Why Active Adventures Himalayas

We believe we have the best way to share the Himalayas with you.

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.

Active Adventures Himalayas guides. Clever, funny, witty ... and charming too 

Himalayas guides

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.

Culture and comfort

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!

Here for you 

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.

Physical challenge, adventure and achievement

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!

Active Himalayas

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.

Everything is included

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 give back

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. 

Trip Reviews

  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 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
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 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
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 reviews)

    Can't believe I did it

    Right when we touched down at Lukla airport, I began to get sick. I didn't think there would be any way that I could continue, but my guides were well-prepared with medicine and advice to help get me back on track, and they let me walk at my own pace. Mercifully, I rebounded and made it through some of the most stunning hiking that you can do anywhere on earth. Everyone in my group was positive and a joy to be around.
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    – Georgia, United States
    EBC, December 2016
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 reviews)

    Everest Base Camp, Sept - Oct 2017

    Great trip. Elder and Arjun are so great. They make an awesome team and really care about the people on the trip and the people working with them. The Himalayas are too hard to describe and pictures do not do them justice. There is no scale to compare them to when talking about them. You simply have to see it. Oh, Ama Dablam is magnificent. There were times when the scenery literally brought tears to my eyes. In a good way. Kathmandu is an experience for sure, but have mixed emotions about the city itself.
    – Indiana, United States
    EBC, October 2017
  •   4.53 out of 5 (from 16217 reviews)

    Great Adventure

    Elder took such great care of everyone on the trip and made us all feel like family. The boys were amazing with the care they took in making sure our every need was met. Shree has a wealth of knowledge about Nepal and the mountains that is invaluable.
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    – Florida, United States
    AST, November 2017



Why travel with Active Adventures?

Above all, we aim to be amazing hosts. We're proud of our kiwi roots, and our professional, warm and relaxed style of running trips around the world is unforgettable.

We're VERY picky about who we select to work in our team, and we have people from all over the world lining up to guide our trips. So we get to hire the absolute BEST in the business.

As soon as you get off the plane, we've got all the details of your vacation covered – top notch meals, comfortable transport & accommodation, amazing guides and INCREDIBLE service.

Whether you’re new to adventure travel, or you’ve never travelled in a group before, you’ll find yourself arriving home positively different from when you left.

With our small groups (no more than 14), you'll get to know our team, your fellow travellers, and have the flexibility and freedom to do as much (or as little!) as you like.

It's all about getting there under your own steam – on foot, in a sea kayak, or by bike. What better way is there to experience mind blowing scenery? If it's your first time, no worries – our expert guides have got you covered.

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