World of Adventure

There’s so much to see and experience on our beautiful planet. At the World of Adventure Theatre, you’ll find a host of excursions and journeys you would have never of considered. (Note: talk times and content is subject to change)

 

SATURDAY

The Kungsleden, Sweden – A Trail for

Everyone

Time: 9:30 – 10.00

Speaker: Mike Laing (Cicerone Press)

The Kungsleden, Sweden - A Trail for Everyone

Located in Northern Sweden, the 460km Kungsleden is Sweden’s premier long-distance trail. Along its length, the trail traverses a diverse and fascinating range of remote and unspoilt landscapes. Much of the trail is furnished with Swedish Tourist Association huts (fjällstugor) whose facilities present walkers with the opportunity to minimise their loads and also for family groups and less experienced walkers to enjoy the remoteness. At the same time, there are also many opportunities for more experienced walkers to go self-sufficient and find tranquil spots to camp and enjoy the surroundings. Being split into five distinct sections, the Kungsleden can be completed in a single through hike, or in repeated visits doing a section at a time. Although long and remote, the Kungsleden really is a trail that can be tackled and enjoyed by walkers of all description.

Women in

Focus

Time: 10:10 – 10.40

Speaker: Zina Bencheikh (Intrepid Travel)

Young girl is shooting photos of hot air balloons flying in red and rose valley in Goreme in Cappadocia in Turkey

The growing trend of women-only adventure tours shows that female travellers are looking for more than just yoga or spa holidays. They want to travel to exciting cultures in a safe environment, learn about the customs and challenges facing women in other cultures and tackle bucket list challenges with like-minded women. Zina Bencheikh, Intrepid Travel’s regional general manager in the Middle East, talks about the huge growth of women-only trips and what makes them different to traditional adventure holidays.

Best of Above & Below Water Travel – Galapagos, Andes & Amazon

Time: 11:30 – 12.00

Speaker: Ralph Pannell (Aqua-Firma Worldwide Ltd)

Whale Shark with SCUBA Divers at Darwin Island in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

From Whale Sharks to schooling Hammerhead Sharks: to forests spreading from the Amazon to High Andes – this talk takes you to explore Wildlife and Marine Life, Research & Conservation of some of South America’s wildest and most diverse natural environments

Adventure to the sacred mountain-Holy Mt Kailash (Tibet)

Time: 13:00 – 13:30

Speaker: Earthbound Expeditions

Tibet. Mount Kailash. North face

Sacred Holy Mountain Mt. Kailash, 6,740 mt. high peak is situated to the north of the Himalayan region and west of Tibet/China. A Perfect mountain with four great faces and the source of the great rivers in Asia. It is the spiritual centre for four great religions: Tibetan Buddhism, Hinduism, the Jain religion and the pre-Buddhist animistic religion – Bonpo.

Family Adventures: Trekking with a baby –

Making Adventure Travel a Family Lifestyle

Time: 13:45 – 14:15

Speaker: Harriet & Neil Pike (Trailblazer)

A family posing in the Andes of northern Peru  

You don’t need to rein in your wanderlust after you start a family! Just back from a two-month family adventure in the Andes of northern Peru, the authors of Trailblazer’s Peru’s Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash – A Hiking & Biking Guide share practical tips on how to carry on travelling in an adventurous way with babies and young children. Their two-year-old son and eight-month-old daughter are already experienced travellers.

K2 Trek to Concordia on

Baltoro Glacier

Time: 14:30 – 15.00

Speaker: Mahmood (Karakorum Jeep Treks International)

Enter the inner sanctum: expedition to K2, the second-highest 8,611m monster peak, walking the length of the world’s longest glacier, taking in one of the most breathtaking views in the world. Ascend a vertical mile in six days and camp on the breathtaking 58 km long Baltoro Glacier. The Holy Grail Concordia surrounded by giants is providing an awe-inspiring view of K2. Return through Gondogoro La, 5,400m ice-strewn terrain of the stunning Karakorum. No special equipment is required for two dramatic weeks of trekking.

SUNDAY

Trading Comfort For Adventure: A Guide to the Silk Road to China

Time: 10:15 – 10:45

Speaker: Madison Plantier (TanSuo Cultural Travel)

Mingsha shan desert and Crescent moon lake in Dunhuang, Gansu, China

The Silk Road has long captured the imagination of adventurers throughout the globe, yet Silk Road sites in China still remain the least visited. This presentation will centre on my personal experience of travelLing the Silk Road in China and how it forced me outside of my comfort zone.

Northern Manitoba’s Unique North Seal River Region

Time: 11:00 – 11:30

Speaker: Ken Gangler (Gangler’s Sub Arctic)

Tranquil landscape in the Old Pinawa Dam Park. Thin cirrus clouds and foam on the Winnipeg River. Trend of travel "Around the World"

An infotour on an area of Northern Manitoba, Canada few are aware of. The North Seal River lies south of the tundra, in a transitional boreal forest. Home to the largest concentration of sand eskers in North America. It is full of ancient history, wildlife, unique topography and vast wilderness.

How Family Travel Can Open up Doors to a

New World of Adventure

Time: 11:45 – 12:15

Speaker: G Adventures

Rear View Of Family Standing At Top Of Hill On Hike Through Countryside In Lake District UK

A talk looking at why the adventure doesn’t have to stop, just because little ones come along. As G Adventures launches its new family collection in partnership with National Geographic, this talk looks at the changing face of family holidays and how adventure travel can open up the whole family’s eyes to new destinations, culture and wildlife.

Adventure in

New Zealand

Time: 13:50 – 14:20

Speaker: Neil Henderson (Flying Kiwi Adventures)

Paragliding over Queenstown and Lake Wakaitipu, New Zealand

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.

Taking the ‘Devils Path’: Journeys to

remote Tibetan Nepal

Time: 13:10 – 13.40

Speaker: Gavin Anderson (Nomadic Skies Expeditions)

Hiker walks on train in Himalayas

The famous snow leopard valleys of high Himalayan NW Nepal are islands of Tibetan Buddhism and ancient Bon culture. Now opening up to tourism, we explain how ‘responsible’ slow trekking, guided by locals, is supporting remote fragile communities. Note: The speaker, Gavin Anderson, is an expert in rural development (with 30 years international development experience) and is working in the remote Dolpo area of NW Nepal to develop tourism that works with remote mountain communities. The talk will explain the context of these valleys, the fragility of the unique cultures of these areas (with lack of economic opportunity and rural-urban migration) and we will take people on a journey into the Dolpo area through photos and short film clips (professionally shot on a recent expedition) showing the area and unique culture. ‘The Devil’s path’ refers to the spectacular and precipitous lakeside route that forms part of the yak caravan route between Hill Nepal, through Dolpo and into Tibet.

Belize’s Underwater

Treasures

Time: 14:30 – 15:00

Speaker: Caroline Vitalini (Scuba Travel)

Man snorkeling underwater looking coral with tropical fish, Caribbean sea

Discovering the diversity and beauty of the world’s second-largest barrier reef, Caroline offers a first time visitor’s experiences of Belize’s underwater world. From diving with sharks to floating above coral gardens, Belize has a huge amount to attract scuba divers and snorkellers keen to get off the beaten track in the Caribbean.