Calling all adventure seekers

Are you a trail runner looking for a new adventure? Or an experienced hiker who like to travel fast and ultra light? We organize small groups of active people who want to get way off the beaten path in the Himalaya.

Come adventure with us

You can trust our years of experience helping people safely explore high altitudes. Let us safely handle all of the logistics so you can focus on making lifetime memories. Our fastpacks are 10-12 days long and include safe acclimatization schedules, experienced guides and risk management strategies. Travel at your own pace with a mixture of walking, power hiking, and running if the spirit moves you. Travel with only the bare essentials so that we don’t have to rely on porters or pack-animals to carry our gear. Read more ‘Why Himalayan Adventure Labs?’

You can count on us

Excellent logistics including being collected on arrival at the airport and dropped off at end of trip. Super fun team and diverse itinerary which included some trails that are not part of the official circuit. Great food, laughs and team dynamic. Challenging course meant greater level of satisfaction on completion of each stage. Highly recommend.

Angela (Ireland/Hong Kong) Annapurna Fastpack 2018 October 8, 2018

Tim, class of AFP2019 fall enjoying the view, on the way to Thorung La

Annapurna Circuit – ‘Tilicho Lake’ Variation (May 7 – 22, 2022) 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 orientation 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. Cost: $2,560 all inclusive, including $250 deposit. Please head to Annapurna Fastpack page to register.

View of Birendra lake and the valley, on the way to Manaslu base camp

Manaslu Circuit (October 1 – 15, 2022) Join us on one of our newest fast packs, where we go around Mt. Manaslu, the eighth highest mountain in the world at 8,163 metres. We will also visit Hinang gumba, option to hike towards Nepal/Tibet border on acclimatization day in Samdo and overlap part of Annapurna Circuit towards the end. 16 days in total including arrival, briefing day in Kathmandu and departure, 11 days on the trail with 2 acclimatization days included. Total distance: 212 km, minimum elevation: 526m, maximum elevation: 5134m, total elevation gain: +8108m, total elevation loss: -7834m Max participants: 10. Cost: $2,425 all inclusive, including $250 deposit. Please head to Manaslu Fastpack page to register.

EFP2019 team aka team Coconut descending down Cho La

Everest Three Passes (Open for custom bookings).  Fly into a high altitude airstrip and then travel quick, fast, and self-supported through three passes near the Everest region. Cross massive valley systems using three passes (Renjo La, Cho La and Kongma La) Opt for a non-technical climb of Gokyo Ri (5,357m/17,575ft). And yes, you can walk to Everest Base Camp if the spirit moves you. Or climb Kala Patar (5550m/18,208ft) for stunning 360 degree panoramas. Total distance: 131k/82miles, Gain: 7,584m/24,875ft, Loss: 7,561m/24,800ft, Max possible elevation: 5,601m/18,376ft, Max participants: 10, Fun on the three passes: Impossible to quantify.

On the way to Kyanjing Gompa

Langtang Lollipop (Open for custom bookings) 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: 7.

Annapurna Fastpack 2018 team making their way to Thorong Pass (5416m)

Annapurna Circuit – ‘Wild Honey’ Variation (Open for custom bookings) Join us as we explore a village where they harvest wild honey! 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.

Let’s talk

Whether you are just starting to think about this kind of trip, or really serious – we can help.  Just drop us a note with the form below, or one of these other contact methods.

Fastpack Interest Form

    Most trips are 12-15 days, including arrival and departure. Ask us about custom trips!

Our Fastpacks

Are non-competitive.
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.

Are self-supported.
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 good 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.
Visit temples.
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.

Prioritize Safety.
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, tips, desert, charging, hot showers and much more.

Descending to Jomsom via Windy Pass on the Annapurna Circuit