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Dan Keys

New Zealand and Nepal Guide

Dan Keys (DK) started with Active in 2011 with a season in New Zealand before heading to Nepal to begin guiding our Himalayan adventures. He has since led dozens of treks through the Everest and Annapurna regions. Sharing the beauty of the mountains and the friendly Nepali culture is why DK returns every season. During his spare time DK works on his side project the 'Active Hearts Foundation' which is a charity he created early 2015. The mission of the charity is to build and facilitate small rural projects in Nepal prioritizing education and health outcomes, specifically for our local guides and porter's villages. You can read more and donate to the 'Active Hearts Foundation' here.

“One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things.” - Henry Miller

"I'm a Kiwi with a long standing love affair with the New Zealand mountains and oceans. I began guiding in 2005 and now lead treks around New Zealand, Australia and Nepal. I enjoy exploring the world off the beaten track and really getting immersed in the local culture. A competent Spanish and Nepali speaker, I have a passion for surfing, music, trekking and seeing the world first hand. " - DK

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Testimonials

“For sure! It wouldn't have been the trip it was without DK. He's a wonderful human being. People gravitate towards him because of his kindness, easy-going nature, good humor, and ability to make everything fun. He was an epic story teller and knew the answer to every cultural, ecological, or musical question I had. DK is one-of-a-kind and we were all incredibly fortunate that he was our guide on this trip!”
- Whitney Wells-Corfield (Montpelier, Virginia, United States), Winter Rimu June 2018

“D.K went above and beyond to make sure everyone had an incredible trip. He spent time getting to know each of us and us about him. His knowledge and love of the people and the country made a big difference in the trip as I felt I was able to touch the culture not just look at it. He is an amazing person and I consider myself very fortunate to have him as my guide”
- Anna Flynn (Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States), AST April 2017

“DK is top notch! I understand why he's a bit of a legend on the trail! ”
- Jamie Sulea (North Saanich, British Columbia, Canada), EBC November 2016

Trip Reviews

  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 37 reviews)

    Khumbu Trip for Vaughts

    Our Khumbu trip was spectacular. The Himalayas are absolutely breathtaking and our guides were phenomenal. We had a few unforeseen hiccups, some significant, but the guides handled every single one of them with grace and 110% effort to make the best of our situation. They were kind, patient and knowledgeable
    The hike is amazing; massive vertical walls of lush mountains piercing the sky. You hike into the clouds only to discover that those huge mountains were just the foothills of the snow-caps behind them. Unforgettable and worth every tiring step!
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    – Georgia, United States
    Khumbu, January 2017
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    Have to Experience it to Believe it

    Don't know where to start and don't want to write a book but want anyone who is considering this trek to do it with Active Adventures. Why? I'm 62, still in good health and shape. Have experienced two other treks over the past ten years with other outfitters. Machu Picchu in Peru and Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. There was a huge difference in personal care and attention to expedition details. What impressed me the most was the attention to every detail required to make this trek to Base Camp not only successful but an enjoyable one too. There was not one negative experience that Active Adventure was in control over (lodging, food, permits etc). My mind was put to ease every day when our daily heart rate and oxygen levels were tested and medication was made available to you should you experience the effects of altitude sickness. Our guide’s knowledge of the history and culture of the Nepalese people added to the enjoyment of our journey.
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    – Ontario, Canada
    EBC, January 2018
  •   4.62 out of 5 (from 248 reviews)

    Annapurna Sanctuary Trek

    Great trip, well organized and guided. Our guide Amanda (Button) and Nepalese guide Shree were a lot of fun to spend time with. They managed the pace of the trek well and all came through with no problems. The weather this time of year turned out to be excellent. I'd do another trip with Active.
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    – Washington, United States
    AST, October 2017
  •   4.74 out of 5 (from 226 reviews)

    EBC with Dan K

    I had a great time with wonderful team members, guides and porters. I will remember this trip as one of the best and treasure the memories for long, long time.
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    – Massachusetts, United States
    EBC, June 2017
  •   4.70 out of 5 (from 37 reviews)

    A Wonderful Adventure

    This was truly a trip of a lifetime. From the vibrant streets of Kathmandu to the peace and majesty of the Himalayas we were always seeing something new and beautiful. DK, Gokul and “the boys” looked after everything so capably. The route, food and accommodations were all excellent. Trekking was a new and challenging experience for us but left us with a real sense of accomplishment. What wonderful memories we have!
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    – Nova Scotia, Canada
    Khumbu, November 2017

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