G Adventures, the world’s leading adventure travel company, has launched five new active adventures to its 2016 line-up, offering travellers even more hands-on adventure, with trips incorporating hiking, cycling, kayaking, surfing and snorkeling.
In addition to these new trips, G Adventures has experienced an increase in demand for the Lares Trek as a preferred option to the Inca Trail in Peru, and is now offering the Lares Trek as an alternative to the Inca Trail on all trips to Machu Picchu.
Each Active style trip, featured in G Adventures’ newly released Active brochure, includes a mixture of different activities and often includes camping to provide a real insight into the natural landscapes that travellers from this region often seek out in an overseas trip. The new trips include:
- Bhutan Trekking – Trek sacred mountain passes of the celebrated Druk Path among the Himalayas, ascend to the profound Taktshang Monastary (Tiger’s Nest), and explore the unique beauty of the city of Paro in Bhutan.
- Cycle China – Enjoy cycling through the backroads and countryside of China for five days stopping to marvel at scenery that has captured the minds of poets and painters for centuries on this active trip. This varied active trip will also have you hiking along the hills and terraces of China’s rural regions and still experiencing the iconic Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City
- Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak – This active trip through Japan will have you hiking along the ancient Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route to visit spectacular temples, cycling across islands as you follow the Shimanami Kaido, and kayaking around the famed floating torii gate in the Bay of Miyajima.
- Patagonia Multisport This varied active trip will have you hiking, rafting, and cycling your way all over Patagonia. Discovering the unforgettable landscapes of Torres del Paine National Park as the backdrop to your activities.
G Adventures is also now offering the three-day Lares trek beginning outside of Cuzco, Peru to travellers who may be looking for an alternative way to reach Machu Picchu. The Lares Trek has fewer ascents and descents, but is at a higher altitude, and is often described as the much less discovered route.
“The scenery, no less awe-inspiring than its famous counterpart, takes travellers off the beaten path and much closer to the indigenous Quechua people,” explained Adrian Piotto, Managing Director for G Adventures Australia and New Zealand.
“Starting in Ollantaytambo trekkers make their way through the Lares valley on an undulating path that actually rises higher than the Inca Trail—its highest point reaching 4,750m 15,583 ft. The Lares trek offers opportunities for insight into rural Andean life as the trail itself passes through very remote mountain communities.”
Travellers on the Lares Trek also visit a number of social enterprises along the way and make use of a special campsite established by G Adventures’ not-for-profit Planeterra. The community-owned campsite features composting toilets, solar showers, and a solid-waste management system that’s the first of its kind in Peru.