New year, new you? Push your travel boundaries with these exciting trips guaranteed to take you into a whole new world of adventure...
Cycling in Northern Vietnam (KE Adventures)
After exploring the stunning valleys around Sapa, you'll head towards Tram Ton Pass, the highest road pass in Vietnam, and a land of lofty mountains and steeply terraced valleys that the local Hmong call 'the land beyond the clouds'.
It's a journey that brings daily encounters with colourful hilltribes, many of whom see very few tourists.
After crossing into Laos at the remote Tay Trang border, you'll enjoy a spectacular ride through rugged mountains to the Ou River, where longboats await to take you to the faded colonial elegance of Luang Prabang and the end of your once-in-a-lifetime journey.
Who? KE Adventure Travel
When? 15 Jan, 05 Feb, 12 Mar, 08 Oct, 05 Nov & 10 Dec 2017
How long? 13 days
How much? £2,195 (excl airfares)
Volunteer feeding an orangutan (Dreamstime)
You'll also venture deep into the rainforest to meet the descendants of the legendary Borneo head-hunters – the Iban tribe – who are now the custodians of the wild orangutans of Batang Ai.
Who? The Great Projects
When? The 3rd of every month
How long? 13 nights
How much? From £1,095 (excl airfares)
Climbers on Kilimanjaro (Dreamstime)
Climbing Africa's highest mountain tops many a traveller's Bucket List, and this 7-day trek along the Machame route is designed to help you reach your goal. A little longer than most, this trek gives you plenty of time to acclimatise and enjoy the scenery.
The route approaches Kilimanjaro through forest and moorland from the southwest and joins the Shira route before traversing beneath the southern icefields of Kibo. You'll make your final ascent to the summit by the stunning Barafu route.
All park fees are included and your ascent will be supervised by Samson Lauwo, the great grandson of the famous Mzee Lauwo, who led Hans Mayer, the first European to summit the mountain in 1889.
Who? Absolute Africa
When? Flexible departures throughout 2017
How long? 7 days
How much? From £1,317 (excl airfares)
Upper Ushguli, Georgia (Dreamstime)
Venture into some of Europe’s most remote and intriguing villages in the mystical region of Svaneti, a fiercely traditional land with incredible architecture, hidden away in the high mountains of the Caucasus.
Staying in local homes, you'll experience the best of Georgian and Armenian hospitality, explore stunning religious monuments and ancient cave cities and spend time in the fascinating cities of Tbilisi and Yerevan.
This is a hidden corner of Europe that very few people get to visit.
When? 4 Jun & 24 Sep 2017
How long? 15 days
How much? From £1,999 (excl airfares)
On the road in Peru (Peru Safari)
What better way to explore Peru than in your own 4×4 self-drive expedition vehicle? Take on the desert, the Andes and the Amazon, venturing into corners of the country very few can reach, backed by a support vehicle and guide who will be with you every step of the way.
Where you go is entirely up to you. Whether it’s the Deserts of Paracas, the mysterious Nazca lines, Imperial Cusco, the rugged Inca Trail, iconic Machu Picchu, the snowy Salkantay mountain range, or a steamy Amazon Jungle Reserve, expert guides are on hand to tailor a 4×4 adventure to reveal all that's unique and exciting about Peru.
Who? Peru Safari
When? Flexible departures available throughout 2017
How long? 15 nights
How much? From £2,980 (excl airfares)
Canoe on the Yukon (Dreamstime)
Starting at Johnsons Crossing, you'll follow the Teslin River through the mountains of the southern Yukon towards the confluence with the Yukon River. Moose, caribou, wolf and eagle are easily spotted from the river. During August and September, thousands of salmon spawn in the Teslin River, enticing grizzly bears to feast.
Each evening, you will set up camp along the riverbanks or on gravel bars. Meals are cooked on the open campfire, with fresh Arctic grayling, salmon and northern pike often added to the menu.
Who? Windows On The Wild
When? Various departures May to August 2017
How long? 10 days
How much? From £1,235 (excl airfares)
Cage diving with sharks (Dreamstime)
Come face-to-face with the world's most feared (often unjustly) marine predator on this liveaboard diving adventure off the Neptune Islands in South Australia.
Surface cage encounters are open to all, but if your have Open Water dive qualifications, an ocean floor cage dive is available too.
The blue offshore waters of the Neptune Islands are also home to giant smooth rays, eagle rays and grouper. You'll also get the chance to swim with seals off Hopkins Island, listen to educational talk on great white sharks and get involved with current research programmes. It's a truly unforgettable and self-challenging experience.
Who? Dive Worldwide
When? Various departures May to October 2017
How long? 3 days
How much? £1,245 (excl airfares)
Village life, West Africa (Dreamstime)
Largely untouched by tourism, every trip through the region is an incredible adventure involving fantastic community interaction, wonderful wild camps, difficult roads, and a rare opportunity to experience a more traditional way of life.
Travel here is not always easy, but it is inevitably rewarding. Starting on the phenomenal beaches of the Freetown Peninsular, you will head east through the remote forest region of Guinea, into Cote d’Ivoire and then along the Atlantic coast of Ghana to its bustling capital of Accra. Finally, Togo and Benin await, two countries packed full of history, voodoo culture and stunning scenery.
When? 11 Sep & 19 Dec 2017
How long? 48 days
How much? From £2,280 (excl airfares)
Horses grazing near Cotopaxi (Dreamstime)
This horse-riding holiday will take you through some of Ecuador's most stunning high altitude scenery, including the icy glaciers of conical, snow-capped Cotopaxi, one of the highest active volcanoes in the world.
You'll experience first-hand the diverse highland landscapes, flora and fauna, and indigenous communities of this fascinating, compact Andean country.
The pace is varied, from steadily crossing wetlands to cantering across the vast plains of the altiplano. Nights are spent in a mixture of haciendas, farmhouses and highland lodges. A ride around Cotopaxi is a rugged, rustic trip, but one you'll never forget.
Who? Andean Trails
When? 4 Feb, 4, 18 Mar, 3 June, 22 Jul, 19 Aug, 23 Sep & 18 Nov 2017
How long? 8 days
How much? From £2,037 (excl airfares)
-Main image: Cage diving with sharks (Sam Cahir/Dive Worldwide)
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