August 2010

An Unforgettable Journey to Tanzania

For many visitors, a safari to Africa is the trip of a lifetime but as with anything truly special it hinges on the connection you make, and with the people of Tanzania; that connection will remain in your memory forever. Their hospitality is bountiful and based on the concept that to experience peace you must extend peace to others. A thought that is evident as you travel throughout the countryside and further reinforced by the children’s smile.

The safari (journey) takes on several forms and most importantly satisfies our inner desire to always learn, as you are sure to always pick up something new; whether it is from learning the traditions of the Maasai, admiring the earthly creatures that coat the vast plains, witnessing the intimate interaction between predator and prey, visiting a local clinic, or even just laying on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.

It has been classified as an experience, memory, a story, but we at Asante Safaris have accepted that is the beginning of a love affair with something truly exotic and fulfilling. The tour will personally be handled by Renny Hunt, a native of Tanzania who is the co-founder of Asante Safaris. She diligently worked with the Tanzania National Parks for over 15 years before sharing her passion for Tanzania with the enthusiastic audience of the USA.

You will discover why this is truly every traveler’s paradise. With a huge and most importantly diverse country, both in attractions and culture, Tanzania offers travelers everything from wildlife parks to challenging isolated mountain ranges, and picturesque villages to small Bomas filled with friendly and curious people. In only a short space of time you can easily find yourself scaling the highest mountain in Africa, followed by an engaging safari on the sun coated plains of the Serengeti; home to some of the largest concentrations of animals anywhere on the planet!

At this point there is not too much more we can tell you other than you must experience all of the country’s beauty for yourself. And as you keenly countdown the days till you board your flight from your gateway city to Tanzania, enjoy the pictures below because they are just but a minute piece of the beauty you are about to see!


Engage In the Ultimate African challenge For a Great Cause:
Mount Kilimanjaro 2010/2011

The most important trip you may take in life is meeting people halfway
~Henry Boye

With this grueling challenge not only are your efforts rewarded through the success of reaching the peak of the world’s tallest freestanding mountain, but your energy and dedication also helps the students of a local school situated in Tanzania’s Pare Mountains. The climb is a wonderful feat to check off the list of lifetime goals, but more importantly the aid the students receive provides them the true chance to change their entire lives. Funds raised will go directly to providing some of the most basic educational resources, specifically building and establishing a working library, provision of adequate teaching quarters, as well as providing much needed and updated teaching materials (computers, books, and other supplies).

The summit to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro will take 7 days while the descent only one. Climbers will follow the Marangu Route, one of Mount Kilimanjaro’s most exciting and scenic routes. The ascent will be supported by certified porters. Following the descent from the mountain, climbers that choose to extend their journey of discovery will embark on a 6-day safari to the Tarangire, Ngorongoro, and Serengeti National Parks in Tanzania with an extension offered to Zanzibar.

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro
Mt. Kilimanjaro is no easy feat and requires tip top physical and mental preparation. Not only is this the highest peak on the African continent, it is also the tallest free-standing mountain the world, rising from the surrounding coastal scrubland – elevation of around 900 meters – to a daunting 5,895 meters (19,340ft).

When to climb Kilimanjaro
While it is possible to climb all year around, it is best to avoid the rainy season during the months of April to late May. December – February, offers the clearest and warmest conditions while July and September can be very cold at night, the sky is completely clear above 3000mt.

We are looking for physically fit individuals to join us in this endeavor of helping a high school help itself, because by doing so we are extending the students the ample opportunity to become future leaders of the world.


Come to feel the real taste of the perfect synthesis between art, nature, history and humanity

From the past…..

A Mediterranean country that also borders the Atlantic, the Kingdom of Morocco is the most western country in North Africa, with a western coastline along the Atlantic Ocean that turns at the Straits of Gibraltar and continues along the Mediterranean Sea. Its eastern border is with Algeria and a relatively narrow body of water separates it from Spain to the north.

An authentic and enriching experience of the strong sense of culture and history of Morocco  encompassing its ancient Roman civilization, Imperial towns of the Middle Ages, and ancient villages far from the tourist roads with opportunities to interact with the local population.

The tour includes all the must see’s of Morocco including Casablanca; Rabat - the Middle Age Imperial Town and capital of Morocco; the Spanish enclave of Ceuta, Arab-Andalouse town of Tetouan, and the beautiful mountain town of Chaouen; the Imperial cities of Fez and Meknes; the Roman ruins at Volubilis; and the cosmopolitan city of Marrakech. Sight-see and explore palaces, monuments, museums and the Hassan II Mosque. Enjoy leisurely shopping in Morocco’s famous souks.

Optional Excursions
            Canary Islands
            Deep Sahara
For more information, costs and detailed itinerary  please click here.

   The Gulf Experience - Emirates and Oman
A World Peace Tour

Donald and Lynne KingThis is the essential Arabian Gulf experience…combining two of the most spectacular cities of the modern world—Dubai and Abu Dhabi—along with the mystical timelessness of Oman.  The tour will be personally led by Donald King, Ambassador at Large for IIPT, and his wife Lynne, who have more than 10 years experience in the Arabian Gulf.

Experience the courtesy and hospitality that has been a tradition for centuries in a perfect winter climate as you visit the world’s ta
llest building and tallest hotel, ancient castles and forts, and one of the world’s largestMosques. Shop in luxury malls and traditional Arab souqs - and the pottery capital of Oman. Enjoy a dhow dinner cruise as you overlook the evening city scape of one of the world’s most modern cities.
Donald & Lynne in a wadi in Oman
Dubai, Dhow and Sailor
You will experience both the traditional and modern life of the Emirates and Oman as well as magnificent beaches, green turtles nesting, the deep gorges and crystal clear pools of Wadi Shaab and Wadi Bani Khalid - the lost Shangri-la; and the Wahiba Sands, a vast undulating sea of sands where you will be able to indulge in dune bashing, sand surfing or an optional camel ride. After a BBQ dinner, enjoy the night under the stars or in the huts at the desert camp.

Turtle in Dubai11 Days/9 nights
20 meals
$2580 per person double occupancy.  $600 single supplement.
Airfare and insurance are not included

Departure: January 21, 2011. 

For more information, and daily itinerary, please click here.

Dubai at NightSpice Souk
Dubai MosqueDubai Sand Dunes

Friends of Peace:

A  World Peace Tour  and Festival in The Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan

February 6-17,  2011



Bhutan, a Himalayan jewel,  is tucked among some of the world’s highest mountains. With a diverse, protected and astonishingly beautiful environment,  the last surviving  Kingdom of  Mahayana Buddhists, life revolves around the daily practice of kindness, compassion and peace. 

Please join Sacred Himalaya Travel, and Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu (VAST) for the 2nd IIPT World Peace Tour in Bhutan. At the heart of The World Peace Tour is an opportunity  to spend time with Bhutanese students from Thimphu’s Voluntary Artists Studio  and together renovate an ancient chorten (Buddhist Stupa) Roll up your sleeves and go to work  to share  stories, laughter and energy as we reconstruct an ancient sacred structure. Together we’ll contribute a lasting gift for Bhutanese people in the spirit of peace.


Over our 12 day tour  we’ll  visit Punakha’s colorful Dromche festival. A highlight will be the dance of the Pazaps and an offering to the spirits of the river. The next day, join with many local villagers dressed in their finest clothes to attend PunakhaTsechu, a religious ceremony that’s performed to seek the protection and happiness of the villagers and all sentient beings. Masked monks dance ancient sacred dances.  Experience the mystery , beauty and culture of Bhutan, as we tour high passes, ancient fortress/Dzongs and come in touch with daily life.  We hope that you’ll carry this gentle kingdom in your heart and that it may  bring peace to you and others on your return home. 

For more information, costs and detailed itinerary  please click here.

VAST Students

VAST Students

VAST Director
Asha Kama, VAST Director
Tshetem Norbu & Wendy Erd
Tshetem Norbu, Wendy Erd, Sacred Himalaya Travel

About Sacred Himalaya Travel

Sacred Himalaya Travel, locally owned and operated in Bhutan, SHT is one of Bhutan’s registered Travel Operators and is a member of IIPT.  We are a small team, dedicated to our work, with a deep appreciation and knowledge of our country, its cultural and spiritual heritage, traditions and natural beauty.  We open our doors and hearts to receive our guests as family and friends

About Voluntary Artists Studio Thimphu  (VAST )
VAST was set up in 1998 by a group of professional artists as a non profitable and non governmental organization.  VAST organizes special Art Workshops, Camps, Talks, Exhibitions, Weekend Classes and Design and implement projects to promote culture, health, environment and extracurricular activities throughout the year to provide opportunities to school children to participate and develop their life skills, confidence, talents through interaction and participation of learning art in experiential ways.      







ADHT Conference



IIPT Again Proud Sponsor of THETRADESHOW

IIPT is proud to again be a sponsor of THETRADESHOW 2010 (Travel Retailing and Destination Expo) being held at the Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, September 12 - 14, 2010.

THETRADESHOW 2010 again provides a major opportunity for IIPT collaboration with ASTA and its partners in promoting travel throughout the world as a vital force for international understanding, peace, and sustainable development.

Clearly, the shared mission of IIPT in “Building a Culture of Peace through Tourism” has never been more important. It is only through travel and people-to-people encounters that we can come to realize the full significance of our inter-connectedness and common future in an ever shrinking “Global Village” – and as the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism will play an essential role in the anticipated economic recovery.

For more information:

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THETRADESHOW is a 3-day, in-depth networking and educational event. Global and inclusive uniting under one roof travel suppliers and buyers from all over the world, representing every segment of the travel and tourism industry.

The newest addition toTHETRADESHOW for 2010 is the e-Learning Center, providing you with the unlimited access to recordings of over 50 educational seminars and sessions taught in Orlando. 

As a travel retailer, attending this travel show, gives you the best opportunity to assemble a diverse, dynamic group of travel suppliers and destinations that will give you new, profitable business options to have at your fingertips when the deal is on the line.

The 3-day travel show conference program is designed specifically for you.  It offers comprehensive education and training to enrich your career and increase your sales.  By attending THETRADESHOW, you will gain the essential knowledge and expertise to make your travel business more profitable. 

Plus, you will love the variety of exhibitors!
With over 500 exhibiting travel companies and destinations, you will connect with the largest and most comprehensive collection of suppliers and destinations at THETRADESHOW.  Visit the Interactive Exhibit Hall Floor Plan to plan your show route, look up exhibitors by name or keyword. Check back often, as exhibitors are added daily!

For more information:

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THETRADESHOW provides you a great opportunity where the return far exceeds the investment. If you want to make more money selling travel, you need to be at THETRADESHOW

Register NOW to attend the #1 travel show in North America. 


About IIPT

The International Institute for Peace through Tourism (IIPT) is a not for profit organization dedicated to fostering travel and tourism initiatives that contribute to international understanding and cooperation, an improved quality of environment, the preservation of heritage, and poverty reduction; and through these initiatives, helping to bring about a peaceful and sustainable world.  It is founded on a vision of the world’s largest industry, travel and tourism – becoming the world’s first global peace industry; and the belief that every traveler is potentially an “Ambassador for Peace.”

For more information:
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