Aravaipa Canyon Backpacking

Aravaipa Canyon is a true gem of the Sonoran Desert, and a perfect place for spring or fall backpacking in the Southwest.

On a 3-day guided backpacking trip to this Arizona gem, you can wander through side canyons and climb up boulders if you’re feeling adventurous, or hang creekside in a hammock while you read a book. A balance of relaxation and exploration is found. Sound like your kind of adventure?

  • 3 Days, 2 Nights
  • Activity: Backpacking
  • Destination: Aravaipa Canyon Wilderness, Arizona
  • Accommodations: Backcountry Camping
  • Difficulty: Moderate

What do you picture when you hear the term ‘desert’? Whatever may come to mind, it is unlikely to include lush grasslands, verdant groves of cottonwood and sycamore trees, and crystal-clear water that flows year-round. That is exactly what you’ll find on our Aravaipa Canyon backpacking trip! An Arizona highlight, this secluded canyon has long been an oasis for backpackers looking for adventure in the Sonoran Desert.

Price Includes:
  • Meals starting lunch Day 1 through lunch Day 3
  • Filtered water during van transfers and a variety of healthy hiking snacks
  • Professional Wilderness First Responder certified guide(s)
  • Kitchen and group gear (cooking utensils, stove, fuel, water filter, food storage where needed, dish washing necessities)
  • Personal mess kit (bowl, mug, fork, spoon)
  • Van transfers to/from Holiday Inn Express to the Aravaipa Wilderness
  • Bottled water and snacks for van transfers
  • Backcountry permit for 2 nights of camping
Not Included​​​​​​:
  • Personal insurance and expenses
  • Pre- or post-trip lodging
  • Breakfast Day 1, dinner Day 3
  • Airport transfers
  • Air transportation
  • Sleeping bag (available to rent from AOA)
  • Sleeping pad (available to rent from AOA)
  • Backpacking pack (available to rent from AOA)
  • Backpacking tent (available to rent from AOA)
  • Trekking poles (complimentary upon request)
  • Gratuities to AOA Guides

Scottsdale: Half Day Trekking Tour

Venture into the lush desert and mountains surrounding of the Sonoran Desert on a half-day Scottsdale hiking tour. Scottsdale, Arizona is located in the Phoenix metro area, a region rich in beautiful desert scenery and amazing hiking trails. Learn all about the unique flora, fauna, geology, and history of the from our knowledgeable, professional guides.

AOA’s guided hiking trips are designed to be more than a simple nature walk while still accessible to a wide range of ability so that individuals of modest fitness levels, as well as more active ones, will enjoy themselves.

All of the trails where we lead guided hikes have been chosen not only for their scenic beauty but also their accessibility, safety, and low volume of visitors. Combined, these factors afford our guests an unforgettable Sonoran Desert experience.

Our most popular hiking routes are in Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, where a large variety of trails are available to accommodate all levels of hikers. Other hiking locations are available.

On the Day of Your Tour

You will meet at the McDowell Sonoran Preserve’s Gateway Trailhead.

To get from Phoenix to Scottsdale is easy, but the distance required depends on where in Phoenix you are staying. Other meeting locations may be arranged in advance by calling the office. You can expect to be with another group on your hiking tour unless you have booked a private tour. Our guides plan accordingly for varied skill levels and choose trails that fit the needs of everyone in the group.

Scottsdale: Half Day Trekking Tour

Reservation Policies
Advance reservations are required and can only be confirmed with receipt of guest contact information and a valid credit card. Final payment is due in advance of the tour. Guide gratuities are optional, but are appreciated.

There is no charge for cancellations made more than 48 hours before departure time. Cancellations made less than 48 hours from departure time will be charged in full.

Tours, rentals, and add-ons may be subject to sales tax at the local rate.

Tour Price Includes
  • Professional safety-certified guide
  • Bottled water & snacks
  • 1:8 guide to guest ratio
  • Park entry fees
The mountain cleaners of Salzburg

Climbing harness, rope, helmet and mountain boots - these are the unusual work tools of the mountain cleaners of Salzburg. 365 days a year, a small group of fearless men ensures that the city's residents are safe.

Working over the roofs of the city
You can recognize them from afar. Day after day they hang on the harness in the steep rock faces of the Salzburg mountains Monk, Capuchin and fortress mountain. But what are they doing up there, high above the rooftops of Mozart's city?

The mountain cleaners of Salzburg

The mountain cleaners of Salzburg have an extraordinary, probably even world-wide unique profession: They clean the local mountains of the city neatly of loose rock and emerging root system. On steep slopes, endangered trees must be felled and stone catches erected. In winter, shrubs are cut back on the partially green cliffs and dangerous icicles are removed. Altogether, the mountain cleaners ensure that around 300,000 m² of rock are checked every year, removing between 50 and 80 m³ of loose rock.

Vocational training out of necessity
But why is there any need for this professional group in Mozart's city? The answer to this arises from the immediate vicinity of Salzburg to the mountains. The cliffs of monasteries, capuchins and fortresses tower in the old town in the air. They represent a unique and extensive green space, but also pose dangers for the inhabitants and houses of the city.

The mountain cleaners of Salzburg

1669 Salzburg was the victim of a devastating rock fall disaster. At that time huge masses of rock fell from the steep walls of the Mönchsberg and buried the Markuskirche, the "Seminarium Alumnorum", the Lieb-Frauen-Kapelle and 13 houses below. In this disaster, 230 people were killed.

Before the rockfall already sporadic checks and purges of the local mountains took place, in 1574 the mountain cleaners were first mentioned in a document. These works were then greatly intensified from the year 1669. Only several years later, after another rock fall in 1778 every year and now 365 days a year, the local mountains in Salzburg are checked.

The mountain cleaners of Salzburg

From an initially spontaneously built, daring community of citizens formed over the centuries, its own professional group - the mountain cleaner. A squad usually consists of two rappers who hang in the ropes and clean the mountain, two rope holders, which secure the Abfahrer and descend, and two floor men who shut off the work area and take over the soil cleaning.

A tour of the city? Why, surely!
While the people down in the city stroll through the streets and alleyways, the mountain cleaners hang in their climbing harnesses and ropes, loudly shout their commands and ensure that life in Mozart's city can go its usual course. In wind and weather they expose themselves to the dangers of falling rocks to protect the inhabitants and the entire city. Some people will probably not even know that they exist - so keep your eyes open on your next visit to Salzburg. Maybe you can discover one or the other mountain cleaner during your city tour or your hike to the local mountains.

Fascination Vesuvius: the Neapolitan fire mountain

"Certainly the Neapolitan would be a different person if he did not feel himself trapped between God and Satan." Johann Wolfgang von Goethe comes to this conclusion when he observes a marvelous sunset in March 1787 on his descent from Mount Vesuvius. And indeed, it is this mixture of the terrible and the beautiful that creates fascination worldwide: the dangerous volcano on the beautiful Gulf of Naples.

Every child in Italy knows the name of the fire-breathing mountain near which lies the metropolis of Naples. The Italians call it "Vesuvio" and every year thousands of tourists from all over the world flock to the fate mountain. It is widely known that the volcano could erupt at any time without great warnings ...

It is the only active volcano on mainland Europe and one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country - which means something in the rich Italian cultural history. However, the reasons for his worldwide fame go hand in hand with disasters and calamities.

The dark end of Pompeii
In addition to Mount Vesuvius, it attracts tourists especially to Pompeii. Yet, the city has not existed for centuries. In ancient times, Pompeii was a prosperous Mediterranean city. It was located on a high plateau ten kilometers south of Mount Vesuvius, and from the palaces of the city, the view over the Gulf of Naples must have been splendid.

Fascination Vesuvius: the Neapolitan fire mountain

On August 24, 79 AD, the sky over Pompeii suddenly darkened. Daily earthquakes had announced the eruption of the volcano over weeks. House walls were torn open and water pipes were broken. But not all Pompeians knew how to interpret these warning signs in time. The panic that erupted at the sight of the threatening ash cloud came too late. In just a few hours, the city and its inhabitants were buried under ashes and ash avalanches.

The once magnificent Pompeii is forgotten for a long time. Centuries later, amazing ancient finds are made in the region, which are in great demand during the Renaissance. Marauders and historians are slowly revealing the mystery of the lost city, but it is not until the 18th century that it is systematically and almost "unharmed" unearthed. Pompeii rises like a phoenix from the ashes, because the pumice stone of the volcanic eruption has virtually preserved the city and the dead. "There has been much mischief in the world, but little that would have given posterity so much pleasure," notes Goethe during a visit to the excavation site.

A volcano as a tourist attraction
The eruption of Vesuvius in the year 79 should not be the only one. Larger eruptions follow in the years 472 and 1631. The last eruption so far occurred on 18 March 1944. Since then, Mount Vesuvius is in a period of rest, whose duration is difficult to predict.

Fascination Vesuvius: the Neapolitan fire mountain

A visit to Pompeii and the ascent of Mount Vesuvius should not be missed when staying in the Napoli region. The danger of the volcano, the perishable sinking of the city and the nevertheless undeniable beauty of mountain and antiquity on the Mediterranean - Vesuvius and its stories have not only captivated Goethe.
Peru - On the legendary Inca Trail

Trekking on the classic Inca Trail to Lake Titicaca
  • 4-day trekking Inka Trail (about 5 - 8 hours daily)
  • Hikes 2 x easy (2 - 3 hours), 3 x moderate (4 - 5 hours)
  • In the footsteps of the Incas - on the most beautiful way to Machu Picchu
  • Walk across the island of Taquile with panoramic views of Lake Titicaca
  • Get to know the culinary delights of Peruvian cuisine during a cooking class
  • Stroll through the narrow streets of the Inca capital Cusco
  • Explore the mystical legend of the Inca site Machu Picchu

Like the mystical Inca site Machu PicchuEven the way to her - hidden away from the wild mountain forest - was a mystery for a long time. From Cusco, numerous paths through Peru and neighboring Bolivia, Ecuador and Chile have already taken place during Inca times. The most famous among them has for ages united the Sacred Valley with Machu Picchu, the city in the clouds. In the last century, the Inca Trail was rediscovered and uncovered. 

Peru - On the legendary Inca Trail

Following in the footsteps of the Incas, we hike the cobbled path through the middle of the Andes, past archaeological sites, snowy Andean peaks, over streams and rivers. We cross vertiginous suspension bridges, continue over rock-cut steps into the deep jungle, and then suddenly hit a wall: in front of us the sun gate!Carefully, we walk through and have a fabulous view of the world heritage site before us: Machu Picchu. All hardships and sweat drops are forgotten, we put down the backpacks and enjoy the magical moment. Important Booking Note: Is this the adventure you have always dreamed of? Then follow our advice: book as early as possible! The places on the Inca Trail are sought after and limited. Already around six months before the trip we have to decide if the trip actually takes place.

Planned program sequence
(Meals: F = breakfast M = lunch A = dinner)

Day 1: Arrival to Peru
Departure in Germany and flight to Peru.

Day 2: Arrival in Cusco
We land in the Peruvian capital Lima. After the immigration formalities we fly on to Cusco (3.400m). Here we are received by our tour guide. The afternoon is free for us to slowly gain altitude.

Hotel Samay (F), Cusco

Day 3: Cusco city tour and Inca culture
In Cusco, the juxtaposition of two cultures fascinates. Once, the Inca rulers built temples and numerous palaces for their families. After the conquest, the Spaniards shaped the image of the city. On our city tour we will get to know the center of the UNESCO World Heritage City, the lively Plaza de Armas. We visit the main market as well as the artistic district of San Blas and the cathedral. The ruins of Tambomachay, Sacsayhuaman and Qenko are also on the program. The afternoon is at our free disposal.

Driving time: approx. 1 hr.
Driving distance from: approx. 30 km
Hotel Samay (F), Cusco

Day 4: Excursion to Tipón
Today a secret tip awaits us: we make our way to the Inca site Tipón in the south-eastern valley of Cusco. Tipón is located on the slopes of Mount Pachatusan, the main apu (mountain deity) of Cusco. In total there are 12 larger terrace units to see. These are well preserved and made of red stone. We walk to an elevation where religious ceremonies used to be held, and from here we have a view of the whole area. Past the terraces we go to a natural spring that irrigates the terrace structure through an extensive canal system. Return to Cusco and afternoon free.

Walking time: approx. 2-3 hours
Travel time: approx. 0.5 hrs.
Driving distance from: approx. 25 km
Hotel Samay (F, M), Cusco

Peru - On the legendary Inca Trail

Day 5: Sacred Valley - Ollantaytambo
After breakfast we drive to Pisac to the big Indian market. Here a lot of crafts, fruits and vegetables are offered. We also visit the legendary Inca terraces of Pisac that tower over the village and then hike back to the village. After lunch we drive through the sacred valley in a westerly direction, along various villages until we reach the "living" Inca village Ollantaytambo. We visit the Inca fortress and walk through this beautiful settlement to our hotel.

Walking time: approx. 2-3 hours
Driving time: approx. 1 hr.
Driving distance from: approx. 70 km
Hotel Tunupa (F, M), Ollantaytambo

Day 6: Trekking start on the Inca Trail
Today begins our adventure on the Inca Trail. We get up early and drive the short distance to Chilcha to the "kilometer 82". Here begins our trekking on the legendary Inca Trail, the historic route from Cusco to Machu Picchu. First, we follow the course of the Rio Urumbamba downstream to the Inca ruins of Llactapata. After the visit, we will build our tent near the small community of Chamana.

780 hm
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Travel time: approx. 0.5 hrs.
Driving distance from: approx. 11 km
Tent (F, M, A)

Day 7: 2nd trekking day: Llaqtapata - Llulluchapampa
After breakfast we walk in the shadow of the mountains through the Cusichaca valley, past small farms until we reach the Andendorf community Huayllabamba. Here a steep ascent awaits us until we set up our next camp below the first pass we will cross tomorrow. We have a breathtaking view of the mountain Huayanay (5,464 m) in front of us. On the slopes grow in the fog the rare Polylepis, a unique rose plant. We end the day with a dinner together.

Walking time: approx. 6-7 hours
Tent (F, M, A)

Day 8: 3rd trekking day: Llulluchapampa - Phuyupatamarca
Today, the long ascent to the highest pass of our trek, the Warmiwañusca Pass at 4,200 m. Above we enjoy the view of the snow covered high mountains of the Cordillera Urumbaba. We cross the pass and descend again to the Pacamayo River, where we can refresh ourselves briefly. About the Runkuraqay ruins it goes to the Qachapatta Pass at 4,050 m. Descent to Yanacocha Lagoon. Then it goes over steep stairs uphill and downhill through the lush vegetation to the Inca fortifications Sayacmarca and Ayacmarca. We continue to our camp at Phuyupatamarca with a beautiful view of the Urubamba valley. In the distance we can already see Machu Picchu.

860 meters
1050 Hm
Walking time: approx. 8-9 hours
Tent (F, M, A)

Peru - On the legendary Inca Trail

Day 9: 4th trekking day: Phuyupatamarca - Machu Picchu
We start early and master the descent to the 3rd and last ascent to the pass Phuyupatamarca (3.700 m). At the top, a wide panorama opens onto the Cordillera Vilcabamba. Long descent over a steep natural rock spiral staircase through dense jungle until we reach the vegetation-overgrown Inca sites Intipata and Winay Wayna (2.700m). After a short visit, we continue through the cloud forest to Intipunku, the sun gate. We walk through the gate and have a gigantic view of Machu Picchu. We have to be patient, because we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage site tomorrow with more time. We get off briefly and take our bus, which brings us to Aguas Calientes.

Walking time: approx. 6-7 hours
Travel time: approx. 0.5 hrs.
Driving distance from: about 8 km
Hotel Hatun Samay (B, L), Machu Picchu Pueblo

Day 10: Machu Picchu in the early morning
In the early morning we take the bus over serpentines through dense forest up to Machu Picchu. The whole morning we visit in detail and under expert guidance the mysterious jungle town Machu Picchu. UNESCO designated the ruins in 1983 as a cultural and natural heritage of humanity. The sight of the ruins in the middle of a wild mountain landscape is overwhelming. Long after the arrival of the Spaniards in 1911, Machu Picchu was discovered and uncovered by Hiram Bingham. In the afternoon the bus brings us back to Aguas Calientes. From here we take the train to Ollantaytambo and from there by bus to Cusco.

Walking time: approx. 2-3 hours
Driving time: approx. 2 hours
Hotel Samay (F, M), Cusco

Day 11: Cusco
Today is at leisure. We can stroll through the city on our own and discover yet unknown lanes in Cusco.
Hotel Samay (F), Cusco

Day 12: Cusco - Puno
We leave Cusco and drive to Lake Titicaca. We take the approximately 390 km long and scenic route back by bus. On the way we stop at the sights of Andahuaylillas, Racchi and Pucara. Crossing the Altiplano highlands we see small villages and on the horizon the glaciated mountain ranges. Important note: When traveling with a small group of less than 8 people, the journey from Cusco to Puno takes place on a comfortable public tourist bus.

Driving time: approx. 8 hours
Driving distance from: about 420 km
Hotel Intiqa (B, L), Puno

Day 13: Excursion on Lake Titicaca
After breakfast, a motorboat takes us across the deep blue lake of Lake Titicaca to Taquile, a tranquil island of livestock and agriculture that is characterized by communities with "Cooperativas" (cooperatives). From the pier we hike over the island. The islanders are good weavers and also produce the finest knitwear. By boat we drive back to Puno. On the way we dock at the floating reed islands of the Uro. Once the Uros Indians led an almost self-sufficient life on their reed islands. The floating islands on which the individual families live are made of tied bundles of reed bundled together in blocks of up to 8 square meters. Boat trip about 4 hours

Walking time: approx. 3-4 hours
Hotel Intiqa (F, M), undefined

Day 14: Puno - Lima
We first visit the mysterious grave towers of Sillustani, near Puno. Sillustani is located on a peninsula on Umayo Lake and was one of the most important centers of the Colla culture. Then transfer to the airport in Juliaca and flight to Lima. Transfer to the hotel.

Travel time: approx. 0.5 hrs.
Driving distance from: about 20 km
Hotel Lima Wasi (F), Miraflores

Day 15: Lima - return flight to Germany
In the morning we get to know the metropolis Lima on a small city tour. The palace of the viceroy, the palace of the archbishop and many churches and convents. We stroll through the colorful local market. Our tour guide shows us the variety of exotic fruits. Afterwards, we get to know the local products during a cooking class to conjure up a typical Peruvian dish at our cooking class. In the afternoon transfer to the airport. Flight from Lima back to the homeland.

Day 16: Arrival at home
Arrival at the home airport.
Nepal - Mount Everest Basecamp Trek

Trekking trip to the base camp of Mount Everest and Kala Pattar
  • 12-day trekking (4 - 9 hours daily)
  • Ascent of Kala Pattar (5,643 m), summit day ↑ 450 m ↓ 1,450 m, 6 - 7 hours
  • From the base camp of Mount Everest look out over the famous Khumbu Icefall
  • Trekken on a scenic mountain trail from Pangpoche to the terraced village Phortse
  • Cross the rushing Dudh Kosi at dizzy heights on Hillary Bridge
  • From the panoramic summit of Kala Pattar marvel at the mighty Mount Everest pyramid
  • Visit the reforestation project "One Day - One Tree" in Pangpoche

Like a wide white ribbon, the Dudh Kosi meanders through the "valley of the milk flow". Left and right rise the rock walls, the path is slowly but steadily uphill. Trekkers, porters and pack animals bustle along the way, and there's plenty of activity on the suspension bridges as well - especially on the Hillary Bridge, which swings high above the canyon in the wind. The waving prayer flags are as colorful as the houses in the villages along the way. 

We devote ourselves to the history and development of the Everest region, familiarize ourselves with the culture of the Sherpa in Namche Bazar, visit the Sir Edmund Hillary Hospital in Khunde and the reforestation project "One day - one tree" in Pangpoche. Our trek takes us through the Sagarmatha National Park, home to the highest mountains in the world. 

We follow the classic route through the Sherpa villages, admire the view of the shapely Ama Dablam from Khumjung and the view of the other ice giants of the Khumbu region from Tengpoche. The trail above the Pheriche Valley leads us to the Khumbu Glacier and on through the hollow of the Lobuche Mountains over the high alp Gorak Shep to the base camp of Mount Everest. From here it goes even higher: We climb the summit of Kala Pattar and enjoy the "black mountain" the "white view". In front of us, the Everest pyramid seems to be within reach, beneath us is the ice world of the Changri glacier, and next to us, the angular Nuptse peak radiates in the sun. 

Not only the altitude but also the sight takes our breath away - surrounded by the highest mountains of the world. admire the view of the shapely Ama Dablam from Khumjung and the view of the other ice giants of the Khumbu region from Tengpoche. The trail above the Pheriche Valley leads us to the Khumbu Glacier and on through the hollow of the Lobuche Mountains over the high alp Gorak Shep to the base camp of Mount Everest. From here it goes even higher: We climb the summit of Kala Pattar and enjoy the "black mountain" the "white view". 

In front of us, the Everest pyramid seems to be within reach, beneath us is the ice world of the Changri glacier, and next to us, the angular Nuptse peak radiates in the sun. Not only the altitude but also the sight takes our breath away - surrounded by the highest mountains in the world. admire the view of the shapely Ama Dablam from Khumjung and the view of the other ice giants of the Khumbu region from Tengpoche. The trail above the Pheriche Valley leads us to the Khumbu Glacier and on through the hollow of the Lobuche Mountains over the high alp Gorak Shep to the base camp of Mount Everest. From here it goes even higher: We climb the summit of Kala Pattar and enjoy the "black mountain" the "white view". 

Nepal - Mount Everest Basecamp Trek

In front of us, the Everest pyramid seems to be within reach. Below us, the ice world of the Changri glacier stretches out, and next to us the angular peak of the Nuptse radiates in the sun. Not only the altitude but also the sight takes our breath away - surrounded by the highest mountains of the world. The trail above the Pheriche Valley leads us to the Khumbu Glacier and on through the hollow of the Lobuche Mountains over the high alp Gorak Shep to the base camp of Mount Everest. From here it goes even higher: We climb the summit of Kala Pattar and enjoy the "black mountain" the "white view". 

In front of us, the Everest pyramid seems to be within reach. Below us, the ice world of the Changri glacier stretches out, and next to us the angular peak of the Nuptse radiates in the sun. Not only the altitude but also the sight takes our breath away - surrounded by the highest mountains of the world. The trail above the Pheriche Valley leads us to the Khumbu Glacier and on through the hollow of the Lobuche Mountains over the high alp Gorak Shep to the base camp of Mount Everest. From here it goes even higher: We climb the summit of Kala Pattar and enjoy the "black mountain" the "white view". 

Nepal - Mount Everest Basecamp Trek

In front of us, the Everest pyramid seems to be within reach. Below us, the ice world of the Changri glacier stretches out, and next to us the angular peak of the Nuptse radiates in the sun. Not only the altitude but also the sight takes our breath away - surrounded by the highest mountains of the world. We climb the summit of Kala Pattar and enjoy the "white view" from the "black mountain". In front of us, the Everest pyramid seems to be within reach, beneath us is the ice world of the Changri glacier, and next to us, the angular Nuptse peak radiates in the sun. 

Not only the altitude but also the sight takes our breath away - surrounded by the highest mountains of the world. We climb the summit of Kala Pattar and enjoy the "white view" from the "black mountain". In front of us, the Everest pyramid seems to be within reach, beneath us is the ice world of the Changri glacier, and next to us, the angular Nuptse peak radiates in the sun. Not only the altitude but also the sight takes our breath away - surrounded by the highest mountains of the world.

Profile: This journey through the Khumbu region leads up to the famous base camp of Mount Everest and the panoramic summit of Kala Pattar, from which the highest mountain in the world seems within reach. On the way through the Dudh-Kosi valley to Namche Bazar and on through the villages of Khumjung and Pangpoche you can experience the Sherpa culture of the region. Requirement: Prerequisite for this trip are fitness and stamina for hiking with up to 9 hours walking time on unpaved roads. For the trekkingtechnically there are no special requirements. The ascent of the Kala Pattar does not pose any technical challenges in good conditions and requires only 6 - 7 hours of walking, including descent back to Pheriche. The ascent can also be left out. Due to adverse weather conditions and depending on the condition of the group, the walking time can be extended, but the trekking stages are regularly interrupted by restful breaks.

Altitude: Due to the altitude of more than 2,500 m, there is the possibility of altitude sickness. In order to reduce the risk, the itinerary is designed in such a way that at the beginning of the journey the possibility of adaptation is given and the body can get used to the changed circumstances. This includes slow and steady walking and intake of sufficient fluid. Nevertheless, there remains a burden on the body and we ask you to contact your family doctor before departure. Further information can be found at

Lodging: We stay in Kathmandu in a middle class hotel. All rooms have a bathroom. During the trek we are lodged in lodges. These are simple and functional. The rooms have two beds (with mattress and pillows) and in most cases no bathroom. Only the lodge in Lukla has bathroom in the room. The sanitary facilities are usually located in the corridor or away from the accommodation in the yard. Toilets are mostly available in dry toilets and no toilet paper is provided. The lodges offer running cold water. As a shower opportunity there are often shared showers (hot water for a fee). But especially at high altitudes bowls of heated water are made available for freshening. The rooms are not heated, additional blankets are usually available. In the main building of the lodges is the dining room / lounge, which can be heated by means of an oven. This is usually only cheered in the evening from about 18 clock, as fuel is limited.

Meals: Breakfast is included in this trip and lunch and dinner during the trek. In Kathmandu we eat at the property or stop in traditional restaurants. During the trek we eat in the lodges. For breakfast there is toast / Tibetan bread, jam, porridge (oatmeal), cereals, eggs (fried or fried eggs) or pancakes. For lunch and dinner, dhal bhat (lentil soup with rice and mixed vegetables), soup or pasta dishes. For all meals, tea is served in varying variations. During the hikes, boiled water must be purchased in the lodges for bottling in your own drinking vessel. The cost of services to be purchased in the lodges increases with increasing altitude. So drinking water in Lukla costs about 100 NPR, in Gorak Shep about 300 NPR. This is the same for the use of electricity and Wi-Fi as well as for general meals and consumables such as toilet paper. For food intolerances, we ask you to take care of appropriate food. Vegetarian food is possible, vegan food unfortunately not feasible. We ask for your understanding!

Power supply: In the vast majority of lodges are sockets for charging electrical appliances available (partly for a fee). Periodic power outages affect availability. Depending on the power requirement, it is recommended to take an external battery (power bank) with you.

Favors: It has become a nice touch during our trekkings, the escort team after the trekking no longer needed, but still well-preserved clothing to give. The joy is also great about party favors for women and children of the team members. Your tour guide can arrange a raffle for the farewell evening with the accompanying team, so that a fair distribution is guaranteed. Small gifts, such as colored pencils or chalk, can also be given locally in schools or kindergartens.

Respect: Respect is particularly important in unknown cultures and should be self-evident for all participants and we ask for tactful behavior towards the local population.

Nepal - Mount Everest Basecamp Trek

Services included
  • local Hauser tour guide from / to Kathmandu
  • Flight with Turkish Airlines from / to Frankfurt via Istanbul to Kathmandu
  • Domestic flight with Tara Airlines from / to Kathmandu to Lukla
  • Current airport tax, departure tax and security fees
  • Rail & Fly ticket from / to German border
  • Overnight 3 x in the middle class hotel, 12 x in lodges (shared bathroom)
  • 15 x breakfast, 12 x lunch, 13 x dinner
  • Hauser travel health insurance incl. Search, rescue and rescue costs and repatriation and 24-hour emergency call service

Desired services

Additional bookable services
  • Journey without route Frankfurt - Kathmandu - Frankfurt via Istanbul - 620,00 €
  • Connecting flights subject to availability: within Germany 50,00 €; Vienna, Zurich: surcharge on request
  • Single supplement (hotels only) 135,00 €

Not included services
  • Visa fees
  • Other meals and drinks (about 180,00 €)
  • gratuities
  • Individual excursions and visits
Hikes in Norway

In Norway, Wanderer expects a wild and original nature with challenging paths and paths. The diverse landscape stretches from white beaches and blue glacial lakes to dense forests where only one's own breath can be heard, and endless boulders to rugged peaks. Mountain rivers and waterfalls are always on the way and the view extends far beyond the fjords to the coast.

Arrival by Fjord Line
Norway can be reached particularly well with a ferry of the shipping line Fjord Line. Relaxed it goes from Denmark to Bergen or Stavanger. Start of the ferry trip is in the Danish Hirtshals. From here it goes every day at 20 clock to Fjord Norway, where the tourists arrived rested. The return journey with Fjord Line starts in the afternoon in Bergen and in Stavanger in the evening.

Especially fast is the hiker with the catamaran ferry "HSC Fjord Cat" to his holiday destination. In just 2 hours and 15 minutes, the Fjord Line ferry shuttles between Hirtshals in Denmark and Kristiansand in Norway from April to September, up to three times a day. Langesund is also served daily by Fjord Line. As a gateway to Telemark and Eastern Norway and less than 2 hours drive from Oslo, Langesund is the ideal base for a holiday in Norway.

On the trip with the MS Bergensfjord and the MS Stavangerfjord you can enjoy the view of the Norwegian coast from the large sundeck or from the Fjord Lounge and plan the last details of the tours. The first tour starts right in Bergen, before going further into the country's hiking diversity.

In the north of Norway and the Lofoten on the way
Lofoten shows the diversity of the Norwegian natural landscape. Green meadows and sparse birch forests can be found as well as rugged mountain ranges and bizarre rock formations. On the way adventures can be experienced and also one or the other climbing part lies on some ways. One of the most famous postcard motifs can be found on the Rhine and one of the most beautiful coastline is at Uttakleiv. Especially in the summer, the fjords, mountains, plateaus and countless islands can be admired, because then it is consistently bright in the north of the country.

The national park Jotunheimen
The name already indicates what hikers are looking for in the Jotunheimen National Park: the word "jotar" means mountain giants. And you can find them here: jagged, wild and alpine peaks. The highest mountains in Norway and northern Europe's highest peak, the Galdhøpiggen, are located in the area. In the Breheimen glacier region west of the National Park, Europe's largest mainland glacier awaits you alongside many smaller glaciers with the Jostedalsbreen.

Traveling in Southern Norway
In the south of Norway you walk between the fjords or explore the beautiful hinterland of Stavanger. The gently rounded hills impress with all vegetation zones. Rough peaks and a beautiful nature convince hikers for the Ryfylkeheiane region. With the Hardangervidda, Europe's largest contiguous plateau awaits nature lovers. Wild reindeer can be spotted here. Gentle valleys, forests and mountains as well as beautiful coastal paths lure into the surroundings of Telemark.

Summer in Saxony

In addition to top-class art and culture, magnificent castles and world-famous traditional crafts, Saxony also convinces its visitors with its massive rock worlds, restful seascapes and white sand beaches. Anyone who embarks on mountain tours in the Vogtland, in the Ore Mountains, in the Zittau Mountains and in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, or explores the banks of the Elbe, Spree, Neisse and Mulde rivers, is in for a rapture. Whether you are cycling, hiking or simply going for a walk, a dinghy tour or a climbing adventure - for active holidaymakers in many places in Saxony enjoy worlds. Scenic perfection such as in the rock world of Saxon Switzerland is paired with cultural diversity and culinary experiences.

Water adventure and beach holiday in the Leipziger Neuseenland
The traces of lignite mining once shaped the landscape in and around Leipzig. Gradually, the former open pit holes now give way to attractive recreational and recreational landscapes. At over 20 lakes, visitors and locals alike enjoy the sun on the sandy beach and use the newly created water to cool down as well as for water sports.

Summer in Saxony

On the waterway, the Cospudener Lake is connected to the city of Leipzig. The lake with the longest sandy beach in Saxony is one of the most popular swimming lakes in the Leipzig region. As here, many lakes are now attracting people seeking relaxation in Leipzig and tourists: Zwenkauer See, Markkleeberger See with the canoe park Markkleeberg, one of the most modern whitewater facilities in the world, Kulkwitzer See, Lake Schladitzer, Hainer See and others. While sailing and boating is possible on almost all lakes, divers will explore the underwater world of Kulkwitzer See on the western outskirts of Leipzig and those who would like to try out all kinds of water sports will visit Lake Schladitzer.

The wide range of water sports is complemented by nature trails, shore trails, cycling and hiking trails. The Neuseenlandradroute leads past many of the lakes and grants cyclists wonderful views of the newly created natural landscape.

Highest wine enjoyment in the Dresden Elbland
One of the smallest contiguous wine-growing regions and the north-easternmost of Germany nestles on the hills of the Elbland. For 850 years, high-quality wine has been cultivated here, with which every drop the passion of the Saxon winemakers is to be tasted. Those who want to taste the variety of local wines, walk along the paths of the Saxon Wine Trail from Pirna to Dresden and continue to Diessbar Seußlitz and convinced of the numerous milestones of the high quality and hospitality.

Water sports enthusiasts will find a wet adventure on the second largest river in Germany that will be remembered. Steep sandstone cliffs and mighty table mountains as well as cultural highlights such as the Semperoper, Zwinger and Hartenfels Castle are waiting to be discovered by cyclists along the Elbe Cycle Route.

Exciting relaxation in the Ore Mountains
Action and recreation can be so close to each other - for example in the Erzgebirge. The Stoneman-Miriquidi route, which is unique in Germany, connects two countries, nine summits and 4400 vertical meters in the deep forests of the Erzgebirge. Other popular destinations among mountain bikers in the Erzgebirge are the TrailCenter Rabenberg - Germany's first singletrack park, the biking area around the Fichtelberg and the Miriquidi Bike Trails.

Summer in Saxony

Get in and out on the excellent quality hiking trail Kammweg Erzgebirge-Vogtland. In the Erzgebirge and Vogtland hikers will find their paradise. Natural woody landscapes, romantic river valleys and views of up to 1215 meters altitude guarantee relaxation and unforgettable experiences.

Upper Lusatia: mountain and lake country very close to each other
Upper Lusatia, with its rolling hills, the Lusatian Lakeland and the smallest mountain range in Germany, the Zittau Mountains, is a paradise for active vacationers. Whether surfing on the Olbersdorfer lake, dinghy or canoe trip on the Neisse, jet skiing on the Geierswalder lake, diving or swimming, here is guaranteed adventure.

Summer in Saxony

The ultimate adrenalin kick will not be lacking on the XTERRA MTB Trail. From bathing lake to mountain summit, through the labyrinth of sandstone and forest, he offers mountain bike feeling in all its facets. Highlight is the O-SEE-CHALLENGE in August. Around 1,000 athletes will be demonstrating their skills on 36 kilometers through the Zittauer Gebirge Nature Park.

If you want to get an idea of ​​the picturesque landscape, follow the quality hiking trail Oberlausitzer Bergweg through the southeastern tip of Saxony. The route leads through the diverse Upper Lusatian mountains, past granite ridges, volcanic crests and striking sandstone mountains. Visiting the picturesque villages means experiencing the traditions of this region up close and marveling at the unique Oberlausitzer Umgebindehäuser.

Artistic masterpieces in Saxon Switzerland
The most beautiful paintings were painted by nature in Saxon Switzerland. A tour through the unspoiled national park in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains is like walking through a huge, three-dimensional painting. Numerous artists followed the routes of the Malerweg and were inspired by sandstone needles and rock reefs, beech forests and torrents to new works of art.

Vogtland: discovery trip with music in the ear
Nature sets the tone on the Vogtland Panorama Trail. If you follow the paths, you will experience Germany's unique art of traditional instrument making up close. On 225 kilometers it goes across the Vogtland, past the Saxon state baths Bad Elster and Bad Brambach, the birthplace of the first German astronaut, Morgenröthe-Rautenkranz and the beer village Wernesgrün.

The Vogtland thrilled next to hikers and the MTB fans. In the bike world Schöneck no mountain biker wish remains open. With Velosolutions from Switzerland and Diddie Schneider, two of the world's most renowned trail construction companies conjured up a diverse range of stretch products. The bike park in the Bike World Schöneck offers 34 jumps on the well 1,300 m long Jumptrail, the bobsleigh similar flow trail and another 3 top tracks and a MTB practice track with pump track, steep curves, jumps, battery - all in different heights, widths and difficulty levels MTB adrenaline adventure in a class of its own. MTB and touring cyclists, who want to explore the upper Vogtland from / to Schoeneck, can choose from 9 signposted round trips of the approximately 260 km MTB and cycling network of the Bike World Schoeneck.

Following the hollow through the region Chemnitz Zwickau
The Zwickauer Mulde springs in the Vogtland and passes both the original Erzgebirge, as well as their eponymous Zwickau, before she gently makes her way to Sermuth.

The tour starts in Schöneck, the highest town in the Vogtlandkreis. First, the trail leads up to 784 meters above zero, after which it snakes into the Auer basin. On the entire section there are always opportunities to enjoy a magnificent panoramic view over the Vogtland and Ore Mountains.

Well-developed roads make it easier to enjoy the section from Aue to Zwickau, which mostly leads through shady forests and is characterized by a constant ups and downs.

Relaxed driving, however, can be found on the section between Zwickau and Glauchau. Straight way he runs through the Muldeauen, so that one can let the passing landscape work on itself. 

Summer in Saxony

The penultimate stage has it all again: two climbs await the cyclist in front of the cities of Penig and Wechselburg, but reward the inner cities all the more the effort. Explore what's going on with the big pot at Penig and explore the baroque palace in Wechselburg. On the way they drive through fields and under the impressive Göhrener viaduct.

The last route to Sermuth leads on well-developed sections in the direction of Muldevereinigung. On the way, the castle in Rochlitz offers an outstanding view over the Muldetal, but also the internationally known Colditz Castle is worth a detour.

Discover the largest nature park in Switzerland!

Welcome to the heart of Graubünden. The Savognin Bivio Albula tourist region is located in the largest natural park in Switzerland, the Parc Ela, and is renowned far beyond the country's borders for its majestic mountain landscape and cultural diversity. In the "Surses", as the locals call their region, couples, families and seniors alike get their money's worth.

Culture and cultural heritage
The Roman past is omnipresent in Savognin Bivio Albula - Romansh is spoken here in addition to German and Italian. If you want to know more about the culture and language of the Rhaeto-Romans, you should head to the small mountain villages, where the traditional traditions are still lived as before.

In the footsteps of the Romans you will also embark on a hike to the Septimer Pass. Once there was one of the most important Transalp routes. At the pass you can even marvel at remnants of the old road.

Culture and cultural heritage

Your discovery tour will take you up to Riom Castle, which is majestically enthroned above the holiday region. Built in the middle of the 13th century, Riom Castle is one of the largest castles in Graubünden. During the Origen Festival Cultural, which takes place every year from July to August, the historic fortress shines in particular splendor.

Do you want to know what Savognin looked like 100 years ago? Then let yourself be inspired by the paintings of the famous painter Giovanni Segantini, who captured the rough nature of Graubünden in his works. Or let yourself and your palate be spoiled in one of the regional restaurants - for example, with delicious capuns.

Alpine and mountain experiences
The holiday region Savognin Bivio Albula is located in the middle of Parc Ela, the largest nature park in Switzerland. Around the alpine passes Albula, Julier and Septimer, there is a landscape dotted with small mountain villages and historic alpine buildings.

Alpine and mountain experiences

On your exploration tours, you will get to know the traditional craft of the mountain people and will return to typical alpine huts and restaurants. Especially recommended are the numerous theme trails that provide information about life in the mountains, the flora and fauna of this unique natural park.

Mountain Sports
The holiday region Savognin Bivio Albula is the ideal region for active vacationers - whether with the hiking boots, on the mountain bike or on the climbing wall.

The Savognin Bivio Albula region and the Ela nature park are at their best on over 400 km of marked hiking trails. Many of the trails are suitable for families or even pushchairs - but the region has also made a name for itself as a start or stage point of several long-distance hiking trails.

Mountain Sports

If you want to see more of the "Surses", you can choose your favorite route from around 800 km of marked mountain bike trails. The infrastructure of the Savognin Bivio Albula region is geared to cyclists. Mountain railways, bike shuttles and rental services are evidence of this.

Do you want to be close to the 1000 peaks? Then the mountain and climbing tours are just right for you. Beginners and families with children are recommended to be accompanied by a mountain guide, so that they can enjoy the beauty of the mountains without risk.

For families, the Parc Ela is no less than the largest natural playground in Switzerland. Pram-friendly walking trails, adventure trails and lots of adventures make for perfect family holidays in the mountains.

Inclusive offer "Ela Card" in summer
From the first night in the holiday region Savognin Bivio Albula, you will benefit from numerous inclusive services and perks. The "Ela Card" grants you, among other things, the following services: mountain railways included, free post bus in the valley, free entrance to the Museum Regiunal.

Adventure in Kuusamo

The city of Kuusamo is located in the northeast of Finland, not far from the Russian border. Outside the city, the area is extremely sparsely populated. Kuusamo is internationally known as a venue for winter sports events. But Ruka-Kuusamo, the "land of national parks", attracts nature lovers all year round.

In the land of national parks
The landscape is part of the Finnish hill country, which merges into the typical fjell landscape of Lapland. Characteristic are the numerous lakes and rivers, waterfalls, gorges and dense forests. Flora and fauna are a fascinating mixture of Arctic, Siberian and Southern species.

In the land of national parks

The area is also known as the "Land of National Parks" because here, beside the popular Oulanka National Park, Riisitunturi National Park, Hossa National Park and Syöte National Park, Paanajärvi National Park is the gateway to Russia inexhaustible outdoor adventure.

A game of lights and colors
Ruka-Kuusamo offers impressive play of colors in every season: northern lights can best be observed from mid-August to mid-April - an unforgettable experience.

A game of lights and colors

June is the time of the midnight sun, while in September the autumn colors (Finnish: "ruska") can be observed. Then the green of the leaves turns into a sea of ​​color from a variety of reds, yellows, lilacs, orange, pinks, blues and browns.

Outdoor activities in the summer
In summer, the original, wild, natural landscape is perfect for hiking, cycling, fishing, canoeing and rafting. 

Outdoor activities in the summer

Through the Oulanka National Park runs the Karhunkierros Trail, one of the most famous and popular hiking routes in Finland. The Pieni Karhunkierros Trail is a shorter version of the entire, 82 km long trail dar.

Tips for shorter tours of Ruka are the hikes to the scenic hills of Valtavaaran and Konttainen or the scenic Pyhan Jyssäys Trail. Those who prefer to move on the water will love paddling on Oulankajoki with its surrounding sandy beaches and lush forests.

Experiences in winter
The snow-covered Fjell landscape, magical Northern lights, colorful sunrises - in the winter months, the Ruka-Kuusamo region reveals its typical Nordic face.

Experiences in winter

As a ski resort Ruka is known far beyond the borders. With 21 lifts, 35 slopes and a ski season of over 200 days, Ruka is one of the largest winter sports centers in Finland.

If you like to run your tracks through the white spaces away from the ski slopes, you will find it difficult to choose between the options. Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and ski tours are just as much fun as a ride on a dog sled and snowmobiles, ice fishing or ice climbing.

Very close to the brown giant
A special experience is the bear-watching tours in Kuusamo. From May to August there is the opportunity to see the brown giants in the bright summer nights. On the guided tours, you'll get close to the bear and you're safe - an impressive moment!

Very close to the brown giant

Cycling and biking in the Obergoms

Along cool rivers or far up into the mountains - in Obergoms, which lies in the southwest of Switzerland in the canton of Valais, it's great to biking. While leisure cyclists feel comfortable on easy paths through which valleys pass, mountain bikers enjoy paths with views of famous mountain giants.

Cycling and getting to know old Valais mountain villages or enjoying the view of the famous Matterhorn while mountain biking - this is possible in Obergoms. The athletes are accompanied on their tours of the beautiful, natural cultural landscape with larch forests, alpine pastures and the wild side valleys of the upper Rhone Valley.

With the mountain bike in the Swiss mountains
Crisp ascents and wide views guarantee the mountain bike tours in the Obergoms. On the  bike tour Gämschfax  athletic cyclists overcome 30 km and 1000 vertical meters. On the mountain trail above Obergesteln you can enjoy a wonderful panorama of the snow-capped peaks of the surrounding mountains.

With equally impressive views, the  Biketour Galmihornhütte lures . Here it is nearly 24 km and 1100 meters to overcome. However, the round compensates generously for every effort: the mountain bikers cycle here with a view down into the Blinnen- and Rhone Valley and panoramic views of the Weisshorn, the Galenstock and the famous Matterhorn.

Cozy along the young Rhone
Particularly suitable for families and leisure cyclists is the  Rottenweg  along the young Rhone. At 25 km, the Obergoms can be "experienced" between Oberwald and Ernen. The leisurely route along the river is also popular with cyclists who have made a multi-day tour. For example, the Rhone Route can be   started in the Obergoms, which leads to Geneva, which is about 300 km away.

Cultural treasures along the way
Depending on which of the two routes cyclists choose, they discover different cultural treasures along the way. On the Rottenweg enchant, for example, old Valais villages like Reckingen , which invites also with its swimming pool and the miniature golf course for a break or Niederwald , the village in which the hotel pioneer Caesar Ritz was born.

If you follow the Rhone Route even further, you can discover the many attractions of Valais: such as the Twingi Gorge at Fiesch, the Stockalper Palace and the Swiss Guards Museum in Brig and later the castles Valère and Tourbillon.

Kulinarische Entdeckungstour im Goms
Drive relaxed through the picturesque landscape and return to selected restaurants in the mountain village of Goms. Treat your palate with culinary delicacies from the region after every stage, in line with the philosophy of the hotelier king Caesar Ritz from Niederwald.

The tour runs on the Rottenweg with detours to the respective restaurants and can be undertaken by bike, bicycle or e-bike.

Slow Down - Deceleration in Finland

Stress has no chance in Finland. Between the endless green forests and the more than 180,000 crystal-clear lakes, both body and soul find the deserved rest. Do it to the Finns and spend your vacation time in the summer house. Discover wild animals during your forays through the unspoiled nature, let yourself be pampered with regional specialties and feel the cleansing effect of the Finnish sauna!

Where Do You Want To Travel?

In the land of a thousand lakes?
The region in the southeast of Finland offers plenty of recreational opportunities between lakes, rivers, islands and forests. May it be a visit to the lake sauna? An extended bike ride along the more than 100 km long shoreline? Or you just come for swimming, fishing and boating: the Finnish Lake District is a unique destination.

Where does the land touch the sea? 
The largest archipelago in the world extends in front of the Finnish coastline. The rough, maritime landscape contrasts well with the lively coastal towns and the relaxed way of life of the archipelago. Of course, during a tour along the coast, a visit to a lighthouse should not be missed!

In the far north? 
The almost untouched nature of Lapland enchants outdoor athletes and nature lovers alike. The wide mountain landscape is pampered around the clock by soft sunlight during the summer months - ideal conditions for exploring one of Europe's loneliest regions up close. 

Get Outside!
A holiday in Finland is your ticket to the outdoors. The high-contrast country in northern Europe gets under your skin - when you lean against the sea breeze on wind-torn shores, feel the silence in endless forests, dive into a crystal-clear lake in the cool waters and head off into the fells for the traces of wildlife.

In the wilderness
Winding trails lead hikers through the lonely Finland countryside. You will discover the wooded south with its many lakes and campfire sites. Deep ravines and silent river valleys are also on your way.

Slow Down - Deceleration in Finland

Or you visit the rugged and wind-torn landscape in the lonely north. There you can walk for days without meeting other people. 

Finland on two wheels
On two wheels you can see much more of the wonderful landscape than on foot. Some of the best-known and most-traveled cycling routes criss-cross the Finnish Lake District. 

Finland on two wheels

In the Syöte National Park mountain bikers feel comfortable. Finland's southernmost mountainous region offers many promising trails and is home to the country's largest MTB event.

A labyrinth of waterways
The enchanting coastline of the Finnish archipelago, the intricate labyrinth of lakes, rivers and canals on the Lake District: Finland is ideal for water sports enthusiasts in canoe or kayak.

A labyrinth of waterways

No matter if you start with your own equipment or have never been on the water before - you instantly get infected by this lifestyle!

Overnight In Finland

Sokos Hotels
Sokos Hotels has been voted the most responsible and reliable hotel chain in Finland for several consecutive years. The 50 houses offer their guests a unique hotel experience in three different categories:

Original hotels are known for their warm service and central location. Break hotels offer a relaxing break from everyday life. The high quality of the unique Solo Hotels is reflected in both service and hotel amenities.

Lapland hotels
The versatile accommodations of Lapland Hotels offer classic hotel rooms as well as apartments of different sizes. Many houses of the famous chain can be found - as the name implies - in Lapland, for example in Levi, Ylläs, Rovaniemi, Pallas and Luosto. But also in the Finnish cities of Helsinki, Tampere, Oulu and Kuopio, Lapland hotels have meanwhile made a name for themselves.