There’s a whole world of adventure out there, just waiting to be discovered … For inspiration and information we invite you to discover these diverse journeys, challenges and experiences.
Saturday 13:00 – 13:30
North Pakistan: The Home of Highest Mountain Ranges in the World
Mahmood, Karakorum Jeep Treks International
Adventure North Pakistan, the Himalayas, Karakorum and Hindu Kush, the highest concentration of 8,000+m peaks in the world. Explore thousands of kilometres of jeep treks and footpaths and discover people who are truly isolated, diverse and hospitable. Stay with the Kalash tribe who have lived in isolation for more than a millennium, walk to Nanga Parbat base camp, enter the Holy Grail Concordia expedition to K2, the second highest monster peak and walk on the breathtaking Baltoro Glacier.
Saturday 13:45 – 14:15
Ravines, Rivers and Canyons: Experiencing Jordan’s natural wonders
Nasr Tamimi, Wild Jordan
Everyone has heard of the iconic Petra archaeological site, but did you know Jordan has many natural wonders to see and explore? Find out about adventure experiences you can enjoy in Jordan’s national parks, including the re-opening of the Shauwmari reserve, and the new adventure centre’s opening in 2017!
Saturday 14:30 – 15:00
Adventure in New Zealand
Neil Henderson, Flying Kiwi New Zealand Tours
A guide to the best adventure activities, hikes and bike rides in New Zealand. From dolphin swimming and skydiving to glacier walking and mountain biking, this talk provides a comprehensive introduction of “must sees” and “must dos” for active travellers visiting New Zealand.
Saturday 15:15 – 15:45
What’s it Really Like Sailing to the End of the Earth?
Martin Johnson, Polar Routes
What can you really expect from your cruise into the Antarctic? Industry expert Martin Johnson takes you beyond the brochure to give you a detailed look at life on board your trip to the end of the Earth.
Saturday 16:00 – 16:30
North East India: An Anthropological Paradise
Sunita Koch, Wild Rhino Adventures
A collision zone of 200 different ethnic tribes, North East India is the place where you get to meet the last of the headhunting tribes, followers of animist Donyi Polo religion, tattooed nose plug wearing Apatani women, matrilineal societies, traces of tantricism, paganism and neo-Vaishnavism. People here share greater affinity with those of their neighbouring countries like Bhutan, China, Myanmar and also the Far East than mainland India.
Saturday 16:45 – 17:15
Belize: It’s Bigger Than Just the Beach
Tara Gandhi, Belize Tourism Board
Come and learn about Belize as Central America’s best new adventure location, away from the well-known beaches. Explore the Cayo district, try your hand at waterfall ravelling, or travel into the Northern rainforests and try ziplining and cave-tubing alongside ancient Mayan historical sites.
Saturday 17:30 – 18:00
Confessions of a Guidebook Writer
Kev Reynolds, Cicerone
Thirty years of guidebook writing have taken Kev Reynolds to some of the world’s most spectacular and demanding places, providing a host of memorable experiences – some of which he’d rather forget! In this talk he will spill the beans on why he reckons he’s ‘The Man with the World’s Best Job’ – and prove it with a selection of his finest images taken among the Alps, Pyrenees and high Himalaya – with a few surprise destinations too.
Please note talk timetables are subject to change.
Photo Credit: Tucan Travel
Sunday 12:45 – 13:15
Of course many people want to see the iconic sites that are published in every guide book, but we mustn’t forget about the hidden gems. From El Salvador to Swaziland and the northern Shan states of Myanmar, a Tucan Travel representative will speak about some of the lesser-travelled regions of the world.
Sunday 13:30 – 14:00
An Interactive Introduction to the Culture of Mongolia
Jessica Brooks, Eternal Landscapes
Mongolia is firmly embracing the 21st Century. However, there are many customs that remain an inherent part of Mongolian culture but they are integrated into everyday life so can be hard for visitors to tell that they exist. This talk is for those considering travelling to Mongolia to learn a little more about the way of life and what to expect as a visitor to 21st Century Mongolia.
Sunday 14:15 – 14:45
Running in North Korea; The Pyongyang Marathon
Simon Varley, Really Wild Running
Simon talks to us about his experiences running inside the hermit kingdom of North Korea. From the DMZ in the south of the country through to the capital itself, Pyongyang, Simon had the rare opportunity to explore a country so often misrepresented by the West. Complete with photos and videos from ‘behind the curtain’ and a good spread of warped and hilarious anecdotes, this talk will cover everything he learnt about travelling in the DPRK from gaining access, how it works once inside and what taking on the world’s most secretive marathon is really like.
Sunday 15:00 – 15:30
Trekking 3 of the Most Arid Deserts on Earth
Louis-Philippe Loncke has just celebrated 10 years of expeditions including 15 expeditions and 10 World Firsts. He will highlight the best of his 1 year – 3 deserts project. He did all walks unsupported with just a backpack, and all world firsts – Death Valley in California, the Simpson Desert in central Australia and the Bolivian Salars of Coipasa and Uyuni.
Sunday 15:45 – 16:15
Discover Dominica – The Caribbean’s Adventure Hot Spot
James Keane, Inntravel
Dominica is one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, and is home to the region’s only long-distance hiking route – the Waitikubuli National Trail. Follow the 200km of well way-marked routes through the majestic rain-forest and into deep valleys, climb gushing waterfalls, explore hidden crater lakes and relax in mineral-rich natural hot springs. But for the ultimate test, head to the Boiling Lake at the heart of the Morne Trois Pitons National Park, the second largest flooded fumarole in the world. On the way, hike through the ‘Valley of Desolation’ a landscape alive with geysers, springs and bubbling mud where you can indulge in a natural mud-mask spa treatment! This challenging and unforgettable experience makes Dominica a must on any adventure travellers bucket list.
Sunday 16:30 – 17:00
Ethical Volunteering Abroad – The Do’s, the Don’ts, and What to Look Out for When Choosing to Make a Difference on Your Travels
Heilwig Jones, Kaya Volunteering
Choosing a volunteer project abroad can be a minefield. You want to make a difference but you want to be sure that you’re not doing more harm than good. This talk will give you some pointers to help you make sure your trip has a genuine positive impact.