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Madeira Island Day Hikes

Why Hike in Madeira?

For anyone who loves active holidays. Madeira is among the best destinations in Europe. What’s even better? Most trails are accessible here year-round – meaning in is the perfect place to escape if your home country is buried in the freezing depths of winter.

Being a remote island in the middle of the Atlantic, Madeira is home to a uniquely vibrant culture, beautifully preserved UNESCO forests, a stunning coastline, and truly wild mountains.

We want to show you the hidden sides of Madeira by exploring the island in much the same way as the pioneering inhabitants of the past; by leaving the signed trails and Instagram-famous viewpoints behind. Are you game?

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Epic Madeira Day Hikes

Want to discover the secret trails of Madeira but only have a day or two to dedicate to an adventure? We can help!

We organize all of the classic Madeira hikes whether you are a solo traveler, family, or group of mates. 

For people looking for something different, skip the popular Levada walks and discover a side of Madeira that very few people get to see.

Choose from our secret list of Madeira hikes in coastal, forest, or alpine environments (weather dependent). After we receive your information, we will suggest hike route options based on your landscape preference, fitness level, and the weather forecast of course.

Hike + Traditional Local Lunch or Dinner

If you are like us, perhaps you love eating just as much as hiking. Welcome to the club.

We have spent the last few years searching for the best local restaurants on the island and we want to share them with you! Book in an epic lunch or dinner following your Madeira hike. Certain restaurants might literally be in the home of a local family or a very small local taverna – so to get the best possible options for you, booking a few days in advance is recommended.

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Hike + Poncha Tour

Hiking in Madeira is bound to get you thirsty. Cap off your epic day hike with a few rounds of Madeira’s tasty native beverage Poncha.

What is Poncha? Poncha is a refreshing rum drink mixed with sugar and seasonal fruits like orange, lemon, or passion fruit. This fun hike add-on will take you to the best Poncha bars in Madeira.

If you are going to sample any local drink in Madeira it must be Poncha!

Overnight Trip in a Mountain Hut

Want to wake up in Madeira’s epic mountain refuge to a beautiful sunrise near the summit of Pico Ruvio (the tallest peak on the island)?

We got you covered. The plan is to hike up a unique route from a secluded valley below to reach the spectacular Pico Ruvio Mountain Hut.

This trip includes a private room at the hut, dinner + breakfast, and transport back to Funchal. If you are looking for one of the most unique Madeira hiking experiences out there – this is it!

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Contact us to Plan your Hike

FAQ about Madeira Island

We offer a wide range of unique and classic hiking opportunities in Madeira. 

Whether you are looking for a truly off the beaten path ridge hike nobody else knows about or the classic Pico to Pico hike, our staff will help you choose the perfect Madeira hike to suit your physical fitness, preferred landscape, and group size. 

Where we will go to eat after an Epic hike depends on a few things. The main factor will be your preference. Do you want to try local barbecue? Seafood? Traditional taberna food? Vegetarian options?

The second factor is location. Where we end our hike will determine which restaurant options will be available close by. 

We have favorite restaurant spots scattered all across the island though, so depending on your preference and budget, we will make suggestions accordingly. 

We offer a wide range of unique and classic hiking opportunities in Madeira. 

Whether you are looking for a truly off the beaten path ridge hike nobody else knows about or the classic Pico to Pico hike, our staff will help you choose the perfect Madeira hike to suit your physical fitness, preferred landscape, and group size. 

Madeira is a Portuguese Island Located nearly 1000 kilometers from the coast of West Africa. 

There are daily direct flights from Lisbon and other major capitals in Europe. 

Madeira is notorious for having interchangeable weather. It might be raining buckets on what part of the island, misty in the mountains, and totally sunny on the other coast. 

Generally temperatures are mild since Madeira is a subtropical island. They grow bananas here, but also the high mountains get the occasional dusting of snow in the winter. 

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Our Favorite Experiences

#1 Sunrise from Reflection Lake

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#2 Hiking to Nanga Parbat Base Camp

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#3 Playing cricket with the locals

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Trips Where We Visit Fairy Meadows

Our flagship Pakistani adventure tour.  Road trip with some  hiking and cultural immersion.

A trekking-style tour that features some very remote locations, inlcuding a K2 viewpoint.

Adventure Guide

João has born in the mountains of Madeira Islands in Portugal. Nature lover, writer, musician, guide, for him, a day without contact with outdoor vibes is a nightmare.

With a degree in Cultural Studies in Portugal and a Master of Arts in Global Cultures and Creativity in the U.K.

João found out what really matters in life can be found on the trails, and in the contact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Guiding, crazy trekking missions, and sharing observations about the natural world, – these are some of João’s passions. 

After trekking to K2 Base Camp and exploring all over Northern Pakistan, he fell in love with the country and the local people. His experiences resulted in his desire to share these feelings with the world.

João is one of the most experienced guides at Epic and his skillset and positive mindset in the mountains is second to none

When not in Pakistan, João is  guiding and exploring in the Madeira Islands trails –  discovering some of the hidden treasures on his Portuguese Island.

João I can not thank you enough for the off the beaten paths and views you keep giving. Definitely one of the most challenging and amazing hikes we did 1200m meters all the way up to Fanal forest and circling back to the hidden village. Wow!

– Jeffery 

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Adventure Guide

Sohail is the newest addition to the Epic Backpacker Tours team and we are beyond stoked to have him on board. As a veteran of the Karakoram and a native of Karimabad in Hunza, there is not much Sohail can’t do in the mountains. 

Besides having the ability to speak more languages than we can count, Sohail has explored every corner of Gilgit Baltistan and logs more trekking miles 

in a year than most people will do in a lifetime. As of the summer of 2022, Sohail has summited Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, and K2 – three of Pakistan’s five 8000-meter peaks. Sohail guides several trips including our annual bespoke expeditions but specializes in Hunza Valley tours.

Chris and Sohail, and the team at Epic are FANTASTIC! Highly recommend anyone to do a tour with ‘Epic’. They have the perfect balance of fun, excitement and wild adventures, tied in with being super professional and ensuring your safety/health in a foreign environment. Don’t waste a moment and book a tour with these guys as the value for money is UNREAL!

– Borgan

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Adventure Guide

Pedro’s been traveling all around the globe since 2009. His keen interests in documentary photography, rural life, and local people from different ethnic groups have been the focus of many of his professional projects.

Since 2012, he has developed his passion for travel and awesome shared experiences into a full-time adventure photography tour leader position.

Pedro has found himself continuously going back to the Middle East, with his likely favorite destination being Iran. Pedro will be leading his 11th tour in Iran with EBT this coming spring 2020

When Pedro’s not traveling the world with Epic Backpacker Tours, you’ll find him based in the western south of Portugal planning he’s next adventure missions, logistics and working out his photos in local exhibitions.

 I loved the combination of hiking, camping around breathtaking scenery mixed with the cultural aspects. The guide (Pedro) is knowledgeable and work very hard to make the trip as memorable as possible. All in all an epic adventure with some extremely epic individuals! Go for it, you won’t regret it!

– Saisun

Touring Iran with EBT in May 2022 was way above our expectation: itineraries well planned and carefully executed, perfect mix of sights and trekking, delicious food, nice accommodation, great guides and wonderful fellow travellers. Trekking can be handled by anyone physically fit. Highly recommended for those who want to experience the real Iran.

– Sumera

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Adventure Admin / Marketing

After fleeing from the corporate fashion world in Paris towards the start of 2020, Diane has been working as a web developer and graphic designer remotely from various bases across the globe

She brings all of her incredible design and organizational power to Epic Backpacker Tours and is responsible for many of the beautiful behind-the-scenes design elements. 

Diane has been to Iran and to Pakistan twice including all over Gilgit Baltistan and KPK.

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Head of Operations | Guide

A veteran of Pakistan travel, Ralph is an experienced guide, photographer and writer who specializes in documenting remote locations. 

Not one to simply go where everyone else does, he insists on exploring new and lesser-known areas.

Together with Epic Backpacker Tours, he shows people parts of Pakistan that most other operators don’t even know about. He is particularly fond of the village of Barah, which he believes will become just as famous as Hunza one day.

Just got back from EBT’s Trekking Amongst Giants 15 day tour. The experience was first class. Ralph, our head guide, ensured that the entire trip ran smoothly and relatively on time (a bonus for anyone travelling in Pakistan). We had so many unforgettable days on the tour and the trekking was well-planned, safe but also a rewarding challenge. 

– Calvin


Traveling to a non-tourist destination can be a little intimidating but EBT takes all of the worry and trepidation away. From the pre-trip call to meeting the wonderful staff in person you can tell that you are dealing with a company that has a passion for what they do each and every day. Ralph, Zahid, and Khan were supportive, kind, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everyone on the trip was getting what they wanted out of the experience.

– Katrina 

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Founder | Adventure Guide | Director

For the last eleven years, Chris has been seeking out every shade of adventure in various parts of the globe and had visited more than 65 countries along the way. 

Since 2011, Chris has logged more than 6300 trail miles across five continents and climbed multiple 6000 + 7000 meter peaks in Pakistan and Nepal.

In 2017, a distant dream and a deep passion for the mountains and people of Pakistan led Chris to found Epic Backpacker Tours at a time when foreign adventure tourism in Pakistan was almost nonexistent. Since then, Chris has guided more than 15 expeditions to various parts of Northern Pakistan.

Chris believes in using photography and powerful adventure experiences to dismantle negative stereotypes regarding what mainstream media considers “dangerous” countries while facilitating unique and meaningful memories in the mountains for countless people from around the globe. 

Long-distance hiking, learning languages, meaningful conversations, all things Turkish food, mountaineering, and making tasty coffee above 6,000 meters rank among his favorite things in life. 

For him, an ideal start to the day begins with a steaming cup of good coffee, the beam of a headlamp, alpine boots, and a camera in hand.

When he is not leading or planning tours, Chris works as a writer and photographer on his blog Off the Atlas – an adventure travel blog all about Pakistan. 

Read this interview our staff did with Chris to learn more about him!

Chris believes in Pakistan and its people, and he believes in the value of journeys shared with others and family cultivated on the road. Honesty and integrity are at the heart of what he does, and this really shines through in his work as a guide. He also makes great coffee – whether at 5am in an empty guesthouse or half way up a Himalayan peak.”

– Will De Villers

Pakistan is a magical country! Had 3 of the best weeks of my life thanks to Epic Backpacking Tours with owner, and one of our awesome guides, Chris. From detailed itinerary, preparation with an equipment list, and visa assistance. To amazing food, great porters, helpful guides, and great accommodations. Epic really hit home run after home run. […]

Their desire for adventure and amazing trip is just as high as yours. Bring a good pound of coffee for the trip. French press coffee every morning and no average tin coffee, plus you’ll be in your guides good books.

– Clark Tyler