Mountain 

Adventures

Tanzania

 “Kilimanjaro is a snow-covered mountain 19,710 feet high, and is said to be the highest mountain in Africa. Its western summit is called the Masai 'Ngaje Ngai', the House of God. Close to the western summit there is a dried and frozen carcas of a leopard. No one has explained what the leopard was seeking at that altitude.” Ernest Hemingway "The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories"

  • Climb Africa's highest peak from the remote Kenyan side of Kilimanjaro

  • See rare equatorial glaciers 

  • Feel the beautiful and friendly African culture 

  • View one of the greatest animal kingdoms from 6km a.s.l 

  • Encounter elephants, giraffe, lions, monkeys and more

Standing astride the equator, yet permanently snow-capped at 5895m (19340ft), Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's roof top and the world's highest free standing mountain. Surrounded by some of the world's greatest game reserves, Kilimanjaro towers above these hot, fertile plains like a massive sentinel, beckoning adventurers to climb her. Ernest Hemingway believed that the massif was as "wide as the world itself", and from Moshi or Arusha one cannot fault the great writters impression.

Many travelers are attracted to her highest point - Uhuru Peak on Kibo - which can be reached by several easy walking or scrambling tracks. The two main summits of Kilimanjaro: craggy Mawenzi, 5149m, and 'flat-topped', Kibo, 5896m are separated by The Saddle, a 5km wide, high-altitude, semi-desert. Kilimanjaro possesses a whole range of environments including the summit glaciers, scree, cliffs, afro-alpine moorland then forests which lead down to cultivated foothills.

Borneo

This is no package tour!!  

We will be spending time in the heart of the Borneo jungle under the canopy and a meal over the fire. 

We will spend a few days with the Orangutan and the Sun bears, then an off to the ocean for some of the worlds very best scuba diving and snorkelling and a chance to chill out in the sun.


Borneo has some of the last untouched rainforests in the world, with wildlife and plant life that you just can’t see anywhere else. We hadn’t moved far on my first trek before being greeted by an orangutan.

You can navigate through the tangled jungle, vines dangling around you, or scale the jagged peaks above.

Sabah is Borneo’s northernmost state, which juts out towards the Philippines. In the east of Sabah, Tabin wildlife reserves one of Borneo’s largest protected forests and a dedicated breeding ground for endangered wildlife.

The extensive network of trails dotted with the occasional lookout tower means there’s a multitude of different trekking routes through the jungle, spend a few hours making your way to a nearby waterfall or tackle a full day route and enjoy lunch surrounded by rustling jungle and a night under the jungle canopy.

Binoculars are vital to make the most of the wildlife all around. Your guide, with eyes like a hawk, spotted the tiniest sliver of an orangutan through the trees. Asian pygmy elephants, found almost exclusively in northern Borneo, have a smaller territory here than in other reserves, giving you the best chance of encountering them.

 

 

Day 1 – Arrive in Koto Kimabalu, one of our team will meet you and transfer you to one of the local 4 start hotel, and the rest of the day you will be able to see the sights and sounds of KK.

 

Day 2 – After Breakfast we head out on our private transport to Mount kinabalu (South East Asia’s highest Mountain) After lunch we will start our assent up the mountain followed by and evening meal on a mountain lodge before the early start to summit the mountain the next day.

 

Day 3 – Summit day, we will be up very early as this will give the team the opportunity to summit and see the stunning sunrise over Borneo, then for the steady walk back down to the lodge for breakfast, then down the mount to celebrate the success. We then take our transport to this evenings hotel.

 

Day 4 – Today we head to the jungle, only a short drive to see the orangutans, after lunch we will head out to hopefully see the wild orangutans feeding and spend time close up the “Old man of Borneo” then back to our lodge to relax in the jungle gardens.

 

Day 5 – Once we have had breakfast, we will head up river by traditional wooden boats to our jungle camp in the heart of the Bornean jungle, with a wide verity of animals on our door step. In the afternoon we will take part in a number of safaris from boat base and a night walks to see some of the hundreds of spices of animals, this evening we can sit round the fire with a few drinks and chat about the adventure so far.

 

Day 6 – After a great night sleep in the jungle, we head out on the river early to get the most of the early morning wildlife and if we are lucky we could see some of the local pigmy elephants that live in the this area. This day will be packed with time to relax and taking part in a number of safari trip, this evening the locals will cook a traditional meal for the team as we relax by the fire.

 

Day 7 – We say goodbye to the jungle to day and head out to the coast, after a short boat trip we meet our transport and head down to the coast. Tonight, we will be back in hotels.

 

Day 8 - If you are starting out scuba diving or have been diving for years we will set up the next day to suit your needs. Today we will be starting our scuba diving / relaxing or snorkelling.

 

Day 9 – A Day at the coast taking part in Scuba or other type activates.

 

Day 10 – By the Sea (Scuba diving)

 

Day 11 – By the Sea (Scuba diving)

 

Day 12 – Today we just dive in the morning or you can just relax by the sea, after lunch we head to the local town, and this is a great chance to pick up from local handy crafts and gifts to take back home, tonight we will be in a hotel as we will be flying to mainland Malaysia tomorrow.

 

Day 13 – After an east morning the team will fly to Kuala Lumpur and settle into our hotel for the night after a fantastic local meal.

 

Day 14 – This is your opportunity to experience the new and old of KL. That evening we will head out to a great local place to eat before our flight back to the UK.

 

Day 15 – Flight back home.


£2000 

Ecuador

Galapagos. Focusing on the Central and Southern islands of San Cristobal, Santa Cruz and Isabela, you will be able to discover these enchanted islands in a way you never thought possible.

The program comes alive in a unique way as you sea kayak and snorkel in the marine reserve, or hike and even mountain bike on the highlands. Diving in the world-class marine reserve is optional, but highly recommended. The main highlights will be hiking to the Sierra Negra Volcano on Isabela; paddling sea-kayaks in crystal clear waters past penguins or sea lion pups; mountain biking to the top of Santa Cruz in search of giant tortoises; and snorkelling or scuba-diving through huge shoals of tropical fish.

Based in high quality hotels with daily activities suitable for all levels, this week long program combines the best of the Galapagos - nature, wildlife, history and landscapes along with adventure and sports. You visit areas that other cruise-based groups cannot reach, and in so doing you are able to share experiences with the local people and learn more about the challenges they face living on these islands and support local people through this sustainable program.

 

There are also plenty of options for extending your trip in Ecuador afterwards, or including this programme within a longer South American adventure.

And after a long day of fun, we return to our eco-friendly boutique hotel for gourmet meals and refined hospitality. Perfect!

Montenegro

26th June – 7th July 2019

There aren’t many places in the world where you can white water rafting a remote canyon and a few days later be scuba diving a sunken ship wreck of the Mediterranean Sea and all within three hours of the UK.

We have put this action-packed adrenaline filled holiday together with some very special location, with over 20 years of adventure travel JAC coaching has been putting together “Once in a life time trips” to just about every region of the world.

WHITE WATER RAFTING

RAFT THE WORLD’S 2ND DEEPEST CANYON the Grand Canyon is a mere 200m deeper than the Tara River Gorge so throw yourself into your raft and experience this from on the water. Take on wild rapids, go with the flow through calm pools and pitch up next to beautiful waterfalls.

SCUBA DIVING

We only use the best, JAC have some of the most experienced scuba dive guild, you are in safe hands. During our trip to Montenegro we partner with a local PADI (professional association of dive instructors) 5* credited center to help provide Safe, Processional and fun courses to our guests. You will have the option to gain your Open water, Advanced open water scuba diving award or just take part in some very fun dives all with the supervision / instruction from one of our experienced team members.

A PLACE TO STAY

We only use the very best place to stay to give you as special experience of the place, the culture and the people of each location we run trips and Montenegro is no exception. In the Tara Gorge (Rafting) we have a stunning location right on the side of the this helps massively with cutting down driving and on a evening you are able to sit with a beer next to the river you have just white water rafted. During our stay all our food (and there is lots of it) will be provided, you will just need to buy and alcoholic drinks (is very cheap) The accommodation we use on site comprise of twin and double cabins that are en-suit.

DAY TO DAY

26th June, Day One – You will arrive at Tivat airport in the morning, one of the JAC team will meet you and we will travel though the mountain to the Tara river, where will setting in to the river camp and have a late lunch before a safety briefing from one of our white water guild, the rest of the afternoon you can relax by the river of just chill out in the sun and take in the stunning views, in the evening we will have a three course meal provided by a local chef (you will not be left hungry) Then into the evening with a few drinks round the fire.

27th June, Day Two – After a full breakfast, we will get ready into our rafting equipment and get on the river at our own beach, today you will pass though some stunning location and big rapids with help and guidance from our experienced guilds. The river trip ends at the boarder of Montenegro and Bosnia, where our drivers are ready for to drive us back to our river camp for a shower and a hot late lunch. The rest of the afternoon you can relax in the sun.

28th June, Day Three – Now it get interesting, after a big breakfast and getting into our rafting equipment we take the 4x4’s up river to the get in, after a few easy going rapids we soon get stuck into some big rapids, today will be full of adrenalin and action and you are sure to end the trip with a massive smile and lots of memories of the Tara river. Once back at our river camp and after a hot shower and lunch we will be setting up for our river party, this a tradition the world over, to celebrate a great trip, after a massive evening meal we will get the opportunity to taste some of Montenegro’s finest spirts and chat about the last few days on the Tara river.

29th June, Day Four – After breakfast we pack up and head off though the mountains to our next part of the adventure, on the way we will stop off at some truly remote and stunning villages for a coffee and a photo opportunity before arriving at the coast, in the afternoon we will check into our coast base for the next few days of scuba diving, Evening meal will be provided today.


30th June, Day Five – Today you will meet the scuba diving team and get ready to start your first steps to becoming a qualified scuba diver of if you are already a qualified diver, you will be out on the boat with one of our dive guilds. Breakfast only is provided today.


1st July, Day Six – Carrying on from the previse day you will carry on with your scuba diving course. Breakfast only provided.


2nd July, Day Seven – By now you are on track to be a fully qualified scuba diver, we will all be out on the boat today for an action-packed day of improving skills and spending some quality time with the local marine life. Breakfast only provided.


3rd July, Day Eight – today you will be finishing of your scuba course and now about to become a qualified scuba diver with the world’s largest scuba course provider. Breakfast only provided.


4th July, Day Nine – After all that hard work we will have a day in the old town, taking in then sights of the citadel and the local cafes and traditional shops. Breakfast only provided.


5th July, Day ten – Now you are all qualified diver we are all going to head out on the sea to dive one of the local ship wrecks under the guidance of our qualified scuba team, we will also take a number of underwater video and still cameras to capture this once in a life time chance to dive with real history of the deep. Tonight, is Friday night and Montenegro having some spectacular night life, after a meal in town you are more than welcome to stay out until the early hours and party like a local. Breakfast only provided.


6th July, Day Eleven – A well-deserved rest day (and we need a No dive day before our flight) after maybe a light night our partying, we will have an easy-going breakfast and a day to relax on the beach of finish of any last chance shopping on town, before our final evening meal. Breakfast and evening meal provided.


7th July, Day twelve – After breakfast we will take our transport to Tivat airport to catch our flight back to the UK and say goodbye.

COST INCLUDE

  • All arrival and departure transfer services to and from Airport both Domestic and International with other necessary surface transport as per itinerary. 

  • Assistance at the International airport by JAC representative while arriving and departing.

  • 3 Nights’ accommodations at our White-water raft site (All meals)

  • Local English-speaking Guide though out.

  • Necessary staffs including experienced guides and porters during holiday. 

  • Private transportation for the team

  • All white-water rafting equipment.

  • 3 meals a day (Breakfasts, Lunch and Dinners with tea or coffee) During rafting.

  • 4* Hotel and Breakfast included during scuba diving.

  • Rafting / Diving Permit (National Park entry fee)

  • Experienced, Trained and international Licensed Guide(s)

  • All wages, equipment, medical and accidental Insurances for all involved staffs. 

  • First Aid medical kits for the Group and the staffs.

  • All necessary paper works, office Service charge and Government Taxes

  • Complete pre-departure information, flight ticket reconfirmation and visa extension procedure services (if necessary) 

  • 7L Aquapac Dry bag. (to keep you day kit dry)

  • -20% off All aquapac products (we will send you a coupon code)

COST EXCLUDE

  • Lunch and Dinner during Scuba diving.

  • Any packed food/snacks, drinks, energy drinks, mineral water, alcohol, cigarettes, chocolates, nutria-bars 

  • Items of personal nature, Laundry Expenses, Tips

  • Expenses incurred towards usage of landlines, mobiles, walkie-talkies or satellite phones And Internet expenses

  • Clothing, Packing Items or Bags, Personal Medical Kit.

  • Any extra services or products or offers or activities which are not mentioned in the itinerary

  • Any extra expenses arising out of various/unforeseen situations like natural calamities, landslides, political disturbances, strikes, changes in Government regulations, 

  • Any additional staff other than specified.

  • Rescue, Repatriation, Medicines, Medical Tests and Hospitalization expenses.

  • Medical Insurance and emergency rescue evacuation if required.

  • Travel Insurance and helicopter rescue.

  • Airfare of international flights.

  • Tips, gifts, souvenirs.

  • Any other item not included in “THE PACKAGE COST INCLUDES” SECTION


 

Cost per person based on two people sharing £1100

Chile

"This landscape of blue, green and silver, of granite spires, glaciers, lakes, mountains and daisy-filled meadows, robs you of words. I quote Gerard Manley Hopkins to myself, the nearest I can get to doing justice to the view beyond the tent's opening flap: "The world is charged with the grandeur of God…" – words that could have been written for this place".Kate Kellaway from The Observer.

The W Trek has become an icon of Patagonia and encapsulates some of the most dramatic parts of this amazing geological wonder. Within the southern tip of the South American continent, the Paine landscape has been dramatically sculpted by ferocious winds from Antarctica, powerful glaciers and the ever shifting continental plates. For you as the trekker, you will be witness to a rugged and spectacular landscape, dominated by jagged peaks and enormous glaciers.

 

Our expeditions run between October and March each year as this is when the area is accessible after the frigid winter. However nights can still get cold. Our expedition starts and ends in the acclaimed Eco Camp Patagonia where we will stay on nights 1, 3 and 4. This 5 day trip takes in all the best of the park for those that have more exploring of South America in their itinerary.

Morocco

The Atlas Mountains span 2500 km across northern Africa, through Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. The range's highest peaks however can be found in Morocco culminating in the highest of all, Jebal Toubkal at 4167m.

 

Your adventure starts in the bustling city of Marrakesh, with its small alley ways, beautiful palaces and souqs and exquisite architecture. One can really sense that this ancient town was an important trading and religious hub over the centuries. 

Nepal

COURSE OVERVIEW

Naya Kanga Peak 5844m (19,160ft) is an interesting and appropriate Himalayan peak for an introductory climb in Nepal. The peak is accessible to a wide range of climbers, it is aesthetic and straightforward yet challenging, a perfect objective for a guided beginner climb. The Naya Kanga trekking peak lies in the Langtang region ofNepal. The peak is located at 28°10'06''Nand 85°32'56''E. Most climbers attempt the peak from the Northeast ridge which is considered the normal climbing route. The best time of year to climb Naya Kanga is in the spring (April, May) and autumn (October, November) months. This expedition is suitable for trekkers who would like to gain expedience of climbing in the Himalayas.

Our Nepal base for training will take you deep into the beautiful and remote setting of Langtang close to the Tibetan border where you will learn your skills among some magnificent and shapely. You will undergo training in Alpine skills and learn what it feels like to be part of an expedition whilst also being able to attempt your first Himalayan Peak. The course is ideal for regular walkers or climbers who want to broaden their experience under the guidance of our expert leaders and instructors. No technical skills are required but you will need a good level of fitness.

  • Use of Ice Axe and Crampons

  • Glacial Travel

  • Crevasse Rescue

  • Travelling on fixed lines

  • Abseiling

  • Building High Altitude Camps

  • Food issues at altitude

  • Cooking and Boiling Water at high Altitude

  • Medical & Heath issues

  • Equipment for high altitude

  • Mountain Weather

  • AMS – Acute mountain sickness

  • Avalanche awareness & snow conditions

  • Local Culture

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

No technical skills are required but you will need a good level of fitness and previous mountain walker experience.

WEATHER

The weather should be pleasant during the day with cooler evenings and nights. Nepal is mostly dry from late September to early June (the trekking season) and is coldest from November to February.

A TYPICAL DAY

Most days start around 7.00am just after sunrise enabling us to make the most of the cool morning air and involve around 6-8 hours of walking/climbing. Summit days will be the exception when we often start at around 1am. We will have the support of a local cook throughout the expedition. In the high camps we will prepare our own water and use specialist high altitude food

WHAT YOU NEED TO PROVIDE

You will need your personal equipment as detailed in the clothing and equipment list. Specialist items such as sleeping bags and down jackets can be hired or purchased in Kathmandu.

WHAT TO CARRY

This trek is fully supported by a team of porters. You will only need to carry a light daypack at the very most on the trek in and out. A 50L rucksack is a useful size to your sleeping bag, sleeping at and personal summit day kit up to the high camp. On the trek in and out it will all be carried by porters between two people with a maximum weigh of 25kg per porter.

 

HEALTH

 

All our UK leaders hold first aid certificates and carry a fully equipped first aid kit for medical emergencies. However, you should bring your own supplies of plasters, blister prevention pads (Compeed), Paracetamol etc. and any medication you are taking. Contact your GP around eight weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Country specific information and advice is published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre, and useful information about healthcare abroad, including a country- by-country guide of reciprocal health care agreements with the UK, is available from NHS Choices. Tap or stream water should never be drunk without first sterilizing with chlorine dioxide tablets or by boiling. Please remember that even if water comes out of a tap in the mountains, it has not passed through any purification system.

INSURANCE

Insurance which covers mountain rescue, evacuation and medical expenses is essential. You should note there are no official mountain rescue services in Nepal and that any evacuation in the event of a serious medical emergency to the nearest hospital will be by land and not by helicopter. We will require a copy of your insurance prior to departure. (We are able to point you in the best direction)

RESPONSIBLE TOURISM

We employ local staff to work alongside our own expedition leader giving employment beyond farming. We ask that you restrict showers to those lodges that have electricity or solar power, thus reducing deforestation. Be prepared to wash using bowls of warm water or ‘wet ones’. We recommend you dispose of burnable rubbish at the lodges but take other items such as bottles and batteries back to Kathmandu. You can avoid plastic bottles of water by bringing sterilizing tablets and a refillable bottle to drink local pumped water. Soft drinks should be purchased in glass bottles that can be recycled.

ALTITUDE

If this is your first trip to altitude you may have concerns about the effects of altitude. Don’t worry, our itineraries allow sufficient time to acclimatize. You may experience a headache or a little breathlessness, the best way to avoid such symptoms is to do everything slowly, walk at a gentle steady pace and drink plenty of fluid. Should you be the exception, we can allow you to stay an extra night at a lower level and follow with one of our local guides.

USEFUL TIPS

Just in case your main luggage goes missing en route, it is a good idea to wear your boots on the plane. Most other things can be replaced but comfortable, well worn-in boots are more difficult to replace. We suggest you purchase and carry a roll of toilet paper; extra can be bought en route. Rubbish should be disposed of at the end of each day.

BAGGAGE

For your own comfort, travel light. Normally airlines restrict baggage to 23kg, but you will be wearing boots and one set of trekking clothes. Some items can be left at the hotel for your return. A suitable kit bag is provided but important items should also be packed in plastic / dray bags.


VISAS AND PERMITS

UK citizens and most EU nationals can purchase Visas on arrival. All other countries should check with their local embassy. Passports must be valid for at least six months after the end date of the trip.

LOCAL COSTS

All accommodation as per the itinerary and most meals are included. Individuals are responsible for drinks throughout and hotel meals which gives the flexibility to choose where you eat. You would be responsible for any extra night’s accommodation or costs (including fees for changes to International flights), due to you finishing the trip early or to unavoidable delays. All additional payments would need to be paid for whilst in Nepal.

CURRENCY

The currency in Nepal is the Rupee (NPR) but you cannot get rupees outside of Nepal - therefore take UK sterling or US$ and exchange on arrival in Kathmandu. Don’t try and change money in the street in Nepal as it is illegal. ATMs and change bureaux are available in the arrivals hall at the airport and in Kathmandu. It is best to change all the money you need in Kathmandu.

TIPPING

Tipping is generally expected and part of everyday life. We generally tip our own local staff as a whole.

KIT BAG / DRY BAG

All our clients who reside in the UK will receive a FREE Dry duffle bag. The bag will be posted to you approx. 3 weeks prior to your departure.

FLIGHTS AND JOINING ARRANGEMENTS

If you have booked your own flights you need to let us know your arrival time as we will pick you up from Kathmandu airport. Please make sure you are in Kathmandu on day one of the expedition.

Day 01: Arrival in Kathmandu and transfer to the hotel.

Day 02: Drive Kathmandu to Syabru besi.

Day 04: Shyabru besi - Lama Hotel.

Day 05: Lama Hotel - Langtang.

Day 06: Langtang - Kyanjing Gompa.

Day 07: Kyanjing Gompa (Training day)

Day 08: Kyanjing Gompa - Naya Kanga Base camp.

Day 09: Naya Kanga Base camp (Training day)

Day 10: High camp.

Day 11: Attempt to summit (extra day).

Day 12: Summit Naya Kanga and back to Base camp.

Day 13: Base camp - Kyanging Gompa - Langtang village. – Possible Helicopter back to Kathmandu (Extra cost TBC)

Day 14: Trekking

Day 15: Trekking / Bus to Kathmandu.

Day 16: Drive to airport for departure.

 

KIT LIST -

Equipment:
Member personal equipment (for Trekking / Climbing)
 

  • Winter climbing boots x1

  • Walking / Trekking shoe x1

  • Crampon x1

  • Summit Glove (Mitten) x1

  • Normal gloves x2

  • Summit Snow goggles x1

  • Glacier glasses x1

  • Ice axe x1

  • Harness x1

  • Jumar x1

  • Carabiners (normal) x3

  • Sleeping bag (-25C) x1

  • Camping mat x1

  • Summit socks x2

  • Normal socks x3

  • Climbing bag (40 ltr) x1

  • Helmet x1

  • Down jacket x1

  • Down trouser x1

  • 8 finger / descender x1

  • Headlamp / Batterys x1

  • Waterproof jacket x1

  • Waterproof trouser x1

  • Fleece jacket x1

  • Walking trousers x2

  • Fleece liner gloves x3

  • Screw Gate Carabiner x1

  • Buff x1

  • Thermos bottle x1

  • Base layer (woolen) x2 (set)

  • Water bottle normal x1

  • Camping mug x1

  • Camera x1

  • Book / Kindal x1

 

Participation Statement

We recognise that climbing, hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.

Adventure Travel – Accuracy of Itinerary

Although it is our intention to operate this itinerary as printed, it may be necessary to make some changes as a result of flight schedules, climatic conditions, limitations of infrastructure or other operational factors. As a consequence, the order or location of overnight stops and the duration of the day may vary from those outlined. You should be aware that some events are beyond our control and we would ask for your patience.

North Korea

Now for something completely different!

NORTH KOREA, Yep North Korea we are heading out there for what could be the ultimate adventure trip so far, with visits to the iconic sites and an insight to this very secretive country, plus a few days skiing / Snowboarding (How cool would that be telling your stories of snowboarding in North Korea)

We will be with every step of the way to keep you safe and enjoy the stunning county of North Korea. We will be limited to a maximum of 10 guest for this one as you can imagine its no package tour.

 

North Korea Holidays

The Korean war ended in 1953 and since then the Korean Peninsula has been divided by a demilitarised zone (DMZ) separating the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) in the north and the Republic of Korea (ROK) in the south. North Korea is by no means an ordinary tourist destination! Unless there is a major change in the country’s circumstances under the new leadership of the youthful Kim Jong-un, visiting North Korea will remain something rarely available, and only for the fortunate few. Probably the most mysterious country in the world, sometimes known as ‘the Hermit Kingdom’, it has historically been controversial and has shut out the rest of the world. Therefore, by only periodically opening and closing its doors to foreigners, it consequently remains one of the world’s most inaccessible countries with few international friends. With our specialists having organized countless trips to North Korea, you will be offered valuable advice to tailor a perfect trip to this isolated but interesting country.


Tour Highlights

  • Visit Kumsusan Palace of the Sun (mausoleum of the leaders), the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and captured spy ship USS Pueblo, and other Pyongyang highlights

  • Shop with the locals at Kwangbok Supermarket

  • Visit a local school and help out with English lessons in Pyongsong

  • See historic Kaesong, Panmunjom, and the Korean Demilitarised Zone up close

  • Dine on cold noodles, Pyongyang's specialty, at Pyongyang's most famous restaurant

  • The relaxed coastal city of Wonsan

 

In this comprehensive 8-day tour to North Korea, you’ll see absolutely everything from the political sites of Pyongyang such as the mausoleum of Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il, and the Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum to the rugged countryside mountains of Mt. Myohyang and pristine beaches of the east coast port city of Wonsan! You’ll even get a chance to visit Pyongsong, a satellite city of Pyongyang which has been recently open in 2013. Of course, no visit to North Korea would be complete without a visit to the DMZ dividing North and South Korea and we will do so a day-trip that includes other historic UNESCO sites! This will be one life-changing week sure to satisfy your curiosity in this fascinating country!

Day 01: Train Beijing - Dandong

Before starting one your adventure with us, we will meet at the Beijing Airport and one of the team will get you checked in to your hotel for the night. The next day we will attend a pre-tour briefing that covers regulations, etiquette, safety, and practicalities for travel in North Korea. The briefing lasts approximately one hour followed by a question and answer session. A proper briefing is an essential part of travel to North Korea. 

After that, we will provide you with assistance with the boarding the overnight train to Pyongyang stop en route in Dandong. Your North Korea tour has already begun.

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight sleeper train

 

 

Day 02: Dandong - Pyongyang Arrival

 

The train arrives into Dandong train station in the morning. You have some free before continue boarding another train to Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea (DPRK). The train will depart at 10 am then arrives at 5.30 pm. A lunch box is provided on train.

Arrive into Pyongyang, the capital of the DPRK and home to many of the most iconic monuments and political sites, we will meet by our North Korean tour guides with a warm welcome, then transferred to the city. En route to the hotel, our guides will point out the Arch of Triumph, the world’s largest triumphal arch.

Afterwards, we will head over to the Mansudae Grand Monument, an important site famous for its large, bronze statues of President Kim Il Sung and Chairman Kim Jong Il. It is customary to bow and lay flowers here. Stroll through the Mansudae Fountain Park, a serene meeting spot for students and an often-used backdrop for wedding photos. 

Optional: If the time permits, have an optional visit to the Kaeson Youth Amusement Park where the thrill seekers among us can brave the rides with Pyongyang locals on a night out. Entrance and rides, approximately 1-3 Euros each.

We will then check into then spend time for refreshment. Enjoy our welcome dinner at the Koryo Hotel’s top floor revolving restaurant! 

Overnight in Pyongyang.

MEALS - Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 03: Pyongyang City Tour

 

Start themday with a visit to the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, the grand mausoleum where the late leaders lie in state and the most solemn location on the itinerary (closed in May and June). Please note formal dress is required. Men require collared shirt with tie, dark non-jean pants, and dark shoes. Women require covered shoulders, knee-length dress or pants, and closed toed shoes. Afterwards, take a walk in the Kim Il Sung Square, the 3rd largest public square in the world and home to many of the North Korean military parades broadcasted internationally during important holiday events.

Stroll in relaxed manner through the city to the Foreign Languages Bookshop which provides the best chance in the DPRK to pick up postcards, publications, posters and other trinkets that make perfect souvenirs. Then visit the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library used to further education and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. The viewing deck here provides a great photo opportunity of the Kim Il Sung Square and Taedong River!

After lunch, we will visit the Mangyongdae Native House, the birthplace and childhood home of President Kim Il Sung, a traditional Korean house in a beautiful natural surroundings. We will then head deep underground to take a 5-stop ride on the Pyongyang Metro, the deepest metro in the world with stunning artwork reflecting the name of each station. Ride six stations on the Chollima Line. 

We’ll then learn about the DPRK’s defining ideology, the Juche philosophy, on a visit to the iconic Tower of Juche Idea. For those who wish to take the lift 150-meters to the top, you’ll enjoy the best views in Pyongyang city. (Optional; elevator ticket is 5 EUR).

We will also have a photo stop at the massive Monument to Party Founding, built to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Workers’ Party of Korea, featuring the hammer, sickle, writing brush which represent the workers, farmers, and intellectuals. 

Take a one-hour circus show including clowns, trapeze artists, jugglers, and much more at the incredible Pyongyang Circus. (Optional; 20 EUR entry fee paid at the door). 

Afterwards, pay a visit to either Golden Lane Bowling or Meari Shooting Range and then follow up with a casual evening walk on the new Ryomyong Street, home to Pyongyang’s most extravagant apartment complexes and opened in just April 2017 to international media attention. For dinner, we will have Korean bibimbap and get the chance to taste local Korean draft beers at the Taedonggang Microbrewery.

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 04: Kaesong (DMZ) - Pyongyang

 

In the morning, enjoy a 2.5hour drive south along the 'Reunification Highway' to the historic city of Kaesong. We will head for the DMZ where we’ll hear from our guides a perspective of the Korean War that often gets discredited or unheard. Your travel to North Korea is not complete without a visit to this historic place. 

At the DMZ, explore Panmunjom Armistice Village, shake hands at the exact place that the Armistice Agreement was signed between UN forces and the DPRK in 1953, and wave hello to the South at the blue houses in the Joint Security Area. Here we will be accompanied by military guides from the Korean People's Army.

Afterwards, we will head to the Koryo History Museum or Kaesong Koryo Museum, a UNESCO World Heritage site, to learn about the Koryo Dynasty (where the name Korea originates). You’ll also have a chance to pick from the most varied range of stamps, postcards, local ginseng, souvenirs, art, and more in the country at the Koryo Stamp Shop.

For lunch, enjoy Pansanggi, a historic Kaesong cuisine traditionally served for royalty. It is made of 12 dishes served in brass bowls fit for the kings of old. The more dishes, the more distinguished the guest! Afterwards, stop at the original Sonjuk Bridge, a UNESCO site. 

On our return to Pyongyang, we will visit the newly renovated Victorious Fatherland Liberation War Museum and the USS Pueblo in its new spot (the “American Spy Ship” captured in 1968). We will then enjoy dinner at a local Korean BBQ restaurant, a favourite among locals where we will cook our own meats at the table! 

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.

MEALS -Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS -Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

 

Day 05: Pyongyang - Pyongsong - Mount Myohyang (Myohyangsan)

 

Begin the new day with the visit to the Mansudae Art Studio, the most prestigious fine arts studio and gallery in North Korea. This studio is the only one given permission to depict the Great Leaders in monuments, murals and mosaics. We recommend getting the ink block paintings here. 

The next place is the Grand People’s Study House, an extensive library and the heart of study on the national Juche ideology. The viewing deck here provides a great photo opportunity of the Kim Il Sung Square and Taedong River! 

Depart to the mining city of Pyongsong. This satellite city of Pyongyang was opened for the foreign visitors in 2013. Visit the Pyongsong Central Square where houses a giant bronze statue of a young Kim Il Sung and a history museum with the party symbol in between the slogan "One United People's Heart", followed by the Paeksongri Revolutionary Site where the Kim Il Sung University was moved to in the Korean War.

After lunch, stop at the Pyongsong Number 1 High School, Kim Jong Suk high school. The school's headmaster will show us around the school where we will be able to join in a lesson and interact in English with the students as there tend to be extra lessons on Saturdays. If the time permits, we will visit the Paeksong Food Factoryor Taedonggang Textile Factory, a rare chance to see a DPRK factory.

Continue to the picturesque Mt. Myohyang (Myohyangsan). This will be a 1.5hour drive filled with beautiful scenery, providing a great look at what life is like outside of the capital. Check-in hotel then spend time for refreshment.

Overnight in Mount Myohyang (Myohyangsan).

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight in Mount Myohyang at Chongchon Hotel

Day 06: Mount Myohyang – Pyongyang

 

After breakfast, we will visit the International Friendship Exhibition, a massive complex containing the gifts given to the Great Leaders by foreign dignitaries over the years, displayed proudly in over 150 rooms. There’s even a basketball signed by Michael Jordan presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Take the elevator to the top floor and enjoy the mountain view and fresh air while sipping organic mountain root tea. We will then visit the ancient Buddhist Pohyon Temple, founded under the Koryo Dynasty and remains populated by practicing Korean Buddhist monks.

After lunch, we will hike the Manphok Valley trail. This area is popular with picnicking locals and filled with dense forest, waterfalls and temples with great views (bring comfortable shoes; all hiking is optional and at your own pace). There will be plenty of opportunities for photos here!

Return to the capital and visit Kwangbok Supermarket, a five-story department complex filled with local and imported product and the only place in Pyongyang where foreigners are able to exchange and use the local North Korean Won. If your energy allows, visit Science and Technology Centre, a newly built atom-shaped educational facility, library, computer lab, and exhibition of the latest developments in science and technology for students of all ages, educators, and researchers alike.

For dinner, we will visit South Pyongyang’s famous Duck Barbecue Restaurant, where you can grill your own meats or have Jeongol, a Korean-style hotpot at a local restaurant.

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 07: Pyongyang – Wonsan

 

This morning, we’ll depart for the east coast port city of Wonsan. En route, we will stop at the Sinpyong Tea House for coffee or tea in the fresh mountain air. Upon arrival at the grand Masikryong Hotel inside the Masikryong Ski Resort complex for the next few days on trhe slopes –

Covering an area of 1,412 hectares, the Masikryong Ski Resort is a comprehensive winter sports centre perfectly prepared for skiing, skating and sleighing. There are four chairlifts which run from 600 to 2,000 meters in different directions. One of which will bring you to the summit of Taehwa Peak 1,360 m high above sea level and runs down 5,000 m. For relaxation, Masikryong Hotel features a wide range of amenities include a cafe, bookstore, swimming pool, souvenir shop, karaoke rooms, a dance hall, beauty salon and a room for international telecommunications. The bar offers a range of drinks from over the world. Korean, Western and Chinese food are available.

 

Overnight at hotel in Wonsan.

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Masikryong Ski Resort

 

 

Day 08 - Masikryong Ski Resort

Full day on the slopes, with some of the world’s best views.


Overnight at hotel in Wonsan.

MEALS - Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS - Masikryong Ski Resort

 

 

 

Day 09: Wonsan - Pyongyang

 

Wake in the mountains and watch the sunrise from your private balcony before enjoying a hearty breakfast made with locally sourced ingredients. Before we leave back for Pyongyang capital, you can take the new Masikryong ski lift to the peak for an incredible morning view over the untouched mountain ranges (the ski lift is optional and the fee a $15 fee to be paid at the ski lift.)

On our way back to Pyongyang, halt for a quick visit to the stunning Ullim Waterfall discovered relatively recently by the Korean People’s Army. It’s a waterfall you will hear well before you see. If it’s a nice day we will enjoy a picnic lunch here.

Watch North Korean countryside life go by as we head back to Pyongyang, and on our arrival we will be treated to an evening cruise on the new full service ferry, Mujigae, docked on the Taedong River across from the Juche Tower (Optional for $1.5 entrance fee).

Overnight at hotel in Pyongyang.

MEALS

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

ACCOMMODATIONS

Overnight in Pyongyang at Yanggakdo International Hotel

Day 09: Pyongyang Departure

Our North Korea Trip wraps up today. This morning, you will be transferred by our guides and driver to Pyongyang Sunan International ariport to catch the flight back to Beijing. Flight departure from Pyongyang on Air Koryo Flight JS 151 at 08:25 with scheduled arrival at Beijing Capital Airport (PEK) Terminal 2 at 09:55 local time and basic breakfast on board is provided by the airlines, we will then check into our hotel or depart for your international flights.

 

MEALS

Breakfast

Tour Price Includes

  • FREE North Korean Visa

  • Train Beijing - Pyongyang and Dandong - Pyongyang

  • Flight Pyongyang - Beijing

  • 09night accommodation (7 nights in DPRK, 1 night on train)

  • Ski / Snowboard Hire

  • All Ski / Board lift passes

  • All meals on the trip that are stated.

  • A complimentary beer and water for each meal

  • Transportation in North Korea

  • Two local English-Speaking Korean guides and one UK expedition leader / Medic

  • FREE bottled drinking water

  • FREE transfer from hotel in Pyongyang to airport


Tour Price Excludes

  • Chinese Visas

  • Travel and medical insurances

  • Tips for the local Korean guides and driver

  • Personal expenses (laundry, telephone, souvenirs...)

  • International flights

£2500

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