Adventure should be at the top of your wish list for Christmas and Edge Expeditions should be your first port of call. They’ll sweep you out of your comfort zone, but not your creature comfort zone via a luxury two-week 4×4 or motorbiking expedition. You will travel along the legendary Pamir Highway, uncovering hidden valleys, mountain lakes, yurt camps, Zoroastrian ruins and high-mountain passes that very few people have set their sights on.
After a day of discovery, enjoy a G&T beside an azure lake or a dip into natural hot springs. At night, you’ll stay in five star hotels, private homestays or bespoke, specially-constructed yurt camps, and of course Edge Expeditions travels in ultimate style, with its very own chef, who will be preparing your food daily.
A dedicated team of British and Tajik guides and experts will escort you through a journey of Tajik and Pamiri history and culture with astronomers, naturalists and historians joining at various stages to help unravel the mysteries of the Silk Road, the Great Game, the Zoroastrians and more.
True escape is the cornerstone of this trip where you can relish in the absence of internet access or mobile reception – no emails, social media or telephone calls for two, solid weeks. Sounds blissful, doesn’t it? There are only a few, exclusive places available for the 2017 expedition in August, and we’ve taken the liberty to think about what to bring, below:
It’s a luxury expedition, so there’s really only one choice, isn’t there? Get the Belstaff Cityracer shell jacket in dark grey at Harvey Nichols. It features a woven twill effect, three zipped front pockets, an internal pocket and a two-way zip front.
It’s as if they were named for this trip – the Acne Studios's handmade Spitfire sunglasses at MATCHESFASHION.COM. They are inspired by classic retro styles and have a slim aviator-style frame with a classic double bridge, finished with green-tinted lenses.
Nearly synonymous with indulgent luggage, store your necessities in a Coach Campus backpack with pebble leather detailing.
Sometimes it will be hot and sometimes it will be cool. Keep a neck warmer handy – in cashmere – for optimum comfort with N. Peal’s chunky ribbed scarf in Mulberry Red.
Lastly, keep your footwear in check with a pair of Dr. Martens 1460 soft buck boots, naturally in Lake Blue.
You’ll want to record your two-week quest and the specialists at Smythson have you covered. Get yourself a Viceroy Ballpoint Pen and the 2017 Cosmic Travel Diary.
In the case that you fancy a dip in a glacial lake, bring along a pair of Bulldog swim trunks in navy from Orlebar Brown.
You’ll meet incredible people on the trip. Do not forget business cards and do so in style via Neil Barrett’s black, lightning-print leather wallet at Harvey Nichols.
For more details, visit Edge Expeditions.
Words by Rose Stewart