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GeoEx Trip Leaders Who Are Rock Star Adventure Travel Guides

By GeoEx Staff | June 28, 2019

Travel plans are often sparked as adventure destinations unfold through TV documentaries or bestselling accounts of faraway places. If you’ve ever yearned to step into those stories, here’s your chance. Trace a historic Himalaya crossing alongside the original trailblazer. Reach remote corners of Africa with a modern-day David Livingstone. Chase a solar eclipse with a famed astronomer. Here are a few of our renowned adventure tour guides you don’t want to miss.

Vassi Koutsaftis: Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for Tibet

GeoEx trip leader Vassi Koutsaftis

One of our best-loved and most-experienced leaders, Vassi has been traveling in Asia for more than 30 years and 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 previously led some of GeoEx’s journeys in Myanmar (Burma), Pakistan, Malaysian Borneo, Japan, Nepal, India, Tibet, and more!⁣

Brent Olson: Condé Nast Traveler Top Travel Specialist for Bhutan

GeoEx leader Brent Olson

Since 1986, Brent has created and led treks and tours all over Bhutan with GeoEx, and forged close friendships with Bhutanese from many walks of life. He is on the board of the Bhutan Foundation and considers Bhutan his second home. Revel in his decades of experience and inside connections on our trip Off the Map in Eastern Bhutan to gain special access and interactions that cannot be found anywhere else.

Kingsley Holgate: Africa Explorer

GeoEx trip leader Kingsley Holgate

One of Africa’s most colorful and intrepid modern-day explorers, Kingsley has traveled to all 54 African countries and has been dubbed the “most traveled man in Africa”. Join him for more stories from his book Africa: In the Footsteps of the Great Explorers on Secrets of Tanzania or Chad’s Ennedi.

Peter Hillary: Mountaineer

GeoEx trip leader Peter Hillary

Son of the legendary Everest-summiting Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter is a born adventurer who has scaled the highest peak on every continent. Travel the route described in his book First Across the Roof of the World, while doing day hikes with him on Himalayan Traverse.

Dr. Robert Thurman: Buddhism Scholar

GeoEx trip leader Robert Thurman

Listed as “the leading American expert on Tibetan Buddhism” by the New York Times, Robert is the author of many well-known books on the subject, such as The Tibetan Book of the Dead and Infinite Life: Seven Virtues for Living Well. Get into a philosophical discussion with him while visiting a mountain monastery on the Pilgrimage to Bhutan.

Dr. Ed Krupp: Astronomer

GeoEx trip leader Charles Krupp

A veteran of 14 eclipses, Ed has been director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles—the most visited public observatory in the world—since 1974. His award-winning work in archeo-astronomy includes eclipse folklore and superstition. View an eclipse with him on the epic journey Solar Eclipse & Patagonia Icons.

Don George: Travel Writer

GeoEx trip leader Don George

An award-winning travel writer, Don wrote the bestselling Lonely Planet Guide to Travel Writing, has edited numerous travel anthologies, and released his own collection of stories in The Way of Wanderlust. Swap travel tales with him in his favorite adventure destination, while on Japan: Tip to Toe or Journey Through Ancient Japan.

Tese Wintz Neighbor: Asia Specialist

GeoEx trip leader Tese Wintz Neighbor

With a master’s degree in China Regional Studies, it’s no surprise that Tese has traveled extensively around the world, especially in Asia. She has led more than 50 trips as an adventure guide in Asia; join her on the journey-of-a-lifetime on The Silk Road.

Bill Jones: Raconteur-Explorer

GeoEx Trip leader Bill Jones

Bill has led tours in more than 180 countries over the past 40 years. He was one of the first Westerners to travel the Karakoram Highway from Pakistan to Kashgar. Join him on Splendors of Egypt or Pakistan’s Hunza Valley for an adventure to remember.

Merlin Lipshitz: Mountaineer

GeoEx trip leader Merlin Lipshitz

Living most of his life in El Chaltén, Argentina, Merlin has been a mountaineer since age 15. He has done countless expeditions on the Patagonian Ice Cap and climbed the Bolivian Andes, Yosemite’s El Capitan, Mont Blanc, and more. Let him dazzle you with his knowledge on our Into Patagonia trip.

Sarah Timewell: Asia Specialist

GeoEx trip leader Sarah Timewell

Working with GeoEx since 1989 and one of our most popular leaders, Sarah leads trips throughout Asia and the Middle East. She is also a freelance writer and published photographer. Let her enthusiasm inspire you on our trip The Epic of Central Asia or Rivers & Jungles of Borneo.

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