Outliers is an initiative to engage and connect with people in countries regularly deemed “too dangerous”, “too risky”, “too unstable”, and “too remote”. Program regions include Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, North Korea ,and Yemen amongst others. Each program focuses on providing intimate experiences to meet locals, hear their stories, share your own, and learn through hands-on experience.
This camping and trekking expedition takes us through this ecological paradise. We embark on a camel and foot trek through the Hajhir Mountains meeting bedouin herders along the way, meander through Dragon’s Blood Tree forests, stay in traditional Socotri villages, and hike through deep canyons, caves and otherworldly terrain.
This expedition takes us through the wild side of Oman— trekking deep into the Empty Quarter on the Saudi border to the lush Dhofar in the southwest to hike, camp, and off-road across this unique corner of Arabia.
Pucks Over Pyongyang is the first ever in-depth hockey training, playing and service project in North Korea. It is specifically designed to serve as a bridge to connect people on and off the ice.
Located at the cross-roads between South, Central and West Asia, Afghanistan is a mixing grounds of cultures and traditions. This trip brings you to select regions within Afghanistan during the Eid al Fitr to experience the country for yourself, meet local people to hear their stories, and visit families during this fast-breaking holiday.
Or are you looking for something curated for you or your group?
"If you want off-the-beaten-track real human and cultural interaction, there really is no alternative out there. If you want to explore the unknown a bit more boundlessly with others who want to connect with the places they encounter, there is still really no alternative out there. And to be perfectly honest, they are just a really down-to-earth nice group of people who want to get to know you genuinely, and that you end up wanting to talk to and learn from every day."
CREATE YOUR OWN PROGRAM
Looking for a truly unusual experience for your group or organization? We invite you to work with the incredible Outliers team on creating a custom transformational expedition.
Custom Outliers expeditions take advantage of our network of dedicated fixers, guides, expedition leaders, and coordinators from some of the world’s most remote and difficult corners to bring people together, push comfort zones, challenge preconceptions, and get way off the beaten trail.
"What I felt I got out of this trip is both being truly present but also being with a group that had no judgement whatsoever. We were all so present and not in fear of judgement; both being extremely refreshing. This is how it felt to not be worried about anything else, but to be focused in that moment and sharing in that moment with people who are right there experiencing it with you which made it so much more than just a personal experience but a shared experience."
OUTLIERS INITIATIVE CHAMPIONS
Matt is a documentarian, consultant, locational manager, expedition leader and Inertia co-founder from Vancouver, BC. He’s lead projects in numerous outlier destinations including Afghanistan, Yemen, North Korea, Pakistan, DR Congo and more. He graduated from Brown University with degrees in International Relations and East Asian Studies and can speak English, Mandarin, French and Spanish.
Han Ju Hak was born and raised in Pyongyang, DPRK, and has been working with Inertia members for the past ten years as a fixer, expert, guide and organizer. He is fluent in Korean, English and Chinese, having graduated in both language departments from the Pyongyang University of Foreign Studies. He now specializes in athletic exchanges, film project coordination, and unique travel experiences in his homeland.
Nicole is a born and bred Alaskan and hard core adventure traveller and writer. She’s lead Outliers expeditions in Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen, Egypt and China’s Far West and continues to develop some of our most insane and mildly terrifying expeditions. When not on the road exploring a country on the travel advisory list, she’s in Anchorage working as a dental hygienist. She’s also hilarious.
Noor comes from Mazar-i Sharif, Afghanistan. He’s an ethnic Hazara and was forced to flee Afghanistan during the Taliban takeover. As a refugee, he learnt to make shoes to survive, and years after returning to Afghanistan, he was able to attend school, learn English, and get work as a project evaluation officer for numerous NGOs. He’s an experienced fixer and guide, and is an incredibly kind and helpful person.
Murad comes from the mountains of Northern Pakistan in the Ghizer District. He is an experienced trekking and mountain guide, but beyond that he’s a pleasure to spend time with and treats people like family. He’s worked as a coordinator for BBC’s Planet Earth, has lead expeditions across Pakistan for two decades and speaks four languages fluently. He lives in the small village of Ishkomen with his wife, daughter and son.