Awards & Press

MT Sobek’s Awards

We are very proud of the awards that we have been nominated for, the accolades that we have won, and the press that we receive. For over 50+ years our itineraries have been honored as “Tour of a Lifetime”, “Trip of the Year”, and “World’s Best”. Here are just a few of our top honors.

Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists 2024

• Award-Winning Travel Specialists – MT Sobek

Adventure Travel Trade Association Award 2022

• 15+ Years of Leadership to Adventure Travel

AFAR’s Traveler’s Choice Award 2018

• Finalist Best Tour Operator – MT Sobek

Press & Media

MT Sobek has been featured in Travel+Leisure, Outside Magazine, Departures, Vogue, Skift, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, and many more top news outlets. Here are just a few select clippings.

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Condé Nast Top Travel Specialists 2024, Condé Nast Traveler — MT Sobek travel experts named Condé Nast Top Travel SpecialistsLou LaGrangeMike Augustine, and Nicole Russo. March 2024

The Access Issue, The A List — MT Sobek’s Custom Travel Expert Mike Augustine, a Travel+Leisure Top Travel Advisor, shares expert insights into planning a family trip in Badlands National Park, Custer State Park, and Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. February 2024

5 New Walking Trips for 2024, Everett Potter — The Alps Tour du Mont Blanc Hiking Tour from MT Sobek is “The Classic Three Country Mountain Loop.” It’s an itinerary filled with lakes, glaciers, larch forests, Alpine meadows, and astounding vistas throughout. Accommodations are in comfortable mountain hotels, and it’s a chance to experience the culture, cuisine, and landscapes of three countries.” February 2024

A-List Travel Advisor Mike Augustine, Travel + Leisure — MT Sobek’s Mike Augustine has been named an “A-List Top Travel Advisor and US National Park Specialist.” February 2024

2024 Bucket List Trips For Every Kind Of Adventure And Active Travel, Larry Olmstead — “Of the many guided companies that offer the TMB, my pick would be Mt Sobek, one of the longest established and most highly regarded outdoor adventure companies. Their itineraries feature better hotels, and they offer both a 12-day version that does the full traditional 99-mile loop and an 8-day “express” version” January 2024


These 10 Epic Trips Are Adventurous and Eco-Friendly, Kelsey Lindsey — “What we love. Mountain Travel Sobek’s 22-day “Balkans Via Dinarica Hiking Tour” winds through Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro, Kosovo, and Albania. Guides who grew up in the region point the way through remote alpine villages, old-growth forests, and six national parks. Hikers can also raft the Tara River Canyon and visit Bled, Slovenia, and Stari Grad, Croatia.” October 2023

5 Reasons To Visit Bhutan, One Of Travel’s Hottest Destinations, Larry Olmstead —  Mountain Travel Sobek is featured as a “long established and well-respected active travel operator with years of experience in Bhutan, offering some more active trekking options.” September 2023

5 New Walking Trips for 2024, Everett Potter — “The France Alps GR5 Trekking Tour from MT Sobek is a historic trek in the Alps along ancient trade routes that lead from the mountains down to the Mediterranean Sea. You’ll travel through remote valleys and wildflower-filled meadows, and explore three pristine French Alps National Parks: Vanoise, Queyras, and Mercantour.” August 2023

Condé Nast Top Travel Specialists 2023, Condé Nast Traveler — Four MT Sobek travel experts named Condé Nast Top Travel SpecialistsLou LaGrangeAndrea MahaffeyMike Augustine, and Nicole Russo. March 2023

5 All-American Adventure Trips for 2023, Everett Potter — ” For those seeking to test their mettle, the California John Muir Trail Northbound to Yosemite Trek Tour from MT Sobek promises a Level 5 experience, which translates to a trip designed for the seasoned hiker.” February 2023

A-List Travel Advisor Mike Augustine, Travel + Leisure — MT Sobek’s Mike Augustine has been named an “A-List Top Travel Advisor and US National Park Specialist.” February 2023

Across Mongolia on Horseback, Family Travel Forum — MT Sobek’s Mongolia Horse Trek, led by Thomas L. Kelly and Carroll Dunham, is featured. “Few adventures that match the magnitude and exoticism of exploring Mongolia on horseback among authentic nomadic tribes.” February 2023

5 New Multi-Adventure Trips for 2023, Everett Potter — “MT Sobek is in the forefront of multi-adventure tours and their Greece:Tinos, Naxos & Santorini Multi-Adventure Tour is an active way of experiencing the Greek Isles”. November 2022

Adventure Travel Company MT Sobek Unveils Even More Exotic Trips for 2023, James Shillinglaw — MT Sobek’s new range of adventures are featured, including adventure tours in Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Tajikistan. October 2022

5 New Walks for 2023, Everett Potter — MT Sobek is chosen as one of “a handful of great tour companies specializing in organized walks” and showcases the new New Zealand North Island Hiking adventure. September 2022

9 Best Group Companies to Climb Kilimanjaro With, Caroline Morse Teel — MT Sobek is chosen at one of the best adventure companies to summit Kilimanjaro with. “Fortunately, MT Sobek has done the research for you, and follows a unique trail over the Machame Route, through the Great Barranco Valley, and over the Western Breach for some of the most beautiful views on the mountain. This path also allows for plenty of time to acclimatize (including spending the night in Kibo’s crater before making the summit push), contributing to the company’s 98 percent success rate.” June 2022

Japan Reopening For Group Tours: What You Need to Know Now, Bill Fink — MT Sobek expert Julie McCormack gives insider perspectives on planning a trip to Japan and what to expect traveling there, post Covid. June 2022

MT Sobek Named #1 Best Adventure Travel Company 2022 — “MT Sobek have been leaders in the adventure travel industry for more than half a century.” May 2022

Five Slow Walks in Europe This Fall, Everett Potter — MT Sobek’s Alpe Adria Hiking adventure is featured as a top slow walk. “The hiking is great, but so are the cultural components of the three countries as you take in the best part of the Alpe Adria Trail.” April 2022

Five Bucket List Hiking Adventures for 2022, Everett Potter — MT Sobek’s Peru Sacred Valley & Machu Picchu Hiking trip is featured as a top bucket-list adventure. January 2022

Adventure Designer Richard Bangs Dishes Out 2022’s Most Desired Destinations, Caroline Diana — “We have created special experiences for Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Barry Diller, Martha Stewart, Peter Guber, and many others,” says Richard Bangs, the co-founder of MT Sobek. January 2022

Five Adventure Trips With Bragging Rights, Everett Potter — “MT Sobek created this trip for experienced hikers, a high-altitude trek in the Cordillera Blanca.” November 2021

The 10 Best Group Travel Tour Companies for 2021, Caroline Morse Teel — MT Sobek is chosen at the Best Adventure Tour Company. “MT Sobek has hundreds of incredible adventures that will satisfy all adrenaline-addicts.” October 2021

MT Sobek Named #1 Best Adventure Travel Company 2020 — “MT Sobek have been leaders in the adventure travel industry for more than half a century.” September 2020

The Travel Gurus You Should Use to Plan Your Next Trip, Klara Glowczewska — MT Sobek adventure experts are included as travel gurus for custom adventures in the United States. June 2020

What the Future of Adventure Travel Looks Like, Erin Riley — Travel is poised to make a strong comeback, according to experts. ““Adventure travelers are by nature more intrepid, more willing to make the sacrifices needed to experience the extraordinary, and they will likely lead the way,” says Richard Bangs, cofounder of the adventure company MT Sobek.” May 2020

These Are 2020’s Top Travel Trends, Jessica Flint — MT Sobek travel expert Anne Wood discusses phasing our single-use plastic bottles on trips. January 2020

10 Places to Travel In 2020—Before Everyone Else Does, Sarah Clemence — “Sophisticated, intrepid travelers are increasingly seeking out the natural and cultural riches of the oldest independent country in Africa. Particularly notable: Simien Mountains National Park, medieval rock-hewn churches in Lalibela, and Lucy, one of the oldest hominid fossils….Next year, pioneering travel outfitter MT Sobek offers a new 10-day trip that includes a lodge-to-lodge trek in the Simien Mountains. October 2019

Top 10 Tour Operators, John Wogan — MT Sobek is named a Top 10 Tour Operator in Travel+Leisure’s World’s Best Awards 2019. July 2019


How to Choose the Right Tour Operator for Your Next Epic Trip, Josephine Parr — MT Sobek is featured as a top tour operator. “Choosing to work with a travel company or tour operator removes the stress and guesswork, allowing you to relax and enjoy the experience.” April 2019

Incredible Wellness Experiences, MT Sobek’s Sierra Nevada and John Muir Trail adventures are featured as “unexpected California experiences to recharge your body, mind, and spirit.” September 2018

World’s Most Romantic Adventures, Michaela Trimble — Scale mountains and enjoy pastoral bliss on MT Sobek’s Hiking Slovenia’s Julian Alps, named one of the world’s most romantic adventures. February 2018

9 Destinations Every Adventurous Woman Should Visit, Michaela Trimble — “If you whisper the words Via Dinarica in a room of adventure travelers, heads will turn.” MT Sobek’s 22-day Via Dinarica adventure is featured. December 2016

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