Salkantay Pass, Peru |  <i>Mark Tipple</i> Climbing the sand dunes of Sossusvlei |  <i>Peter Walton</i> Chilling out on Phewa Lake, Pokhara |  <i>Timothy Starkey</i> Wildlife viewing in Chobe River |  <i>Peter Walton</i> Hiking along the edge of Karakol Lake, on the Chinese side of the Karakoram Highway |  <i>Jarryd Salem</i> Camp set up on Kilimanjaro |  <i>Charles Duncombe</i> Phoksundo Lake in Upper Dolpo |  <i>Bill Quinlan</i> A young Mongolian boy herds Bactrian camels |  <i>Cam Cope</i>

Our Story

The history of the World Expeditions Travel Group


Our heritage dates back to 1975 when we launched our inaugural trekking holidays in Nepal under our former name, Australian Himalayan Expeditions. In the years that followed, we expanded our operations into other Himalayan destinations as well as South America, Asia, Africa and Australia. To reflect the broader range of holidays on offer, Australian Himalayan Expeditions was renamed World Expeditions in the late 80s.

Since our inception, we have practiced a simple philosophy; to provide high quality adventure holidays for small groups of like-minded travellers with a strong alignment to responsible tourism practice and a commitment to supporting local communities at every level of the operation.

The 1990s

The next 10 years of our journey forged a considered plan to offer our adventures on all seven continents. The Australian product range was greatly expanded as we developed the first commercial rafting trips on the Franklin River and pioneered the iconic Larapinta Trail near Alice Springs. Our merger with Tasmanian Expeditions, who offer all of the best walks in Tasmania, cemented our place as a leader in the Australian tourism scene. The Australian Walking Holidays division was created to provide a natural home for all of the collective Australian holidays.

With the internet boom, many travellers from around the world started to find World Expeditions online. In order to deliver the best pre-departure customer experience, offices were established in Auckland, London and Ottawa, resulting in a truly international mix of travellers on our collective group of global departures.

Europe Your Way

In 2007, after recognising the keen interest of travellers to enjoy an active holiday in Europe, UTracks was created. The program grew quickly, with its specialisation in guided and self guided walking and cycling holidays across Europe. These operations were strengthened with the purchase of UK based Sherpa Expeditions (2012) and its extensive walking program in the UK and some other parts of Europe as well as the acquisition of Sherpa Van (2016), a luggage transfer and accommodation service along UK's major walking and cycling trails. Today, the European program offers more than 400 itineraries across the continent.

Kia Ora - Welcome to New Zealand

In 2011 an opportunity to join forces with New Zealand’s Adventure South fortuitously presented itself. As the leading cycling and walking specialists in New Zealand, Adventure South’s philosophy of travel was a great fit for the group. Offering a range of active holidays from the Otago Rail Trail to road cycle trips around the South Island and treks in the NZ Alps, Adventure South was proudly inducted into the group and its portfolio of NZ holidays is second to none.

The World Expeditions Foundation

From our very early days we have been dedicated to philanthropy and fostering strong connections between people and environments across the planet. A natural progression of this was the establishment of the World Expeditions Foundation in Australia as well as the not-for-profit Community Project Travel (CPT) program. The CPT program works with humanitarian projects globally, with a keen interest in Nepal, Peru, Tanzania and Vietnam while the mandate of the Foundation is to raise donations for education based projects in underprivileged communities across the globe.

Charity Challenges

Another important part of our philanthropic work has been to deliver funds for charities using travel as the vehicle, leading to the creation of Huma Charity Challenge in 2013. This division offers services to charities and their fundraisers in the organisation of unique travel challenges which deliver significant funds back to the meaningful work of a variety of charitable causes around the world. It’s a fantastic collaboration where travellers can give back in a meaningful and memorable way.

Adventures for All Ages

Believing that adventure empowers young people, long ago we began working with schools and youth groups. This sentiment morphed into the establishment of World Youth Adventures (WYA) in 2010. Today, WYA works with hundreds of schools across the world to deliver meaningful travel experiences for students, many of which feature a component of Service Learning work. With trips that span the globe, WYA excursions deliver tangible benefits to communities in developing countries and garner life skills for our next generation of travellers.

Oh Canada

Completing our suite of adventure travel offerings is Great Canadian Trails (GCT). As the name suggests, GCT offers a range of adventures across Canada that showcase different landscapes and communities by foot, bike and kayak with guided and self guided options.

Bring it All Together

The World Expeditions Travel Group was registered in 2013 to incorporate the various brands under one umbrella. Collectively, we aim to provide for the multitude of interests and segments within the international adventure travel market. From our early beginnings as the Himalayan trekking specialists to our global offering today, we continue to redefine ‘adventure travel’ and to push the envelope each year by innovating new programs. We will always strive to be the first with our objective to inspire and enable curious travellers to discover and explore this beautiful world while following our philosophy to ‘take only photographs and leave only footprints’.  

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<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/ADS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Adventure South</div>
Adventure South NZ is unrivalled in their geographic coverage, originality and overall quality of adventures holidays in New Zealand. Choose from walking, cycling, winter or multi-activity holidays, on either the North or South Island.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/AWH.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Australian Walking Holidays</div>
Australian Walking Holidays specialises in small group guided walking adventures. Since 1982 we have been guiding small groups of travellers on Australia's finest walks across our tropical, coastal or red centre landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/GCT.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Great Canadian Trails</div>
Great Canadian Trails specialises in active holidays in Canada. With both guided and supported self-guided options available, our unique itineraries draw upon some of Canada's most inspiring parks, trails and landscapes from coast to coast.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/HUM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Huma Charity Challenge</div>
Huma enables those with adventurous spirits to challenge themselves and make a difference for a cause close to their heart. Travel, fundraise and meet life-long friends on one of Huma's meaningful and unique challenges around the world.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/SHX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Sherpa Expeditions</div>
Sherpa Expeditions is a specialist in self guided and guided walking and cycling holidays in the United Kingdom and Europe. Detailed route notes provide a definite guide to places in Europe for active walkers and cyclists.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/TAS.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Tasmanian Expeditions</div>
Tasmanian Expeditions is the most experienced operator of treks and adventure travel holidays in Tasmania. We own and operate the most comprehensive range of adventure holidays available across Tasmania's varied landscapes.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/UTX.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>UTracks</div>
UTracks are the active European holiday specialists. Whether you prefer cycling or walking, 2-star or 4-star, small groups or self guided, land, river or sea – UTracks can help you to explore Europe exactly the way you want.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/WYA.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>World Youth Adventures</div>
World Youth Adventures is our specialist division dedicated to organising tailor made overseas school group adventures. Specialists in Service Learning projects, choose from more destinations than any other school group provider.
<img src='/portals/World%20Expeditions/Icons/brands/small/YOM.jpg' class='brandPopoverIcon'> <div class='brandPopoverBrandName'>Yomads</div>
Yomads offers adventures for the 20s and 30s on six continents. Designed as a way to bring young and likeminded travellers together, Yomads caters to those interested in lightly structured and active trips that allow freedom to roam and explore.