2018 Sobek Heritage Rafting Trips

2018 Rafting Trips with John Yost

Brief descriptions of the trips follow, in chronological order.  If you have questions or would like the detailed itineraries for any of these trips contact:

John Yost at wantokwhitenile@gmail.com for more information.

**’Tis the season, so I’m throwing in a bonus gift. If you sign up for one of these trips below, you’ll also receive a signed copy of Rivergods, the seminal coffee table book that recounts the early Sobek exploratories.


World Rivers:  Morocco                                                          March 24 – April 4, 2018

A new and improved version of this old favorite, with day trips on two new rivers to go with the rollicking three-day Ahanssel River canyon.  Still featured are the Atlas Mountains, the magic of Marrakech, souks, Berber towns and forts, and the Sahara by camel back.  Guaranteed departure


NEW!  World Rivers:  Iran                                                                May 8 – 20, 2018

Yes, Iran.  On the edge of this largely desert country are mountains and rivers.  We raft four of them, visit the attractions of Tehran and Isfahan, enjoy home stays with local Iranians, and immerse ourselves in the wonders of ancient Persia.  Only four spaces left!


The Tons River, India                                                                May 26 – June 6, 2018

We’ve listed this Class IV+ whitewater wonder before but this trip is special, a commemorative journey celebrating the first descent of the river led by the late Sobek guide Jack Morison.  We warm up by rafting the Ganges, hike briefly into the Himalayas, raft the Tons in three sections broken up with stays in a mountain lodge, and experience a little-visited corner of India.


NEW!  World Rivers:  Japan                                                            June 16 – 24, 2018

Not just any part of Japan but its last remaining wilderness on the northern island of Hokkaido.  We raft four sparkling mountain streams, hike in two of Japan’s finest national parks, spend the nights soaking at hot springs inns, eat great Japanese food, and get a taste of the culture that makes Japan special.


NEW!  Honduras River Exploratory                                           August 18 – 28, 2018

These days it’s surprising to find even a creek that a raft hasn’t found, but this is much more than that.  125 miles of wild river, mainly Class III with a few IVs for good measure, that we’ve checked out by kayak.  Most of this has never been rafted so this is a very rare opportunity to participate in a significant first raft descent.


World Rivers:  Guatemala                                                        September 1 – 11, 2018

Each time we run this trip we find a way to improve it, but this time we’ve outdone ourselves, adding a fourth river and a fabulous limestone cavern, eliminating 12+ hours of driving, and keeping Tikal, the Afro-Caribbean coast, Lago Izabal, Spanish colonial forts and architecture, the mountains and the rainforest.


NEW!  Rio Usumacinta, Guatemala/Mexico                         November 17 – 29, 2018

The River of the Sacred Monkey has been run for decades but is new to Wantok.  It’s a week of Class II-III boating featuring day-long visits to two major Mayan ruins, the rainforest of the Peten, lovely landscapes and great campsites plus an expert Mayan archaeologist to enhance our appreciation of the wonders we see.


A note from your rafting guide: If you’re hankering for one of our classic adventures, please remember that for groups of four or more we can operate any of them, from expeditions like the Zanskar or Karnali rivers to World Rivers programs in Peru, Croatia, Ecuador and more.  Just let us know your dreams and we’ll help you live them.

See you on the rivers,

John

Contact John Yost at wantokwhitenile@gmail.com for more information.

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