Now in its 19 th year Aus Global Soft Adventures are still running regular tours to Nepal to most of the main trekking areas. However after 16 treks into Everest Base Camp , Clyde your guide is no longer accompanies every group into the Khumbu but organizing the tour with our local Nepali guide "Khari" and his team. This allows us to reduce the cost for you considerably.
The Annapurna Circuit and the Annapurna Sanctuary treks are still popular and available for bookings, Langtang is also available. These three treks are usually run in March/April/May however it is also possible in the Sept/Oct season on request. Contact Clyde for possible dates.
PLEASE NOTE We need a minium of 6 participants to run our treks at the advertised price, we can however take small groups of 3 to 5 people at a negotiated price.
The Annapurna Circuit Trek is still popular and we now offer a shortened 16 day version from Besi Sahar near Pokhara to Manang and over the Thorong La to Muktinath, Kagbeni and Jomsom. We can also add a 3 day visit to Royal Chitwan National Park or extra time in Pokhara or Kathmandu.
Tours to both Sabah and Sarawak in Borneo are still available and popular with nature lovers, we now see more Orang Utans in the forested areas . Our tours include all the major parks and places of interest in both Sabah and Sarawak, please check out our detailed itinerary for more details.
Madagascar is becoming increasingly popular and we now offer tours to the northern parks near Diego Suarez . The southern regions are still the most popular with most interest in Tsiribihina River Tours, the Bao Bab Avenue near Morandava and the beaches at Ifaty, great for sailing and snorkeling. National Park D'Ankarafantsika and wetland offers excellent bird photography and I have photographed 5 species of Lemur in this park. Please check out our detailed itinerary and image gallery
THE PHILIPPINE ISLANDS
Our latest tour destination on offer is El Nido and Coron in Palawan, a stunning tropical island in the far south west Philippines close to Borneo, it is one of the 7,107 Philippine islands. Palawan is still a largely untapped tourist destination but cannot remain this way for long. Only a few places on the island of Mindanao to the south east are considered unsafe for tourists. While Manila is a large capital city there are 5 other International airports to enter the Philippines including Clark & Cebu. It is a very cheap destination, offering excellent cuisine of fish and tropical fruits, friendly people, great beachside accommodation, island hopping, cycling, sea kayaking, snorkelling and diving tours to numerous pristine islands surrounded by white sandy beaches and often no other person in sight . We now organize, trekking and birding and a visit to Primative Hilltribes, an unforgetable experience. Please check out the detailed itinerary and image gallery.
PLEASE NOTE : From some 35 years of travel experience in Asia I have found the Philippines to be a far safer holiday destination than Thailand or Bali and it possibly has far more to offer with its thousands of small surrounding islands. There are 5 international airports in the Philippines apart from Manila which is safe to transit through to other destinations and where I have never experienced harassment on the beaches or crimes against tourists.
With many years experience in both travel and nature photography Clyde now offers BIRDING & WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY TOURS to Borneo, Madagascar and Nepal . Bring your own camera and get free photographic tuition or just enjoy the nature and take home a stunning DVD or USB of the wildlife experience at the end of the tour. Please refer to the itinerary for all the details.
NEPAL While some fitness is required a positive attitude is a very good start and that has enabled many of our clients to complete a trek in Nepal without any previous history of bushwalking. Our oldest female participant on our Nepal Annapurna trek was 73 and our oldest man to reach Everest Base Camp was 71 years. We normally plan to hike for only half of the day and always at a pace that suits you as an individual. While we provide a guide on every leg of the trek you also have a porter carrying your main pack and walking with you while you only carry a 5 or 6 kg. Day Pack. Unlike here in Australia there are small villages and T houses at regular intervals along the trail offering meals, water and other drinks.
Trekking at high altitudes is seldom a concern if you have allowed extra time for acclimatisation, take your guides advice (the tortoise wins the race at high altitude) We have found that older age groups cope much better at altitude than young fit trekkers who do not have the discipline to acclimatise.
We assist you with advice on fitness and hiking before and during the trek so please talk to us before you or someone else talks you out of a most rewarding experience of a lifetime.
NEPAL Accommodation is twin share basis with 2 single beds per room. However single, triple and even quad rooms are often available. Most of our home and lodge accommodation have hot showers and standard western toilets (not available on tenting tours).
We have just added more ensuite accommodation to both our Annapurna and Everest treks. Our last Annapurna Circuit trekking group (April/May 2013) voted the Annapurna Circuit the "Nepal Cuisine Tour" The standard of food was excellent and not a single person suffered any form of illness for their 28 day duration in Nepal.
In both Kathmandu and Pokhara you can choose from extensive menus and many restaurants. Home and lodge menus include some local cuisine and up to 20 different western meals, ideal for vegetarians. Bottled water is available in Kathmandu and Pokhara. In villages it can be ozonated, boiled, filtered or purified with tablets. Beer, soft drink and spirits are available throughout the whole tour at the lodges we have chosen.
NEPAL, BORNEO, MADAGASCAR, PHILIPPINES Our tours are organized to create a special social experience and our groups usually become closely bonded and remain in contact for years after a tour. We also organize a group reunion some weeks after each tour for our Australian customers and this has proved to be a great success. A chance to swap photo's and recall experiences.
After customers have booked a tour, Aus Global Soft Adventure supply a clothing list and advise on packs and luggage. Just prior to our departure we supply details on flights, airports, currency and much more detail on Nepal, Borneo Madagascar & Philippines Travel. We also supply forms for medical concerns and requirements and information on altitude for higher elevation tours.
YOUR SAFETY & WELLBEING IS OF HUGE IMPORTANCE TO THE INTEGRITY OF OUR TOURS. Full Travel Insurance with helicopter rescue cover is compulsory on all our tours. We can organise travel insurance for you at an extra cost. If you choose your own Travel Insurance please check that you have total cover for trekking in Nepal and Helicopter Rescue
PLEASE NOTE: If Clyde or Aus Global Soft Adventure does not answer your enquiry within 24 hours I do apologise. It possibly means I am away on tour in a remote area but will get back to you as soon as possible, your enquiry is always important to us.