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Where to go and What to do in June

June in the northern hemisphere marks the arrival of summer, bringing warmth and extended daylight hours to regions like Europe and Asia. Across Europ... Read more
Where to go and What to do in June

June in the northern hemisphere marks the arrival of summer, bringing warmth and extended daylight hours to regions like Europe and Asia. Across Europe, diverse landscapes come alive with vibrant flora, and travellers from across the world visit the continent for incredible active adventures. In Asia, countries from the Middle East to the Far East experience varying temperatures, from the balmy Mediterranean coasts to the monsoon rains in Southeast Asia. Travellers can explore historic cities, relax on picturesque beaches, or embark incredible expeditions amidst the favourable weather conditions.

June in the southern hemisphere signals the onset of winter, bringing cooler temperatures and unique experiences to regions like Africa and South America. Countries such as South Africa and Namibia experience milder temperatures, creating an ideal climate for wildlife safaris and outdoor exploration. In June, South America experiences diverse weather patterns, from winter landscapes in the southern regions, to tropical climates in Central America, offering lush rainforests and warmer temperatures. While the southern hemisphere's June contrasts with the summer festivities in the north, it offers a distinct charm with its winter landscapes and the chance to witness a different side of these diverse continents.

The range of weather conditions that June brings across the globe allows for hundreds of different types of holidays in every corner of the world. Here are some of our favourite adventure holidays in June:

Self-Guided 2 Week Tour du Mont Blanc

Immerse yourself in the renowned Tour du Mont Blanc with this 2-week self-guided adventure. If you relish the challenges of a lengthy hiking trail and appreciate the essence of unhurried exploration, this option is tailor-made for you. Traverse the identical route as our 11-day trip, now enriched with the luxury of extra days of respite in the mountaineer haven of Courmayeur, situated on the sun-kissed Italian side of the majestic Mont Blanc, and the lakeside retreat of Champex, often dubbed 'Switzerland's little Canada.' Nestled in a curated selection of cosy, family-run hotels, guesthouses, and traditional alpine refuges nestled high in the mountains, you'll awaken to awe-inspiring views of the Alps each morning. With eight nights on the trail, featuring half-board accommodations, and five nights on a bed and breakfast basis in Chamonix and Courmayeur, this trek offers an ideal blend of comfort and challenge. Crafted to alleviate the demands of an extended journey, this experience invites you to savour the gastronomic delights of local French, Italian, and Swiss cuisines as you navigate the epic 170 km trail circumventing the breathtaking Mont Blanc massif. Indulge in fresh baguettes in Les Contamines, savour delectable pasta dishes in Courmayeur, and relish hearty alpine stews in La Fouly. The route is adorned with charming mountain huts and refuges, offering you a plethora of options for scenic lunch stops. Don't miss the chance to indulge in the recommended strudel – for no Alpine adventure is truly complete without savouring a slice! In June, Mont Blanc, emerges from the remnants of winter's embrace, showcasing its snow-capped splendour against a backdrop of lush greenery. The crisp, clear air of this early summer month allows adventurers to explore the breathtaking landscapes surrounding Mont Blanc, revealing a picturesque harmony between towering peaks and alpine meadows.



Cycling in Kazakhstan

In June, Kazakhstan experiences the bloom of its diverse landscapes, from the lush foothills of the Tien Shan to the vibrant cityscape of Almaty, creating an ideal backdrop for exploration and adventure. The long daylight hours of this early summer month showcase the country's beauty, making it a perfect time for outdoor activities and cultural experiencwes.Embark on a captivating Central Asian mountain biking adventure in southeastern Kazakhstan, near the borders of China and Kyrgyzstan, beneath the Tien Shan's majestic snow peaks. Beginning in the vibrant city of Almaty, our journey unveils a culturally rich region, blending modernity with the ancient Silk Road legacy. From the northern foothills of the Tien Shan, where grassy dirt roads wind through picturesque valleys and nomadic Kazakh shepherds tend to their flocks, to a night in a yurt camp in Charyn Canyon, each day promises new adventures. Cycling the historic Silk Road route to the Kegen Plateau, we enjoy a night by Lake Tuzkol with panoramic views of Khan Tengri (7010m) and the central Tien Shan summits. The journey concludes in Altyn-Emel National Park, offering two days of exploration in a mesmerising desert landscape. This promises to be an exceptional Central Asian cycling holiday, blending adventure and cultural intrigue in a seldom-visited realm. 

One Week Mount Toubkal Trek

Explore the enchanting Kingdom of Morocco on this diverse trekking holiday that ventures through the mighty High Atlas Mountains. Following an authentic off-the-beaten-track circuit to the summit of Mount Toubkal, the journey takes you through Berber lands, unveiling picturesque mountain villages, hidden valleys, and charming lakes with breathtaking vistas. With a limited group size of 12, this genuine small-group experience ensures an intimate adventure, allowing you to savour the beauty of the High Atlas and reach the summit of Toubkal, Morocco's highest peak, all while benefiting from the expertise of experienced Moroccan guides. In June, Mount Toubkal, Morocco's highest peak, reveals its majestic beauty against a backdrop of clear skies and vibrant landscapes. The ascent during this early summer month offers trekkers a favourable window with milder temperatures and extended daylight hours, enhancing the experience of reaching the summit. Against the stunning panorama of the High Atlas, the ascent of Mount Toubkal in June combines breathtaking views with comfortable trekking conditions, creating an ideal adventure for those seeking the allure of North Africa's mountainous terrain.

Gondogoro Peak and the Hushe Valley

This is an extraordinary 2-week trekking and climbing expedition to the awe-inspiring Karakoram, renowned as one of the world's most spectacular mountain regions. Commencing with a thrilling mountain flight to Skardu and a scenic drive along the Indus and Shyok rivers to Khaplu, the adventure unfolds in the heart of the Karakoram Mountains. With over thirty years of engagement, our presence in Hushe has not only provided support for local projects but also ensures a warm welcome from the villagers, making this journey a testament to both adventure and community collaboration. After acclimatisation in the dramatic valleys, we ascend beside the Gondogoro Glacier to Huisprung, the basecamp of the inaugural KE 'trekking peak' holiday in 1986. The apex of the expedition is the ascent of Gondoro Peak, offering breathtaking views from its technically straightforward summit, a fitting conclusion to this classic journey. In June, the Karakoram reveals its majestic peaks against a backdrop of clear skies and crisp mountain air. This early summer month offers ideal trekking conditions, allowing adventurers to explore dramatic valleys, glaciers, and iconic peaks while enjoying the pristine beauty of this remote and spectacular region.

Victoria Falls to Cape Town

Embark on an exhilarating biking adventure starting at the renowned Victoria Falls and concluding in Cape Town. Cycling through Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, and South Africa, this action-packed journey features visits to the Zambezi National Park, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan, the Okavango Delta, the Kalahari Desert, Sossusvlei, and the Fish River Canyon, with opportunities for riverboat cruises, game drives, and cultural encounters with the San (Bushman) people. The epic ride culminates with a loop into the Cederberg Mountains and a final approach to Cape Town, offering an unforgettable biking experience deemed 'the adventure of a lifetime.' In June, Zimbabwe boasts mild temperatures, making it an ideal time to explore the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls and embark on cycling adventures through the Zambezi National Park. Botswana experiences its dry winter season, offering clear skies and excellent game-viewing opportunities in destinations like the Makgadikgadi Salt Pan and the Okavango Delta. Namibia and South Africa, with their diverse landscapes, showcase clear and crisp conditions, creating perfect biking weather as travellers venture through the Namib Desert, Sossusvlei's sand dunes, the Fish River Canyon, and the Cederberg Mountains.

Self-Guided Cycling on Kefalonia

Located west of the Greek mainland, Kefalonia, nestled in the Ionian Sea, provides an idyllic setting for a self-guided cycling adventure. With its quiet fishing villages, olive groves, dramatic coastal roads, and pristine beaches like Myrtos and Antisamos, the island offers a unique experience, enhanced by sipping Robolo wine in authentic taverns. Immortalised in Louis de Bernieres' novel "Captain Corelli’s Mandolin," Kefalonia's rugged landscapes, the majestic Mount Ainos, and diverse route options make it a captivating destination for a week of cycling, featuring stays in Mousata, Agia Efimia, and concluding in the lively capital, Argostoli. In June, Kefalonia bathes in warm sunlight and gentle breezes, creating an ideal atmosphere for a self-guided cycling adventure through its picturesque landscapes. The quiet fishing villages, olive groves, and serene beaches come to life, offering a perfect backdrop for exploration and the enjoyment of the island's rich cultural and natural treasures.



Family Adventures in the Algarve

 In June, the Algarve, Portugal's southernmost region, boasts sun-drenched days and warm evenings, creating an ideal setting to explore its stunning coastline and enjoy family-friendly activities. Escape the hustle and bustle of daily life and immerse yourself in the remote and tranquil beauty of Portugal. Nestled in the countryside just 10km from the southwestern tip of Portugal, our charming villa serves as a centre for exploration within the SouthWest Alentejo and Vicentine Coast Natural Park—an area renowned for its pristine European coastline. Throughout the week, our hosts lead us in a variety of activities, from kayaking down the river to seaside rock climbing, beach outings, and leisurely bike rides. The extensive grounds of the accommodation offer additional delights, including archery, table tennis, a zip line, kayaking on the lake (dependent on water levels), a vegetable farm, and shaded hammocks perfect for relaxation. Concluding the week, there's an optional boat ride to Cabo de San Vincente for a chance to spot dolphins, witness breathtaking sunsets, and enjoy a day of surfing with full instruction. Evenings are filled with delightful home-cooked meals using ingredients from the garden, complemented by fireside storytelling and conversations under the stars with a glass of wine.



Classic Laugavegur Trail Trek

Embarking from the vibrant city of Reykjavik and venturing through Iceland's contrasting landscapes, this exhilarating walking expedition unfolds in the southern highlands, traversing the renowned Laugavegar Trail. Our journey takes us across the Fjallabak volcanic region, a surreal and dramatic terrain near Hekla, Iceland's active volcano. From the geothermal wonders of Landmannalaugar to the ancient lava flows of Hrafntinnusker, we trek through rocky gorges and steaming hot springs, progressing through the extraordinary landscapes of Lake Alftavatn, Maelifellssandur's black sands, Emstrur's summer grazing area, and the magnificent Markarfljot Canyon. Our ultimate destination is Thorsmork, a picturesque glaciated valley adorned with birch woodland. This journey promises an immersive experience through Iceland's natural wonders, blending adventure and celebration in the heart of its volcanic marvels. In June, Iceland bathes in the ethereal glow of the midnight sun, casting an enchanting radiance over its diverse landscapes, from cascading waterfalls to geothermal wonders. This summer month offers an ideal window to explore Iceland's beauty, with extended daylight hours illuminating the dramatic volcanic terrains and lush green expanses.   



The Markha Valley Trek

Nestled in the remote north-western corner of India, Ladakh, part of the Himalayan region, is an inspiring destination for trekking enthusiasts. This remarkable trek unfolds through a stunning high valley, adorned with green irrigated fields and the vibrant red hues of monks' robes in the villages and monasteries along the route. After acclimatizing in Leh and exploring monasteries, including a jeep ride to Khardung La, the journey ventures into the Markha Valley, crossing the Ganda La to Skiu. Amid a timeless landscape, the trek reaches its pinnacle at 4860 meters on the Nimaling Plain, offering encounters with elusive snow leopards and impressive lammergeiers. The return journey through Kongmaru La provides breathtaking views of Kang Yatze and the peaks along the Tibetan border, providing a captivating taste of Ladakh's magical landscapes. In June, Ladakh, nestled in the Himalayas, experiences a gentle onset of summer, with clear skies and pleasant temperatures that reveal the region's breathtaking landscapes. The high valleys and ancient monasteries become even more enchanting during this month, making it an ideal time for trekking and exploring the timeless beauty of Ladakh. In June, Markha Valley is adorned with blooming wildflowers and vibrant greenery, creating a picturesque landscape against the backdrop of snow-capped peaks. 

Lost Cities and Coffee Trails of Colombia

Embark on a captivating Colombian adventure, traversing from the Andean Highlands to the Caribbean Coast, immersing in history, vibrant culture, and natural wonders. Expert-guided treks unfold from the high-altitude capital of Bogota, unveiling the region's rich history through Heritage Towns and the lesser-known Lost City of Falan. In the lush Coffee Triangle, explore the Cocora Valley, sample Colombian cuisine, and delve into coffee farming. Fly to the Caribbean Coast for a trek to the ancient Lost City of Teyuna, hidden in the Sierra Nevada, offering astonishment and a sense of achievement after a 4-day jungle trek. Conclude the journey in Cartagena De Indias, exploring colonial history and relaxing on white sand beaches or opting for an excursion to the nearby Caribbean paradise of Rosario Islands—a fitting end to this remarkable adventure. In June, Colombia experiences diverse weather conditions depending on the region. While the Andean Highlands and Coffee Triangle offer mild temperatures and pleasant trekking conditions, the Caribbean Coast tends to be hot and humid, making it an ideal time for beach relaxation. It's a great month to explore Colombia's rich history, vibrant culture, and natural wonders, with varied landscapes catering to different preferences, from mountainous terrains to lush jungles and pristine coastal areas.



The Ultimate Uganda and Rwanda Gorilla Safari

In June, Rwanda and Uganda offer enchanting wildlife experiences amidst lush landscapes, making it an ideal time for gorilla tracking, game drives, and encounters with diverse fauna in their pristine national parks. Embark on an extraordinary wildlife safari spanning these two incredible nations, focusing on the endangered Mountain Gorillas and the diverse wildlife of these captivating countries. Begin with a 'Rhino Walk' at the Ziwa Sanctuary to encounter these majestic giants. Explore Murchison Falls National Park, enjoying boat rides and game drives along the River Nile, where hippos, elephants, and giraffes populate the riverbanks against the backdrop of the renowned waterfalls. Track chimpanzees in Kibale National Park, offering splendid views of the Rwenzori Mountains, and visit the Bigodi Wetlands for diverse monkeys and prolific birdlife. Venturing south through Queen Elizabeth National Park, partake in classic game drives to spot lions, leopards, buffalo, elephants, and more, including the unique tree-dwelling lions in Ishasha. Lake Bunyonyi serves as a base for an awe-inspiring encounter with gorillas in their forest habitat. Crossing into Rwanda's Virunga National Park offers additional wildlife experiences, with the option to purchase a second gorilla permit or observe golden monkeys. 



Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit

The compact massif of Peru's Cordillera Huayhuash, renowned for its dramatic mountain scenery, provides the perfect backdrop for this classic high-level trekking adventure. Over 16 epic days, we navigate a stunning high-level trail, making an improbable circuit around this mountain group and experiencing trekking on a Himalayan scale. Abundant in mineral wealth, the Huayhuash area sees new mining roads each year, but with our local knowledge and contacts built over 14 years, we adapt the flexible itinerary to avoid these roads, ensuring an undisturbed trekking experience. This rewarding challenge for regular hillwalkers takes us across high passes, into remote valleys, and offers breathtaking views of Peru's highest peaks, including Yerupaja (6634m) and Huascaran (6768m). Exploring Siula Grande, made famous by Joe Simpson's 'Touching the Void,' and having the option to walk the ridge of Cerro Jyamy (5200m) towards the end of the trek, provide unique highlights. With superb campsites beside glacial lakes and the delightful company of our Quechua crew, this trip guarantees a fantastic South American experience. In June, embarking on the Cordillera Huayhuash Circuit offers an awe-inspiring trekking adventure amidst Peru's dramatic mountain scenery. Navigating high passes, remote valleys, and encountering iconic peaks, this trek provides a unique and challenging experience enhanced by the lush landscapes and superb campsites beside glacial lakes.

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