There is no rep from exodus on this trip (unlike previous Exodus holidays we have taken). You need to make your own way from the airport to the hotel, find out where to meet for skiing, book other trips on your own or ask at the front desk. The main hotel rooms are very basic and were far too small for three people with winter gear to share. We asked to upgrade and were lucky there was an empty apartment in the block behind the hotel....very smart with a small kitchen and sauna in the bathroom. It would have been helpful to have been able to book this before we left the UK. The cross country skiing involved three x 2 hour tuition sessions ....after this you needed had to find your own way around the cross country trails. It is reasonably safe and very beautiful but without guidance notes for suggestions of what to do/ where to visit we had to rely on picking up information from the locals.
Overall we enjoyed ourselves because it was the first time we had done most of these activities, but there were aspects that were disappointing. While comfortable, the hotel is certainly not "luxurious" and the only real amenity - a sauna and wellness center - was only open from 5-7pm each day. It may not have mattered had we been busy all day with activities but the organized activities typically ended around 1pm so unless you wanted to go out on one's own (which we did but were still usually back by 3-4pm), one has several hours in the afternoon to sit around and wait for the sauna to open.
A wonderful adventure with a variety of memorable experiences and scenery to excite and sometimes heighten the senses and awaken the spirit. There was also some brilliant cycling. The temperatures and sun were much hotter than I expected.
This is a tough climb. I found it tougher than summiting Mt Kilimanjaro. It is governed primarily by the weather - no matter how fit you are, or how well you cope with the altitude, it the weather is against you, that is that. But it is a great challenge, with stunning vistas, for a range of ages (our group ranged from early 20s to late 50s). We did not make the top, through no failing of our own, due to the weather, and so changed our focus from "summiting Aconcagua" to "trekking in the Andes". My advice - be flexible in that regard.
This trip exceeded my expectations of the adventure I had signed up for. Vietnam is a beautiful country and there is no better way to get a real feel for the culture and 'real Vietnam' than to cycle through it. The cycling itself was great, I would say at the high end of moderate on some days, but the bus is always there for people who do not want to climb the hills.
International Traveller Magazine publishes the Adventure Bucket List - how many have you ticked off? #adventure #travel
http://bit.ly/1uJEb7... Do you have a taste for adventure? This is for you. We chatted with our friends at Exodus Travels to create this adventure bucket list. The Adventure Bucket List10 hours 17 min ago.
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