We’ve all got a lot out of life through experiencing some sort of physical challenge – from climbing a peak, to finishing an endurance race, to recovering from dramatic injuries. There’s a lot to be said for that taste of glory and we aim to recreate it on our trips. We’re not trying to show you everything there is to see, or take you everywhere there is to go. On our trips we’ll give you the opportunity to push your limits or help you cross off your bucket list with a strong guiding hand at your side.
Nepal tour packages usually provide local guides, porters and cooks - and that can sometimes be enough, unless your trip derails in one of the many ways that reminds you just how far away from home you are! (If anyone tells you everything is perfect in Nepal, ummmm... caveat emptor! Things aren't even perfect in New Zealand all of the time!)
When you travel with Active Adventures Himalayas, you’ll have one of our Kiwi guides, trained in the New Zealand wilderness (just like Sir Edmund Hillary!) to our ridiculously high standards, at your side. They’ll work alongside the local guiding team to smooth out wrinkles on the way, so you can enjoy your trekking trip - and let us worry about the inevitable problems and logistical issues that surface in the more remote, but wildly beautiful, corners of the planet. If you've travelled with us before, we won't have to tell you what a difference an exceptional guide makes in building that special camaraderie Active Adventures trips are known for and to make the absolute most of your time in Nepal. If this is your first guided trip, you're in for a real treat.
We believe travelling is as much about connecting with people as it is with the destination. When you travel with us, you’ll stay in the very best locally owned tea houses (and believe us, conditions do vary from tea house to tea house) and lodges , where you'll hang out with your local hosts after the day's walk. These are the accommodations that we believe offer the best service and homely feeling - they're chosen not only on the quality of the tea house and food, but the people running them. We've built fantastic relationships with the owners, which guarantees bookings are held and legendary service is provided. Further up in the mountains facilities can be more basic, but the tea houses are always cosy and comfortable with incredible views and we won't make you sleep in tents!
We want to know what kind of trip you’re looking for, why you want to travel, what you want to get out of it and especially what you thought of it after your trip. We’re all keen travellers and hikers who live and breathe adventure travel, so we know how important it is to figure out what you need, and then exceed your expectations.
Our trips are sometimes physically and mentally challenging. Trekking in the Himalayas means high altitudes, a different culture, language and facilities that may be more basic than you’re used to. That said, our trips are designed for people who understand that a little challenge means a lot of reward. You might not be an athlete, or have even done any serious trekking before, but if you’ve got a little bit inside you that wants to take on a physical challenge, be it big or small, then we can help you light the fire!
With our legendary Active Adventures Himalayas guides and indefatigable porters, backed by our experienced logistics team taking care of all the details in the background, we'll look after you every step of the way there – and the way back.
Covering all the costs means we don't limit people to two cups of tea a day and an entree and main or main and dessert only! Other tour operators charge what looks like a really cheap price, but it only covers transport, guides and porters, leaving hikers to pay for all their food. We think of all the small things - like giving you a bag at the start with essential toiletries, providing porter bags and Active beanies, and picking you up whenever you arrive. This is your trip of a lifetime and we're going to do everything possible to exceed your expectations!
We're proud to follow in the footsteps of our hero Sir Edmund Hillary, and donate part of every trip we run in Nepal to the Himalayan Trust. It's always a highlight for our Everest Base Camp trekking guests when we visit a school established by Sir Ed in 1961 and other community initiatives along the trial, also established by the Trust. Read our blog to find out how we fundraised for the Himalayan Trust to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Hillary's first ascent of Everest.