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Why Travel With Epic Backpacker Tours

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The Epic Backpacker Tours Style

Choosing a tour operator is no easy decision – so why should you travel with Epic Backpacker Tours?

When you choose us, you not only have the authentic journey of a life­time, but you will also become part of our com­mu­ni­ty. Our guides and staff have the experience, skills, and local knowl­edge to bring you meaningful and authen­tic trips, with adventure-packed itin­er­aries you simply will not find with another tour company. We believe in doing things the right way and in all of the little details that add up to make a trip special.

Each one of our handcrafted itineraries offers something uniquely Epic – whether it is staying with a family in a remote mountain village, trekking with nomads, or photographing foxes in Siberia – once you become part of the Epic community – you are left with a lifetime of good memories, new experiences, and a full heart.

We Give Back to Local Communities

One of the founding principles of Epic Backpacker Tours was to give back to the local communities that make our trips so special.

Every trip we run is designed to keep as much as our trip dollars local as possible. We never stay in big chain hotels, eat at international fast-food restaurants, or hire local guides from outside the region/village/area where we work.

Over the last few years, a percentage of every trip we run is used to fund local community projects that empower local people to use sustainable tourism initiatives for the benefit of their community and their families.

We Seek Out Unique Accommodation

Whenever possible we seek out comfortable and unique accommodation options.

We aim to turn the simple act of falling asleep in a bed or tent each night into an experience in itself.

From staying in a yurt in the Central Asian Steppe to sharing a camp with nomadic herders in Iran to recharging the body in a chic eco-lodge in Pakistan – we always find the best places to sleep.

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Our Covid Refund Policy

We understand the seriousness and impact on the whole world presented by the Coronavirus pandemic.

If you have already booked or plan to book a trip, check out our policy here

Our Covid Promise

We do not sugarcoat things either. While traveling right now is becoming easier by the day as more and more governments ease travel restrictions and the global Covid numbers continue to decline, the idea of planning a holiday right now is stressful and complex – full stop. 

For much of the pandemic, travel has been unpredictable and travel logistics have been complicated. That’s exactly why as of March 2020 we have been offering some of the most flexible booking policies in the adventure travel industry. 

We want to remove the anxiety associated with international travel by giving you our Covid Promise; when it comes to your holiday booking; we believe that there should be no uncertainty or anxiety or questions left unanswered. 

There are no grey areas in our policy: your booking dollars are 100% covered in the event that Covid-related issues prevent you from coming on the trip OR if we have to cancel a guaranteed trip due to Covid complications, border closures, etc. 

We will also never collect a full trip payment from you unless a trip is guaranteed. 

Sustainable Eco-Conscious Adventures

Environmental stewardship is one of our core founding principles. We want to protect the beautiful destinations we visit from the effects of large-scale tourism by not contributing to the global plastic problem.

For example, we do our best to eliminate single-use plastic from our trips by encouraging every client to bring a water purifier bottle – thus we never need to buy plastic bottles.

We also organize annual campsite clean-ups in multiple areas of Northern Pakistan.

We Love Tasty Food Too!

What is one of the main reasons why we humans love to travel?

FOOD. GOOD FOOD.

We believe that bodies should not just be nourished with healthy food, but so should our taste buds; we actively seek out and explore different cultures’ culinary traditions.

Part of what makes each trip so special is trying all of the local food dishes, street meats, and fried pastries we can get our hands-on.

From Lahori street food to Persian camel burgers to mountain household soup recipes, our clients get to try it all.

We also do our best to cater to those with special diets – vegetarians and vegans fear not; you will eat well on our trips too!

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All Inclusive Trips

When you book with us, there are no hidden fees or surprise extra costs. Our all-inclusive trips allow our clients to focus 100% on the experience. We provide :

  • Local healthy meals,
  • Quality group camping gear
  • Transportation,
  • Professional guides,
  • Visa paperwork and permit fees,
  • Accommodation 

Everything you need to have an awesome trip.

Professional Guides and Expert Local Staff

We are lucky enough to employ some of the best guides in the business.

Our expert staff is extremely knowledgeable about the locations, culture, and terrain we work in. You will walk away from this travel experience having gained a wealth of knowledge about the country you travel to with us.

We go above and beyond for our clients before, during, and after every trip we run.

We Travel to Places Other Companies Don't Go

We started this company because we were unable to find the kind of tours to the kind of places we wanted to go.

Even in an age of mass tourism, finding a company that can deliver affordable, professional, quality, unique adventures to the edge of Siberia or a remote mountain pass in Pakistan is not easy to come by.

Epic Backpacker Tours offers EPIC trips because we are masters at solving complex logistics in off the beaten path destinations, and we have a whole hell of a lot of fun doing it.

All of Our Adventures are ACTIVE Adventures

Active people are happy people – Which is exactly why each trip we run has an element of physical activity involved.

Arriving on foot is how we like to roll.

Whether you are an experienced trekker looking for an epic multi-day challenge or you are relatively new to hiking, we offer a variety of trips geared towards different fitness levels and hiking intensity.

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Group Trips for People Who Don't Do Group Trips

For many of our clients, traveling with Epic Backpacker Tours is their first-ever group trip.

As former solo world travelers ourselves, we know that joining a group trip can be intimating if you are use to planning your own trips.

But since day one, our goal and mindset has been to offer group trips “for people who don’t normally do group trips”.

We want you to feel like you are traveling with like minded people who are just as interested in unique,
authentic travel experience as you are.

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One On One Pre-Trip Support

Communication is key to getting you prepared for your next EPIC adventure.

Every client who books with us gets one on one trip preparation phone calls, custom advice, detailed gear recommendations, and more so that when the time comes to start your trip, you are fully ready.

Our staff are there for you every step of the way in the trip planning process.

Our Trips are Diverse

Our trip participants come from diverse backgrounds.

On average we might have 7 different nationalities on a trip of 12 people – which makes our expeditions a truly international affair!

We also have an equal number of men and women joining out trips.

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