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The Best Group Tours for Adrenaline Junkies

Looking for your next big thrill? These TRIPS by Culture Trip and other small-group tours will soon have your blood pumping and hairs standing on end.
Siobhan Grogan
17 Jan 2022
Sun loungers? Forget them. Real thrillseekers pack their hard-earned holidays with high-adrenaline activities that keep them buzzing long after they’ve returned home. Whether you want to go cliff-jumping in Wales or even hope to tackle Everest base camp, these adventure activity holidays from TRIPS by Culture Trip and elsewhere will give you goosebumps for years to come.
1 . Hiking, rafting and off-roading in Utah and Colorado – TRIPS by Culture Trip
Anyone with a delicate disposition might want to give this trip a miss. Thrillseekers can expect an exhilarating whizz round these remarkably unspoiled states, where rivers, canyonlands and the mighty Rockies themselves merge to make one hell of an adventure playground. There’ll be hiking and wild swimming in the Arches National Park, rafting on the Colorado river, and the option to go horse riding and off-roading in Hummers. All this with a backdrop of pine forests, thermal pools, alpine lakes, waterfalls and the longest naturally formed stone arch in the world. And keep your eyes peeled for the odd lumbering black bear.
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2 . Ziplining, coasteering and mountain climbing in North Wales – TRIPS by Culture Trip
From disused slate mines to rugged coastlines, North Wales is perfect for outdoor adrenaline adventures. This trip is all about stepping out of your comfort zone: if you can stomach it, try ziplining down a mine, clambering up waterfalls, cycling off-road, and climbing cliffs before leaping into the ocean (also known as coasteering). There’ll even be time to climb Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales, where you’ll be able to see all the way to Ireland and the Peak District from the 3,560ft (1,085m) summit, if it’s a clear day.
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3 . Snowshoeing and dog sledding in the Scottish Highlands – TRIPS by Culture Trip
Venture into the unknown with this captivating getaway to Glencoe Mountain Resort in the beautiful Scottish Highlands, where all kinds of winter sports and high-adrenaline activities are on your doorstep. Can you keep up the pace on a snowshoeing hike? How fast dare you go on a dog sledding adventure with an expert at the reins? Will you hold your nerve at the largest ice climbing centre in the world? To calm those butterflies, there’ll be an optional tasting of Scotch whisky back at the hotel, where you can swap stories with fellow thrillseekers.
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4 . Spotting the Big Five on the ultimate safari experience in Kenya – TRIPS by Culture Trip
If you’re aiming to play Big Five Bingo in Africa, consider Kenya the best game in town. The grassy plains of Maasai Mara are home to rhinos, lions, leopards, buffalo and elephants – all of which a lucky player may spot on a game drive. The wondrous fun doesn’t end there; bonus round action is on the horizon as you add hippos, cheetahs and wildebeest to the list during this ultimate Kenyan safari tour that’ll make your heart skip a beat.
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5 . Hiking Everest in the Himalayas – by Intrepid Travel
Do outdoor activities get any more extreme than trekking up the world’s highest mountain? This once-in-a-lifetime trekking tour to Everest Base Camp in the Himalayas will see you head from Kathmandu to soaring heights, staying in rural teahouses along the track and passing Sherpa villages, gargantuan glaciers, remote monasteries and suspension bridges in between. You’ll endure eight hours of walking per day in high altitude, so you’ll need to be physically fit – but the first sight of sunrise behind Everest will make every step worth the effort.
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Additional reporting was contributed by Nick Dauk.