Mountain Gorilla Tracking and more…

 

My Uganda Adventure

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Situated in the geographical heart of the African continent, Uganda has so much to offer. It is known as the pearl of Africa, with stunning landscapes from mountains to grasslands, majestic waterfalls to the trickle that is know as the source of the Nile.

Its people are colourful, friendly and very social. Over 80% of the population of Uganda are subsistence farmers, living basic lives in small village communities which are dotted throughout the country on hillsides. Predominantly a Christian country, English is the official language taught in schools, though a myriad of local dialects are heard in the villages and towns. There are also so many children with something like 50% or more of the population aged under 19 years of age.

Mountain Gorilla tracking is of course the highlight, the real reason we visit Uganda. The gorilla tracking experience in Nkuringo is sensational. The gorilla families that have been habituated over the past several years are accustomed to people visiting them in the forest and they enjoy the interaction. Typically a family claim an area of around 30 square kms as they roam and forage for food on a. Daily basis. Therefore trackers keep an eye on their location on a daily basis, which can vary greatly, so each day is different. The hike to track the gorillas can vary from around 2 to 7 hours, depending on where they are on any given day.

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The Nkuringo family group that we tracked, consists of 12 members which includes 2 Silverbacks, one being the leader of the family group andthe second one is in training to either take over the group eventually or else he will leave the group to set up his own family. There is a baby that is less than 1 year old and also 2 other young ones. The family all enjoy interacting with the infants in a very social environment. Sometimes you can be very lucky and find the gorilla family out in the open tea plantation when they have finished feeding. We came across them after a two and a half hour trek down into the valley of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The trek starts from the park headquarters at the top of a ridge at around 2,800 metres above sea level which looks directly down into the mountainous forest below. We descended around 800 metres, passing a few small farms along the way down to the valley floor and into the Bwindi forest, then along the valley floor on tracks that had been freshly cut by the gorilla trackers that went out early in the morning. They knew where the family of gorillas were feeding the previous day, so the chances were good that they were not too far away. The gorillas do wander up to kms per day, but tend to stay within their own territorial area, not impeding on another gorilla family’s territory. Our small group of trekkers was accompanies by an experienced mountain gorilla guide and 2 armed guards. We also had the option of hiring a personal porter to carry our backpacks and assist with the climbing, this proved to be very helpful on some of the difficult terrain.

Once we were approaching the family of gorillas we could hear the grrrr of the scout gorilla letting the group know that we were nearby. One final push through a dense slope up I spotted the back of a female feeding, then another up in the tree with her baby, then the loud crack of a branch as another gorilla fell to the ground nearby. The more I peered into the dense forest, the more movement I could spot. The main Silverback was very close in the bush just ahead, he appeared to be resting while the others were feeding nearby. We were fortunate to have found them in the first valley and did not have to climb up and over into the next one. A short distance away the forest opens up to a clearing and have found the second Silverback feeding on the edge of the clearing. He was not too concerned by our presence, however once he decided to move to a more favourable spot to feed, he made it perfectly clear to us with his body language and a grrr that we must move out of his way, so he can pass.

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We do not argue with a 250 kilo gorilla. He was then ready to let his family know that feeding time was over and that they should all now rest, with a few taking positions in a small bush clearing within our clear view. Here they lazed about to digest the food, playing with the baby and interacting with each other. They were not concerned about having a small audience. Only 8 people are allowed to track the gorillas at any one time and are permitted 1 hour to spend with them. Even though we should not get within 7 metres of the gorillas, they can approach us, so we had the delightful experience of being only about a metre away from them for quite a while. We are intrigued by these incredible creatures as we share almost the same DNA. The similarities of behaviour are intriguing to witness.

Regrettably our time with the gorillas had come to an end, so we began our steep ascent back out of the forest and the valley. The afternoon was bringing with it dark storm clouds, so the race to beat the rain was on and we lost, however the adventure continued. Having left the forest, around half way up, the sky opened in a deluge lasting almost an hour, however we had just come across a small, basic mud and home on the hill. The woman who lived there welcomed our group into her one roomed home, chatting and laughing with our guide, guards and porters until the rain subsided with tiny rivulets of water seeping into the mud floor of the house, however the tin roof and mud walls remained resilient to the downpour. We were welcomed back to our lodge in Nkuringo with a warm fire, great food and nice wine. The night sky also allowed us to view the fire coming straight out of the 2 active volcanoes that we could see across the valley in the Congo. What an exceptional day!

The mornings from our lodge rewarded us with a picture perfect view of pink skies and soft clouds embracing the Virunga volcanic mountain range on one side with the flat plains of the Rift Valley beyond and the mist covered Bwindi forest below on the other side.


In 1993, when the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest became a National Park, the government relocated the Pygmy forest dwellers, the Batwa people out of the forest in order to protect the dwindling mountain gorilla population, which numbers around a mere 700 in total today. The Batwa people did not hunt the gorillas for food as they regarded them as another group of Batwa also living in the forest, however they were hunted for sacrifice. The Batwa were nomadic people foraging for food in the jungle, erecting small temporary shelters having mastered the art of starting a fire with friction in the damp forest. They also built shelters high up in the trees, these were for the children to be kept safe while they adult searched for food during the day. Most plants had either a medicinal or nutritional purpose that the Batwa people had become knowledgeable with. Today they are trying to educate the next generation with the way they lived in the forest so their unique heritage and culture is not lost.


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There are other tribes of people in the northern part of Uganda that have very recently been discovered, still living very primitive lives, never having seen other people.

Following our experience with the mountain gorillas of Uganda, the next day a small group of us trekked with our guide to his village home, where his mother had a pot bubbling away on an open fire with delicious smells wafting from it. While lunch was cooking we were guided through the families subsistence farm, munching on sugar cane the whole time. Beans and potatoes are staple foods with each family growing enough for themselves. Tomatoes, cabbage, yams, onions, bananas, pineapple, coffee and sugar cane are also grown in plentiful quantities. Our delicious lunch, served outside in a communal bowl consisted of a bean, onion, cabbage and potatoe stew which we helped to cook by chopping the onions and cabbage and storing the pot.

The following day we departed our lodge in Nkuringo, walking around 10 kms along tracks that led through open farms, villages and rolling hills. At one point the track took us past a local primary school and all the children started running to follow us, some of who have not seen a white face before. The track ultimately led us down to a beautiful lake where waiting for us were dug out canoes made from eucalyptus logs. The 3 hour paddle across the lake was restful and peaceful with the chance to snooze, daydream and gaze while the local fisherman did the hard work of paddling. Arriving to Kisoro we were whisked away to the Virunga Volcano National Park for a hearty meal of the best steak I have ever had. With 2 nights in our Eco Lodge, the next day will be tracking the Golden Monkeys up into the primary bamboo forest, a very different landscape, though mountain gorillas do also roam the bamboo forest, they enjoy bamboo as well. The golden monkeys are unique to this area and as all monkeys, keep you entertained easily for the hour we had with them.

After returning to Entebbe with a short flight, our tour had now ended and I am armed with lots of photos and stories to share with my family and friends of my up close and personal experience with the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda. An exceptional adventure!

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I think it’s time you went to Antarctica

Antarctica conjures up images of ice and pristine landscapes melding into contorted frozen shapes, crystal clear waters, floating ice burgs against a backdrop of snow capped mountains and deep blue skies, breaching whales and colonies of penguins in a vastness never before experienced. It certainly did not disappoint!

The Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands are home to some of the planet’s most impressive wildlife and dramatic landscapes.

The starting point of our adventure is the southernmost town in the world – Ushuaia, in Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, which nestles between the spectacular snow-capped mountains of the Andes and the Beagle Channel.

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There on the dock was a smallish red expedition ship I knew instantly to be our home for the next 12 days as we embark upon the 2 day voyage across the Drake Passage in order to reach the Antarctic Peninsula and South Shetland Islands. Having just met some ladies who had disembarked that very morning after a gruelling passage, I checked to ensure there were adequate seasickness tablets in my kit. As luck would have it, our crossing was more attuned to floating on a pond than the stories of treacherous seas I had heard that very morning.

The seabirds that thrive in these conditions, mainly Cape Petrels and Fulmars put on a display as they soared around the ship with a few Gray Headed Albatross joining them, while they escorted the ship to Antarctica.

The crossing gave us time to acquaint ourselves with the ship. The cabins are very comfortable with twin beds and private en-suite bathroom. There is even a small writing table and chair, wardrobe and shelving. Each cabin also boasts a window or porthole.

At 105 metres in length, with a capacity to hold 120 guests, the MS Expedition is an ideal vessel for expedition travel in the Polar region.

The ship has an ‘Open Bridge’ policy, which means that anyone can freely visit the bridge at virtually any time. This is such an interesting place to sit with charts and instruments that the Captain is more than happy to explain. With a birds eye view and a pair of binoculars at hand, the first whale sightings often occur from the Bridge.

The ship has generous decks on each level, as well as large windows throughout the ship in order to maximize viewing possibilities. There is a comfortable library where more knowledge can be gained on the rich wildlife we will most likely encounter over the coming days.

Lectures are presented each day in the Discovery Lounge by our on-board Glaciologist, Geologist, Marine Biologist, Historian and Naturalist. We also enjoy daily photo workshops with instruction and advice from our expert photographer.

Delicious, gourmet meals are served in the dining room where guests mingle and swap stories of the days adventures.

Following the Drake Passage crossing, our first morning in Antarctica started with a stunning sunrise in Gerlache Strait, lighting up the surrounding mountains. After breakfast we watched three Humpback Whales lounging among icebergs and they became curious and swam under the bow to give glimpses of long white pectoral fins under the water. We dropped anchor in the Errera Channel off Cuverville Island, where we went ashore among the nesting and moulting Gentoo Penguins. The chicks were nearly fullgrown and moulting into their adult feathers ready to face the world. They are one of several species to be found in the region. These little penguins are so inquisitive, they come to take a closer look and nibble on my boots. Their hilarious antics keep us entertained for ages with plenty of incredible photo opportunities.

There were several large icebergs grounded between the anchorage and the island and we could cruise with the Zodiacs between them to see the blue colours and amazing sculptures.

The next morning was capped by our crossing of the Antarctic Circle, this imaginary line of latitude running at 66°33’44”S south. Champagne was in order and we gathered to celebrate the MS Expedition’s, and our own passage.

We settled into a daily routine aboard the MS Expedition – starting with an early morning wake up call, meals in the dining room, twice daily excursions (weather permitting) in the zodiacs or kayaks, landings where possible and abundant wildlife viewing and interaction. The itinerary packs in a diverse range of amazing experiences.

Preparing for our zodiac cruise in the bays and among the ice was an adventure in itself. Donning layer upon layer of clothing topped with our Expedition jackets we uncontaminated our boots before immersing ourselves in this pristine natural environment.

Charlotte Bay turned out to be my favourite spot for an upclose and personal look at the Humpback Whales. In this deep bay we found calm seas and beautiful vistas. It did not take long to spot a half dozen Humpbacks and soon the full armada of zodiacs and kayaks were cruising in all directions in search of amazing encounters and sensational photos. Some groups stayed with a particular whale or two while others drifted around the bay to take it all in. I could have reached out and touched the whale that gently rose to the surface right next to our zodiac. He took a long look at us just as we were looking at him. These massive creatures are often inquisitive and when they are not feeling threatened, they sometimes approach zodiacs and kayaks to take a closer look. This was the most amazing experience I have had in my life.

After a calm night of penguin lullabies, the brave campers who chose to spend the night on the ice in a tent, awoke to a brisk morning, with a fiery, brilliant sunrise over Booth Island. Shortly after, everyone was cozy and warm back on the ship, and we were on our way to our next adventure. On the way, we watched in awe as the bridge team delicately navigated the Lemaire Channel through masses of ice and a number of breathtaking narrow passages. We continued through the Neumeyer Channel, a winding corridor between glacier-rimmed peaks, made spectacular in the sunshine of another phenomenal day with breaching Humpbacks whales to entertain us.

We once again woke to a beautiful autumn day here in the Antarctic, en route to the Ukrainian scientific research station, Vernadsky. It was purchased from the British in 1996 for all of one pound. The British occupied it for 49 years studying geophysics, meteorology and ionospherics. Today the Ukrainian scientists concentrate on ozone research, geomagnetism, meteorology and glaciology. At the station we got a quick tour, and then were scuffled off to the bar where we could partake in their home-brewed “hootch” that packed a serious punch especially as it was only10 o’clock in the morning!

Our day on Deception Island was unlike the others, full of history, geology and the desolate Antarctic landscape of an active volcano in the South Shetlands. Following the morning wake-up call, many of us headed out on deck for our pass through Neptune’s Bellows, the sea entrance to the caldera of Deception Island. The morning was spent at Telefon Bay on the northwest side of Port Foster. From the wide, black sand beach, we walked up a gentle slope to the rim of a crater. Many continued on to more scenic overlooks, and others meandered their way back to the beach. Finally, the moment many had been waiting for…the polar plunge. The water just a degree below freezing, we plunged head first into the Antarctic water to the admiration of our audience of Fur Seals along the shore. The sauna was packed to the max upon arrival back at the ship.

Before commencing our homeward journey across the Drake Passage to Ushuaia, we paid a visit to the Antarctic Sound, a place where giant icebergs of incredible colours and shapes are trapped in the bay by the wind and currents, having broken off from ice shelves in the Weddell Sea.

Not only were we treated to this incredible landscape and wildlife by getting out there amongst it, we also enjoyed many informative lectures, entertaining films, great company topped off with the black & white dinner and award ceremony.

Antarctica should be at the top of your bucket list, it was on mine and it will stay with me forever.

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Nepal Needs Your Help to Rebuild

NEPAL needs your help to rebuild Nepal by visiting Nepal.

NEPAL IS STILL SAFE FOR TOURISTS, Ground Realities of April 25 Earthquake in Nepal

  1. Out of 75 districts of Nepal, only 8 are affected.
  2. Out of 10 National Parks, only 1 is affected.
  3. All the highways and sub-ways are in operation with zero damage
  4. Out of 8 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, only 2 have around 40% damages
  5. 90% hotels in Kathmandu Valley are safe and in operational conditions. 100% Hotels in popular destinations like Pokhara, Chitwan, Lumbini, Bardiya, Ilam, Annapurna Region, Everest Region etc. are safe and in full operation.
  6. Out of 35 popular trekking routes, only 2 are affected
  7. All the International and National airports are in operation with zero damage
  8. Communication (nets, phone calls, ATM’s, swipe machines) is working well.
  9. Hospitals and Clinics are safe and in operation. No viral diseases or influenza is seen.

Nepalese, globally known as the most hospitable people, are ready to welcome the Guests.

As, culturally, “Guests are God” In Nepal.

Experience the smiles even in sorrow.

Italian Cooking Tours – Enjoy a Great Culinary Vacation

Amalfi Coast and Tuscany Cooking Holidays

Many consider Amalfi Coast to be the Mediterranean Sea’s most spectacular stretch of scenery. The Coast is a pleasant mix of amazing coastlines, vertical landscapes, blossoming Mediterranean islands, and of course a great Italian cooking holiday destination. During your Amalfi Coast Italian cooking tour you will enjoy the refreshing sunlight, irresistible flavors and pampering lifestyle of Amalfi, Sorrento, Positano, Capri, Ravello, and other legendary places. Embark on a guided tour with Women’s Own Adventure to uncover the secrets of Mediterranean cuisine, as well as what makes Italian home-made pastas so delicious. Perhaps you’ve heard of the appetising “Limoncello” liqueur, a guided Italian cooking tour is a great way to uncover the mysteries behind such famous liqueurs as well as the tasty artisanal cheeses.

Learning to cook amazing dishes in Italy is is a simply wonderful way to spend a holiday. And, Italian cooking is one of the world’s best known and loved cuisines. Amalfi Coast is famous for great food.

Some of the features of Amalfi Coast and Tuscany Cooking vacations with Women’s Own Adventure include hands-on cooking lessons in a relaxed setting in great company. The list of dishes during the week-long cooking vacation may include the following;

  • Pasticciotti – tasty pastry pie with lemon custard oozing
  • Marinated anchovies, spaghetti al limone
  • Ricci e peperoncini – handmade pasta prepared typically with chilli sauce and fresh tomato
  • Shrimps and prawn meals, including parpandalo shrimps and other fresh local seafood.

The Amalfi Coast and Tuscany cooking tours with Women’s Own Adventure is not restricted to only women. It is also an adventurous and fun cooking tour for men to enjoy.

Combine your flair for travel with a cooking adventure in Tuscany, Italy. Tuscany cooking tours cover all aspects, from practical pasta-making classes to restaurant visits. A cooking tour to Italy will not only expose you to new flavors, but will also boost your knowledge of, and increase your appreciation of the country’s outstanding culinary expertise and vast culture.

Come along and be inspired by the sunny and lush fields. Enjoy the Italian hill town markets and view the stylish display of appetising fresh produce. Watch the outdoor tables decked with country food, spicy olive oils, delectable wines, and mouth-watering fresh-baked breads. This is just a glimpse of a culinary adventure in Tuscany.

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Growing Popularity of The Camino De Santiago: How to Walk the Walk

More than ever before, the Camino de Santiago Walk in Spain is growing increasingly popular. The number of pilgrims who troop in yearly to walk the ancient route to Santiago de Compostela is almost growing in geometric progression. Also known as the Way of Saint James, the Camino de Santiago is a popular one. The walk is one of the most popular Christian pilgrimages that has outlived several decades. The starting point of the pilgrimage is any point on the many routes that lead to the Tomb of Santiago.

There’s no better way to walk this “Walk” than to be in the company of like-minded people. The women only Camino de Santiago offers great fun and adventure while walking through the stony pathways, paved roads, cobbled streets and wooded trails leading to the medieval Santiago de Compostela city. Make new friends and experience diverse cultures in the company of adventurous and high-spirited women like you.

How to Walk the Camino de Santiago

The Way of Saint James also known as the Camino de Santiago is Europe’s oldest traveled route that attracts huge number of walkers and pilgrims, especially in summer. At first, it all started as a sacred voyage to Santiago de Compostela in medieval times. Today, it has become a sociable, well-organised walk, as well as an adventure through Galicia, Northern Spain. It is a Christian pilgrimage to the “third holiest city” in Christianity, next to Rome and Jerusalem, in search of salvation at Santiago Tomb.

Modern-day ‘pilgrims’, like their forerunners, come from all over, but nowadays those with purely religious motives are joined by lovers of adventure, art, history and legends, all with a desire to take part in an experience that is unique in the modern Western world.

Here are some tips on how to embark on Camino de Santiago Walk in Spain;

Choose a Route

No single route leads to Santiago de Compostela. What is obtainable is a network of routes from Spain, Portugal, and France, leading to the tomb of St. James; the spot where a vase discovered in 813 A.D. contained what was thought to be the remains of the apostle. Traditionally, the main route to Santiago de Compostela begins in St Jean Pied de Port, approximately 780km journey.

Make this walk adventurous and fun by choosing the most picturesque route that starts from Leon (one of Spain’s greatest cities) and ends in Santiago de Compostello. This route is also the most rewarding. A lot of women prefer to walk in the company of fellow women with the same passion and zeal. You can join the  Women’s Own Adventure Camino de Santiago guided tour, designed with the adventurous woman in mind. Every bit of the trip has been organized, leaving you with loads of fun, adventure and ultimately a fulfilled walk.

Accommodation

It is usually easy to find a place to stay along the way in inexpensive pilgrim hostels. These hostels are locally called ‘Albergues’ (usually bunk beds in dormitory style accommodation) , manned by volunteers and exclusively kept for pilgrims. A Pilgrims Passport is required to get accommodation in the pilgrim hostels. The passport must be stamped by host Albergues along the way. You can obtain the Pilgrims Passport from the local confraternity in the larger towns along the way.

On the other hand, if you desire more comfort than the Albergues can offer, you can book hotel rooms along the way, in the main towns and cities, or join a guided walk where the accommodation is already  booked for you in comfortable hotels and manor houses.

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Meeting the Vietnamese People

Having embarked on our trip to Vietnam on 15th March, we have been enjoying the tastes and sensations of this remarkable country and its people for 10 days already. Time has passed with great speed as I have only just now managed to find the time to write about our journey so far.
The Vietnamese people are friendly and accepting, particularly given our small group of women travellers. Vietnam has not long been a destination for tourists, so the opportunities to see and feel the true culture and the people are great.

Hanoi is a bustling city with few foreigners. Our accommodation in the old town was the perfect location to wander down to the lake in the early morning and witness, or in fact join the locals in their morning Tai Chi activities. It seems that absolutely everyone living in the city was by the lake at sunrise, exercising, meditating, socialising, walking or practicing Tai Chi in their own way. The people of Hanoi socialise with their morning exercise, then socialise all day, lining the footpaths outside the small shops, then socialise again in the evenings while meeting in the central plazas with family members and friends to skate, play ball or simply stroll.

The city is full of life, and all the living happens on the streets. The buzz of motorcycles, bicycles, cars and the general city traffic is a constant. The streets are full all the time. Footpaths are filled with locals sitting, cooking and eating all throughout the day, from very early in the morning until late at night.

After the city, Halong Bay was an amazing experience, staying aboard a junk boat for the night while exploring the tranquil waters, bays and limestone caves. Halong Bays rocky outcrops conceal caves, with one massive cave in particular that we walked through, having been a refuge for the local people during the war. This huge cave hid about 200 people for a period of up to 2 years, while life went on with around 20 babies being born there during that time.

Hilltribe trekking in Mai Chau was next on our agenda, a huge contrast to the busy city life of Hanoi. In country areas the people work very hard, bent over the rice fields all day. Our small group have been welcomed with traditional serving of tea into the very basic homes of local people in the farming villages, witnessing first hand how life in the country is lived. We stayed in a small village, off the beaten track for 2 nights with a lovely family, sleeping in a village longhouse. It was a great experience, walking and cycling through the countryside, among rice fields, with our local guide.

The next night we visited the Cuc Phuong National Park where a walk was enjoyed, while staying in our own private house just outside the national park, in the jungle, surrounded by the amazing sounds of different monkeys and hundreds of birds.

Have I told you about the food?
Check back here is a few days to learn more while we journey south to Hue and Hoian, then onto Saigon.

– Marika at Women’s Own Adventure signing off
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Location:Vietnam, Hanoi and Halong Bay

 

Cultural Walking in Southern Tuscany

Women’s Own Adventure have a group of just starting the Tuscany trip, and here is a text message I received just yesterday from one of the ladies on the tour “First day in Tuscany was magic. Superb views, great accommodation. We are in a village built in 12th century and a lot of it is still standing”.

Our 2010 “Journey of the senses, cultural walking in southern Tuscany” departs 5th June. See a detailed itinerary and prices by clicking here TUSCANY

– signing off, Marika Martinez, Women’s Own Adventure

Desert Landscape

June was an exciting month with our Women’s Own Desert Trek in the Larapinta. The sky is just so blue and the landscape is just so orange!

The early hours of the morning saw a group of 11 women set off for the start of our outback adventure. Dressed for warmth against the coolness of daybreak, we boarded the 4WD vehicle and drove 5km past Telegraph Station.
The days of walking that followed saw us meander through spectacular gorges, camp alongside dry creek beds while gazing at the stars, walk through beautiful red earth country, rise to ridges with panoramic views as well as ascend Mt Sonder in the dark to reach the summit for a spectacular sunrise.

The group enjoyed delicious campfire meals every evening and were also treated to some amazing scones baked in a camp oven. Yum! The company of women was outstanding and the chatter around the campfire as well as while walking made the trip very special for everyone.

– signing off, Marika Martinez –

Stupa of Pokhara

Our group of Women’s Own Adventure in Nepal had to make a slight change of plan today. There were demonstrations outside the town which prevented us from reaching the start of our trek. So we had the pleasure of an afternoon spent in Pokhara.

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This beautiful town is a contrast to Kathmandu. At a much slower and peaceful pace, it is surrounded by mountains. Our journey to Pokhara was via a half hour flight on a small aircraft which afforded magnificent views of the snow capped mountains.

This afternoon we crossed the lake by boat to walk up a steep track to the Budhist Stupa which overlooks the town. It sits at 1,100 metres above the lake. We enjoyed a picnic lunch on the way and marveled at the view. There were a handful of colourful paragliders on the opposite peak enjoying plenty of thermal lift. Nepal and its people are bright and colourful, with splashes of colour everywhere.

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Tomorrow we leave for our trek with our wonderful guide Ang. So you can read all about it in on our return to Pokhara in 6 days time.

– signing off, Marika Martinez – Women’s Own Adventure

Trekking and Wildlife Adventure in Nepal

Adventure travel company for women only;
Women’s Own Adventure embarks on a trekking and wildlife adventure in Nepal.

NEPAL
Nepal’s acronym of Never Ending Peace And Love, does well to characterize this nation of good natured and accommodating people; a land of majestic Himalayan scenery comprising eight of the world’s ten highest mountains, including Mt Everest: the uppermost place on earth at 29,029ft (8,848m).

Nepal is well endowed with glorious scenery – verdant terraced valleys, rushing rivers and ice-blue lakes that originate in the Himalayas. The uplifting sight of soaring mountains is a magnet for mountaineers and trekkers, offering some of the greatest challenges and most scenic walking opportunities on earth.

The Annapurna Sanctuary is the most intensely scenic short trek in Nepal. The trek starts from Pokhara, a natural jewel in the heart of the Annapurnas and winds through lush, subtropical forests and traditional farming villages. Every ridge boasts a Himalayan panorama while Annapurna South and Huinchuli soar above you. A trek up the narrow Modi Khola valley will bring you almost to the base of Machhapuchhre and into the Sanctuary where you can gaze in awe at the snow-covered peaks above and the beauty of the landscape around. Wherever you stand in the Sanctuary, the 360 degree views are unspeakably beautiful.

Director of Specialist Adventure Travel Company for women only, Women’s Own Adventure, Marika Martinez has tailored her Nepal trips to accommodate the female travelers seeking to incorporate cultural interaction and wildlife experiences with a sense of adventure. “This is why Women’s Own Adventure focuses on packaging the very essence of Nepal’s diverse scenery and culture into our adventure holiday,” she said.

Enjoy trekking in the spectacular mountain scenery through charming villages. April in Nepal and especially around the Annapurna region is the season of the brilliant rhododendron flowers. After the trek, indulge in a day of yoga and meditation in beautiful Pokhara.

Nepal’s Royal Chitwan National Park is among Asia’s most famous national parks, renowned for its dense concentration of wildlife. With images of rhinos emerging from the mists, and elephant safaris cutting across waves of tall grasses an early morning game viewing on elephant back provides the best opportunity of seeing the many animals that reside in Chitwan National Park. You will search for the white horned rhino, tigers, leopards, bears and dear. In the afternoon you can enjoy a river trip in local dug-out canoes while searching for crocodiles and the many bird species along the riverbanks.

Women’s Own Adventure is an Australian company, which specializes in adventure travel for women only.

In the company of other like-minded women there is a sense of freedom to be just ourselves, to laugh, sing, relax and chat. Women want to experience the journey and the friendships along the way, not just to conquer the mountain.

In recent years women have taken on travel experiences in a big way. More women are leaving the men at home. More than 50 percent of adventure travellers are women and most fall between ages 41 and 60, according to a 2006 survey by ATTA (Adventure Travel Trade Association).

Women’s Own Trekking and Wildlife Adventure in Nepal
– signing off, Marika Martinez – Women’s Own Adventure

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