Mount Everest – just the name evokes an air of majesty, danger, exploration and for Intrepid’s Jared Alster, a personal challenge. Would Jared be at the top of his game at altitudes of over 5400 metres (17,700 feet), or would a roll of the dice be his downfall in Nepal?…
“Everest National Park lies within the Khumbu region, home to the Sherpa people. They are renowned the world over for having super-human strength and the ability to climb mountains, like Everest, with relative ease compared to un-acclimatised Westerners. On our expedition, we had one Sirdar, or leader, and about five other Sherpas who would watch after us on our adventure.
Someone once said, “it doesn’t matter whether you win or lose, it’s how you play the game.” That was certainly the case for Gemma Urban, who had no idea of the rules and couldn’t work out which team was in front, but had so much fun matching it with local kids in Cambodia…
“After weaving through the streets on a long hot day in Siem Reap, we (being the fabulous four Swedish, English and Australian gang) wandered into our haven. This was a little refuge on the main road, where they offer ice-cold refresher towels that are actually kept in the freezer for our comfort and pleasure.
In Mongolia many things are different to what we are used to at home, but especially the food. Trying fermented mare’s milk, dried curd, sour yoghurt and other traditional dishes is all part of the fun, and Intrepid’s Denis Sobnakov explains why a Mongolian barbecue gives you a special taste of the local lifestyle…
“We finally reached our remote destination, where we were warmly met by our hosts, Bat and Tsetseg. Our Mongolian friends invited us to their ger and Tsetseg gave us each a cup of salted milk tea and put a bucket of small breads, that looked like donuts, in the centre of our table. We talked for a while and our hosts told us that for dinner they will cook a meat dish and we’ll eat it in the traditional way.
Our most vivid travel memories can come from iconic sights or famous locations, but so often it’s the less likely experiences that sneak up on you. For Sheryll Stapleton her ‘mmm moment’ was enjoyed on the longest river in Southeast Asia…
“I never dreamed I would experience something like this. Years later and I still think of this mightiest of rivers in my dreams. The magnificent Mekong with its eddies and swirls. The peacefulness of the long boat broken only by the gradually increasing and then decreasing roar of a faster vessel.
We’re very proud to announce that Intrepid Travel has won the Preservation category of the prestigious Condé Nast Traveler World Savers Awards, with our far-reaching commitment to carbon management and low impact travel attracting the nod from the judges. The Preservation category is awarded to a travel company for, “Championing heritage, greening the planet”.
This is the fifth time that Intrepid’s Environmental Management Policy has been recognised, having previously received:
- 2011 Winner, Global Tourism Business Award, Tourism for Tomorrow Awards
- 2011 Highly Commended, Best Low Carbon Initiative, Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Awards 2011
- 2010 Finalist The International Ecotourism Society Innovation Awards
- 2009 Budget Travel Magazine’s ‘Extra Mile Award’ for Intrepid Travel’s Carbon Offset Trips
A big thank you to Intrepid’s passionate group leaders around the world who play a vital role in inspiring travellers to care about and donate to projects supported by The Intrepid Foundation.
One of Intrepid Travel’s longest serving group leaders, Sally Arnold, is passionate about The Intrepid Foundation’s Indonesian project, Bumi Sehat, which has been making huge inroads to address maternal health issues…
“For 10 years, The Intrepid Foundation has been supporting WSPA. On behalf of ourselves and the animals, we are so grateful for everything that you have done for us.
The support has taken many forms. Intrepid’s promotion of animal-friendly choices for travellers has made people more aware of animal welfare issues on a global scale. The joint ‘Compassionate Traveller’ initiative was an example of the partnership flourishing; a global education campaign about travellers making the best choices for animals.
At the foot of the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro is a wonderful program that is helping to revolutionise education using the ‘sandwich’ approach!
The Village Education Project Kilimanjaro (VEPK) has received support through The Intrepid Foundation for five years now and we are proud to help support their long term commitment to critical primary education. Katy Allen, VEPK’s Director explains…
Since ancient times communities living in the Sacred Valley of the Incas have worshipped nature and the universe. In Peru today many still subscribe to these strong beliefs and whether or not you consider there to be a logical explanation, Intrepid’s Julio Padilla had a heart-pumping encounter with the powers of Pachamama…
“One day my brother told me he had been given a kind of ancient weapon that came from an underground tomb in the coast of Peru, dating back to around 500AD. I told him this could be very bad luck for him, because where we come from in the Amazon we do not touch things that belong to the dead. The belief of our people in the mountains is that the item could either bring you good times or bad times. And when it is about bad times, the energy of the dead could suck up your soul.