Borneo Rajang River Cruise

In 2010 with the help of World Expeditions we put together a 4 week trip to Borneo, which included the ascent of Kinabalu, trekking the headhunters trail and shooting rapids in a longboat.

However one of the highlights was the Rejang River Tour. The combination of the superbly opulent teak and brass appointments of the boat together with food and service of the highest quality and the exposure to the real Borneo was really remarkable.

Our ship’s guide, Louis Jap, through daily excursions into the hinterland, introduced us to the history and tribal culture of this part of Borneo. We trekked in the jungle. We visited longhouses, participated in a wonderful village Muslim wedding, where we appeared to blend in seamlessly with the rest of the guests. We transferred to smaller boats to sail small tributaries to see the early morning wildlife. We visited a remote jungle boarding school and medical centre, and had regular evening entertainment from local school children and dancers as we moored up for the night.

The ships crew welcomed us back to the boat after each excursion with hot towels and drinks – and took our footwear to clean before we could soil the deck. When we were cruising we could just relax with our 20 fellow passengers and have all our needs attended to.

This is only a taste of a trip, which certainly exceeded our expectations by a country mile!!

D Gledhill | Corby, UK
 

Pakistan

Pakistan

Take an adventure trek or expedition in PAKISTAN with World Expeditions, one of the world’s leading travel companies.

Pakistan is home to an ancient civilization, one that rivals the early Egyptian civilization. Pakistan's land borders total 6,774 kilometres with Afghanistan to the northwest, China to the northeast, India to the east and with Iran to the southwest. The landscape of Pakistan is varied. In the south natural features range from sandy beaches, lagoons and mangrove swamps. In the west dry hilly deserts are found and to the east are the rolling sand dunes of the Thar Desert.

It is in the north of Pakistan however that World Expeditions operates our range of trekking and mountaineering adventures in Pakistan. Within the many icy peaks of the Himalaya, Karakoram and Pamirs mountains there are an estimated 108 peaks above 7000 meters with five of these mountains (including K2 and Nanga Parbat) over 8000 meters. The huge peaks and glaciers of the Karakoram have long inspired mountaineers, trekkers and travellers in search of wild and rugged places. The Pamirs, a chain of rugged yet exquisitely beautiful peaks and valleys, are an exciting playground for trekkers and climbers wishing to appreciate a wilderness where few have gone before.


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The Weather in Pakistan

The Karakoram Range may be considered part of, or separate from, the main Himalaya. Geographers normally assign the Nanga Parbat massif as the western extremity of the Himalaya, with the Karakoram extending north of the Indus valley. The Karakoram comprises the most heavily glaciated region of the world outside the polar regions - indeed the Baltoro glacier on the approach to K2 is over 55 kms long.It also includes 14 peaks over 25,000 feet (7600 m) making it one of the most spectacular mountain range in the world - as all who have visited the region will attest.

The Karakoram is subject to the south-west monsoon that draws its moisture from the Arabian Sea from mid-June until the end of August.During this time the occasional storm will move north up the Indus valley as far as the Karakoram, although the regularity and intensity of the rains is far less apparent than in the nearby regions of the Indian Himalaya. Localised storms on the higher elevations of the Karakoram are a further important consideration.

Records of three or four days of intense bad weather followed by similar fine periods seem to characterise the region and even in September, trekking groups are well advised to prepare for at least one bad spell of weather during the expedition.

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