The Adventure of 2018

Tawang Tibetan Monastery, Arunachal Pradesh, India

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on December 04, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.

2018 is upon us.  So, what are your escape plans for the coming year?  I thought I’d share with you a half dozen of mine.  Hopefully, you can join me or they’ll spark ideas of your own.  Let’s all look forward to the Adventure of 2018.

THE SEVEN SISTERS  

There is an unknown region of India hidden away between Burma, Bangladesh, and Chinese Tibet composed of seven states – the “Seven Sisters” – each with unique tribal and traditional cultures.  From Naga headhunters to remote Tibetan monasteries to ancient mysterious monuments, it’s one of the most fascinating places in the world that few outsiders ever see.  We’ll be visiting all seven in late February-early March.

The Adventure of 2018

The Adventure of 2018

PORTUGAL SPRING

It’s very hard to imagine a more beautiful place than Portugal in springtime.  We’ll be repeating our Escape Artist Exploration of Portugal in mid-April – and this time we’ll be including a visit to Portugal’s most charming city, Porto, and a cruise through the wine country of the Douro River.

The Adventure of 2018

Pena Castle – Sintra

The Adventure of 2018

Porto

The Adventure of 2018

The Douro River – Northern Portugal

HIMALAYA HELICOPTER EXPEDITION V

You read about our 4th Himalaya Helicopter Expedition last month in To Everest and Beyond.  This is not just beyond Everest, it’s beyond words and description – simply the greatest adventure you can have in one week on Planet Earth today.  We’ll operate it again in early May.

The Adventure of 2018

The Western Cwm of Mount Everest, photo taken at 23,000 feet

THE THREE MYSTERY ISLANDS OF THE SOUTH PACIFIC

The world’s most famous mutiny took place on April 28, 1789, led by Fletcher Christian against Captain Bligh on The Bounty.  Famous, yes, but few have ever been to the island where Christian and his mutineers escaped, where their descendants live to this day – remote Pitcairn Island.  In late May, we will.

We start with a visit to Tahiti, sail to Pitcairn to spend several days with the islanders, then fly to Easter Island to learn how the legendary statues were built.  We end with a visit to Robinson Crusoe Island where Scottish sailor Alexander Selkirk was marooned and whose story was the inspiration for Daniel Defoe’s novel Robinson Crusoe.

The Adventure of 2018

 Tahiti – Matavai Bay

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Pitcairn Island – Adamstown

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Easter Island

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Robinson Crusoe Island – Selkirk’s Lookout

HIDDEN IRELAND

We’ll have a full exploration of the Emerald Isle in June.  All the places you read about in Beyond the Pale – Dublin, Newgrange, County Mayo and the village of Cong, Skellig Michael, the Rock of Cashel – and so much more.  Of course, we’ll be kissing the Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle.

The Adventure of 2018

The Adventure of 2018

Blarney Castle – County Cork.  To kiss the Blarney Stone you must be suspended upside down – no problem!

INDIAN TIBET

There is a part of geographical and cultural Tibet that India was able to keep the Chinese from seizing.  It’s the Upper Indus Consumer Resource GuideRiver Valley that separates the Himalaya and Karakorum mountain ranges.  It’s called Ladakh, where you will find the most traditional Tibetan monasteries in the world, and where the Tibetan culture is truly alive and thriving.

Within Ladakh is an even more remote region called Zanskar – with the extraordinary Zanskar River from source to confluence with the Indus over two miles high and flowing straight through the crest of the Himalayas.  Running the Zanskar is one of the truly great whitewater experiences in the world.

This coming July, we’ll not only visit the most remarkable repositories of true Tibetan culture – the monasteries of Leh, Stok, Hemis, Thikse, and Lamayuru – but raft the Zanskar as well.  This is Real McCoy High Adventure.

The Adventure of 2018

The Adventure of 2018

Lamayuru

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On the Zanskar

Well, that’s it for starters.  We’ll get to the rest of the year later.  If any of these ring your bell, let me know – or why not let me know what does ring your bell?  To make that easy, spend a moment to take our short 4-question Escape Artist & Wheeler Expeditions Adventure 2018 Survey.

Oh, a last-minute notice.  If you want to have a Fabulously Happy New Year’s Celebration, we just had a cancellation on our Portugal New Year’s Celebration and Exploration.  All the info with a ton of pictures is in the link.

Let me know ASAP if you can celebrate and explore with us at Jack@Wheelerexpeditions.com. That’s ASAP! Thanks!

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Jack Wheeler is the founder of Wheeler Expeditions.

This article was published in the Escape Artist Weekly Newsletter on December 04, 2017. If you would like to subscribe to the newsletter, please click here.