Amazing Off-the-Grid Mountain Adventures Around the World

Scale awe-inspiring peaks all over the planet by booking yourself onto one of these epic adventures with Culture Trip.
Mandi Keighran
5 May 2023
When city life gets too hectic, it’s time to unplug and find an isolated getaway – and nowhere offers this kind of much-needed seclusion than the wilderness of the mountains. We’ve rounded up the very best off-the-grid mountain adventures with Culture Trip, from hikes to remote villages in the Caucasus Mountains of Georgia to summiting a volcano in Guatemala. After taking on the challenges of journeying through the wild, you’ll come back feeling refreshed and ready to tackle whatever life throws your way.
1 . Exploring the Caucasus Mountains in Georgia

The Caucasus Mountains rise up along the intersection of Asia and Europe, stretching from the Black Sea to the Caspian Sea. One of the best places to explore these majestic peaks is in Georgia, a country that is quickly becoming a favourite destination for travellers looking for somewhere to get away from it all.
Culture Trip’s nine-day journey is all about off-the-grid travel experiences, including hiking to the secluded Gergeti Church and beyond remote Juta village, visiting Unesco World Heritage sites at the city of Mtskheta, which dates back to the 3rd century BCE, and exploring the Lagodekhi National Park.

Next available from10 Jun 2023
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2 . Trekking through the Andes and the Amazon in Ecuador

Ecuador is home to some spectacularly diverse landscapes, with everything from the Andes Mountains, which stretch through seven South American countries, to the lush jungle of the Amazon – and if you’re looking for isolated getaways, it doesn’t get better than this.
Explore the best of Ecuador on Culture Trip’s Ecuador group trip, which passes through the geothermally active peaks of the Avenue of Volcanoes, before heading into the Amazon, where you’ll go white-water rafting through the jungle. At the end of the trip, it’s time to sit back and relax in natural hot springs at a secluded retreat in Papallacta, a village in the Andes Mountains.

Next available from8 Jul 2023
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3 . Marveling at Mount Fuji in Japan
Japan might be best known for its bustling mega-cities with neon-lit skyscrapers, but there is also plenty of opportunity for off-grid travel, exploring the country’s bamboo forests, unplugging in traditional ryokan-style hotels and discovering secluded islands. Culture Trip’s 12-day Japan Rising trip combines the best of both sides of the country. It begins in the large port city of Osaka and finishes up in Tokyo – taking in the floating Torii Gate of Miyajima Island, views of Mount Fuji from Lake Ashi, and hiking through bamboo forests and the gates of Fushimi Inari.
Next available from7 Sep 2023
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4 . Summiting a volcano in Guatemala

Discover epic landscapes in Central America with our five-day Mini Trip to Guatemala. Although the adventure starts in the city of Antigua, there are plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in nature. You’ll trek up to the summit of Pacaya volcano – and enjoy a treat of pizza and marshmallows cooked over molten lava, too.
After exploring Antigua, the adventures continue at Lake Atitlan, a flooded volcanic crater. After a traditional Mayan ceremony at Iximche, embark on a kayak session on the lake before visiting the artisan town of San Juan la Laguna.

Next available from21 Jun 2023
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5 . Hiking Doi Inthanon, the highest mountain in Thailand
Thailand is more than just beaches and jungles – it’s home to mountain peaks, too. Summit the highest mountain in the country, Doi Inthanon, on our 10-day adventure to Northern Thailand. Watching the sunrise on top of the 2,565m (8,415ft) peak will be a moment to remember.
You’ll meet in Chiang Mai for a street art and food tour before heading to Pai, with plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities on offer over the next few days – climbing a sticky waterfall, exploring Pai Canyon and soaking in hot springs, to name a few. After the mountain hike, see an elephant sanctuary before returning to Chiang Mai.
Next available from11 Jun 2023
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Maja Proescholdt contributed additional reporting to this article.

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