Want a different kind of Monday? A Patagonia expedition!

Departing Monday 10 December, an off-the-beaten track Patagonia expedition!  Leanne’s pick:  Cross one of the world’s most legendary mountain ranges on an expedition in the depths of Patagonia! This new off-the-beaten-track expedition explores the real Patagonian wilderness… you will experience some of the most spectacular scenery on the continent, with lush valleys and rainforest, pristine rivers and lakes, and awe-inspiring mountains such as the majestic Tronador volcano. Camp out beneath […]

PACKAGE: NZ trek + Christchurch & Queenstown from $4020*pp inc flights!

Naomi’s pick: Here’s a package that will excite the walkers and nature lovers out there! Naomi has packaged up this 12-day adventure including a 6-day moderate-rated trek, with days before and after to explore Christchurch and Queenstown! Can’t you smell that fresh air already? NZ Southern Alps trek + Christchurch & Queenstown, 12 days from $4020*pp inc flights! You will: Hike to some of the most secluded ridges in the Southern […]

Not lost; just geographically embarrassed

Trek leader, Ray Baker, recalls a particularly memorable trip to Nepal to research a new tour… In April 2000, I did a research trek into the Manaslu area of Nepal. The trek went well off the beaten trail into an area rarely visited by foreigners. Until… There goes the planning My carefully planned itinerary was blown to smithereens on the first day out. A broken- down bus blocked our progress […]

The A-Z of Trekking

By Ray Baker The more you trek, the more you discover and Ray Baker shares his insights, learnings and yearnings from years of trekking. A for Adventurous: the required mindset for trekkers. Your trek may take you to exciting, unusual and challenging places. Adapt to your surroundings, dare yourself to step into the unknown and strive to enjoy every moment. B for Blisters: the bane of boot wearers. There are […]

What happened off the beaten track … by Clare Davissen

  I’m not sure about you but when I’m on holiday I like to get a little lost in a city to find some hidden gems – something off the tourist path. Exploring the world on foot has really allowed me to see some ‘less seen’ places. As much as I love to check out the main sites and take that all-important selfie on top of the Eiffel Tower or […]

Manaslu Base Camp & Lakya La

Manaslu provides fantastic mountain scenery, spanning altitudes from 375m to 5100m, a diverse range of ecosystems and ethnic cultures, and a trail that puts one physically closer to Tibet than any other trek in Nepal. This area has always seen relatively few trekkers when compared to the more popular regions of the Annapurna and the Khumbu, partly because of the greater logistics required. The quiet trails and simple villages, together with […]

Trekking

At Back Track Adventures ‘trekking’ is our middle name. We have been trekking the globe for over 33 years. Our leaders have trekked everywhere from Nepal to Kokoda, and if they are not trekking, they are training for a trek. Find out more about our locations and challenge yourself! We also do private group tours. Come with us … it’s a big world out there and we would be delighted […]

Summit day, Kilimanjaro: the hardest day of all by Ray Baker

There’s a euphoria that’s experienced when reaching the summit of Kilimanjaro – a feeling not easily put into words. No matter what it takes to get to the top, the effort is easily over-shadowed by this feeling, and the elation that continues all the way down the mountain and for days after. But getting there is another story. Not one summit day has ever been easy Uhuru is a word […]

My hardest trek … ever by Ray Baker

Nepal … a circuit of Dhaulagiri, at 8167m, the world’s seventh highest mountain, and my hardest trek ever. Like all treks, this had some easy days but the combination of five tough, high altitude days in a row after a reasonably strenuous walk in, plus a bout of ill health, and carrying a 20kg pack, elevates this trek to the top of my hardest list. The first challenge The first […]