Remembering our wonderful journeys
Here is a list of treks and expeditions we have previously advertised.
The links may lead to updated versions of the info pages.
It may appear that we spend our entire lives trekking. You would be almost right!
We care about each and every trek all the same.
* means these wonderful people have trekked multiple times with us.
+ means summitted the expedition peak.
A wild trek through the most far-flung reaches of Upper Mustang!
The Tibetan Buddhist kingdom of Mustang is home to the last Tibetan nomads of Nepal, a land of walled cities, fortresses, traditional villages, sculpted canyons, Neolithic caves, fossils, and Himalayan peaks soaring above the Kali Gandaki River gorge. Note our 18 days in Upper Mustang!
Success on all six previous expeditions! The standard route "features" 2000m of scree - not for me. Instead we climb the superior Plaza Argentina route and as a double bonus we traverse the mountain, and as a triple bonus for Everest aspirants we talk over the big mountains, gear, strategies, everything Everest.
7-27 Feb, 21 days -- all trek & mountain services -- Jamie McGuinness
Team: Toni W, +Matthias***, Stephen L, Jeff* and Diane*
We did succeed but not in style. The weather was too good to be true for the beginning of the expedition and the opposite later in the expedition, get the picture? Until our C2 the weather was perfect, great for steak and salad on the way in (thanks, Ramon), base camp explorations and the first load carries. However at C2 it snowed, far more than suggested by the forecast, and lasted longer and increased the slog factor to C3 (Colera), however in position everything looked ok. In the morning it wasn't though, with Jeff and Di sunburned (Aussies forgetting suncream, it happened?!) and Steve feeling off colour, cause unknown. So Matt, Toni and myself set off, the snow increasing the climbing work.
Aconcagua has a particularly long summit day by any commercial climbing standard, and at the feared Caneletta, this was my first time the spin-drift wind was really howling and it really wasn't pleasant, and still only half way. We retreated to a spot with little wind and watched. Toni was semi-exhausted, Matt was still keen and the wind seemed to be dropping so when Raffi (Swiss from another team) came along Matt joined forces, which was particularly fortuitous for both of them, as Raffi's partner could then turn back a little later.
With the advice that if the wind dropped it doesn't matter if you return at 6pm or even 8pm in the super-clear weather, that killed the idea of a turnaround time and associated worries, and the Swiss machines pushed on, all the way to the summit. Congratulations!
I would love to have been with them however I trekked down with Toni, who had judged her energy levels particularly well, turning around before getting completely shot, so we plodded down from something like 6400m with glorious views. So I can't truthfully say that is 7/7 for me personally, but at least one of the team did succeed for a 7 out of 7.
For Diane and Jeff, who probably did the most training, the trip was a real, focused expedition rather than a trek with a climb, and a real challenge to both of them, that their smiles certainly rose to. Completing the Aconcagua 360 and sleeping at virtually 6000m is very tough, and Jeff was a real soldier, especially when his trekking boots were lost, so trekking out in plastics. Hardcore! They deserved their Patagonia luxury end.
Jamie has a Flickr photo album.
The Chadar is perhaps the most adventurous trekking trip there is.
We trek the semi-frozen Zanskar River while frost smoke wreathes the trees, in the company of Zanskaris still using this ancient trade route. This is THE must do trip for the seasoned trekker!
11-29 Jan, 19 days -- expedition style -- Leh-Leh -- Ade Summers -- US$3250 including gear
Crew: Lobsang and winter team
I never tire of saying the Chadar is an adventure, one of the greatest there is, and that also means it is prone to surprises. There was a huge landslide more than 100km up river in a remote area and with the river level at a hydro plant dropping, a heli was sent out to search why, in a surprisingly professional way. The Tsarap Chu was blocked by a huge landslide, damming the river and a lake formed behind. This is one of the most dangerous situations, especially for trekkers in an enclosed inescapable gorge, and the authorities closed the Chadar, calling back our trek team on the river. A good call but an end to that adventure, sadly.