The way we see it, there are adventures, and then there are adventures. The kind where you trek through Kruger National Park – on foot – in search of lions, cheetahs and elephants, swim with whale sharks in Djibouti, or walk alongside Berber nomads through Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Stuff you don’t find in your typical travel brochure. For us, adventures like this are at the heart of what it means to be Intrepid: something original, unexpected, and as far from ‘the usual’ as you’re going to get.
Eking out a living on the edge of the Siberian wilderness, Nenet reindeer herders lead a rustic existence far from modern Russia. For the first time, this nomadic tribe is inviting travellers into their home to experience their way of life. Travel from St Petersburg to Salekhard and be hosted in traditional yurt huts, sweat it out in a Russian banya and try your hand fishing on the banks of Horomdo Lake.
Curling south towards Antarctica, Patagonia is one of the few remaining tracts of unspoiled wildlife on Earth. Discover sprawling glaciers, mountains and wild pastures on a special expedition through Argentina and Chile, including visits to Tronador Volcano and Todos los Santos Lake. While you’ll spend days trekking through incredible landscapes, you’ll also camp on the homestead of a 200-year-old house and soothe your feet in natural thermal pools found deep in the Patagonian forest.
Italy, France and Greece might hog the gastronomic spotlight in Europe, but look a little further afield and you’ll find Armenia and Georgia can more than hold their own. Journey from Yerevan to Tbilisi and discover the centuries-old recipes that continue to thrive in this corner of Eastern Europe, with the opportunity to get hands on making Georgian dumplings and khachapuri (cheese-filled bread). With included visits to brandy distilleries, wineries and meals in family homes, this is an expedition crafted for adventurous foodies.
Everyone knows about the colourful chaos of Mumbai and New Delhi, but few visit the outer reaches of India’s wetlands and mountains. Climb aboard a steam-powered train for a captivating ride through the Himalayas, stopping to track one-horned rhinos through Kaziranga National Park, meet warrior tribes in Nagaland, and pay homage to Tibetan Buddhists in cliff-side villages. Beginning and ending in Kolkata, this is a unique opportunity to explore West Bengal.
This is an extraordinary opportunity to get to know a Berber family and experience their pace of life. The biggest surprise to me was the amount of fun involved. Once the days walk and work was done, the family liked nothing better than to sing and dance and to teach us how to sing and dance with them. Life slowed down as we walked through the hills and valleys putting the world to rights in long conversations, with no phone signals to interrupt us. I recommend meandering with the sheep and goats in the morning and catching up with the others later. The first day's walk was tiring as the ground was rough and stoney but don't be put off, the terrain gets easier. It was warm when the sun was up and cold when it went down. I had a puffa jacket and a woolly hat on in the evenings. There were lots of ways to get involved in the camp in the morning and evening, whether that was loading donkeys, chasing chickens, or fetching brushwood for the fire (bring gloves). The openness and trust shown to us by this family was humbling.
The first few days of this trip were incredible. The Tamang Heritage trail is beautiful and worth any effort you put in but make sure you do train hard before you turn up. Unfortunately we had to stop hiking four days into the trek due to illness so I cannot speak for the Langtang portion.
What I can attest to is that iIf the worst happens and you do get sick or injured whilst on tour rest assured that the Intrepid team will do an amazing job helping you. Our tour guide Ram was amazing and did everything in his power to keep us going until we had to stop and then did just as good a job ensuring that we got all the help we needed. Post hospital Santos on the Intrepid desk in Kathmandu could not have been more helpful arranging alternate plans for us. If you do have the pleasure to deal with these guys in Nepal then you will have an amazing trip. I cannot say enough kind things about them.
Review submitted 07 May 2018
Our trips score an average of 4.9 out of 5
based on 70 reviews in the last year.
We believe travel is for everyone. But in some more conservative countries, there are things mixed-gender groups just can’t do. What if, as a female traveller in Iran, you could head down to the beauty salon with your female leader and get your hair done? The hijab comes off, the conversation is lively, the music is on, and there’s a real chance to connect. These are our new expeditions breaking down cultural barriers and building bridges between women from around the world.