Trekking Patagonia

G Adventures has launched its 2016 Active brochure, with options available such as cultural trekking in Bhutan, a multisport trip in Japan, cycling through rice fields in China, and rafting and cycling in Patagonia, Argentina.

In addition, the operator has experienced an increase in demand for the Lares Trek as an alternative option to the Inca Trail in Peru, and is now offering the Lares Trek on all of its trips taking travellers to Machu Picchu.

Each new Active trip includes a mixture of different activities and often uses camping as its main accommodation option to get travellers up close to nature.

New trips for 2016 include:

Bhutan Trekking – This 11-day cultural trekking trip has travellers visiting some of the most gorgeous temples and monasteries in the world. Here they will trek the sacred mountain passes of the Druk Path, ascend to the Taktshang Monastery (Tiger's Nest), and explore the city of Paro. Priced from $3,499 pp for an 11-day trip from Paro return.

Japan Hike, Bike & Kayak - This first-of-its-kind active trip has travellers hiking along the UNESCO-listed Kumano Kodo pilgrimage route where Kyoto's ancient emperors once prayed to deities in the trees and rocks. Next, cycle across islands following the world’s largest series of suspension bridges, known as the Shimanami Kaido. Finally, travellers will kayak around the Bay of Miyajima to see its main attraction, the floating Itsukushima Shrine. A 13-day trip from Osaka to Tokyo is priced from $4,799 pp.

Cycle China - Enjoy five days of cycling through the back roads and countryside of China. This varied active trip will also have travellers hiking along the hills and terraces of China’s rural regions as well as experiencing the Great Wall of China, historic Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City. A 12-day trip from Hong Kong to Beijing is priced from $2,699 pp.

Patagonia Multisport - This varied active trip sees travellers trekking in Torres del Paine National Park, cycling out to Laguna Sofia, kayaking alongside the Grey Glacier, and cycling among the peaks of Patagonia. Priced from $3,389 for a 10-day trip from Santiago to Puerto Natales.

G Adventures is also now offering the three-day Lares trek beginning outside Cuzco, Peru to travellers who may be looking for an alternative way to reach Machu Picchu. The Lares Trek has fewer ascents and descents, but is at a higher altitude, and is often described as the less discovered route. Travellers on the Lares Trek will visit a number of G Adventures for Good projects along the way, including a community-owned campsite featuring composting toilets, solar showers, and a solid-waste management system, which is the first of its kind in Peru.

For more information, visit gadventures.com.

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