Vassi Koutsaftis: Best Cultural Guide, Top Travel Specialist

Award-Winning Travel Specialist & Guide

2014 Outside Travel Awards 2016 Conde Nast Travel Specialist Award

Vassi is one of our best-loved and most-experienced leaders. He has been traveling in Asia for more than 30 years and has been leading treks since 1986. For many years, he has represented GeoEx's Tibet expertise on the Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialists list and was named Best Cultural Guide by Outside magazine. Vassi also leads some of GeoEx's journeys in Myanmar (Burma)Japan, Pakistan, and Malaysian Borneo.

Globe-Trotting, Multifaceted Adventurer

In addition to his many trips to the roof of the world, he's explored the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and mountains and cultures of all kinds. It has been said that Vassi is a mountain polymath and the one guy you'd pick to sip tea and swap tales in the mess tent with on a brilliantly cold alpine evening. Vassi holds a pilot’s license and his special interests include history, photography, oceanography, and aeronautics. On his many personal pilgrimages to Myanmar, he has fallen madly in love with the place and people—as you can see from the photos on Vassi's photography website

Veteran Trekker

In addition to classic and unique Himalayan treks, Vassi's portfolio includes some of the most challenging expeditions in Asia: Dolpo‑Shey Gompa in western Nepal, the Snow Lake and Baltoro Glacier treks in Pakistan, Trans-Himalaya in India, and the Kangshung Face of Everest trek in Tibet. 

Hear More From Vassi

To hear more about Vassi's adventures, read his blogs on Wanderlust and other articles:

Vassi Koutsaftis, GeoEx Travel Expert