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A Himalayan Expedition and Documentary with Nissan

Posted on: April 1st, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

On the Trail with Nissan: An Epic Adventure Across Nepal


Leading a group of 40 people through the Himalaya is no easy feat, especially when they are filming a documentary. But, there is an easy way to break the ice at the start of an expedition…

Get them to experience the world’s highest and most breathtaking canyon swing!

Kayaking Sun Kosi River Nepal

The Background

Lost Earth were tasked with providing an epic trip of a lifetime, the ultimate Himalayan adventure for a team of four that hailed from Spain, Germany, France and England. These 4 were the lucky winners of the Nissan #XTrailAdventure competition.

Nissan Xtrail NepalA fleet of 10 vehicles joined the expedition including 3 new Nissan X-Trails, as well as support vehicles to transport the crew and kit.

The next seven days were spent in a whirlwind, crossing the Himalaya and guiding the competition winners over awesome terrain – technical single track, up steep rock faces and down powerful white water!
 
 
 

White Water Safety NepalThe Brief

The production crew asked us to ensure that the winner’s experience in Nepal was one that they would never forget – the ultimate Himalayan Adventure.

We set out to create some real adrenaline moments and lift people out of their comfort zones, all whilst keeping the group safe and maintaining our high professional standards.
 

The Expedition

Whisked out of Kathmandu at dawn, we left the manic capital behind, setting off in convoy. Huge distances needed to be covered over the next week, hundreds and hundreds of miles over tough trails and with tricky rivers to negotiate. The trip was hard work but highly rewarding.

Nissan Patrols Nepal
 
The competition winners, though hailing from four different countries, with four different languages between them, their common denominator was the adventure that lay ahead. All did an exemplary job of taking on new challenges whilst being transported far beyond their comfort zones – the very definition of adventure!

Gorge ScramblingHeading into the high hills directly below Tibet, we asked the group to take a giant leap of faith… nothing can compare to the feeling of standing on a suspension bridge, 165m from the ground, about to jump. This, the highest canyon swing in the world, will test even the bravest adventurer!

The group experienced vertical, extreme and very wet rock faces as we went canyoning and abseiled down 40m waterfalls.

From descending cliff faces, to finding our way up one, situated just outside of the Kathmandu Valley, we tasked our team to defy gravity on some hard rock climbing routes. Despite the physical challenge, the views into the valley far below were utterly phenomenal!

Pig on a SpitThe Sun Kosi River tumbles down ferociously, originating from the high Tibetan plateau, carving its way through the Himalaya, making it home to world class kayaking. We took on the challenge of high volume water and swift rapids head on, led at the helm by our extremely talented guides.

And it wouldn’t be an expedition without an authentic wild camp. We made our way through spectacular mountain scenery into the thick of Shiva Puri National park, where our ever-enthusiastic crew had constructed our winner and crew camps.

Built on top of a mountain to house a group of 70, it took 10 men 4 days to create.

That evening, a big campfire was lit and our porters got the instruments out and broke into traditional Nepalese song – a poignant highlight of the trip for some of our group.

One final objective lay ahead – to find the gnarliest, wildest, most epic trail we could find, get on our mountain bikes and ride!

Filming Documentary NepalBiking the Himalaya

The expedition brought us out of the wilderness and wild Himalayan terrain back into the frenetic streets of the capital. The journey had come to an end, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Film Crew Support NepalThe Expedition Crew

Without our crew of over 30 drivers, guides, instructors, cooks, assistants, and porters working incredibly hard, day in and day out expeditions like this just can’t happen.

Byron (Lead Guide) – Under huge pressure to make sure everything went to plan, Byron always went out of his way to make sure people had an amazing experience.

Dipak and Krishna (Head Nepali Crew) – Our local crew were commandeered under these two affable and hard working guys. They were total gems to work with. No matter the task, they always did it with a smile!

Crossing the Himalaya in Nissan PatrolsThe Vehicles

Our support vehicles were a terrific assortment of Asian Nissan Patrols. They were a testament to how strong Nissan make their vehicles. Incredibly strong, robust and in great condition, you need vehicles like this when crossing the Himalaya!

Want to Know More?

You can read and see more about the expedition in:

Nissan Italia: X-Trail Adventure (translated from Italian)

El Pais, El Viajero: Adventures in the Himalaya (Spain’s largest national newspaper – translated from Spanish)

Climbing Trip NepalThe Nissan Adventure Film Festival: Documentary of the Expedition
The Adventure Film Festival showcases the world’s best in adventure and extreme sports films and documentaries. Screened at over 30 cinemas nationwide, experience adrenaline-pumping action from the mountains to the ocean.

Get the inside scoop on our guides and all of our Himalayan Adventures.

Find out more about our: in-country fixing, film and TV work, safety and logistics
 



 

Charity Abseil with TV Funny Man Billy Pearce

Posted on: March 10th, 2015 by Lost Earth Adventures

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Huge Urban Abseil in the Heart of Bradford

Raising money for Isla-Grace, a 17 month old baby with an aggressive cancer

Isla-Grace has been having chemotherapy since October. Her parents Beth and Rhys are themselves only 20 years old.

Ewing’s Sarcoma is an aggressive bone and tissue cancer which requires intensive, lengthy treatment. It is a rare cancer and accounts for only 1.5% of childhood cancers diagnosed every year. In March, Isla will be having a major operation to remove the main part of the tumour and will then need to continue her treatment abroad whilst undergoing proton therapy in one of only 3 centres in the world, as we do not yet offer this in the UK.

We were contacted by Isla’s Grandmother’s friend Adele who said she wanted to throw Isla’s granny off a building in the hopes of raising money to send Isla to America for some ground breaking treatment.

We welcomed this project with open arms and the guys at Jurys Inn Bradford couldn’t of been more helpful, giving us access to their 8th floor for the day! Billy Pearce; a local legend in Bradford, popular for late night adult comic gigs as well as family pantos kindly came down to help raise some cash and help lighten the stress of what 100ft of gravity pulling at you induces.

To meet Adele and Isla’s mum Beth along with super-gran Julie was an absolute pleasure. They are a great family and deserve all the support they can get.

Read more about Isla and how you can help by clicking here or read more about our charity abseils.

Isla Grace

Urban Abseiling on Building

TV and Panto Star Billy Pearce
 
 

The Ethics of Elephant Trekking

Posted on: June 29th, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Why Lost Earth Adventures Doesn’t Believe in Elephant Trekking


Co-Founder, Sarah Allard writes on some of the reasons why we don’t offer elephant trekking on our itineraries.

Elephant Trekking EthicsRiding perched on the backs of these gentle giants ranks high on many traveller’s bucket lists and it wouldn’t be a trip to Asia without the experience of elephant trekking. There is certainly an air of romance to it. Slowly meandering through jungle, along sandy riverbanks and getting up close to such a large, magnificent and beautiful animal.

Unfortunately this picture of perfection isn’t quite as it seems.

The elephant trekking business in Southeast Asia (as well as in other regions of Asia) is thriving, inherently linked to the continued demand from tourists. The largest issue we believe is a lack of awareness by these tourists towards the issues.

Fragile Creatures

Elephants, despite their size are fragile animals, not built to carry heavy weights on their backs. Anything more than 150kg can do lasting harm to an elephant. In most circumstances where trekking is available, people up to two, ride on a chair, called a Howda attached to the elephant back, and this alone can way up to 100kg. If you account for the added weight of the participants than you can easily see the negative effects it can have.

Breaking the Spirit

Domesticated elephants or working elephants (that you might see being trained to do things such as play football or paint or entertain the crowd) were once most likely wild. There is no kind way to domesticate an elephant; the process is actually quite brutal and called “Phaajaan,” literally “breaking the spirit.”
Taming an elephant starts from birth, as young elephants are taken from their mothers. Afterwards they are trapped and chained, kept in extremely closed off enclosures and starved, deprived of sleep, proper nutrition and the right to roam until they freely accept the demands and rewards of the trainer.

Engaging with Elephants, Responsibly

Elephants in ThailandThe elephant population is dwindling. Just over a century ago, there were about 100 000 elephants in Thailand, now there is only an estimated 3000-4000 in the country. It is in our best interest to help towards the preservation of these vulnerable animals.

Fortunately there are still options available that have a positive impact on the lives of elephants.

Firstly do your research. Not all elephant sanctuaries are ill managed or poorly ran. In fact many are at the forefront of elephant rehabilitation and do not train elephants for the amusement of humans, nor do they allow for them to be ridden.

Elephant Nature Reserve – Chiang Mai, Thailand

The Elephant Nature Reserve is based outside of Chiang Mai, founded by passionate pachyderm conservationist, Lek Chailert. The Reserve’s goals are to provide a safe haven for rescued elephants and to provide rehabilitation as well as providing awareness and education to visitors and volunteers.

Visitors get the chance to spend the day with these affable creatures, up close, but from the ground (and not while riding them) in natural surroundings with lots of room to roam. It is a magical experience and something not to be missed.

The Elephant Nature Reserve is the only place that Lost Earth Adventures visits while on our Southeast Asia adventure holidays, and one that we can visit knowing of its integrity and commitment to the wellbeing of elephants.

An Ethical Decision, Made Easy

For Lost Earth Adventures it is a no brainer, an easy decision. Simply we don’t condone elephant trekking, promote it or offer it on any of our tours. We never have and we never will. We pride ourselves on continuing our history of acting in a responsible manner in the UK and abroad; this is in our backbone.

Lost Earth Adventures visits the Elephant Nature Reserve on our 15-day Southeast Asian Explorer tour and our 21-day Southeast Asian Odyssey tour. You can also read more about our commitment to Responsible Tourism here.
 
 

Tips and Tricks to Tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Posted on: April 20th, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Training Tips and Advice for Completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge


Congratulations on taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge! This is no mean feat and preparing in advance for the big day can make all the difference during the challenge. Here are a few tips and tricks for maximising your success in the mountains.

Walking down Pen Y Ghent

Kit and Personal Equipment

These Boots Were Made for Walking

One of the greatest determining factors in your overall enjoyment and success on the Y3P is your choice of footwear. It is essential that you have the best footwear available – trainers just won’t do! Poorly fitted footwear can lead to blisters which are no fun at all whether you’re on mile 2 or 20 of this trek.

Walking BootsThe first time you wear your boots should not be on this trek. Make sure you wear them in well beforehand and walk in them as much as possible. To the supermarket, running errands, around the house, this all helps. But the best way to work your boots in, is to wear them walking on variable terrain, preferably off-road and up and down hills.

Breaking your boots in makes you aware of hot spots, areas that are prone to irritation and blisters. This will allow you to find a solution that works best for you. Some swear by talcum powder and blister pads, others wear two pairs of socks (a thin inner sock and thicker outer sock). Either way, you’ll know how to treat’em before the challenge.

Socks

Find a good, breathable pair of trekking/walking socks and bring a few spare with you on the day. Make sure they fit nicely with the boots you’re planning on wearing during the challenge.

Pack Light, But Pack for All Weather Scenarios

Remember, you will be carrying your bag for over 5200 feet of ascent, across 3 peaks, over a distance of 24.5 miles. That extra item you thought was “essential” might not seem like it when you’re ascending Whernside.
When packing your rucksack put items that are frequently used at the top of your bag so they’re easily accessible, during the trek.

Divide your water into 2 smaller bottles to evenly distribute the weight in your bag. Alternatively a Camel Back or similar water bladder system is perfect for this challenge.

Weather forecasting stoneRain, snow, sleet, wind… and sunshine can all occur in the space of a few minutes in the Yorkshire Dales. Don’t come ill prepared make sure you bring clothing that can accommodate all weather in the hill.
 

And Finally

You’ll be much happier and comfortable if the kit you have fits you well. You’ll also spend less time fiddling with it, and more time enjoying the beautiful scenery… try before you buy!

Fitness

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a true test of endurance and ‘mountain fitness’. Training beforehand will give you the upper hand. Improving your general overall fitness levels with cardio and strength training is a good place to start.

Start Slowly, Increase Slowly

A beginner’s mistake is doing too much too soon. Slowly increasing your intensity over time is the key to injury free pre-training. It’s also recommended to consult your physician before you undertake any physical activity and training program.

Strength Training

Walking towards WhernsideFocus on strengthening your quads, calves and core. Squats work wonders for the quads, while heal lifts are great for the calves. Planks are perfect for giving an overall core strength workout.
Do these a few times a week, alternating strength training and cardio.

Take the stairs! Walking up hills can’t be replicated by walking on flat terrain; your quads and calves will thank you every step of the way!
 
 
Cardio

A few times a week undertake activities that will raise your heart rate, which will increase your overall fitness.

3-4 months beforehand:
30-90 minutes of constant physical activity, 2-3 times a week.
Lower mileage walks

Happy hikers on Whernside1-2 months beforehand:
60-90 minutes of constant physical activity, 3 times per week – this can be mixed between swimming, running, biking or similar activity.

Walks 8-15 miles trying for these distances once a week, increasing your distance as you progress. Increase your distance, and climb and descend as many hills as you can, over variable terrain.

If you’re in a group, go for a training walk together, this will also help to motivate each other and create a great team dynamic.

Head for the Hills

The best training tip we can give for undertaking a high endurance challenge in the mountains is to get out in the mountains!

Find as many hills as you can and get out with your rucksack on your back as much as you can. If there is the opportunity trying out one of the individual peaks or similar beforehand will give you a great flavour for the challenge ahead.

The Yorkshire DalesFood and Drink

As you increase your mileage, endurance and training intensity food and drink become ever more so important. When you’re in the hills, the best advice we can give is to eat, drink and rest little, but often. Foods that you can snack on, provide high energy and easily digest are recommended.
 
 
 
 
And Finally…

Have fun, stop and smell the roses, snap photos, take in the views and enjoy yourself!

Feeling Inspired?

Find out more information about what it takes to complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge. Join us on one of our open group Y3P treks running this summer or with our expert guides on your own private expedition.
 

Velo Fest and the Tour de France

Posted on: March 19th, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Cycling Reaches New Heights

 
As the greatest bike race in the world is coming to Yorkshire there are all sorts of celebrations and activities happening across our fantastic countryside. One of the largest and most prolific of these events is Velo Fest, a 3 day cycling, camping and music festival right on the course of the Tour de France. It looks superb! The music line up is looking to keep the place lively with Toploader headlining the event. Any cycling fanatic should be there and not missing out on the live shows, trade stalls and activities. Read more about it on the festival’s website.

To help promote this event we ran a photo shoot for Cycling Weekly, helping the event organiser Tom and his bike scale the mighty Kilnsey Crag in the Yorkshire Dales. This was no easy feat as it meant our instructor Will had to climb F7a (hard as nails) in the rain to get the ropes in place. This all happened on a finger freezing day in February. We got some cracking shots though and had quite the laugh in the process, check out the photos below. If the idea of cycling off road excites you, why not join us for a ride when the Tour de France takes place? We have some guided mountain bike rides in the Peak District during weekend of the York to Sheffield stage, check out our guided mountain bike rides.

Publicity Stunt

Mountain Biking

Velo Fest
 

Mad Adventuring on the Kang La and the Village of Naar

Posted on: March 3rd, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Trekking to Naar, Phu, Manaslu and Beyond

Naar-Phu-Trek
 
We just received these stunning pictures from Matthew and Jessica Szelag who joined us in Nepal for an incredible trek last November. They are an extremely athletic and motivated couple who when I first spoke to them about their trek I thought they were completely mad!

Manaslu TrekCondensing 7 weeks of trekking into less than 3!
Not content with just one trek they wanted to do 4, back to back in 18 days! Their plan was to trek around the Manaslu Circuit, the Annapurna Circuit, detour to the villages of Naar and Phu and then continue onto Upper Mustang, crossing 4 passes over 5000m and walking close to 200 miles. We are always up for a challenge and never like to say something is impossible but even running for 12 hours a day for 18 days straight, completing this itinerary looked pretty unlikely.
 
 
Kang La PassI suggested that if they cut out Mustang and did the rest of the itinerary it might just be do-able. We arranged the permits and called our strongest guys. I wasn’t very confident that they’d make it and told them not to be to disheartened if they didn’t when I joined them for dinner and wished them luck the day before they set off in Kathmandu. I asked them to keep me updated on their progress. They looked pretty strong and if anybody was going to do it these were the guys for the job.

Bhairas and Kumar, both tough guys that grew up in the mountains were as unsure as me about the plan and these guys had the added pressure of a very big job ahead of them. Both would be running over the mountains for the next couple of weeks with Kumar carrying the luggage of two people on his head.

Kang La PassThe next day they were off and starting around Manaslu at full speed eating up a standard two days trek each day. When crossing the Larkya La, a 5200m pass on the Manaslu Circuit, due to bad weather and large amounts of snow they had no choice but to start the day at 2am and include an extra 500m of ascent to an already demanding day. The normal lodge which houses trekkers had closed due to the savage weather. While other teams took 18 hours to cross the pass and descend to Bimtang our team took 10! Next was a jaunty downhill trek to the welcoming up-market huts of the Annapurna Circuit to get refreshed and a hearty meal before leaving the tourist trekkers behind and heading to the wilderness of the Phu Valley. This is real adventure trekking. There is very limited information on this region and we were not a hundred percent sure if they’d get a proper place to stay in or whether they were going to have to rely on Bhairas’ negotiation skills to get the locals to put them up. A tent would normally be advised for this type of trek but this would only slow things down and these guys are not ones to be held back by silly things like warmth and comfort. If lodging wasn’t available they’d keep walking until they found some that was.
 
Trekking from Naar to Phu
 
They were also not sure if the pass was going to be feasible due to snow and if they could cross back to the Annapurna Circuit. The only way to see if it was possible was to take the lengthy climb to the pass and have a look. The risk was a 3 day walk round trip back the way they came! Luck paid out however and our guys crossed the pass, I will let the pictures do the talking now as you can see this is a trek with pure WOOOOOOOAAAAAARRRRHHHHH factor!

To join a trek with us visit our Nepal trekking page.

Here’s some inspiration:
 


 
 
 

Exploring Deeper into the Gills and Canyons of England

Posted on: January 31st, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Scrambling, Climbing and Walking through the Rivers, Gills and Gorges of Yorkshire and the Peak District

 
At Lost Earth Adventures we like to start the New Year right. This usually means an adventure – something different, exciting and new! Whether it’s a new spot for gorge scrambling or crag to climb at, we’re always on the hunt for new locations so we can expand on the experiences we can give you.

Climbing a water fall in the Yorkshire Dales   gorge walking peak district

As outdoor professionals we also get asked from time to time to test various outdoor products for retailers as lots of our working week is spent out in the elements. Retailer, Silver Fox recently asked us to test the Lowe Alpine TFX Kibo rucksack. Never one to just merely “test” a product in a run of the mill way, we took this request as a challenge! We were determined to put this rucksack through its paces; putting it through the harshest test we could while having a banging good time.

Gorge Scrambling Walking in Yorkshire Gorge Scrambling

No good review (or adventure) would be complete if we hadn’t swam down rivers, climbed steep rock faces, abseiled down water falls into canyons, scrambled through gorges in fast flowing water and waded through swamps. All of these adventures happened while carrying very heavy kit over a bitterly cold couple of days in January.

Scrambling up a gorge in Yorkshire   Peak Disrtict Ghyll Scrambling

First we headed to one of our favourite places in the whole world, the Peak District National Park. We’d had a tip off that there was a great river flowing down the side of Kinder Scout. Now any Boy Scout, Girl Guide or D of E participant knows the vast, boggy landscape is one hell of a laugh and possesses enough issues to cross at the best of times. Kinder Scout in all its glory is a giant, swampy, huge muddy mess… perfect!

We got our wetsuits on and headed for the hills. The adventure began scrambling up a clean, peaty gill. We swam under fallen trees and climbed up steep waterfalls and jumped from the cliffs. Superbly refreshing, this was a true delight. The gill is located in a stunning area of upland meadows, a peaceful, natural place. In the summer it’ll be the perfect spot to enjoy a BBQ, while spending the day exploring and scrambling. We’re looking forward to bringing people here in the warmer, sunnier months.

Gorge Walking near Leeds   Gorge Walking near Sheffield

Next up on our quest was Strans Gill, a limestone canyon in the Yorkshire Dales that is not for the faint hearted. In the winter the gill is full to the brim with water, making us very grateful for our 5mm thick wetsuits! The gill involves hard rock climbing up a fast flowing, full waterfall, after a few hundred metres of exposed (but fun) scrambling. To make this adventure even more interesting we took a swim up the River Wharfe towards the start of the gill, much to the amusement and bewilderment of onlookers watching from the bank. The first dip in always takes your breath away, but as we started swimming and moving, we stayed quite warm in our wetsuits. The gill is where the scrambling starts and the real fun begins.

Canyoning YorkshireWe hurried up the grassy moorland to the mouth of the steep sided gorge and began climbing up the many steps and slippery problems that make this gorge scramble so much fun. We managed to move quite swiftly through the gorge heading higher and higher without any problem until we were faced with the crux – a steep wall known as the waterfall pitch. In summer conditions it is climbed without much problem, as it’s normally dry, but we were faced with a powerful torrent of bitterly cold water.

Knowing how easy it is to get cold, fast in these conditions I quickly un-coiled the rope and headed into the flow. As soon I started climbing the water hit me and I realised I had to climb fast. I was quickly beginning to lose feeling in my fingers and it wasn’t getting any warmer!

The climbing was actually quite pleasant, big juggy holds which were pleasing to numb fingers and the final move was a fun flop onto a slippery platform into the middle of the river, just steep enough to get the blood pumping. After we’d finished exploring the top reaches of the gorge we decided it would be fun to abseil back into the waterfall and also attempt to retrieve a piece of protection that Sarah found hard to extract on the way up. It was a large climbing hex that was slotted into a crack that had the rope clipped through in order to limit the distance I would fall if I lost my grip.
 
Gorge Walking near HarrogateThe hex had got twisted in a crack and would not budge. There was only so long I could stand in the flow before I’d had too much, the speed of the water really intensified the coldness and it was starting to get dark. It seemed prudent to leave a relatively inexpensive piece of kit to be found another day. This is certainly an adventure for those that want some excitement whilst doing something a little different. To keep updated of future trips like this check out our canyoning, gorge walking and gill scrambles page. There will be more additions throughout the year as we delve deeper and deeper into the surrounding hillsides.
 
 
Gorge Walking Yorkshire rucksackSo how did the rucksack cope? In a word, great! We couldn’t fault it. It has everything you’d need in a rucksack and is comfortable to carry. If you are into lightweight gear and saving grams is quite important to you then this should be your first port of call if you need a decent expedition pack.

It has clean, expanding side pockets so it is good for climbing, has a big top pocket for all your bits and pieces and a little pocket on the front for safe storage of phones and keys. There are some pockets in the hip strap for keeping a GPS or snacks handy and Sarah especially thought the colour was quite cool.

The only downside is that, as you’d imagine in a lightweight bag that it seems as though the material is not that robust. Saying that we beat the hell out of it over a couple of days, dragging it down rivers and up gorges and there isn’t the slightest bit of damage or wear. We ran this test for our friends at Silver Fox, a superb Yorkshire company based in Leeds. They have a fantastic selection of outdoor kit at great prices.

You can buy the Lowe Alpine Kibo and plenty of other outdoor equipment on the Silver Fox website here.
 

 
 

Truly Life Changing Adventures

Posted on: January 12th, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

Congratulations to Dom and Angelika!

Larkya Pass - Trekking around Manaslu
 
 
Trekking in Nepal can be a life changing experience from the warm hospitality of the locals and the spiritual peace of the Himalaya to your boyfriend getting down on one knee and popping the question at 5000 meters.

Congratulations to Dom who choose the 5,200m Larkya Pass high on the Manaslu Circuit to ask for Angelika’s hand in marriage. The Larkya La is deep in the middle of the Himalaya surrounded by several of the world’s highest mountains and glaciers. The proposal almost didn’t go to plan, as due to a big storm that ripped through the Indian Sub-Continent there was unusually high snow and temperatures plummeted. This caused many parties to turn back from the pass and the staff from the lodges to retreat to lower ground. Luckily the lodge owner from Dharamsala was persuaded to put our group up for the night and the weather turned for the better. As you can see in the picture the weather was as stunning as the new ring on Angelika’s finger! After a safe crossing of the pass they were able to descend to the alpine meadows and warmth of Bimtang for a few beers and a celebration.

We weren’t sure if the altitude had aided Dom in a successful response but we asked Angelika and she says she couldn’t be happier.

Well done guys!

See for yourself why there is magic in the air on our Manaslu Circuit Trek.
 
 

Escaping the Ordinary

Posted on: January 7th, 2014 by Lost Earth Adventures

New Year, New Adventures: 14 Extraordinary Experiences in 2014

This new year make a resolution that you’ll actually stick to. See more than the 4 walls of your office. Make time for friends and family. Get outside and breathe more fresh air. Do something you’ve never done before. Take that trip – that adventure you’ve always wanted and do it! 2014 is all about making things happen. 2014 is all about you!

Here are 14 inspiring experiences that you can do to make 2014 extraordinary!

Get to know the gentle giants of SE Asia in a world renowned Elephant Sanctuary

Elephant Nature ReserveGetting up close with these quintessential icons of SE Asia has long been an essential “must-do”. For good reason, these lovable, lumbering pachyderms will put a smile on anyone’s face.

Interact closely with these endangered gentle giants in their natural habitat, spending time feeding, bathing and walking with them at the Elephant Nature Reserve in Chiang Mai.

Founded by passionate conservationist Lek, this is a renowned sanctuary and reserve dedicated to the safe well being of these animals – no painting, no riding, no tricks! This is a truly wondrous and rewarding encounter.

Want to Experience This? Take a look at our Southeast Asian Odyssey and South East Asian Explorer tours.

Abseil off a bridge on a free hanging rappel into Yorkshire’s most dramatic gorge

Free-hanging-AbseilGet your heart racing peering over the edge of bridge 100 feet above the surface floor. Abseil down into the gorge in the stunning hills of Yorkshire, then clamber, scramble and slide your way through the canyon. No experience necessary for this, what are you waiting for?

Want to Experience This? Visit our Gorge Walking page.
 
 
 
 

Circumnavigate the 8th highest mountain in the world in a stunning Himalayan trek

Trekking-Manaslu-300x196Walk amongst the Himalaya and face to face with Manaslu, at a towering 8,156m, this is nature on a beautiful, grand scale. Get off the beaten track on this one of a kind teahouse trek – simply out of this world!

Want to Experience This? Visit our Manaslu Circuit Teahouse Trek.
 
 
 
 

Reach the summits of the UK’s 3 highest peaks in one weekend

Snowden Hiking3000m of ascent over 3 peaks in 3 countries – challenges in the UK don’t get any better than this.

On this expedition you’ll have the full support of qualified mountain guides and transport, leaving you to enjoy the views and claim some serious bragging points.

Want to Experience This? Visit our Hiking in the UK page.
 
 
 

Watch the sunrise on the Mekong

SONY DSCOne of life’s greatest moments can be had, with a cold Beer Laos in hand, watching serenely as the sun sets gently on the great river Mekong. Meandering and winding its way through 7 countries, this is the lifeline of SE Asia. Fisherman get their catch of the day, goods are transported up and down, women tend to the ariable soil on its banks, kids splash and play – the Mekong, with its continuing flow, is where life is lived.

Want to Experience This? Visit our tours to SE Asia.
 
 

Celebrate the exuberant celebrations of the Holi festival in Nepal!

Holi Nepal HimalayaSplashes of colour and happy revellers fill the streets of this fun and boisterous celebration. People throw a brightly coloured mixture of powder and water, where everything and everyone is fair game. The Festival of Colour, occurring in the March, is best experienced in Nepal. Whether you are in the busy streets of Kathmandu or tiny villages in the Himalayan foothills, you are guaranteed to have a memorable time.

Want to Experience This? Visit our Nepal Treks & Tours page.
 
 

Learn to climb at the home of the UK’s rock legends in the Peak District

Rock climbing derbyshireLeo Houlding, Don Whillans and Jonny Dawes all got their start in the UK’s most prolific climbing area – The Peak District and its plethora of crags.

Stanage Edge in particular has hundreds of routes well suited for a beginner’s ramble up your first route to overhangs where you can hear cries for mercy on the ascent. Either way you’ll feel on top of the world when you reach the finish.

Want to Experience This? See climbing and abseiling in the UK.

 

Chat with monks in Chiang Mai or Luang Prabang

chatting with monksTravelling to SE Asia isn’t all about embracing the lush natural surroundings, active adventures and night markets (those are great too!). Get engaged in the region’s fascinating cultural heritage too. Learn of a monk’s life, Buddhist culture and wonder about life’s great mysteries with informal monk chats at a few select temples in Chiang Mai and Luang Prabang.

Want to Experience This? Visit our tours of Thailand and Laos.
 
 
 

Take on a classic Himalayan trek with a twist in an Annapurna adventure

Annapurna Hike and BikeThere’s a reason our trip was recommended by the Sunday Times Travel Magazine – this tour is awesome!

Trek up the eastern flank of the classic Annapurna Circuit, until you pass the high and mighty Thorung La (5416m high). Then, bike downhill for 4 days onto the western side into the deepest gorge on earth. See this region in a whole new light. There’s nothing like it!

Want to Experience This? See our Annapurna Hike & Bike page.
 
 

Kayak the free flowing rapids on the Sun Kosi

Kayaking-Holiday-in-NepalSpend the day kayaking with internationally certified guides in the warmest white water in Nepal. Kayak the grade 1/1+ rapids of the Sun Kosi – rightfully described as one of the top 10 river journeys anywhere. When you’re not paddling there’s heaps of time to enjoy the abundant wildlife and world class scenery.

Want to Experience This? Visit our Journey to the Top of the World trip page and other Nepal tours.
 
 
 

Take a light aircraft into the Himalaya and spend 4-days descending on your bike

Fly to the HimalayaTake a light aircraft flying into the heart of the Himalayas. Land at 3800m above sea level and take a jeep to the holy town of Muktinath. Then, from here it’s 4 days of the best downhill one can find, anywhere. Period. Single track, broad sweeping trails, suspension bridges, natural berms, rock gardens and rarely used jeep tracks lead the way back down into the foothills. This is what dreams are made of!

Want to Experience This? Visit our Mountain Madness Nepal or Nepal Xtreme page.
 

Stay in a Newari mansion perched in the foothills of Nepal

The mountains of NepalHigh along a ridge is the cobble stoned village, Bandipur. It’s hard to believe that this stunning Newari village with views to to rival, has escaped the throngs of mass tourism – it’s merely a short drive off the main Nepali highway. Bandipur presents itself as living museum with its restored square and ancient temples, traffic free streets, and quiet demeanour, but part of the beauty lies in the fact that it is still a market town with farmers and traders going about their daily business. Stay in a beautifully restored mansion when you visit this gem.
 

Want to Experience This? Visit our Day Trips to Nepal page or come with us on a Journey to the Top of the World.

Drink yak butter tea, try the raksi or raise your glass to Lao Lao (Laos rice whisky).

Snake Stirfry LaosEver tried fried grasshoppers or snake soup? One of the most fun you can have on any holiday is trying all sorts of weird and wonderful things. We never thought that bamboo grubs would taste so good – until we tried them! We won’t mention how the local rice whisky tasted, but that’s all part the experience!

Often you’ll get invited into a local home and the first thing they’ll offer you is drink. The best thing you can do is say yes. So cheers, to local delicacies – whatever they may be!

Want to Experience This? All of our Asian Adventure Tours get you immersed in the local culture and encourage you to taste new things!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Natural hot springs, blue lagoons, hidden waterfalls – this is wild swimming!

waterfalls in laosWhether you’re in the Yorkshire Dales down a gorge, going for a dip in a Welsh mountain stream, soaking tired muscles in natural hot springs surrounded by the Annapurna’s, feeling the cooling mist of a secret waterfall in Laos or find yourself jumping from a tree swing into crystal clear, turquoise pools, nothing is as refreshing as going for a swim.

Want to Experience This? Thailand, Laos, Nepal, Yorkshire, the Peak District and mountains of the UK – we can take you there.
 
 

Eating Scorpion in Bangkok

Posted on: December 20th, 2013 by Lost Earth Adventures

Street Food in Bangkok

When you think of Thailand, often one of the first things that comes to mind is the country’s insanely good food offerings. Pad thai, green curry, papaya salad, fresh fruit shakes, and the street food – oh the street food! Offerings of spicy grilled pork, fresh noodle soups, BBQ fish, mango sticky rice… crickets, grubs, scorpions???

Never one to say no to a challenge, Lost Earth Adventures’ co-founder Sarah Allard took to the streets of Bangkok to try the tastiest (worst thing she’s ever tasted) snack on the arachnid/insect menu. Here’s a short video of Sarah eating possibly the largest scorpion in Southeast Asia.

Bon Appétit!