(DOWNERS GROVE, IL "“ October 17, 2011) –Â There is adventure travel,Â and then there are the adventures of a lifetime.Â Abercrombie & KentÂ seamlessly orchestrates unforgettable journeys in the world’s most challenging environments. Among the exciting newÂ Extreme AdventuresÂ for 2012 are treks up Mount Kilimanjaro and to Everest Base Camp, ideal for seasoned hikers seeking a more rigorous climb. These new routes feature steeper terrain with greater changes in altitude each day compared to other Extreme Adventure treks to the same destinations.
Mount Kilimanjaro: The Roof of Africa by the Umbwe Route
Ascend Africa’s highest peak hiking through landscapes that shift from lush montane forests to alpine desert to the icy summit on one of the mountain’s least-travelled and most challenging routes, This direct route up the mountain with dramatic views of the Barranco Wall and Western Breach is best suited for experienced, high-altitude hikers.Â Seven days from $3,995.
Nepal: ConqueringÂ EverestÂ Base Camp
Climb thousands of feet through some of earth’s most epic landscapes, testing your spirit and discovering a remote region rich in culture along the way. Includes two days in Kathmandu for sightseeing and acclimatization. More aggressive trekking days and greater changes in elevation make this adventure best suited for those with previous mountain trekking experience at high altitude. Sixteen days from $4,490.
Save $500 per person and receive a complimentary eight-week customized Fit for Trips fitness program when booked by November 30, 2011.
In 2012, Extreme Adventures increases its global reach withÂ new luxury guided journeys to extremeÂ destinations "“ ideal for those who want to get away from it all:
More than twice as big as Texas and nearly the same size as Alaska,Â MongoliaÂ has the lowest population density of any independent country. Explore the shifting sand dunes, rocky terrain and snow-dusted plateaus of theÂ Gobi DesertÂ by foot, camel and bike; immerse yourself in its nomadic lifestyle at the Thousand Camel Festival; and learn about the unique culture of theÂ Kazakhs at theÂ Golden Eagle Festival.
Travel to the largely uninhabited SimpsonÂ desert inÂ Australia, isolated and inaccessible by conventional means. Assist ecologists in gathering data on desert fauna and flora on a trek and ecological survey of Australia's fascinating, ecologically-rich Simpson Desert.
Travel toÂ Indonesia in search of the Komodo dragon, the world's largest living lizard, which can grow to over nine feet in length and weigh more than 150 pounds.
South America boasts dramatic natural wonders, from dense jungles to endless deserts, from ancient volcanoes to colossal glaciers.
oÂ Â Â Â Hike, bike and horseback ride through the jungles ofÂ Ecuador, surrounded by volcanoes; adventure travel at its finest.
oÂ Â Â Â Marvel at snow-covered Andean peaks and deep-blue lakes as you explore the Patagonian ice fields ofÂ Argentina.
oÂ Â Â Â Trek to ancient Incan ruins and camp on the border of the world's largest salt lake in South America's highest and most remote nation,Â Bolivia.
Whether your idea of an adventurous trip is conquering nature or just coming face-to-face with it, A&K Extreme Adventures make it easy to find the right expedition, with a range of experiences of varying difficulty. Â Journeys are rated on a scale of 1 (light physical activity in remote locations) to 4 (strenuous physical activity in harsh environments or high altitudes) to accommodate novice travelers to more experienced adventurers.
To help prepare for Extreme Adventure Travel, A&K recommendsÂ Fit for Trips, a service which provides customized fitness programs that simulate the same stresses on the traveller's body that they will experience during their planned expedition. This prepares the body to handle the unique challenges of a specific itinerary for an ultimately more successful and rewarding experience.
FindÂ detailed itineraries and expedition maps at www.akextremeadventures.comÂ or callÂ 800 554 7094 to speak with an expedition expert.Â Â Reserve any 2012 Extreme Adventure by November 30, 2011, to save $500 per person and receive a complimentary eight-week customized exercise program from Fit for Trips.