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Testimonials

What our Clients are saying About us

EBT underpromises and overdelivers

EBT has curated an excellent experience for those willing and able to undertake this challenging but exceptionally rewarding life altering trek through the high peaks of Karakoram, a massive mountain range like no other. Chris and team are real, boots on the ground organization that prepare it’s clients well to successfully and safely complete this epic trek. EBT underpromises and overdelivers. A trustworthy American organization that works well with their vetted & established local affiliates in Pakistan to deliver an uncompromising experience.

Tony 🇺🇸

K2 Base Camp Trek - July 2022

Many memories to last a lifetime

This is my 2nd trip with EBT and won’t be my last. These trips are an amazing experience and I have so many memories to last a lifetime. The EBT guides provide the best experiences possible and I am so appreciative for these unique experiences.

Lou 🇬🇧

Ultimate Iran Adventure - May 2022

The value for money is unreal

Chris 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!

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Brogan 🇳🇿

Snow Lake Trek - August 2022

An adventure that I will never forget

The team at Epic Backpackers were nothing short of amazing. Highly recommend and would 100% love to trek with them again sometime in the future. It was an adventure that I will never forget, memories and experiences that I will remember for a very long time.

Neil 🇦🇺

K2 Base Camp Trek - July 2022

Way above our expectation

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.

Saisun 🇨🇦

Ultimate Iran Adventure - March 2022

Couldn’t have been better

For my first experience outside Europe it couldn’t have been better! Thank you to the whole epic team for such an adventure, well organized to the smallest detail. Will be back for sure!

Joseph 🇵🇹

Discover the Hunza Valley- May 2022

A trip of a lifetime 

Booking with Epic Backpackers was one of the best decisions I have ever made when it comes to adventure travel! The team does an exceptional job at getting off the beaten path and yet still making it feel so easeful for guests. Everything EBT stands for is inspiring and they truly care about showing the beautiful corners of the world. If you want a trip of a lifetime – book with them.

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Sabena 🇺🇸

Discover the Hunza Valley - May 2022

These guys are hard to beat

I’ve done the Snow Lake trek in Pakistan in August 2022, and couldn’t be happier with the result of this EPIC trip – definitely one of the best experiences of my life.

The group was amazing, and the whole team assembled by EPIC Backpackers was extremely organized and experienced.

In this kind of tours we never exactly know what to expect, but with EPIC I felt safe the whole time thanks to the experienced guides and team, had great food, was always super comfortable, and most important of all had an absolutely amazing time!

I would highly recommend EPIC Backpackers Tours if want to challenge yourself into the wild and have an outstanding experience in one of the best remote places in the world.

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Vasco 🇵🇹

Snow Lake Trek - August 2022

Go for it, you won’t regret it!

My second trip with epic to Iran was mind blowing! I travelled with epic in October last year on their Karakoram adventure in Pakistan and recently travelled to Iran with them. I urge you take a leap of faith and travel with epic! Both trips certainly shatter the stereotypes we see in mainstream media and show the real beauty of the country and it’s people. I loved the combination of hiking, camping around breathtaking scenery mixed with the cultural aspects. The guides are 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!

Sumera 🇬🇧

Ultimate Iran Adventure - May 2022

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 🇨🇦

Snow Lake Trek - August 2022

Can’t wait to join them again

The K2 basecamp trek with EBT was more than I ever could have imagined. From the absolutely stunning scenery to the amazing staff and wonderful food, it was unforgettable. Although the trekking wasn’t easy and I thought the rocks would be with me for life, I would do it again in a heartbeat. This was my second trip with EBT and it far exceeded expectations once again. The entire team is dedicated to the health, safety & enjoyment of the guests and are all incredible people. Meeting 12 other dope people was the cherry on top for nights of uno while drinking endless cups of chai and soup. Can’t wait to join them in the mountains again.

Kat 🇺🇸

K2 Base Camp Trek - July 2021

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, sharing observations about the natural world, – these are some of João’s passions.

After his trek to K2 Base Camp and other adventures in the north of Pakistan, the love of the country and the local people resulted in his desire to share these feelings with world.

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

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. 

 

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

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.”

– Alicia Anne Bjerkseth