Elephant standing by tree in Uganda

Best adventure trips for 2023

Dec 20, 2022
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We’ve scoured the globe and sent out our minions to find the best adventure holiday spots for the young and young-at-heart. We’re pretty thrilled with what we’ve found, and we think you will be too, as there’s something for everyone.

We have what we consider to be a diverse and truly stellar list of adventure trips for 2023. Here are the exciting adventure trips currently on offer from Follow Alice ...

  1. Climb Kilimanjaro
  2. Tanzania safari
  3. Gorilla trek in Uganda
  4. Everest Base Camp trek
  5. Annapurna Circuit trek
  6. Discover Bhutan

Here are the details for each of these epic adventure holidays ...

1. Climb Kilimanjaro

The Kilimanjaro trip is where it all began with Follow Alice, so it’s a trip very close to our hearts. And climbing Kilimanjaro is a true adventure, requiring sweat, perseverance, and team spirit. It’s about pushing your boundaries and awakening you to your own potential and capabilities. 

The summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kibo cone

The crater peak of Kilimanjaro is usually high above the clouds

Mount Kilimanjaro is the tallest mountain in Africa, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world! Join us on an epic adventure as we climb to the summit of this mighty mountain at 5,895 m above sea level. Each day of the trek we enter a new and rich ecosystem: savannah, forest, moorland, alpine desert, and then ice caps. We start our night climb to the summit around midnight so that when the sun rises we’ll be standing on Uhuru Peak, overlooking the world! Kilimanjaro is a challenging and exciting experience that leads to new friendships, greater confidence in your own capabilities, and a renewed sense of wonder at the majesty and diversity of Mother Earth.

Group photo Kilimanjaro trek. adventure trip of a lifetime

Your trekking group quickly becomes your trekking family on Kilimanjaro!

One of the Seven Summits

You already know that Kilimanjaro is Africa’s tallest mountain. This means it’s one of the so-called Seven Summits, which are the highest mountains from each of the continents. The first person to climb all seven summits, Richard Bass, only did so in 1985. 

Kilimanjaro is also the world’s tallest free-standing mountain. But it isn’t a mountain in the traditional sense, because it’s actually a dormant volcano. At the top of Kilimanjaro are three volcanic cones: Shira, Kibo and Mawenzi. The highest point of Kilimanjaro is Uhuru Peak, which is on Kibo's crater rim.

Kilimanjaro summit morning sun adventure climb

The morning sun sheds light over the summit of Kilimanjaro

The five climates of Kilimanjaro

Kilimanjaro, which is in the northeast of Tanzania, offers a fascinating diversity of terrain, wildlife and plants. Every day on the trek you literally enter a different ecosystem. This is part of what makes the trek so interesting! Climbers generally start the trek in shorts and t-shirts and end it swaddled in every warm item they packed! 

On Day 1 of the climb we walk through the savannah of Kilimanjaro’s lower slopes, which is where the local Chagga people live. The next day we walk along forest trails surrounded by lush trees. The following day we ascend into heather and moorland, and things get much cooler. The next ecosystem we enter is the alpine or highland desert zone. And finally, at the top of Kilimanjaro, we enter the arctic zone, where’s it all about scree, ice patches, dramatic glacier walls and freezing temperatures. 

Stella Point on Kilimanjaro - adventure trip 2020 idea

The top of Kilimanjaro is a cold, cold place!

I climbed Kilimanjaro last year with Follow Alice and it was an unforgettable experience!! All the planning was made at their side and I just enjoyed the beautiful climb – so simple and well delivered.

– Silvia Coimbra

Follow Alice's favourite Kilimanjaro routes

There are currently seven routes up Kilimanjaro. At Follow Alice we lead groups up all of the routes, but these are the most popular three routes:

We encourage trekkers to choose one of these routes for two reasons. Firstly, they have high success rates, meaning a high proportion of people who attempt them make it to the summit of Kilimanjaro. This is because they have good acclimatisation profiles. In other words, they don’t push trekkers to climb too high, too quickly, and so wind up developing altitude symptoms. The second reason we like these routes is that they offer some of the most beautiful and varied scenery.

The Machame, Lemosho and Northern Circuit routes are great for acclimatisation because of the many ‘climb high, sleep low’ opportunities they offer.

Further reading for the interested trekker ...

If you'd like to know more about climbing Kilimanjaro, we have a wealth of resources available to you:

Kilimanjaro trek porter adventure climb

One of our porters giving a masterclass in camouflage

Want to make your Kilimanjaro trip even more epic?

Many of our clients follow up their Kilimanjaro trek with a Tanzanian safari, so we introduce you to that trip next ...

2. Tanzania safari

Tanzania is arguably the ultimate safari destination for wildlife lovers. With 16 beautifully maintained national parks, it offers some of Africa’s best game viewing. Some of the animals one can find on a Tanzania safari include African elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, wildebeests, dik-diks, antelopes, gazelles, elands and kudus. Tanzania has dedicated more of its land to its national parks than any other wildlife destination in the world. In total the country has 42,000 square kilometres of national park!

Tanzania safari


Highlights of a Tanzania safari

Some of the highlights of our Tanzania safari trip are:

  • Go on safari in the UNESCO-listed Serengeti National Park
  • Spot lions, leopards, Cape buffaloes, African elephants, cheetahs, giraffes and much more! 
  • Camp overnight in some of Africa’s most beautiful national parks
  • Watch the sunrise over the African savannah
  • Experience the rich culture of local Tanzanian tribes
Masai tribe of Tanzania

Maasai people of Tanzania

Our exciting destinations

During our time on safari we visit the following world-famous sites:

  • Lake Manyara National Park 
  • Serengeti National Park
  • The Ngorongoro Crater

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller parks, but it packs a real punch, boasting savannah, bush plains and evergreen forest. The chance to see elephant families moving through the forest is reason enough on its own to visit this gem of a park!

Drinks with a view in Tanzania

Drinks with a view of Lake Manyara

Serengeti National Park

The word serengeti means ‘endless plains’ in the Maasai language, and this is truly apt. Serengeti National Park is home to the Great Migration, the famous annual migration of over two million grazing animals like wildebeest, zebra and gazelle. Our drive in the park affords us ample game-watching opportunities, as well as the chance to visit the beautiful Olduvai Gorge. We’ll also visit the Maasai Culture Boma to learn about the history and culture of this fascinating tribe.

African safari adventure

Another day, another beautiful sunrise over the African savannah

The Ngorongoro Crater

Directly south of Serengeti National Park is Ngorongoro Crater, the largest collapsed volcanic crater in the world! The walls of the crater have protected the area over time and created an oasis of wildlife. You can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, wildebeest, jackals, kobs, eagles, vultures, and so much more. There are also brightly coloured flamingoes in the crater lake and hippos in the swamp, which is where we stop for lunch!

Buffaloes in Ngorongoro crater - 2020 adventure trip idea

A buffalo herd in the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest caldera

Take your African safari to the next level

As with all Follow Alice itineraries, nothing is set in stone. With each adventure trip we put forward an itinerary as a starting point, and if desired you can tweak it as much as you like to craft your ideal getaway. This safari has been designed as the ideal accompaniment to our Climb Kilimanjaro trip, and so takes place in the same corner of Tanzania as the famous mountain to reduce travel time. So how about it: should you maybe be combining your Tanzania safari with a Kilimanjaro climb?!

Adventure safari drive in Africa

Everyone should go on an African safari at least once in their life!

3. Gorilla trekking in Uganda

Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa, for very good reason. This lush country has mountains, jungle, mountain gorillas, savannah, the Big Five, island-dotted lakes, rich culture, welcoming people, and so much more. At Follow Alice we’ve put together a wild Uganda adventure holiday including gorilla trekking that takes in the best the country has to offer: we explore the capital city of Kampala, go on a mountain bike safari, row in traditional boats on the lake, zip-line into the water, visit chimpanzees in the wild, and go on a boat cruise. And finally, our pièce de resistance: we take a trek in the rainforest to see mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. It’s all epic times in Uganda!

Gorilla trekking

We trek into the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see mountain gorillas

An adventure-packed itinerary

During our eight-day stay in Uganda, we take you to various beautiful spots around the country. Some of the exciting activities on the cards are:

  • Visit Ndere Cultural Centre in Kampala, Uganda’s capital city
  • Go on a mountain bike safari in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Hike to see chimpanzees in the wild 
  • Take a boat cruise on Bunyonyi Lake and zipline into it
  • Quad bike around Bunyonyi to explore local villages
  • Row in traditional dugout canoes on the lake to visit some of its islands
  • Take an evening walk into the town of Kabale
  • Go on a jeep and boat safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to see a gorilla troop
lioness in tree in Uganda

A Ugandan safari is a must when you visit the country

Trekking to see mountain gorillas

The gorilla trek is the highlight of our trip. And for good reason. The mountain gorilla is an endangered animal – there are estimated to be fewer than 900 in the wild. They live only in Uganda, the DRC and Rwanda. We’ll take a guided trek through the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to find a troop to observe. As the name of the forest suggests, we’ll be trekking through dense vegetation. You can expect overgrown trails, walls of green, dripping leaves, rivers and rivulets, forest sounds, mist and perhaps the odd downpour! Trekking through such an untouched and thick forest like this is a treat in and of itself.

Gorillas live in troops, each of which is headed by one or two silverbacks, which are the dominant males. Their babies are called infants. Mountain gorillas are known for being mostly gentle and shy. The gorilla troops that are visited are habituated ones, meaning they’re used to the presence of humans. It’s wonderful to watch them interact among themselves, and hear their grunts and barks. Very few people are afforded the opportunity to view these gentle giants in their natural habitat – those who do rarely leave the forest unaffected.

mountain gorilla in Uganda

Mountain gorillas are gentle giants, so we get to see them up close

Keen to know more?

Read our blog posts 20 things to know about mountain gorilla trekking and Top things to do in Uganda.

Dan and guest in Kampala

Join us in Uganda and you'll meet Dan, our fantastic local tour guide

4. Trek to Everest Base Camp

Not everyone can climb Mount Everest, but most of us can make the trek to its famous base camp. The Everest Base Camp trek is a challenging but ever-so-rewarding two-week hike through the Himalayas. It starts in the temperate zone at around 2,500 m and requires you to climb up to the alpine zone at over 5,000 m. During the trek we hike as a group up steep, forested valleys, over suspension bridges, across desolate valley floors and lake beds, along high contour paths, and over snowy mountain passes. 

We stay in traditional Sherpa villages, eat Nepali food, visit Buddhist monasteries, stand back for passing yaks, dip our toes in icy high-altitude lakes, and marvel at snow-capped mountain peaks every way we turn. And in the middle of it all, we get to stand in Everest Base Camp, where the prayer flags are pulled at relentlessly by the wind and we contemplate the start of the trail taken by many greats to reach the top of the world’s highest mountain.

Suspension bridge Everest Base Camp trek adventure

Suspension bridges are common along the lower parts of the Everest Base Camp trek

Highlights of the Everest Base Camp trek

This two-week trip to the Himalayas of eastern Nepal is not just about standing at Everest Base Camp. No, no - it has so much more in store for the curious and intrepid traveller. When you travel to do the Everest Base Camp trek with Follow Alice, you’ll:

  • Take an exciting flight from Kathmandu to the mountain town of Lukla
  • Trek for two weeks through the beautiful Sagarmatha National Park
  • Stay in traditional Sherpa villages and experience the local culture and cuisine
  • Visit Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and other important cultural sites
  • See wild and domesticated animals like musk deer and wild goats 
  • See Mt Everest, Khumbu Glacier and many other spectacular Himalayan peaks and glaciers 
  • Visit the world’s most iconic base camp
  • Stay on the shore of the beautiful Gokyo Lake
  • Challenge yourself physically and mentally as you trek at great altitude
  • Make friends with fellow trekkers from around the world
Yak on a hill at Everest Base Camp trek

Yaks are a common sight on the Everest Base Camp trek, not least because they're used by porters to carry trekkers' luggage

How far is the trek to Everest Base Camp?

The Everest Base Camp trek is 65 km each way when you walk the most direct route. This is the traditional trek route. There are, however, variations to this route, a common one being the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes.

Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes

We at Follow Alice hike the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes. This is a popular alternate route to the classic one. It involves trekking the usual route to Everest Base Camp, then taking a detour to the Gokyo Lakes on the return journey. 

There are a few pros to doing the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes. Firstly, it creates a loop in the trail, meaning for most of your return hike you walk through fresh territory. There’s so much cultural and natural richness in Khumbu, we feel it would be a pity to tramp the same path when you can divert just a little and enjoy more of it. Secondly, this alternate route gives us the chance to cross Cho La Pass, summit Gokyo Peak (5,357 m), see the magnificent Ngozumpa Glacier, and visit the beautiful Gokyo Lakes. And finally, this slightly longer route is quieter than the main one, allowing us to experience an even more remote part of the Himalayas.

We hike the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo Lakes, an exciting alternative to the classic trek route that takes in more of the area.

Gokyo Lake Everest Base Camp trek 2020 best adventure trip

The Gokyo Lakes are an incredibly beautiful corner of the Himalayas

Who should do the Everest Base Camp trek?

If you’re a curious soul who doesn’t mind a little discomfort for the sake of new experiences, then the Everest Base Camp trek is for you! You don’t need any mountaineering skills or equipment, nor do you need to be an athlete. You do, however, need to be reasonably fit. Simply put, if you’re able to go on a day-long hike wherever you live without falling over with fatigue and complaining that life is no fun, then you should be perfectly able to tackle Everest Base Camp. 

If you’d like to know more about the challenges of the trek, we recommend you read How hard is Everest Base Camp? This blog post describes the trek route and surrounding terrain, daily hiking hours, the dangers of altitude sickness, and more. You might also like to read:

Himalayan adventure trip

The mountains of the Everest Base Camp trek are the uncontested stars of the show

5. Trek the Annapurna Circuit

The Annapurna Circuit trek is an incredibly varied and exciting high-altitude trek. Located in Nepal’s central Himalayas, the Annapurna region boasts some of the world’s highest mountains. Most famous is Annapurna I, the seventh highest peak in the world at 8,091 m (26,545 ft). 

On the Annapurna Circuit trek we hike deep into the Himalayas. We wind our way up steep, forested valleys and canyons, walk narrow paths that snake round the sides of mountains, visit an ice lake, and cross a bleak summit pass. The higher we climb, the fiercer the weather, with strong winds and temperatures that drop below freezing at night. It's an adventure trip for the spirited traveller who wants a challenge and something out of the ordinary!

Annapurna trek route forest

The Annapurna Circuit takes you through forests before climbing above the tree line and into a rain shadow

Annapurna circuit people and culture

The people groups we meet along the Annapurna trek route vary greatly. At the trail’s start we meet Hindu communities with close ties to Indian culture, but when we enter into the remote mountains we meet Tibetic groups who are closely connected in culture to their neighbours to the north. Along the trail we encounter temples, prayer flags, stupas, gompas, prayer wheels, and more. Every day on the Annapurna circuit introduces you to something new and surprising.

woman along Annapurna circuit

We stay in traditional villages along the Annapurna Circuit, meeting many local people

Getting to Annapurna

Our trip starts in Kathmandu and involves a two-day road trip west to reach the Annapurna region. But don’t worry – the road trip is part of the fun! We drive in a private minibus, all the better to chat and get to know your fellow trekkers. We also stop off in some beautiful towns and villages. The last part of the drive takes us deep into the Annapurna range along winding and narrow mountain roads.

beautiful valley settlement in mist in Nepal

The drive to Annapurna from Kathmandu is full of gorgeous scenery

The Annapurna Circuit trek route

Many treks around the world involve hiking from Point A to Point B and then back along the same route, often because the terrain dictates it. Not a problem, but arguably not ideal.

The Annapurna Circuit route, by contrast, is a roughly circular route that takes you anticlockwise through the valleys and gorges and over some of the heights of the Annapurna Massif. Every day brings something new!

We start in the village of Bagarchhap. Over the next few days we hike deep into the remote mountains, eventually climbing up into a rain shadow. Colourful prayer flags and Buddhist stupas (religious monuments) can be seen all along the trek route.

High altitude adventure trekking in the Annapurna region

The Annapurna Circuit trek route takes us high into the Himalayas

Thorung La Pass

The pinnacle of the trek – both literally and mentally – is reaching the top of the mountain pass Thorung La. Thorung La is 5,416 m (17,769 ft) above sea level. It’s a snow-covered spot that’s blasted by fierce winds.

After this special moment of victory, the trek’s descent begins. The route drops down from the chilly heights into the woods before reaching the hills and plains of the Mustang District.

Thorung La Pass Annapurna circuit trek - adventure trip 2020

Thorung La Pass, the highest point of the Annapurna Circuit

Accommodation along the trek

Throughout the trek we stay in traditional and often incredibly picturesque towns and villages, which grow smaller and more modest the higher we climb. In the evenings we gather together in heated communal dining rooms for warm meals of local cuisine and chitchat with fellow trekkers from all around the world.

Village in Annapurna region adventure trek

We visit and overnight at many small villages in the Annapurna mountain range

Fly to beautiful Pokhara

Near the end of the trip, once our trekking days are done, we fly in a small aircraft through the famous Kali Gandaki Gorge. This is the world’s deepest gorge! This is a flight you’ll ever forget, as we wind our way through the gorge with the Annapurna mountains towering above us on both sides.

We then spend a night in the beautiful lakeside city of Pokhara, a popular tourist destination. We have the option of exploring the city, canoeing on the lake, zip-lining above the trees, and more!

Pokhara Lake Nepal adventure destination

Pokhara is a beautiful lakeside city popular with local and international tourists

Who should hike the Annapurna Circuit?

The Annapurna Circuit trek is one of the most popular treks worldwide. This is because of the sheer diversity and beauty of the trek route. We can vouch for the fact that every day on this trip is new and exciting. And also that the hard work and sweat to complete it is one hundred percent worth it. The views, the people and the memories are truly special. 

The Annapurna Circuit is a non-technical route, which means you don’t need any special experience or skills to complete it. You just need a good pair of hiking boots and a decent level of fitness. So if you’re a reasonably fit person with an adventurous spirit, we hope to share the experience of trekking the Annapurna Circuit with you soon!

Mountain peak in sunlight

The Annapurna Mountains are among the highest in the world

6. Discover Bhutan

Bhutan is a small country sandwiched between China and India that has the Himalayan mountain range running through its northern section. It has an abundance of natural beauty, and is also rich in culture, religion and history. 

At Follow Alice we’ve put together an exciting itinerary that takes in some of the most culturally rich and picturesque spots of Bhutan. This is an adventure holiday you’ll remember for a lifetime!

Hike to Tiger's Nest

One of the highlights of our time in Bhutan is hiking to Tiger's Nest

A stellar and exciting itinerary

Our Discover Bhutan itinerary has three themes: adventure sports, history and culture, and R&R. Put together we think they’re a recipe for the perfect getaway! Some of the exciting adventure activities on offer are:

  • Take a sightseeing hike around the Himalayan town of Punakha and visit its beautiful 17th-century fortress Punakha Dzong.
  • Go white-water rafting down the Mo Chu river.
  • Take a bike ride from Paro to Thimphu, passing through paddy fields, virgin forests and sleepy villages.
  • Hike to Taktshang Monastery, also known as Tiger’s Nest, which clings to the side of a cliff.

Some of the culture and history fixes we’ve got planned are:

  • Spend a day exploring the culturally rich Thimphu, Bhutan’s gorgeous capital city.
  • Visit Motithang Takin Reserve to see gnu goats, also called takins. 
  • Learn about Bhutanese arts and crafts at the National Institute of Zorig Chusum. 
  • Tour a traditional Bhutanese farmhouse and farm before being treated to a delicious lunch.

Bhutan, Land of the Thunder Dragon

The local name for Bhutan is Druk Yul, which means ‘Land of the Thunder Dragon’. It’s so named for the violent thunderstorms that descend from the Himalayas. Such a storylike name only serves to heighten the somewhat mystical image of the country in the eyes of most foreigners. Bhutan only really began to open up to outsiders in the 1970s. This small, hard-to-reach nation of mountains, valleys and rivers has fewer than a million inhabitants.

In recent years the world has learned with fascination of Bhutan’s official public policy of pursuing Gross National Happiness. The idea behind the policy is rooted in Buddhist values that measure quality of life based on your spiritual and mental well-being.

River rafting adventure in Bhutan

One of our Follow Alice groups rafting the Mo Chu River in Punakha

You might like to learn more in 7 to know before visiting Bhutan and Top places to visit in Bhutan.

Craft your own holiday itinerary

At Follow Alice we’re in the business of putting together awesome adventure holidays, knowing that what’s awesome for you might be different from what’s awesome for someone else.

For this reason, we invite clients to let us know their preferences so that we can alter plans to suit you. Want to up the adventure sports on a particular trip? No problem. Want to inject a little more cultural exploration? Done.

Just give us a shout and we can make a plan together to create a holiday itinerary that has you hopping with excitement!


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