Welcome To Whistling Arrow

Our aim is straightforward - to create a select portfolio of truly extraordinary Asia-based trekking expeditions. All uniquely designed and personally managed, our individually researched trips are defined by a never-ending quest to unearth adventure travel experiences you simply won't find anywhere else.

We also provide imaginative content origination and location development services for corporate branding, documentary and wildlife film projects in the region, and are also seeking professional collaboration to develop some of our own documentary film ideas in western China.

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.

Adrian

* All our scheduled 2018 expeditions are now closed or full, so please stay tuned for the release of our 2019 schedule later this year. Thanks for your support *

Choose Your 2018 Asia Expedition

Our scheduled, small team treks are open for everyone to join, and displayed here in chronological order.

We do understand though, that our fixed departure dates may not always work for everyone. So, for pre-arranged groups of at least 4 people, we are happy to try and create a private expedition to suit your alternative dates.       

TEA HORSE TRAIL ADVENTURE | CHINA<br>
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 China that very few outsiders get to see.

March 30 to April 7, 2018

This trip is now CLOSED, but we are happy to customize this adventure for private groups of at least 4 people to suit alternative dates in 2018.

GAOLIGONG BOTANCIAL EXPEDITION | CHINA 

Join a unique botanical adventure into the wild borderlands of Yunnan, Burma and Tibet as we once again explore the most prolific temperate biosphere on the planet.

June 9 to 25, 2018

This trip is now CLOSED.

 
SACRED PEAKS OF GOLOK EXPEDITION | TIBET 

Join a pioneering trek - the first of its kind - to explore deep into the most beautiful mountains in Eastern Tibet, and discover a spectacular 'eco-sanctuary' for rare flora and fauna.

July 5 to 17, 2018

This trip is now CLOSED. Private groups can enquire about potential custom trips in September/October.

ALTAI 'EAGLE HUNTER' TREK | MONGOLIA 

Join a uniquely-designed and impactful expedition, guided by one of the region's fabled eagle hunters, as we trek deep into an unexplored corner of the Altai Mountains in western Mongolia.

August 12 to 24, 2018

This trip is now CLOSED.

FINDING SHANGRI-LA EXPEDITION | CHINA

Join us on a 'first foray' expedition, in the spirit of the explorers of old, as we forge a new route to the sacred peaks of Yading - one of the most spectacular mountain sanctuaries in Asia.

September 15 to 30, 2018

This trip is now FULL.

'EAGLE HUNTING' PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP | MONGOLIA

Join us on a unique and culturally immersive expedition to authentically re-create a traditional 'Sayat', or winter eagle hunt, designed with the intrepid photography enthusiast in mind.

October 28 to November 6, 2018

This trip is now FULL.

'NORTHERN TREASURES' TREK | NEPAL

Join a unique and culturally immersive expedition to forge new trails in the wild Tibetan borderlands of eastern Nepal, and witness an esoteric tantric festival rarely seen by outsiders.

November 3 to 18, 2018

This trip is now FULL.

 

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 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.

 

You'll Be In Good, Safe Hands

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. 
 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.
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. ­
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.­

Everyone Welcome

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.

 

Photo Of The Month

Our team of Lisu porters are all smiles after the successful completion of our latest intrepid expedition into the wild Gaoligong Mountains of Yunnan­ in June 2018.­
Our team of Lisu porters are all smiles after the successful completion of our latest intrepid expedition into the wild Gaoligong Mountains of Yunnan­ in June 2018.­

Hot Off The Press

Our expedition to the sacred peaks of Golok in eastern Tibet, was featured in the latest edition of the Explorers Journal - the official quarterly of the fabled Explorers Club since 1921. ­
Our expedition to the sacred peaks of Golok in eastern Tibet, was featured in the latest edition of the Explorers Journal - the official quarterly of the fabled Explorers Club since 1921. ­

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