How do I join a Secret Compass expedition?

Find everything you need to know to join a Secret Compass expedition.
(In brief: you choose your ultimate expedition, complete the online Application Form, receive an in-depth Travel Instructions document, submit the Booking Form with your deposit, and it’s official. Pay the balance 90 days prior to travel. Easy!)


Is this a holiday?

While you may well use your annual leave to join a Secret Compass expedition, they are expeditions, not tours. We have rough, outline itineraries and team aims and goals; we generally do not have and cannot provide you with a day by day, blow by blow itinerary of what will happen on a given expedition. Because we don’t necessarily know what will happen and that’s the beauty of expeditionary travel.


What is the Secret Compass ethos?

Secret Compass redefines what is possible by creating pioneering projects in the world’s wildest places. Secret Compass is built around a team of trusted experts who combine a passion for exploration with industry-leading professionalism. Secret Compass reignites your primal need for adventure, providing the catalyst for you to come alive and achieve the extraordinary. Read Our Approach to get a feel for who we are and how we run our expeditions, to decide if joining a team is the right decision for you.


Who goes on your expeditions?

View our Team Member Testimonials to get an idea of our team members.


How do I prepare for an expedition?

Here are our basic guidelines for expedition preparation. Here is our recommended 12-week Expedition Training Advice programme.


Will I need a visa?

Find out on our Visa Advice for Expeditions page. If this doesn’t tell you what you need to do, then do some research relevant to your nationality and the country you will be applying in to see what the most up to date advice is. Still cannot find the answer you’re looking for? Send us an email and we’ll do our best to help.


What kit, clothing and equipment do I need for expeditions?

Read our kit and clothing recommendations. The comprehensive Travel Instructions document that each teammate received upon booking will also contain an exhaustive kit list, detailing what is compulsory and what is a ‘nice to have’.


What travel insurance do I need?

This is an important – and absolutely compulsory – element of your pre-trip planning. Read our Travel Insurance advice as this can be a complex issue. If you have questions concerning your particular expedition that aren’t answered in your Travel Instructions, we’d love to help give you peace of mind. Contact us at any time.


Is your Risk Management robust?

Read about our rigorous, military-grade Risk Management methods.


Can you help plan my own expedition or give me advice?

We’d love to help you plan your next expedition professionally, and our Bespoke Adventure Consultancy has been set up to do just this. Depending on your budget and time frame, we can help with anything from a stand-alone pre-departure risk or medical assessment to full planning, logistics, staffing and back-up on the ground. Contact us today to discuss your expedition aspirations. We are a small and very busy team so although we’d love to, are not able to provide expedition advice for ventures in which we are not involved.


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