UNESCO and Iran’s Lut Desert

media release: 01/08/16

media release: 01/08/16

Lut desert joins UNESCO list

On 17 July 2016 eight new sites of global importance were inscribed to UNESCO’s World Heritage List including the Lut desert (the Dasht-e-Lut) in the Islamic Republic of Iran, location of the upcoming Secret Compass Iran ‘Desert Stars and Solitude‘ expedition.

Secret Compass’s 2016 Iran expedition team will include up to 12 amateur explorers, who’ll set out to cross a desert that has only ever been traversed on foot once before – by the Secret Compass team in 2015.

Communications director, Kerry O’Neill, said, “With its ex-military background, Secret Compass is known for organising unique expeditions in remote or extreme environments. Ambitious adventure travellers come to us when they’ve ticked everywhere else off their list for they know we provide unusual and physically challenging expeditions that they just can’t find anywhere else.

“The Lut desert expedition team is always extremely popular as this expedition is so unique. We welcome applications from anyone with a fit and healthy lifestyle who is keen to join this tough desert trek through an environment recognised by UNESCO as being of global importance.”


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Notes for editors

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Expedition Types include Epic, Cultural Immersion, Adventure Academy and Classics Redefined. Expedition styles include mixed-terrain trekking, jungle trekking and minimalist desert traverses, to mountain-biking, rafting and horseback expeditions. Secret Compass welcomes applications from anyone with a good level of fitness who’s keen to achieve the extraordinary in the world’s wildest places.

Secret Compass destinations

View current expeditions filtered by region here. Past, current and upcoming destinations include Afghanistan, Argentina, Armenia, Bhutan, Burma/ Myanmar, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Egypt’s southern Sinai desert, Ethiopia, Gabon, Georgia, Greenland, the Himalayas, Iceland, India (Arunachal Pradesh), Iran (Mount Damavand and the Lut Desert), Iraqi Kurdistan, Kamchatka, Kilimanjaro, Kyrgyzstan, Madagascar, Malawi, Mongolia, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, North Korea, Panama, Papua New Guinea (PNG), Siberia, Socotra, South Sudan, Sudan (the Bayuda desert), Uganda, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and more.

Secret Compass TV and Film

Secret Compass TV and Film is trusted by production companies and brands to capture the extraordinary in remote and wild regions thanks to its unrivalled location and risk-management expertise. Credits include location-managing Channel 4’s Walking the Nile/ Himalayas and Americas series with Levison Wood, alongside projects for the BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet, the Discovery Channel and more.

Secret Compass Brand Projects

Secret Compass Brand Projects works with brands on projects designed to create the extraordinary in the world’s wildest places. Unique branded content and other projects have to date been staged in destinations from South Sudan and the DRC to Greenland and Finnish Lapland. Clients to date include Mitsubishi, Sony, Nespresso, Giro, Xbox and Jagermeister.


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