TREKS, HIKES, ADVENTURE TOURS AND HIGH-MOUNTAIN EXPEDITIONS ACROSS THE WORLD
Explorateur’s “mountain” branch was created to reveal the riches of our world through sportier adventure tours. Terra Ultima’s team is passionate about heights and endless landscapes. Our mission is to help you discover new things, achieve your goals and push your limits.
We are a human scale organization of veritable travel artisans offering fully personalized services.
WHY CHOOSE US?
- 1 We're a Canadian agency that lets you discover the world at a walking pace, from accessible hikes to the planet’s highest summits.
- 2 We're a group of specialized guides with years of experience travelling abroad.
- 3 We're a quality team trained according to the most rigorous standards of adventure tourism in Canada.
- 4 Terra Ultima is an agency with an inclusive approach. With us you'll achieve your goals and have fun in the process!
- 5 Our philosophy is effort + comfort!
- 6 We travel and discover in small groups of 5 to 12 people.
OUR TYPES OF ADVENTURES
These tours are a great introduction to travelling by foot. We take you to destinations where hiking is the main event, but where there’s plenty of unique exploring to do through other activities.
Rich in exoticism, history and culture, these tours satisfy the hiker and the explorer in you! Most of the hiking is done in low or moderate altitudes, except for a few passes or summits that can reach up to 4,000 meters.
Travellers carry only a day backpack, while a team on site transports the rest of the equipment. Nights are spent in a hut, tent, lodge or small inn when we’re hiking.
These trips are done mainly in moderate altitudes, except for a few passes that can reach up to 5,500 meters. Hikers can travel independently for up to one week; nights are spent in a “lodge” or tent. Travellers carry only a day backpack, while a team on site transports the rest of the equipment. These journeys are relatively comfortable, considering the remoteness of the destinations.
TREKS & SUMMITS
These treks involve ascending one or more moderate-altitude summits (+/- 5,000 meters) or high mountains (6,000 meters and higher) over several days of hiking. The summit isn’t the primary objective, but rather a rewarding cherry on top of the sundae. Travellers carry only a day backpack, except when ascending summits. The rest of the equipment is transported by a team on site. These treks are relatively comfortable, considering the remoteness of the destinations. Nights are spent in a “lodge” or tent.
These expeditions are done in moderate altitude (+/- 5,000 meters) and high mountains (6,000 meters and higher), where most of your effort is dedicated to reaching the summit. Comfort is limited, but reasonable, given the environment. Most nights are spent in a tent, except to start and finish the trip. Travellers carry their personal gear during the ascent. The group’s equipment will be transported by animals and/or porters.
These tours involve cycling trails and small roads, covering larger regions, on mountain or gravel bikes. Just as on the longer treks, our team manages the encampments for each leg of the journey and transports your personal gear during cycling days.
This is our ”signature” line—unique, original and exotic trips that we offer once in a blue moon. This is where we get to be really creative and realize some of our wildest dreams. Deeply rooted in the spirit of travel and true adventure, these tours require travellers to be open-minded and highly committed, both mentally and physically. Take advantage of these trips while they’re available!
THE TERRA ULTIMA DESTINATIONS
Climbing Aconcagua is a unique experience, in which you can behold the nearly 7,000 m wondrous horizon, overtop the Americas. This incomparable experience takes place beyond the Andes and at the heart of the Argentinian people’s warm and distinctive culture. This trek will bring us to the foot of the mountain through the Los Horcones Valley, via the huge south face to then climb the summit using the normal route. This high level physical and mental challenge which not only calls on you to take on this rock sentinel, but also to take on yourself ! No matter the achieved personal summit, this will be an unforgettable trip. Accept the challenge !
Mt Kilimandjaro rises like a solitary giant above the savage plains of Kenya and Tanzania. Climbing this imposing mountain is no small feature and it is rewarded by sublime panoramas all along the way. Here we approach the ascent by the Shira route that begins west of the Shira plateau. The many days of this itinerary between 3000 and 4700 meters will create optimal conditions for the body to acclimatize to this high altitude environment and increase your chances of getting to the summit ! We have planned two excursions on the flancs of nearby Mt. Meru and its surroundings for you to get to know the local culture better and also acclimatize, and most importantly done at the rhythm and pace of the inhabitants of the region.
The adventurers will also be seduced by a spectacular safari in the Serengeti National Park et the Ngorongoro Crater to observe herds of wild animals in their natural environment. And at the end of our trip, we are giving you the opportunity to do a short visit to the idyllic island of Zanzibar, jewel of the Indian Ocean.
If there were a South American « roof of the world », it would be somewhere in Peru. It is easy to make the connection between the sacred cities of Tibet and a spectacular site like the one at Machu Picchu. Besides the discovery of the Incan world in the archaeological sites around Cuzco, this trip is a meeting with the Peruvian people, their folklore and their traditions. We offer you a variation of the popular Incan Trail that is wilder and in a high Andean environment. We cross a huge range surrounded by glacial tongues before descending again to the lost city of Machu Picchu hidden in the middle of equatorial forest.
Climbing Mera Peak is a unique opportunity to reach a high summit (6,000 metres) among the Nepalese titans. From that summit, you can see 6 of the 14 giants of the 8,000 metres club, including Everest, Makalu and Cho Oyu.
First and foremost, this expedition is a major trek in Sherpa country taking us through several villages of the Khumbu region toward the Hinku Valley and leading us peacefully to Kote via the Pangom pass. From there, we will be at about 4,000 metres in the mountain vegetation, passing only a few villages and high meadows. A long deep valley will take us to Khare, near which we will set up our base camp. The technical climb will start then, leaving us three days to reach the coveted summit of Mera Peak. We will return via the Zatrwa pass to Lukla to celebrate our venture! On this trip, we will also explore several of the mythical places of the Kathmandu Valley, so rich in history and religious symbolism.
Between the Himalayas and the Karakoram range in the highest mountains in the world, there is a small kingdom nicknamed « Little Tibet » where the average altitude is 4,000 metres. On this high plateau surrounded by perpetually snowy peaks, life goes on through the seasons punctuated only by Buddhist religious ceremonies. There is a commanding contrast between the muted and mystical interior of the monasteries, lighted only by little yak butter lamps, and the enormity of the vast plateaus flooded with sunlight. After the colourful uproar of Delhi, Ladakh seems to belong to another dimension characteristic of high-altitude places. Climbing Stok Kangri (6,137 metres) will be a fitting end to our trek through the Markha Valley. Then we will return to Leh, the capital of this marvellous region, to complete our trip with the must-sees of Delhi, Agra and, of course the mythical Taj Mahal.
Have you ever dreamed of travelling to the Greek islands in the middle of the Mediterranean between sea and mountains? That is what we offer you in Crete, the biggest Greek island and the fifth in size in the Mediterranean basin. At the intersection of the East, Africa and the West, it has much in store for you to discover: diverse arid mountain landscapes, dizzying gorges and small ancestral villages at the edge of the sea. You will cross the western Crete mountains between Chania and Sfakia while travelling from north to south past magnificent summits and gorges. The Lefka Ori range (White Mountains in English) is called that because the sunlight reflects on the white rocks and sometimes on the snow in some locations. We will take you to the highest point of those mountains, Mount Pachnes, so that you can fully appreciate their size !
Ecuador is a country that contrasts between its jungle rich in flora and fauna, and its snowy high summits. On this trip, you will encounter these two worlds that are inhabited by local populations who knew how to adapt to and interact with their environment. We’ll discover these different cultures and populations (in a pedagogical and playful manner) who will share their passions and concerns with us. A cultural and athletic adventure awaits us!
This trip will be a golden opportunity to climb two of the most beautiful mountains in South America – the Cotopaxi and the Cayambe. This adventure that merges cultural gatherings and mountain climbing will have us visiting Latin America’s largest crafts market and climbing mountains over 4,000 m in altitude! There will also be traditional agricultural villages that will open their hearts (and doors) to us.
A trek in the Himalayas on a quest for their eternal majesty, besides the great challenge that is, can be a pilgrimage for the soul, a personal milestone to reach. A trek in Nepal is the ultimate, the sublime, still the most beautiful hymn there is to the magnificence of the planet, an unending collection of images that will never leave us.
This is what you will realize when you reach the Mount Everest base camp, when you travel through two valleys in the Solu Khumbu region connected by the Cho La at more than 5,000 metres of altitude. Seeing Sagarmatha, Mount Everest, the highest summit in the world, from Gokyo Ri and Kala Patthar, which is already at more than 5,500 metres of altitude, is a unique moment that stands tall among your finest memories!
This trip also means going to Kathmandu, meeting the Nepalese people and experiencing the rich culture of this mountainous country.
At 5,642 metres, Mount Elbrus is the the highest summit on the European continent if we consider that the Ural Mountains, the most eastward, are what truly separate Asia and Europe. This dormant volcano, according to ancient mythology, is where Zeus enchained Prometheus, the Titan who stole fire from the gods to give it to humans.
This mountain, the climbing of which is considered technically easy, still provides a sizable challenge because we will be going up to more than 5,000 metres, and the weather conditions can be capricious in that part of the Caucasus Mountains. Before the ascent, we will trek through the beautiful neighbouring mountains of the northern side of the mountain. Our itinerary also includes visits to the historical jewels of western Russia, Moscow and St. Petersburg.
The Mont Blanc Trek is one of the most popular long-distance hiking trails in Europe. It crosses three countries on three different slopes of the massif: the Italian slope with its grand rock faces, the Swiss slope with its soft valleys and the French slope where immense glaciers flow. Our approach is to do it via an alternate route, further away from busy routes and accompanied by a muleteer guide, since we’ll be on our own for carrying our luggage ! The Mont Blanc Trek is an opportunity to experience the warm ambiance and welcoming Alpine refuges.