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These are the best adventure travel lectures in the South-west - a series of fascinating audio-visual presentations, given by widely-travelled explorers, mountaineers and well-known sportspeople.
MD Steve Berry's book 'Straight Up'
Himalayan tales of encounters with bears, escapes from avalanches, summit successes and failures, love stories, mystical connections, Himalayan storms, and grapples with bureaucracy in Steve's book 'Straight Up'.
Telemark Ski Company
The Telemark Ski Company, run by our friends and regular trek leaders John Eames and Bonny Masson, specialises in Nordic and Telemark skiing and offers fully qualified, professional instruction and leadership.
John Shipton Bulbs
John Shipton is the son of the famous Himalayan explorer, Eric Shipton. Besides being a keen mountain man himself, John is a highly knowledgeable botanist and owns his own bulb nursery in South Wales.
International School of Mountaineering
The world's foremost provider of Alpine mountaineering courses, ski-tours, and Haute Routes across the Alps. Founded 1965, staffed wholly by IFMGA - qualified Guides.
Know Before You Go
Know Before You Go is a FCO campaign that aims to help travellers have a safe and enjoyable holiday by encouraging them to be better prepared before going.
Explorers Film School
Learn how to film your trek or expedition like a professional. A unique 'school' based in the south of England and run by Andrew Miles.
International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Mountain Kingdoms are an Accredited IATA agent which gives us access to to book a huge range of international flights. Contact us for a 'flight only' quote.
The best value top security airport car parking service. Book here direct and enjoy superb savings.
Big Wide World Photography blog
Holly Barber of Big Wide World Photography writes a blog about her travels around the world, illustrated with her fantastic photos. Over the past few years, many of her photos have been used in our brochure.
Marie France Grenouillet has been travelling the world - and taking beautiful photos wherever she goes. Her specialty is wildlife photography, so take a look at her website to see some of the animals and birds you may encounter on our holidays to Bhutan, India, Antarctica and Tanzania.
Multi-award winning outdoor clothing and equipment retailer, with numerous stores located nationwide and a highly successful online order service. Mountain Kingdoms clients receive 15% discount.
Snow+Rock is one of the country's leading Outdoor Retailers with shops nationwide, a home shopping service and a web shop. They offer a huge range of products and strive to offer the lowest prices anywhere.
The worlds finest range of high performance clothing and sleeping bags.
Berghaus is a leading UK outdoor clothing and equipment brand. A full catalogue of products, together with updates on sponsored individuals and expeditions and latest news from the company can be found on their website.
Nomad Travel & Outdoor
Nomad have been kitting out travellers since 1990. Our ethos is the same today as it was then to ensure every traveller leaves with the correct clothing, equipment and medical supplies for their trip. Nomad also offer a free kit out consultation service simply book an appointment at your nearest Nomad store and clinic.
Vaccinations at Nomad By allowing 6-8 weeks for your vaccination programme, you have time to fit in full courses of vaccines where required which provides you with the best possible protection against certain vaccine preventable diseases. If you dont have time to complete courses before you go, you risk travelling with little or even no protection against sometimes high risk diseases. All Nomad nurses are fully trained in travel health and use up to the minute information to ensure you are fully protected.
Satellite Phone Rental
Going on an expedition? Mobell can supply you with a satellite phone that can be used anywhere in the world. They supply phones on two satellite systems, giving global coverage with voice, fax and data transmission.
Hire a camera or camcorder for your trek or tour. Hireacamera.com will deliver to your door by next day courier.
SafariQuip are experts in travel and outdoor equipment and clothing. They are passionate about supplying gear that you can rely on. Check out their extensive, easy to navigate website. In addition to a wide range of competitively priced gear there is also lots of advice and a really handy link library.
Travel and outdoor clothing brand, Craghoppers has the gear to take you wherever you want to go. Whether you are trekking in the Himalayas or staying closer to home, Craghoppers clothing is the perfect companion. Technical features include everything from insect repellent to sun protection while the comfort and fit is second to none. To take a look at the Craghoppers range of products call 0870 220 6601 to request a catalogue.
Powertraveller produce a range of portable travel products to help power your equipment on the move. The powermonkey-eXplorer is an award-winning portable charger for mobile phones, iPod, Handheld GPS units, portable games consoles, Sat Navs and virtually any other 5 volt device. Incorporating a Lithium-Ion battery which can recharge a mobile phone up to 3 times, the powermonkey-eXplorer comes complete with a folding solar panel, a universal mains charger and a whole host of connector tips.
Power Traveller are offering Mountain Kingdoms' customers a 10% discount on all their products via their website by using the code MK10 (case sensitive) at the checkout.
Stanfords are known and respected for being a leading Map & Travel bookshop, with an enormous range of specialist maps, books, globes and travel accessories.
For over 25 years Europes largest specialist distributor and publisher of outdoor recreation and sports travel guides, maps, videos and multimedia, collected from the worlds specialist publishers and available from one single source of supply.
One of the UKs leading Internet map shops, selling worldwide maps and travel guides on a secure ordering line.
Bhutan Land of the Thunder Dragon - Freda Ferne
An introduction for children and armchair travellers and possibly the only book about Bhutan written for children. Based on the authors own experiences in Bhutan.
British Mountaineering Council
Detailed advice from the UIAA Mountain Medicine Centre for climbers and mountain travellers can be found on this site. Go to the site guide, then go to information and finally go to altitude advice service.
High Altitude Travel Advice
Download a free booklet from Medex, giving advice on altitude illness, how to acclimatise and what to do if you become ill. Medex is a research charity dedicated to investigating the mechanisms of altitude related illness.
E-pax is a very safe antibiotic medical travel pack designed for travel to remote areas where medical help may be difficult to find. Prescription led by an NHS doctor providing a medical information sheet to guide you through symptoms and treatment.
The Ginette Harrison School
Ginette, a former trek leader for HK, was unquestionably the most accomplished woman mountaineer Great Britain has ever produced. Tragically she died in an avalanche while attempting Dhaulagiri in 1999. A school has been built near Kathmandu in her name and to keep it running we are looking for people who would like to adopt a child at the school.
KINOE is a registered charity, founded in September 1996 to raise funds for selected educational projects in the Indian subcontinent. In India they have concentrated on a project in Mumbai (Bombay) for children from low income areas (slums) and street kids, providing them with basic education and opportunities in vocational training. In Nepal they are supporting two projects. Work has now started on building a school for children of Tibetan ethnic origin. They have also established a medical training centre and have raised funding to support the project for a few years, by which time they hope that it will be self-supporting.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust
The Gurkha Welfare Trust was established in England in 1969. Its remit is to provide financial, medical and community aid to alleviate hardship and distress among Gurkha ex-servcemen of the British Army and their dependants after they have returned to their homeland of Nepal.
The Bhutan Society
The Bhutan Society of the United Kingdom was founded on October 6th 1992 in response to the growing connections between the two countries. It aims to encourage and promote knowledge and understanding of the Kingdom of Bhutan, its history and its culture. To encourage cultural and educational links between the peoples of the Kingdom of Bhutan and the United Kingdom. To act as a link between all people, particularly those in the United Kingdom, who are interested in, or who have connections with, the Kingdom of Bhutan and to promote and foster good relations between the peoples of the Kingdom of Bhutan and the United Kingdom.
A not-for-profit organisation working primarily in Bhutan and the Himalayas responding to the needs of orphaned children, disenfranchised women and imperiled cultures. Sponsors projects in medicine, education, womens' rights and cultural preservation.
Zanskar Ski School
The idea for the Zanskar Ski School was born after a winter expedition to Zanskar in 1995. While the young British geologists on the expedition navigated through the valley on skis, the local people arduously waded through deep snow to intercept them, asking them to deliver letters to friends and relatives in neighbouring villages.
Ben Stephenson, one of the geologists, and Mohammed Amin Zanskari, the outdoor education instructor for Zanskar, realised that skis could alleviate some of the difficulties of everyday life in Zanskar in deep snow. The ski school is a result of their common dream and long-standing friendship.
Child Welfare Scheme, Nepal
Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world with 42% of its population living below the poverty line. Out of every 100 children, 48 will be malnourished and underweight, 42 will be involved in child labour, 30 will never have been to school and 10 will die before their fifth birthday.
The Child Welfare Scheme is a small charity which does excellent work in the slums, streets and remote mountain villages of Nepal to reduce poverty, improve health and education and give opportunities to children and young people who desperately need a second chance in life.
The Himalayan Club
The Himalayan Club works to encourage and assist Himalayan travel and exploration, and to extend knowledge of the Himalaya and adjoining mountain ranges through science, art, literature and sport.
The Tibet Relief Fund
Following the Dalai Lama's flight from his country in 1959, Tibet Relief Fund was founded in 1960 to support the immediate and long-term needs of Tibetans in exile and inside Tibet. Since our inception thousands of Tibetans have risked, and continue to risk, their lives every year escaping their country across the Himalayas, around a third are children. Tibetan Relief Fund works to give these Tibetans a better future through promoting self-sufficiency and sustainability, training, healthcare, income generation and employment. We also work with partnership organisations inside Tibet to alleviate need in scattered, poor and nomadic communities.
Himalayan Education Lifeline Programme (HELP)
The aim of HELP is to enable young people from poor communities in the Himalayas to improve their employment opportunities through education and in so doing enhance not only their own standard of living, but also that of their extended families and of the wider communities they come from.
Nepali Children's Trust
The Nepali Children's Trust was set up by Mountain Kingdoms' client, Fran McGowan, in 2005 to support physically challenged children living at the Disabled Newlife Centre (DNC) in Kathmandu. They aim to provide long term, sustainable support and have made a commitment to provide the centre with a new purpose built residential home for the children.
Mountain Heritage Trust
The key role of the Mountain Heritage Trust (MHT) is to ensure that Britain's unique & fascinating heritage of the people connected with its mountainous areas are conserved, documented, made accessible and, most importantly, communicated to as wide an audience as possible.
Association of Independent Tour Operators (AITO)
Mountain Kingdoms is a member of AITO, which is the association for independent and specialist companies. Member companies 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. Mountain kingdoms Land Only holidays are fully bonded with the AITO Trust.
Air Travel Organiser's Licencing (ATOL)
ATOL is a financial protection scheme for holidaymakers. If an ATOL tour operator fails, the ATOL scheme ensures customers contracted with the ATOL holder for an air package or a flight, do not lose the money paid over or are not stranded abroad. Mountain Kingdoms flight inclusive holidays are fully bonded with ATOL.