“Fast – p’acK”
Fastpack is a style of moving through the back country with minimal, or ultra-light, gear.
Doing so allows one to move fast while covering large amounts of distance and vertical gain/loss.
Sometimes it’s considered a mix of trail running and back packing.
‘Dude, that fastpack was gnar gnar!‘
(please don’t say this)
We are early pioneers in fastpacking in Nepal.
Our trips are quick, light, and self-supported high-altitude adventures on the best trails in the world.
Because we also love trail running and long distance hiking.
We don’t exploit porters or pack animals.
We are a locally-owned Nepal company that contributes 10% of proceeds to a Nepal-based charity.
All of our Fastpacks
Feel free to time yourself, but this is not a race.
Go at your own pace and in solitude if you want, or run with the group.
We set up regroup points every morning and carry radios. There are options for all.
We don’t ask porters or mules to carry our loads.
You will need to carry a small pack, but it can be light.
All lodges will have plentiful food and warm blankets.
Have a heavy mix of hiking and optional running.
We do a lot of fast hiking, usually during the first half of the trip as we are climbing and getting used to the high altitude.
The second half of most trips involve a lot of running once we are over the pass.
You are always welcome to hike.
Include cultural components.
Chat with the local monk.
Learn how to cook Dal Bhat.
Practice some Nepali words.
We are always looking for new experiences.
Why race past these opportunities?
We donate 10% of proceeds to a Nepal-based charity.
Nothing can be guaranteed in the Himalaya, but we mitigate our risks.
We have a high altitude physician on call and include multiple comprehensive first aid kits, and satellite phones.
We follow an approved acclimatization schedule.
We contract with an expert weather forecaster whenever we cross a pass.
Reinforce back country skills.
Learn back country navigation including traditional map, compass, and also GPS navigation using your offline phone.
Are all-inclusive in price.
We don’t want you to have to worry about anything once you are in Nepal. We cover your food, lodging, permits, and much more.
Fastpack with us in 2018
- Annapurna Circuit ‘Thorung La’ Variation (Sept 15th-30th) We travel through beautiful Himalayan landscapes in a part circumnavigation of the tenth biggest mountain in the world. We will follow alternative trails around the circuit, getting way off the beaten path at times. The numbers: 16 days, including arrival; briefing day in Kathmandu and departure; 10.5 days moving forward on trail; and 2 acclimatization days. Total distance: 228k/142.6miles, Gain: 11,846m/38,863ft, Loss: 11,282m/37,013ft, Max Elevation: 5,405m, 17,728ft. Max participants: 10. Cost: $2,250 all inclusive. Status: One spot left
- Three-Passes and Gokyo Ri ‘In Awe of the Khumbu’ Variation (Oct 13th – Oct 30th) We will cross three stunning high altitude passes, ascend Gokyo Peak, and have front row seats for views of many high peaks including Sagarmatha (Everest). The numbers: 18 days. Total Distance: 122k/76mi. Gain: 7,315m/24,000ft, Loss: 7,315m/24,000ft. Max elevation: 5,601m/18,376ft, Avg Elevation: 4,130m/13,551ft. Cost: $2,500 all inclusive. Max Participants 7. Status: Accepting applications.
A bit farther afield (2019)
- Annapurna Circuit ‘Pass the Honey’ Variation (April 27th-May 12th, 2019) Join us on our first organized trip around the circuit in the Spring. We are also going to try to visit a remote village where they collect hallucinogenic honey. There will be some more trekkers on the circuit at this time of year, but they peak mid-April and we are really good at getting off the beaten track. Plus – spring time in the Himalayas is amazing! The numbers: 16 days, including arrival; briefing day in Kathmandu and departure; 10.5 days moving forward on trail; 2 acclimatization days. Total distance: 228k/142.6miles, Gain: 11,846m/38,863ft, Loss: 11,282m/37,013ft, Max Elevation: 5,405m, 17,728ft. Max participants: 10. Early bird price: $2,250 all-inclusive. Status: Accepting applications
- Langtang Lollipop We offer this every May. It took us three attempts to perfect this route – finally completing it in 2018. This is our hardest route and requires comfort with exposure and experience at high altitude. We start from Kathmandu on foot and return on foot traveling through Shiva Puri National Park, Helambu, Laurebina Pass (4,610m/15,124ft), Gosaikund Sacred Lakes, Langtang Valley, Kanja Pass, and finally returning on the Helambu trail to Kathmandu. The numbers: Distance: 186k/115mi, Total Ascent: 14,198m/46,581ft, Maximum Elevation: 5,130m/16,830ft on Kanja Pass. Maximum Participants: 5. Cost: $2,150 all-inclusive. Co-led by Sudeep Kandel and Seth Wolpin. Status: Accepting Applications.
- Annapurna Circuit – ‘Tilicho Lake’ Variation (Sept 14th-Sept 29th) Join us as we reach Tilicho Lake – considered one of the highest, most beautiful lakes in the world. With this route variation we will also use a different pass to reach western Nepal! The numbers: 16 days including arrival; briefing day in Kathmandu and departure; 10.5 days moving forward on trail; 2 acclimatization days. Total distance: 228k/142.6miles, Gain: 11,846m/38,863ft, Loss: 11,282m/37,013ft, Max Elevation: 5,405m, 17,728ft. Max participants: 10. Early Bird price $2,250 all-inclusive. Status: Accepting Applications