8 of the BEST adventure travel tour companies (and experiences)

Solo travel is great – you against the world armed only with a map, a passport and a keen sense of adventure.

But sometimes you gotta call in the specialists.

Whether it’s scaling the highest mountain in South America or white-water rafting through Scotland, dedicated companies can equip you with the skills, equipment and advice to ensure your adventure doesn’t end up making local news – for all the wrong reasons.

And this is where adventure tour companies come in. By putting your journey into the hands of experts you can get the benefit of years of experience tackling the world’s most formidable outdoor challenges – while sacrificing none of that sweet-achievement smugness.

That’s why battleface has put together a list of our favourite adventure travel tour companies who offer a range of experiences to the public.

Ranging from surf camps in Morocco to crossing Myanmar by motorbike, these companies are a great way of getting your adventure fix once lockdown is over.

Click on the links below for more information.

Asia Bike Tours

Taking in destinations across south, east and central Asia, this motorbike touring company has been operating since 1997, meaning they’re well-versed in getting the best out of the varied and challenging two-wheeled adventures that exist from China to Kyrgyzstan.

Check them out here: https://www.asiabiketours.com/guided-motorcycle-tours-in-asia.html

Overlanding West Africa

Proudly focused on West Africa and nowhere else, this overlanding tour company emphasises real experiences over ‘sanitised’ tourism as it trundles through some of the most spectacular parts of Senegal, Ghana, Mali and elsewhere.

Check them out here: https://www.overlandingwestafrica.com/

Splash Rafting

Providing whitewater rafting experiences across Scotland and beyond, Splash Rafting has 20 years of experience getting beginners into the water – and keen rafters on some of the best rivers the UK has to offer.

Check them out here: https://rafting.co.uk/

Monkey Mountaineering

Specialising in adventure holidays to some of the world’s loftiest peaks, Monkey Mountaineering is a great choice for anyone seeking trekking, climbing or mountaineering.

Check them out here: https://www.monkeymountaineering.com/

Dragoman overlanding

Firmly proclaiming to be about the ‘journey, not the destination’, Dragoman boasts 30 purpose-built overlanding trucks capable of taking on the toughest terrain across four continents.

Check them out here: https://www.dragoman.com/

Surf Maroc

Whether you’ve always had an inkling for learning to surf or you’re a seasoned wave rider seeking the perfect spot to spend a few weeks, Surf Maroc (based in Taghazout, Morocco) has it covered.

Check them out here: https://surfmaroc.com/en/home/

The Rickshaw Run

Although keen to stress they are ‘not a tour company’, The Adventurists’ self-guided rickshaw journeys (or, ‘unroutes’, as they are termed) through Sri Lanka, India and the Himalayas offer a happy medium between ‘going it alone’ and having at least a framework of where you should be heading.

Check them out here: https://www.theadventurists.com/adventures/rickshaw-run/

Perfect Wave Travel

If you’re seeking a surfing adventure further afield, Perfect World Travel works with dozens of operators to ensure you can find the foremost surf spots in a plethora of international destinations around the world.

Check them out here: https://www.perfectwavetravel.com/about/

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Jack Davidson is a nine-year digital nomad who's made his home in such far-flung locations as Cambodia, East Timor, Colombia and Hungary. He writes on a variety of topics relating to travel, travel insurance and financial matters for globetrotters and occasional wanderers alike. Jack is also the host of battleface's podcast When It Hits The Fan.