Video shot on location with EBT in Pakistan by travel blogger Alice Nettleingham of Teacake Travels.

Ben Yan

2019 Team Member

This was the first time I travelled with a group tour, and it was the best decision I could've made for Pakistan. Looking back, it would've been borderline impossible to have the experiences and access to areas without. Plus, I got to meet an absolutely rad bunch of seasoned travellers! They were all examples of how awesome life is when you follow your gut and do what is important to you. It' not an exaggeration to say that these few short weeks were life-changing.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

Kylie Johnson

2019 Team Member

EBT was the best decision I have ever made travelling. From the awesome guides to the amazing experiences, Chris and his team showed us all a side of Pakistan you couldn’t get any other way. As someone who normally avoids group travel at all costs, EBT was far from a cookie cutter experience. Travelling through Pakistan with Chris felt like a trip with friends and family, and not a dreaded group tour. I will forever be grateful to EBT for opening up such an amazing part of the world to me, and for allowing me to experience it as fully and uniquely as I wanted. Can’t wait to come back again soon, and I'm already planning another trip with EBT in the future!

Cass Hay

2019 Team Member

Travelling in Pakistan with EBT was a truly unique experience that has opened my heart and mind as to what is possible in group travel. There's always a little hesitation when committing to spending time, and let's face it, hard earned coin, on the unknown.

Sharing a solid 2 weeks with a bunch of strangers in close confines, travelling through a fairly challenging country? Definitely what I'd regard as the unknown, especially when used to travelling independently. What was reassuring though was the application process, from a written questionnaire to Skype interview to pre trip support for visas and preparation, culminating in a group of interesting, engaged, highly intelligent people from around the world boarding the Captain Khan express in Lahore.

The days that followed included super long travel days, delicious feasts, breath taking views, conversations fueled by curiosity and respect, endless cups of tea, incredible mountains, gracious hospitality and generosity....... and police checks, parasites, gale-force winds, cloud obstructed peaks and flared tempers. All handled with grace and good humor by our tour leader Chris, who along with Rehman, Khan and Abdullah, have found a pretty damn special place in my heart.

Months after I've returned home, I'm still unable to articulate exactly what made this trip so special, but I know that it wouldn't have been ​​​​possible without the EBT team. Pakistan is an incredible country filled with the kindest of souls, the highest of mountains and the greatest of hardships, and i'm so thankful I took this chance on the unknown. This experience isn't for everyone, but if you think it MIGHT be for you.... it is. Thanks EBT for making this possible.

Will De Villers

2018 Team Member

Pakistan can be a tough country to travel in - with its troubled politics and patchy infrastructure - but our guide Chris made every second a breeze, taking all challenges in his stride and showing wisdom and leadership well beyond his years.

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."

Dan McGinnis

2018 Team Member

My favorite experience of the tour was during the Fairy Meadows segment of the trip. Our group spent an entire day hiking up to the basecamp of Nanga Parbat, the western anchor of the Himalayan mountain range.

The next day, Chris used his free time to take me on a fast-paced hike back up the mountain. We continued past basecamp and ditched the trail towards the top of sub peak that was over 14,500 feet in elevation. Once we made it to the top, we found ourselves surrounded by epic views of white mountains, beautiful seracs, and jagged saw-tooth glaciers. We each added a rock  to the cairn at the top and then took a moment of silence so that we could take it all in and remember the moment.

On the way down, Chris gave me tips on trekking, international travel, and general life advice. It was definitely the best hike that I have ever been on and added another top highlight to an already incredible journey ."

Alicia Anne Bjerkseth

2018 Team Member

Thank you for being such a fabulous leader for our travels through Pakistan. From my experience, a lot goes on behind the scenes and many people don't realize how much it takes to organize and keep things going smoothly. EBT handled everything beautifully. Thank you for being supportive and kind!"

Lauren More

2018 Team Member

Thank you for everything!!  You have been such a pleasure to work with and I cannot thank you enough for arranging this special trip for us.  We had the trip of a lifetime. It was incredible. Everything. We all had a blast.

The itinerary was just perfect. We even enjoyed the long drive... and got the most amazing driver, Mushtaq, as a result of the change of plans!  Our EBT staff were awesome.  All the work they did behind the scenes was very smooth and definitely didn't go unnoticed...especially with the change of plans in the beginning!"

Joel De Vrij

2017 Team Member

If you want a unique trip that you will remember for a lifetime, then this is what you are looking for! My trip with ‘Epic Backpacker Tours’ was simply amazing. Our group was a mix of Canadians, Australians, Dutch and English people plus three terrific local Pakistani crew. People flew from all over the world to experience Pakistan in real life. The road took us from cities like Lahore & Islamabad to remote glaciers and base camps of the Karakoram giants.

Will was a knowledgable and fun guide and is very well connected in Pakistan. Pakistan itself is such an extraordinary place with truly amazing scenery, and I have to mention the unlimited hospitality of the people who live there.  I strongly encourage people to go to Pakistan, and luckily, there are people like Will  who can take you there. What are you waiting for?"

Veronica Black

2017 Team Member

At first I was a bit apprehensive to join an organized tour, but EBT was great! I had the best time in the most magical places with an amazing group of like-minded travelers. From trekking through glaciers, getting to Nanga Parbat Base Camp, 4W jeep driving across mountains, and meeting local homestays - I couldn't have imagined how much fun I could have in a couple weeks.

I couldn't recommend EBT enough - especially for a country that I knew was beautiful but wasn't sure how to get around or travel through."

Diana Stepzcruz

2017 Team Member

If you’re into mountains, adventures, good food and great company, this journey is for you. Pakistan is one of the most welcoming countries I’ve ever visited and the landscapes are astonishing. EBT adventures are a group tour that can be enjoyed even by people who don’t do group tours.  I can't wait to come on another EBT adventure in the future! 10/10."