Secret Compass works with local mountain guide, mountain rescue expert and president of the Armenian Alpine Club, Mkhitar.
Mkhitar said, “I like working with Secret Compass. They ask the right questions and take the right precautions in attempting to capture the spirit of Armenia, way out in the wild. They don’t want infrastructure and facilities, which allows their groups to experience Armenia’s natural environment undistracted. Their ambitious, exploratory trek appealed to me from the outset: they really are pioneering commercial trekking in the Southern Caucasus.”
Mkhitar concluded, “Visitors to Armenia are often retired people, doing day hikes with light packs. This is great, of course, but it was also refreshing to see Secret Compass’s dynamic teams take on some of Armenia’s high peaks in an adventurous, self-reliant way. Arevik has great potential with its many unclimbed peaks and historic sites. I hope it begins to get promoted more widely and look forward to welcoming more Secret Compass teams and independent trekkers in the future.”
Allen has been working in a similar region to Secret Compass’s Armenia expeditions, and knows a vast amount about the people, the local history and the region’s potential trekking routes – not to mention a good deal of the Armenian language.
Allen said, “My career in adventure to date has revolved around large-scale adventures, which often then inspire films, books and speaking engagements. Due to my more recent specialism in Armenia and the Caucasus – I live in Yerevan, Armenia’s capital – I am now keen to get more involved in planning and running expeditions myself.
“It’s great that Secret Compass is getting behind the creation of the Transcaucasian Trail and that any bookings coming from interest in the Transcaucasian project will generate a £100 donation to the cause.”