Overview


This adventure on the Everest Base Camp trail is made of Easy and Moderate days, which means nearly ANYONE can do it! Yes, if you’re a hiker our tour puts the Himalayas within your capabilities. It’s not just a dream anymore, make it a reality! The trail is filled with people in their 40’s, 50’s, 60’s, and even 70’s. There are more middle-aged and older hikers than 20-somethings, by far.
Get off-the-beaten path with Go Get Lost® and experience a mystical world of stunning beauty, warm people, and an adventure of a lifetime!

  • Behold from up close, the overwhelming size and magnificence of the world’s biggest mountains
  • Immerse yourself in the culture of the Himalayas as you encounter local people in countless villages
  • Exhilirate in the birds-eye view of Everest as you approach the mountain in your private helicopter
  • Marvel at the Sherpas, yaks, and mule trains as they move freight and supplies throughout the remote communities, as they have for centuries

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Nepal boasts eight of the world’s tallest mountains and the world’s oldest Hindu and Buddhist sites, and is home to some of the greatest mountain walks on earth. From ancient Kathmandu with its enchanting medieval palaces, pagodas, temples, statues and stupas, to the Khumbu Valley and its unparalleled scenery, the kingdom of Nepal’s Everest region is on every hiker’s bucket list. You’ll walk under the shadow of some of the most famous and beautiful mountain giants on the planet, and even visit the fascinating world of a base camp when you hike to spectacular Ama Dablam. We use helicopters to get in and out of the mountains, which avoids the long trek out and makes it possible to see all the best of the area in a reasonable length of time. Your gear is carried by native porters, so you can hike in comfort, and we use the best inns available in the villages where we stay, so you’ll always have a private room, a warm bed, a hot shower, and wonderful meals! AND, you’ll enjoy the camraderie of hikers from all over the world, each of them on thier own lifetime adventure…the vibe is impossible to describe!

Tour Dates & Pricing

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Itinerary

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Day 1 - Santa Cruz Island

This morning we will meet in the lobby of our specified "Meeting Point" hotel in Quito. It may be a good idea to stay at this hotel on arrival in Quito as we will be getting a very early start, with a pickup of around 5 am. After our transfer to the airport, we'll board our flight for the Galapagos, 850 miles to the west, and over 600 miles off the Ecuadorian Coast! Landing at the airport at Baltra, on Seymour Island, we'll be met and guided through the Galapagos entrance procedures, then transferred across Santa Cruz Island to our beautiful 4 Star hotel on the south coast.

Upon arrival in Santa Cruz Island we will begin our exploration of the iconic Galapagos Islands, renowned for their unique ecosystem and rich biodiversity, with a visit to the Charles Darwin Foundation, where we will learn about the cutting-edge research and conservation projects that take place in the islands. This will be a fascinating opportunity to gain insight into the efforts to preserve and protect the delicate ecosystem of the Galapagos and its iconic wildlife.

Next, we will visit the Galapagos National Park Breeding Center, where we will have the chance to observe and learn about the conservation and restoration efforts of the Giant Tortoises, one of the most iconic species in the islands. This visit will be both educational and inspiring, as we witness firsthand the incredible work being done to ensure the survival of these amazing creatures.

As we continue our exploration of the islands, we will take a short visit to a beach where we can appreciate the volcanic landscapes that form the coasts of Galapagos, and encounter some of the unique and diverse wildlife that make the islands their home.

Today's is rated EASY as you will be walking around the Darwin Foundation Research Center, and the GNP Breeding Center.

Day 2 - Tortuga Bay and Las Grietas

We will embark on a scenic hike to Tortuga Bay, a stunning beach located on Santa Cruz Island. Along the way, hikers will have the opportunity to walk through an opuntia forest and experience the unique landscapes of the Galapagos. As we walk, we will also encounter a variety of wildlife, including finches, mockingbirds, lava lizards, and the iconic marine iguanas.

Once we reach Tortuga Bay, visitors can relax on the white sand and swim in the crystal-clear water. For those who are interested, snorkeling and kayaking are also popular activities at Tortuga Bay, as there is an abundance of marine life to observe, including rays, sharks, sea turtles, and colorful fish.

In the afternoon, we will continue our adventure with a hike to Las Grietas, a stunning canyon filled with crystal-clear, turquoise water. The hike itself is relatively easy, with a few steep sections and some rocky terrain. Once hikers reach Las Grietas, they will be rewarded with a breathtaking sight. The cool water is perfect for snorkeling, as there is an abundance of marine life to observe, including colorful fish and moray eels.

Today is rated EASY to MODERATE depending on how many activities you do, and how hard you do them! The short hike to Tortuga Bay is about 1.5 miles and takes about 45 minutes. There you can snorkel and also explore the area by kayak. The hike to Las Grietas is between 1 and 2 miles, depending on the route. It has a few short, steep sections, but is still considered easy. The trail surface is mostly sandy and rocky.

Day 3 - North Seymour Island

Today the adventure continues with a 60-minute boat ride to North Seymour Island. Upon arrival, participants will embark on a scenic hike, traversing rocky terrain and some steeper inclines, offering hikers the opportunity to see a diverse array of wildlife, including frigate birds and blue-footed boobies nesting and performing their mating rituals. The highlight of the hike is the stunning landscape and panoramic views of the surrounding area. At the end of the trail, visitors can observe a large colony of endemic land iguanas and the playful antics of sea lions.

After the hike, participants can enjoy a refreshing snorkeling activity to observe the diverse marine life of the Galapagos Islands. Snorkeling gear will be provided, and participants will have the opportunity to swim with sea turtles, rays, and colorful fish in crystal-clear waters.

Today's activities are rated EASY to MODERATE. The hike has a total distance of a little over 2 miles, and a hiking time of 2 hours. The snorkel difficulty depends on conditions and your level of effort.

Day 4 - Crocker Hill

Start your day with a hike to the summit of Crocker Hill on Santa Cruz Island, which offers breathtaking panoramic views of the island's unique landscape and wildlife. The well-maintained trail is relatively easy to navigate, with occasional steep sections that may require some effort. Along the way, hikers can spot a wide range of endemic species, including Darwin's finches and Miconia plants.

After the hike, we will visit the Giant Tortoise reserve, which is located in the highlands of Santa Cruz Island. Spend about two hours sharing time with these iconic Giant Tortoises. These animals, like most wildlife in Galapagos, do not feel fear when humans are nearby, so it is quite easy to get close and take great photos while respecting the 8 feet rule of the National Park. This ecosystem is also home to Darwin's finches and endemic evergreen vegetation, offering a unique opportunity to learn about the island's biodiversity.

We'll have lunch at the reserve and then you have the option to return to Puerto Ayora by coach...or bike! A stunning and scenic 10 mile downhill ride will take you through gorgeous landscape with excellent views.

Today's hike is rated MODERATE with a total distance of a little over 4 miles and a hiking time of 2-3 hours, depending on your pace and the conditions of the trail. The trail has some steep sections and uneven terrain.

Day 5 - Bartolome Island and Sullivan Bay

This morning we'll transfer to the Itabaca Canal for our private boat to Bartolome Island, named after the principal surveyor aboard Darwin's ship, the HMS Beagle. Bartolome is a somewhat barren islet east of Santiago Island, home to some of the most dramatic and distinctive landscapes in the archipelago. Picturesque hikes lead to dramatic viewpoints of the iconic Pinnacle Rock and surrounding seascapes. Galapagos penguins have a small colony here and the beaches are known for their Green Sea Turtle nesting areas. After our hike we'll board our boat for the short trip to Santiago Island's famed Sullivan Bay and its unique landforms. Created by lava flows, the shoreline and surrounding terrain is otherwordly, with a dramatic, surreal setting. We'll have some time to snorkel here to check out the equally amazing underwater landscape and fauna. The crystalline water is filled with a wide variety of Galapagos marine species...not only fish but sea lions, sea turtles, penguins, and even docile white tip sharks.

We'll return to Puerto Ayora by boat, then transfer back to our comfortable lodge to relax for the evening.

Today's hike is rated EASY to MODERATE with much of the trail being fairly flat, and some uphill sections having walkways and steps built to prevent erosion. The snorkeling in Sullivan Bay can be as easy or as active as you choose.

Day 6 - Isabela Island

The Wall of Tears hike is a great way to start your adventure on Isabela Island. This historic wall was built by prisoners during the mid-20th century when Isabela served as a penal colony, and it stands as a reminder of the harsh conditions they endured. Along the way, hikers will have the opportunity to spot a variety of endemic species, including Giant Tortoises, Darwin's finches, marine iguanas, and lava lizards.

The trail also goes through a declared wetland sanctuary, where you can observe hypersaline lagoons from different viewpoints and enjoy a variety of marine birds and mangroves. The hike culminates at the top of the wall, where you can take another trail to a high point on the coast and enjoy stunning views of the coastline. This hike is an opportunity to learn about the island's history and see its unique wildlife while also taking in the beautiful scenery.

Today's hike is rated MODERATE with a total distance of 5 mile and a hiking time of 3-4 hours. The terrain is rolling, with some section of rocky inclines. The trail surface alternates between sandy and rocky.

Day 7 - Lava Tunnels and Flamingos!

In the morning, we'll take a boat tour to explore the fascinating lava tunnels in the Galapagos. This hotspot of marine life offers some incredible snorkeling opportunities, where you can see a diverse range of marine creatures, including rays, sharks, and colorful fish.

In the afternoon, we'll visit the Breeding Center and Flamingo ponds. The breeding center is an important conservation project, where you can learn about the efforts being made to protect and preserve the unique wildlife of the Galapagos Islands. The Flamingo ponds offer a chance to observe these beautiful birds in their natural habitat and learn about their behavior and ecology. It's a great way to end your trip to the Galapagos, learning about the conservation efforts being made to protect this unique and precious ecosystem.

Today is rated EASY to MODERATE as you will be snorkeling, and the level of difficulty will be determined by your effort and abilities in the water. The visit to the Breeding Center is an easy activity.

Day 8 - Sierra Negra Volcano

Get ready for an exciting full day hike to the Sierra Negra and Volcan Chico volcanoes. This adventure will take you through unique landscapes and geological formations that are sure to leave you in awe as you hike to the Sierra Negra volcano, the second largest volcanic crater in the world. Along the way, hikers can spot a variety of endemic species, including Darwin's finches, vermilion flycatchers, and short-eared owls. The breathtaking views of the crater and the surrounding landscape make the hike well worth the effort.

After visiting Sierra Negra, for those with extra energy we will hike for about an hour to reach Volcan Chico. This smaller volcano offers a completely different landscape and geological features, with its colorful sulfur deposits and fumaroles creating an otherworldly experience. Along the way, hikers can spot lava lizards, cactus finches, and other endemic species.

Today's hike is rated MODERATE to CHALLENGING. The Sierra Negra hike has a total distance of 7 miles and a hiking time of around 4 hours, which puts it in the MODERATE category. The Volcan Chico spur is an additional 4 miles roundtrip, for a total of 11 miles, which moves the full day hike into the CHALLENGING rating.

Non-Hiking Ideas: If you decide to opt out of today's hike, you have the small town of Puerto Villamil to wander and explore. Several beautiful beaches are nearby, there's a boardwalk through the wetlands at the edge of town, and a rental bike can let you get out a bit farther into the fascinating countryside.

Day 9 - Santa Cruz Island

In the early morning, we will board a comfortable speed boat for a smooth ride back to Santa Cruz Island. After checking into the hotel, we can take a leisurely visit to Las Grietas where participants can swing and enjoy a short trek through the stunning natural landscape very close to town.

The rest of the day is yours to enjoy, with free time to explore Puerto Ayora or simply relax and soak in the beauty of the island. In the evening, join us for a final farewell dinner where you can indulge in a delicious meal and reminisce about the unforgettable experiences and memories made during the hiking tour.

Day 10 - Quito

Today after breakfast we will board our flight for the return to Quito, where your Go Get Lost tour will end at the airport. Most flights from Baltra arrive in the late afternoon or early evening, and most flights to the U.S. depart very late in the evening, so you may be able to connect with your flight and depart this evening. However, you may consider it better to spend the night in Quito and depart the day after.

HOTELS

Due to availability at the time of booking, hotels listed may change to similar hotels

Santa Cruz Island - 4 Star Torre Isla Sol Hotel This charming hotel gives you direct view to the sea. It lies 0.8 km from the art gallery "Galeria Aymara", 10 minutes drive away from Tortuga Bay Beach. located in the very heart of Puerto Ayora and offers views of the city. Nearby places of interest include German Beach, set 650 metres from the venue, and the art gallery "Galeria Aymara", situated within 10 minutes' walk away. This excellent accommodation is placed about 50 km from Seymour airport and a few minutes' walk from Malecon. The city centre is within 10 minutes' walk away. Visitor Center of Galapagos National Park is also located near the hotel. Tortuga Bay Beach is 11 minutes drive away.

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Santa Cruz Island - 4 Star La Isla Hotel It's 150 meter (2 minutes walk) from Torre Isla Sol and just off Santa Cruz Fish Market. It's 10 minutes drive drive (4.5 km) to Tortuga Bay Beach and 4 minutes drive (0.9) km away from German Beach. The hotel is situated 1 km from Puerto Ayora city centre (10 minutes walk) and 50 km from Seymour airport. The cove Playa de los Alemanes Beach can be reached in an 9-minute walk. Visitor Center of Galapagos National Park is also located near the property. ??? don't know if these distances are correct.

Isabela Island – Cormorant Beach House Sitting on the shore of white sand beach on Isabela Island, this hotel is well-known for its charming environment and proximity to great restaurants. The hotel belongs to one of the oldest families on the island. You’ll have an amazing ocean view in most of the cases. Flamingo Estuary is only about 400 metres away, 0.8 km from Poza de las Diables, while Mercado Municipal de Isabela is 550 metres away. This accommodation is located near Laguna Salinas, 1 km from the centre of Puerto Villamil. "Arnaldo Tupiza-Chamaidan" Giant Tortoise Breeding Center is only a couple of minutes' drive away.

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Isabela Island – Casita de la Playa Meaning “Little Beach House”, it was once a quaint guest house with a perfect beach location. Over time it has gradually bloomed into a beautiful 12-room hotel. A short walk on the boardwalk will bring you right into Isabela’s small town square. The lounge opens directly onto the beach, and the second-floor social and breakfast area offers majestic views of the Isabela coast. The hotel has a pleasant balance of modern and local Island design, which makes for an authentic and unforgettable Galapagos getaway. Within a 5-minute walk of the guesthouse, you'll find Galápagos National Park and Puerto Villamil Beach. El Embarcadero Pier and Concha de Perla Nature Park are also within 3 km.

What´s Included

  • 5 Nights Double Occupancy Accommodations in 4-Star hotels in Santa Cruz Island
  • 3 Nights Double Occupancy Apartment or Suite Accommodations in a beach house on Isabela Island
  • 1 Nights Double Occupancy Accommodations in 4-Star hotels in Santa Cruz Island
  • Airport assistance in Quito and Galapagos (GPS Government, biosecurity filters and GNP entrance procedures)
  • All meals are included: 9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinner
  • All guided hikes as listed
  • Private speed boat for interisland transfers (flexible, faster, safer)
  • Equipment provided: Snorkeling gear, kayaks and bicycles
  • All land transportation and airport-hotel transfers as listed
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as specified in itinerary
  • Completely escorted by a professional English-speaking hiking guide with an academic background and wilderness credentials will accompany the group during the entire trip
  • Gratuities for local day guides, waiters at group meals, and coach drivers, EXCEPT for your primary local tour leader
  • A lifetime of unforgettable memories!

What´s not Included

  • International airfare package
  • Domestic Ecuador air tickets roundtrip Quito-Galapagos (approx $495)
  • Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 pp adult, $50 pp 11 and under)
  • Galapagos Transit Control Card ($20 pp)
  • Departure taxes and visa fees, if applicable
  • Meals not specified in itinerary
  • Beverages (alcoholic and soft drinks) at meals (water is always included)
  • Arrival transfers in Quito on Day 1 and departure transfer from the airport in Quito on Day 10. Tour begins at the "meeting point" hotel lobby in Quito very early in the morning on Day 1, and the tour ends at the airport in Quito on the afternoon of Day 10.
  • Gratuities for your primary local tour leader
  • Trip Cancellation/Interruption and Medical Insurance (strongly recommended), call for details
  • Items of a personal nature; phone calls, laundry, etc.

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