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Beautiful views around Chamonix

Mountain Experience were delighted to work with Mont Blanc Adventures and Explore! delivering their Mont Blanc Highlights walks from Les Houches, recently.

The view toward Chamonix and Mont Blanc, from below the summit of Le Prarion.

 

Crazy clouds as seen from above Vallorcine

 

 

 

 

 

 

16 clients from all walks of life and of varying ages enjoyed walks around the area that offered stunning views of the main peaks and of course plenty of ice cream!

“Hi Nigel, Thanks very much again for your expert leadership on the Mont Blanc Highlights holiday. You helped make a lovely friendly inclusive atmosphere for everyone which can make such a difference on these trips.” Linda C.T.

We hope to see you again in the future!

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Sultry Sumatra. Our first overseas trip for 2018

Mountain Experience, together with Venture Force, were joined by staff and students from Catmose College for a fantastic expedition to Sumatra in Indonesia.

Food for thought.

 

On our way to the waterfalls.

The students undertook educational visits to learn about the impact of palm oil on the rainforest and how that impinges on the wildlife living there. Having seen the impact, the students worked especially hard when replanting indigenous trees in an area that had been recovered from illegal palm oil plantations.

 

Orangutan usually stay up in the trees, but this BIG guy decided to come down and get a closer look at us!

The students undertook a mixture of education and adventure travel.

The elephants particularly like a good scrub with a hard brush!

Arrivederci Amalfi. See you next year!

The beautiful view from high above the Bay of Naples. You can see Ravello, Maiori and of course Amalfi.
Stunning mountain scenery and the Med below.

Well it’s time to say goodbye to Amalfi for 2017, but we will definitely be returning in 2018.

Although the dates are not yet confirmed, we can say that Mountain Experience will team up with Mont Blanc Adventures and Explore! to lead on their justifiable bestseller, Amalfi Coast Walks. We will be there for three or four weeks sometime between mid April and the end of May and would love to see some of our readers there.

Cake for breakfast, incredibly priced organic wine and calorie free gelato! (One of those things isn’t actually true). What’s not to get excited about!

Valentino preparing to serve just one of the courses from an evening meal.

Looking back to the mainland from Capri

Kenya with Camps International and Bishopbriggs School

28 days in Kenya with 22 students and 2 great teachers. What’s not to enjoy!

The central peaks of Batian and Nelion, with Point Lenana to the left.

The team from Bishopbriggs School spent time carrying out environmental and humanitarian projects that support the people of Kenya. They dug ditches, laid floors, treated livestock and made bricks. Amazingly, they almost completed a whole new house from scratch on a greenfield site!

Part of a family group that we saw in the National Park.

They relaxed with some time at the beach and wildlife watching in the world famous Tsavo National Park and surrounding ranches.

Early morning sun over the peaks of Terere and Sendeyo

Our route up the valley toward the peaks.

The high point, quite literally, was an ascent of Point Lenana on Mount Kenya. At 4, , it stands higher than anything in the European Alps. The whole team was successful in gaining the summit and can be really proud of everything they achieved on the trip.

Teacher, Mr Duncan said, “I couldn’t recommend Nigel Lewis and his company highly enough. One month with 22 teenagers in Kenya; including a trek up mount Kenya and a number of projects. You can imagine the challenges. One of the most intelligent and trustworthy human beings I have ever met.”

An excellent trip, an excellent team!

This year’s first trip to Italy

Mountain Experience, working with Mont Blanc Adventures and Explore have enjoyed yet another fantastic few weeks in the Amalfi area. Great walks, fantastic food and brilliant company, combined with good old fashioned Italian hospitality meant that each week was going to be a success. As ever, quality clients who formed great teams were the icing on the cake. We are already planning trips there for the Autumn!

On the beautiful island of Capri

Another fantastic view from the Walk of the Gods

Visits to Capri and the thought provoking Villa Lysis, Tiberius’ Palace and the Faraglioni; rugged walks in Valle de Ferriere Forest Reserve with it’s extraordinary cliff scenery and wild flowers; swimming in the Mediterranean; the stunning Walk of the Gods to up market Positano; Pompeii and Vesuvius: A fantastic week!

The view to Amalfi from the ancient republic’s steps.

Looking back to the mainland from Capri

Looking back up the valley from Pogerola

The first school exped of 2017, setting the year alight!

We recently had the pleasure of working with staff and students from First Point School, Dubai, on their Duke Of Edinburgh International Award Silver and Bronze adventurous journeys. Together with Camps International, we visited the Tsavo area of Kenya where the students planned and undertook group hikes and wild camps over three days and two nights.

Because of the nature of the terrain and lack of local maps, each team was accompanied by a local ranger who acted as a “silent guide” only showing the way and providing no other support or advice, except security.

Pupils from First Point School, Dubai, embarking on Day 1 of their adventurous journey

The students had no access to purpose built campsites and wild camped at pre set locations, cooking local foodstuffs on open wood fires.

Students collected wood and cooked local food on open fires.

The “A” Team consisting of four young men, undertook a series of interviews with people they met during their travels. Their final presentation painted a vivid picture of the accounts they gained of local people’s lifestyles, hopes and ambitions.

Team Bundi (Swahili for Owl!) was a mixed gender team of five, and contained a Bronze Level student who’s only opportunity to undertake the award was to accompany an older group on a much longer trek than her level of the award required. Hats off to her for an excellent achievement! Their presentation highlighted the global impact of litter and in particular plastics and it’s links to climate change.

A dust storm approaches Camp 1

All nine students displayed an excellent espirit de corp and successfully completed their journeys in a manner of which they can be justifiably proud!

Final school expedition for 2016 a great success!

Mountain Experience together with Camps International and the American School of Dubai, have finished a great expedition in Malawi. 19 students and 2 teachers joined Nigel Lewis for a road trip through Khuti National Reserve, Cape Maclear on the shores of Lake Malawi and down to Liwonde National Park before returning to Lilongwe.

Hippo running into the Shire River at Liwonde, Malawi

Hippo running into the Shire River at Liwonde, Malawi

The students undertook service projects including construction and renovation work at the Park Offices and a local school, and assisted with planting new trees that will help local farmers fix nitrogen in their fields. Like all good expeditions, the work was mixed with exploration and fun, with students befriending local children, camping with Emus and seeing lots more wild life on boat and jeep safaris. When asked to describe his experience, student Leendert replied “Better than words!”

Students from American School of Dubai help to plant trees that will fix nitrogen into local farmer's fields.

Students from American School of Dubai help to plant trees that will fix nitrogen into local farmer’s fields.

Liwonde national park, near Mvuu Lodge.

Liwonde national park, near Mvuu Lodge.