Antarctica skiing

If you love adventure travel and want to find out the latest on offer, the Adventure Travel Expo is the place to be at Sydney Town Hall from 12pm-6pm on Saturday 7 November and 12pm-5pm on Sunday 8 November. Operators from around the world will tempt visitors with some heart pumping adventure holidays.

From skiing the last degree in the South Pole to tracking a snow leopard in Ladakh to trekking up a live volcano, the Adventure Travel Expo opens its doors to the globe’s top adrenaline trips.

Adventure tourism is continually on the rise. “More and more Australians of all ages are seeking challenge and exhilaration on their holidays. Age does not separate them in terms of challenges” said Tim Lewis, Director of The Adventure Travel Expo.

Trek a live volcano. Part of the famous “ring of fire”, the mighty Rinjani mountain of Gunung Rinjani is a massive volcano that towers over the island of Lombok. A climb to the top is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have and at 3,726 meters tall, Gunung Rinjani is the second highest mountain in Indonesia. Widely regarded as one of the best views in the country, the climb to the top may not be easy, but it’s worth it. Around the slopes of Rinjani there are lush forests sprinkled with waterfalls and surrounded by stunning scenery.

Snow Leopard

Ski the last degree. One of the ultimate adventures has to be Antarctica’s Last Degree expedition. This incredible journey involves skiing the final ten days of the trek to the South Pole, using sleds to haul provisions. Fly over the vast white interior of the continent to reach the starting point at 89º South. Each day you will work your way through the big white expanse of the polar plateau towards the southernmost point on earth.

New Zealand – a mountain biker’s paradise. Sixteen days of mountain biking from Auckland to Queenstown lets you take in the lush forests and purpose built trails of the North Island, then the high country and scenic tracks in the South Island. Grab an extra dose of awesome by including some add-on options such as Heli-Biking, MTB Skills Clinics, bungy and skydiving.

Snow Leopard Tracking – 20 January to 4 February 2016. This epic 16 day adventure takes you to Hemis National Park, Ladakh, India’s best protected area for snow leopards. With expert trackers on hand to trace the cats’ scents, trails and markings, this journey will keep the pulse racing as you follow every sign of their movements whilst exploring some of the world’s most spectacular scenery. This snow leopard trek offers the chance to track these “ghosts of the mountains” and their prey through the snow, with the ability to witness these sadly diminishing but stunning creatures in their natural environment.

Surf the ultimate wave – Cloudbreak Fiji. Just three miles south of Namotu Island, Cloudbreak is a world class left reef pass that’s regularly voted one of the ten best and most challenging waves in the world. Like many tropical reef-pass breaks, Cloudbreak tends to get faster, shallower and more critical as it goes. Routinely ranking among the ten most challenging waves in the world, this renowned Fiji surf spot boasts fast, barrelling lefts over a shallow reef. Even if you’re not up to surfing it, it’s equally thrilling to watch from the boat and see others attempt it.

Sandra Tiltman

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