Classic Journeys Adventure Travel
I am the director of Classic Journeys
, a specialist adventure travel company organising trekking, wildlife and photography holidays to many destinations including Borneo, Canada, Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands, India, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Tibet.
Originating as a Himalayan trekking company, Classic Journeys (then Classic Nepal) was started in 1985 after a prolonged period of independant travelling and trekking in India and Nepal. As the name suggests, the company specialised in organising and operating trekking holidays throughout the Nepal Himalaya. As the years progressed and with an increasing number of clients, new destinations were added to the portfolio to include India, Tibet, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and the occasional foray into Pakistan.In 1993, the 40th anniversary year of the first ascent of Mt. Everest by Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Norgay Tenzing, Classic Nepal were given the responsibility of organising a return visit to Nepal and the Everest region for members of the original 1953 team and their families. The group included the 1953 team leader, Lord John Hunt and climbing members George Lowe, Michael Westmacott, George Band and Charles Wylie. The group spent several days at “reunion camp” on the outskirts of Lukla in the Everest region along with Sir Edmund Hillary. Here three film crews (from the UK and New Zealand) interviewed the group members as they fondly recalled memories of the 1953 expedition. From “reunion camp” the group completed a trek in the Everest region, visiting old friends and Himalayn Trust schools and projects. Everywhere they were given a warm welcome.It was an absolute privilege to be asked to make the arrangements for such an important group and to spend time with such a wonderful group of people and to be part in some small way of such an historical event. Memories of this trek will remain with me for ever.
In 1998 our name changed to Classic Journeys. Nepal however will always be a core destination – probably the best trekking destination in the world with the most friendly people and we have so many friends there.
Today Classic Journeys organise and operate a wide variety of treks and tours.
Classic trekking holidays include Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Sanctuary, and Annapurna Circuit, in Nepal. Climbing Kilimanjaro in Tanzania or Mt. Toubkal in Morocco and trekking the Classic Inca Trail in Peru.
Wildlife Journeys include India in search of the amazing Bengal Tiger and India’s fascinating wildlife. Sri Lanka in search of Whales, Dolphins, Elephants and Leopards. Remote Indonesia & Borneo provides fantastic opportunities to photograph Orangutans and Komodo Dragons. Ecuador & the Galapagos Islands provides one of the World’s great wildlife experiences. A classic Tanzania Safari will provide limitless opportunities for superb game viewing and photography.
A number of our tours are operated as Dedicated Photographic Tours and Workshops. Professional photographer Simon Watkinson (ABIPP) leads our photographic experience tours to India, Nepal and Morocco. Wildlife photography tours to India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Galapagos Islands are escorted by professional photographer Peter Smart.