8 life-altering tours for those seeking the untouched

by Elisa Parry

Experiences so unique you won’t find them on Instagram...

Love to travel, but hitting up the tourist hot spots isn’t really your thing? We hear you. Some of the best travel memories are made when you get the chance to live like a local in a foreign place. We’re talking about taking rewarding journeys through some pretty remote destinations. If you’re looking to take the path less-travelled, these boutique international tours could be the type of life-changing experience you’re after.

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Llama pack project hiking trip in Peru – 2 days

Planning a trip to South America and got a couple of days to spare in Peru? If you’re up for an adventure (and a hike!) join the Llama Pack Project on this two-day trek to Chana Chana. The Llama Pack Project aids the development of high-Andean communities and helps to conserve mountain ecosystems – so you’ll be supporting an awesome cause. Not to mention you’ll enjoy the unforgettable experience of getting to know your local guides (and their llamas) as you take in the stunning views of the Sacred Valley.

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Arab delights tour in Oman – 3 nights

Heading to the UAE? Once you’ve experienced the opulence of Abu Dhabi or Dubai and you’re ready to head off the beaten track, you can’t pass up the chance to discover the untouched Musandam Peninsula. Can you see yourself on a 4WD safari adventure in the Musandam Mountains? How about cruising the coastline in a traditional dhow? If you’re looking for adventure at every turn, this action-packed Arabian Delights tour is an awesome way to explore a whole other side to the UAE.

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Tour Mongolia and live with a Nomadic family – 4 days

This is one of those experiences you’ll cherish for a lifetime. Experience Mongolia like a true local while living with a traditional Nomadic family in their cosy ger. Once you’ve finished helping with the daily chores you might get the chance to go for a hike or ride through the magnificent Terelj National Park. If you truly like to travel like a local, this is about as culturally immersive as it gets.

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Eastern secrets of Thailand – 5 days

This is not your average Thailand trip. On this experience, you’ll get the chance to discover a quieter side to this stunning country away from the tourist hotspots, participate in an eco-tourism project and stay with local hosts so you can experience a villager’s way of life first hand.

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Travel with the reindeer tribes of Mongolia – 9 nights

Looking to head way off the beaten track? Ride on horseback through the spectacular landscapes of Mongolia before spending time with the nomadic Tsaachin tribe who have a spiritual connection to the reindeers they live with. Prepare for a life-altering journey that will give you a glimpse into a fascinating way of life in a truly remote part of the world. If you’re a budding photographer, you’ll be able to capture these special memories with the help of your guide, professional photographer Chris Van Ryn.

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Soul tour of Nepal with accommodation and meals – 9 nights

Step off the tourist trails on this ten day tour of Nepal where you’ll get the chance to search for rhinos, visit ancient temples, work the fields with local farmers and spend time with monks at a working monastery. This is more than just a holiday, this is the kind of experience that will stay with you forever.

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Georgia trekking tour – 11 nights

Looking for a holiday completely off the tourist radar? It’s time to go trekking through the fabled and mysterious mountain region of Svaneti, Georgia. Embark on an enchanting journey where you’ll stay with friendly locals in quaint stone villages, dine on local cuisine and wine, as well as visit UNESCO heritage listed religious sites along the way.

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Snow leopard tracking in India hiking trip – 15 nights

Wonderful things happen when you have the courage to step outside of your comfort zone. On this epic adventure, you’ll hike and camp in India’s Hemis National Park as you track one of the most protected snow leopards in the world. With the help of your experienced guides you’ll have the opportunity to see the “ghost of the mountains” in their natural habitat.

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