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Welcome to the Zegrahm Expeditions resources page! Here you will find inspiration for your next adventure and information from your last adventure, produced by our field leaders, Seattle office staff, and contributing writers. From blog posts and field reports (daily recaps of a past expeditions with images) to photo galleries and videos, explore your world from our perspective.

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Bhutan
June 1, 2015
Blog Post

While visiting Bhutan’s capital, Thimphu, the esteemed Indio-Anglian author and journalist Khushwant Singh heard numerous references to what he called “a wandering ascetic who combines preaching religion with sex and liquor.” This “Divine Madman” was, as Singh recounts in his book, The Freethinker’s Prayer Book: And Some Words to Live By, the “most unconventional holy man the world has ever known.”

To be fair, Lama Drukpa Kunley (1455-1529) comes from a long line of historic...

Persepolis, Iran
May 29, 2015
Blog Post

In 1931 while on commission for the University of Chicago, professor Ernst Herzfeld led an archaeological expedition about 525 miles south of Iran’s present-day capital, Teheran. There he would uncover a glorious palace complex lying at the foot of Kouh-e Rahmat, the “Mountain of Mercy.”

The ancient Persian capital of Parsa—better known by its Greek name, Persepolis—was shown little mercy by Alexander the Great, who conquered and looted the complex in 330 BC. Plutarch wrote of great...

Children's Peace Monument, Hiroshima
May 29, 2015
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Back in 1915, Hiroshima’s governing assembly opened an exhibition hall along the eastern banks of the Motoyasu River. The three-story brick building—crowned by a copper-covered dome that stood some 80 feet high—was used to highlight the prefecture’s various commercial enterprises. Just 30 years later, the Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall would encapsulate something far more nefarious.

At 8:15AM on August 6, 1945, a B-29 Superfortress aircraft named the Enola Gay...

Pitcairn, Pitcairn Islands
May 27, 2015
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Rest assured, any voyage to the South Pacific will be less dramatic than that of the HMS Bounty in the 1700s, the story of the mutinous journey of this small vessel which originally set out for a botanical mission in the Pacific Ocean.

As the story goes, the HMS Bounty—also known as the HM Armed Vessel Bounty—was bought by the Royal Navy and sent out under the command of William Bligh to search for breadfruit plants on the islands of the Pacific, and return them...

Easter Island
May 27, 2015
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Quietly, but surely, some 1,200 years ago, a double-hulled canoe of intrepid seafarers landed on the shores of Easter Island—a Chilean island in the southeastern Pacific Ocean. Here, over the course of several centuries, a whole society was formed, isolated from the rest of the world in spirit, and proximity. Today, Easter Island is renowned for its 887 extant monumental statues, or moai, created by these early Rapa Nui people.

If you’re among those fortunate enough to view...

April 25, 2015
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For 25 years, we have been taking inquisitve travelers to the ends of the earth; in 2016, our trend continues. We're offering 35 unique adventures next year, 11 of which are brand-new itineraries! We think our line-up will inspire even the most well-traveled explorers; take a look at our new expeditions below and contact us at info@zegrahm.com or 206.285.4000, for any questions or to book today.

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April 25, 2015
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This year, we're celebrating our 25th anniversary in expedition travel! Since 1990, we have been committed to crafting innovative and industry-leading itineraries for curious explorers. To that end, we are pleased to be offering two very special, signature expeditions to celebrate this exciting milestone in our history, hosted by Zegrahm cofounders Mike Messick, Jack Grove, Peter Harrison, and Shirley Metz. 

The Azores & Canary Islands
The dramatic volcanic...

Island Sky
April 25, 2015
Blog Post

India has captivated travelers for centuries, but venturing to this cultural melting-pot can be a logistical challenge on your own. Zegrahm Expeditions believes the best way for explorers to immerse themselves in this diverse country—and with minimal distractions and inconveniences—is by small ship. Here are 10 reasons why:

  • See it all—from bustling cities and sleepy fishing villages to gilded temples and lush jungle retreats, and everything in between.
  • Beat the heat: the...
January 9, 2014
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We are thrilled to announce our 2015 expedition line-up! Our founders, field directors, and program managers have crafted 39 unique adventures for the 2015 season, with itineraries spanning all seven continents. Not only are we offering 19 overland adventures and 20 small-ship cruises, we'll also be using eight vessels—Caledonian Sky, Isabela II, Island Sky, La Estrella Amazonica, Oceanic Discoverer, Sea Adventurer, Sea Spirit, and Variety Voyager.

By small ship, we are...

Golden Stupa, Laos
October 20, 2004
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Our expedition to Burma and Laos via the Golden Triangle of Thailand is always a big hit among our well-traveled clients. They love the people first of all, but also the rich cultural history, as well as the amazing scenery and unique natural surprises all along the way. I have been traveling regularly to Burma since 1977, and have led every Zegrahm or Eco Expeditions exploration of that country, the first almost ten years ago. It is always an exciting journey for me.

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