The most amazing thing about UFO was the flexibility shown to accommodate very quick changes to the itinerary. Instead of going to Nubra Valley as per the itinerary, we decided to go to Pangong and requested them to make the change the same morning we were supposed to leave for Nubra. Their response time to make the change was just 10 minutes. We had an amazing trip with UFO and will look forward to another holiday with them.
A special mention for the driver - Karma Bhai - a thoroughly nice person, who enhanced the experience of the trip.
Nagaland Hornbill Experience
I love traveling and for me it had always been more about where I'm going than who I'm traveling with until i came across UFO. Traveling to a place I'v never been to before is exciting. I go with my instinct , have faith and trust the people I encounter along the way. However traveling with UFO to a place like Nagaland was a very enriching experience for me as i realized that traveling with a well seasoned team that goes out of its way to make your trip adventurous and fun is way better than traveling alone and wasting your time getting lost and figuring things out on your own. We camped at a site that was walking distance from the Hornbill Festival and went to Dzukou Valley on our second day.I was trekking after a long time and did not know what to expect. I don't think i would have managed spending a night at the Valley had the team not been with me. I had a splitting headache as we got there and they got me a pain killer. They had also carried an extra sleeping bag and got me blankets so i could be comfortable at night. The team was very helpful and considerate through out the 5 days that i spent with them in Nagaland. Their itinerary was perfect. It covered everything from trekking , camping to attending the hornbill festival and trying different kinds of food. We lit a bonfire and played music every night. It was amazing and I will definitely be traveling with them again :)
Managing Director- Westar Properties
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Mt. Kilimanjaro - 8 Day Lemosho
For a first-time trekker, I thought picking Mt. Kilimanjaro was maybe not the smartest choice. But thanks to UFO it felt like a breeze. The guides and crew were excellent in every single way. For a group of 8 trekkers, UFO deputed a total of 40 including 4 experienced guides, cooks, servers and porters. I was scared that for an 8 day trek the food might be an issue, but hats off to the chef. I don't think there was a single day where I didn't take a second helping. We got 3 hot meals served to us almost every single day. And trust me on this, after a tiring day of trekking the food is what you really look forward to the most.
The guides were very experienced and helpful throughout the trek, especially on the final day where they kept encouraging you to push yourself to reach the summit. If you are thinking of conquering the Roof of Africa, I would definitely recommend using UFO as your adventure guides. They prepare you for every step of the way - from buying your trekking gear to getting you safely back down.
CEO -DoIT Sports Management India Pvt. Ltd.
Tsokar to Tsomoriri Trek
I traveled with Ultimate Frontier Outlands (UFO) for the trek from Tso Kar to Tso Moriri. We were 5 friends in all and had an amazing experience right from the beginning at our pick up from the airport. We were put up at a spacious yet cosy and comfortable hotel in the Leh and were advised and make sure that we were well acclimatized in the first few days through walking and cycling activities. Our trek crew and guide were very professional in their work and went out of the way to help us. Safety and security was in place and we had an oxygen cylinder and an extra mule for our convenince. We crossed three 5000m + passes on this trek and were rewarded with some awesome food throughout the trek. Pizza and banana pie at 5000m !! Is there anything more to say?? Will definitely travel with UFO and their team again and recommend them to everyone who wants to experience the wilderness and culture of Ladakh!
New Delhi, India
Always wanted to travel to the North East of India and finally did when i signed up for Adventure Meghalaya with Ultimate Frontier Outlands (UFO Adventure Travel). We started our holiday spelunking(caving) in Mawmluh cave, Cherrapunjee. It was quiet an experience walking 150 m below sea level and wading through pools underground. We spotted bats, crayfish and various shapes of stalactites and stalagmites. A trek to the Living root bridges in Nongriat village was finally ticked off my bucket list and camping next to Rainbow waterfall was amazing. Next was canyoning at Mawlongbna, a quaint village near the Bangladesh border. Swimming through potholes and streams and climbing down waterfalls all the way to the Umkhakoi reservoir was so much fun!!
UFO services were upto the mark with their meals, attention to detail and professional approach!! Will definitely recommend traveling the North East India with UFO.
Sumedha V SIngh
Owner & Baker- The Rouge
Rumtse to Tsokar (Customized Trek)
Let me start by introducing myself. I am a mom of three under 5 and a baker. So fitness took a back seat for me for a long time with everything else taking priority. When I did start trying to get fit again, I thought of doing a trek to challenge myself. A friend recommended I book the trek through UFO, knowing well that I was not made to slum it out. (Lol) And I did!
The next few months went in training for the trek as advised by the organizers. They kept in touch with us over email to keep reminding us to train and to help us out with our bookings and other minute details that first time trekkers normally need to research on their own.
When we got there, they received us at the airport and put up a little cultural show for us in the hotel because we were meant to relax on day 1 to acclimatize better. On Day 2 we went on an acclimatization walk and visited the sights of the leh city.. to be received at the end of the walk by a bunch of warm people and an amazing barbecue lunch in a picnic setting. (Hadn't done a picnic in while without my kids around and I have to admit it felt very good)
Day 3 we started our trek from Rumste to Tso kar. We trekked and camped for 3 days and 4 nights (they organized 2 nights of camping for us at the end of the trek so we could soak in the beautiful views of the lake).
The trek made me experience views that are completely bookmarked in my head and very difficult for me to forget. The camping experience was nothing close to what I was expecting. Not only did we get hot meals but there was a selection of menus with different cuisines to choose from everyday. Also the dessert after every meal !! We got caramelised Bananas/ halwa/ fresh gulab jamuns- really could not have asked for more.
Coming from Calcutta the temperature at the camp was hard to get used to but they set up bonfires and did barbecues every other night so it made it much more relaxed.
I can go on and on but to cut it short, as a first time trekker I could not ask for more. Thank you team UFO for an experience that is going to stay with me for a long long time !
Mt. Mentok Kangri II Climb
UFO are great partners when seeking adventure. I did an expedition to Mentok Kangri in Ladakh, day hike to the double living root bridge in Cherrapunji, Meghalaya and camping in Hemis national park in Ladakh. UFO are very hospitable in accommodating their guests specially at high altitudes. The information they provide is precise and helpful for the arduous journies. Cusine they provide is delicious having eaten the most scrumptious pizza at fifteen thousand feet. All the staff are friendly and cordial and they do go out of the way to help. The owner even carried a tent for me on our hike and camp to Rumbak village, a great personalised service. When one feels adventurous and needs thrills just follow the feather.
Mt. Stok Kangri Climb
I joined UFO on their Twin Peaks initiative in Ladakh and the experience could not have been better curated. From the start of the trip till the very end, everything was well organised to meet the best quality standards. The team is beautifully welcoming and cheerful! What started off as a bunch of strangers on a clean up drive and a summit expedition returned as great buddies with memories to cherish for a lifetime. The tents, food, and the management was top notch. The guides and trip leads were extremely experienced and accommodating. The kitchen team did wonders with the best meals and surprise treats every now and then. The itinerary was well planned to suit the high altitude while not leaving a single moment to waste. UFO beat my expectations and I can't wait to join them on more journeys.
Mt. Stok Kangri Climb
The Twin Peaks Initiative was a great success with members of the group ascending two tough peaks in two successive days. However, the expedition was much more beyond that. The cleaning drive was a great experience and an opportunity to act-upon rather than grumble over environmental issues. Everyone in the group experienced equality; leaders, guides and organisers disguised as mates. The facilities provided in hostile habitats and at suffocating altitudes were kingly. Mountain health and safety protocols were in place and well informed. Group size was not over-whelming and felt like a very close-knit community made of strangers. Overall, each aspect like social, technical, logistical (culinary as well), etc. was spot-on.
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The sun pierced through the hat as drops of sweat formed on my
forehead. The dry arid atmosphere was making me thirsty, so i stopped to take a
swig of my water bottle. As I quenched
my thirst, i turned around to check out the landscape behind. The wide
expanse of Wadi Araba with its rocky desert golden hue greeted me. Warm
happiness flowed through, as I smiled to myself taking in the view. Jordan had
always been on my bucket list with Petra, Wadi Rum and Dead Sea on my places to
visit in Jordan. But this was something else! This was even better. A secret
way to Petra, the ancient 1st century BC Nabatean city ! We were 3 days into
our 90 km trek, a group of 8 with Americans, Scottish, English and an Indian in the mix. Jordan's Dana to Petra trek has been described as the 'Inca Trail of the Middle East' and has been
voted as one of the best hikes in the world by National Geographic and it was
certainly living up to the billing.
We had started our hike
at Dana Biosphere Reserve, which is protected by the Royal Society for the
Protection of Nature and is the largest reserve in the Hashemite Kingdom. As we moved down the valley, the landscape
changed while walking along the edge of
the Great Rift valley which stretches from Middle East to Africa up to
Mozambique. Crossing Wadi Feinan, we came across the ancient Roman copper mines
said to be from the times of King Solomon. Water and the proximity of
water is the most important factor in
this arid region. Our guide explained to us an ancient water ducts and the
waterways through the canyons feeding into the desert. It was pretty
astonishing how the 1000 year old water ways were feeding into ducts through
the valley eons ago.