We’re used to reading about them in the headlines, but what more do you really know about the nations wrapped up in conflict?
There’s always another story to be told and by venturing deep into the countries believed by most to be off-limits, Secret Compass is busy discovering the culture, communities and epic landscapes beyond the frontline.
Trekking in Afghanistan may have dodged bucket-list status but the country’s snow-capped Pamir mountains and their verdant valleys have enticed curious adventurers for centuries. Join the privileged few ever to have explored the Wakhan Corridor on foot. Reach its 3500m+ peaks and explore the flourishing Wakhan National Park on this epic journey over high-altitude passes and through colourful nomadic encampments.
Kurdistan’s jagged Zagros mountains have historically guarded the high passes into Persia. One of the kings of this snow-capped range is Mount Halgurd, the highest climbable peak in Iraq. From the mosques and bazaars of Erbil’s ancient citadel to the country’s highest summit, this trekking expedition to Iraqi Kurdistan is culture, camaraderie and crampons in one neat adventure bundle.
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North Korea inspires thoughts of secrecy, of hidden Asia and of propaganda-filled headlines. The reality on the ground tells a different story, with curious cuisines and cloud-coated, off-piste peaks to explore. Go one further than merely visiting one of the world’s most isolated and elusive states this year: venture into its wildest reaches – including the Mysterious Fragrant Mountain – on this conversation-starting trek adventure of the year.
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Secret Compass redefines what is possible by creating pioneering projects in the world’s wildest places. Secret Compass is built around a team of trusted experts who combine a passion for exploration with industry-leading professionalism. Secret Compass reignites your primal need for adventure, providing the catalyst for you to come alive and achieve the extraordinary. Upcoming destinations include Afghanistan, Armenia, Bhutan, Burma, Iran, Iraqi Kurdistan, Madagascar, North Korea, Panama, Siberia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Chad and the southern Sinai.
Secret Compass for TV, film and brand projects
Secret Compass is trusted by production companies and brands to create and 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 and Walking the Himalayas series, alongside projects for the BBC, National Geographic, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel. Brand clients to date include Mitsubishi, Sony, Nespresso, Giro, Xbox and Jagermeister.
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