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Costa Rica Traverse

I have postponed sending this letter until now so as to be uninfluenced by post-trip emotions, as it were. But even 9 months on, I still cannot help but praise this expedition. It was a wonderful mixture of guides & people. The grade was enough to focus you on the task in hand, and to get a real feeling & respect for the land. The kindness & generosity displayed by ALL of the WE representatives on the trip all complimented the experience, turning it away from a regular organised expedition and into something more - something that has fed and quickened soul - and for adventure. Thank you.

Simon Stuart | Gloucester
 
 

Types of Adventures

Our adventure travel holidays are rated not just in terms of the destinations we visit but also by the type of journey and activity we offer. To ensure you select your ideal adventure holiday please review this section of our website, where we define all of the activities we offer as well as our grading system. If you have any further questions send us an email or give us a call.

View more details on how we define our trip grading system.

 
 

ADVENTURE DETAILS

Mountaineering
Mountaineering
Mountaineering

These include mountaineering treks to some of the world’s most spectacular mountain ranges in the company of some of the world’s most experienced mountain guides. We explore remote peaks and passes in Nepal, India, the Tian Shan and Pamirs of Central Asia and Western China, the Cordillera Real in Bolivia, Aconcagua – the highest mountain in the southern hemisphere, Ojos del Salado – the highest volcano in the world, Mt Elbrus – the highest mountain in Europe, Mont Blanc – the highest in the European Alps and Mt Cook in New Zealand.

Our mountaineering expeditions involve trekking on remote trails in variable conditions for up to eight to twelve hours a day. They include travel on snow and ice requiring the use of mountaineering boots, crampons and ice axe. Expect to carry up to 12-15kgs in your rucksack on various stages of the expedition. You will spend a reasonable portion of the trip at altitude (with some days in excess of 5500-7500m) and normally have several camps on glaciers. You will need an excellent level of fitness and be completely comfortable in adverse weather conditions in remote areas. Suggested preparation for mountaineering expeditions: you will need to be very fit and healthy.  A minimum of 1 hour of aerobic exercise per session, four to five times a week is essential.  Running and cycling in hilly areas is particularly beneficial as are multi day walks on the weekends.   This is the ideal time to try out your boots and other gear to make sure you are prepared and ready for your expedition.   If you are considering Intermediate or advanced level trips, you will need to discuss your preparation leading up to the trip with our expert staff. 

In addition it is essential that you also read and understand our grading system and also refer to the specific trip notes for more detailed information.

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  • Entry Level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks

    Entry Level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks

    Entry Level Mountaineering or Exploratory Treks
    These adventures are classed as expeditions. They involve either extreme trekking and or basic mountaineering. Expect remote and poorly defined trails in variable weather conditions for up to 12 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude). This may include a number of demanding high pass crossings and evacuation may be difficult from remote areas. Suitable for first time mountaineers wishing to take the step from trekking into the realm of mountaineering. Prior experience trekking at altitude is preferable but not essential and you should be comfortable in adverse weather conditions. Prior technical mountaineering experience is not necessary. Terrain will involve low angle snow slopes. Ropes may be used during treks for glacier travel and steeper sections of ice and snow. When mountaineering, basic mountaineering instruction is given by our mountaineering guides.

    Suggested preparation: For grade 8-10 mountaineering expeditions you will need to be very fit and healthy. A minimum of 1 hour of aerobic exercise per session, four to five times a week is essential. Running and cycling in hilly areas is particularly beneficial as are multi day walks on the weekends. This is the ideal time to try out your boots and other gear to make sure you are prepared and ready for your expedition. If you are considering Intermediate or advanced level trips, you will need to discuss your preparation leading up to the trip with our expert staff.

  • Intermediate Mtn Expedition

    Intermediate Mtn Expedition

    Intermediate Mtn Expedition
    Participants should be competent and self sufficient in the outdoors and have experience in multi day trekking at altitude. Prior experience on an entry level mountaineering expedition is highly recommended. The terrain will involve low to moderate angle snow slopes and traveling on crevassed glaciers. Experience using ice axe and crampons is preferred but not essential.

    Suggested preparation: For grade 8-10 mountaineering expeditions you will need to be very fit and healthy. A minimum of 1 hour of aerobic exercise per session, four to five times a week is essential. Running and cycling in hilly areas is particularly beneficial as are multi day walks on the weekends. This is the ideal time to try out your boots and other gear to make sure you are prepared and ready for your expedition. If you are considering Intermediate or advanced level trips, you will need to discuss your preparation leading up to the trip with our expert staff.

  • Advanced Mtn Expedition

    Advanced Mtn Expedition

    Advanced Mtn Expedition
    These are our most challenging expeditions. Clients must have prior mountaineering experience. Most are participatory expeditions & involve load carrying, setting up of camps, cooking and campcraft. Altitude is generally greater than 6500m. Some of these expeditions also involve “technical” climbing and are for experienced alpine climbers / mountaineers only. Technical expeditions involve steep climbing at high altitude (including rock climbing). Participation on one of these expeditions is subject to acceptance by one of our high altitude mountaineering guides.

    Suggested preparation: For grade 8-10 mountaineering expeditions you will need to be very fit and healthy. A minimum of 1 hour of aerobic exercise per session, four to five times a week is essential. Running and cycling in hilly areas is particularly beneficial as are multi day walks on the weekends. This is the ideal time to try out your boots and other gear to make sure you are prepared and ready for your expedition. If you are considering Intermediate or advanced level trips, you will need to discuss your preparation leading up to the trip with our expert staff.

Countries we visit
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Fred Hollows Foundation
Porter Protect
Wilderness
The Himalayan Trust UK
World Expeditions hold an Air Travel Organisers Licence (ATOL) no. 4491 issued by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA). All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this website are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to www.atol.org.uk/ATOLCertificate.