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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!!
Leaders in the Field
The key to our success
Since 1975 World Expeditions has worked with many recognised experts, elite adventurers and mountaineers. All of our leaders have made a significant contribution to our development while their expertise and enthusiasm have ensured we maintain the 'leading edge' in adventure travel.
As a general principle we use expert local leaders for the majority of our adventures and they are pivotal to the success of each adventure. However, we also have an amazing line up of extraordinary western guides who define our leading edge in adventure travel. Over the years our local and western guides have collectively made significant contributions to our ongoing development and their expertise and enthusiasm is reflected in the exciting itineraries and quality of leadership.
Many of our guides are available to lead private trips for your group, your family, your colleagues or your business. While careful planning & scheduling is necessary, these specially guided itineraries become one-of-a-kind original experiences lead by an exceptional guide. Ask us if you're interested in having one of our guides lead a private trip for you.
Dr Ross Anderson
Dr Ross Anderson lives with his wife in a small town near the Lake District in the north of England. He is a Family doctor and spends much of his spare time travelling as an expedition doctor and has contributed to Dr Jim Duff's medical guidebook for trekkers. He has over ten years of altitude and travel medicine experience. Previous treks and expeditions have focused on the Himalayas, with others in the Scandinavian arctic and mountainous areas of Africa. He also enjoys trail running, cycling and open-water swimming.
For over 30 years Frank has explored the remote trails in the highlands of PNG. His knowledge and experience of the Kokoda Track would be hard to match, having walked the track on more than 40 separate occasions. We are proud of Frank’s involvement in the development of many social projects along the trail which provide enormous benefit to the local communities along the way and preservation of the trail itself.
Garry has been involved with World Expeditions since its inception in the mid 1970s. He is a recognised authority on the Indian Himalaya and his intimate knowledge of the region is documented in his Lonely Planet guidebook 'Trekking in the Indian Himalaya', now in its 4th edition. He is also a founding director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. Garry will be guiding our very popular Hidden Valley of Ladakh adventure in 2011 and 2012.
In 1984 Greg and Tim Macartney-Snape became the first Australian's to climb Everest. Since then Greg has completed some outstanding climbs including an ascent on the North Face of K2 in 1993 and Manaslu in 2002. He pioneered activity based voyages to Antarctica including kayaking and diving and much more ambitious crossings of South Georgia. But his love is firmly with trekking and climbing and we are privileged to have Greg leading our Everest Rolwaling GHT trek in 2012.
In the wilderness of Patagonia, having a guide with extensive local knowledge, who speaks Spanish and who enjoys nature and people alike is a must. Gustavo certainly fits this bill. As many of our past trekkers to Patagonia will attest Gustavo's energy, his knowledge that goes beyond the norm and the love of his motherland is a true inspiration adding an exciting dimension to our treks to the region. His knowledge has been instrumental in shaping our Patagonian trekking program.
French by birth, Spanish speaking Herve has been leading trips in Patagonia for over 10 years and specialises in the Paine Circuit. His passion for trekking in remote regions is infectious, as our groups on the circuit will agree.
One of Iceland's leading trekking and Mountain guides, Hjorlei has set a strong professional standard for our Iceland adventures. His good humor and insight into Icelandic culture offer a great understanding of this fascinating destination.
A veteran traveller of over 20 years, it would be a hard task to determine where Ian Williams has not travelled. His adventures have taken him through Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the Himalaya. His commitment to Nepal and to establishing philanthropic programs with orphanages and schools in the region has been an integral and rewarding aspect of the itineraries he organises for our school groups each year.
Jo has been exploring the hills since she was a teenager. As well as over 20 years adventuring in the NZ Southern Alps and climbing many of NZ’s well known as well as lesser known peaks, she has been fortunate to have spent considerable time in the Himalaya, on the rock walls in Australia and the USA and studying Emperor Penguins in Antarctica. Typically, Jo will be leading one of our Mera or Island Peak trips in the coming season.
Jon is recognised as one of Australia's top mountaineers and explorers, as well as one of our most colourful wild-wise characters. He has been on five Everest expeditions and summited in 1988. In line with his true expeditionary nature he has also completed an unassisted trek to the North Pole. Jon also became the first person to cross Australia unassisted on foot in 2001. Follow Jon's latest adventures on his website.