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A Note On Traveling Abroad

With the recent reports about the Ebola virus, we understand that some travelers may have concerns about traveling abroad. We would like you to know that Mountain Travel Sobek does not travel to any of the areas with reported cases of the virus and our destinations are geographically far removed from those regions. We are...
Photo Gallery: Exploring Hidden Burma

Photo Gallery: Exploring Hidden Burma

Since Mountain Travel Sobek first went to Myanmar (formerly Burma) in 1996, much has changed—and is still changing. The country’s new openness has quickened its move towards modernity, and many of its timeless sites may prove to be not so timeless after all. In Novermber 2014, MTS President Kevin Callaghan will be escorting a special,...
Trip Spotlight: Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge to Sweden's ICEHOTEL!

Trip Spotlight: Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge to Sweden’s ICEHOTEL!

Mountain Travel Sobek is excited to bring back our unforgettable adventure: ‘Dogsledding Lodge to Lodge’ to the ICEHOTEL in Sweden’s Arctic Lapland wilderness! If you are like most travelers, you probably have plenty of questions while considering this trip. Let us answer some questions for you!   What is it like to drive your own...
Photo Gallery: The Magic of Cuba

Photo Gallery: The Magic of Cuba

In 2012, we had the very great opportunity of sharing the magical land and people of Cuba with our Trip Members over the course of three sold-out departures. Top MTS Trip Leader Sergio Fitch-Watkins escorted two of those departures, and brought back some beautiful photos. Here are some of our favorites from the 500 or...
What Makes Galapagos Such a Special Place

What Makes Galapagos Such a Special Place

By Kevin Callaghan What makes the Galapagos so intriguing and so resonant with our very humanity? Is it the crystalline azure skies, emerald green waters, the air scrubbed clean by open ocean breezes, or the uninhibited wildlife that goes about its business as if humans didn’t exist? That is exactly the point—“as if humans didn’t...
The View From Above: Kilimanjaro

The View From Above: Kilimanjaro

By Chris Bettencourt Snow on the equator? You bet! At 19,340 feet, Mt. Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. Snow flurries aren’t uncommon when climbing this African giant, and add a shimmering mantle to the rocky terrain of its higher reaches. For the time being, Kili is...
First Person: Annapurna—In the Shadow of Giants

First Person: Annapurna—In the Shadow of Giants

By Chris Bettencourt   Nothing had prepared me for this. Not a lifelong love affair with anything to do with mountains, not a stint running the gallery for a groundbreaking mountaineer and adventure photographer…not even working for MTS for years! I had heard from numerous friends, colleagues, and fellow travelers how wonderful the region of...
Building Bridges in North Korea

Building Bridges in North Korea

By Kevin Callaghan — In my final set of comments here I’ll touch on the thorny question of whether or not tourists should support certain regimes by way of travel, exchange of hard currency and the possibility of implicitly condoning certain policies by simply visiting that country. This is a difficult and controversial topic over...
North Korea: A Bit of History

North Korea: A Bit of History

By Kevin Callaghan — North Korea, beset on all sides by superpowers China, Russia and the Japanese (who occupied Korea for 40 years, ending with WWII), accentuated by the Korean’s fervent nationalistic pride, have felt embattled for a century. With this as background, the legacy of Kim Il Sung (installed by Stalin post WWII) is...
North Korea: Pyongyang and Beyond

North Korea: Pyongyang and Beyond

By Kevin Callaghan — Much of North Korea is off limits to foreigners, but we were able to arrange travel to places that few have access to. As promised in my last post, today I will share with you the four major destinations within North Korea that we visited: Pyongyang, the capitol; Mt. Paekdu, the...
Making Our Way in the DPRK

Making Our Way in the DPRK

By Kevin Callaghan — Yesterday in my first post about our just completed trip to North Korea I posed our initial questions about the feasibility and viability of traveling to North Korea. In short, it is doable (and we can help), but one needs to be accompanied by assigned North Korean guides every step of...
Recharging in East Africa

Recharging in East Africa

By Kevin Callaghan — I recently returned from 2½ weeks in Tanzania where we took a group of entrepreneurs and their families on a custom safari of Tanzania’s iconic highlights: Tarangire, Manyara, Ngorogoro, Serengeti and the Maasai highlands. We crafted a unique, off-the-beaten-path adventure that enabled our friends to not only immerse themselves in the...