Editorial

Adventure, nature and encounters everywhere... Dipping closer to the peoples and ethnic groups, expeditions, voyages, preservation of endangered species... We have created extraordinary journeys in 2015.

To name a few: we are dove into dozens of Guizhou festivities in China, into Kumbha Mela in India, ethnic festivals in Arunachal and Nagaland and in Papua New Guinea... The great Himalayan trek left for nearly three months. We crossed the Taklamakan Desert in full autonomy as well as the Amazon forest, to meet Matses indians who have had very few contacts with the outside world until now. Participants returned forever changed from their trip with shamans in Mongolia. We have reached the North Pole with our skis and pulkas.

In 2016, we continue to develop our expertise on increasingly rare and ambitious programs, like our journeys in Burma, in Nagaland, the Philippines and Chile, between the Atacama Desert and Tierra del Fuego.

From Caucasus to Central Asia, the tour of Mount Ararat and in the Afghan Pamirs, we offer rare routes to Iran, notably in the mountains of Khorasan and the northwestern pass. We are going back to visit the shamans and we plan a reconnaissance in the Gobi desert with nomadic families in Mongolia. Expert Bruno Paulet leads the way in the Altyn Tagh, in the footsteps of the Bonvalot expedition in 1890.

Our programs in Asia now have even more pages dedicated to special celebrations. In Ujjain, we witness the Kumbha Mela, which is held every 12 years. We have developed new excursions in India in Andhra Pradesh, in Guizhou and Yunnan, in south-central Vietnam in the Sedang tribe, in Amdo and Kham in Eastern Tibet, on the Trobriand Islands of Papua New Guinea. In May, we will go on our third chapter in the shaman lands, this time to see the men-flowers of Siberut in Indonesia.

David has joined the team to reinforce our skills in the Himlayas and Latin America, two regions of the world where he is an expert of their trails, their peoples and their festivals. David is a guide as well as a photographer as well as a writer. 

We keep to the deep south of Algeria and Tunisia, we experience the Imilchil Moussem in Morocco and embark on the Nile. In Africa, the great crossing from the West plunges into animist traditions. To the East, new routes allow for a more intimate approach of Ethiopia. We leave for the East of Madagascar's lands in a new program.

Our journeys and expeditions to the Polar Regions are expanding and are increasingly ambitious notably in Lapland, Arctic, Antarctica or Greenland like our complete West-East crossing accompanied by Bernard Muller.

Our commitment to the planet through travel is strengthened with the development of four new programs which support the preservation of orangutans in Borneo, the Amazonian great apes, the biodiversity of Costa Rica and the kiwis of New Zealand.

Your journey starts now. We wish you a wonderful adventure!

Eric Bonnem