Embark Adds Italy Trip with Bestselling Author

Vernazza, one of the world-famous villages of Italy's Cinque Terre.

Embark is thrilled to announce not only a new trip to (for us) a new part of the world, but also a partnership with a best-selling hiking guidebook author.

Vernazza, one of the world-famous villages of Italy's Cinque Terre.

Vernazza, one of the world-famous villages of Italy’s Cinque Terre.


Portland-based Paul Gerald has written five books about Portland and Oregon, the most famous being Portland’s #1 hiking guidebook, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles of Portland. He has led numerous trips to Italy and other locations for the Mazamas, a Portland hiking and climbing club, and now he is part of the Embark family.

As for hiking in Italy, it combines culture, scenery, art, wonderful walks, and some of the best food you’ll ever have in your life. This is the Tuscany trip you’ve been dreaming about.

Hiking and Touring in Tuscany and Cinque Terre is scheduled for June 1 to 14, 2015, and it’s just the first of many trips we look forward to having with Paul.

For more information on the trip, see the trip page on our website, or go over to Paul’s website to see his Hiking and Touring in Tuscany Page, which has some amazing photos.

Annapurna Base Camp Trekking Tour


Every trekker’s dream trip in the heart of the Himalaya.


In partnership with the Portland-based Mazamas hiking and climbing club: Journey with us to a place that will be physically, emotionally, and mentally compelling — from jungle to Tibetan plateau.

This will be a 19 day trip, fully supported by local guides and porters. It includes 13 days of trekking in the Annapurna Sanctuary, the very heart of the amazing Annapurna Massif, home to more than 30 individual peaks, some over 26,000’ in elevation.

We will  visit numerous Garung villages along the way and stay overnight at two of the massif’s many climbing base camps, including Machhapuchhre (summit elevation 22,943’) at 12,139’ and Annapurna South (summit elevation 23,684’) at 13,550’.

The remaining days will be available to explore on our own in exotic and chaotic Kathmandu and the charming, lakeside city of Pokhara, the two largest population centers in Nepal.

The trip will be led by Jim Ronning, a member of Mazamas and an experienced Embark trip leader.

Package includes: 2 sets of Leki Trekking poles. 12-pack of Trail Butter.

Cost is $2995.

Photos from Embark’s Trek to Petra in Jordan




Over in the Embark Photo Gallery,we have just added some amazing new photos from our Jordan – Trekking to Petra trip, such as the one above. As you’ll see, it’s a beautiful and varied adventure, with canyon walks, camel rides, a visit to the Dead Sea, and of course the amazing ancient city of Petra — which you get to reach by foot!

Here’s the link to the whole gallery, which we think you’ll love.


Embark Adds Ultimate Namibia Safari

Namibia is home to the world's tallest sand dunes.
Namibia is home to the world's tallest sand dunes.

Namibia is home to the world’s tallest sand dunes.

At Embark, we are all excited about Namibia right now. We’ve already set up a hiking in Namibia trip, but safaris are dear to our heart, as well. And Namibia safaris are some of the most varied and wonderful we know about.

As the description of our new Ultimate Namibia Safari says …

Imagine camping in one of the world’s largest national parks. Sea kayaking with seals and dolphins. Climbing some of the world’s highest free-standing sand dunes. Sleeping in the treetops of a private game reserve. Is it really possible that all of these things exist anywhere near each other?

And the answer is, yes! Find out more about it on our Ultimate Namibia Safari page.

Embark’s Newest Africa Trip: Hiking Namibia

Magical Namibia is an varied, little-known hiking paradise.
Magical Namibia is an varied, little-known hiking paradise.

Magical Namibia is a varied, little-known hiking paradise.

If you’ve ever given much thought to the nation of Namibia — and honestly, many people haven’t — you probably thought even less of hiking in Namibia.

After all, when we think of Africa we think of wildlife and deserts and canyons and wild ocean shores and ancient history. But Namibia has all of that, and to truly experience Namibia, one must walk its desert wilderness, sleep under its sky, pause at its ancient sights, and find peace in its nature.

That’s why we are so excited to offer the new Hiking Namibia trip. From the Kalahari desert to the world’s second-biggest canyon, from a coastal game reserve to an ecolodge among the world’s tallest sand dunes — this is hiking in Namibia, an adventure paradise waiting to be discovered.

For more information, just head over to the Hiking Namibia trip page now!

Embark Helps 11 Adventurers Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Embark Adventures Can Help You Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Embark + Mazamas + Awesome Porters = Another Successful Climb of Mt. Kilimanjaro.


Despite running into some February snow on the mountain, an Embark group of 11 people all managed to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro via the Lemosho Route and Western Breach, our preferred route.

The trip was put together in conjunction with the Mazamas, a Portland, Oregon-based hiking and mountaineering club. Greg Willmarth was the Mazamas organizer.

The above photo was taken at Millennium Camp during the descent of Kilimanjaro. That’s the entire support team, the porters and our team of climbers, who are Greg Willmarth, Allison Greene, Eric Bruckbauer, Stephanie Bruckbauer, Eileen Kiely, Doug Willmarth, Kyle Kruger, Gordy Rubard, Gary “Quin” Ellis, Mike Newsham, and Amad Doratotaj.

Congratulations to all, and thanks for a fantastic trip!


Trekking in Patagonia:
Updates from Embark’s Owner

Trekking in Patagonia to Monte Fitz Roy.

It’s one thing to have to sit in our Portland, Oregon offices, planning awesome adventure trips for other people. But when our founder and owner skips off to lead our Trekking in Patagonia trip, then sends us these amazing photos from his adventures, well … let’s just bask in the glory of Patagonian scenery, try not to be jealous, and then plan on joining a future trek in Patagonia.

Donovan Pacholl started Embark Adventures, and he’s currently in Patagonia on a trip that includes Monte Fitz Roy in Argentina and Torres del Paine National Park in Chile. Here are a couple of photos he managed to send us before going off the grid for a while:

Trekking in Patagonia to Monte Fitz Roy.

Monte Fitz Roy in Argentina.

Perito Moreno Glacier in PAtagonia, Argentina

The Perito Moreno Glacier


As Donovan said, “This is why people come to Patagonia. We saw both Cerro Torre and Monte Fitz Roy on the first day of trek.”

If you want to see more pictures from our Patagonia trekking trips, check out this gallery from the 2013 trip.


Embark Helps Michael J. Fox Foundation Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for Michael J. Fox Foundation

In 2013, Embark Adventures announced a new partnership with Team Fox, the grassroots fundraising program at the Michael J. Fox Foundation. Each year more than 1,600 Team Fox members worldwide turn their passions and interests into unique fundraising events and athletic feats.

This month, Embark helped some Team Fox athletes climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and here is their summit photo:

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro for Michael J. Fox Foundation

Team Fox at the Summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak.


Congratulations to this hearty crew!


Mt. Kilimanjaro is 19,341 feet above sea level — the highest free-standing mountain in the world, and one of Embark’s most popular, least technical mountain climbs in the world. Each participant received a spot on the trip to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro by committing to raising $10,000 for Parkinson’s research.

Embark Adventures & Expeditions is an adventure travel company based in Portland, Ore., that offers once-in-a-lifetime trips for those who want to explore the most remote corners of the planet while giving back to local communities that make these destinations world-class. The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson’s today.

To learn more about this trip, please visit Team Fox or email athletes@michaeljfox.org.