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Hike, Kayak and Cycle in Kerala

Ramble through lush hill stations, paddle serene backwaters and pedal along the coastline of the Indian Ocean

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Hike, Kayak and Cycle in Kerala

Ramble through lush hill stations, paddle serene backwaters and pedal along the coastline of the Indian Ocean

DURATION
7 nights
LOCATION
India
ANNUAL LEAVE
1 week off work
SEASON
Sep-Apr
GROUP SIZE
Up to 10 people
MEETING POINT
Kochi Airport
ACCOMMODATION
Comfort

Hotel · Chalet · Boat

OVERALL RATING

5.0

Based on 19 reviews
DIFFICULTY
Moderate

This is a light adventure with easy-going hikes, paddles and rides, manageable by anyone with basic fitness.

Trek through Munnar's tea plantations and high-altitude cloud forests to reach the stunning peak of Meesapulimala (2640m)

Paddle the network of languid lagoons and lily-strewn canals that make up Kerala's tranquil backwaters

Cycle along the palm-lined waterways and sleepy fishing villages of the Keralan coast

Bunk down in heritage hotels, traditional Keralan houseboats and peaceful waterside retreats

Day 1

Welcome to Kerala

Meet your host at Kochi Airport and head into Fort Kochi, a ramshackle melting pot of Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and British influences. Settle into your hotel before meeting up with your guide and fellow adventurers for a welcome dinner and a chat through the trip to come.

Day 2

Meander to Munnar

Hiking

2hrs · 3-4km · 125m up · 125m down

Driving

5.5hrs · 130km

Hop in the van for a scenic road trip to Munnar, stopping for lunch en route as you head into the verdant landscape dotted with hill stations. Check into the beautiful Windermere Estate and shake off the drive with an evening walk around the nearby tea plantations, with the chance to sample a few local teas.

Day 3

Trek to Meesapulimala

Hiking

5hrs · 16km · 700m up · 700m down

Driving

3hrs

Head to the top of Meesapulimala, the second-highest peak in Southern India and the highest passable trekking route. After driving to the trailhead at 1500m, you'll gradually ascend through grasslands and cloud forest to reach the summit at 2640m. You'll be rewarded with sweeping views over the Western Ghats before heading back down and driving back to the Windermere Estate.

Day 4

Munnar to Alleppey

Kayaking

2hrs · 4km

Driving

5-6hrs · 162km

Following an early breakfast, get back in the van for the drive to Alleppey - the gateway to the Keralan backwaters. Head straight for the jetty to board your houseboat. Later in the afternoon, a smaller vessel will be waiting for you and you'll slip into your kayak to explore some of the narrower backwater channels beneath the lush forest canopy. Back on board the houseboat, tuck into a tasty South Indian dinner, watch the twilight turn to night and bunk down for a memorable night.

Day 5

Kayak the backwaters

Kayaking

4-5hrs · 9km

Take a short transfer to a different part of the backwaters for further paddle explorations today, putting in at Chennamkary and heading to some smaller channels. These areas are great to explore by kayak, as larger boats and houseboats cannot navigate the narrower strips of water, leaving you free to weave past the palm-fringed banks and many local houses at the heart of the backwaters. Back on dry land, hit the road for about an hour before heading for dinner and spending the night in beautiful villas on the shores of Vembanad Lake.

Day 6

Cycle to the Indian Ocean

Cycling

4hrs · 40km · 40m up · 90m down

Driving

5-6hrs

Bid farewell to the backwaters as you drive to the coastal village of Thottappally and then head south by bike. Hug the coast as you pedal through the tranquil countryside, passing lakes Ashtamudi and Paravur. Cross the many canals where the Arabian sea converges inland with patches of wetlands. Cycle further along a narrow strip of coast, with lakes on one side and the sea on the other, passing fishing villages before ending this memorable ride at the small beach town of Kollam. A road transfer will take you further down the coast to Kovalam, where you can check into your cliffside beach hotel.

Day 7

Beach time

Enjoy a well-earned day off today - Kovalam's beaches and the relaxing surroundings of Niraamaya Retreat are yours to soak up as you please. An optional visit to the ancient temple of Attukal Bhagavathy is possible if you would like to explore the area around Kovalam. In the evening you'll head to a local restaurant for a farewell diner.

Day 8

Goodbye Kerala

Indulge in one last breakfast overlooking the Indian Ocean before checking out. Your host will transfer you to Trivandrum Airport in time for your return flight.

Included

Guides

Local, English-speaking tour leader plus hiking, kayaking and cycling guides

Accommodation

Think heritage hotels, waterside villas and a luxury houseboat

Meals

All meals included - tuck in to delicious food throughout

Transfers

Airport transfers and everything in between

Equipment

All your kayaking and cycling equipment

Not Included

Flights to and from the meeting point

Travel insurance

Personal expenses

Tips for your guides

Some meals as described

Visas where required

Day 1

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 2 – Day 3

Chalet · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 4

Boat · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 5

Chalet · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 6 – Day 7

Hotel · Twin share

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

Day 8

Departure day

Breakfast

Lunch

Dinner

What is the food like?

South India is up there with the world's best destinations to combine travel with amazing food experiences. From street stall classics like pani puri, breakfast masala dosas and sumptuous thalis served Kerala-style on banana leaves, you'll tuck into a huge variety of dishes on this trip, mostly Indian cuisine but with options for Chinese and Malaysian dishes on some menus.

Vegetarians and vegans are extremely well catered to in nearly all parts of India. Other dietary requirements and allergies can also be catered for - please just request this on your passenger info form.

What is the accommodation like?

The Tower House, Kochin, Source: India Intrepid DMC
Kochi

You'll stay at The Tower House in Kochi, one of the few hotels which sits facing the famous Chinese fishing nets. Each room is unique at this boutique heritage hotel, which marks the spot of a 17th-century lighthouse. There's a swimming pool amidst the landscaped grounds. You'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

Munnar

You'll spend two nights at either the Windermere Estate or Blackberry Hills Nature Resort (depending on your departure date), nestled in the tea plantations of Munnar.

The Windermere Estate's series of chalet-style bungalows with beautiful natural designs are inspired by old plantation homes. Each has a balcony overlooking tea valleys on one side with the majestic high ranges on the other. There is a Chai Kada (tea shop) on the estate where you can sip a cup of chai. Evening meals at Windermere are a treat -their chefs let nature dictate the menu, picking out the freshest seasonal produce from their gardens and the local markets to whip up a feast for you.

Sixteen cottages make up Blackberry Hills, and you'll stay in one of the Altos Suites which comes with a balcony overlooking the forest, plus a living area. Evening meals will be at the on-site Hornbill Restaurant, and hotel also has a spa. A network of trails lead through the surrounding tea plantations and shola forest.

Houseboat on the Kerala Backwaters

A quintessential experience awaits in the backwaters, with an overnight stay on a luxury houseboat. The traditional name for the boat is a kettuvallam or 'boat with knots'- so called because the entire boat is held together with coir knots; not a single nail is used during the construction. The kettuvallams have been converted into houseboats using only natural materials and feature all the comforts of a good hotel: furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cosy living rooms, a kitchen and a balcony overlooking the backwaters. You'll stay in a twin-share cabin with an en-suite bathroom.

Backwaters

Your second night in the backwaters is spent at Punnamada Resort on the peaceful banks of Vembanad Lake. Staying in lakeside villas with traditional Keralan architecture, you'll be surrounded by orchids, coconut palms and mango trees. The resort is heavily influenced by ayurveda and yoga, and makes for a very peaceful and rejuvenating combination with your night on the houseboat. Again, you'll stay in twin-share rooms with en-suite bathrooms.

View to beach, Travencore Heritage Hotel, Source: India Intrepid DMC
Kovalam

Your final two nights of the trip are spent at The Travancore Heritage. Nestled amidst green coconut gardens atop a cliff overlooking the Arabian Sea and extensive white-sand beach. You'll stay in twin-share rooms. Relax in the pool or treat yourself to an ayurvedic massage. Dine in the main restaurant among historic arches or at the beachside 'ocean grill' restaurant.

Upgrades

For solo travellers looking for their own space, an optional private room and houseboat cabin can be booked for an extra charge, see Optional Extras for the price. Please request this at the time of booking (this is subject to availability).

The Area

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Logistics

Starts

Cochin International Airport (Kochi)

Any time on Day 1

Ends

Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (Trivandrum)

Any time on Day 8

Transfers

Your host will meet you on arrival at the international airport in Kochi and transfer you to your accommodation in Fort Kochi. On the last day of your trip, your host will transfer you from your accommodation in Kovalam to the airport in Trivandrum in time for your flight home.

Airport transfers are included in the main price if you arrive on Day 1 and depart on Day 8. If you wish to arrive before the trip start date or stay longer at the end, your host can arrange private airport transfers and pre/post-trip accommodation. See Optional Extras for prices.

Travel options

There are direct and indirect flight options to Kochi from the UK, while return flights from Trivandrum will transit in Delhi, Mumbai, Dubai or Bahrain depending on your carrier. Travelling from various US origin points, your journey will usually transit in Delhi, Mumbai or Dubai in each direction between Kochi and Trivandrum.

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What's included?

  • Kayak, paddle and life jacket
  • Bike and helmet for the cycle day

What do I need to bring?

BAGS

  • You can bring any kind of case of backpack for your main luggage
  • Daypack (20-30 litre rucksack) for personal belongings on hikes etc.
  • Waterproof cover/liner for daypack
  • Small drybag to take on the kayak for phone/camera and wallet etc.

CLOTHES

  • Light waterproof jacket
  • Light waterproof trousers
  • Fleece jacket or similar for cooler evenings in Munnar
  • Buff or neckscarf for sun protection
  • Lightweight trousers/shorts/skirts
  • T-shirts
  • Underwear & socks
  • Swimwear (for the beach at Kovalam & swimming pools at accommodations)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunhat
  • Something to sleep in
  • Hiking boots or shoes (worn-in)
  • Sandals

OTHER

  • Universal travel plug adapter
  • Passports (and visas)
  • Travel insurance documents
  • Ear plugs
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Personal first-aid kit (inc. blister treatment)
  • Personal items (biodegradable toiletries, sanitary wear etc)
  • Alcohol hand-gel
  • 1/2 x 1-litre reusable water bottles
  • Biodegradable wet-wipes
  • Energy bars and snacks - read our article on Best Hiking Snacks
*Requests for optional extras can be made after booking on your “My Bookings” page

Pre trip accommodation in Kochi (single, twin or double)

Payable Before Departure

Pre trip accommodation in Kochi (single, twin or double)

Post trip accommodation in Kovalam (single, twin or double)

Payable Before Departure

Post trip accommodation in Kovalam (single, twin or double)

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Payable Before Departure

Optional Private Room Upgrade

Private airport arrival transfer (1-4 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private airport arrival transfer (1-4 people)

Private airport departure transfer (1-4 people)

Payable Before Departure

Private airport departure transfer (1-4 people)

Elisabeth H.
An incredible week

As others have said, Just Do It. An incredible location with great guide and support crew. We were a small group of 4 which meant we had a bit more flexibility – including starting the Meesapulimala walk extra early to catch sunrise. Another highlight of the trip was kayaking lunch on the Backwater – Deliveroo Keralan style. Food great – if a bit samey by the end, take advantage when you can of not eating at the hotel. All activities comfortably do-able for a fit girly nearing 60.

Chris B.
Kerala Trip was fantastic

Wonderful trip to south India. The activities, food, and hotels were great. Our guide, Thileep, was the best ever. He was able to communicate his passion and love of Kerala to our group. If you are on the fence about this trip - do it. It was great.

The activities were moderate as described. Our group did a wonderful job staying together. We had tons of fun. We hiked, kayaked, and biked our way through Kerala. Couldn't think of a better way to experience this part of India. I'm now trying to convince all my friends to do this trip.

Graeme S.
If you are nervous about

If you are nervous about travelling to India, then this is a perfect way to experience the joys of this incredible country. If, on the other hand you have already experienced the North, you simply have to see beautiful Kerala - India at its best.

Our faultless guide, Tilip, made sure we had a fully authentic experience, and he gave us the confidence to safely try a wide range of foods from roadside stalls to small family run restaurants. All the food was simply wonderful.

The activities were awesome - challenging but just the right level of difficulty for a moderately fit 50 year old! Sunrise on the mountain climb and becoming part of the Indian "life-flow" on the cycling trip were real highlights.

Accommodation was far superior to Intrepid trips I have been on.

Overall, the perfect trip for anyone who wants to visit India, but needs a higher level of comfort and reassurance to do so.

Alex

An absolutely incredible trip. Everything was just the best. Everywhere was beautiful - the dramatic moody hills and tea plantation, the lush views from the bus, kayaking and the evening on the houseboat in the exquisite backwaters, cycling in the sun next to the sparkling sea on the coastal road, and the peacefulness of the final hotel. The hike, kayaking and cycling were really enjoyable, not too challenging and done at a relaxed and manageable pace. Every night we stayed in amazing, luxurious places - the houseboat and the outdoor bathrooms at the last two hotels were particularly special. Every meal was local and was incredible (and no one got ill).

More than any of that was the value added by our tour leader, Thilip. His knowledge, experience and passion for Kerala and for India gave us so much insight. His professionalism, diligence, kindness, empathy and humour meant everyone felt included and the whole trip ran smoothly and with a really calm and relaxed vibe. The local staff (driver, assistant driver, activity teams) were all brilliant and really added to the experience.

I can't recommend this trip enough. When I was looking at options I read someone else's review of this trip that said something like 'if you're thinking about this just do it'. I'd say exactly the same - if you're even considering it, just book and go. It will be an adventure of a lifetime.

Franzi

Amazing Trip, loved all the activities and the emerging in indian culture while staying active. The hike could have been longer, we startet at higher altitude than expected - was good with the group we were, but personally would have liked to do a little more Our Guide Tilip made sure we were happy, and shared so much knowledge about the history, local food, religion of kerala, he did an amazing job

Tim

We loved every minute of our trip. First time visitors to India in our 50s, we were looked after superbly. Everything was brilliantly organised; the hospitality was outstanding and our guide Thilip was exceptional- calm, knowledgable, passionate about Kerala, and great fun. I’d recommend wholeheartedly.

Tim

Amazing - we travelled through southern India with a wonderful group of like minded people and packed in so much that one week felt like three! Our local guide Thilip made all the arrangements feel effortless, all the while being an expert narrator on Keralan history, politics and religion. Will most definitely be back for more!

Karen

This tour was so much more than we expected. The activities were only one small part of the experience and we shared it with a really friendly group. Kerala is a truly spectacular part of the world and it was so much fun to experience it through hiking, kayaking and cycling. But best of all was Thilip, our tour coordinator. He obviously loves the Kerala region and is such an engaging host that we really felt like we got to know and grew to love the region and India as a country. We were so sad to say goodbye on the last day.

Sian

This is only the second time we’ve been on a group trip and it’s the first with MBA. We had a fantastic time. The group, despite a wide range of ages, abilities and experiences, got on famously. In addition to the advertised activities our guide, Thilip, offered us other interesting visits along the way. Thilip is a brilliant guide. He speaks excellent English, has great historical, natural and environmental knowledge and combines all of that with a sense of humour and willingness to have fun. He is passionate about Kerala and it was a pleasure to get to know him. Kerala is beautiful and the people are without exception friendly and welcoming. We would definitely come here again and we are already discussing our next MBA trip!

Tom

An amazing experience which I'll never forget, and the perfect introduction to India. Thileep, our tour leader was incredible and made my time completely worry-free. Also, a big surprise going into this was the incredible food. Mouth watering cuisine, with every meal being different, and lots of options.

We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity.

What's the number?
It works out on average at 527kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, guides, staff and office operations.

The only thing it doesn’t include right now is flights and travel to the destination. We do make an overall estimate across all our customers separately, but as we don’t book flights, have customers from all corners of the world, and no way of reliably knowing their travel plans, we simply can’t include an individual number in the figure on display here. We’ve got a goal to fix that, so that when you book, there is a way to measure and mitigate the carbon emitted by your flight too.

But what does the number mean?
Yep, hard to picture eh? To give you an idea:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you in it).
  • A return economy class flight London - New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air in a period of 5-10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our trips are relatively low-carbon by design, and we're working with all our hosts to develop long term carbon reduction plans. We partner with the World Land Trust to ensure this trip achieves Net-Zero emissions. We also support their Buy an Acre programme, helping local communities to buy and protect natural habitats in perpetuity, ensuring the protection of the reserve and its wildlife.

Want to know more?
Amazingly, no international travel company has ever publicly published their carbon measurements before, as far as we know. We believe that must change, quickly. So we’re openly sharing the method we used in the hope that other companies will be able to more easily follow suit and build on what we've done so far. You'll find it all here.

This is a light adventure, easily manageable by anyone with basic fitness and able to walk or ride a bike for a few hours. The Meesapulimala trek is the most strenuous part of the trip - it's not an overly difficult trek, with no lung-busting climbs or technical terrain to manage, but you will be on your feet for 5 or 6 hours. The cycling is very easy going on flat, coastal terrain with plenty of stops. As long as you can ride a bike, you will be fine. The kayaking is a very gentle and relaxing activity in the backwaters, with still, calm water - there are no huge distances to cover.

Houseboats in the Kerala backwaters have a mixed history with regard to their impact on the environment. In short: some are excellent, but some leave a lot to be desired, so we have carefully selected a boat and crew with a strong approach to sustainability. The Marvel houseboat is certified 'Golden Category' by the Department of Tourism in Kerala, using solar power for all the electrics on board and bio-septic plumbing to ensure non-toxic and non-harmful waste disposal. They have their own sewage plant, so waste is treated properly rather than being dumped in the backwaters. From 2022 onwards, the crew have moved away from using bottled water and instead use a large water dispenser to reduce their single-use plastic footprint. The houseboat only moves through the canals, lakes and rivers up until 17:00, after which time it is anchored in a safe lake area. From 17:00 to 06:00 is the time when local people go fishing in their small boats, so any noise will disturb their fishing activity which is their livelihood. The crew are all locals of Kuttanad in Alleppey, whose families depend on the backwaters – this gives the staff the ultimate incentive to protect this area.

Sure can! Over 70% of our travellers travel solo, it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

We recommend booking this trip in good time to ensure availability, but if you must book last minute then there are a few things to be aware of. If booking this trip within 31 days of departure, your enquiry will initially be 'on request' as the local host will need to check availability with each of the hotels before accepting your booking – this may take a day or two. Please do not book flights (or make other travel arrangements) until your booking has been accepted by the host. If at this stage some of the hotels only have availability in a higher room category than is included in the tour price, the host will let you know, and if you wish to proceed with your booking you will need to pay the supplement to cover the upgrade cost. Whilst we try to avoid supplements wherever possible, we feel that this is the fairest solution for everyone booked on the trip.

Please also ensure that you allow enough time to get a visa for entering India.

Visa requirements often change, and you are responsible for obtaining any required visas for this trip. The following advice may be subject to change. Please check with your nearest embassy or consulate for up-to-date advice.

All foreign nationalities entering India require a valid visa, which in most cases must be obtained in advance of travel (please check the regulations for your nationality). You must have a machine-readable passport, valid for at least 180 days from your arrival date in India. Persons of Indian origin must have an OCI card. Clients with a Pakistani passport or of Pakistani descent will need extra time and additional documents for visa processing.

Applicants of eligible countries can either apply online for an Indian e-Visa or apply for a Standard Visa, which involves an in-person visit to a branch of the Indian High Commission's Visa Facilitation Service (VFS). There have been delays to Standard Visa processing times so please book your appointment ASAP if using this service.

Travellers eligible for an e-visa, which includes those from the UK, US, CA and EU, can apply online via https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html. Applications for 30-day e-Tourist visas can be made from 30 days before the proposed date of travel and not less than 4 days before your arrival date in India (applications for multiple entry 1-year e-Tourist visas can be made from 120 days in advance).

Applications for a Standard Visa (requiring both an online application and an in-person appointment) can be made via the VFS Global website.

Optional Tipping Kitty: Tipping is part of the culture in India. Your guide will offer to run a tipping kitty whereby everybody contributes an equal amount and they then take care of tipping on behalf of the group. This is often the easiest way to avoid the hassles of needing small change and knowing when and what is an appropriate amount to tip. The tipping kitty will cover tips for drivers, any additional local guides, and hotel staff (excludes restaurant tips). Your guide will keep a running record of all monies spent which you can ask to see at any time. Participation in this kitty is at your discretion and you are welcome to manage your own tipping separately if you prefer. For this trip, the kitty will be in the region of INR 3,000 per person (8 days). Please note the tipping kitty excludes tips for your main guide.

Tipping your Main Guide: If you have received excellent service and wish to tip your guide, the amount is entirely a personal preference and you are free to tip any amount you feel is appropriate. As a rough guideline only, your host recommends INR 4,000 - 4,500 per person (8 days) but you may decide to tip more or less as you see fit. Remember, a tip is not compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

Filtered water is available at most of the hotels you stay at on this trip - you can fill up your refillable bottle and bike bottle from your hotel each day. Additionally, your tour leader and driver will carry a large container of purified water for the group to refill their bottles from.

Kerala's weather and climate can be split into 3 seasons:

Winter season: September to March
Summer season: March to the end of May
Monsoon season: end of May to mid-November

Winter season is generally the best time to visit Kerala, with comfortable temperatures, pleasant weather and lower humidity. Expect temperatures between 22°C / 71°F and 30°C / 86°F, however, in the higher altitude area around Munnar things will be much cooler at 10-15°C / 50-59°F. In the summer months of April and May, Munnar becomes a great place to avoid the heat, as while temperates creep up in lower areas, they remain in the late teens at the hill stations. We don't run trips between June and September during the monsoon season.

This trip starts and ends at different hotels in different parts of Kerala, so it's not viable to leave luggage in Kochi at the start of your trip. The same vehicle is used throughout the adventure, so you are free to leave additional luggage securely in the vehicle for the duration of your adventure through Kerala.

We recommend checking out the country specific information here and also talking to a travel nurse.

No. You'll need to have a larger bag suitable for all your belongings which will be transported for you, and then a small daysack to carry personal items during each day of activity.

You'll be using sit-on-top kayaks. These are very stable and easy to paddle for everyone, from new paddlers through to experienced paddlers. Sit-on-top kayaks can be used on the sea, estuaries, rivers, lakes and canals. Your host has a mixture of single and double kayaks for use, depending on the group size and individual preference. It's more than likely that you'll be able to have a go at both during the trip.

Ramadan will take place from 22nd March to 20th April 2023 and 10th March to 8th April 2024. The national holiday of Eid ul-Fitr will follow for 2-3 days. Ramadan is an Islamic festival where the religious do not eat or drink during daylight hours. While this is a really interesting time to travel, you can expect some business hours will be shortened, alcohol is not permitted during daylight hours and some restaurants will be closed during this festival period. Activities for local people tend to be limited during the day and the nights are very active in cities with lots of different foods being sold and consumed. However in hotel restaurants and tourist areas food and drink are served as normal and Ramadan will not affect the inclusions on your trip.

Our recommended travel insurance provider is Campbell Irvine.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all of our adventures and you are required to provide your policy information before departing.

Your insurance should include adequate protection for overseas medical treatment, evacuation/repatriation, your baggage and equipment and the specific activities involved on your adventure. We also strongly recommend it includes cancellation and curtailment insurance, should you be unable to join your trip for specific reasons such as illness.

We fully endorse Campbell Irvine as their insurance offers all of the above, so get in touch with them or call on 020 7938 1734 to get your insurance sorted. We suggest that you book travel insurance as soon as you book your adventure, just to cover you for any last-minute life changes. We know you’re an active lot and injuries do happen!

We automatically convert prices from the local currency that a host receives to your chosen currency. We update our exchange rates on a daily basis so this does mean that prices displayed on the site are subject to currency fluctuations, which is why you may see them change over time.

If you wish to change the currency you pay in, head to the bottom of the page.

All of our group adventures are specially designed for adults to enjoy (18+) as we want these adventures to bring together outdoorsy people who are truly like-minded. Children can be accommodated on some private departures.

You're always in good company on one of our adventures.

Our trips are typically made up of a mixture of solo travellers and small groups of 2 or 3 friends, with most in their 30s-50s.

Our sociable adventures are solo-friendly by design and naturally attract outdoorsy people with a shared mindset; a love for adventure, a desire to push themselves and meet awesome, like-minded people along the way.

It’s this camaraderie that has so often turned a great adventure into a life-changing one.

Don't just take our word for it:

  • 95% of people rate the group dynamics on our trips 5/5
  • 90% of people recommend joining a trip to make new friends
  • 75% of people have met people on our trips that they would now consider friends

See here for more info about the Much Better Adventures tribe.

Interested in a more exclusive experience? Opt for a 'Private Group' through the dates and prices tab to book this adventure for just you and your chosen companions.

Your trip is led by carefully curated local hosts and expert guides. See here for more info about the guides we work with.

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March 2024

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