Nowhere left to explore? Think again says Secret Compass
Brand new adventure world-firsts from expedition company Secret Compass confirm that there really are still many places to discover - and new methods through which to discover them. Explore Secret Compass's pioneering upcoming expeditions below.
Tom Bodkin, company CEO, said, "Secret Compass expeditions have achieved world firsts and won Guinness records. Look hard enough at a remote region or creatively enough at an exploratory challenge and the ideas will arise. World firsts and original adventure experiences are definitely still out there."
SECRET COMPASS EXPEDITIONS FOR 2016/2017
DRC (06/16): jungle, volcanic peak and gorilla trekking in Virunga National Park NEW
Afghanistan (07/16): highaltitude trek in the Wakhan Corridor National Park
Armenia (08/16): exploration of a fabled land and its UNESCOprotected mountains
Kamchatka (08/16): head to Russia to trek among Eurasia's highest active volcanoes
Kyrgyzstan (09/16): bikepacking expedition to mountain bike (MTB) the Silk Road
UK (09/16): two miniexpedition styled weekend adventures in Wales NEW
Sinai (09/16): minimalistic, camelsupported desert trek with the Bedouin
Burmese Nagaland (10/16): first ascent trek to summit SE Asia's highest peak NEW
Ethiopia (10/16): expedition to explore the Simien Mountains and villages by MTB
Iran (10/16): 'Desert Stars and Solitude': a Lut Desert traverse
Chad (01/17): exploring the Sahara's volcanic heartland and highest peak NEW
Siberia (03/17): reindeer migration across frozen gulfs with the Nenets nomads
Bhutan (04/17): trek to scale a 5,000m+ peak in this Himalayan Buddhist Kingdom NEW
Panama (03/17): delve into the notorious Darien gap on a petroglyph hunt…
Iraqi Kurdistan (04/17): exploring the trekking peaks of the Zagros Mountains
Madagascar (04/17): an epic trek and raft 'peak to sea' adventure
North Korea (05/17): remote Nat. Park exploration in this ultra-secret state NEW
Gabon (2017 TBC): trek and packraft across Gabon's wildlife rich Equator (new in 2016)
Mongolia (2017 TBC): first ascent expedition in the remote Mongolian Altai (new in 2016)
Bodkin continued, "Secret Compass sent the first commercial team to cross the notorious Darien Gap, to scale war-torn South Sudan's highest peak and to film mountain biking in Afghanistan. We created this company to achieve the extraordinary and we're not slowing down.
"Original feats this summer include a packraft adventure across Gabon's Equator, a first ascents expedition in Mongolia, and volcano summit attempts in the DRC's Virunga National Park - the first time the park's inner reaches have admitted a commercial group.
"For eight days this August bank holiday, our Armenia team will explore the ridges and trekking peaks of the remote Lesser Caucasus in a manner even local guides have described as impressive!
"As long as people seek to push their limits in the world's wildest places, we'll continue scouring the history books, the maps and the planet's remaining challenges to devise creative and often world-first expeditions. Sating the desires of today's demanding adventure travellers keeps us on our toes."
Communications director, Kerry O'Neill, said, "Genuinely new expeditions, culturally immersive experiences and methods of travel are what make Secret Compass stand out at the tougher end of the adventure travel market."
O'Neill concluded, "Prefer no selfie sticks, no other visitors and little tourism infrastructure?
With its military background, expedition company Secret Compass is renowned for offering expeditions and adventure travel to countries eschewed by most operators due to their remoteness, post-conflict reputations or inaccessibility.
For 2016 and into 2017, Secret Compass destinations include Afghanistan, Armenia, Bhutan, Burma, Chad, Ethiopia, Gabon, Iran, Kurdistan, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, North Korea, Panama, Siberia and the Sinai desert. Activities range from mixed-terrain trekking and minimalist desert traverses, to mountain-biking, packrafting and culturally immersive experiences.
For further press information about Secret Compass (or its TV and Film, Bespoke or Brand Projects departments)
Kerry O'Neill, Comms Director, Secret Compass.