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Epic Holiday Gift Guide: Guide Staff Recommendations

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 The Holidays are coming up, and that means it is nearly time to shower the ones you love with awesome gear! With recommendations from our guide staff, this gear guide is here to help you choose something for all the adventure humans on your list.

Plus – everyone loves a new pair of cozy merino socks, right?

Whether you’re looking to get some high-end gear for yourself, affordable equipment for long-distance trekking, or buying gifts for the adventurers in your family, Epic has got you covered.

Let’s dive right in…

Quick Look: Our Staff's Four Top Gift Ideas

Top 10 Gifts for Adventure Travelers under $100

Probiotics for Travel and Hiking Nutrition

I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is, by far, the most important tool in the toolkit of any adventurer.

Practical and eco-friendly, the GRAYL can filter pretty much any water source you’ll find in both the wilderness and the city into healthy, pure drinking water to keep you going.

As long as you’ve got a GRAYL on you, you’ll never find yourself in trouble with dehydration or feel the need to take the risk of drinking water that you’re not sure about.

Another must-have for bold trekkers of all stripes, a headtorch can literally save your life.

Whether you’re in a country where the power grid isn’t so reliable or spending nights in the middle of the backcountry, having a compact yet mighty lamp to light your way will make a massive difference and help you stay safe.

If the person you are shopping for already has a headlamp – we can tell you from experience that having a backup is just as important. 

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Something you’ve got to transport all of your gear is a bag you can beat the hell out of and still trust to keep all your stuff secure and dry! A sturdy, water-resistant bag you can carry around without too much trouble will get the job done.

A nightmare scenario is having a pack that breaks apart during the middle of a trip, and this duffel bag is exactly what you need to make sure your gear stays safe on your adventure.

Let’s be honest, having wet or cold feet after a long day of trekking is the worst. Not only does it feel miserable, it can also be incredibly dangerous when you’re out in the wild.

Having these down booties to put on at the end of the day helps keep your feet comfortable and warm around camp, preferably while you’re kicking back next to the fire with a hot cup of chai.

Epic founder Chris Lininger got himself some down booties this year and he truly felt like his life was upgraded significantly. 

Buying a gift for friends or family but not sure what exactly to get for the adventurers among you? Then you absolutely cannot go wrong with a gift card.

This shows that you care while also giving them the flexibility to buy whatever they need. Easy. It also gives you the freedom to choose how much cash to put on the card, anywhere between $10 and $1000.

If you don’t know what present to buy and want some flexibility, a gift card always comes through.

Keeping your head warm in cold temperatures is essential, whether you’re relaxing at camp or venturing through frigid temperatures at high altitudes.

If you live somewhere cold or just want to pick up an extra cozy unit for your next stint at basecamp – this is the king of all winter hats. 

Perfect for shorter-distance hikes and day trips, this backpack is comfortable, efficient, and spacious enough to keep all the essential gear with you until you’re home safe and sound.

If you’re looking for a pack that doesn’t take up too much space, isn’t too heavy, and still manages to help you stash all the things you need for a day hike, this backpack and its value is hard to beat. 


A solar-powered solution to keeping the lights on, this set of stringed lights is going to make any campsite cozy as hell while putting no extra burden on you.

It’s small, lightweight, and rechargeable as long as you’ve got sunshine. Having this at camp goes a long way in boosting light and making you comfortable while you’re at it. Check out our setup in Pakistan above. 

Yet another tool to use in your quest to make camp as cozy as possible, having a chair to set up at camp makes a HUGE difference as opposed to settling for a stump of wood or a jagged rock. 

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If you want to keep your head dry, comfortable, and shielded from the sun while also giving yourself room to breathe, this hat is exactly what you need!

This is great for warmer weather, wet, rainy conditions, and protecting both your head and neck from the harsh sun rays that can get even more extreme at higher altitudes.

5 Epic Gifts for Hiking Fanatics

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One of the most important parts of keeping safe on a long-distance trek is keeping your feet warm, dry, and free of blisters!

Having the right pair of socks is literally a lifesaver. If your feet aren’t taken care of, a trek can turn from an adventure into a nightmare really quickly.

Darn Tough Socks are what trekkers need to keep on venturing through the wild, no matter the weather. Being that they normally cost $20/pair – proper merino hiking socks are like gold to any serious hiker. 

Traction, stability, and comfort:

All things you’ve GOT to have in a boot, and Merrell’s waterproof boots are what I have relied on for years to keep me going on the trail while being confident that the boots I’m wearing have the grip I need to stay safe no matter what I’m doing.

These are truly excellent boots, and I can’t recommend them enough.

Another non-negotiable, the right pair of gloves to keep your hands warm is crucial.

These gloves give you exactly that, while also not feeling too bulky which allows you to retain the use of your hands while also keeping warm.

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If you or someone you love is an avid photographer + a hiker, the Atlas Athlete pack is truly the ultimate backpack. 

We have been using this pack as our main day-to-day pack for the last 4 years to assist in documenting our expeditions. It is hands down the most comfortable and practical hiking-focused camera bag we have ever tested. 

The pack is on the pricey end, but before you recoil in horror at the price tag, know that this backpack is the Crème de la Crème. 

Long-distance trekking can have serious effects on your knees, so using trekking poles will make a huge difference, both for your performance on the trek and the long-term health of your knees.

You also get the added bonus of having a little extra stability when hiking on tricky terrain, so having these is a win-win. Our guide staff swears by using trekking poles – we also have them. 

5 Epic Gifts for Your Adventurous Son

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Affordable, lightweight, and comfortable, this handy pair of gloves is the affordable answer to keeping those hands warm.

Gloves are essential for any adventurer, and this is something that the intrepid son in your family will appreciate.

A good pair of pants makes a huge difference as to whether a trek is going to be an uncomfortable or fun experience.

It’s a basic piece of gear, but this is not something to overlook. Good pants literally go miles in making that trek unforgettable, and as an added bonus, can easily be switched into shorts if it gets too hot.

Enjoying a long reign as THE go-to shirt for adventurers everywhere, the Henley has its crown for a reason. 

Perfect for keeping cool in hot weather while also trapping enough heat to keep you warm, this shirt is comfortable, aesthetic, and good for casual wear too.

I know this seems a little basic, but a belt is never just a belt. It’s also a versatile tool, and it can come in handy in some tight spots.

That’s why it’s important to have the right one: this belt is sturdy, dependable, and lightweight. Not only is it going to snugly fit around your waist, it might just be the thing you need in a tough situation.

Sometimes a stiff drink is the only consolation after a long, hard day on the trail, and a flask set is always going to answer that call.

This is a gift that nobody will ever take for granted, and they’ll be enjoying it by the campfire for years to come.

5 Epic Gifts for Your Adventurous Daughter

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Snug and versatile, these pants have got your adventuring needs covered for all kinds of hiking and travel scenarios. 

A simple yet vital piece of gear, the right pair of pants is a gift that equips your daughter to take on everything the world can throw at her.

A smaller pack is a crucial part of anyone’s inventory, and this badass, colorful, and adaptable tote bag is with you whether you’re walking around town or out hiking.

This bag can be converted into different shapes depending on your current needs, and has space for all the essential valuables and the right materials to keep them safe regardless of the weather.

Warm and cozy while also leaving room to breathe, this light vest is aesthetically pleasing and perfect for chilly weather.

A fantastic gift for your daughter if she wants to keep warm and look good while doing so.

Beanies can make or break winter wear, so having the right one is important. It’s easy to quickly get uncomfortable while wearing one of these, and this beanie gives the comfort and warmth you need in cold weather.

This is a holiday gift that not only looks great, it is essential for winter wear.

Everyone loves a new wallet right?

This gift is a cost-effective solution.

This wallet is weather-resistant, stormproof, and has anti-theft RFID technology. It’s an incredible tool for keeping items secure in any situation and a gift that makes a huge difference.

Give the Gift of Epic Travel

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When someone you love is looking to go off the beaten track on their next trip, you can give them the gift of Epic travel.

Contribute to their adventure with one of our gift cards that pay towards any one of our many trips in the world’s rawest, most untouched countries.

Our gift cards are available in increments of $300, $500, and $1000, so regardless of what you choose, you’ll be helping out in a significant way to give them a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

Gift the Best Trekking Travel Insurance

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As fun and rewarding trekking in these raw, spectacular destinations can be, there is always the factor of the unknown.

That’s why we believe that you’ve got to have the best travel insurance in the business, and we think we have found it.

Global Rescue offers comprehensive insurance for helicopter rescue and medical care anywhere in the world. This is an incredible service that will be there for you no matter the crisis.

Global Rescue offers annual memberships for their emergency evacuation services. Whether you are planning to go to K2 Base Camp or on a climb in Nepal – GR can extract you from pretty much any situation should an ailment or injury occur on your big adventure. 

Wrap Up: Ultimate Epic Gift Guide

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From affordable, cost-effective gear to the high-end stuff that’s the best in the game, this Epic gift guide has shown you everything you need to be prepared for the next adventure.

Once in a lifetime experiences are special, and having the right equipment to make the most of it is essential.

At Epic, we believe that having solid gear goes a long way in taking our journeys from Epic to Epicly comfortable experiences.

Anytime is a good time to give the gift of quality gear for that adventurous human in your life (don’t forget about yourself either). 

That’s all for now guys! We hope you stay warm, cozy, and hungry for big adventures next year. 

– Happy Holidays from the entire Epic team

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Here at Epic Expeditions, adventure is constantly on our minds. 

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Horse Trekking in Mongolia Expedition

Next trip: September 24th - October 8th, 2024

Adventure Guide

Hailing from the Toronto region of Eastern Canada, with a background as a former standout athlete (hockey of course) and a  love of mountain adventure, Clark is a welcomed addition to the Epic team.

In addition to being a keen photographer and adventurer, Clark brings his brilliant sense of humor, leadership skills, and positive attitude to everything he puts his mind to. 

When he is not leading trips, he is working on taking over the hard apple cider game in Canada as a skilled craft brewer. 

Adventure Guide

Noemi grew up in the mountains of German-Speaking Switzerland where she naturally developed a deep love and respect for mountain environments.

She is a talented photographer, aspiring climber, and speaks at least 5 languages fluently including Arabic (and probably a few more that we don’t know about), which she taught herself in a matter of months by watching YouTube videos. 

Noemi has spent the last several years traveling, hiking, and photographing her way around many different countries in the Middle East, South and Central Asia, and Europe, and we could not be more stoked to welcome her to the Epic team! 

Adventure Guide

As our man on the ground in Mongolia, there is not much this legend can’t do. As a native the Bayan-Ölgii province of the Western Mongolia Altai, Syerik has been working as a guide and tourism entrepreneur…

for the past several years and is one of the rising stars in Mongolia adventure travel industry. 

He is currently building a beautiful Ger (Yurt) camp near his hometown where he will host Epic Mongolia team members on our trip as well as other travelers from around the world! 

He is the perfect guide for your trip to Mongolia. Serik did an amazing job giving us a well rounded experience in the Altai NP region and down in the Gobi…
The food was fantastic and Serik gave us many opportunities to learn about the Kazakh culture in that region including traditional meals. (I can’t recommend enjoying the milk tea enough!)

– Coastal

Head of canine operations

Choriza started off life as a care-free vagabond on the streets of Madeira Island without any place to call home. From the moment we met her, we knew this dog was just different, and it was pretty much love at first sight. 

She gave up the dog street life in favor of joining her new dad Chris to become a full-time member of the Epic family towards the end of 2022.

These days she can be found listening in on the fringes of important Epic business meetings while half-asleep on the couch. She is a keen hiker, lover of mud, rare steak, and might just be the sweetest little dog we have ever seen. 

Adventure Guide

An experienced trek leader and
IFMGA aspirant ski guide, avid alpine climber, devoted adventure photographer.

Organized and guided trekking expeditions, climbs and ski tours in Tajikistan’s Pamirs, Patagonia, Peru, Morocco, Nepal, Kyrgyzstan, Georgian and Russian Caucasus and Kamchatka.

A full member and meets the organiser of the British Alpine Club. Visited over 40 countries, lived in the UK for four years. Certified first-aider.

We joined Andrew on a fantastic trip to the Fann Mountains in Tajikistan, pure nature and magnificent scenery! Andrey was super prepared and led us safely up and down numerous passes and through some rough and icy cold rivers. Thank you for a very memorable trip, your planning and prep was excellent!

– Monika Steinlechner

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Adventure Guide

Our man in Nepal, Sandip is what we like to call a “Swiss Army Knife”. There is not much Sandip can’t do when it comes to helping Epic to run our expeditions smoothly in Nepal.

His tireless work ethic, passion for all things trekking in the Himalayas, and smart decision-making mean that Sandip is a truly invaluable member of our team.

Sandip is passionate about showing visitors to his country an amazing time, and he goes above and beyond to make sure that happens. 

His company Himalayan Masters is Epic’s trusted partner in Nepal and one of the country’s top new tour agencies.

We really enjoyed the entire journey, and I would like to say that Sandip is truly professional. He guided us and he is a hardworking person, providing us with the best service and taking care of each one of us. Plus, he is super funny! The kind of professionnal you always want to find on your path for your explorations! 

– Alexandra Ruth

Fairy Meadows

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Our Favorite Experiences

#1 Sunrise from Reflection Lake

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#2 Hiking to Nanga Parbat Base Camp

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#3 Playing cricket with the locals

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Trips Where We Visit Fairy Meadows

Our flagship Pakistani adventure tour.  Road trip with some  hiking and cultural immersion.

A trekking-style tour that features some very remote locations, inlcuding a K2 viewpoint.

Adventure Guide

João has born in the mountains of Madeira Islands in Portugal. Nature lover, writer, musician, guide, for him, a day without contact with outdoor vibes is a nightmare. 

With a degree in Cultural Studies in Portugal and a Master of Arts in Global Cultures and Creativity in the U.K.

João found out what really matters in life can be found on the trails, and in the contact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Guiding, crazy trekking missions, and sharing observations about the natural world, – these are some of João’s passions. 

After trekking to K2 Base Camp and exploring all over Northern Pakistan, he fell in love with the country and the local people. His experiences resulted in his desire to share these feelings with the world.

João is one of the most experienced guides at Epic and his skillset and positive mindset in the mountains is second to none

When not in Pakistan, João is  guiding and exploring in the Madeira Islands trails –  discovering some of the hidden treasures on his Portuguese Island.

João I can not thank you enough for the off the beaten paths and views you keep giving. Definitely one of the most challenging and amazing hikes we did 1200m meters all the way up to Fanal forest and circling back to the hidden village. Wow!

– Jeffery 

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Adventure Guide

Sohail is the newest addition to the Epic team and we are beyond stoked to have him on board. As a veteran of the Karakoram and a native of Karimabad in Hunza, there is not much Sohail can’t do in the mountains. 

Besides having the ability to speak more languages than we can count, Sohail has explored every corner of Gilgit Baltistan and logs more trekking miles 

in a year than most people will do in a lifetime. As of the summer of 2022, Sohail has summited Gasherbrum 1, Gasherbrum 2, and K2 – three of Pakistan’s five 8000-meter peaks. Sohail guides several trips including our annual bespoke expeditions but specializes in Hunza Valley tours.

Chris and Sohail, and the team at Epic are FANTASTIC! Highly recommend anyone to do a tour with ‘Epic’. They have the perfect balance of fun, excitement and wild adventures, tied in with being super professional and ensuring your safety/health in a foreign environment. Don’t waste a moment and book a tour with these guys as the value for money is UNREAL!

– Borgan

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Adventure Guide

Pedro’s been traveling all around the globe since 2009. His keen interests in documentary photography, rural life, and local people from different ethnic groups have been the focus of many of his professional projects.

Since 2012, he has developed his passion for travel and awesome shared experiences into a full-time adventure photography tour leader position.

Pedro has found himself continuously going back to the Middle East, with his likely favorite destination being Iran. Pedro lead his 11th tour in Iran with Epic in spring 2020

When Pedro’s not traveling the world with Epic Expeditions, you’ll find him based in the western south of Portugal planning he’s next adventure missions, logistics and working out his photos in local exhibitions.

 I loved the combination of hiking, camping around breathtaking scenery mixed with the cultural aspects. The guide (Pedro) is knowledgeable and work very hard to make the trip as memorable as possible. All in all an epic adventure with some extremely epic individuals! Go for it, you won’t regret it!

– Coastal

Diane Bouvet

Adventure Admin / Marketing

After fleeing from the corporate fashion world in Paris towards the start of 2020, Diane has been working as a web developer and graphic designer remotely from various bases across the globe

She brings all of her incredible design and organizational power to Epic Expeditions and is responsible for many of the beautiful behind-the-scenes design elements. 

Diane has been to Iran and to Pakistan twice including all over Gilgit Baltistan and KPK.

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Head of Operations | Guide

A veteran of Pakistan travel, Ralph is an experienced guide, photographer and writer who specializes in documenting remote locations. 

Not one to simply go where everyone else does, he insists on exploring new and lesser-known areas.

Together with Epic Expeditions, he shows people parts of Pakistan that most other operators don’t even know about. He is particularly fond of the village of Barah, which he believes will become just as famous as Hunza one day.

Just got back from EBT’s Trekking Amongst Giants 15 day tour. The experience was first class. Ralph, our head guide, ensured that the entire trip ran smoothly and relatively on time (a bonus for anyone travelling in Pakistan). We had so many unforgettable days on the tour and the trekking was well-planned, safe but also a rewarding challenge. 

– Calvin

Traveling to a non-tourist destination can be a little intimidating but EBT takes all of the worry and trepidation away. From the pre-trip call to meeting the wonderful staff in person you can tell that you are dealing with a company that has a passion for what they do each and every day. Ralph, Zahid, and Khan were supportive, kind, and always willing to go the extra mile to make sure that everyone on the trip was getting what they wanted out of the experience.

– Katrina 

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Founder | Adventure Guide | Director

Since he started exploring the world, Chris has been seeking out every shade of adventure in various parts of the globe and had visited more than 70 countries along the way. 

Over the last 10 years, Chris has logged more than 7000 trail miles across five continents and climbed multiple 6000 + 7000 meter peaks in Pakistan and Nepal.

A few years back, a distant dream and a deep passion for the mountains and the people of Pakistan led Chris to co-found Epic Expeditions at a time when foreign adventure tourism in Pakistan was almost nonexistent. Since then, Chris has guided more than 20 expeditions to various parts of Northern Pakistan.

Chris believes in using photography and powerful adventure experiences to dismantle negative stereotypes regarding what mainstream media considers “dangerous” countries while facilitating unique and meaningful memories in the mountains for countless people from around the globe. 

For him, an ideal start to the day begins with a steaming cup of good coffee, the beam of a headlamp, alpine boots, and a camera in hand.

He lives in Madeira Island when not leading expeditions in far-flung lands. 

Chris also works as a writer and photographer on his blog Off the Atlas – an adventure travel blog all about Pakistan.  

Read this interview our staff did with Chris to learn more about him!

Chris believes in Pakistan and its people, and he believes in the value of journeys shared with others and family cultivated on the road. Honesty and integrity are at the heart of what he does, and this really shines through in his work as a guide. He also makes great coffee – whether at 5am in an empty guesthouse or half way up a Himalayan peak.”

– Will De Villers

Pakistan is a magical country! Had 3 of the best weeks of my life thanks to Epic Backpacking Tours with owner, and one of our awesome guides, Chris. From detailed itinerary, preparation with an equipment list, and visa assistance. To amazing food, great porters, helpful guides, and great accommodations. Epic really hit home run after home run. […]

Their desire for adventure and amazing trip is just as high as yours. Bring a good pound of coffee for the trip. French press coffee every morning and no average tin coffee, plus you’ll be in your guides good books.

– Clark Tyler

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