The Outside– Modern adventure classics
Travel with Outside writers on these four adventures of a lifetime
There’s a reason Alaska, Patagonia, Everest Base Camp, and the French Alps are at the top of every traveller’s list: the stunning terrain and adventure story are so iconic. that there is simply no substitute. We’ve teamed up with Modern Adventure Outfitter to create these four bespoke trips to our favorite destinations, experienced the best way we know how: by immersing ourselves in the scenery and heading to the wildest and most remote corners. . Better yet, each maiden voyage will be anchored by a Outside editor, who will share campfire stories and explain trends in gear, fitness and travel.
You’ll be in good hands with Modern Adventure, a company run by active travel experts who offer off-the-beaten-path itineraries and guides with in-depth knowledge and local connections. What’s better than an epic trip with a small group of people who love the outdoors? Reserve your place soon; we expect trips to fill up quickly. And don’t worry if you miss the trips with our editors, there will be more departure dates for travel to Alaska, Patagonia and Nepal in 2022 and 2023, with even greater discounts. We can’t wait to go into nature with you.
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1. Alaska: the deep hinterland
Guest Outside editor: Christopher Keyes, Editor-in-Chief
Date of maiden voyage: August 15-21, 2022
Exterior + price: $ 5,500
Few adventures bring you face-to-face with Alaska’s immense beauty in such a visceral way as forging your own way through the wild and secluded nature of Katmai National Park and Preserve. Here you’ll find volcanoes hovering over rivers full of salmon and brown bears feasting on berries. The only way to get in and out is by boat or plane; what happens in between is trekking at its best. This seven-day, ten-person trip for seasoned backpackers will show a side of the state few have seen.
It starts with a seaplane that departs from the hamlet of Port Alsworth and drops you deep in Katmai, landing where the pilot can safely land. You’ll establish a pickup point about 30 miles away, carry a bag full of food and survival gear, and set off through the treeless tundra. No two trips are ever the same. Typically, groups start near Kukaklek Lake, at the source of the Alagnak River, and walk six to eight miles per day, with up to 2,000 feet of elevation gain, to reach Mirror Lake, an area rich in wildlife. There are no trails, so exactly how to get there depends on the weather, visibility, and the strength of your group. Are you circling around that 3,000-foot peak or are you just going over it? At night, you will camp wherever you are tired and share the kitchen chores.
The rewards for working so hard include a glimpse into some of the densest brown bear populations on the planet – multiple sightings are almost guaranteed – and curious caribou herds roaring across the prairies to check you out. “I’ve been to every state except Alaska, and hiking Katmai is a lifetime opportunity,” says editor Chris Keyes, who will be joining you. “I can’t wait to share my passion for the outdoors and Outside-with readers taking part in this incredible journey. Be forewarned, however: the sound of the plane picking you up at the end of the trip will be distinctly shocking to the savage person you have become.
Additional travel date: August 22-28, 2022
2. Great Crossing of the French Alps
Guest Outside editor: Jeremy-Miles Rellosa, Hardware Review Editor
Date of maiden voyage: September 11-22, 2022
Exterior + price: $ 7,200
In 1786, a Chamonix physician named Michel-Gabriel Paccard and a local crystal hunter, Jacques Balmat, teamed up to become the first two people ever recorded to stand atop Mont Blanc at 15,770 feet, a feat that has inspired by centuries of exploration in France. Alps. But there is an even better way to see these beautiful mountains without risking your life. Start in Megeve, near Chamonix, and wander and eat up to 100 miles to Sospel, a hillside village near Monaco. It takes ten days to complete the trek; on most of them you’ll hike up to eight hours, with climbs of 1,500 to 4,000 feet on dirt trails that have served shepherds, traders, and armies for centuries. In the evening, you will arrive in picturesque villages where a hot meal and a hot bed await you.
If your legs are too tired or your stomach is too full, a few cable car rides along the way will ease the pain. “I am delighted to discover the beauty of the French Alps with our readers, even though secretly I come just for the food,” says Jeremy-Miles Rellosa, the Outside editor joining this journey. Yes, the gooey raclette cheese, delicious local red wine, and stunning mountain views will no doubt leave you in awe, but this trip is also designed to travel through the nooks and crannies of the French Alps that remain unknown to many North Americans. , like the 12 650 – on foot the massif of the Grande Casse de la Vanoise, the first national park in the country. By the time you get to the coast you may want to turn north and go back to where it all started. Or stay put and dive into the Mediterranean Sea.
3. Chile: Northern Patagonia
Guest Outside editor: Erin Riley, Travel Editor
Date of maiden voyage: November 11-23, 2022
Exterior + price: $ 6,400
On the list of time-honored destinations, Patagonia, with its fantastic arrowhead glacial peaks, ranks at the top. “I consider Chilean Patagonia a dream trip and can’t wait to share days of trekking with the group on this all-time classic,” says Erin Riley, who oversees Outsidetravel cover. Deciding which corner of the 400,000 square mile region to see can be tricky, so Modern Adventure has that sorted out for you.
You’ll start in Aysén, in northern Patagonia, where towering peaks, raging rivers, and national parks stretch across one of the least populated areas in the country. This 11-day itinerary samples the spectacular scenery of two of Chile’s lesser-known parks, with a day of rafting down the Baker River to complete it. You’ll walk three to ten miles a day, and sleep in guesthouses, viewing domes, and base camps in the backcountry. The adventure begins near the town of Coyhaique, about a thousand miles south of Santiago, with a 10.5 mile hike in the 554 square mile Cerro Castillo National Park. You will then cross the 4,265-foot Piñón Pass and climb through forests to camp under the towering 7,605-foot Cerro Castillo basalt walls. Drop your bag for a quick jaunt to New Zealand camp, a base for rock climbing expeditions, before heading to a hot meal and a comfortable room at Villa Cerro Castillo.
Be on the lookout for former gaucho camps as you make your way to General Carrera Lake, which at 1,923 feet is the 11th deepest in the world. After crossing it by ferry, you will walk through the new ten million acre Patagonia National Park, created by Kristine and Doug Tompkins. (Doug co-founded the North Face in the 1960s and ventured all over Patagonia with his friend Yvon Chouinard.) At the end of the trip, party in the town of Chile Chico and feast on a barbecue. unending. Oh, and that dark spot you saw in the grass on the sixth day? He really was a puma.
Additional travel date: February 4 to 16, 2023
4. Mount Everest Base Camp
Guest Outside editor: Matt Skenazy, Feature Editor
Date of maiden voyage: October 4-20, 2022
Exterior + price: $ 9,300
Huge peaks, a fascinating history of mountaineering and a deep sense of spirituality are the main draws of the Himalayas. But getting to know the Nepalese people is what makes trekking here one of the greatest joys you will ever experience. Of all the mountain roads, nothing beats the trip to Everest Base Camp at 17,600 feet. This 17-day yak-assisted trip includes 12 days of trekking, with stunning views of world-famous peaks like the 27,940-foot Lhotse and 22,494-foot Ama Dablam. But it also goes deep into Nepalese culture. You will linger in the village of Namche with artists who create devotional paintings called thank you.
On the fifth day, you will have your first view of 29,035-foot Mount Everest and also meet Kancha, the last living Sherpa guide of the first successful expedition to the top of the world, in 1953. On the eighth day, you will stop at Dingboche, a Sherpa colony at 14,400 feet. The highest point of the hike is 18,209 feet, the summit of Kala Patthar, which you will reach on day 11. Your main guide is a third generation Sherpa climber who has led Himalayan treks for 20 years.
Most nights you’ll stay in traditional teahouses, where limited solar power often means going to bed early – a blessing, we promise. Once you get to base camp you will have a direct view of where the climbers start their push to the top. And you won’t have to walk all the way. From Namche Bazaar, a private helicopter will take you to Dwarika’s Resort in Dhulikhel, near Kathmandu, where you will rest among the fragrant forests. “I can’t wait to discover the high peaks that I have read and written about for decades,” says Matt Skenazy, Outside’feature editor. —Tim Neville
Additional travel date: November 19-December 7, 2022