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Travel Offer: Cedros Alpamayo Trek

Description: Our journey starts and ends in Lima. A private transfer brings you from the airport to the hotel in Lima and next morning to the Bus terminal. From there, you board a First class coach for your travel to Huaraz, where we will meet you and bring you to your hotel. For the next day, we plan an acclimatisation trip to the the turquoise waters of the lagoon Churup (4500 meters); in the afternoon we return to Huaraz.

On day 3 we depart for Hualcayan on the Los Cedros Alpamayo trek trail together with our load carrying animals. We camp on the trail and continue next day for another 5 to 6 hours along the route. This part of the trail is most enjoyable because of the different views it offers. The next day is a rest and reserve day with multiple choice of taking stunning pictures of Alpamayo, the most beautiful mountain of the world.

Day 6 consists of two crossings of high passes before camping a small farm with the possibility to spot alpacas. On the next day, another pass has to be crossed (4.800m), lunch at the Sactaycocha lakeshore and camp near the Pucajirca waterfall.
On day 8, we climb gently toward Tupatupa, where we enjoy an overview of the northern peaks of the Cordillera Blanca. Later, we head down the other side to find the camp ready at the village of Quisuar. Next day we climb a rocky path that leads to the fertile valley of Huaripampa.   Here, we will set up camp and enjoy the last two nights in the mountains.
Next morning we cross the Punta Union Pass at 4750 meters and walk on the other side through Taullipampa’s gorgeous countryside. This is the last night of the trip, so we will ask our chef to open the wine and celebrate! On day 11, we walk out of the Santa Cruz valley and get our transfer from Cashapampa to Huaraz. Next morning, the bus leaves for Lima.

Alpamayo

Length of the trip: 12 days

Costs: price per person is 2.059 US$ (group of six);

Included in the price are: all transports from Lima to Huaraz and back as well during the days around Huaraz; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast) and the accomodation; porters and donkeys; the mountain guide speaks english.

Offer valid: this tour is available during May to September 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Huaraz, Peru

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Travel Offer: Summit of Mt. Kazbek

Description: We meet and greet you at the Tbilisi Airport, from where we transfer by private car to Stephantsminda. Along the way we stop by the old town of Mkheta and the Ananuri church. We stay at a guesthouse for the night. Next day we drive to the village of Juta (2.200 m), where we hike to the Fifth Season Hut (2.356 m) for lunch. We return later to Stephantsminda.

On day 3, we drive / hike up to the Gergeti Trinity Church (2.200 m) and continue a long ascent to the Bethlemi hut (3.650 m) over the glacier. The next day is an  acclimatization and rest day.  We walk up to 4.000 m and practice skills necessary to climb to the summit (rope work, ice axe atc). For the night we stay at the Bethlemi hut.

Day 5 is summit day – we start early in the morning about 2-3 o‘clock and return to the hut after 11 – 12 hours. Day 6 is a reserver day in case of bad weather.

On day 7, we descend to the Trinity Church (4-5 hours walking), from where we transfer to Tbilisi. There we visit the bathhouses and transfer you to the airport, either the same day or the next.

Length of the trip: 8 days

Costs: price per person is 1.200 € (group of two);

Included in the price are: all transports from Tiblisi airport to the refuge and back; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast) and the accomodation during the trip; the mountain guide (speaks english) and the driver.

Offer valid: this tour is available during June to September 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Tiblisi, Georgia

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Travel Offer: Trekking through the High Atlas

Description: We welcome you at the Airport of Marrakech and transfer you to your Hotel Riad in town. We stay overnight. Next morning we drive to Imlil via Asni. Imlil is the principal trailhead for walkers, and a busy market town. There is a constant movement of people coming down from the mountains, and an equal supply of activity from those about to embark on their adventure. We meet our mule team and once all our gear is loaded we begin walking along the valley towards Tacheddirt, some 8 kms beyond Imlil. Soon the trail begins to rise as we climb up to the pass at Tizi n’Tamatert (2.279 m). We then descend to the pretty village of Ouaneskra and continue, for a further half-hour or so, to Tacheddirt (3,000m), where we generally camp near the river.

Trekking in the High Atlas

On day 3 we begin a long, slow ascent to the pass at Tizi Likemt (3.555 m). The going is quite tough as there is a considerable amount of loose scree on the ground. At the top we enjoy our first fine view of the Toubkal massif before a long downhill descent to the village of Azib Likemt, where we camp for the night. The next day is long, but relatively easy, and it takes us through a variety of contrasting landscapes. From Tizi n’Ououraine (3. 120m) we enjoy further views of the Toubkal massif, including the summit, the east face and the Ifni Dome (3.876 m). The trail leads on towards Amsouzert, one of the most striking villages in the region, where we spend the night in a berber house.

Hiking in the High Atlas

On day 5, we explore several small villages west of Amsouzert, before we make our way towards Ifni Lake, the only lake in the massif. It is a memorable sight, surrounded by rocky mountains and giant heaps of rubble, and is unusually deep. We expect to arrive by lunchtime and spend the afternoon relaxing at the shore. We camp tonight in this area. Next morning, we should be finally acclimatised and ready to tackle the hardest day of the trek. We make our way along a steep path that leads up a seemingly endless scree slope. At length we reach the pass at Tizi n’Ouanoums (3.664 m), a narrow ledge between two shafts of rock. From here it is a long zigzag descent to Nelter Hut, a mountain refuge where we spend the night.

Mules in the Atlas

Day 7 is summit day: after a very early breakfast to set out around 6am we should arrive after a three hour steep climb at the summit of the highest peak in the Maghreb (4.167 m). The panorama from here is simply stunning. Whenever you are ready, we shall take the Ikkhibi Sud or South Cirque for a straightforward – with your guide – 2 to 3 hour descent back to the Refuge for a picnic. After lunch we shall now set off towards the north along steeply descending, zigzagging trails of the higher slopes of the valley of the Assif n’Isouhouanem n’Ouagounss towards the Shrine of Sidi Chamharouch. Set beside a waterfall, there is a pilgrimage ‘marabout’ shrine here, probably the remnant of a pre-Islamic culture, but forbidden to non-Muslims. Another 2 hours downhill will allow to get to the village of Imlil from where most of the treks start prior to take the transport back to Marrakech. On the next day, we bring you to your flight at the airport.

Camping at a river in the High Atlas

Length of the trip: 8 days

Costs: price per person is 495 € (group of two);

Included in the price are: all transports from Marrakech airport and back; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast except dinner in Marrakech) and the accomodation; porters and donkeys; the driver and the mountain guide (speaks english).

Offer valid: this tour is available during March to December 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Marrakech, Morocco

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Albania: latest DIY Expeditions Destination

I am very happy to announce Albania as the 22nd destination in our DIY Expeditions catalogue. Albania is a traditional and somewhat untouched by modern tourism. The Country trumps with great mountains and beautiful beaches. We can offer you a cooperation with a great tour operator and provide you tailor-made trips in summer as winter. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions about your next Albania trip.

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Travel Offer: Aquilpo/Ishinca trek with ascent of Ishinca

Description: Our journey starts and ends in Lima. A private transfer brings you from the airport to the hotel in Lima and next morning to the Bus terminal. From there, you board a First class coach for your travel to Huaraz, where we will meet you and bring you to your hotel. For the next day, we plan an acclimatisation trip to the the turquoise waters of the lagoon Churup (4500 meters); in the afternoon we return to Huaraz.

On day 3, we start to the small mountain village of Joncopampa where we will load donkeys with equipment and supplies. The walk begins at the head of a valley near a small Inca ruin, and next day, we continue in to the valley to the spectacular Lake Alquilpo located at the foot of the steep mountain Alquilpo. The camp lies near the water’s edge at 4400 meter . On day 5, we cross the edge of Tocllaarju and Urus. We have our first view of the mountain Ishinca and the chance to practice rappelling at our camp in Ishinca, and where you will have climbing gear and extra food for mounting the summit. The next day is a rest preparation day for day 7, the summit of Ishinca. We will return from the peak around 2pm for a delicious dinner and a good night’s sleep. Next day, we pack up camp
descend to the valley in Huaraz, getting back in the afternoon. Register at the hotel for a well-deserved shower celebration and feast. On the last day, we take the bus back to Lima.

trekking Cordillera Blanca

Length of the trip: 9 days

Costs: price per person is 1.969 US$ (group of six);

Included in the price are: all transports from Lima to Huaraz and back as well during the days around Huaraz; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast) and the accomodation; porters and donkeys; the mountain guide speaks english.

Offer valid: this tour is available during May to September 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Huaraz, Peru

Travel Offer: Bhara Bhangal Trek

Description:

This trek route follows an old Shepard trail between Kangra and Kullu. Starting through the dense forests and Alpine meadows, the trail climbs over the high mountain passes finally into Kangra, the most scenic Valley in Western Himalayas. Each day trek winds through beautiful but diversified landscapes. This is another world, decorated by the variety of high altitude Himalayan flora, This area is also popular for the Himalayan brown bear, black bear and other Himalayan fauna comprising of fox, leopard, musk deer, monkeys, giant indian flying squirrel etc. A trek that leaves one wondering at the awesome beauty of Himalaya. Along the trail, an ample opportunity to explore the remote Gaddhi villages, which remain in isolation for most of the year.

Bara Bhangal Trek

Starting from Manali, the trail gradually climbs to the lush green meadow of Lama dugh. Next part of the walk is through the moraine affording magnificent view of the mountain peaks of Kullu and Lahaul, steep climb to the top of The Kali Hani pass . Descent on the moraine to the bank of a stream. The journey now winds down to the valley floor along the Soony river to the ancient village of Bara Bhangal. Bara Bhangal: A remote and isolated village inhabited by the Gaddhis who lead a nomadic life. From here we trek amidst the spectacular view of Dhauladhar Range over Thamsar pass from rocky and glacial terrain to the softer landscape. Last part of the trek is through meadows, forests and the cascading waterfalls; soon the tiny villages makes appearance literally hanging on the shoulders of the hillside, giving them a surrealistic appearance. Providing an extensive view of the Kangra Valley the trek finally ends at Bir – a small Tibetan Village that has a monastery. From Bir one can drive to Dharamsala or for onward journey to Delhi.

Day-wise itinerary:

Day 01
MANALI to LAMADUGH (at 3.000 m)- 5 to 6 hours: The first day of the trek goes through cool forests of giant deodar (cedar), alder and oak. The trail climbs gently at first through the Manalsu valley along the Manalsu torrent. Extensive views of the Kullu Valley appear and slowly fade into the distance as the degree of the gradient decreases, the gentle slope of the first campsite in the lush green meadows of Lamadugh is reached. From here beautiful views of the surrounding peaks open up.

Day 02
LAMADUGH to RIALI THATCH (at 3.414 m): The trail now begins to ascend steeply through woodland and meadow, with wild alpine flowers strewn all around. On the way brilliant shrubs of Rhododendron and Birch pave the way to the ridge, looking out across spectacular peaks, after which a descent leads to the campsite at Dohra Nallah.

Day 03
RIALI THATCH to base of KALIHEYNI PASS (at 4.725 m): A lovely walk through lush green forests to the campsite at the base of the Kaliheyni Pass (4.725 m). The campsite itself is at an elevation of 4.023 m. The mountain peaks of the Kullu and Lahaul valleys are visible throughout.

Shangchar Thach

Day 04
Over KALIHEYNI PASS to MEADOW CAMP – 8 to 9 hours: The landscape slowly begins to change as forests and meadows give way to rocky outcrops with patches of snow starting to appear. A rather steep climb through glacial debris and snow leads to the top of the pass, from where breathtaking views are available. After a brief halt a descent through glacier and moraine leads to the campsite on the banks of a sparkling mountain stream.

Day 05
MEADOW CAMP to GADDI THACH (at 3.577 m): The trails now leads down into the Sunni River Valley and up to the buff overlooking the river. Camp is set at Gaddi Thach.

Day 06
GADDI THACH to LAMBAPAD – 3 to 4 hours: Leaving this lovely campsite, the path winds through rocky terrain soon replaced by meadows again. The river rushes through spectacular gorges and is crossed via a snow bridge. Forests begin to appear and soon the campsite, with an abundance of dry wood next to a sparkling stream is reached.

Day 07
LAMBAPAD to SUNNI VALLEY CAMP (at 3.658 m): The trail now descends to the river bank. The campsite is by a stream which adds to the beauty of the surrounding landscape, one of the most magnificent in the Western Himalayas.

Khanpari Tibba

Day 08
SUNNI VALLEY/BARA BANGAL (at 2.286 m): The trail now winds its way down towards the valley floor, after which an almost level walk leads to the camp just before the tiny ancient village of Bara Bangal.

Day 09
REST DAY: A remote and isolated village, Bara Bangal is open only for four or five months of the year. The inhabitants are the legendary Himalayan shepherds – the Gaddis – who lead a nomadic life, herding their flocks of sheep into high mountain pastures once the snow melts and then returning to their isolated existence in the village. Note: It is recommended that there be two rest days in Bara Bangal; one to visit Kail Dhar which offers a 360-degree panoramic view of snow peaks and the second day to visit the charming village of Bara Bangal.

Day 10
BARA BANGAL to UDAG – 6 to 7 hours: A steady climb, with the scenery changing quite dramatically and the air getting cooler, leads to the campsite at Marhi, at the base of the Thamsar Pass. The evening chill is replaced by the comfortable warmth of a lively campfire.

Day 11
UDAG to PANHARTU over THAMSAR PASS (at 4.800 m) – 8 to 9 hours: A long walk today. The trail slowly emerges from the rocky terrain into the softer landscape of lakes, meadows and forests. Numerous lakes dot the countryside, interspersed by cascading waterfalls. A descent through green wooded slopes leads to a tiny tea shop and a while later, to the tiny village of Palchak. Camp nearby.

Day 12
PANHARTU to RAJGUNDA – 5 to 6 hours: A very pleasant day’s walk through a leafy bridal path and soon tiny villages, seemingly hanging on the shoulders of the hillsides, make their appearance. Camp is set near the small village of Billing.

Day 13
RAJGUNDA to BIR – 3 hours: The bridal path leads onto the town of Bir. On the way extensive views of the lush green Kangra Valley open up. A steep descent leads to the tiny Tibetan settlement of Bir. From Bir drive to Dharamsala (3-4 Hrs.).

Kalihani Pass

Day 14 OPTION Kangra Valley Excursion Dharamshala (1.387 m)
To the north, the Kangra valley is flanked by the snow clad Dhauladhar ranges of the Himalayas, to the side which Dharamshala and Mcleodganj (also called Upper Dharmshala) Founded in 1855, Dharmshala is the principal township of Kangra commanding splendid view of the surrounding country. Surrounded by deodar forests, it is set against a back drop of massive snow capped peaks on three sides.

Kangra Valley is one of the Himachal’s beautiful valleys. It rolls down the Southern edge of magnificent Dhauladhar Range. While the snow line remains close enough at all times and during winter month, the Northern part is swaddled in a blanket of freshly fallen snow allowing the magic of Kangra to take on yet another hue. Numerous ancient temples like Bajreshwari, Rock cut Temples of Masroor and Norbilingka Institute, lie on the plains below Dhauladhar. One can spent whole day, visiting these temples and Institute.

Astronomical Medical Center: About 8 km from Norbulingka Institute. The Tibetan medicine is made from herbs gathered from the high altitude of the Himalayas. This herbal medicine can cure many different diseases and are famous all over the world.

McLEODGANJ
If you think about Lahsa (Tibet), the only other name comes in mind is, Mcleodganj. The name has almost become synonymous to Lahsa. This is where His Holiness Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan’s, resides and also this is where the head quarters of the Tibetan Government in exile are located. Here one gets amazed to see that how the Tibetan peoples in exile, have kept their culture resonant and going. Here there are many gompas to visit and some of them house treasures of ancient and priceless thankas and scrolls. Tibetan Institute of performing Arts (TIPA) preserves a number of musical dance and theatrical traditions of Tibet.

Day 15
Dharamshala to delhi (by car)

Bara Bhangal Trek

Length of the trip: 14 days

Costs: price per person is 1.050 € (group of two);

Included in the price are: all transports from Manali to end of trek; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast) during the expedition; mountain guide (are certified and experienced and speak english) and other staff (kitchen team); camping and climbing gear (tents, sleeping bags and sleeping mats, stoves, first aid). Note: not included is the accomodation in Manali and Dharamshala

Offer valid: this tour is available during September to October 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Manali, India

Contact us and request a trip date! Trip code is: India02-2018

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Travel Offer: Mt. Lebanon Trekking

Description:

On day 1, we meet at the Beirut airport, ideally before 4pm. Together with your trekking guide, we transfer by private bus to Ehden, a 110 km ride. Ehden is a mountain town of Northern Lebanon (1.400 m) where we stay overnight in a lodge.

Next day, we hike with our day pack among cedar trees to the panoramic ridges dominating Ehden, then down to “Midane”, the traditional town square. This is a charming place worth a pause with cafés in the shade of old plane trees and a Medieval chapel. Later we continue by a steep footpath in the luxuriance of Qozhaya valley beneath, via a waterfall, to end at an isolated shepherd’s house. We stay there for the night. Overall duration: 7 hours.

On day three, we carry the necessary for two day, the remaining luggage will be transported to our stay the next day. After breakfast, we walk down to the nearby Qozhaya monastery, home of the 1st printing press in the East and visit of the famous madmen cave. Later we continue to Fradis hamlet for the pilgrim’s trail of lower Qadisha, the saintly valley, a World Heritage site. The trail climbs steep to the cave hermitage of Haouqa and continues flat, crossing the right flank of the deep valley below, to Qannoubine, where we pause at “Our Lady of Qannoubine”. We spend the night at an another isolated house of Qannoubine left bank.
Overall duration: 8 hours.

On day four, we hike up the Qadisha to “Mar Licha” monastery, built in the face of the cliff. On the way, we detour in a luxuriant tributary to see high watermills and “Deir as-Salib”, a painted Medieval cave chapel. The last section of the day’s trail goes really steep up the cliff to Bcharreh, native town of Khalil Gibran, author of “The Prophet”. We transfer after that by private bus to the Cedars, a 20 minute drive, where we promenade in the 1000-year old cedar grove.
Overall duration: 6 hours.

On day five, we cross the mountains of Mt. Lebanon, climb the high plateau with a great view of the Bekaa valley. If you want, we can continue to the top of the highest point at 3.087 m (this is an optional detour of 1.5 hours). We will continue to a panoramic pass we start our descent.
Overall duration: 8. hours, including the summit.

The next day we spend in the Bekaa valley on a easy trail above the valley. We will also visit the most important Roman site in the Middle East – Baalbek. Later we transfer to the ‘Ammiq swamps which are renowned, being an important stop on the route of migrating birds.

On Day 7, we cross Mount Lebanon from East to West on a different trail with an end in the mountain village of Maasser. From here, a private bus will transfer us to Beirut Airport and Beirut downtown.
Overall duration: 6 hours.

Length of the trip: 7 days

Costs: price per person is 600 US$ € (group of two);

Included in the price are: all transports from Beirut Airport and back; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast) and the accomodation; entry fees; driver and the mountain guide

Offer valid: this tour is available during May to October 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Beirut, Lebanon

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Travel Offer: Crossing of Engilchek Glacier

Description: We meet at the Bishkek airport and transfer to town for a first, relaxing day – a guided city tour and a quiet night in a comfortable hotel room. Next morning we drive to Karakol (400 km) via the shores of Lake Issyk-Kul and stay overnight in a Yurt Camp in the centre of Karakol.

On day 3, we transfer to At Jailoo (205 km) to start our hike along the river Sary-Djaz, a narrow canyon where the rock walls reach 500 m of vertical height. We set up our first camp. Day 4 reaches the tongue of glacier “Inylchek” via the picturesque valley Inylchek. On the right of the road you will see rocks covered with edelweiss. On the left of the road the range Sary-Djaz is visible. Day 5 and 6 follow the mertsbakher meadow, then we cross onto the glacier Komsomolskiy (day 7). Next day we reach the Engilchek Glacier. We follow this fantastic glacier for another two days. On day 10 we descent from 4.100 m altitude to the meadow of Merzbaher.

Zeltplatz am Engiltschek Gletscher

Days 11 to 13 are long days hiking back towards At-Jailoo, where our vehicle will wait for us and offer an transfer to Karakol on day 14. On the last day, we drive back to Bishkek and stay overnight in a comfortable hotel.

Kirgistans Bergwelt am Engiltschek Gletscher

Length of the trip: 15 days

Costs: price per person is 2.826 € (group of two);

Included in the price are: all transports from Bishkek and back; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast) and the accomodation; cook and porter; the mountain guide speaks english; border region permit.

Offer valid: this tour is available during July to September 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Karakol, Kyrgyzstan

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Travel Offer: Skitouring week in the Caucasus

Description: We meet and greet you at the Tbilisi Airport, from where we transfer by private car to Gudauri ski resort (2.200 m). Once there, we have a rest, warm up and go skiing on the slope using ski lifts or we have a short ski tour. Overnight we stay at a hotel. Next day brings our first peak: Mount Lomisa (2.29 8m). We will start ski touring to Mt. Lomisa after 20 minutes driving from Gudauri, where is a monastery with friendly and hospitable monks, inviting you to natural herbal tea. The skitour is easy: altitude difference of 700 and two hours length. After a short break we will take a ski lift and do some freeride skiing from Mt.Bidara to Kobi pass, before returning to the hotel in Gudauri.

On day 3, we drive to the Cross Pass and start our tour to Mt.Dedaena (3.488 m) from there. It is a nice ski tour of 800 m altitude gain and about 3-4 hours length. After coming back to the car, we continue towards Stepantsminda (Kazbegi), where we will establish our night camp in a guesthouse. Next morning after 20 minutes of driving, we start ski touring to Mt. Narvani – altitude average 700m, 3 hours. It is an relaxing day with some hiking around Stepantsminda – enjoy the spectacular view of Mount Kazbek (5.047 m).

By Day 5, we transfer to the village of Juta (2.200 m), one of the higest in Georgia. Depending on the condition of the road, we may need a few kilometers of ski touring to the village. After the accomodation in a hut (2.365 m), we continue with a ski tour of Mt. Shevardnadze (altitude difference of 700 m, 3 hours). After the tour, we return to the hut and have dinner. The next day is also devotet to a ski tour in the Chaukhi Mountains. We stay overnight in the hut, before returning the next morning to Tbilisi to enjoy a city tour and the legendary Sulfur bathhouses. Either on the evening or next day we provide you a transfer to the Airport.

Length of the trip: 8 days

Costs: price per person is 1.100 € (group of two);

Included in the price are: all transports from Tiblisi airport to the refuge and back; all meals (lunch, dinner and breakfast) and the accomodation during the trip; the mountain guide (speaks english) and the driver.

Offer valid: this tour is available during March to Mai 2018

Tour operator: our local partner in Tiblisi, Georgia

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Lebanon: latest DIY Expeditions Destination

I am very happy to announce Lebanon as the 21st destination in our DIY Expeditions catalogue. The Lebanon is a superb and beautiful country which will delight the keen hiker and adventurous ski tourer. We can offer you a cooperation with the most known and oldest outdoor tour operator of the country and can provide you tailor-made trips. Don’t hesitate to contact us with your questions about your next Lebanon trip.

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Travel Offer: Cedros Alpamayo Trek

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