Is your adventure calendar coming up nothing but blanks for the year ahead? Well fear not, it’s not too late to take on an epic challenge in 2020 and achieve something extraordinary. All Secret Compass expeditions are designed to get like-minded people together working collectively towards an adventurous objective, be that world-first mountaineering ascents, a desert crossing, jungle trek or river descent.
So whether you’re looking to learn new skills, discover a way of life you never thought possible, or be one of a select few to pioneer an incredible new route, with newly launched expeditions, confirmed teams and new dates added, we’ve got the adventure to get you out there this year.
Below, we’ve featured a few ideas to get the adventure cogs spinning, but if you’re not sure which expedition is best suited to you or perhaps you have your own ideas, why not get in touch with one of our experts?
Trek Afghanistan’s Wakhan Corridor
3 AUG 2020 – 24 AUG 2020
Did you miss out on securing a place on the 2020 Wakhan expedition team? Well with the applications flooding the Secret Compass office even after this year’s Wakhan Corridor expedition reached maximum numbers, we launched an additional team for August 2020.
So, what can you expect from what’s proved to be our most popular team expedition of recent years? Trekking between the Big Pamir and Little Pamir ranges in the Wakhan Corridor, the team will cross remote high passes and icy river crossings in Afghanistan’s newest National Park. Expect long arduous days, steep rocky trails and mind blowing landscapes in one of the most culturally rewarding places on Earth.
Discover Socotra, The Jewel of the Arabian Sea
15 APR 2020 – 22 APR 2020
Isolated for years due to its extreme location and civil war, this is a unique opportunity to go where so few have visited, the island of Socotra. This 120km camel supported trek will see the team follow the Hajhir Massif from coast to coast through its dramatic gorges and rolling plateaus, experiencing its endemic flora and fauna and learning why this island is dubbed the Galapagos of the Indian Ocean.
Explore Virunga, Africa’s Oldest National Park
04 JUL 2020 – 18 JUL 2020
This is your chance to navigate the dense jungles of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, home to the critically endangered mountain gorillas, and learn of the fight for peace and stability on the frontline of conservation. You’ll hike to the smoking lava lake of Mount Nyiragongo to sleep on its crater rim before exploring the gorillas’ natural habitat. Then to the soaring peaks of the Rwenzori mountains in Uganda with their glaciated summits, dubbed the Mountains of the Moon.
Experience the Mongolian Steppe on Horseback
30 AUG 2020 – 15 SEP 2020
Exploring the foothills of the Altai mountains in Far-Western Mongolia, this team will adopt the traditional way of life on this wilderness journey. This is the perfect opportunity to develop riding skills as you cover varied and challenging terrain in the company of experienced Kazakh Eagle Hunters before celebrating at the Sagsai Eagle Festival to see first hand over 6,000 years of Kazakh culture and eagle hunting skills.
Discover the Best of The Brecon Beacons
24 APR 2020 – 26 APR 2020 / 26 JUN 2020 – 28 JUN 2020 / 11 SEP 2020 – 13 SEP 2020
Not sure you’re ready to commit to a full on Secret Compass expedition? Then why not try one of our adventure weekends in Wales? With a group of like-minded people, you’ll get a taste of life on expedition with one of our fully qualified expedition leaders, try your hand at packrafting, abseil a waterfall, climb the region’s highest peak and wild camp in one of the wildest spaces in the UK.