About Safar Expeditions

Safar Expeditions is an adventure travel company specializing in unique journeys that take travelers far off the well-trodden path. With several years of experience exploring extreme corners that many don’t dare to visit, we’re confident we can create an unforgettable adventure just for you.

We have extensive expertise in countries such as Tajikistan, Iran, Yemen, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and beyond, and have gotten to know the best guides, drivers, guesthouses, routes, road trips, and adventures in many destinations, so we’re confident that we can create unique and unforgettable trips.

Founder and Expedition Designer

Nicole Smoot

Despite being born and raised in the mountains of Alaska with plenty of backyard adventures that could have kept her busy for a lifetime, the unusual dragon blood trees of Socotra, the truly bizarre landscapes of Iran’s far-flung Sistan and Balochistan Province, the gingerbread-house-like architecture of Sana’a, and the dazzling turquoise lakes of Tajikistan’s Fann Mountains lured Nicole to the other side of the planet and on to get to know these locations extremely well.

Poking around in all these long-forgotten places has taken her on to lead several expeditions across Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Pakistan, Iraq, Egypt, China, Oman, and other nations, as well as in tourism development projects in Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Dominican Republic, Antarctica, and more.

Completely unrelated to her global ventures, Nicole holds an associate of science in dental hygiene from the University of Alaska Anchorage which she uses on occasion when she’s back home in Alaska. But with all the traveling she’s done she’s gone on to become a travel writer and photographer and has had her work featured in several publications, websites, and international exhibitions.

After her many years of experience on the road, she decided to finally launch this adventure travel expedition company to share her love of some of her favorite destinations with others.