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Nepal

Nepal: The Trekking and Climbing Capital of the World

For decades, adventure junkies have been flocking to Nepal to expereince the world’s biggest mountains and its unique culture. 

Up until the middle of the 20th century, Nepal was a mysterious Himalayan kingdom that very few westerners had explored. It was not until the historical first ascent of Mount Everest in 1953 by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzig Norgay that Nepal really shined on the world stage. 

These days, Nepal is one of the world leaders when it comes to adventure tourism. The country is extremely well set up to accommodate foreign groups, making it an ideal place to get into long-distance trekking or mountaineering. 

From the fascinating mix of cultures in Nepal to the awe-inspiring Himalayan peaks – Nepal is just one of those destinations that needs to be on every adventurer’s bucket list. 

Epic has teamed up with some of the best Nepali Sherpas in the industry to get our clients out into the Himalayas to experience this beautiful country first hand. 

Our Current Tours in Nepal

island peak climb

Climb your first 6000 meter Himalayan Peak

Things to Know about Nepal

Our Favorite Places in Nepal

A windmill
Namche Baazar
The Clifton Suspension Bridge
Ama Dablam
Sunset and boats
Ama Dablam Sunrise
mera peak summit view
Mera Peak Summit
Mera Peak
Island Peak climbing
Island Peak
Aloft Kathmandu Thamel
Aloft Kathmandu Hotel
Phortse village
Phortse
Boudhanath Stupa
Boudhanath Stupa
three hot air balloons in a blue sky
Thamel, Kathmandu
Island Peak climbing
Island Peak Glaicer
the Toronto light up sign at night
Mera Peak High Camp

Nepal FAQ

Nepal for us in like coming home. Something about the rich culture, tea houses, and big mountains just hit in a place few other destinations do. 

Nepal is the perfect country for all things adventure and if this is your first time considering a trip to the Himalayas, what lies in store for you here is something beyond compare. 

You can expect the following when trekking on almost any of our Nepal adventure tours:

  • Well-established routes and trails
  • The chance of snow at higher elevations (4500+ meters)
  • A mix of terrain but mostly undulating, dusty, and rocky.
  • Support in the form of porters, mules, and other locally sourced staff
  • A chance to learn about Sherpa culture
  • Big mountain views at almost every moment
  • 3 hearty meals a day
  • A healthy dose of camaraderie and the chance to form lifelong bonds

When we are at Aloft Kathmandu in Thamel, there is an epic breakfast buffet with many different options including custom omelettes and made-to-order pancakes. 

While in the tea houses:

You get to order (usually the night before) off of their menu. Here are something you can expect:

Breakfast: Eggs any style, Tibetan bread, porridge + coffee/tea. 

Lunch: We usually stop at a tea house along the trekking route and order from their menu. Many options are available including Daal Bhat (national Nepali dish of rice and lentils), soups, momos (Tibetan dumplings), pasta dishes, pizza, and local Yak steak. 

Dinner: The main event!
Same as lunch in terms of options and you are able to order 1 main dish of your choosing. Daal Bhat is best because it is usually all-you-can-eat. 

Note: Vegetarians/vegans/gluten/lactose free can be accommodated as well! There are always plenty of options on the menu. 

Despite their sheer proximity to one another, the Karakoram and Himalaya mountain ranges are quite different from one another.

The Himalaya, which are many adventurers’ first forway into big mountain territory, are generally broader, more dispersed, and more vegetated (at lower elevations). Crucially, the Himalaya have two main trekking seasons, post and pre-monsoon (spring and fall)

The Karakoram, which many people mistake for the Himalaya (they’re actually geographically separate) are much more dramatic on the other hand. The topography is far more rugged and features more sheer, often precarious profiles, giving the Karakoram a more “mangled” appearance overall. There is only one trekking season, the summer, and temperatures can swing wildly during this period.

Crucially, there is little to no teahouse-style trekking in Pakistan, which is a staple of the Nepalese Himalaya. Trekkers in Pakistan must self-sufficient and be able to make camp for long periods of time.

Even though different itineraries entail different levels of physical demand, being in decent shape is usually enough to take part in one of our Nepali trekking or climbing tours.

Participants should be able to do the following:

  1. Carry a backpack weighing between 10-15 pounds (5-7 kilos) for several days at a time.
  2. Walk for 5-8 hours at a time.
  3. Be comfortable exerting oneself at higher altitudes (4000-6000+ meters).
  4. Handling occasional inclining, declining, and steep slopes.

We have unique packing lists for each one of our adventure tours in Nepal. Refer below for a link to our most popular:

Have a Question?

Let the experts help you out!

Our team members are experts on all things adventure in Pakistan!

If you’re interested in traveling to Pakistan but still have unanswered questions, feel free to give us a shout anytime. We’re ready and able to assist you in any way possible when it comes to planning your next big trip.

So ask away!

What People Have to Say

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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

iran travel tour

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

Diane Bouvet

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

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