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I want to take my daughter, who will be 10 by then, to Egypt in April 2011. It will just be the two of us travelling. Has anyone else taken kids of that age on the felucca/valley of the kings trip who could advise me on this holiday? Are the two parent families on the trip friendly to single parents???! It is a big investment for me and I want to be sure it is a good one!

Thank you Emma

Everest Base Camp Trek - March 2010

Nothing worthwhile doing in life is ever easy.....and the Everest Base Camp trek is not for the faint-hearted.

Be prepared to walk for approx 6 hours everyday (and 9 hours on Base Camp day) on steep terrain even when you don't want to Jam Jam anymore and you turn the next corner and say to yourself 'You've got to be kidding me?!'

That being said.....the sense of personal achievement at the end of everyday and the breathtaking scenery along the way makes it an unforgettable experience.

New Trekker!

Adventure Nepal or Himalayan Explorer? Hi, just joined and would love to chat with anyone who has been to Nepal. Have never trekked before and the trip that appeals is Adventure Nepal in Autumn, just not sure whether I am chosing a trek that may be too demanding for a first timer! Am happy to train, but not a fan of the gym! The Himalayan Explorer would be my second choice, but feel I should chose a challenge to work towards over the next 5mths. Any experiences would be appreciated, thanks

Moroccan Experience

I found this trip to be a great overview of Southern Morocco. Marrakech was everything I expected it to be, a wonderfully vibrant city with labyrinthine streets full of colour and excitement. Once out of Marrakech and into the villages of the Atlas Mountains it was clear that we had given the tourists the slip and ventured off the beaten track. The village stay felt like a stepping back to a simpler time, a world away from the 21st Centaury. 

Moroccan Experience

The  Moroccan Experience was my first introduction to Morocco, we had a guided tour around the souks the sounds and were amazing. Going to the Djemaa el-Fna was awesome as I had only ever seen it on TV, at night it really comes alive with snake charmers and lots of places to eat. We left Marrakech and headed for Ait Benhaddou which is probably the most exotic and best preserved Moroccan casbah, many films have been shot here ranging from Jesus of Nazareth to Lawrence of Arabia, including for some scenes in one of my favorites, Gladiator. 

First time India

Well not long back from my first trip with the Adventure Company and to be honest cant wait untill i go again. Myself and my partner decided to go on the Himalayan Foothills trip in India and to say it was the best trip of my life is a under statement. The guide we had (Audhesh) was a charming, knowledgable, good natured man if ever i had met one. He knew his stuff inside out and added the icing on the cake for a great trip.

Mature trekkers can do Toubkal in the winter

At age 57 I was unsure of my ability to reach the summit of Toubkal in winter (February). I did Kilimanjaro 4 years ago (Marangu route), but expected Winter Toubkal to be much tougher. In preparation I undertook general fitness training (running, cycling and walking), and consider myself to be reasonably fit.

Out of Africa - Part one

Either through meticulous planning or sheer luck we have managed to get two full days in South Africa on the day of arrival and departure. Our flight is at 10.40 from the relatively quiet Cape Town Airport which will give us time to explore the Pringle Bay area.

Out of Africa - Part Two

As he stalked Zebra and Eland – utilising the same techniques employed by generations of more experienced trappers - Colin spied a long legged grey haired specimen of mature years running along the dirt track towards him. Initially surprised at the speed, agility and athleticism he wondered in awe if there was a chase going on. Looking at the characteristics it was difficult to determine the exact classification and it was only when this strange species approached without fear or trepidation that he determined that it was in fact a very fit old man.

Out of Africa - Part Three

The lack of shut eye over the last 3 weeks finally caught up with me and I slept in this morning. I was up at 6.00 instead of my usual 5.00!