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Archive for March, 2011

New! The Berg Adventures Travel Reading Series

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Calling all book-lovers and adventure seekers!

Libraries and bookstores are filled with some great books about travel, mountaineering and pushing the boundaries of human achievement, but there are plenty of snooze-inducing and cliché-filled books out there too. To help you sort through the shelves, we’re introducing a monthly book review. Here in our blog we will write about one or two of our favorite travel books and will connect you to other exciting books on similar topics by linking you to our ever-improving suggested reading lists.

Check back in a few weeks for our first reviews and in the meantime browse our suggested reading lists, found here. If you don’t have time to run off to your nearest bookstore, search no further! You will find purchasing information for all of the books that we recommend on our website.

If you have a favorite adventure or travel book, we welcome you to share it with us by emailing Sara.

Why Berg Adventures Loves Fall Treks to Everest Base Camp

Friday, March 25th, 2011

“We are experiencing classic October weather that has made this the most popular month for trekking to Everest Base Camp; clear blue sky mornings with afternoon clouds that make the lodges cozy and the mountains around us seem mystical.”

– Wally Berg, 2009 Fall Everest Base Camp Trek Dispatches

The long summer rains have been good to Everest’s Khumbu Valley and the people are joyful as they enjoy the festivities and surpluses of the harvest season. It is October and the rains have come to an end leaving behind them a sea of green. Fat and healthy yaks carry loads of fresh produce and trekking gear up and down the trails with little effort. Excitement and anticipation are in the air as the seasonal trekkers arrive at the Lukla airport and begin their migration towards Namche – the Khumbu Valley’s center of commerce and activity.

October and November are the busiest months for trekking in Nepal, and rightfully so. The weather is fantastic, the scenery is unmatched, and the general mood of the valley is festive. While some may worry the business of the season could detract from the experience, most people who have trekked in the fall would argue the contrary. Trekkers and locals alike enjoy the camaraderie of the fall season and even the busiest of times in the Khumbu are not that busy. You will find plenty of time for solitude and reflection, especially because we stay in small, quiet, and friendly lodges, travel with our own cooks, and take you to some of favorite places off the well-trodden paths.

With 25 years of experience in the Everest Region, Berg Adventures offers the best there is any time of year.

Upcoming Trip Dates:

  • October 8 – 31, 2011
  • April 22 – May 15, 2012
  • October 7 – 30, 2012

To learn more, visit the Everest Base Camp Trek home page or call our office at 403-609-4148.

Read about past trips in our Everest Base Camp dispatch archives.

Or follow along as we trek next month! Once our adventure begins we will post dispatches here.

Berg Adventures Bolivia Trip Featured in Outside Magazine

Monday, March 21st, 2011

“Viva South America!” proclaims Outside Magazine writer Patrick Symmes as he describes some of the best and most unique things to do and places to stay on this vibrant continent. Included in his list, and at the top of ours, is the Berg Adventures trip to Bolivia. You’ll get to climb a number of mountains including Pequeño Alpamayo in the Condoriri group and Sajama, the highest mountain in Bolivia at 21,486ft/6,549m. The hiking, climbing and camping are all fantastically beautiful and feature wide-open plains, crystal clear alpine lakes, dramatic peaks and wild llamas. Aside from the awesome climbing and hiking, other exciting trip highlights include sightseeing in the world’s highest capital city, La Paz, two nights to acclimatize and explore the shores of Lake Titicaca, a day trip to the Incan ruins on Isla del Sol and a relaxing soak in the natural hot springs below Sajama to finish off the trip.

We still have a few spaces on our June 2011 trip, so don’t miss your chance to sign-up! If you can’t make it this year, the 2012 and 2013 trips are open for registration.

Trip Dates:

  • June 10 – 26, 2011
  • June 9 – 25, 2012
  • June 8-24, 2013

You don’t have any mountaineering experience, but you want to go climbing in Bolivia? Stay tuned, because we are putting together our first ever Mountaineering School Program in Bolivia for summer 2012. If you’re interested, contact us!

For more information on the Berg Adventures Bolivia Trip, please go to our Bolivia trip description page.

To read about our past Bolivian adventures, check out the dispatches.

To register, give us a call or fax/email us your application forms found here.