Christmas – a time for giving, and one of the few known occasions where you can wear a novelty jumper without society judging you. Despite the gradually building excitement, Christmas often slips into familiar patterns – whether it’s a last-minute, cross-country dash to visit your family, secretly crying at a John Lewis advert, or gorging on turkey and stuffing until you’d pay good money for a Stannah stairlift if it would help you reach your bedroom.

However, if you feel like escaping the relentless carolling and doing something really special with your Christmas and New Year, then here are 12 unforgettable adventures that are all departing before the end of December 2021. Reindeer jumper optional.

1. Trek the Annapurna Circuit

High-altitude views, epic scenery and Indiana Jones-esque bridges. Bucket list stuff!

Explore one of the most incredible trekking routes in the Himalayas - 145km of devastatingly beautiful mountain scenery. Cross through Thorong-La (5,416m) - the highest navigable pass on the planet and enter Kali Gandaki, the deepest gorge in the world – a whopping three times deeper than the Grand Canyon.

Dates: 18th December - 3rd January 2022

Trek the Annapurna Circuit
High-altitude views, epic scenery and the highest navigable pass on the planet - bucket list stuff in the making

2. Intro to Winter Climbing in Scotland

Learn essential skills in the Ben Nevis massif, the birthplace of UK ice climbing. 

Don your crampons and ice axes and head to the Scottish Highlands to master ice climbing and winter mountain skills. Tackle an epic winter ascent up Tower Ridge, the crown jewel of Ben Nevis and one of the longest routes in the country, and learn from local expert instructors.

Dates: 28th - 31st December 2021

Intro to Winter Climbing in Scotland
Learn essential skills in the Ben Nevis massif - the birthplace of UK ice climbing

3. Dive the Belize Barrier Reef

Discover the beauty of the Caribbean and help protect one of the world’s most important biospheres.

Stay on a tiny, tranquil, private island in the heart of the Caribbean and clock up a dozen dives in five days, including a night dive. Participate in essential marine conservation and support the work of a non-profit organisation that's committed to protecting the barrier reef.

Dates: 27th to 31st December 2021

Dive the Belize Barrier Reef
Stay on a private island, discover the beauty of the Caribbean and help protect one of the world’s most important biospheres

4. Trek to Everest Base Camp

Follow in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

Hike undulating trails, cross suspension bridges, navigate glaciers and dodge yaks as you trek through mountaineering history. Drown in the dramatic mountain views of Nuptse, Lhotse, Ama Dablam and Mount Everest and ascend to Kala Patthar at 5550m for views of Everest that only a select few will ever see.

Dates: 23rd December - 6th January 2022

Trek to Everest Base Camp
Trek the famous trails to Everest Base Camp and follow in the footsteps of Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay.

5. Adventure Hiking in Cape Verde

Hit the stunning trails of Santiago and Fogo Island.

Trek the ash-covered slopes to the top of Pico do Fogo (2829m) an active stratovolcano and the highest point in the Cape Verde Islands. Snorkel and swim in the tropical waters of Àguas Belas and sample the islands rich music and food scene to a wild Atlantic Ocean backdrop.

Dates: 24th - 31st December 2021

Adventure Hiking in Cape Verde
Hit the stunning trails of Santiago and Fogo Island and soak up the archipelago’s inimitable African-Portuguese culture on the way

6. Trek Across the Ecuadorian Andes

A 100km hike through the volcanic peaks and paramos of the Andean mountains.

Hike crater to crater over the famous Avenue of Volcanoes, past turquoise lagoons and through remote communities. Follow the incredible route of Balthazar Ushca, the last ice maker of Ecuador and trek to the glacier under the Chimborazo Stratovolcano - the furthest point from the centre of the Earth.

Dates: 25th December - 3rd January 2022

Trek Across the Ecuadorian Andes
A 100km hike through the volcanic peaks and paramos of the Andean mountains

7. Climb Kilimanjaro and Go on Safari

Stand on the highest point of an entire continent.

Summit Africa's highest mountain (5895m) via the more scenic Machame route and then embark on a 3-day game safari, eyes peeled for elephants, rhinos, giraffes and lions.

Dates: 27th December - 7th January 2022

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro (5895m) via The Machame Route & Go On Safari
Summit Africa’s highest mountain via the scenic Machame route and then recuperate on safari

8. 100KM Jungle Expedition into the Heart of Colombia

Be one of the first explorers to set foot in a totally remote and untouched corner of Colombia.

Start in the tropical mountains and blaze a trail through the wilderness as you descend into the mysterious Magdalena Basin. Pass through one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet with no less than five different ecosystems all teeming with life - if you’re lucky you might see a tigrillo, tapir or monkey.

Dates: 28th December - 4th January 2022

100km Jungle Expedition into the Heart of Colombia
Trek through an untouched tropical rainforest and raft one of the world’s last truly wild rivers

9. Trek the Annapurna Sanctuary Route

It's only one of the most famous treks on the planet. 

Hike to Annapurna Base Camp (4130m) and experience views that will leave you speechless, including Hiunchuli, Gangapurna and the awesome Annapurna Massif. Witness the endless colours of a Himalayan sunset from the village of Ghorepani and watch dawn break from the top of Poon Hill.

Dates: 29th December - 11th January 2022.

Trek the Annapurna Sanctuary Route
Explore remote Himalayan valleys and follow mountain trails and wild rivers to see some of the most incredible views on the planet

10. Kayak, Hike and Tree Camp the Hidden Rainforests of Costa Rica

Trek through lush jungle and sleep in the thick of it. 

Journey through virgin rainforest and sea kayak tropical shores in one of the country's most remote corners. Swim beneath secret waterfalls deep in the rainforest and snorkel amidst coral reefs and colourful fish, then fall asleep to the hum of the jungle while in your tent suspended among the trees.

Dates: 29th December - 5th January 2022

Kayak, Hike and Tree Camp the Hidden Rainforests of Costa Rica
Trek through lush jungle teeming with exotic wildlife, paddle vivid coastline and fall asleep in the trees

11. Trek Ecuador's Avenue of Volcanoes to Cotopaxi's Summit

That there is Cotopaxi, Ecuador’s most famous peak.

Hike through the snowcapped Andes to the top of the world's highest active volcano at at a towering 5897m. Cross crevasses and snow bridges, through rainforests and past snowcapped peaks, sleeping in traditional haciendas and remote mountain refuges on the way.

Dates: 31st December - 9th January 2022

Trek Ecuador’s Avenue of Volcanoes to Cotopaxi’s Summit (5897m)
An epic hike through the snowcapped Andes to the top of the world’s highest active volcano

12. Trek Nepal's Hidden Glacier

Probably as off the beaten track as it gets.

Trek remote trails and cross wooden bridges to Nepal's Annapurna IV glacier with epic views of Annapurna IV and the Madi River valley. Explore a wilderness of terraced fields and rugged valleys, swim in the mirror clear waters of Kapuche Lake and bathe beneath the 60m-waterfall known as the ‘Karane’.

Dates: 30th December - 4th January

Trek to Nepal’s Hidden Glacier
Ice lakes, remote trails, epic scenery - hike as off the beaten track as it gets on the way to Nepal’s Annapurna IV glacier

Inspired? Why not check out all our remote adventures lined up for 2022.