Adventure travel!

Adrenaline-inducing trips across deserts, mountains, glaciers and oceans

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By Time Out editors

Climbing the Grand Canyon

Not the world's deepest canyon, but possibly the most dramatic

Where Arizona, USA
How long 3 days, 2 nights

As well as almost unquantifiably vast vital statistics – the canyon is a mile deep, anywhere between 600 feet and 19 miles wide and 277 miles long – it has a unique profile, dropping abruptly off from the flat Colorado Plateau like a biblical crack in the earth.

Climbing the Grand Canyon

Cycling in Morocco

Peddle-power past almond orchards and painted mountains

Where Anti-Atlas Mountains, Morocco
How long 8 days

The cyclist's aching muscles meet nature's bare bones crossing Morocco's Anti-Atlas mountain range.

Cycling in Morocco

Horseback trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Breathtaking mountains, vast plateaus and lonely yurts

Where Tian Shan mountain range, Kyrgyzstan
How long 8 days

It was eight hours since I'd eaten a Murray Mint – my breakfast – and I was famished. In the last 24 hours I'd been caught in a high-altitude snowstorm, one of my friends had been heli-lifted off a mountain and, with the other 11 members of my expedition, I had set up an emergency overnight camp with only stale bread, two dozen Bounty bars and assorted tins of fish and vegetables to eat.

Horseback trekking in Kyrgyzstan

Kiteboarding in Egypt

Wipeouts, air time, teabagging and donkey dicks!

Where Abu Soma, Red Sea
How long 1 week

Kiteboarding rookie Cyrus Shahrad faces the fear and gets rigged up for the ride of his life on the Red Sea.

Kiteboarding in Egypt

Sailing in Greece

Learn to sail in just one week!

Where Sivota, Greece
How long 1 week

Self-confessed landlubber Helen Ochyra sets herself a challenge – learn how to sail a dinghy, single-handed, in just a week.

Sailing in Greece

Snowboarding in Japan

An unlikely thrill-seeker's paradise

Where Hokkaido, Japan
How long 1 day

Hiking up 800 vertical metres in order to snowboard back down – a run that a handful of articles in snowboard magazines over the last decade have described in language normally reserved for depicting the lives of saints.

Testing the slopes in Japan

Stalking Rhinos in Nepal

Rhinos, and tigers and bears – oh my!

Where Chitwan National Park, Nepal
How long 3-4 days

Tracking the one-horned rhinoceros on an elephant’s back in Nepal is exhilarating fun – but it’s a different matter when you do it on foot.

Stalking Rhinos in Nepal

Trekking on Fox Glacier

Pick your way up the icy face of New Zealand's Fox Glacier

Where South Island, New Zealand
How Long 6-7 hours

Our guide carved a new path through the ice with his pick and – feeling like explorers scaling the ice for the first time – we walked in a line behind him, literally in his footsteps for fear of slipping down a crevasse.

Trekking on Fox Glacier

Trekking the Inca Trail

Beat a path through to the Inca citadel of Machu Piccchu

Where Vilcabamba, Peru
How long 12 days

How do you get a mule up a mountain? Try shouting, 'Mula, carajo, mula!' No English expression quite captures the fricative force of 'carajo', but 'damn you, mule' is about right.

Trekking the Inca Trail

White-water rafting in Zambia

Battling the elements on the Zambezi river

Where Zambezi river, Zambia
How long 8 days

With a rapid dubbed "commercial suicide", nerves of steel and a good supply of adrenaline are vital when white-water rafting on the Zambezi.

White-water rafting in Zambia

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