Welcome to the Hinterland World of Adventure and Overland Travel

Adventure Travel principally in Afghanistan and Iraq, also in Pakistan and India (Kashmir)



Hinterland Travel is a specialist adventure holiday and travel company, founded on over 40 years of overland adventure travel experiences by Geoff Hann, its owner and managing director. We provide tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, India (notably Kashmir).

The very successful tours across the wilds of Central and Northern Afghanistan led to National Geographic Traveler (US) magazine naming us as one of its 50 Tours of a Lifetime in 2006. The Minaret of Jam being a highlight , tough to get to but magnificent in its isolated splendour.

On our adventures we want our groups to get the cultural feel for the areas that we visit and also see the ancient ruins and sites along with the mountains and deserts. At Hinterland Travel in such areas as Afghanistan and Iraq, safety on our adventures is also of the highest priority. Please read thoroughly our terms and conditions before making a booking with us.

Our new book 'Iraq' The ancient sites & Iraqi Kurdistan has now been published by Bradt Travel Guides in UK and US and is available from Bradt's and Amazon.

If you have any questions about our adventure holidays in Afghanistan or Iraq get in touch with us today by calling us on (0044)01484 719549 or email us on hinterland@btconnect.com and we will be more than happy to answer them for you. We hope to hear from you soon.

IMPORTANT NOTE - TOURS TO IRAQ

Despite the chaos and constant news surrounding Iraq and adjacent countries in 2015/16 we have successfully operated our 9 and 14 day amended tours although shorn of the north of Iraq. Our travellers are greeted with much warmth by local Iraqis as we find our way to explore some of the lesser known Sumerian sites such as Lagash and Telloh in addition to the great cities of Nippur, Uruk and Ur.

This year we have added the Royal tombs of the brief Monarchy of Iraq in Baghdad and have been able to add the Minaret and the golden holy shrine (now being slowly rebuilt) in Samarra back on our schedule. We complete this year with tours in September, October and November and a projected a full season in 2017 beginning in March with some extra additions. See our Iraq page for further details and dates.



Travel Exhibitions
We have booked in for 2017 and welcome you again to join us and chat about your holiday plans.

(1). The Adventure Travel Show at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London, 21st and 2222nd January 2017. Meet us at Stand D14.

(2). Destinations Holidays and Travel Show at Olympia Exhibition Centre, London 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th February 2017. Activity and Adventure section.
Meet Geoff and Tina on Stand AA52. Come along and admire some lovely carpets and jewellery that we display. We try to bring new stock this coming year.



Short Tours
From time to time many of our clients want us to operate short tours. If you wish to explore a destination that has lots to offer that's not so easy. However here is our short list for 2016.

ARMENIA
Highlights of Armenia
June 15-20 and August 17-22 2016
Ground tour costs - £698 Based in Yerevan we are sampling the life of this almost unknown country-its ancient and religious past and present, its delightful food, brandy, wine and culture.

IRAQ
Ancient and modern history combined.
See listed below our 9 day tours.

INDIA
KASHMIR
Turn to our India page but note that you can stay from 1 day or as long as you wish on the luxurious houseboats in Srinagar and from here you can explore Pahalgam and Gulmarg or just float on Dal or Nagin lakes every day watching the world and the beautiful bird life go by. The daily rate on the de lux houseboats for full board is £80 for a double room.

AMARNATH CAVE TREK
Although we make it into a 11 day holiday it can be squeezed into 7 days. For much of July and August it is possible to do this esoteric trek. We have our set date 26 July for logistic and cost reasons.




A hard road near the Afghanistan Lapis Mines


OUR TOURS FOR 2016/2017
2016. Note bookings made with a booking form and deposit in 2016 for tours travelling in 2017 attract a 7% early booking discount

July 18th 2016
Armanath Holy Cave Trek - A Yatra trek through the mountains to Armanath Cave and then a rest on Dal lake, Srinagar.

July 26th 2016
Afghanistan - Central and Northern Tour - 16 and 21 day tours(running concurrently). including Bamiyan, Minaret of JAM, Chist, Obey, Herat, Balkh, Mazar, Panshir and Kabul. Pakistan extension.

October 9th 2016
Mesopotamia Iraq. 9 and 14 days - Baghdad, Kish, Babylon, Borsippar, Kerbala, Ukhaider, Kufa, Najaf, Nippur, Uruk, Eridu, Ur, Lagash, Telloh, The Marshes, Basra.

October 14th 2016
The Retreat. Afghanistan 15 days - Following the the route of the 1842 British Retreat from Kabul.

November 11th 2016
Mesopotamia Iraq. 9 and 14 days - Baghdad, Kish, Babylon, Bosippar, Kerbala, Ukhaider, Kufa, Najaf, Nippur, Uruk, Eridu, Ur,Lagash, Telloh, The Marshes, Basra.

November 12th 2016
South Pakistan and The Indus - We travel down the Indus Valley after a brief visit to Peshawar exploring the river valley and the Cholistan desert with its Sufi heritage and the great site of Mohenjo-Daro, completing in Karachi.

December 2016
Projected tour – Rajasthan – Thar Desert – Pakistan- Cholistan Desert - Trains, Camels, Sufis and Saddhus.

February 12th 2017
South Pakistan and The Indus - Travelling down the Indus river valley exploring Indus river aspects and the Cholistan desert with its Sufi heritage and the great Indus river civilisation site of Mohenjo–daro, completing in Karachi.

March 4th 2017
Mesopotamia Iraq. 9 and 14 day tours - Baghdad, Kish, Babylon, Borsippar, Kerbala, Ukhaider, Kufa, Najaf, Nippur, Uruk, Eridu, Ur, Lagash, Telloh, The Marshes, Basra.

April 2nd 2017
Mesopotamia Iraq. 9 and 14 day tours - Baghdad, Kish, Babylon, Borsippar, Kerbala, Ukhaider, Kufa, Najaf, Nippur, Uruk, Eridu, Ur, Lagash, Telloh, The Marshes, Basra.

May 4th 2017
Kalash Festival and Karakorum Highway 15 days - in the north of Pakistan with the Kalash people visiting, Chitral, Kalash valley and Karimabad.

May 14th 2017
The Cockpit of Asia 21-22 days - Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran. From Peshawar to Kabul, Bamiyan, Mazar Miamanea, Herat, Mashad and Tehran. An exciting new schedule.

June 13th 2017
A Kashmir Journey - 15 days - Kashmir. Srinagar lakes and houseboats and down the mountain roads to Jammu and Amritsar. Train to New Delhi.

June 14th 2017
Armanath Holy Cave Trek - 15 days. A Yatra Trek through the mountains to Armanath Cave and then a rest on Dal lake Srinagar.

July 23rd 2017
Afghanistan – Central and North Trip – 16 and 21 days (running concurrently) - including Kabul Bamiyan, Minaret of JAM, Chist, Herat, Balkh, Maimanea, Mazar, Panshir, Kabul.

September 1 week in Kurdistan then

September 10th 2017
Mesopotamia Iraq - 9 and 14 days Baghdad, Kish, Babylon, Borsippar, Kerbala, Ukhaider, Kufa Najaf, Nippur, Uruk, Lagash, Eridu, Ur, Telloh, The Marshes, Basra.

September 26th 2017
The Lapis Mines 16 days - We hope to resume this trip this year, the route being Mazar, Ai Khanum, Faisabad, Lapis Mines, Panshir Valley, Kabul.

October 8th 2017
Mesopotamia Iraq – 9 and 14 days - Baghdad, Kish, Babylon, Borsippa, Kerbala, Ukhaider, Kufa Najaf, Nippur, Uruk, Lagash, Erdu, Ur, Telloh, The Marshes, Basra.

October 14th 2017
The Retreat – Afghanistan 15 days trek - Following the route of the 1842 British Army retreat from Kabul.

November 12th 2017
Mesopotamia Iraq – 9 and 14 days - Baghdad, Kish, Babylon, Borsippar, Kerbala, Ukhaider, Kufa, Najaf, Nippu, Uruk, Lagash, Uruk, Eridu, Ur, Telloh, The Marshes, Basra.

November 12th 2017
South Pakistan and the Indus 18 days - Travelling down the Indus river valley visiting Peshawar and then on the River valley to Harrapa and to the Cholistan desert and the Sufi sites and Mohenjo Daro completing in Karachi.


Our new guide book for Iraq.





Kashmir
Our principal destination in India has become Kashmir.
Note our new tour
A Kashmir Journey travelling around Srinagar Valley and down the mountains to Jammu and Amritsar to Delhi. Our Houseboat service for individuals operates also.

The Amarnath Cave Pilgrimage trek combined with Houseboats operates from July 26/August 2016 and 2017. See our page on India tours for more information these tours.