YOUR NEXT ADVENTURE SHOULD BE RIVER BASED

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CLIMBING HALGURD

Considering where I was going, I was surprised how easy it was to get to. From London, a short flight to Vienna plus another connection and I’d landed in Erbil, …

CROSSING BAYUDA

In 1886 General Charles Gordon was killed in Khartoum by the forces of the Mahdi, the awaited prophet of Islam. A force of several thousand British with their camels had …

LEMONADE IN LAPLAND

Outdoor educators by profession, Huw Oliver and his partner Annie aren’t your ordinary fat-bikers. Drawn to colder climates where cycle tracks don’t exist and battling temperatures of -20°C is the …

UNCHARTED KYRGYZSTAN: FIRST ASCENTS AND WHISKY

Today, claiming a first ascent means synchronising several key ingredients. Firstly discernible geographical knowledge. Unclimbed mountains aren’t readily available in the nearest national park. A mountain with zero footfall means …

10 THINGS I LEARNED TRAINING AS A JUNGLE GUIDE

Founded to set the standard for quality and consistency in wilderness guiding in Canada, the Professional Association of Wilderness Guides and Instructors (PAWGI) now operates globally as a guide certification …

What is Buzkashi?

WHAT THE HELL IS BUZKASHI?

Before the game, the carcass is decapitated, gutted and soaked in water for the 24 hours ensuring it stays in one piece and sand is sometimes added for additional weight. …

HIGH PASSES YAKS AND BUZKASHI

Sandwiched by Tajikistan to the north and Pakistan to the south and lined by the high passes of the Hindu Kush, Pamir and the Karakoram mountains, a narrow finger of land …

THESE GIRLS ARE KAYAKING ACROSS THE CONTINENT

Self-supported, human-powered journeys are where it’s at. There’s a lot to be said for covering ground under your own steam and when your line of travel makes a tangible mark …

MOUNTAINSCAPES FROM KAZBEK

In mid June, our alpine skills course returned from Georgia. Tackling the slopes of Mount Kazbek (the country’s third highest peak) and the Gergeti Glacier – on the Russian border …

FELLOWSHIP OF CAMELS

A formidable constituent of the Sahara desert, the Bayuda desert is characterised partly by its people’s modern-day reliance on their camels. At the start of the year, a team of …

RELICS FROM THE TUNDRA

Remote and wind-blasted with a permafrost coating, separated by the Golf of Ob to the east and the Baydaratskaya Bay to the west, the Yamal Peninsula is home to about …

RIVER PEOPLE: FIRST DESCENT OF THE DULONG

As a river person myself, I’m really interested in how river based communities interact with the river and the relationship they have with the watercourse. From the traditional names for the …

STEPPING INTO OBLIVION

With a concoction of nerves, adrenaline and exhaustion running riot through their bodies, this is where January’s Venezuela expedition team faced their fears. Peering over the edge means the five …

Trekking in the Lut desert Iran

SAND STARS AND SOLITUDE

“We sounded like a bunch of school boys as we splashed and shouted in the pleasantly warm pool filled by a small waterfall. Nine days of trekking across a hot, …

THIRD TIME LUCKY

Four flights, one boat journey, one borderline off-road drive, one overloaded motorbike ride and six long, arduous days of seriously remote trekking later and our 2017 Burma team reached their …

REFLECTIONS OF SINAI

Our yearly traverse of the Sinai desert has now returned home to normality. With cleaner lungs and clearer minds, after a welcome pause from digital noise with little more than …

AGS PACKRAFTING WEEKEND

The folks behind the Adaptive Grand Slam are expanding their portfolio of adventure opportunities for disabled people and in doing so, they’ve teamed up with Secret Compass. In November 2017, …

SCALING AFRICA’S THIRD PEAK

In mid-September of 2017, Financial Times journalist Martin Fletcher embarked on a mission to reach the summit of Mt Stanley and Secret Compass helped him achieve that goal. Below is …

Volcanos in Kamchatka as shot on Secret Compass expedition by Cheryl Hindle

FIRE ICE AND BEARS IN THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST

Dividing the Pacific Ocean to the east and the Sea of Okhotsk to the west, Kamchatka is a 1,250 kilometre long peninsula of absolute isolation. It’s the home of Eurasia’s …

THE EDGE OF THE EARTH

In Siberia’s far north, a remote peninsula known as the Yamal-Nenets Autonomous Region sits within the Arctic Circle. It’s isolated. Roughly 2000km north-east of Moscow and separated by the mighty …

virunga national park

EXPEDITION HIGHLIGHTS: VIRUNGA

On their journey through the dramatic volcanic landscape, the team climbed to the Nyiragongo lava lake, encountered the mighty mountain gorillas, and learnt of the local community’s grassroots activism to …

The day's first rays of light make it over the mountain tops to grace the backs of the expedition team members ascending to the summit of Mt. Halgurd

MOMENTS LIKE THESE MAKE ALPINISM ADDICTIVE

Upon the unzipping of tents, the serene mix of sublime weather conditions and stillness that comes with a 4am start high above the snow line, hinted at a successful day …

THE DARIEN GAP

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There is definitely a reason Secret Compass runs expeditions not tours. You couldn’t feel further from being a tourist, their expeditions are such genuine experiences. The guides were absolutely 110% …

THE TRANSPANAMA THRU-HIKE

Panamanian Rick Morales has done what very few trekkers would even dare to attempt, let alone imagine: mapped out a new hiking trail across the length of his country. As …

Team Rubicon Haiti

OPERATION TROGON

In 2016 Secret Compass expedition leader Paul Taylor joined Team Rubicon on Operation Trogon in Haiti, working to assist those affected by the most powerful Caribbean hurricane in several years. A disaster …

MADE IN MADAGASCAR

The best thing about the expedition for me was seeing parts of the world you would never see unless you hiked there.  Only a few people will see the sights …

Crossing Bhutan

CROSSING BHUTAN

a human-powered journey through the land of Gross National Happiness