BackTrack Adventures Celebrating 40 Years

Celebrating 40 years

Back Track’s love affair with adventure travel began back in 1982 when co-founders Jim Drapes and Ray Baker trekked the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal and vowed to return…somehow…someday.

Two years later they established Back Track Expeditions (auspiciously based in the spare bedroom of Jim and Marianne’s house) and took their first group of 30 trekkers to Nepal the following year. From these humble beginnings, expanded tour operations and a retail travel agency grew, and relationships were forged with key industry partners who shared Back Track’s ethos of discovery and exploration.

Back Track’s journey has seen us embrace the emergence of the internet as a booking tool, adapt to the changing face of travel in the wake of the World Trade Centre attacks, weather a global financial crisis and of course THAT pandemic.

Back Track is thrilled to be celebrating 40 years in 2024 in an everchanging global landscape. We would not be able to do so without the long term loyalty of our clients whose love of travel and adventure has kept us going. Our amazing staff exemplify hard work, dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment, and allow us to deliver exceptional service time and time again.

To celebrate, we have lovingly curated a Ruby Anniversary Program of trips for 2024. These special journeys showcase some of our much-loved destinations including Nepal, Africa, Italy, and Antarctica; and work with some of our favourite partners including Intrepid Travel, Heritage Expeditions, Ethical Adventures and Quark Expeditions.

We hope you enjoy the program as much as we enjoyed putting it together, and we look forward to travelling with you in 2024!