Outside’s Travel Award winners were selected by the company’s global network of correspondents, who spent months on the road travelling from the Philippines to Switzerland to Namibia and then some, to report a definitive roundup of the best new adventures, secret paradises and mountain epics.
As well as looking at the overall experience, the Outside team took into account the quality of the operating company and the “awe factor” of the trip. Other finalists included Chile’s Futaleufu River, Zambia’s Zambezi River, the US’s Colorado River, Tibet’s Drigung Chu River, and Peru’s Rio Cotahuasi River.
According to World Expeditions’ Domestic General Manager, Chris Buykx, winning the Award is recognition for the long-term sustainability of the Franklin River Rafting trip.
“World Expeditions pioneered this wilderness adventure back in 1978 and it’s gone on to become one of the world’s best examples of sustainability in wilderness adventure,” Buykx said. “The river environment is in better shape now than at any time since they attempted to build the Dam back in 1983.”
“The careful stewardship of the Franklin River guiding community has ensured that more than 30 years of commercial rafting operations has effectively left no trace on the wilderness,” he said.
The Franklin Award is the second to be awarded to World Expeditions in recent times. The company also won the Most Amazing Nature Tour, for its Everest Base Camp and Kala Pattar trek, in a competition arranged by TourRadar.
TourRadar, an on-line social platform for participants in organised group tours, awarded World Expeditions the Most Amazing Tour in the nature category, based on an analysis of what past participants in the trek wrote on-line about their experience. World Expeditions trekkers raved about the Everest base camp Kala Pattar trek for its spectacular natural beauty and because of the World Expeditions’ itinerary, which allows extra days to ensure there’s time to acclimatize.