If you watch ‘I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here!’ and think the challenges look more fun than frightening, then these holiday ideas for 2021 will be your dream trip (and we’re talking about the adventure activities here, not so much eating a kangaroo’s anus).
Of course, it’s I’m A Celebrity time of year again – but this year, Ant and Dec and their line-up of famous faces won’t be eating grubs down under, instead battling the elements at the real-life Gwyrch Castle in Wales.
The new series has already seen the 2020 show’s celebrities take on cliff abseiling, as well as helicopter rides (snake pits too, but they’re not top of our adventure activity to-do list), while over the years, contestants have faced their fears in epic challenges from skydiving into camp to getting lost underground in the ‘Catacombs of Doom’. If you’re looking to make up for the lack of adventure this year, these adventure holidays will satisfy any thrill seekers in 2021.
I’m an adventure junkie, get me over there…
Follow the iconic trail to Everest base camp and climb Kala Pattar
Is there anything cooler (literally) than hiking Everest? For those looking for a serious challenge, Exodus Travels has a tour following in the footsteps of the world’s greatest climbers, the classic Everest Base Camp trail. This trip starts with an acclimatisation trek through fascinating Sherpa country past cultivated fields and small villages, before reaching the spectacular high-altitude scenery. Here, highlights include the incredible hilltop monastery at Thyangboche, views of Ama Dablam, Everest and other mighty Himalayan peaks. As well as reaching the Base Camp goal, there’s also the opportunity to climb Kala Pattar (5545m) for a magnificent view of the highest mountain on Earth.
Exodus Travels offers an 18-night Everest Base Camp Trek from £3,249 per person including, return flights, B&B accommodation in standard hotels, teahouses, and more. Price based on a Springtime Expedition departure with 2 nights camping at Base Camp in April 2021. More info at Exodus.co.uk
Take on the new five island challenge, ‘The Islands of Guernsey Way’
On your marks: Time yourself to see how long it takes to walk ‘The Islands of Guernsey Way’ – a new marked coastal walking trail, totalling 50 miles across the five beautiful islands of Guernsey, Alderney, Sark, Herm and Lihou, launching in spring 2021. At just a short flight or ferry from the UK, Guernsey is the perfect destination for a closer-to-home adventure.
Flights from Gatwick to Guernsey are from £55.99 per person in May 2021 via aurigny.com. For more information visit www.visitguernsey.com
Experience jungle survival in Guyana’s pristine rainforest
Travellers looking for adventure in the most natural of settings should look no further than the remote, uncharted lands of Guyana. Around 87% of the country’s territory is dense, pristine rainforest where human contact is seldom and total immersion in raw nature is an inevitability. Guyana’s eco-systems have evolved over millennia undisturbed by human development, meaning that even the most impressive landmarks such as Kaieteur Falls, the world’s largest single-drop waterfall, is completely uncommercialised and can be admired in its rawest form – and all free of crowds of visitors.
Bushmasters, a British company looking to provide exciting, extreme and remote experiences, offers a two-week Jungle Survival trip which takes visitors to the pristine jungles of Guyana. The 14-day Jungle Survival Trip is priced from £1,812 excluding international flights. More info at guyanatourism.com and bushmasters.co.uk
Hike through Menorca’s rugged landscape
Home to an abundance of winding coastal paths, peaks and rugged coves, the varied landscape and dramatic scenery of Menorca make it a prime hiking destination. Hikes around this Balearic island include the Santa Galdana Bay Walk – an easy trek which travels along coastal paths and through breezy headlands, the North Coast Trail – which unveils the dramatic landscape of the Cami de Cavalls, an ancient route which circles the entire island, and the Punta Prima to Sant Esteve walk, which leads to Torre d’Alcaufar – a restored lookout tower.
Responsible Travel offers an eight-day walking experience on the island of Menorca (including five days of walking). The tailor-made itinerary includes a hike through many of its pristine headlands and beaches, the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and more. The family-run establishment offers exquisite gardens, a pool, and rooms in the converted stables. The holiday is priced from £1,145 per person including flights from the UK and half-board accommodation. More info at llesbalears.travel/en/menorca and responsibletravel.com
Hike the Welsh highland railway trek
New for 2021, you can explore the peaks, ridges and lakes of the National Park of Snowdonia by journeying the length of the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway on foot with Headwater. This self-guided adventure is perfect for those eager to challenge themselves and to put their fitness to the test. Trekking nearly 38 miles in five days, guests will begin on the coast at Porthmadog before heading into the Snowdonia National Park.
Unlike I’m A Celebrity though, the accommodation will not be cold, damp tents. Instead, guests will be staying in boutique and characterful four-star hotels, with the last night in the Royal town of Caernarfon, known for its breath-taking medieval castle on the banks of the River Seiont.
Headwater offers a six-night Walk The Welsh Highland Railway self-guided holiday from £949 per person including B&B accommodation, luggage transfers between hotels and route directions and maps. Price based on April 2021 departures. More info at headwater.com
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