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Essential expedition information
Cost of Trips
Most of our non-European trips are given as ‘Inclusive’ so that you can quickly see the total cost of your trip. We do not generally do ‘Extra Costs or Local Charges’; if a similar trek or expedition looks a lot cheaper elsewhere, check the small print. The cost of flights do vary tremendously depending at what point they are booked. Late bookings (6-8 months before) may incur extra costs for flights. For those who choose to obtain their own flight (Land Only), a meeting place to join the group will be given in the destination country, which is normally the hotel.
Bags generally get a lot of wear and tear during expeditions. With this in mind, once you join an expedition we will send you an Adventure Peaks 90-120 litre kit bag. This will mean you are more easily identifiable along with your fellow Adventure Peaks group whilst you travel and once you arrive at your destination. For returning and non UK based clients we will provide a piece of logoed clothing.
In general food on trek and at Base Camp consists of local fresh produce that is often supplemented with supplies from the UK.
On the hill there will be plenty of snack food such as chocolate, cereal bars, nuts, etc. At high camps we will generally use a combination of boil-in-the-bag and freeze dried food supplemented by cheese, salami or items found locally.
For special interest and to keep the taste buds going we ask each member to bring a small ‘luxury’ item to share at some point with the rest of the group. We are happy to cater for vegetarians or those with special diets. Please discuss prior to booking.
We operate an equipment hiring service to all our clients for which details and costs will be sent with your booking confirmation. The equipment is always new or slightly used and of the highest quality including Rab or Millet down clothing, Boreal or Scarpa boots, Grivel or Black Diamond Hardwear.
Hotel rooms and other accommodation will be on a twin room sharing basis. Single rooms where possible will be provided where there is not a member of the same sex to share with. Single rooms can be requested at an extra cost. The accommodation we use can be very varied. Within one trip you might overnight in a four star hotel, a mountain lodge, a local yurt or wild camp.
We aim to use the best equipment available which generally include Terra Nova or Mountain Hardwear tents, RAB down clothing and Grivel or Black Diamond climbing gear. On our expeditions to the higher or more remote peaks we have satellite phones and on 8000m peaks email facilities, Gamow Bag and medical oxygen. On some expeditions you may be required to take out and return group equipment. You will need to provide all your own personal mountaineering equipment for which a list is sent on booking.
We use many different forms of transport on our trips: from minibuses to 4WD vehicles, local buses to trains; ferries, even elephants, donkeys camels and yaks. Please be aware that whilst we aim to ensure safety of such transport it may not be up to European standards and seat belts are not always available.
15% Equipment Discount
On receiving your completed booking form we will issue you with a discount card which will entitle you to 15% off major brands of clothing and equipment (excluding sale items, books, electrical items) from our very own shop. You can either visit the shop in the centre of Ambleside, call us, or visit us online and we will be happy to post your items (postage charges apply).
Passport and Visas
For many of the countries we visit you will require an entry visa. Details for UK passport holders are included in the relevant trip notes supplied on booking but it is your responsibility to obtain an appropriate visa. A full passport valid for at least six months beyond the return date of the expedition is usually required. Non UK based passport holders should consult their appropriate embassies
We are aware that we have a responsibility to each place we visit and that our trips have an impact on the people, their local community and the environment.
We always use a British expedition leader who works in conjunction with local staff. We provide the technical and safety expertise and the local people provide the local knowledge. We learn from each other and regularly provide technical training.
We organise expeditions and treks to have minimal impact on the environment - we operate on small groups (max 12), discourage the use of wood for fuel, avoid polluting water, remove all litter and where possible and practical, human waste.
We buy many items from the local community, provided the quality is of an acceptable level, for example food, snacks and base camp equipment.
Expedition and Trek Leaders
We invest a great deal in the leadership of our treks and expeditions by providing BOTH a British leader and local guides! This combination provides you the opportunity to gain a good local knowledge from our local guide whilst also having the backup of our own British leader to ensure everything runs smoothly and safely. It meets our commitment to the local economy whilst providing the opportunity to develop the skills base of local staff. Ultimately we learn from each other and it is our way of contributing to responsible tourism. For group departures with less than four people we may just use our local guides
The leader is responsible for the overall safety of the whole team during the expedition and will encourage the use of safe climbing practises during the expedition. They will ensure that every opportunity is taken to fulfil the objectives described in the trip’s outline itinerary, but have the freedom to modify any plans subject to weather, delays or unforeseen circumstances which are deemed to be out of the control of Adventure Peaks. The leader will maintain a good team spirit and attempt to keep morale high for the whole group. Wherever possible the leader will keep the Adventure Peaks office informed of team progress and any emergency situations that may arise. The leader will be responsible for overseeing team harmony and ensuring that outline plans are running smoothly.
Local guides possess the detailed local knowledge we need to achieve our goals and support our teams. Local guides are not ‘Guiding’ in the same way as UIAGM Alpine Guides, but work in the more traditional sense as route finders and assistants to our expedition leader. We encourage our groups to work as teams, helping to support and trust each other throughout the duration of the expedition.
Friendship, enjoyment and group size
The urge to travel and visit remarkable destinations is one reason people join us. The opportunity to travel with like-minded people is also important. You’re likely to form good, often life-long, friendships. This can start with our weekend meets and afterwards the same weekends can act as a lasting link. We have a maximum group size of 12. This is small enough for a sense of camaraderie and fun to develop within the group and allows us to provide a first class service. It should be just like travelling with a group of friends. Around half our clients are single travellers, whilst others are either couples or groups of friends. There is usually a good balance of ages and mixes between male and female walkers.