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Costa Rica Traverse

I don't think my feet have touched the ground since I've returned from Costa Rica so any relaxation achieved on the trip is rapidly disappearing sadly. However, just a quick note to say that it was the most amazing trip I've ever done. Danny our guide was phenomenal - his ability to keep us upbeat and motivated and telling us information on a need to know basis was fantastic - I wish he could be our guide on every trip I do in the future! The rest of his team was also fantastic - the logistics behind the trip were critical but totally seemless as we trudged through the rainforest and up vertical mud slopes in the rain. I was going to go on a Patagonia trek but delighted that I was advised to do this trip - it really was a challenge and I was nervous about my levels of fitness but I realise now that I'm fitter than I thought I was - long may I continue to keep the fitness up although last week I took it easy. Thanks again to WE for their excellent advice to do this trip - I'm so happy I did and have met some great people as a result!

L Chambers | UK
 
 

Types of Adventures

Our adventure travel holidays are rated not just in terms of the destinations we visit but also by the type of journey and activity we offer. To ensure you select your ideal adventure holiday please review this section of our website, where we define all of the activities we offer as well as our grading system. If you have any further questions send us an email or give us a call.

View more details on how we define our trip grading system.

 
 

ADVENTURE DETAILS

Cycling
Cycling
Cycling

Experience the world at handlebar level with the cycling holiday experts. Ever since we organised our first cycle tour in India in 1978 we recognised that this was the perfect means to explore remote villages a world away from the highways. If you haven’t cycled since your school days don’t worry. All our trips have support crew and backup vehicle so you can cycle at your own pace, while there are no yellow jersey awards at the end of the day.  We operate our cycle tours in India, Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, New Zealand and Peru.

The cycling is through undulating country on sealed and unsealed roads for between 20 and 100km a day at a steady pace and is fully supported by a back up vehicle.  Suggested preparation: 30 to 40 minutes of aerobic type exercise, including road cycling, three times a week for three months prior to your trip. 

Mountain Cycling involves cycling on remote and rough roads, in variable weather conditions for up to eight hours a day. You will spend successive days at altitudes generally not exceeding 5,500m. You will need to provide your own bike. To get the most out of these fully supported expeditions you require a sound level of cycling fitness and you should be comfortable in adverse weather conditions in remote areas. Suggested preparation: One hour of aerobic type exercise, four to five times a week for three to six months prior to departure, preferably on mountain roads/trails, and in variable weather conditions. For these expeditions it is important that you also train in adverse weather conditions, particularly in strong winds where possible.

For a European cycling holiday, you can choose from our Utracks guided or self guided cycling trips. Our wide range of self guided cycling holiday itineraries are all about the freedom to explore what interests you, at your own pace.  When you choose a guided option, you'll enjoy the company of an expert guide who is with you from the time you arrive until your trip concludes and a small group of like minded travelling companions from around the world.

Browse our cycle adventures by grade or region on the right. 

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Browse by Grading
  • Adventure Touring

    Adventure Touring

    Adventure Touring
    These adventure tours sometimes involve travel at high altitude (rarely exceeding 4000m, except on certain trips in Tibet, Peru and India) and may visit remote areas of the world where facilities are often basic. Many of these trips sometimes involve some camping or basic lodging. These adventure tours will often involve long journeys and rough roads. Sightseeing and optional day walks are often included and these days may involve up to 5 hours of physical activity. To enjoy these adventures we suggest you are reasonably fit, healthy, have a moderately active lifestyle and have a positive attitude.

    Suggested preparation: Two or three times a week, we recommend you walk on undulating terrain for an hour or more, for at least 3 months prior to departure.

  • Introductory

    Introductory

    Introductory
    These trips involve trekking or walking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking for up to five or six hours a day at a slow but steady pace and should never be misinterpreted to mean they are easy trips. These trips do not spend time at altitudes above 4000m and are usually a week in duration. You will need a reasonable level of fitness and good health.

    Suggested preparation: 30 minutes of aerobic type exercise, (either cycling or jogging) three times a week for three months leading up to your trek. For trekking, hill walking with a daypack in variable weather conditions is also recommended. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week for three months prior to departure is recommended.

  • Introductory to Moderate

    Introductory to Moderate

    Introductory to Moderate
    These trips involve a combination of what is described in our INTRODUCTORY and MODERATE levels. The emphasis is on introductory activity with several moderate stages

  • Moderate

    Moderate

    Moderate
    These adventures involve trekking, cycling, rafting or sea kayaking for up to 6 or 7 hours a day at a steady pace. You will need a good level of fitness and be in good health. The majority of our moderately graded treks involve the carrying of a day pack only, though some may involve carrying a full pack. Be prepared for potential variable weather conditions.

    Suggested preparation; 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week and extended periods of exercise during the weekend will accustom you to regular exercise. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions will be beneficial if you are taking part in a trekking adventure, kayaking or road cycling is also recommended depending upon the activity you plan to undertake.

  • Moderate to Challenging

    Moderate to Challenging

    Moderate to Challenging
    This trip grading involves a combination of what is described in our MODERATE and CHALLENGING levels. The emphasis is on moderate activity with several challenging stages.

  • Challenging

    Challenging

    Challenging
    These adventures involve trekking, cycling or rafting in remote areas in variable weather conditions for up to 8 to 10 hours a day (possibly more subject to weather conditions and altitude). This may include spending successive days at altitudes not generally exceeding 6000m. These trips may often be over three weeks in duration. You will need an excellent level of fitness, be prepared to carry a daypack weighing up to 8kgs (and in some cases a full pack) and be completely comfortable in adverse weather conditions.

    Suggested preparation: One hour of aerobic type exercise, four to five times a week for three to six months prior to departure. Hill walking with a pack in variable weather conditions or on/off road cycling is also recommended.

Countries we visit
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The Himalayan Trust UK