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All our prices are now given in GB pounds or US dollars (for Peru).
The prices shown on the Dates & Prices page no longer include the cost of flights from UK to the expedition area. In future for anyone requiring UK flights, the flights will be separately invoiced at the cost to us from our flight suppliers, Atlantic and Pacific Travel, London. This will make it more reliable for ourselves with the present uncertainty of flight pricing and simpler for those of our clients who wish to organise their own flights.
Since the general election last year the country has been much more settled. There are still occasional strikes but these are usually the result of more local issues. We have never been more than slightly inconvenienced by these. Tourism has picked up considerably during 2008 and the government is doing its utmost to try to encourage more visitors.
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The visit to Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan last August showed that the region has plenty of potential. The highest mountains are over 7,000m and the countryside is spectacular. Activities include: trekking; climbing; mountain biking; heli-skiing; horse riding;desert safaris; angling for the mighty catfish. Please contact us to discuss bespoke trips.
We decided to avoid the approach that some companies use of offering a complicated programme of activities over a long period of time prior to leaving for country of the expedition. These supposedly build up the ability of the students to cope with a demanding expedition but add greatly to the overall cost. We prefer to believe that the students will gain all the experience they need on the expedition itself (that being the objective). On our school expeditions we organise all transport, food and accommodation so we know beforehand that the basic needs will be met. The students are then expected to run the expedition on a day to day basis with each student being given the chance to act as leader for a day. In this way, we are able to offer school expeditions at about two thirds the price that other companies are asking. Safety is guaranteed by the provision of a very experienced White Peak leader, GPS, two-way radios and a satellite phone for emergency use. As with all our trips we make a video film of the expedition and every participant receives a free copy of the film afterwards.
We welcome enquiries from any teachers who think that their school would benefit from this sort of experience. We will visit your school to discuss your requirements and on a subsequent visit will give a presentation to students, parents and teachers to show what can be done. If you wish to visit a country with which we are not familiar we will usually carry out a research trip beforehand to set up the expedition.
We do not need any more part-time leaders at present so please do not send us any more CVs.