Our aim is straightforward - to create a select portfolio of truly extraordinary Asia-based expeditions. All personally designed and led, our exploratory journeys are defined by a never-ending quest to unearth adventure travel experiences that you simply won't find anywhere else.
We also craft custom trips for intrepid families - think one-of-a kind trips with the eagle hunters of the Altai for example - and develop remote location and conceptual content ideas for both branding and documentary film projects in the region.
So, please delve into our site and get in touch with any questions you may have. We are always happy to hear from you. Thanks for visiting and warm regards.
Choose Your 2019 Asia Expedition
Our scheduled adventures, open for everyone to join, are displayed here in chronological order. Each trip will be limited to a maximum of 6 guests, and personally led by our founder, Adrian Bottomley. We understand though, that these fixed departure dates may not work for everyone. So, for pre-arranged groups of at least 5 people, we are happy to try and arrange similar private expeditions to suit your alternative dates.
** Please note that in 2019 we have been commisioned to design and run several private projects and expeditions in Bhutan, Tibet, Mongolia and Nepal - and so our scheduled trips, available for everyone to join, are far fewer than in previous years **
TEA HORSE TRAIL EXPLORER | CHINA
Join a new farm stay adventure in Yunnan that will explore a spectacular, and un-trekked section of the ancient Tea Horse Trail to reveal a side of rural China that very few outsiders get to see.
We also design custom private trips for intrepid famililes, charity organizations, corporate and alumni groups as well as those of you with special interests in the region such as hunting for rare flowers, photographing Tibetan festivals or cultural immersion with the eagle hunters of western Mongolia.
You Just Have To Go For It Sometimes
Ignore the little voice in your head that can list a a dozen reasons why you can't go.
If you choose to not go often enough, eventually you'll wonder where all the time went!
We arranged a fabulous two week custom adventure to western Mongolia with Adrian at Whistling Arrow and, in short, can thoroughly recommend it. Any fears that our children (7, 14 and 16) would find it tough, or uninteresting,were immediately dispelled by the sheer beauty of the landscape, the friendliness of our guides, and the hospitality of the nomadic families we stayed with. We experienced a unique family adventure, while at the same time feeling completely safe and well looked after. Adrian spent time with us before the trip to find out what we were looking for in the holiday, and to ensure that all our questions were addressed. His team on the ground were exceptional, and even though things didn’t always go exactly to plan, we adapted quickly and without drama. A real adventure and we are very much looking forward to the next one!
Writer & Global Trekker Extraordinaire, New York.
As a veteran of 15 guided treks, including 10 in the Himalaya, I know exactly what makes for a top-notch trekking leader. Adrian at Whistling Arrow checks all the boxes, in terms of safety, knowledge, leadership, friendly service, cultural sensitivity, and more. One essential in leading expeditionary-style treks is flexibility, for something is bound to go awry. On my trek with Adrian, he showed that he could quickly adapt to changing conditions and client needs, making for a stellar adventure. If you're looking for a full-service company to guide you in western China, eastern Tibet, Mongolia and the greater Himalaya, Whistling Arrow is a wise choice.
I joined Whistling Arrow's botanical expedition in 2018 to explore the pristine wilderness of the Gaoligong Shan. I had originally met Adrian in Nepal in 2015, and back then was impressed by his passion for unearthing unique expeditionary-style adventures. I have subsequently found that he is indeed a true explorer, with a genuine desire to share the wilderness with others. He is a very affable, positive and enjoyable man to be around, experienced in remote areas, and I consider him at this point to be a friend, one whom I trust completely, and with whom I want to continue to explore. Thank you for including me in this amazingly diverse and beautiful trip, and in particular for fulfilling a lifelong dream to see the rare Himalayan Takin.
Our two weeks in Mongolia's Altai Highlands was truly spectacular. The landscape, the nature and the people together made this a trip of a lifetime. Most importantly, none of this would have been possible without Adrian and his team at Whistling Arrow. Both planning and execution were spot on. Our route had been carefully thought through and as we trekked over some of the most stunning landscape we were well looked after at all times. Adrian's own hands-on approach also made the trip special. He was a great guide and companion over our days together. Of course the key question is "would you do it again or a similar trip (with Whistling Arrow) and the emphatic answer is YES.
Head of Oxford University Alumni, Greater China, Hong Kong
I was looking for an out-of-the-ordinary adventure both for an invigorating immersion in nature - no mobile signals for a week! - as well as a memorable and challenging trip for a group of alumni wanting to raise funds for the Bodleian China Centre library at Oxford. Adrian and his team did a great job in guiding us up to breathless high passes and down through gorgeous valleys as we trekked around this spectacular pilgrimage route before finding our way back to a forgotten world of hot showers and soft beds.
My partner and I have been on many treks in recent years, - however the expedition that we embarked on with Adrian and Whistling Arrow in western Mongola surpassed them all. It was a real privilege to discover such a remote and unexplored part of the world - and we literally didn't see one other tourist the whole time we were there. Adrian had also thought of our every need - the tents were comfortable, the food was excellent and the scenery was just awesome. Can’t wait for our next Whistling Arrow adventure, wherever that may take us.
Our last custom expedition in western Mongolia was featured in the Fortnum & Mason adventure journal! (click on image to view).
Our teams are typically diverse and international, brought together by a collective spirit of discovery and adventure. Often relative strangers at the outset - without fail they finish a close-knit bunch: the result of shared challenges, unique experiences and good fun.
Is that a snow leopard up there?
Are my stirrups short enough Mum?
Who talked me into this again?
Wow, how heavy did you say she was?
Who said it never snows in September?
Anyone for a Tibetan massage?
Where We're Heading Next
To join an eagle hunter family on their annual spring migration through the wilds of western Mongolia with some private clients!
Hot Off The Press
Our expedition to the sacred peaks of Golok in eastern Tibet, was featured in a recent edition of the Explorers Journal - the official quarterly of the fabled Explorers Club since 1921.