Now you can plan the ultimate expeditions of the decade
A pioneering expedition company creating exploratory ventures promises you uninhabited wilderness. This while they present invaluable opportunities to travel among the locals on journeys inspired by longstanding traditions and intrinsic relationships with their environment!
While today’s technological advances in transportation offer plenty in efficiency and comfort, there are travellers of a bold and altogether more resilient variety who choose to strip it back to basics in their desire for immersive experiences.
Having carved out an existence in undeveloped, remote and wild places which at times are harsh and unforgiving, these people have spent millennia harnessing human, animal and wind power to travel across land and sea. For those seeking an authentic experience – who better to look to for inspiration?
While the Polynesians sailed their way into the history books by populating the Pacific islands – earning them recognition as one of the greatest seafaring peoples of all time – the Melanesians of Papua New Guinea’s South Pacific islands are better known for their trading traditions. From as early as 3000 BC, these islanders have navigated the shallow coral seas in canoes with paddles and double-hulled canoes with sails known as Sailous to fish and trade with neighbouring communities.
This October a small and intrepid team will embark on a 12-day exploratory voyage by sea kayak within the Louisades Archipelago. Paddling up to 20km a day, they will take advantage of the prevailing trade winds second nature to the seafaring Melanesian locals to navigate a route from east to west. On the way, they’ll visit the island communities and learn of the marine heritage and traditions which have defined their existence, from trading partnerships to fishing techniques.
The plains of the Eurasian steppe are tightly weaved with equine tradition. From the cavalry of Genghis Khan’s empire to the remaining herds of modern nomads, Mongolia is defined by its native stocky breed of horse. Since the 19th century, semi-nomadic Kazakh Eagle Hunters have roamed the mountains and steppes on horseback, relying on their domestic livestock and their ancient partnership with Golden Eagles to maintain their way of life.
Taking the reins this September, a team will depart on a 17-day expedition into the Mongolian Altai in the company of Kazakh Eagle Hunters. Keeping their tradition alive, these nomads employ the reliability of their horses and the agility and power of Golden Eagles to hunt on these vast plains, as their ancestors have done for an estimated 6,000 years. The expedition will finish at a local Eagle Festival, a celebration of the skills and partnership between animal, bird and man in daring displays of horsemanship and hunting.
Sandwiched between the Mediterranean and the Red Sea, the Sinai Peninsula is the bridge of land between Asia and Africa. Up until the 19th century, the Bedouin roamed this unforgiving landscape with little more than their camels, goats and the clothes on their backs. From developing unique cooking techniques to maintaining their camels and herds, these nomadic tribes of Arabia fostered a deep connection with the desert.
Donning an authentic Bedouin cloak, blanket, carpet and water bladder, a small team of open-minded individuals will embrace a digital detox to set off on a 16-day long minimalist 230km desert crossing in the company of Bedouin tribesmen. Carrying the minimum amount of kit in keeping with their companions, the team will leave everything else behind to strip it back to basics to keep within the spirit of this unique adventure.
For truly bespoke adventures, contact Secret Compass to help you conquer the extraordinary in the world’s wildest places.
- Discover the remote islands of the Louisiades Archipelago.
- Complete a frontier sea kayak adventure, and chance encounters with marine and island wildlife.
- Explore the rich biodiversity of volcanic and coral islands.
- Meet, share stories and trade with local Melanesian families.
- Seek out new deserted island campsites every night.
- Visit island schools and villages.
- Stark scenic beauty of Mongolia’s National Parks.
- Find companionship in your native Mongol horse.
- Ride with the locals – horse breeders and Kazakh Eagle Hunters.
- Diverse riding terrain; meadows, woods, open steppe and alpine passes.
- Learn key skills from your hosts and guides, passed down for generations.
- Try your hand at local horseback games.
- Fascinating Eagle Festival
- Trek 230km between the Gulfs of Aqaba and Suez
- Summit Egypt’s highest peak plus other mountains
- Travel in a nomadic, minimalistic manner
- Buy food and trade camels with the Bedouin en route
- Sleep beneath the desert stars