2 Talk to an expert 0845 301 4737Our Top 5: Stunning views.Welcome to the latest edition of our exciting
newsletter, 'The Chameleon'.
Isn't it comforting to know that Spring is 'just around the corner'. After such a cold winter, rising energy prices, the VAT increase and petrol now at an alarming record high, don't you feel like really getting away from it all? Many years ago a Nepalese friend took me to his favourite place, a small hill just outside of Kathmandu. Peaceful, yet still close enough to hear the constant honking of car horns and sense the frenetic nature of the city. I asked why he thought that 'getting away from it all' was so important. His reply in an instant was "up here everything makes sense, it's down below that doesn't make sense". I think he's right. It's not just getting away, it's the getting away from it all we need to be able to recharge, revitalise and return afresh. Of course a walking holiday is a far cry from sharing a beach with thousands of others, but as walking holidays have become increasingly popular so the household name treks and walking routes get busier and busier. Getting away from it all is seemingly becoming difficult. So, to make getting away from it all easier for you I've selected our ten best alternative trekking adventures and walking holidays. All encompass the expected and anticipated highlights of their particular destination, but all have that getting away from it all edge to them too. I hope they provide you with inspiration for your next great escape.Now, here's a real piece of exciting and ground breaking news. Literally just 15 minutes before I sat down to write this piece, I was discussing what
will be a world exclusive for Walks Worldwide. For August of this year we have special permission to trek into and stay in a hidden valley and wildlife haven of the spectacular High Tatras of Slovakia. Here in the company of a park ranger we'll be walking with bears! From a safe distance of course, but with just us and the bears, how about that for getting away from it all? We'll only be allowed to take 8 people and I'll put full details on www.walksworldwide.com just as soon as I can. If you can't wait, then drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll send you all the information before it's published.Mark Knowles, Product Manager, Walks WorldwideNepal - Poon Hill
The classic Himalayan trekker's view point. As the first light of dawn breaks, the imposing bulk of Dhaulagiri begins to glow a surreal pink. Enjoy this view on our Annapurna Circuit, Annapurna Sanctuary and Annapurna Panorama treks.
Land Only prices from £635
Austria - The Five Fingers of Krippen
An incredible viewing platform 2000m high on the Dachstein massif. Arguably the most spectacular of its kind in the entire Alps. Enjoy this view on our (web only) Mountain High and Lakes and Alps 'In Style' walking holidays.
Land Only prices from £455Search: AustriaSri Lanka -
The highest mountain in Sri Lanka, and the reward for climbing the stairs to its 2225m summit is to witness the breathtaking sunrise over this entire paradise island. Enjoy this view on our Sri Lanka, Island Paradise trek.
Land Only prices from £575 Search: Paradise
Chile - Mirador
Here from the Las Torres view point you can admire the jaw dropping site of the famous Torres del Paine monoliths. Enjoy this view on our Spires of Patagonia trek, and similar on more of our Patagonia treks too.
Land Only prices
from £2095Search: PatagoniaEthiopia - Ras Dashen
The 'Roof of Ethiopia', the 4200m summit of Ras Dashen affords truly outlandish views across the Simien Mountains. Enjoy this view on The Simien Mountains trek.
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Search: EthiopiaOne of the best parts of a trekking adventure or walking holiday is enjoying a breathtaking view. Here are our favourites.
Or visit us on the web www.walksworldwide.com 3 The Bedouin Trail to Petra. See magnificent Petra
. Follow trails known
only to the Bedouin
. Camp beneath the
desert starsOur very special trekking adventure across the deserts and mountains of Jordan to the truly magnificent site of ancient, iconic Petra is unique in many ways. As you walk through the dramatic gorges and canyons of the Dana Mountains on trails best known only to the nomadic Bedouin, it's highly unlikely you'll encounter any other trekkers. A painstaking amount of time was spent with the Bedouin in researching and creating this most special and unique route to Petra. With the intelligent use of 4WD drive vehicles, wonderful nights spent camping in wild tranquillity beneath the stars can be fully supported and in true Bedouin style along with local cooks providing amazing food in splendid isolation. Waking each morning to the aroma of freshly cooked bread at camp is almost worth it alone! You'll be trekking through the most exciting and rugged landscapes in Jordan starting in the famous Dana Nature Reserve and crossing the classic rocky 'hamada' desert to climb into the spectacular mountains and escarpments above the Great Rift Valley. Spectacular trails lead through Wadis and along rocky ledges to emerge at the "back door" of Petra itself. After exploring the 'rose-red' city of Petra, it's time to explore some breathtaking desert scenery at Wadi Rum, renowned for its arched rock bridges, dunes, canyons and beautiful sunsets. A perfect climax to a superb voyage of discovery through the dramatic landscapes of the Bedouin. It's no surprise that this adventure is fast becoming known as "The Inca Trail of the Middle East", yet with our very special route to Petra you'll certainly feel "off the beaten track".Dates and prices:28 Mar 11 - 06 Apr 11
(Guaranteed departure - Only a few spaces left!)14 Oct 11 - 23 Oct 1124 Oct 11 - 02 Nov 1116 Mar 12 - 25 Mar 1226 Mar 12 - 04 Apr 12.
Land Only price £1395
Flight Inclusive price from £1950