Untamed Borders offers bespoke trips and small group tours to some of the world’s most interesting and inaccessible places.

We specialise in trips to Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, former Soviet Central Asia and the Caucasus, but also arrange bespoke trips to other off-the-beaten track destinations. Untamed Borders uses specialist local guides throughout whose aim is to provide authentic and original experiences for all our guests. Please join us on one of our small group itineraries or contact us to arrange a bespoke adventure.

Wild Siberia: Western Tuva

Dates: Summer & Autumn 2019
Cost: Contact us
Space Available
This eight-day trip will take you into the remote and rural western region of the Republic of Tuva. Being the epicentre of traditional Tuvan culture you’ll have a chance to meet with nomadic pastoralists, master craftsmen, throat singers and musicians.
A trip to Damascus


Dates: 6th - 12th October 2019
Cost: US$1975
Space Available

Marathon of Afghanistan

Marathon of Afghanistan 2019

Dates: Autumn 2019 - contact us for details
Cost: US$ 2150
Fully Booked
This package offers travel and entrance to the fourth edition of the only international marathon in Afghanistan. The marathon will take place in the Bamian province, amidst the mighty mountains of the Hindu Kush in central Afghanistan. The astonishingly beautiful valley, a UNESCO world heritage site, is recognised as one of the safest provinces in the country and remains almost completely untouched by violence. The first edition was a big success with a hundred runners participating.
Erbil Marathon 2018

Erbil Marathon 2019

Date: 21st - 26th October 2019
Cost: US$1850
Space Available
We will show you the places of interest in the Iraqi Kurdistan capital as well as head out of Erbil to visit Lalish, the spiritual home of the Yazidi people and go training with female runners breaking taboos in Iraq, giving you a taste of life in Northern Iraq. There are three distances (5km, 10km and full marathon) so even if you are not a strong runner you can take part and enjoy the event and the famous Kurdish hospitality.
Buzkashi Afghanistan

NEW - Afghan Winter Tour

Dates: 29th October - 12th November 2019
Cost: US$4450
One Space Available
We start in Kabul before taking a short flight across the Hindu Kush to Herat, the most architecturally complete city in Afghanistan. Then we will move on to Bamian where we spend three days exploring the valleys, the Buddha niches and the lakes of Band e Amir. It is an area that allows us to experience what life is like in rural Afghanistan in safety. Finally, we cross the spine of the Hindu Kush through to Mazar e Sharif to see the blue-tiled shrine of Hazrat Ali and the remains of the once great Silk Road city of Balkh. Hopefully taking in a game of Afghanistan's national winter sport – Buzkashi.
Iraq - Cradle of Civilisation - 16-24 November 2019

Iraq - Cradle of Civilisation

Dates: 16th - 24th November 2019
Cost: US$3500
Fully booked
The trip begins in Baghdad and visits ancient Sumerian and Babylonian sites, medieval souks, UNESCO minarets, the two holiest places in Shia Islam as well as a boat trip on the Shat Al Arab waterway. The trip will be led by Untamed Borders founder James Willcox and a local Iraqi guide.

Turkmenistan Trekking and Western Deserts

Dates: 1st - 15th March 2020
Cost: US$2675 - US$3675
Space Available
A 15 day trip to Turkmenistan starting in Ashgabat and visiting some lesser-known spots in the country. Highlights of the trip include 5 days of trekking through the mountains near the Iranian border, a visit to the iconic Darvaza gas crater, and the Mars-like landscape of Yangykala Canyon near the Kazakhstan border.
Ski Iraq 2019

Ski Iraq 2020

Dates: 26th January - 3rd February 2020
Cost: US$2400
Space Available
A country more associated with deserts has some great mountainous terrain in the northern semi-autonomous Kurdistan region which we will explore with a qualified international ski guide. Using the experience the Untamed Borders team has of guiding and climbing in Iraq, we have identified areas that offer some great ski touring terrain.

Iraq - Cradle of Civilisation Winter 2020

Dates: 4th - 12th February 2020
Cost: US$3500
One Space Available
The trip begins in Baghdad and visits ancient Sumerian and Babylonian sites, medieval souks, UNESCO minarets, the two holiest places in Shia Islam as well as a boat trip on the Shat Al Arab waterway. The trip will be led by an international guide and a local Iraqi guide.

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