Where to Go When: The Ultimate Adventure Calendar

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Have you been dreaming of your next adventure? Do you want to travel to a new corner of the world this year but can’t decide where to go and when? Our month by month adventure calendar will ensure that you are in the right place at the right time!

Climb Kilimanjaro’s Uhuru Peak or witness the great migration across the Serengeti plains. Follow in the footsteps of the Mongolian nomads or photograph the amazing northern lights. Trek to the iconic sites of Machu Picchu and Everest Base Camp or challenge yourself by reaching the summit of Patagonia’s highest peak. So get out your diary and schedule in an incredible adventure for 2017.

JANUARY: Climb Africa’s Highest Peak    

Mount Kilimanjaro is one of Africa’s most magnificent sights. Its snow-capped peaks tower 5894 metres high above the rippling tea plantations of the low hills of Tanzania.

With mildly-warm weather and good visibility, January is one the best times to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Climb Kilimanjaro next January and kick-off the year to a flying start by crossing one of the Seven Summits off your bucket list.

Plan Your Adventure

There are several trekking routes that will take you to Uhuru Peak, with many different highlights along the way. The two most popular routes to climb Kili are the Rongai and Shira.

The 8-day Rongai Route is the fastest but most challenging route and is best for those who want to test their physical and mental limits. You’ll climb Kilimanjaro from the northeast side across stark rocky landscapes, whilst witnessing spectacular views across the Kenya plains.

The 10-day Shira Route approaches Kilimanjaro from the lush western side of the mountain and takes a more gradual ascent than the Rongai. This allows more time for acclimatisation and generally has a higher success rate for reaching the summit.

World Expeditions Kilimanjaro Summiteers, Uhuru Peak, Tanzania. Photo by The Kilimanjaro Blommers

World Expeditions Kilimanjaro Summiteers, Uhuru Peak, Tanzania. Photo by The Kilimanjaro Boomers

FEBRUARY: Embark on the Trek of a Lifetime in Nepal

The Great Himalaya Trail (GHT) is the longest and highest alpine track in the world. The Nepal section of the GHT is 1700 kilometres long and traverses the country from east to west. It covers an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, cultures and experiences. The GHT is a superb opportunity to experience some of the least visited corners of Nepal.

Plan Your Adventure

Trekking the full Great Himalaya Trail takes 152 days. This mentally and physically challenging trek is life-changing for everyone who undertakes it. World Expeditions was the first operator to offer the The Full Traverse, departing in February every year.

If you can’t afford 152 days away from work or the family, the GHT can also be trekked in one of seven smaller sections making it possible for those short on time to experience one or more segments of the trail each year and ultimately walk their own Great Himalaya Trail over a number of years.

Whatever you choose, there is one thing we can guarantee… that you will be struck with awe and wonder at the scale and grandeur of Nepal. In particular, the warmth and humility of the people that live there. A trek in Nepal will create memories that will stay with you forever.

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Icy mountain side while trekking towards Tashi Labsta on the Great Himalaya Trail. Photo by Ray Mustey

MARCH: Reconnect with Nature on Tasmania’s Legendary Overland Track

The Overland Track runs for 65 kilometers from Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair. The track will take you though deep forests, sub-alpine plateaus, high peaks and stunning highland landscapes. This is pristine wilderness at its best, truly off the grid and with plenty of wildlife experiences.

Walking the Overland Track during autumn is spectacular yet under-rated. During autumn it is much less crowded than summer and walkers can often enjoy pleasant weather. The eye-catching gold and red hues of the deciduous beech trees also make for a stunning photograph.

Plan Your Adventure

A 6-day guided walk on the Overland Track will allow you get the most out of your adventure. You’ll benefit from having experienced guides that will help bring the trail to life with their local knowledge and enthusiasm for the Tasmanian wilderness. End each day with delicious meals prepared by our guides, giving you more time to soak up your tranquil surroundings.

Alternatively, join a Women’s Overland Track departure and travel with a group of like-minded women in a fun and encouraging environment.

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Mount Pellion West, Overland Track. Photo by Peter Walton

APRIL: Engage Your Mind in Iran

If Iran isn’t already on your bucket list, then it absolutely should be. There are very few places in the world that have a history and culture as rich as Iran. Those who love ancient history, art and architecture, poetry and spirituality will be deeply moved by Iran’s cultural riches. It’s a wonderful destination for those with an inquiring mind.

Furthermore, spring is a wonderful time to visit Iran. This is because the cities will be blooming with colours of green and pink while the temps will be comfortable and moderate.

Plan Your Adventure

Journey through Iran and discover the unexpected on a custom-built excursion with world-travelled journalist, author and “inquiring mind,” George Negus. This 15-day journey will engage and awaken your mind like no other. Find out more about Travel for the Mind Iran with George Negus.

Travel for 16 days from Iran to Tbilisi via Armenia on our brand new itinerary. This trip is brimming with historical sites, scenic splendours and vibrant cultures. You’ll trace part of the fascinating Caucasian Silk Route through lands that have been occupied for over 4000 years.

If you are a photography enthusiast, then consider Iran, Armenia & Georgia with Richard I’Anson. Richard is an acclaimed photographer and author of Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography and Best Ever Photography Tips. On this journey, Richard will assist you in refining your photography skills, allowing you to see Iran from a different perspective.

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Shah Mosque, Esfahan. Photo by Richard I’Anson

MAY: Cross the Inca Trail Off Your Bucket List

A trek along the Inca Trail to the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu is a tremendous and unforgettable experience. You’ll revel in breathtaking views of snowy mountain peaks, misty forests and far-away rivers and ranges.

The best time to walk the Inca Trail is from May to September, during the dry season. Trekkers need to secure a permit to trek the Inca Trail and these are limited to 500 a day. Ensure you book well in advance to avoid disappointment!

Plan Your Adventure

The 11-day Classic Inca Trail is a superb introduction to trekking in the Andes. It utilises our exclusive campsites to relax away from the crowds. You will experience a complete range of environs all in the space of four days as you ascend the passes, jungle trails and cloud forest en-route to the spectacular ruins of Machu Picchu.

Alternatively, if you’d like to spend more time in Peru, the 16-day Best of Peru offers a very varied and exciting itinerary. You’ll trek the Inca Trail, explore the Amazon jungle, see the cultural highlights of Cusco and traverse the high Altiplano to Lake Titicaca.

Breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail. Photo by Sarah Higgins.

Breathtaking views of Machu Picchu from the Inca Trail. Photo by Sarah Higgins.

JUNE: Discover the ‘Canadian Galapagos’ 

The islands of Haida Gwaii are one of the richest biological and cultural areas in North America. Also dubbed the ‘Canadian Galapagos’, the archipelago is located off the north coast of British Columbia. It consists of around 150 pristine, isolated islands that are rarely visited due to their remoteness.

If you sail around the islands, expect to see an abundance of wildlife including humpback whales, dolphins, orcas, sea lions and black bear. Haida Gwaii is a magical destination for the adventurous wilderness lovers.

Plan Your Adventure

Embark on the 9-day Haida Gwaii Adventure for a remote voyage around the ‘Canadian Galapagos’ to explore ancient Haida villages, old-growth rainforest and unique wildlife.

The village of SGang Gwayy, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Photo by R. Burke

The village of SGang Gwayy, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Photo by R. Burke

JULY: See the ‘Big 5’ in Africa

The “Big 5” include the lion, elephant, leopard, buffalo and rhinoceros and seeing them in the wild is a must-do experience. From May to September is the dry season which makes it easier to spot wildlife as there is less vegetation and animals congregate around waterholes and rivers. There is also clear sky with little to no rain which is ideal safari weather.

Additionally, July kicks off the great migration, when the wildebeest migrate from the western Serengeti towards Kenya’s Masai Mara. The migration is rated one of the world’s most spectacular events. Whilst seeing it is not guaranteed, the annual pattern is fairly predictable.

Plan Your Adventure

Spot the Big Five on the 21-day Southern Africa Explorer – a classic overland camping traverse through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe. The highlights of this jam-packed adventure include Okavango Delta, Cape Town, Fish River Canyon, Swakopmund, Namib Desert, Etosha National Park, Victoria Falls and Chobe River.

Join the 15-day Kenya & Tanzania Wildlife Discoverer in July for your best chance of seeing the Wildebeest Migration. It includes a safari and wildlife viewing in all of the areas frequented by the wildebeest on their annual route. This trip encompasses the best that Kenya and northern Tanzania have to offer, visiting world famous game reserves, National Parks and colourful tribes.

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AUGUST: Go Where Very Few Have Been Before

With never-ending sparse lands, in Mongolia you’ll often feel like the only person on earth. A place that is so vast and so remote – it’s this true wilderness experience that people find so appealing.

Retracing the steps of the ancient nomads on foot, bike or horseback through endless grass steppes that are carpeted with flowers and dotted with Buddhist temples is a truly unforgettable experience.

Plan Your Adventure

Follow In the Footsteps of the Nomad with Tim Cope for a unique 18-day trip among remote Khoton and Kazakh nomads in the Kharkhiraa and Tsaast Uul mountains of western Mongolia.

The 15-day Gobi Traverse will take you to some of the most unique and untouched places amid the vast wilderness of the fascinating and unique Gobi Desert. In true nomadic style, you will ride through the desert on camelback with local herdsmen and experience the famous hospitality of the local nomadic people.

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Exploration by foot or by horse is ideal in Mongolia. Photo by Cam Cope.

SEPTEMBER: Chase the Enchanting Northern Lights

There are not many natural phenomena that have the power to capture the imagination like the aurora borealis. Watching the Northern Lights is an unforgettable experience and is possibly one of the greatest shows on Earth.

The Northern Lights appear on at higher altitudes during dark nights from September to March. There are an infinite variety of colours and forms that the aurora can take on from deep blues and greens to an eerie white grey. Without a doubt, the aurora borealis will blow you away.

Plan Your Adventure

Capture the greatest show on earth on camera under the guidance of internationally renowned photographer, Richard I’Anson. Richard will be escorting Greenland and Iceland with Richard I’ Anson in September 2017, sharing technical tips and creative guidance along the way.

The Scoresby Sun, an inlet system of the Greenland Sea, is the largest and longest fjord system on the planet. The 8-day Scoresby Sund Aurora Borealis Adventure cruise sets sail from Iceland. The cruise will explore a myriad of inlets and bays of the Scoresby Sund with abandoned Inuit settlements and wildlife viewing. You will also have the opportunity for whale watching and will hopefully catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights.

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Chasing the Northern Lights in Norway. Photo by Michael Goh.

OCTOBER: See Mount Everest and the Breathtaking Himalayas

One of the key attractions travelling to Nepal is to get a glimpse of the world’s highest peak – Mount Everest. For decades adventurous men and women have been captivated by the mighty mountain. Aside from the unsurpassed mountainous views in Nepal, a trek will allow travellers to delight in the unique Sherpa culture.  As past trekkers have reflected, you come for the mountains but stay for the people.

Ideal times for trekking the Everest Region are from March to May or September to December. There are many ways to see Everest and we’ve highlighted some of our favourites below.

Plan Your Adventure

The 17-day Everest Base Camp & Kala Pattar is a classic trek through Sherpa Villages to the base of the iconic Mount Everest. Trekkers also have the opportunity to ascend Kala Pattar (5,164m) for a closer view of Mount Everest.

Combine one of the world’s most famous treks with a thrilling helicopter ride across the Himalaya for the ultimate adventure. The 14-day Everest Base Camp High Flyer includes a trek to Everest Base Camp and climb of Kala Pattar, concluding with a breathtaking helicopter ride from Lobuche back to Kathmandu.

If you want to avoid the busier trails of the Everest Region but still experience breathtaking views of Mount Everest then your best bet is Gokyo and the Renjo La. This spectacular high altitude trek to the sublime Gokyo Lakes includes a crossing of the Renjo La (5400m) into the Thame Valley, offering unparalleled views of Mount Everest.

Big views of the dramatic scenery of The Khumbu Valley from the top of Kala Pattar. Photo by Natalie Tambolash

Big views of the dramatic scenery of The Khumbu Valley from the top of Kala Pattar. Photo by Natalie Tambolash

NOVEMBER: Challenge Yourself in Patagonia

Patagonia boasts one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world – with a mix of glacial lakes, towering granite peaks, impressive glaciers, secluded lakes, beech forests and rolling grasslands.

It’s a region that offers endless trekking opportunities and you’ll be blown away by its beauty. In November you’ll experience warmer weather that’s ideal for exploring, as well as colourful spring blooms.

Plan Your Adventure

The Great Patagonian Traverse is a 15-day journey that travels the length of Patagonia from Coyhaique in the north to Puerto Natales in the South, mostly on foot and by boat through untouched national parks.

For the highly motivated and experienced mountaineer – summit the much sought after Mount San Valentin (4,058m), the highest peak in Patagonia. The 15-day San Valentin Expedition with Soren Kruse Ledet is a tremendous climb in one of the world’s most remote and truly spectacular alpine environments.

Torres Paine National in Park Patagonia. Photo by Jenn Boyd.

Torres del Paine National Park, Patagonia. Photo by Jenn Boyd.

DECEMBER: Feel the Wind in Your Hair in Southeast Asia

Southeast Asia has so much to offer the active traveller. Going to Southeast Asia in December presents many great travel opportunities. It’s hard not to fall in love with Southeast Asia’s mouth-watering cuisines, ancient temples, lush landscapes, idyllic beaches and bustling cities.

With a staggering diversity of cultures, landscapes and experiences… you can really pick and choose your own adventure. Trek through rainforests, cycle through quiet backroads, paddle down mighty rivers, or relax on white-sandy beaches.

Plan Your Adventure

Cycling in Vietnam will take you off-the-beaten-path, giving you an insight into the local cuisine and friendly culture. On the 15-day Vietnam by Bike tour you will explore the ever-changing landscapes of tranquil highlands, palm fringed beaches and country roads.

The 12-day Bike, Hike and Kayak Laos and Cambodia trip is perfect for those who are looking for an active and engaging journey into Laos and Cambodia. Enjoy stunning scenery, backroads adventuring and plenty of interaction with the locals. Highlights include exploring temples, monks and markets on Luang Prabang’s tranquil riverbanks and cycling through the glorious Angkor Wat temple complex.

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Enjoying the ride from Hue to Hoi An, Vietnam. Photo by Richard I’Anson

2 comments

  1. Jane 17 January, 2017 at 10:43 Reply

    What a great compilation of adventures to try and their best times to do so. It is a good idea considering the season when travelling. Although most people tend to opt for a summer vacation, a winter adventure can be equally (if not more) exciting depending on your location.

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