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Escape Hot List: From trekking in Nepal to foraging on the Isle of Skye

Your own Nepalese adventure

Independent trekkers can now journey to the Everest region at their own pace on the first self-guided trip to the Himalayas. This pioneering 11-day expedition from World Expeditions, which starts and finishes in Lukla, Nepal, is ideal for groups of friends and includes seven nights in eco campsites and plenty of maps. From £1,050, excluding international flights, worldexpeditions.com

Ocean or pool — you decide

THAT first reveal of a hotel room can be either thrilling or, well, disappointing. If you’re not a fan of surprises, opt for Thomas Cook’s new Choose Your Room service, which is currently available in 28 hotels across Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Turkey. Early risers can enjoy a room with sunrise views, while families can settle close to the kids’ club and late sleepers can hand-pick one as far away from it as possible. The service costs £27, thomascook.com

A Skye foraging mission to whet the appetite

When Ray Mears explores the Isle of Skye he does so with Kinloch Lodge’s guide or ‘Ghillie’ Mitchell Partridge, who will also be leading the hotel’s new five-hour autumn foraging missions. From October 28, epicurean hunters can discover north-west Scotland’s edible mushrooms, wild garlic, mussels, samphire and delicious-sounding scurvy grass. Then it’s back to the cosy 19-room lodge for a three-course lunch in Marcello Tully’s Michelin-starred dining room. From £220 for two, kinloch-lodge.co.uk

On a baggage binge? Well, pack it in!

We travellers know that the bigger the suitcase, the more you take with you. Antler’s sleek new medium case from its Atom range might just help us with those excess baggage fees. £249, antler.co.uk