KE Leaders

A competent, caring and efficient leadership team is essential for any group of adventure travellers. By definition, this type of travel will involve the unexpected, be it sudden storms, route diversions or transport breakdown. Thousands of satisfied clients can confirm that KE leaders take such situations in their stride, be it as rescuer, nurse, diplomat or mechanic. All of our holidays are accompanied by a professional leader or a local guide selected on the basis of his or her experience and leadership skills. Most of these leaders have worked for KE for many years and many are guides or instructors with an unrivalled knowledge of the areas, cultures and environments in which they work. In addition to having the technical skills to ensure your safety, KE expects its leaders to be active members of the group.

 

The KE Leader of the Year

The 2016 Leader of the Year Awards are open so make sure you vote for your favourite leader! To vote please email us the name of leader and why you think they should win! The winner will be announced in January 2017!

Once again we have been overwhelmed with your votes for the KE Leader of the Year Awards for 2015. We are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2015 Leader of the Year Awards is...

2015 Winner - Joe Bernini!

Joe comes from the Golfo Dulce region of SW Costa Rica and leads our Costa Rica Walks and Wildlife trip. He has worked in tourism for 10 years and started working as a leader for KE 2 years ago. His feedback from clients has been without fail, outstanding, and he is a worthy winner of this years KE leader of the year award.

In recognition of Joe's high attention to detail, Joe will be receiving a backpack of his choice, courtesy of Deuter!

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30 Years of KE - Guide interviews

To celebrate 30 years of adventure travel, we visited and recorded interviews with a few of our long standing local guides. Hear from Himalayan guide Phadan Sherpa, Moroccan guide Mustapha Imharken and Kilimanjaro guide Peter Kisimbo.


Meet the KE Leaders

A leader should be fun to travel with and ready to share with you their enthusiasm for adventure travel and their knowledge of the area. Alongside the group leader, there will be a local support crew, which could be just a driver, or a complete team of guides, drivers, porters, mule-herders and cooks. The hard work of our support crews, along with the fascinating insight they can offer into their own culture, is integral to providing you with the very best holiday experience.

Here is just a small selection of our current leaders!

KE Leaders Ade Summers
Ade Summers

Ade is a perennial traveller who loves the wilder and more remote regions of the planet. He is one of KE's most experienced leaders and he can usually be found leading trips in Nepal, Mongolia and the 'Stans' of Central Asia.

Rob Fraser
Rob Fraser

A professional photographer and lover of the world’s wild places, Rob is also one of KE’s most popular leaders. Rob recently undertook a film and photography project in which he worked as a porter on a KE trip in Nepal in order shine a light on the hard work that porters do.

Tom Richardson
Tom Richardson

Tom has a wealth of experience in the Greater Ranges and has led many successful KE treks. He has climbed Cho Oyu and was leader of the May 2005 expedition that put 3 KE leaders on the summit of Everest.

Jo Chaffer
Jo Chaffer

Jo has led adult and school groups throughout the World for KE. She moved from England's Lake District to Nepal, where she is now based, but is still a globetrotter. Jo seems to fill her passport up with visa stamps every couple of years!

Jose Molina Lopez
Jose Molina Lopez

Over the last decade Jose has led biking, mountaineering and trekking trips for KE throughout the world. Now settled back in his native Spain, Jose runs KE’s trekking and road biking holidays in the Costa Blanca.

Julia Tregaskis
Julia Tregaskis

TBased in the Chamonix Valley, Julia leads KE Alpine trekking and family trips as well as our programme of winter snowshoeing and cross country skiing trips. Julia regularly competes in mountain marathons and cross country ski races.

Kathy Murphy
Kathy Murphy

A lifelong passion for climbing led Kathy from Cumbria to her present home in Chamonix, where she works as an IFMGA mountain guide. Kathy organizes our Alpine mountaineering holidays and can also be found guiding KE groups during the summer season.

Ray Leddy
Ray Leddy

Ray organises and leads our road biking and trekking holidays on the sunny isle of Gran Canaria.

Pramod Shrestha
Pramod Shrestha

Pramod works with KE’s biking groups in Nepal and Tibet. An excellent leader and first-class mechanic, he is also a great rider. He has been 3 times Nepali Mountain Bike Champion and has completed our Lhasa to Kathmandu trip over 15 times. Pramod’s in-depth knowledge of Nepal’s biking trails is second to none.

Rickesh Yonzon
Rickesh Yonzon

‘Ricky’ is one of our most popular Nepali trekking leaders. His father also worked as a trekking leader, and Ricky has followed in his footsteps. Ricky has also developed a passion for mountain biking and has recently led KE mountain biking groups around the Annapurna Circuit.

Rishi Limbu
Rishi Limbu

Rishi was educated in Darjeeling and is now based in Nepal and one of our most experienced trek leaders. Recently he has led Everest Basecamp trips, the Great Buddha Trail and our Family Nepal trip.

Pasang Temba Sherpa
Pasang Temba Sherpa

Originally from the Solukhumbu region of Nepal, Pasang is one of most popular leaders. He has worked as trekking leader for over 20 years and has done the Everest Basecamp trek over 50 times! He studied English in the UK and spent time working in the USA.

Rigzin Skalzang
Rigzin Skalzang

Born in Ladakh, Rigzin leads KE trekking and mountaineering groups in the Indian Himalaya. He worked for 4 years at Bryanston school in the UK as an outdoor education assistant, and now leads KE groups in Ladakh, Sikkim, and Himachal Pradesh.

Uden Sherpa
Uden Sherpa

Living in Darjeeling, Uden is of Nepalese descent. He works with KE groups throughout India, from the Himalayan region of Ladakh in the north to Sikkim in the east. Uden has a good rapport with both his clients and his crew and won the 2014 KE leader of the year award.

Mashkhura
Mashkhura

Our Uzbekistan expert. She leads our Samarkand and the Silk Road trips, as well as the Uzbekistan sections of our Ultimate Fann mountains trip and the Mountains and Marvels trip. What Mashkhura does not know about Uzbekistan is not worth knowing!

Val Pitkethly
Val Pitkethly

Non-stop world-trekker and climber and one of our most experienced leaders, Val coordinates our operations in Peru’s Huayhuash. Working with the Juniper Trust, Val has been responsible for providing over 600 solar lamps to remote mountain villages in Peru.

Juan Villarroel
Juan Villarroel

Juan organises all of our Bolivian and Aconcagua trips, and leads many of them as well!. An accomplished climber and very popular leader, Juan holds the international IFMGA guiding qualification and has written a guidebook on trekking and climbing in Bolivia.

Onex Manchare
Onex Manchare

One of our most experienced Kilimanjaro leaders who has summited Kilimanjaro well over 100 times.

Eddie Doroniko
Eddie Doroniko

Eddie is our senior guide in Kenya and has now lost count of the amount of times he has summited Mount Kenya!

Hassan Ait Brahim
Hassan Ait Brahim

Hailing from the Zat Valley in the Moroccan High Atlas, Hassan was born and bred in the mountains. He is one of our most popular Moroccan leaders and leads both mountain and desert treks.