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10 best new adventure travel trips of 2014

Hidden China and Inner Mongolia (G Adventures) • This new 12-day small-group trip offered by G Adventures pairs the usual tourist highlights—the Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors—with unusual experiences that veer way off the beaten path, like sleeping overnight in a traditional ger on the Mongolian grasslands, exploring the Yungang Buddhist Caves and Hanging Monastery, and learning traditional Chinese painting techniques from local artisans. • What's Included: Accommodations; train, van, and bus transportation; some meals; English-speaking and local guides; and all excursions. The maximum group size is 16 people (average group size is 12 people). • Provider: G Adventures • Price: $1,499 per person (allow an additional $200 or more for meals not included) • Dates: Select departures May through October 2014 (Photo by Thinkstock/iStock)

10 best new adventure travel trips

by Josh Roberts, Smarter Travel

Every year, the world's most respected adventure travel outfitters reveal their newest trips to far-flung locales across the globe. And every year around this time, I review the itineraries of those new trips to select the best of the new batch.

My criteria: I'm looking for trips that take you to interesting, often untapped or emerging destinations; trips that offer unique activities and experiences; and trips that represent good value for the money, even when they're upscale luxury excursions.

This year, my top 10 new adventures include volcano trekking in Indonesia, tracking gorillas in the Congo, following a pilgrim trail through the Pyrenees, and seeking enlightenment in Japan's most remote alpine temples.

So lace up your hiking boots, fellow adventurers: Here are the best new trips to try in 2014.

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