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Looking Back, Looking Forward

We believe there’s a little bit of adventure in everyone.
AwimAway grew out of the passions of four adventure enthusiasts who became the first ever to traverse the length of the Himalayas. For the next 25 years, we led adventures across the world, until Harish Kohli, the leader, founded AwimAway in 2007, with the aim of indulging our wanderlust and sharing it with others.

What we do
What we do

Our approach is different. We don’t take itineraries from local operators and sell them at a profit. Nor do we 'own' products that we offload because we are unable to sell them.

We connect you direct with the best local travel specialists to design your luxury adventures, experiential tours or African safaris, using unique lodges and resorts in Asia, Africa and the Americas.

Trusted Heritage

Our Beginnings
Our Beginnings

AwimAway is a community of people who have travelled the globe on foot, ski, bike and boat – and who still do. Led by our founder, Harish Kohli, we've come together to marry our passion for travel with our expertise, so as to provide our clients with the world’s greatest experiential holidays.

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Kanchenjunga
Kanchenjunga

Soon Harish graduated to participating in 8,000m high mountain expeditions, including Mt Kanchenjunga, the world’s third highest mountain – known to be technically far more difficult and far more hazardous than Everest. The expedition not only reached the summit but for the first time did so from its most difficult north-east ridge. But even bigger plans were afoot.

Trans-Himalaya
Trans-Himalaya

In the early 1980s, the team of four, inspired by Harish, decided to make the first ever traverse along the length of the Himalayas. Followed by our Tibetan mastiff named Druk (‘Dragon’ in Bhutanese), we started from the Brahmaputra River in the east and walked almost 8,000 km in 475 days to reach the Karakoram Pass, close to the ‘Pamir knot’ in the northwestern Himalaya. Read more...

Ski-Himalaya
Ski-Himalaya

In 1995, our team joined up again, this time to make the first ever ski traverse of the Himalayas, possibly the longest ski expedition in the history of mountain skiing. Starting from the Karakoram Pass, we skied to the Lipu Lekh Pass on the Indo-Nepal border. Read more...

Everest and beyond
Everest and beyond

After taking early retirement from the Army, Harish decided to explore the world, learning, meeting people and working on four continents. Later, he led student expeditions for World Challenge (TUI Company), to Asia, Africa and Latin America, climbed Kilimanjaro, ran across Iceland and made a solo attempt on Mt Everest. Read more...

And AwimAway
And AwimAway

All of our adventures started ‘on a whim’ – with a simple idea that one could draw on the back of an envelope. But it was our passion that made those ideas into great adventures. And so when we had an idea to connect travellers direct with local operators, we started a company and named it AwimAway – a play on the words 'a whim' and 'away'. It echoes the chorus in the song "Wimoweh"/"The Lion Sleeps Tonight", conjuring up images of the jungle and adventure. Read more...

Pursue Your Passion

At AwimAway it is all about passion.
Passion drives us and our company forward – a passion for perseverance, adventure, appreciation of the beauties of the world and the infinite human capacity to be awed, thrilled and moved.

We do what we do because we are passionate about it.
We don’t take “No” or “That’ll never work” for an answer.
If we did, then AwimAway would never have started in the first place.

Travel Specialists

We have selected the best local travel specialists who have worked with us in the past, and who have consistently excelled in handcrafting complex experiential and luxury itineraries. Now – for the first time – we make it possible for you to work with them directly to design your dream holiday, saving you time and money.


You want to watch wildlife in Africa or Borneo? Go diving in the Philippines? Trek across the Himalayas? Or sit quietly tasting wine in an exclusive resort on an island in the Indian Ocean? Whatever your age, experience or interest, AwimAway has the experts who can design a holiday just right for you!


Travel Specialists
Travel Specialists
Travel Specialists
Travel Specialists

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