Who holidays in Iraq?

you could: climb Kurdistan's highest peak

Written by Jocelyn Broad Photography by Secret Compass

“Who in their right mind goes on holiday to Iraq?” Well, at Secret Compass we think that Iraq (the Iraqi Kurdistan region to be precise) is a top spot for those seeking real adventure and that those in their right minds are particularly likely to enjoy this expedition.

Our expeditions to Iraqi Kurdistan are always over-subscribed and will get you and your teammates beyond the headlines and out on the ground in a country that often finds itself in the news for the wrong reasons. Want to see for yourself what the Kurdistan region and its famously hospitable locals are actually like?


Visit Iraqi Kurdistan in spring

If you’ve exhausted your local mountain trekking routes (perhaps the Rockies or the Alps) and are keen to explore further afield, look no further than Iraqi Kurdistan with Secret Compass. The expedition film above reveals what happens on the Secret Compass expedition to Iraqi Kurdistan and might inspire you to crank the adventure up a notch this spring on one of our two trekking expeditions. Prepare to don the crampons and dust off the ice axes (provided by Secret Compass) on this epic above-the-snowline exploration of Kurdistan’s Zagros mountains. Who holidays in Iraq? You do.

Travel insurance for Iraqi Kurdistan

Secret Compass’s Get Ready section has loads of advice, tips and recommendations if you’re considering kit for expeditions, flights or travel insurance for  unusual regions. Visit the Travel Insurance section to get a quote for this expedition and perhaps see you on the team one spring…

The Journal

Adventure Inspiration

To receive expedition updates and adventure inspiration from Secret Compass, just add your email below.

See you on a team soon…

Terms and Conditions
  1. One entry per person.
  2. Closing date for entries is 12:00 JAN 19th.
  3. Entrants must be at least 18 years old.
  4. The prize includes: 1 ticket valid for one-day entry on either Saturday 20th or Sunday 21st January 2018
  5. Getting to the venue in London is the responsibility of the winner.
  6. The prize is only available from 20th – 21st August 2018.
  7. The prize cannot be exchanged for a cash alternative.
  8. The prize cannot be sold or used by anyone other than the winner.
  9. The promoter reserves the right to provide an alternative prize of similar value should the specified prize become unavailable for any reason.
  10. Neither the Promoter nor any other person or party associated with this promotion shall be liable for any loss or damage whatsoever suffered (including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential loss or damage) or personal injury or death suffered or sustained in connection with either participation in this promotion or with any prizes offered.
  11. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the terms of this prize and without notice in the unlikely event of a major catastrophe, war, earthquake or any anticipated or alleged breach of any applicable law or regulation or any similar event or if circumstances arise outside of its control.
  12. The winner will be selected randomly by Secret Compass on 19 JAN 2017.
  13. Attempts will be made to notify the winner using the email address provided at the time of entry. If the promoter, having used reasonable efforts, is unable to contact the winner, then the prize is forfeited and further draw(s) may be conducted.
  14. The winner may be required to take part in reasonable publicity as specified by the Promoter.
  15. The Promoter cannot be held liable for IT system failures or delays or loss of entries.
  16. The organiser reserves the right to cancel this competition, or to change any condition of this competition, without notice.
  17. Acceptance of these terms and conditions is a condition of entry.
  18. No purchase necessary.