Video: Josh the Sherpa

Josh trades packs with one of the Sherpa guides and quickly regrets it.

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'Expedition Unknown' Investigates the Yeti

'Expedition Unknown' Investigates the Yeti

Josh Gates is no stranger to the mysteries of the yeti -- or the Himalayan mountains. "There have been so many firsthand accounts of the Yeti, and several years ago, I had my own encounter," Josh said. "I discovered an unusual set of footprints high in the Himalayas. It was an incredible and confounding find."  960 1280

  

Monster or Myth?

Monster or Myth?

Josh examines an artifact from a Buddhist monastery in Pangboche, Nepal, which supporters claim to be the hand of the Pangboche Yeti. 960 1280

  

An Epic Journey

An Epic Journey

Josh and the Expedition Unknown crew traveled far and wide throughout Nepal during their investigation, capturing sights of the Himalayas like this from Namche Bazaar, Nepal. 960 1280

  

Pack Travelers

Pack Travelers

Donkeys of the crew's convoy cross a long susupension bridge high in the mountains in Nepal. 960 1280

  

Long Road Ahead

Long Road Ahead

Josh stands on the long suspension bridge that leads to Phadking, a stop on the way to Mt. Everest Base Camp. 960 1280

  

Pit Stop

Pit Stop

The crew and other travelers stop for a breather on their trek to Everest Base Camp in the heart of Namche Bazaar, Nepal. 960 1280

  

Namche Bazaar

Namche Bazaar

The Nepalese village of Namche Bazaar is the unofficial capital of Nepal and another major stop-off point for travelers making the trek to Everest Base Camp. 960 1280

  

Don't Look Down

Don't Look Down

Josh repels down the side of a cliff towards a cave in search of any sign or evidence of the yeti in Nepal. 960 1280

  

Possible Evidence?

Possible Evidence?

The Expedition Unknown crew captures footage of Josh and his investigation partners, Adam Davies and Tul, as they examine animal footprints next to a river. 960 1280

  

Yeti or Not?

Yeti or Not?

Josh, Adam, and Tul take a closer look at the animal prints they've spotted. 960 1280

  

Prayers for Josh

Prayers for Josh

Traditional Tibetan prayer flags are scattered throughout the mountains of Nepal to bless the countryside. 960 1280

  

Up Up and Away

Up Up and Away

A helicopter is one of Josh's many modes of transport throughout the four-part Hunt for the Yeti special. 960 1280

  

The Trek Continues

The Trek Continues

The Expedition Unknown crew continues their journey through the mountains of Nepal in search of the yeti. 960 1280

  

Everest Base Camp

Everest Base Camp

They made it! (Josh Gates and the crew shot a Facebook Live from Everest Base Camp -- click here to watch the video on Travel Channel's Facebook page.) 960 1280

  

Have You Seen the Yeti?

Have You Seen the Yeti?

Josh talks with Pasang, an alleged yeti witness, at Everest Basecamp. 960 1280

  

More Yeti Evidence

More Yeti Evidence

Josh examines an artifact that is believed by Khumjung villagers to be the scalp of a yeti. 960 1280

  

Beautiful Bhutan

Beautiful Bhutan

Josh visits a decorated Bhutanese temple during his travels throughout South Asia. 960 1280

  

Bhutan Monastary

Bhutan Monastary

Monasteries are sacred Buddhist sites and can be found throughout Bhutan. 960 1280

  

Yeti Sightings?

Yeti Sightings?

Josh Gates and Casey Anderson look around for any signs of the yeti in the forests of Bhutan. 960 1280

  

Trap Camera

Trap Camera

Josh Gates and Casey Anderson check footage from their trap camera at their campsite in Bhutan for any evidence of a yeti. 960 1280

  

River Rafting

River Rafting

Yet another mode of transport for Josh and the crew in Hunt for the Yeti: white water rafting down a river in Bhutan. 960 1280

  

Team Yeti

Team Yeti

Josh speaks with Japanese mountaineer Kuniaki Yagihara about his own expedition and possible yeti sighting, plus photo evidence of a footprint and a small video clip. 960 1280

  

Traditional Wear

Traditional Wear

Before leaving South Asia, Josh Gates gets fitted for traditional Bhutanese garb. 960 1280

  

On Location With Josh Gates
Safety First

Safety First

Our search for the Yeti leads to a high-altitude hunt in the mountains of Bhutan. As we pass 14,000 feet, researcher Casey Anderson and I don oxygen masks in the rapidly thinning air. Nobody said looking for a Yeti was going to be easy. 960 1280

  

Bhutan's Ghankar Punsom

Bhutan's Ghankar Punsom

Flying toward the sacred mountain of Ghankar Punsom in Bhutan. Many of these peaks have never been summited, let alone seen by Westerners. Just over those snow-capped mountains is the border of Tibet, and, if eyewitnesses are to be believed, this is the home of the Yeti. 960 1280

  

Arriving in Bhutan

Arriving in Bhutan

Bhutan is known as “the land of the Thunder Dragon.” Due to its location, it’s one of the most remote nations on earth. Only about a dozen pilots are rated to land at Bhutan’s Paro airport. The runway is nestled in the middle of the Himalayas, and planes have to bank into a narrow valley for the final approach. 960 1280

  

Inside the Temple

Inside the Temple

The Memorial Chorten in Thimpu, Bhutan is a temple where faithful Buddhists come to meditate, pray, and make offerings. 960 1280

  

Bhutan's Spirituality

Bhutan's Spirituality

Prayer candles burning in a temple in Bhutan. This country is deeply spiritual, and creatures like the Yeti exist in a realm somewhere between the real and the divine. 960 1280

  

Meeting the Locals

Meeting the Locals

Many people in Bhutan still wear traditional “ghos,” a 17th century robe. As for the sunglasses, I have no idea. But let’s be honest. This guy is dope. 960 1280

  

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

The Expedition Unknown team in the Khumbu region of Nepal. We’re joining researcher Adam Davies to interview recent Yeti eyewitnesses and hopefully collect physical evidence. 960 1280

  

Surviving Lukla

Surviving Lukla

The arrivals sign at the Lukla airport in Nepal is a welcome sight (since seeing it means you survived the flight). I travel for a living, and I can assure you that Lukla has the sketchiest commercial runway on earth. But it’s well worth the white-knuckle landing, since it’s a charming high-altitude town and the gateway to the stunning Everest region beyond. 960 1280

  

Smile, Danny!

Smile, Danny!

Expedition Unknown wouldn’t happen without my awesome crew. High in the Himalayas, my tech manager Danny crosses a narrow bridge armed with a camera, a backpack full of lenses and a smile. 960 1280

  

Hindu Sādhus

Hindu Sādhus

Nepal is an amazing melting pot of history and religion. In Kathmandu’s Durbar Square, there are Bhuddist temples sitting alongside Hindu shrines. Here, Hindhu sādhus sit amidst the smoky offerings and offer blessings to the passers by. 960 1280

  

Expedition Rough Waters

Expedition Rough Waters

Rafting in Bhutan under ominous skies. This is a country where 70 percent of the entire nation is pristine wilderness. That’s a lot of space to get lost in -- or for a yeti to hide in. 960 1280

  

The Edge of the Earth

The Edge of the Earth

Many sightings of the Yeti take place along the remote rivers of Bhutan. This one, near the valley of Jakar, is only partially navigable. After a while, it just falls off the edge of the earth and spills down toward the Indian subcontinent. 960 1280

  

8 Things We Know About the Mysterious Yeti

Fun fact: Witnesses consistently state the yeti is reddish brown, not white.

Facebook Live from Mt. Everest Base Camp

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Expedition Unknown: Yonaguni
Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Josh Gates and his crew go underwater to investigate the sunken Yonaguni rock formation ruins off the coast of Japan. 960 1280

  

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

Yonaguni Ruins, Japan

The debate has raged for years: Are the Yonaguni ruins a natural formation or man-made? 960 1280

  

Josh’s Mode of Transport, Japan

Josh’s Mode of Transport, Japan

Josh Gates travels light to explore the small Yonaguni island to investigate whether the Yonaguni ruins off the coast of Japan are natural or man-made. 960 1280

  

Jungles of Yonaguni, Japan

Jungles of Yonaguni, Japan

Josh stumbles upon this holy site with a face-like structure, similar to one seen in the underwater ruins, while searching the Yonaguni jungle. Its origins are completely unknown and is considered a guardian looking over the ruins. 960 1280

  

Artifacts from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, North Carolina

Artifacts from the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, North Carolina

In North Carolina, archaeologist Billy Ray Morris shows Josh Gates an anchor, one of the remaining pieces of the infamous English pirate Blackbeard's flagship, the Queen Anne's Revenge. 960 1280

  

Blackbeard’s Lodge, North Carolina

Blackbeard’s Lodge, North Carolina

This funky lodge is owned and operated by Blackbeard’s quartermaster’s descendant. Ask for Chip to see the family tree! 960 1280

  

Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Josh Gates and treasure hunter Ed Lavado get access to this restricted nature preserve, with historic wells like this one that more likely were visited by Blackbeard himself, to hunt for the pirate’s lost treasure. 960 1280

  

Coast of Springer’s Point, North Carolina

Coast of Springer’s Point, North Carolina

As Ed Lavado digs, Josh Gates inspects an artifact that might be a part of Blackbeard's lost treasure. 960 1280

  

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Wailing Wall, Jerusalem

Josh Gates visits Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, which is believed to have been the home of the Ark of the Covenant, during his search for the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Underground Clues, Istanbul

Underground Clues, Istanbul

Josh teams up with a group of archaeologists to search the underworld of Istanbul for the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Ancient Chariot Racing Stadium, Istanbul

Ancient Chariot Racing Stadium, Istanbul

The air is potentially toxic in the tunnels behind this door of a building from the Byzantine era in Istanbul. Josh and a group of archaeologists prepare to explore the tunnels in search of biblical relics hidden underground. 960 1280

  

Underneath the Hippodrome, Istanbul

Underneath the Hippodrome, Istanbul

Josh and the archaeologists wade through potentially toxic knee-deep water in the tunnels beneath the ancient chariot racing stadium to search for biblical relics and the True Cross of Jesus Christ. 960 1280

  

Searching for Suleiman, Hungary

Searching for Suleiman, Hungary

Josh travels by land and air to search for the lost heart of Suleiman the Magnificent, the longest-reigning sultan of the Ottoman Empire. 960 1280

  

Underground Wine Cellar, Hungary

Underground Wine Cellar, Hungary

Josh and his guides explore a Hungarian cellar below a wine vineyard where they believe the lost heart of Suleiman the Magnificent may be buried. 960 1280

  

Underwater Nazi Treasure, Austria

Underwater Nazi Treasure, Austria

Josh suits up to search for treasures buried and stolen by the Third Reich during World War II. There have been finds in surrounding lakes, here, but this one has yet to be searched.

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Excavated Site, Austria

Excavated Site, Austria

Local researcher Andreas Sulzer leads Josh into a restricted area behind an old rifle range to show him an excavated site with a possible entrance to a hidden underground Nazi facility.
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Hazyview, South Africa

Hazyview, South Africa

In 1900, South African President Paul Kruger flees with his country’s entire financial reserves, gold coins worth about $1 billion in today’s currency. Kruger’s fortune has never been found, but evidence of its existence is out there. Josh meets with the chief of the Shangana Tribe in South Africa to get permission to search Kruger National Park for clues. The chief also gifts Josh with a spear to protect him from dangerous wildlife inside. 960 1280

  

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Archaeologist Anton van Vollenhoven has found Kruger-era artifacts like weaponry inside these caves, some of the oldest on Earth. 960 1280

  

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Sudewala Caves, South Africa

Josh and Anton explore the cathedral-like caves – and its too-small-for-large-TV-cameras passageways – in search of Kruger-era artifacts. 960 1280

  

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Josh goes airborne in this Gyrocopter to investigate the legend of G.A. Farini’s lost city. The acrobatic daredevil and explorer claimed in the late 1800s that he had come across the ruins of a lost city half buried in the sands of Africa’s Kalahari Desert. 960 1280

  

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town, South Africa

Josh begins his search for the lost city the same way Farini began his Kalahari adventure – arriving in Cape Town by boat. 960 1280

  

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Kalahari Desert, South Africa

Josh and explorer Adam Cruise have to improvise when it comes to travel in the Kalahari Desert. 960 1280

  

Bakong Cave, Philippines

Bakong Cave, Philippines

During World War II, the Japanese collected a vast fortune of gold by looting across Asia and transported it to the Philippines. After the Allies won the war, the fortune was inexplicably lost. Here, Josh searches a cave system rumored to have treasure left behind by the Japanese with two local treasure hunters.
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Mode of Transport, Philippines

Mode of Transport, Philippines

It’s never a dull moment with Josh on the move. His mode of transport in the Philippines to an excavation site is buffalo. 960 1280

  

Excavation Site, Philippines

Excavation Site, Philippines

After trekking through thick jungle, Josh and treasure hunter Henry Roxas explore an expansive cave system that may contain the lost treasure of Japanese general Tomoyuki Yamashita. 960 1280

  

Kathmandu, Nepal

Kathmandu, Nepal

Josh’s first stop in his investigation of the origins of the legendary utopia of Shangri-La is Nepal’s capital city. 960 1280

  

Chhusang, Nepal

Chhusang, Nepal

Shangri-La is inspired by a mythical kingdom in Buddhist tradition known as Shambhala. The trek through Nepal to the mysterious sky caves, the possible location of the hidden utopia, isn’t an easy one. 960 1280

  

Mustang Region, Nepal

Mustang Region, Nepal

Surely this bridge in Nepal is safe to pass through... 960 1280

  

Himalayas

Himalayas

After hours of hiking and with the help of some homemade ladders, Josh and his crew reach a hidden chamber more than 14,000 feet high in the Himalayan mountains.
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Hidden Caves, Himalayas

Hidden Caves, Himalayas

Josh and archaeologists Mark Aldenderfer and Mohan Singh Lama discover remnants of a culture that hasn’t been seen in 500 years. 960 1280

  

Madeira, Spain

Madeira, Spain

Built by local craftsman, this is one of the only working replicas of the Santa Maria, Christopher Columbus’ flagship used in his first voyage. Josh takes a ride in the replica during his voyage to investigate the true story of Columbus and search for his remains. 960 1280

  

Archive General de Indeas, Spain

Archive General de Indeas, Spain

Josh Gates and archivist Consuela Varella look through documents written by Christopher Columbus himself, left in the Archive General de Indeas in Seville, Spain. 960 1280

  

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

The Faro o Colon is a massive cross-shaped structure in the Dominican Republic dedicated to Christopher Columbus and almost cathedral-like in its enormity. Here, historians believe they have the real remains of Columbus, a claim that has divided Dominicans and Spaniards, who believe they actually have the real remains. 960 1280

  

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

Faro o Colon, Santo Domingo

This tomb in the Faro o Colon may hold the remains of Christopher Columbus.
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Running of the Bulls, Spain

Running of the Bulls, Spain

How could you film in Spain without stopping by the Running of the Bulls in Pamplona? Josh is ready to give it a shot. 960 1280

  

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Archaeologist Alain Norestin introduces Josh to the Tap-Tap, a covered pick-up truck and the standard form of public transit in Cap-Haitien. 960 1280

  

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Cap-Haitien, Haiti

Josh and Alain dig for clues as to where remnants of Christopher Columbus’ ship, the Santa Maria, may be buried along the coasts of Cap-Haitien where Columbus first settled.
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The Center of the World, Ecuador

The Center of the World, Ecuador

While traveling Ecuador searching for a long-lost Incan mummy and fortress, Josh visits Quito’s La Mitad del Mundo monument marking the equator -- he has one foot in one hemisphere and one foot in another. 960 1280

  

Quito, Ecuador

Quito, Ecuador

Josh takes in the culture in Ecuador’s capital city. 960 1280

  

Aerial View, Ecuador

Aerial View, Ecuador

Josh’s guide uses a drone to photograph the Incan trails ahead and stitch them together into a road map for directions. 960 1280

  

Jungle Swing
Jungle Swing

Jungle Swing

“In the dry season, Cambodia is torturously hot. After a long day trekking in the jungles, I was overjoyed to find what might be the best seat on earth — a jungle swing in the shadow of a beautiful, cooling waterfall. I may never leave this chair.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

“Angkor Wat in Cambodia is the world’s largest religious building, and in the early morning, it’s also one of the most peaceful. Before the crowds of visitors arrived, I snapped this photo of monks ascending the stairs en route to prayer.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Wat Phnom

Wat Phnom

“In the middle of Cambodia’s bustling capital is the temple of Wat Phnom. Perched high on a hill, it’s a shady respite from the sweltering city. Monks gather here in the afternoon, and I was lucky enough to catch a few of them resting in the shade.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Royal Palace

Royal Palace

“One of the things I love about Cambodia’s capital is the blend of old and new. It’s a mash-up of cultures and architecture. On one block, you feel like you're in a modern city, and then the gilded roof of the Royal Palace comes into view, and you’re transported back in time.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Ta Prohm Ruins

Ta Prohm Ruins

“The Ta Prohm ruins in Siem Reap, Cambodia, are one of the most atmospheric places I’ve ever visited. It’s a meditative place to look back on one of the most impressive ancient empires in the world … and to get out of the blazing sun.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Ta Prohm Temple

Ta Prohm Temple

“The jungles at Ta Prohm temple in Cambodia are now merging with the ancient structures. I love exploring here, seeing how the natural world is reclaiming the site and giving it a whole new architecture.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Gate to Angkor Thom

Gate to Angkor Thom

“There are several majestic gates that lead to Cambodia’s Angkor Thom. I’m weirdly obsessed with all of them. There’s just something so mysterious about their design. Some are easy to get to; others are shrouded by the jungle. I took a motorcycle to get to this particular gate, which feels eerily abandoned.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Faces of Angkor Thom

Faces of Angkor Thom

“The many faces of Angkor Thom in Siem Reap, Cambodia. This is one of my favorite temples in the world. Wandering around the ruins in the early morning, it’s hard not to be moved by the hundreds of monumental faces staring back at you.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Comanche Nation Teepee

Comanche Nation Teepee

“We were passing through Oklahoma and noticed a huge gathering in a field. It turned out to be a massive powwow on the plains of Comanche Nation. We pulled over and were warmly welcomed by the proud and hospitable Comanche people.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

“When searching for the mysterious lost treasure of Jesse James, it pays to have the right vehicle. As I rode off into the fading Oklahoma sunset on horseback, I suddenly felt hot on the trail of one of America’s most famous outlaws.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Buzzard’s Roost

Buzzard’s Roost

“It may not be buried gold, but when I found this antique lead bar in the hills of Buzzard’s Roost in Oklahoma, I was ecstatic! After all, when treasure hunting, any discovery is better than coming up empty-handed … or getting bitten by a rattlesnake.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Oklahoma Sunset

Oklahoma Sunset

“Red sky at night. Sunset over a farm in central Oklahoma. I’m always struck by the fact that we don’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to find adventure. It’s right in our own backyard.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Summer Palace

Summer Palace

“Touring the summer palace of the Russian czars in St. Petersburg made me realize that I need to do some serious redecorating back at home. My ballroom isn’t nearly this opulent.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

“Ominous skies over the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is, for me, one of the coolest spots in Europe. No other city has undergone a more dramatic transformation in the 20th century. It’s gone from a place of extreme repression to a city that’s absolutely buzzing with free expression.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

“East meets West. A cross section of the Berlin Wall in Germany and a sobering reminder of the tragic division that once defined this city.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Lion Fighter

Lion Fighter

Statue of the ‘Lion Fighter’ outside the Altes Museum in Berlin, Germany.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral

“View of the imposing Berlin Cathedral.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Vladimir Lenin Statue

Vladimir Lenin Statue

“Kaliningrad is a place with a fascinating identity crisis. I loved exploring this seldom-visited city and sorting through the complicated history that defines it. Though it was once German, this Lenin statue is a good reminder that I'm now in Russian territory.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood

“The vivid colors of the Church of Our Savior on Spilled Blood in St. Petersburg, Russia, are awe-inspiring. Seeing the majestic and playful architecture in person took my breath away.” 960 1280

Josh Gates  

Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea

Josh Gates headed to the remote tribal lands of Papua New Guinea to dig into the iconic disappearance of Amelia Earhart. Take your own Papua New Guinea expedition with small tour sustainable travel company Intrepid Travel for a look into the indigenous cultures of this isolated land. 960 1280

DOZIER Marc / hemis.fr  

Lost City of Bagan, Myanmar

Lost City of Bagan, Myanmar

While under a military dictatorship. Myanmar was closed off to the rest of the world. Now this Southeast Asian nation is welcoming Westerners once again to areas that were previously off-limits. Don’t miss exploring the Lost City of Bagan, where over 2000 pagodas make up the 26-sq-mile Bagan Archaeological Zone. 960 1280

Bruno Morandi  

Fort San Lorenzo, Panama

Fort San Lorenzo, Panama

Follow Josh Gates' footsteps in Panama where he joined archaeologists to search for Captain Morgan’s lost gold. Designated as an UNESCO World Heritage Site, Fort San Lorenzo is the site in Panama where Captain Morgan’s Satisfaction sank. Today, it’s a popular diving spot for those looking to find a real "Pirates of the Caribbean" lost treasure. 960 1280

MyLoupe  

New Delhi, India

New Delhi, India

Get a unique look into daily life in India through a local -- a local street kid, that is. Learn what life is like in New Delhi from your guide, a former street child, on a National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures trip, while your tour supports your guide’s college education. You’ll also get a chance to meet village elders and teachers to discuss rural life in Chandelao Garh, a homestay in Rajasthan, too. 960 1280

G Adventures Inc.  

Kalahari Desert, Africa

Kalahari Desert, Africa

Josh Gates explored Kalahari Desert, the second largest desert in Africa, searching for a fabled lost city. Most travelers head to these vast sand-covered plains, which reach into Botswana, Namibia, and parts of South Africa, on safari searching for game like the black-maned Kalahari lion. (If you go, keep your eyes peeled for signs of lost civilizations, too.) 960 1280

AGF  

Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

Tumbler Ridge, British Columbia

Forget learning about dinosaurs from "Jurassic Park"; instead head to the dinosaur hot spot in the foothills of Canada’s Rocky Mountains to follow real dinosaur tracks in Tumbler Ridge, UNESCO-supported site known for its discoveries of dinosaur and other prehistoric fossils. 960 1280

Mark Newman / Design Pics  

Socotra Island

Socotra Island

Landing on the remote island of Socotra in the Indian Ocean, you’ll feel as you’ve stepped foot on another planet, with its alien-looking flora and fauna, a third of which aren’t found anywhere else in the world. Conservation-focused WANT Expeditions leads tours on this isolated island, called the "new Galapagos" due to its human-friendly wildlife. 960 1280

Want Expeditions  

Jerusalem, Israel

Jerusalem, Israel

Explore the underground mysteries in the ancient city of Jerusalem with a visit to the Siloam secret water tunnels, believed to have been built in the late 8th and early 7th centuries BCE. Or dig for underground treasures by joining nearby archeological excavations where visitors can participate, such as the Temple Mount Sifting Project. 960 1280

Israel Ministry of Tourism  

Citadelle Laferriere, Haiti

Citadelle Laferriere, Haiti

Dive into Haiti’s rich past with a visit to Citadelle Laferriere, an imposing mountaintop fortress built in the early 1800s outside of colonial city Cap-Haitien. Climb the six-mile-long steep road that leads to this UNESCO World Heritage Site, one of the largest fortresses in the Americas, and the biggest in the Caribbean. Marvel at the magnificence of a fortress that took 20,000 men fifteen years to build. Explore more of Haiti with Haitian-led tours with EIM Adventures and G Adventures. 960 1280

Jupiterimages  

Voodoo Nations, West Africa

Voodoo Nations, West Africa

Follow the voodoo trail in West Africa with conversation-focused WANT Expedition’s Voodoo Nations of Africa Expedition that attempts to demystify the world’s most misunderstood religion. Visit Voodoo shrines and remote villages, which few outsiders have dared to venture to, then explore isolated national parks in search of rare wildlife. 960 1280

Want Expeditions  

The Arctic Circle, Russia

The Arctic Circle, Russia

Bundle up and travel far above the Arctic Circle to the isolated home of the Nenets, a tribe of nomadic reindeer herders, on the Yamal Peninsula in Russia. On a first-of-its-kind Intrepid Travel Expedition, travelers will be invited into the nomads’ community, to get a glimpse of life on the frozen tundra with reindeer herds. 960 1280

Intrepid  

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Lalibela, Ethiopia

Discover the mysteries of Ethiopia and its unique position straddling the cultures of Africa and the Middle East on a National Geographic Journeys with G Adventures tour. You’ll explore the ancient sacred sites of Lalibela and Axum, and learn to make injera, the spongy flatbread national dish, with a rural community. 960 1280

Daniel and Audrey / Uncornered Market  

Eternal Spring Shrine

Eternal Spring Shrine

Perched on the side of a cliff in Taiwan’s Toroko National Park, the Eternal Spring Shrine is not easily reached on foot, but those up for a steep climb to the temple’s bell tower will be rewarded with views of the spring waterfalls. 960 1280

Frances LaRose  

Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Baikonur, Kazakhstan

Journey to one of the least explored corners in the world in Kazakhstan, a former Soviet republic in Central Asia on a 10-day Intrepid Travel Expedition. Watch a live rocket launch in the remote settlement of Baikonur, the site of the former Soviet – now Russian – space program, and explore the ancient cities and Silk Road portals of Kazakhstan. 960 1280

Intrepid  

Altaussee Salt Mine, Austria

Altaussee Salt Mine, Austria

Follow the trail of the Monuments Men to the Altaussee Salt Mines in Austria (used in filming of the movie as well) where the Nazis stored stolen art, masterpieces such as the 12-paneled "Adoration of the Mystic Lamb", during WWII. Today you can see the recovered 15th century painting, also known as the "Ghent Altarpiece", in St. Bavo Cathedral in Ghent, Belgium. Although, one panel never has been found. 960 1280

Petschenig  

Lost City, Colombia

Lost City, Colombia

Trek through the jungle to the ruins of Colombia’s Lost City or "Ciudad Perdida" with sustainable travel company G Adventures. Get a glimpse into the indigenous communities' way of life in the remote river valleys of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, sleep in hammocks and climb the 1,200 steps to reach the sacred site of the Lost City. 960 1280

PetraKosonen  

Romania, Moldova, Ukraine

Romania, Moldova, Ukraine

In "Expedition Unknown’s" Romania episode Josh Gates hunts for vampires. Escape Europe’s tourist track and explore more of its darker worlds in Romania, Moldova, and Ukraine on an Intrepid Travel Expedition that takes travelers to the breakaway republic of Transnistria that still clings to Soviet values, and Chernobyl, the site of one of the world’s worst nuclear disasters. 960 1280

Intrepid  

Djibouti, Africa

Djibouti, Africa

Live like a true nomad as you cross the otherworldly Djibouti landscape on a 13-day Intrepid Travel Expedition. Follow an Afar camel caravan as you trek to the top of Ardoukoba Volcano and to Lake Assal, Africa’s lowest point on land and one of the world’s saltiest lakes. 960 1280

Intrepid  

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

Nidaros Cathedral, Trondheim

Follow in Josh Gates' tracks: He journeyed to Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim Norway, where he searched for the mythical Viking sunstone. The gothic cathedral is believed to be the final resting place of Viking King St. Olaf, who is rumored to have a treasured sunstone buried with him in an unmarked grave in the catacombs. See how the Vikings lived at a Viking settlement at Avaldsnes. 960 1280

Mark Edward Harris  

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

Taktsang Monastery, Bhutan

How far will you go to find happiness? Bhutan, the Buddhist country that developed its signature prosperity measure, Gross National Happiness, is a good place to start. On this National Geographic with G Advnentures Journeys tour you’ll trek up to the cliff-hugging Taktsang Monastery (Tiger’s Nest), one of the most sacred pilgrim sites in the Himalayas. And if you make it to the top, 2,953 feet above the valley, we guarantee you’ll find pure happiness. 960 1280

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Join Josh Gates as he sets off on a quest to find the Yeti, a legendary man-ape living in the high altitude of the Himalayas. During this mother of all hunting expeditions, Josh meets with world-renowned researchers and daring explorers as he follows up on history's most credible accounts, gains access to ancient artifacts and investigates the most recent sightings of the so-called Abominable Snowman.

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Josh Gates is an adventurer and avid explorer with a unique brand of humor and deep-rooted passion for off-the-map excursions. Travel Channel’s Expedition Unknown chronicles Gates’ adventures as he sets out on a global journey to find the truth behind captivating and iconic unsolved legends.

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