Sharing special places with others has always been at the heart of what we do, and we believe that it’s important to give back to the places we visit—the places we rely on. Whether it’s supporting local communities, strengthening sustainable practices, or promoting environmental awareness there is always an opportunity to do more. That is why we’re offering departures that will directly help to fund six incredible organizations across the globe—all of which share our philanthropic mission. These include the US National Park Service, the Fund for the Tiger, the John Muir Trust in Scotland, the Galápagos Conservancy, the Alaska Wilderness League, COCOBA (supporting Tanzanian women), and the Dolma Ling Nunnery in Dharamsala . On each of these trips you’ll have the opportunity to experience local cultures, precious wildlife, and natural wonders, as well as learn more about the organizations themselves and how they are impacting change. Check out all six trips here:
Scotland’s Mountains & Wilderness
Take a Highland fling this September and explore legendary Scotland—including Ben Nevis, Glencoe, Edinburgh—with opportunities to sample hearty Scottish fare and fine Highland whiskies along the way. MTS will be donating 10% of the trip price per guest to the John Muir Trust, a conservation charity that is dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places in the UK. Like the John Muir Trust we believe that wild places are vital and that inspiring people to connect with them is a crucial step in encourage their care.
Departs: September 10, 2017 • Get Trip Details
Secrets of Kashmir
Trek the pristine mountains around Srinagar, take tea with local villagers, visit the vibrant floating markets of Lake Dal in a traditional shikara, tour the mythical “Seat of Solomon”—ancient temple to the Lord Shiva—and be moved by the deep spirituality of the Dalai Lama’s community in Dharamsala. On our September departure, a $250 donation per guest will directly benefit the Tibetan Nuns Project at the Dolma Ling Nunnery & Institute.
Departs: September 15, 2017 • Get Trip Details
This September we are offering an all-women climb to the top of Kilimanjaro, the “roof of Africa” to raise funds for COCOBA. COCOBA or Community Conservation Banking, is directly helping Tanzanian Maasai women to open small, environmentally friendly businesses. Livestock is the major source of wealth for the Maasai, so leather tanning is a natural business for these women to learn. They will learn to tan the leather and to produce finished products with it, some with beadwork, for sale in both the local and tourist market.
Departs: September 17, 2017 • Get Trip Details
Galápagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise
Anchor at nature’s doorstep in August and encounter incredible endemic wildlife, including giant tortoises, marine iguanas, penguins, and more, with the full leadership of certified Class III naturalists. On this departure MTS will be donating 10% of the trip price per guest to the Galapagos Conservancy, which is dedicated exclusively to the long-term protection of the Galapagos Islands, working closely with the Charles Darwin Foundation and Galapagos National Park.
Departs: August 3, 2017 (Led by Luis Die) • Get Trip Details
National Parks of the Southwest: Grand Canyon, Bryce & Zion
When it comes to unique landscapes, it’s hard to top the American Southwest! Surreal rock formations reveal a diverse and ancient geology, and provide a rare perspective into the evolution of the planet. Follow expert guides on our September 10 departure and we’ll donate 10% of the trip price per guest to the US National Park Service.
Departs: September 10, 2017 • Get Trip Details
Join MTS to explore and support the lands of the elusive, enchanting, and tragically endangered Bengal Tiger. We feel strongly about contributing to The Fund for the Tiger, a non-profit founded by our Save the Tiger trip designer and leader Brian Weirum. Trip members make their contribution by taking the trip, as MTS is pleased to donate $300 per person on each Save the Tiger departure. Since the program’s inception, Save the Tiger has raised over $300,000 in combined MTS contributions, additional voluntary contributions made by trip members, and recurring contributions made by past trip members to protect these beautiful, exotic beasts while increasing public awareness about tigers' status as a highly endangered species. By the end of 2017, The Fund for the Tiger expects to contribute over one million dollars into the field in India and Nepal to save the tiger!
Departs: March 13, 2018 (Led by Brian Weirum) Get Trip Details
Rafting Rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
Tucked away in Alaska’s far northeast, the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) is the northernmost—and largest—refuge within the United States. Since 1972, we’ve been running river trips on the Kongakut, Canning, and Noatak Rivers that snake through the ANWR, always taking a Leave No Trace approach. However, the ANWR is under threat and we have teamed up with the Alaska Wilderness League to support their sustained efforts to conserve land and beat back attempts to drill. We will donate 10% of the trip price per guest on all 2018 departures of our ANWR river trips.
Departs: Summer 2018 • Call for Details