About Mountain Kingdoms 2Choosing your Holiday 4 Essential Information & Booking 742011 Holiday Programme Centre insertThe Himalaya (Maps on pages 10, 24, 28 & 39)Bhutan 10Tibet 20Nepal 24 The Annapurna Region 26 The Everest Region 28 Wild Nepal 35India 39 Northeast India 40 Northwest India 42 Ladakh 43Southern India & Sri Lanka (Map on page 39) 45Asia, China and Japan (Map on page 49) Central Asia 47China 48Laos, Cambodia & Angkor Wat 50Thailand & Vietnam 52Japan 53North & South America (Map on page 56)USA 55Peru & Machu Picchu 57Ecuador & Bolivia 60Venezuela 61Patagonia (Chile & Argentina) 62Africa & the Middle East (Map on page 63)Egypt, Jordan & Oman 64Tanzania 65Ethiopia 66Morocco 67Europe The Alps 70New Zealand 71Family AdventuresMorocco & Peru 72Nepal, Bhutan & India 73Trekking PeaksNepal - Mera & Island Peaks 34India - Stok Kangri 44Vietnam - Mount Fansipan 52Tanzania - Kilimanjaro & Meru 65Morocco - Mount Toubkal 69Europe - Mont Blanc 70Cultural ToursBhutan 12 & 13Tibet 20 & 21Nepal 26India 41, 42 & 43 Central Asia 47Laos 50Cambodia 51Japan 53Peru 58Schools & Youth GroupsMountain Kingdoms Discovery Expeditions 6Special InterestTrekking DestinationsOur websiteJust follow the link from our home page to view this brochure online. You can also download holiday itineraries, sign up to receive our monthly newsletter, read our news and book online.www.mountainkingdoms.comContact us:Mountain Kingdoms Ltd20 Long Street Wotton-under-Edge Gloucestershire GL12 7BT United KingdomTel: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)Int. Tel: +44 (0)1453 844 400Fax: +44 (0)1453 844 422Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgYour photos, our brochure.We love to see photos of the stunning scenery, local people and amazing cultural sights that you encounter on your Mountain Kingdoms holidays. If you would like to share your images with us then get in touch with Kirsty - email@example.com. In addition to seeing your photo in print, we also pay a small fee for any we use in our brochure. We will award a £150 voucher for our favourite photo, redeemable against any Mountain Kingdoms holiday in 2011/12. ContentsFront cover image: Manaslu Trek, Kev Reynolds
2Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: firstname.lastname@example.orgWelcome"When each year comes round and I wonder what I would like to do for my own holidays, I honestly conclude that there is nothing better than to go trekking somewhere wild and mountainous. What better holiday could there be!Indeed, what better company could there be to travel with! We look forward to sharing your excitement when, hopefully, you book with us in 2011." MD Steve BerryMountain Kingdoms - distinctly differentWe are justifiably proud of our unrivalled record of taking travellers into the world's great mountain ranges; often this involves securing permits to new areas, retracing routes used by famous explorers and being the first to enter hitherto unknown regions. During our 23 years we have become the world leader in Bhutan treks, having pioneered most of the trekking routes in the kingdom. In 1993 the then Himalayan Kingdoms mountaineering department was the first in the UK to guide clients to the summit of Everest. Truly independentStarted by MD Steve Berry back in 1987 as Himalayan Kingdoms, Steve remains passionate about Mountain Kingdoms. In an age where many so-called 'independent' companies have in fact been bought out by multi-national giants, Mountain Kingdoms remains fiercely independent with all the benefits this offers our clients. Value for money prices with an emphasis on quality We are not in the business of cutting our itineraries and services to the bone. Our well thought out treks and tours do, however, offer fantastic value for money. We use some of the best airlines, and typically 3 or 4 star hotels in the main cities. Our local support teams have excellent equipment and well trained staff, and we use private transport to reach roadheads. In the latest independent AITO customer satisfaction survey 93% of our clients rated their Mountain Kingdoms holiday as 'excellent'. Genuine small group travel For the vast majority of our brochure treks we have a maximum group size of 12, plus leader. Our Tailor Made service (see page 6) is available for solo travellers, couples or groups.Complete financial security You can book with us confident that your holiday has full financial protection. Flight inclusive holidays are financially protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under ATOL licence number 2973 and 'Land only' holidays are covered by a bond secured with the AITO Trust. We are members of AITO and bound by their quality charter (see page 75). Award winning Responsible Tourism We feel strongly that all our holidays should benefit local communities, protect the environment by minimising pollution and respect local traditions, religion and heritage. We support a number of charities and projects and, in January 2008, were awarded the AITO award for Responsible Tourism Operator of the Year. You can read more about our Responsible Tourism commitments and initiatives on page 7. Knowledgeable and personal service When you ring Mountain Kingdoms you speak to a well travelled individual. We don't have a 'sales' force as such, instead you will be looked after by one of our team who has direct knowledge of the region you are interested in. Holidays to suit youWe have a flexible approach to helping you to plan your holiday - flights, hotel upgrades, extensions and dates of travel can all be adjusted to suit you, whether travelling on a holiday from this brochure or on a Tailor Made trip. Character accommodationGreat accommodation is an essential component of a fantastic holiday. At Mountain Kingdoms our priority is to use quality, character accommodation, wherever this is possible. Accommodation varies greatly by destination and type of holiday - jungle lodges, overnight trains, village houses and remote camping at 5,000m all feature in this brochure. However, wherever you travel with us, you can rest assured that we do not cut corners in our quest to ensure that you sleep and eat well. Accommodation information can be found in this brochure and online. Visit www.mountainkingdoms.com or call us on 0845 330 8579 for a holiday itinerary containing accommodation details. Hotels & LodgesIn main cities we use good quality hotels chosen for their comfort and ambience; these will be booked on a bed and breakfast basis. On our Gentle Treks & Cultural Tours we endeavour to use 4 star hotels or properties that reflect the character of the country, often these are grand old colonial buildings or atmospheric lodges. In small towns, out in the sticks, we use the best hotels/lodges available. In some of our destinations we offer the option to upgrade accommodation to luxury/boutique hotels. Please contact us if you would like to know more about upgrading. Tea houses and mountain hutsWhere possible, staying in simple, local accommodation rather than camping ensures the community receives direct benefit. Tea houses are often family run and offer a warm welcome. Tea houses usually have twin bedded rooms whilst mountain huts have dormitory style sleeping. Luxury LodgesOur 'luxury lodge' treks are a step up again for those who really like to trek in style and comfort with comfortable accommodation, en suite facilities, delicious cuisine and little luxury extras such as electric blankets or hot tubs with a view. Camping Camping is often the only practical option to reach some of the world's most magnificent mountain landscapes. With Mountain Kingdoms you camp in comfort, with all the hard work done for you, sleeping in a good sized dome or A-frame tent, with shared group dining, kitchen and toilet tents. As well as lights and all crockery and cutlery, we also provide tables, chairs/stools and sleeping mats. Village guesthouses & homestays Facilities may be quite basic but the real cultural insight afforded by your friendly hosts ensures that a village stay is a fascinating experience. Your leader will be on hand to ensure that food is prepared hygienically and sleeping arrangements are as comfortable as possible.