For links to Jordan and other countries on this website - click on the relevant country and see more links below
World adventure travel links
- High and Wild
- Imaginative Traveller
- Telemark Skiing Company
- Nomad Reisen - German Adventure Travel Co working in Jordan & Egypt
- Extreme North East - India. Specialists in north east India (see India link)
- Nirvana Adventures - Paraglide & trek in India, also at www.nativeplace.com
- Desert Adventures - Egypt. Contact Hany Amr Also in Egypt (Sinai) Wind, Sand & Stars
- Water by Nature - Experience the World of Whitewater Kayaking in unique locations with experts.
- Hot Rock Bus - links to Dave Lucas for info on Travel Middle East & Africa with like minded climbers, and for his Expedition trips, check out Expedition Consultancy.
- The Abraham Path through Turkey, (Syria), Jordan, Israel and Palestine
- Survival helps tribal peoples defend their lives, protect their lands and determine their own futures.
- Tribes Fair Trade Travel
- Palestine - community action Guiding Star
- Himalayan Community Action Community action Nepal
- Tourism Concern
- Responsible Travel
- National Geographic - sustainable tourism
Middle East Environmental Groups
Middle East Trails
Walk the Masar An NGO working on Trail development in the Middle East including:
Jordan Trail, Lebanon Mountain Trail, Masar Ibrahim Al Khalili Trail (Palestine) and the Sinai Trail
- Leon Mc Carron's jouney on 'The Masar' Trails (see above)
Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Mountaineering and Rock climbing
Egypt - Sinai Check out Desert Divers for climbing, trekking and, of course, diving in the Red Sea. Also for the first climbing and bouldering guide to Sinai, see their webpage. And the Sinai Trail, see above
Lebanon see Rock Climbing Atlas, Middle East for info on climbs in Lebanon, which not only has some nice looking crags, both sport and trad, but also world famous caves. Wynand Groenewegen says "I have been climbing in Lebanon just before the (short) war of 2006. The routes have mainly been put up by the army. These days one of the local climbing clubs continue to develop them. The area is very beautiful but the routes are short. You have to come to Lebanon for the nature and the people, not especially for the climbing. Syria is much better.....but having said this, we had a very good and interesting time when we were there. You will find all the information you need to know in our 'Rock Climbing Atlas to Greece and the Middle East'. We have also included maps."
The new Lebanon Mountain Trail opened in summer 2007, extending 400km, north to south, see Lebanon Trail.
Nepal Dec 2004 We were invited on a trek round the Annapurna Circuit with friends. Billed as "possibly the best long distance walk in the world" we had always wanted to do it but thoughts of crowds of trekkers put us off. However, in December 04 there were just about none so we had the trail to ourselves. Maybe it was partly the time of year, but more likely the Maoist insurgency threat was putting people off. For a first class Sherpa company, contact Nima at Cho Oyu Trekking (see below). Sadly most of the trail has now been bulldozed to make vehicle access, leaving only the three or four days over the pass in it's original state.
Dec 2011The same two friends asked us to join them again to trek the Everest Trail up the Khumbu valley to Tengboche before doing a second trek in the Annapurna massif. Once again we had great weather (chilly at night of course) and met very few other trekkers. Cho Oyu Trekking organised everything superbly once again - definitely recommended!
Turkey 2005 North East of Antalya and south east of Egirdir is a range of limestone mountains called Dedigol Daglan with a superb 600m SE Face climbed by Dave Lucas on one of his Hot Rock trips. The Turkish climber in the area is Ozturk Kayikci. Geoff Hornby has also climbed here. It looks like a beautiful area with lots of scope for development.
The coast mountains west of Antalya have been visited recently by Geoff Hornby and Susie Sammut, climbing a few new routes up to 700m TD. There are also some Turkish routes here done by climbers from Antalya University.
2006 see Rock Climbing Atlas, Middle East for info on climbs in Turkey.
2007 See that years Alpine Journal for climbing info in Turkey by Geoff Hornby.
Tunisia There are no decent maps or trekking guidebooks as far as we know. The highest summit is Mt Chambi, 1554m, reached by an easy walk in a National Park. Also in the west the flat-topped Jugurtha’s Table is easily reached by steps through its cliffs. In the west, the Cap Bon Peninsula has some bouldering and a short but pleasant walk round its tip - and the island in the Med out to the west looks to have good limestone cliffs but is out of bounds. Nobody would take us. Down south the desert drive is fun with a chance to stay in an underground hotel where the Star Wars bar sequence was filmed.
Some recommended Himalayan Travel Companies
Three friends of ours who guide in Europe:
- International Union of Alpine Associations (UIAA)
- British Mountaineering Council
- The Alpine Club
- Royal Geographical Society & Expedition Advisory Centre
- UN International Year of the Mountains - Mountain Forum
- Pilgrimage sites and Sacred Places
- World Climb. The Definitive Climbing Directory, indexing 2427 sites worldwide; all you need to know about climbing!
- World Trails Network
We would like to thank the following who have sponsored us on our treks, climbs and travels:
- Berghaus Britain's leading supplier of rucsacs outdoor clothing and footwear
- Brasher Boots Original British footwear for fellwalking and trekking
- Buff Innovative headwear
- Buffalo Systems Functional British clothing for outdoor activities
- Trekmates Clothing for the outdoors
- Troll Britain's first ever climbing harness designer and manufacturer is back with a selection of gear and clothing. Tony was one of the original founders and Di also worked there on the design team.
- Rab Equipment and clothing for extreme conditions
- PHD for extreme lightweight down clothing. Also see PHD on The Jordan Trail
The following publish books to which nomads have contributed. We also include a link to Echoes of a Dream by a good friend of ours:
- Cicerone Press
- Vertebrate Graphics
- Rough Guides
- Lonely Planet
- Jordan Distribution Agency (Jordan)
- Interlink Books (USA)
- Dorling Kindersley Travel Guides
- Ripping Yarns
- Echoes of a dream - Some tales of great deeds and good fun from a good friend of ours, Richard McHardy, one of Britain's top climbers and alpinists of the sixties and seventies. Recommended!
- Smithsonian Global Sound features musical recordings from around the globe including mountain and desert areas. You can search by country, cultural group, genre, instrument, language, or any combination of those five options. Also has free video downloads.
- BBC World Music is also excellent.