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     Our guides are a mix of tremendously experienced local guides through to adventure travel leaders in trekking, remote exploration, mountaineering and culture. Let us introduce just some of them to you ...
     Soren Kruse Ledet is one of our most experienced and popular mountaineering guides with an impeccable safety record. His mountain career started as a member of the 1995 and 2003 Annapurna 4 Expedition, as well as a six-month traverse of Nepal, before joining our team in 2004 and leading countless successful expeditions in Central Asia, Pakistan and the Himalaya.
Tim Macartney-Snape was part of Australia's first team to summit Mount Everest, making him
a mountaineering legend. He is also an inspiring leader of some of our most challenging yet exhilarating remote wilderness treks. Tim enjoys exploring the Himalaya’s hidden corners with small groups of like-minded trekkers. With his climbs on Everest, Ama Dablam and Gasherbrum, amongst many others, he is a captivating leader.
George Negus AM is one of Australia’s best- known journalists, with a career spanning over four decades. He was a founding reporter on 60 minutes and has also worked on SBS's Dateline and ABC’s Foreign Correspondent. He draws on his extensive knowledge and experience to help the “culturally, socially, politically and religiously curious”
engage even further with their destination.
Richard I'Anson There are few corners of the world where Richard has not photographed. His work features in over 150 Lonely Planet guidebooks. Richard enjoys sharing his passion for photography and travel with others, as he escorts our specialist photography trips to a range of visually dramatic destinations such as Iran, Tibet, China, Central Asia and Japan.
Sophia Makashvili has been guiding adventurous travellers in her native Georgia for almost a decade. Her naturally warm, welcoming manner and intimate local knowledge make her the perfect guide to showcase this beautiful part of the Caucasus. In her spare time, you’ll find her enjoying Tbilisi’s burgeoning cafe culture or out exploring remote sections of the Transcaucasian Trail.
Dr Ross Anderson lives with his wife in England’s Lakes District. He is a family doctor who specialises
in high altitude wilderness medicine. He spends much of his spare time travelling as an expedition doctor.
Dr Anderson is our medical adviser on a range of matters. He also conducts our annual Himalayan guides Wilderness First Aid training in Kathmandu.
Adam Liaw Since his victory in Masterchef in 2010, Adam Liaw has transitioned from corporate lawyer to become a leading media commentator on food and culture, including presenting SBS's award-winning Destination Flavour series. Adam was born in Malaysia and has lived in several countries, including Japan, all of which influences his insight into culinary travel.
Peter Kuruvita says cooking with his grand- mother in the traditional kitchen of his ancestral home in Colombo, Sri Lanka, inspired his career
as an award-winning chef and restaurateur. Today, he shares his passion and skills through a variety of TV series and books or, better still, you can join Peter on one of his extraordinary food safaris through his home land.
Clive Dougherty grew up in the Kenyan bush and was inspired to seek out East Africa's big adventures. From Mt Kenya's summit and the Ruwenzori Mountains to the plains of the Masai Mara, his rapport with fellow Africans and local knowledge ensure that our trips in East Africa offer an exceptional insight into the region's cultures, wildlife and environments.
Bir Singh is one of our most versatile leaders, escorting challenging sections of the Great Himalaya Trail, family treks in the Annapurna region of Nepal, ascents of Nepal’s Mera Peak or overseeing one of our community projects. Bir is a very popular guide with all groups and as such is frequently requested as a leader by our returning trekkers to Nepal.
Garry Weare is a recognised authority on the Indian Himalaya. His intimate knowledge of the region is documented in his Lonely Planet guidebook 'Trekking in the Indian Himalaya'. He is also a founding director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. He started his career leading trips in Kashmir and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to our Indian Himalaya trekking experience.
Jo Haines has been exploring the hills since she
was a teenager. As well as 20 years exploring and professional guiding in New Zealand, Jo has also
been fortunate to spend a lot of time in the Himalaya, climbing rock faces in Australia and USA and studying emperor penguins in Antarctica. Jo leads expeditions such as our Snowman Trek in Bhutan and is an accomplished long distance cyclist.
Angel Armesto is our long standing mountain- eering guide on Aconcagua expeditions. If asked,
he would tell you that he has lost count of how many times he’s escorted groups on the mountain. Yet Angel’s mountaineering expertise runs much deeper with him guiding ascents on Everest and other formidable peaks from all corners of the globe. You are certainly
in experienced hands with Angel guiding.
Andreas Holland is a leading Latin American specialist. He has lived in various parts of South America for the past 30 years and is arguably one of the world’s most experienced and animated Latin America aficionados. Much of this experience stems from his time living and operating treks and adventures in Peru where he has amassed a wealth of experience that would be hard to equal.
Tim Cope, 2006 Australian Geographic Adventurer of the Year, has journeyed over 10,000 kilometres from Mongolia to Hungary by horse, rowed 4,500 kilometres on the Yenisey River from southern Siberia to the Arctic Ocean and cycled from Moscow to Beijing. Tim is a Mongolian Tourism Envoy and accomplished writer and documentary maker. He has led a selection of our Mongolia expeditions since 2011 – there is simply no one better qualified or more enthusiastic.
Simon Yates is a leading mountaineer with pioneering first ascents in the Andes, Himalaya and Karakorum. Best known Joe Simpson’s partner in Touching the Void, Simon has developed a reputation as an engaging expedition leader with a passion
for the mountains of Central Asia. Among others, Simon has led our Peak Lenin, Aconcagua, Damodar Saribung Traverse and Summits of Bolivia expeditions.
Andrew Lock has climbed the world's 14 highest peaks above 8000 metres. His impressive mountain- eering resume includes multiple ascents of Everest, Lhotse and Manaslu, five Australian first ascents and establishing many new routes. Andrew was Australian Geographic's Adventurer of the Year in 2009 & 2010.
Mary Moody is a former presenter on the ABC’s Gardening Australia and the author of four best selling travel memoirs as well as numerous gardening books and magazines. Mary has led trips in Europe, the Himalaya and North Africa for many years and has
a great love and wealth of knowledge of these regions, their natural history, food and flora.
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