Thursday, March 22, 2012

Introducing Adventures!.

Grab your hiking boots and head into the wilderness with National Geographic! With our new line of active Adventures, you’ll trek through some of the world’s most legendary mountain ranges; go kayaking amid icebergs and calving glaciers; and veer far off the beaten path, discovering wild landscapes on foot or by horseback. Get to know fascinating cultures firsthand, from the Hadza bushmen of Tanzania who will welcome you into their lives, to the Bhutanese villagers you’ll visit on your hikes.
Take a look at our unique, active itineraries that combine spectacular places, cultural interaction, and physical challenge: the perfect mix for an unforgettable adventure.

Take to the sea in a kayak in one of the wildest places on Earth. Along Alaska’s southeastern coast, little is accessible by road. Glaciers tumble down from high mountain slopes, scattering icebergs across inlets and bays. Ferns and moss carpet the floor of the ancient Tongass Forest, and waters rich with salmon and nutrients lure wildlife of every sort, from humpback whales and sea otters to brown bears. Exploring from the intimate perspective of your kayak, encounter the forests and shores of beautiful Chichagof Island close up. Venture far into Glacier Bay and spend three days paddling through this otherworldly wilderness of ice and mountains. 

Australia’s northern half is a land of stunning diversity, where waterfalls cascade into ancient gorges and rain forests skirt beaches overlooking legendary reefs. Set out to explore and camp in the national parks of the Northern Territory. Encounter an abundance of wildlife on bush walks and explore spectacular sandstone gorges by canoe. Discover the unique culture of an Aborigine community and the extraordinary rock art at Ubirr. Then fly to Cairns, the gateway to two UNESCO World Heritage sites: the Great Barrier Reef and the rain forests of Daintree National Park, a jewel of the Wet Tropics of Queensland. Snorkel in a vibrant coral landscape, home to 1,500 species of fish, and delve into one of the world’s oldest rain forests. Cap off your adventure with an exhilarating white-water rafting trip in Barron Gorge. 

Nestled among the eastern Himalaya, the tiny kingdom of Bhutan captures the imagination with serene landscapes, sacred temples, and a culture steeped in ancient Buddhist traditions. Set out to discover the “Land of the Thunder Dragon” with an exhilarating itinerary that includes a three-day trek through Bumthang, the most sacred valley of Bhutan. Cross mountain passes marked with colorful prayer flags, traverse stunning glacier valleys, and visit hilltop monasteries populated by red-robed monks. In charming villages long isolated from the modern world, meet gracious Bhutanese people and witness their dedication to preserving their country’s natural beauty and daily rituals. Along the way, delve into Bhutan’s unique artistic heritage in the cultural centers of Thimphu and Paro. 

Iceland is an awe-inspiring land of volcanic craters, gushing geysers, and emerald valleys stretching to the ocean. Experience the mighty geological forces still shaping the landscape as you explore the Mid-Atlantic Ridge in Thingvellir National Park. Hike to a glacier-topped volcano still covered in ash from its recent eruption. Trek across crackling glacial ice, float among blue icebergs in a spectacular glacial lake, and soak in turquoise thermal pools. Then discover the otherworldly lava fields of Askja and the Icelandic legends of Dimmuborgir’s black volcanic formations. Enjoy an exhilarating journey specially crafted with the help of geologist and National Geographic writer Ford Cochran, who has led many National Geographic trips to Iceland. 

Everest’s daunting summit soars so high that trekking to its base camp (17,590') is still an adventure of the highest sort. Join National Geographic on a 14-day Himalayan trek to Everest’s Southern Face Base Camp through some of the world’s most spectacular mountain scenery. Spend two days discovering the historic treasures of Kathmandu. Stay in villages set against soaring, jagged pinnacles; get to know the unique culture of the Sherpas; and walk trails lined with mani stones, engraved with Tibetan Buddhist prayers. Discover remote mountain monasteries and learn about the Sherpas’ spiritual perspective on the mountains they call home. 

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