. As you can see from our final five photos, we’ve got temples in Burma, Italian peaks, Venezuelan falls and stunning Himalayan scenery – a positive cornucopia of travel experiences. As you can imagine, it was incredibly difficult choosing just five finalists and led to a great deal of heated debate in the office but, we hope you’ll agree, our final shortlist is pretty special. Now it’s over to you to vote for your favourite from those featured below.... Read more

Easter Island - the Mystery of the Moai

By Mountain Kingdoms - 21st March 2016

Easter Island - the Mystery of the Moai

Easter Island must surely be one of the greatest mysteries of human civilisation. Many theories have been formed over the years about where the original inhabitants came from, why they built hundreds of monumental statues called Moai, how they transported them and why the people who made them eventually died out. Despite much scientific research and investigation over recent years there’s still a lot we don’t know. But here’s what we do know about one of the most remote and intriguing communities in the world.... Read more

Prince Harry and the Gurkhas - a brief history

Prince Harry and the Gurkhas - a brief history

The visit of Prince Harry to Nepal will no doubt bring worldwide attention to the Gurkha people - particularly when he goes trekking in the Annapurnas and spends a night at the home of a Gurkha family in a small village in the foothills near Pokhara. The Prince’s connections with the famous regiment goes back several years to when he served with the 1st Battalion the Gurkha Rifles during his tour of Afghanistan in 2007-8. At the time he memorably commented “when you know you are with the Gurkhas, I think there's no safer place to be, really.”... Read more

Yeti prints on world's highest unclimbed mountain

Yeti prints on world's highest unclimbed mountain

Tracks have recently been found next to the highest mountain in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan and they may prove that the Yeti still exists.... Read more

Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp - On trek

Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp - On trek

In Part 1 of our our Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp we looked at how to prepare for the trek before you fly out, in Part 2 we'll tell you all about the route, accommodation, food and drink, how to stay healthy and how to trek responsibly. In fact, everything you need to know to successfully complete one of the world's most iconic treks.... Read more

Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp - Part 1

Guide to Trekking to Everest Base Camp - Part 1

A trek to Everest Base Camp is high on many people’s wish list. Whether to enjoy the breathtaking landscapes, savour the iconic history or simply to say ‘I was there’, it remains one of the great objectives for the walking enthusiast. So, if you’re thinking about going, but aren’t sure what it involves, read the first part of our comprehensive guide to the world’s greatest trek.... Read more

An interview with John: Walking in the mid hills of Nepal

An interview with John: Walking in the mid hills of Nepal

In 2015, Mountain Kingdoms General Manager, John, was the lucky member of the team to travel to Nepal to try out a brand new walking holiday in the lesser-visited mid hills region west of Kathmandu. ... Read more

Why William and Kate will find Bhutan such a special place - the royal visit

Why William and Kate will find Bhutan such a special place - the royal visit

Following the exciting news that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will pay a debut visit to Bhutan this spring, we thought we’d offer them an insight into what makes the Thunder Dragon Kingdom such a unique and special place to travel to - whether on a royal visit or simply on holiday.... Read more

Trekking the Omani Hajar

Trekking the Omani Hajar

Many people think that the Arabian Peninsula is just desert and more desert but, while there is admittedly a lot of desert, there are also dramatic mountains, wadis and coastlines. Oman, despite being 75% desert, also has... Read more

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