THE ES­SEN­TIALS

Australian Geographic Outdoor - - Destination -

Kur­dis­tan in North­ern Iraq is a chal­leng­ing but re­ward­ing des­ti­na­tion full of his­tory and wel­com­ing Kur­dish lo­cals. For a his­tor­i­cal and cultural tour check out Kar­wan Wa­hed Kur­dis­tan Tours, www.kur­dis­tan­tours.net.

Or for some­thing more in­trepid Se­cret Com­pass can take you on a moun­taineer­ing ex­pe­di­tion to Mount Hal­gurd, the high­est peak wholly in Iraq, near the Ira­nian Border. Se­cret Com­pass is an ex­cep­tional leader in tak­ing you on ad­ven­tures off the beaten path. See www.se­cret­com­pass.com.

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