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get lost escapes offers a unique range of exclusive small group tours curated by the get lost escapes team, and facilitated by Crooked Compass, working with some of the world’s best operators. We offer small group escorted tours covering Asia, Middle East, Europe, Africa, Oceania and Latin America.

Our tours are graded on scale of easy through to tough.
Easy

This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas with basic facilities and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.

Suggested preparation: At least three months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes at least three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended. For adventures that involve paddling and kayaking it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.

Moderate

This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking and cycling for periods of six to eight hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. They’re ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, and a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.

Suggested preparation: At least three months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45 minutes to one hour of aerobic exercise at least three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack over variable terrain and during changing weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.

Challenging

This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to eight to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges, such as variable weather condition and sometimes basic accommodation and facilities. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour, since they all involve extended periods of endurance. You must have confidence in your own ability.

Suggested preparation: At least three to four months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately five to eight kilograms) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least four to five times a week for one to four hours is essential). It is important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina.

Tough

This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (it can even be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high altitude and may require technical equipment.

Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing at least five to six months prior to departure, and even before if you haven’t been exercising regularly. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40 minutes to an hour each week should be completed. You could include a variety of exercise, including going to the gym, running, swimming and cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain and in extreme weather conditions or to partake in altitude training.

Our tours go all over the world. Currently, we offer tours to Uganda, Vietnam, Colombia, Iran, Russia, Sardinia, Faroe Islands, Papua New Guinea, Panama and Ethiopia.

get lost escapes offers a unique way to experience some of the world’s coolest destinations. The tours allow travellers to experience a destination as the locals do and discover some of the world’s most beautiful landscapes.

If you’re looking to follow a different path to the well-trodden tracks and dig a little deeper into a destination then our itineraries have been created for you – they culturally rich, rewarding and truly authentic.

get lost escapes works with the world’s best operators who are specialists in their country, region and cities to provide you with in-depth local knowledge. We use local guides who live and breathe the areas they work in, making sure you experience their region, their way. We believe it is far better to have a local guide who knows a lot about a little than a text book-trained Western tour guide who knows a little about a lot. Using local guides also ensures the money guests spend stays within local communities and supports the regions we visit.

get lost escapes’ escorted small group tours cater for young-at-heart, curious soft adventurers who want to uncover more than the mainstream tourist. get lost escapes’ tours draw a crowd of travellers with an interest in sustainable tourism and conservation for the areas they visit. A get lost escapes traveller is someone who seeks out the fresh and unique, who has a yearning for authenticity and discovery, and has an appreciation for cultures, tradition and the natural world.

By focusing on providing authentic experiences wherever we are in the world, get lost escapes has access to a vast array of accommodation styles, from boutique properties in larger cities to local guest houses and home stays within small villages.
Each accommodation option allows for local authenticity without compromising standards.

Transportation utilised on a get lost escapes tour is a combination of a private air-conditioned vehicle and local transport where appropriate. This may include a local bus ride, use of a city’s metro system, a domestic flight to another city or an overnight train ride.

If you are interested in any of our escorted small group tours, simply email us or complete the inquiry form on each tour page and a member of the get lost escapes team will be in touch to confirm your arrangements.

Certain trips have the option to be offered as a private tour with flexibility of departure date. Certain factors that may impact dates are: weather, availability of accommodation, and religious and public holidays.