Epic Paddling Trip Takes Travelers to Six Continents

Mountain Travel Sobek is one of the best adventure travel companies in the world. For more than 40 years the company has specialized in organizing amazing trips to the far flung corners of the globe. Their catalog is filled with options that could easily be classified as “trips of a lifetime.” But for 2013 the company has announced what could be the greatest paddling trip of all time.

The 25-day, six-continent trip is specifically designed for adrenaline junkies who simply can’t get enough whitewater action. The journey begins in California, where travelers will hone their paddling skills on the Class III-IV rapids of the Kings, Kaweah and Upper Kern Rivers. After getting accustomed to those raging waters, they’ll move on to Ecuador to paddle the Rio Toachi and Lower Rio Blanco, two of the more challenging rivers in South America. Next it’s off to the Pyrenees of Spain for two days of paddling on the Noguera Pallaresa before jetting off to Kenya for an intriguing mix of action and wildlife on the Athi River. Putting Africa behind them, the travelers will then move on to India to tackle the remote Tons River, which is fed by water flowing out of the Himalaya Mountains. Finally, they’ll cap the expedition in Australia with a float down the  North Johnstone River, a legendary waterway that is known for it its massive Class V rapids surrounded by thick rainforests.

Whew! That is one ambitious trip and certainly not for the faint of heart. It also isn’t for the light of wallet either. The Six Continent Whitewater Adventure, which gets underway on May 9, 2013, will set you back $8695. That price doesn’t include international airfare, which is likely to double the price. Still, this is unlike any other adventure travel itinerary that I’ve ever seen and practically epitomizes the term “trip of a lifetime.”

Thanks to trips like this one, adventure travel is becoming one of the largest and fastest growing segments of the travel industry. Today’s travelers are looking for unique experiences that go well beyond visiting an exotic location and staying in a comfortable resort. Many want active escapes that give them the opportunity to do things that simply aren’t on the radar of the average tourist. Whether it’s paddling whitewater around the globe, mountain biking in the Himalaya or trekking in the Amazon Jungle, there are now options for all ages, skill levels and budgets. All you have to do is discover the adventure thats right for you and be bold enough to go after it.

By Kraig Becker