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Tahoe Adventure Company

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The Tahoe Adventure Company is a North Lake Tahoe based company offering professionally guided, fully outfitted adventure trips and guided tours in the Tahoe/Truckee area. We provide safe, fun, natural history based adventure trips for groups of all sizes. We offer guided tours for kayaking, mountain biking, hiking, and rock climbing as well as multi-sport trips, creative team building programs, corporate events, customized adventures, snow shoeing treks and winter excursions including star tours. We also offer a wide range of historical and low impact tours. All of our high quality tours are customized to each and every group and are suitable for all abilities.

Our adventures are designed to travel through the area’s most outstanding terrain and to introduce our guests to the exceptional beauty of the area. We create a unique and unforgettable experience on every trip.

Our guests can count on being taken care of by professional, knowledgeable guides and enjoying attention to detail and service. We handle all of the details so groups can just relax. Our local guides offer extensive insight into Lake Tahoe’s unique and fascinating natural and human history.

Areas of Service and Expertise

Kayaking, biking, hiking, rock climbing, outdoor education in Lake Tahoe and Truckee. Permit areas include Tahoe National Forest, California State Parks, Nevada State Parks, North Tahoe Public Utility District and Tahoe City Public Utility District.

Types of Experiences and Trips Provided

Current guided offerings include: Lake Kayaking (Full Day, Sunset and Astronomy), Mountain Biking, Hiking, and Rock Climbing as well as, Multi-sport Trips, Creative Team Building Programs, Corporate Events, Customized Adventures, Snow Shoeing Treks and Winter Team Building.

We also offer a wide range of historical and low impact tours, including the following:

Thunderbird Lodge Kayak Tour: We have been chosen by the Thunderbird Lodge to be the exclusive provider of kayak tours to the historic lakefront property. Our guides are trained as docents for the property. We lead historical kayak adventures focusing on the role George Whittel played at Lake Tahoe and the legacy he has left behind. This unique trip allows guests a special insight into both the fascinating natural and human history of Lake Tahoe, and specifically the largely undeveloped East Shore. Our trip is the only way to access the Thunderbird Lodge under human power. We can also arrange for non-kayak based groups to tour the lodge as requested or as a backup due to bad weather.

Lodge to Lodge Kayak Tour: We have pioneered 2 to 4 day kayak adventures along the Lake Tahoe Water Trail. These first of their kind trips allow guests to explore the different shores of the lake and to learn about the unique natural and human history of each stretch.

Truckee/Squaw Valley Historical Tours: We strive to offer trips for every type of client. Over the years, we have taken many groups on low impact historical tours emphasizing the Donner Party, Town of Truckee and Squaw Valley Olympics. Trips include a ride up the cable car at Squaw, Tour of the Donner Party Museum and nature trail and a walking tour of downtown Truckee.

Stargazing Snowshoe Tours with Tahoe Star Tours: Tahoe stargazing snowshoe tours one Saturday a month from December through April. Tours will take place at the North Tahoe Regional Park in Tahoe Vista and will include snowshoe rental, poles, a guided snowshoe walk on easy to moderate terrain, permit fees, a laser tour of the night sky and telescopic viewing, plus hot drinks and snacks.

 ADA Accessibility Notes

We have taken several guests with lower body paralysis on kayak tours

 Eco-Friendly Notes

All adventures emphasize "Leave No Trace" ethics. All trips are non-motorized, human powered recreation. Natural and Human History topics are the focus of the educational component of all of our trips.

We strive to create a sense of place on our trips. Our guides work to pass along the unique natural and human history of each area we travel through. We promote environmental awareness and a conservation ethic by exposing our guests to the uniqueness and beauty of the area. We cover geology, glaciation, lake ecology, clarity issues, BMPs and other restoration topics, native peoples and how theye used the lake, the "discovery" and logging of tahoe and ensuing human/environmental impacts, the Donner Party, and many other relevant topics.

 Locally or Family Owned Business
 Pet Friendly Notes

Dogs allowed on many trips and kayak rentals.

For More Information, Contact:

Kevin Hickey

Tahoe Adventure Company
PO Box 8536, Tahoe City, CA 96145
530-913-9212 · toll-free 866-830-6125

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Longitude: -120.140562100
Latitude: 39.166137500
Elevation: 6233 FT (1900 M)
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