End of the season in Nepal and another successful adventure travel year for ‘Live The Adventure’ comes to a close

As I prepare to leave my ‘other office’ in Asia, its time to store my kayak, pack my kit bags into storage until next season.

Its been a busy year for the travel side of the business, not just running trips but planning ahead to some exciting new ones for 2014!

This year started early April with Holly and myself heading out for 8 days training the local guides in rescue and first aid for the major river operators in Nepal. Directly after this was a great ‘Nepal Adventure’ trip combining trekking, rafting and a safari, with Holly taking the trip leader role and me trying desperately hard to take a back seat. From habit – this wasn’t easy! She ran a great trip, and did a great job, so expect to see her out guiding more in the future – the footage for this trip is on the website if you want to see what we got up to.

May half term saw our first Sweden Sea kayak trip, camping out on Islands, catching sea food and Bill tempted by the easily hand picked oysters!

This Autumn was my first ever year to commute to Nepal – running a successful International guide program, going back to the UK to run rescue training for 2 weeks, then back again to guide the Sun Kosi river trip. Not sure I want to do this regularly, but 3 trips a year is good for the air miles! All were great successes.

Next year looks even busier starting with a trip to Sri Lanka training the river guides early in the year, an Easter Nepal Adventure again, and more rescue courses for local guides, followed in May by a bespoke guided trip into Bhutan. We are repeating the sea kayak safari in Sweden in May then our first Tanzania adventure in August – Jeep safari, Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar! Limited places on this one!

More International guide training programs on the rivers and in the mountains in Nepal lined up for October then a guided trip with a combined 4 day trek / 6 day raft trip on the Tamur early November to finish.

In addition to these, we will still be guiding our private groups on bespoke itineraries.

I have one final meeting in Nepal to discuss an exciting 2 man team going into Ladakh (enough said!) but in the mean time I leave Holly here for a final week to enjoy the end of the river season with our friends, and the river festival later this week where she is helping out.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all that have travelled with us this year and shared in our adventures. Also the people I get to work with and those I am lucky to call friends around the world. Especially my very good friends in the mountains, rivers and bars throughout Nepal and Bhutan for another great season, for their hard work and dedication and for the many years of friendship we have shared. I look forward to many more and to seeing you all next season.

Ant

PS – We have a stand out the Telegraph Outdoor show in London in February and are show casing on the main stage on a number of the days talking about the training and travel around the world – be great to see any of you there.

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