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I don't think my feet have touched the ground since I've returned from Costa Rica so any relaxation achieved on the trip is rapidly disappearing sadly. However, just a quick note to say that it was the most amazing trip I've ever done. Danny our guide was phenomenal - his ability to keep us upbeat and motivated and telling us information on a need to know basis was fantastic - I wish he could be our guide on every trip I do in the future! The rest of his team was also fantastic - the logistics behind the trip were critical but totally seemless as we trudged through the rainforest and up vertical mud slopes in the rain. I was going to go on a Patagonia trek but delighted that I was advised to do this trip - it really was a challenge and I was nervous about my levels of fitness but I realise now that I'm fitter than I thought I was - long may I continue to keep the fitness up although last week I took it easy. Thanks again to WE for their excellent advice to do this trip - I'm so happy I did and have met some great people as a result!
Leaders in the Field
The key to our success
Since 1975 World Expeditions has worked with many recognised experts, elite adventurers and mountaineers. All of our leaders have made a significant contribution to our development while their expertise and enthusiasm have ensured we maintain the 'leading edge' in adventure travel.
As a general principle we use expert local leaders for the majority of our adventures and they are pivotal to the success of each adventure. However, we also have an amazing line up of extraordinary western guides who define our leading edge in adventure travel. Over the years our local and western guides have collectively made significant contributions to our ongoing development and their expertise and enthusiasm is reflected in the exciting itineraries and quality of leadership.
Many of our guides are available to lead private trips for your group, your family, your colleagues or your business. While careful planning & scheduling is necessary, these specially guided itineraries become one-of-a-kind original experiences lead by an exceptional guide. Ask us if you're interested in having one of our guides lead a private trip for you.
Dr Ross Anderson
Dr Ross Anderson lives with his wife in a small town near the Lake District in the north of England. He is a Family doctor and spends much of his spare time travelling as an expedition doctor and has contributed to Dr Jim Duff's medical guidebook for trekkers. He has over ten years of altitude and travel medicine experience. Previous treks and expeditions have focused on the Himalayas, with others in the Scandinavian arctic and mountainous areas of Africa. He also enjoys trail running, cycling and open-water swimming.
For over 30 years Frank has explored the remote trails in the highlands of PNG. His knowledge and experience of the Kokoda Track would be hard to match, having walked the track on more than 40 separate occasions. We are proud of Frank’s involvement in the development of many social projects along the trail which provide enormous benefit to the local communities along the way and preservation of the trail itself.
Garry has been involved with World Expeditions since its inception in the mid 1970s. He is a recognised authority on the Indian Himalaya and his intimate knowledge of the region is documented in his Lonely Planet guidebook 'Trekking in the Indian Himalaya', now in its 4th edition. He is also a founding director of the Australian Himalayan Foundation. Garry will be guiding our very popular Hidden Valley of Ladakh adventure in 2011 and 2012.
In 1984 Greg and Tim Macartney-Snape became the first Australian's to climb Everest. Since then Greg has completed some outstanding climbs including an ascent on the North Face of K2 in 1993 and Manaslu in 2002. He pioneered activity based voyages to Antarctica including kayaking and diving and much more ambitious crossings of South Georgia. But his love is firmly with trekking and climbing and we are privileged to have Greg leading our Everest Rolwaling GHT trek in 2012.
In the wilderness of Patagonia, having a guide with extensive local knowledge, who speaks Spanish and who enjoys nature and people alike is a must. Gustavo certainly fits this bill. As many of our past trekkers to Patagonia will attest Gustavo's energy, his knowledge that goes beyond the norm and the love of his motherland is a true inspiration adding an exciting dimension to our treks to the region. His knowledge has been instrumental in shaping our Patagonian trekking program.
French by birth, Spanish speaking Herve has been leading trips in Patagonia for over 10 years and specialises in the Paine Circuit. His passion for trekking in remote regions is infectious, as our groups on the circuit will agree.
One of Iceland's leading trekking and Mountain guides, Hjorlei has set a strong professional standard for our Iceland adventures. His good humor and insight into Icelandic culture offer a great understanding of this fascinating destination.
A veteran traveller of over 20 years, it would be a hard task to determine where Ian Williams has not travelled. His adventures have taken him through Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and the Himalaya. His commitment to Nepal and to establishing philanthropic programs with orphanages and schools in the region has been an integral and rewarding aspect of the itineraries he organises for our school groups each year.
Jo has been exploring the hills since she was a teenager. As well as over 20 years adventuring in the NZ Southern Alps and climbing many of NZ’s well known as well as lesser known peaks, she has been fortunate to have spent considerable time in the Himalaya, on the rock walls in Australia and the USA and studying Emperor Penguins in Antarctica. Typically, Jo will be leading one of our Mera or Island Peak trips in the coming season.
Jon is recognised as one of Australia's top mountaineers and explorers, as well as one of our most colourful wild-wise characters. He has been on five Everest expeditions and summited in 1988. In line with his true expeditionary nature he has also completed an unassisted trek to the North Pole. Jon also became the first person to cross Australia unassisted on foot in 2001. Follow Jon's latest adventures on his website.