Office news News
Jim rides the trail to raise money for Malawi
Last month, our Senior Operations Manager, Jim, took part in a thrilling mountain bike challenge in Wales. Not only did he come third in his event but raised the fantastic sum of £550 for Temwa - a charity that supports sustainable development projects in northern Malawi, one of the poorest countries in the world and close to Jim’s heart since his first visit there over 10 years ago
Congratulations to our ultra marathon winner
When most of us at Mountain Kingdoms take a holiday we normally do some walking or trekking, but for one member of the team a recent trip to the Azores included an incredibly challenging 70km race.
Last weekend, our intrepid Operations Manager, Liz Noakes, successfully ran the Blue Island Trail Ultra Marathon on the island of Faial in the Azores.
Our new policy on elephant safaris
After much careful consideration, and as part of our commitment to Responsible Tourism, we will no longer be offering elephant-back safaris in any of our destinations.
Ethiopia - Open for business again
We are delighted that the Foreign and Commonwealth Office have lifted their travel advice against visiting certain parts of Ethiopia. This means that we are now taking bookings again on our two superb holidays to this fascinating land.
Important - Samsung Galaxy Note 7
We would like to inform our clients that the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 device has been banned on many, if not all, flights. The ban has been initiated due to reports of some devices having faulty lithium batteries, presenting a risk of combustion and fire. Guests must not carry these devices on board as checked in baggage, cabin baggage or on their own person.
New holidays for 2017
Breathtaking wildlife encounters in the African wilderness, unforgettable cruises, challenging remote treks and more 'in style' trips - we’ve had a busy 2016 so far researching new adventures, and we’re excited to be introducing over 20 brand new trips for 2017.
Triple summit success in the Alps
Earlier this month five clients with a head for heights travelled to the Alps on our Mont Blanc Summit trekking peak adventure. We were very pleased to receive encouraging reports from our trek leader, Kevin O’Neale, highlighting that the group had managed to summit an impressive three peaks, all over 4,000m.
Mountain Kingdoms’ founding fathers back together
Back in 1987, two friends and mountaineers, Steve Berry and Steve Bell, decided to give up their day jobs and forge a new career doing what they loved - climbing mountains and trekking. And so was born Mountain Kingdoms (then called Himalayan Kingdoms).
Highly regarded Bhutanese trek leader and cook travel to the UK
Local tour leaders and trip support crew often become an essential highlight of any adventure holiday, bringing the history and culture of a destination to life. It’s not uncommon, when on trek, to discuss returning your guides hospitality by welcoming them to the UK. On this occasion Mountain Kingdoms and their clients were able to make their local guides’ ambitions come true.
Many congratulations to our Operations Manager, Liz Noakes (pictured, right), who successfully completed the very challenging ‘100 Mile Run’ this week - a multi day ultra marathon event along the Cotswold Way. Over the course of four days Liz covered the entire Cotswold Way from Chipping Camden to Bath, running from 16 to 33 miles each day.
Along with a friend, and around 200 other runners, Liz spent up to 7 hours a day on the trail stopping at designated campsites in the evenings where tents, meals and reviving ice baths were provided. Luggage was transferred by the organisers so the runners only had to carry a small back pack with a few essential snacks and kit. Flapjacks, nuts, fruit and muffins helped keep her going as well as the occasional stop for a caffeine top-up.
Liz really enjoyed running the undulating, wooded trails and seeing the superb views from the Cotswold escarpment. Although, not surprisingly, it was the sense of achievement that came with crossing the finishing line in Bath, that was her favourite moment.
But she isn’t resting on her laurels. Liz's next big challenge is the Lakeland Trails Ultra in July – a 110km race in 24 hours around the Lake District. Just the thought of it leaves the rest of us feeling exhausted. We wish her the very best of luck.