In April 2020, a bold Secret Compass team will head to the isolated jewel of the Arabian Sea for an epic expedition to traverse the UNESCO-listed island of Socotra.
Bisecting the island from coast to coast, this 120km camel supported journey will trek into the heart of the Hajhir Massif, tackling the highest non-technical trekking peaks, exploring expansive wadi gorge systems and crossing plateaus river valleys and forested hills en route. Wild camping and staying with local communities the team will discover the natural beauty the country has on offer, experiencing first hand the culture and hospitality of the local communities.
“For tourists, getting onto the island has been nearly impossible in recent years, so after a 7 year hiatus on Socotra, we’re super excited to return,” tells Secret Compass founder Tom Bodkin. “The island is unlike anywhere else on Earth, there’s tons of endemic wildlife and some pretty mind blowing landscapes. Crossing the whole island, we’ve designed the itinerary to challenge the team but ultimately offer tangible reward. This is an amazing opportunity to really explore what is probably one of the most unique places on Earth.”
Often dubbed the ‘Galapagos of the Indian Ocean’, Socotra is home to an abundance of biodiversity including a huge number of endemic species. For years, the tiny island off the coasts of Yemen and Somalia remained isolated, plagued by civil war which kept the the number of visiting tourists extremely low. As a result, major developments have largely bypassed the island, preserving its unique flora, fauna and terrain.
Cross Yemen’s isolated Socotra island
Trek 120km with camel support
Discover the UNESCO World Heritage listed flora and fauna
Explore gorges, plateaus and high peaks before descending to untouched beaches
Summit the highest non-technical peaks in the Hajhir Massif
Keep an eye out for dragon blood trees and blue baboon spiders
Swim in natural rock pools before camping for the night
Meet the vibrant communities who call Socotra home
The Bare Bones
Expedition Name: Yemen: Socotra the isolated jewel of the Arabian Sea
What: Discover this unique, UNESCO-listed island for yourself on this Secret Compass trekking expedition to cross Socotra.
Dates: 15 April – 22 April 2020
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