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Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trek          

Changed our view of Japan

We had never really considered Japan as a destination, but this was one of the best. Whilst it was hot and humid, the trekking was excellent, being mostly in shady pine forests. Some of the days are quite strenuous with over 1200m of ascent, but in a fantastic environment with some amazing views. The traditional Japanese accommodation is excellent and varied with beautifully prepared fresh food each meal. The hot springs and communal baths are very welcome at the end of a hard days walking.We were lucky to have the most fantastic guide, Yumiko, who was able to manage the walking for a disparate group, providing alternative transport or activities for those who were unable or chose not to walk. She also provided an interesting and engaging introduction to Japanese culture and history.Compared to some of the other trekking destinations, the public transport is so efficient and comfortable; everywhere is clean. We'll definitely want to go back!

Kumano Kodo Pilgrimage Trek          

Superb immersion into Japanese culture and philosophy

A gifted leader, Yumi, was engaging and informative throughout, true professional. Exceptional input, attention to detail and lots of fun. Great walking, good places to visit and stay, very good all through and such a fantastic country.

Dolpo to the Kingdom of Mustang          

Mustang- a must! - Private Departure

This hidden part of Nepal is still a treasure for the trekker and remains unspoilt - but visit soon before the new road projects alter the remote peace and isolation of this ancient kingdom. Unforgettable scenery and strong Tibetan influence surviving in the harsh climate add to its uniqueness and our Nepalese trekking crew described it as like being on the moon!

Mount Toubkal Ascent          

Mount Toubkal Ascent

Excellent experience for the experienced walker. The climb is on scree and boulders throughout, with beautiful exceptions in the villages, the lake and running streams. The standard of food on trek was fantastic and beyond that experienced on other treks undertaken. Hussain, our guide was adaptable and knowledgeable and we could not have wished for better.

Easter Island & the Atacama Desert          

Two magical worlds to explore

The two locations are very different, but have in common that they both have a haunting atmosphere and neither is very crowded. Where Mountain Kingdoms really score is by offering longer than the standard 3 day trip to Easter Island and, although it is a small island, there are plenty of good walks and fascinating archaeological sites to explore. The walking was not strenuous and there was a lot of spare time, so it was good that the rooms in both the main hotels had a lovely environment and opened onto small, almost private terraces for reading or drinking. There is inevitably a lot of flying involved but it is worth it to see places most people in Britain never get to.

Mount Etna Volcanic Islands          

Up Close and Personal With The Power of Nature

There are no other places in Europe where you can experience the real power and majesty of live volcanoes like Stromboli and Etna. Hiking both of them is a tremendous feeling. When you add in great scenery, great food and a great guide, you have an unbeatable mix. There are not so many holidays where you come away feeling privileged ( as well as happy) to have had the experience but this is one of those.

Definitive Cultural Tour of Sri Lanka          

Cultural Tour of Sri Lanka

Visiting the north of the island while it still has few tourists was a privilege and greatly interesting and enjoyable. It was an authentic experience and to be encouraged for anyone who is not afraid to go off the beaten track a bit.

Silk Road to Samarkand          

Silk Road to Samarkand, Uzbekistan (with Fergana Valley extension)

Taking a small group holiday which was well planned and excellently organised must be the best way to experience this part of the Silk Road. From train journeys to small vehicle travel and a local internal plane made the sightseeing varied and gave the opportunity to meet so many friendly local people. Architecture and history came to life with a very excellent local guide. It was fun too and even a 'cooking lesson' in a local home was provided at our request! The whole visit expanded our knowledge of the Uzbeki country, its local communities, its religion and heritage. I highly recommend it!

Lares Trek & Royal Inca Trail to Machu Picchu          

A fantastic Peruvian holiday - Private Departure

Everything went like clockwork from first to last. Our local guides looked after us amazingly well and were mines of information about everywhere we visited. We saw fantastic sights - from remote mountain villages on the Lares Trek, to tourist hot-spots around the Sacred Valley and Machu Picchu, to city sophistication in the Miraflores district of Lima. We met interesting people, encountered amazing wildlife, ate (too much!) wonderful food and all in all had the most memorable experience on a continent we had never visited before.

Introduction to Alpine Mountaineering          

Excellent experience - Alpine Mountaineering

Had 5 days private guiding learning Alpine mountaineering skills as first trip to the Alps. Great location. Hotel very friendly and accommodating, with good food. Guides extremely knowledgeable and helpful. Gained enough confidence and knowledge to plan our own trips in the future.

K2 & Gondogoro La          

Remarkable and challenging trek

As mountain 'addicts' Concordia was a must visit destination realised at last by this trip. We were not disappointed. The awe inspiring approach to Condordia and arrival (with triple ankle fracture) will live long in our collective memories! For our depleted group (i.e our sons), the crossing of the Gondogoro La surpassed even the splendours of Concordia. We were blessed by excellent weather and unrestricted views of all the mountain icons. Our support team, the UK leader, Chris Darby, the local company and Mountain Kingdoms back in the UK were universally excellent and made the medical evacuation as stress free as possible. Despite the dramatic deviation from the schedule for two members of our family, we all consider the trip to be a truly remarkable experience. Thank you.

Realm of the Polar Bear in Depth, Arctic          

Realm of polar bear

Most enjoyable

K2 & Gondogoro La          

A truly fantastic trekking experience

The Trek was well organised and managed. This Trek was without doubt the most breathtakingly beautiful scenery set in the most hostile landscape I have yet travelled in. The mountain scenery is in my view truly jaw dropping and to see mountains like K2 , Broad Peak, “The Gasherbrums” and the smaller but equally spectacular Trango Towers, Leila Peak, Crystal and Marble Peak was truly amazing. My thanks for all the background work that your team and guides put in on our behalf that made it a success and I hope that you will continue to offer this trek going forward.

La Palma - North to South          

Brilliant La Palma trip

‘Breathtaking view’ is a much over used expression; the Taburiente Ridge is the real deal!

La Palma - North to South          

La Palma

Every day was so different, great walks, great views, delicious food and wine.

Three Peaks of the Balkans          

What a wonderful trip!

The scenery was spectacular. I loved hiking in remote places and staying with lovely local families. The food was fantastic as well. Semir was a great guide who taught us a lot about the region and its history. I can definitely recommend this trip and I am looking forward to returning to the Balkans soon.

Three Peaks of the Balkans          

Three Peaks of the Balkans

Well organised, wonderful scenery, remote places and a superb guide - Sameer was just the best and it was clear that whoever he met along the way really liked and respected him.

Midnight Sun & the Mountains of Lofoten          

Midnight Sun and the Mountains of Lofoten

This is a lovely week in wonderful scenery, comfortable accommodation with excellent meals provided by Katya. The trip was well graded and our leader was first rate.

Dolomites Circuit Trek          

Great routes and great guides

The 'mechanics' and organisation was up to MK's usual high standard. The Trek itself was probably the most enjoyable weeks walking I have ever done. The scenery was stunning and the guide was excellent. My 8th trip with MK and the as a complete week the best I have been on. I would recommend this ever changing landscape to anyone.

Midnight Sun & the Mountains of Lofoten          

Mountains of Lofoten

We had a great trip and it fully met our expectations. Roope modified the trip to make the most of the excellent weather that we were lucky enough to experience. The views from the peaks were stunning.

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