You may not be a morning person but an extra hour or two (or three) could be difference between having a good day or a great day on your next holiday. Our friends at KE Adventure Travel have shared with us 8 holidays that get you up before dawn. Summit Monte Rosa in Switzerland at sunrise or walk on a live volcano crater rim in Indonesia, all before the rest of the world wakes up.
Imagine waking up and unzipping your tent to watch a spectacular orange filled sunrise over the world’s most continually active volcano, Fuego. Famous for constantly being active at low level, smoke puffs out of its top daily. This explosive holiday is packed full of summit cones, lava streams and challenging ascents, it really is one HOT adventure!
It’s not all about Everest Base Camp. Rising before dawn in sub-zero temperatures to trek up Kala Patar (5500m) and watch the sunrise as it reaches the horizon with Everest in the background is an ultimate highlight of this holiday. If you’re looking for one of the world’s finest trekking holidays with mind blowing Himalaya views, this is probably it.
Stand on the highest point of the island (3718m) at sunrise as the famed Teide pyramid shadow dominates the horizon. The highest peak in Spain is famed for its breath-taking national park, lunar landscape, endemic flora, star gazing skies and incredible views. If you’re short on time, this weekend trekking holiday in the Canary Islands is great value.
Packed full of exciting early morning starts and incredible morning dawn views, the islands of Java, Bali and Lombok give you reason after reason to get out of bed. Whether exploring the world’s largest Buddist temple Borobodur, or sitting at a Mt Agung’s crater rim watching the sunrise over Mt Rinjani, it’s a perfect blend of adventure, culture and relaxation.
There’s only one really early start on this amazing trekking holiday, but it’s worth the early alarm call as it’s ascent day on Stok Kangri (6153m). Once on the summit by a streaming line of colourful prayer flags, the views stretch from the Karakoram peaks to unknown 6000m peaks in Tibet. It’s not too technical but you may use crampons and it will be strenuous. But it’s definitely worth getting up early for.
After two weeks of incredible trekking in the breathtaking Himalaya, through buddist villages, steep gorges and high passes, you have a few optional pre-dawn starts. The first to ascend Poon Hill and watch the surreal pink glow as it illuminates Dhalagiri and the second just to enjoy one of the most stunning mountain amphitheatres in the Himalaya from your lodge at Annapurna Basecamp.
Bucket list, charity challenge, personal goal, 7 summits. Whatever your reason for wanting to climb Africa’s highest peak (5895m), you need to be ready for your just-after-midnight start. Trekking via Gilman’s Point to the summit is tough, but with the extra acclimatisation day you get in KE’s itinerary, you have the best chance to get near the top for a breathtaking sunrise.
Leaving the Monte Rosa hut in the dark with your headtorch on, you’ll wind your way through boulders and rocky slabs until you reach the Monte Rosa glacier. Arriving just as the sun touches the tops of the Matterhorn, Breithorn, Weisshorn and the Dent Blanche, illuminating the peaks of Switzerland, you’ll feel elated on the true summit of Monte Rosa - the Dufourspitze, at 4634m!
For more information about KE Adventure Travel and their range of trekking and mountaineering holidays visit www.keadventure.com