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
Portugal – Adventures at Sea
Francisco Lufinha, Longest Kitesurf Journey Guinness World Record
WORLD RECORD HOLDER. – LONGEST JOURNEY KITESURFING WITHOUT STOPS.
Portuguese are known for their Discoveries by Sea, right? Well Francisco still has it in his blood and takes it to whole new level by doing the same paths, but Kiteboarding. He managed to kitesurf for 48 hours non-stop, covering 874 Km of Atlantic Ocean.
This talk will be about his extreme crossings at sea and how you can also go aboard his Sailing Boat in Portugal to get an adventure at sea with many kinds of activities and sports.
Saturday 13:45 – 14:15
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 to skydiving and glacier walking to mountain biking this talk provides a comprehensive introduction of “must sees” and “must dos” for active travellers visiting New Zealand.
Saturday 14:30 – 15:00
Walking the ancient trails of Japan
Jon Barber, Walks Worldwide
Walking holiday specialist, Walks Worldwide, have recently launched a new tour celebrating Japan‘s ancient pilgrimage routes. Walk through ancient forests and along spiritual mountain trails, this enlightening tour of Japan, takes a step back from the modern bright lights, to discover Japan’s ancient cultures, natural environments and timeless landscapes.
Saturday 15:15 – 15:45
Jordan – Old Adventures, Your New Playground
Mahmoud Freihat and Hakim Al Tamimi, Visit Jordan
A delivery of some of the world’s oldest adventures supported by newly developed activities linking famous historical sites and fabulous nature reserves – Hike the new Jordan Trail from North to south of the country and experience four Big C’s: Caving, Cycling, Climbing and Canyoning.
Saturday 16:00 – 16:30
Pakistan – Reaching New Heights
Jonny Bealby, Wild Frontiers
Having first stepped foot into Pakistan and the remote Kalash Valleys – home to the last of the pagan tribes to inhabit the Hindu Kush – more than 20 years ago and returning almost every year since, travel writer and founder of adventure travel company Wild Frontiers, Jonny Bealby, firmly believes it is still one of the most exciting destinations out there.
Marking its 70th anniversary last year and curiosity in this fascinating country growing, Pakistan is re-emerging as a dream adventure travel destination. With a history dating back to the Indus civilisation of the fourth millennia BC, a warm, varied and hugely hospitable population, a fast improving infrastructure and the most impressive mountain landscapes anywhere on earth, it is a country that is sure to impress even the most experienced traveller.
Join Jonny to delve behind the misconceptions of this wonderful country.
Saturday 16:45 – 17:15
Discover Culture: Uncovering the Mystery Behind China’s Ethnic Minorities
Madison Plantier, TanSuo Cultural Travel
We’ve found that very few people seem to know about the 55 ethnic minorities that populate this vast and fascinating country. Our aim will be to discuss how people can engage with these ethnic groups when visiting China, from watching a rifle display by the Miao people to sampling the spicy cuisine of the Uyghur people.
Saturday 17:30 – 18:00
Hiking the Balkans
Metodi Chilimanov, Hiking the Balkans
In the presentation I will give a show the potential for ski touring and winter hiking possibilities in the Balkan mountains. The presentation will give insight into the ski touring and winter hiking options in vicinity of the ski centres in the Balkan, but also into the wild and untouched mountains that have almost no infrastructure. I will also explain the logistic issues, and ways to combine multiple countries, and the main ski events taking place in the Balkans, in order people to have a great and fun vacation in the Balkans.
Please note talk timetables are subject to change.
Sunday 12:45 – 13:15
Earthbound Expeditions Ltd
Badri Prasad Gajurel & Rajan Simkhada, Soft Adventures in Nepal
Nepal has historically always been known as an extreme adventure destination for mountain climb and high altitude trekking. In the recent years destination management companies have created some unique soft adventure programmes cater to all visitors to give an unique experience of Nepal. Diversifying cultural tours, world UNISCO heritage sites, mountain foothill trekking, jungle safari are some example.
Sunday 13:30 – 14:00
Amongst the Head Hunters of Nagaland
Alan Palmer, Yak Travel
Traditional inter-tribal headhunting, nineteenth century colonial conflicts, and British – Japanese battlegrounds of World War Two all remain very close to the surface today in the remote and still rarely visited and little-known Indian state of Nagaland. Through his talk, Alan takes us with him on his recent journeys, undertaken both by 4×4 and on foot, through beautiful, mountain villages, along the Indian-Myanmar border, where opium smoking forms part of life, before finally arriving at the vibrant annual tribal celebrations of the Hornbill Festival outside Kohima.
Sunday 14:15 – 14:45
Colombia: A country still being discovered. What’s new, up and coming
Rosanna Neophytou & Carolina Sarmiento-Ortiz, Tucan Travel
Focusing on what is not on the now well-beaten tourist trail, there is still so much to be discovered in the country.
Sunday 15:00 – 15:30
Ultimate guide to adventure in the Arctic and Antartica
Charlotte Caffrey, AQUA-FIRMA WORLDWIDE LTD
The polar regions are becoming accessible to an increasingly wider audience but to really explore the raw nature and the incredible wildlife which calls Antarctica and the Arctic home requires local knowledge and in-depth first hand experience. Aqua-Firma are polar experts, marine scientists and conservation consultants. This talk will take you by small ship to access remote areas, exploring the best of Spitsbergen, Greenland, East Russia , Canada before heading South to Antarctica, Falklands and South Georgia. We advise on how best to actively explore: snow shoeing, sailing, camping, mountaineering, hiking or just exploring these stunning areas in the company of the best polar guides and researchers.
Sunday 15:45 – 16:15
Helen Bryon, Wildlife Worldwide
On a recent visit to Mexico’s Baja Peninsula, Helen’s expectations were blown out of the water by the incredible wildlife on offer. From leaping dolphins, somersaulting mobulas and flying fish, to more breaching humpbacks than you could shake a stick at! This marine mammal extravaganza has left an indelible impression!