FOLLOW YOUR LEADER

 

For those of you who have previously traveled with ElderTreks, you may know one or even several of our tour leaders listed below. Their expertise, commitment and sensitivity to our travelers as well as the people and environments we visit are the reasons we get such great feedback on our guides from our past travelers.

The following is a tentative schedule of our tour leaders upcoming adventures. Please bear in mind that this is only a provisional schedule and while these leaders are scheduled to be on these trips, circumstances beyond our control may change these schedules.

We are proud of all of our first rate tour leaders, but if you have traveled with one and really want to travel on another trip they are leading, we extend to you a formal invitation to "Follow your Leader".

 

Roger Burrows

Roger has led innumerable ElderTreks trips, and as a veteran tour leader, he brings a wealth of experience to his job as all-round trip facilitator. Roger's travels have taken him all over the world, including Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. His keen interest in local people and cultures often offers travelers the unique opportunity to visit local homes, orphanages and schools. An avid animal lover, Roger has even been known to bring treats for local cats and dogs. 

Jan 05  -Feb 05,2015  The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
Feb 09  -Mar 12,2015  The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
May 19  -Jun 07,2015  The Caucasus
Jul 01  -Jul 17,2015  Mongolia
Sep 21  -Oct 17,2015  The Stans of Central Asia
Jul 06  -Jul 22,2016  Mongolia

"He is the best!! Roger gives his all to the tour and no-one can compare with his competence."

Gloria Mossburg - Madagascar
 

Guilherme (Gafa) Estamato

Guilherme is a native Brazilian (nicknamed "Gafa") and graduated from Sao Paulo University with a degree in Physical Education along with a Black-belt in Kung Fu and Tai Chi Chuan. He currently lives in Sao Paulo with his wife and young son. Gafa is an excellent photographer and wildlife expert who will add great local knowledge to the explorations on your tour. 

Mar 09  -Mar 28,2015  Brazil

"Gafa made our travels flow smoothly and is just a pleasant person to be with."

Jade Lovell - Brazil
 

Lajos Nemeth

Lajos (pronounced Lay-osh) is a proud native Hungarian and, as a biologist, has a formidable knowledge of natural history and the underwater world. Lajos brings a wealth of experience and character to his job and will be outstanding as all-round facilitator on your trip. In addition to travelling extensively in Eastern Europe, he also feels at home around the Mediterranean, as well as having a serious travel passion for many countries in Africa. Lajos loves the great outdoors and sometimes spends several weeks in bush-camps in search of birds, butterflies and wildlife. His other passions include history, politics, photography, rare natural history books, fly-fishing, scuba diving, deep desert exploration and... oh yes, Hungarian wines. 

Oct 28  -Nov 16,2014  Oman
May 25  -Jun 13,2015  Transylvania
Sep 05  -Sep 26,2015  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria
Oct 27  -Nov 15,2015  Oman

"Lajos is caring and flexible when plans have to be changed."

Jurgen Pitsch -
 

Manuel Velazco

Manuel originally from the Andes of Peru (Cusco), began in the travel business at the tender age of 14. He has a degree as a Professional Tour Guide, specializing in Inca Culture and is one of Peru's most experienced and respected tour leaders. Manuel has been sharing his wonderful sense of humor and love of the mountains with ElderTrekkers for many years and has hiked the Inca Trail over 250 times. He also speaks three different languages, English, Spanish and Qechua (the language of the Incas) and brings plenty of fun and learning to every adventure he guides. 

May 01  -May 22,2015  Peru
Sep 07  -Sep 27,2015  Colombia
Oct 28  -Nov 13,2015  Venezuela
Mar 07  -Mar 27,2016  Colombia

"Manuel is a marvelous addition to your crew. He is so caring, so knowledgeable and looks after everyone like a mother hen. What an asset. I am dreaming about my next adventure."

Rita Breton - Argentina and Chile
 

Claudio Portal

Claudio received his Tour Guide degree in 1985, specializing in Archeology. He enjoys all sorts of outdoor activities including fishing, hiking and horseback riding. With extensive worldwide travel experience, which includes living on a kibbutz in Israel and spending long periods of time in Europe, Claudio speaks English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Greek and Italian. His love of the outdoors and love of other cultures will be sure to add fun to your adventure. 

Oct 21  -Nov 04,2014  Sumatra
Nov 04  -Nov 17,2014  Java and Bali
Mar 02  -Mar 19,2015  Borneo
Apr 02  -Apr 15,2015  Java and Bali
Sep 08  -Oct 01,2015  Silk Road
Oct 21  -Nov 04,2015  Sumatra
Nov 04  -Nov 17,2015  Java and Bali
Sep 06  -Sep 29,2016  Silk Road

"Claudio is not only very intelligent, but an outstanding guide. He brings many things to the table – humour, wit, planning, energy."

Jules Peemoeller - Hidden Treasures of South America
 

Eric Fengler

Eric was born in the Netherlands where he studied Environmental Engineering at Wageningen University. During his studies he trained in Tucumán, 1,300 km northwest of Buenos Aires moving there in 1992. He has traveled extensively throughout South America and has been guiding tours in Argentina and Chile since 1996 specializing in the Patagonia region. Eric speaks English, German, and Spanish as well as his native Dutch. Eric has worked with ElderTreks for many years and we welcome his local knowledge and international flair. You are in very capable hands with Eric. 

Nov 06  -Nov 21,2014  Patagonia Trekking
Jan 04  -Jan 20,2015  Argentina and Chile
Jan 22  -Feb 06,2015  Patagonia Trekking
Mar 12  -Apr 02,2015  Hidden Treasures of South America
Jun 02  -Jun 20,2015  The Baltics
Sep 08  -Sep 26,2015  The Baltics

"Eric was a class act. Well organized, always offered alternatives when possible. He was very generous with his time. He is an excellent guide and well informed."

Angela Alvisi - Patagonia Trekking
 

Nitin Dhami

Nitin calls the world his classroom. Traveling extensively throughout India and the world, Nitin offers a unique perspective about the adventures you take with him. He has a wealth of knowledge about the history, the heritage, the cultures and customs of the people of India and a keen understanding of the geography of South Asia. Nitin has led a variety of adventures in India, Nepal, Ladakh and Sri Lanka. Nitin is happiest in the mountains of Northern India and the higher the better, as he is an advanced mountaineering expert having climbed to 19,685 feet twice. Nitin speaks English, Hindi, Punjabi and several local Indian dialects. He is a certified Wilderness First Responder (NOLS, California USA) and he is currently completing his Bachelor of Tourism degree. 

Oct 02  -Oct 18,2014  Tibet
Oct 30  -Nov 19,2014  Tribes and Temples of India
Jan 30  -Feb 19,2015  Classic India
Mar 18  -Apr 07,2015  Bhutan
Jun 12  -Jul 02,2015  Northern India
Aug 13  -Sep 02,2015  Papua New Guinea
Nov 06  -Nov 26,2015  Classic India
Nov 26  -Dec 16,2015  Tribes and Temples of India

"When it comes to Nitin, only superlatives come to mind."

Orna Rawls - Spiritual India
 

David Roth

Born in Canada David has spent over 30 years travelling the world - the last 20 working in the travel industry. He has led numerous tours to far-flung destinations and prefers countries with a "bit of an edge". David has an MA in International Relations, and also speaks German, a bit of Russian and French. He always shows an extraordinary attention to the clients in his groups and will do whatever it takes to guarantee they maximize their trip experience. His personable and often humorous style of tour-leading affords his group many opportunities to interact with the local people and cultures. 

Oct 07  -Oct 24,2014  Madagascar
Jan 15  -Feb 06,2015  Ethiopia
Apr 15  -May 05,2015  Iran Highlights
May 10  -Jun 01,2015  Chinese Silk Road

"David was excellent. He helped me in many ways. He made many efforts to look after the group."

S. Van Wyck - Iran Highlights
 

Abdul Sebak

Abdul Moez is a graduate of the Faculty of Archeology and is the Director of Egyptology at the Gaza Pyramids. He has worked on several important archelogical digs including Abu Rawash, Worker's Village in Giza, (pre-dynastic period at Saqqara) and currently serves as an advisor for archelogical digs in and around the Giza area. He also holds a diploma in Tourism/Guiding from the Faculty of Tourism in Egypt and brings a wealth of knowledge to his role as Tour Leader for ElderTreks. In addition to leading our ElderTreks' groups since 2005, Abdul also had the pleasure of showing the Giza pyramids to former US President Jimmy Carter. 

Oct 25  -Nov 15,2014  Egypt
Feb 21  -Mar 14,2015  Egypt
Oct 24  -Nov 14,2015  Egypt

"Abdul was extremely patient - always willing to explain one more time whatever information we needed to know - very kind, thoughtful and always up beat. His passion for archeology, pyramids, pharaohs, and tombs was contagious and inspiring. Very knowledgeable - wonderful sense of humor."

M Twitchell - Egypt
 

Samir

Samir has been leading ElderTreks' Morocco tours since 2004 and has been guiding English speaking groups since 1987. He considers himself a student, and as such is always eager to learn more about his country, it's history, as well as Islam and the Arab world, yet his Moroccan collegues consider Samir as a true expert in all of these areas. Having been to every corner of Morocco, virtually every city, town and village as well as most places off road, his knowledge is vast. His formal education includes attending university in Casablanca and also studying tourism in Tangiers. He speaks English, Arabic, French and Japanese. With his tremendous knowledge and guiding experience, an engaging and caring personality and a desire to really show you the best of Morocco, Samir will surely be a big inspiration to an unforgetable and unique journey to Morocco. 

Oct 12  -Oct 29,2014  Morocco
Apr 05  -Apr 22,2015  Morocco
Oct 11  -Oct 28,2015  Morocco
Apr 05  -Apr 22,2016  Morocco
Oct 11  -Oct 28,2016  Morocco

"Samir showed us selected places that were interesting and educational. He gave us a good understanding of the country, the culture and the history of Morocco."

F. Gora - Morocco
 

Douglas Brisebois

Douglas Brisebois has worked as a tour leader for almost 20 years. His travels have taken him to all parts of the world from Asia to Africa to Antarctica and much more. His knowledge and experience help to make each and every tour he leads an unforgettable memory.

Douglas grew up in Northern Ontario surrounded by beautiful lakes, green forests and breathtaking scenery where he acquired a healthy respect and admiration for his natural surroundings. He spent time working for his parents at the family run resort which was his first introduction to tourism. Although home is in Ontario, Canada, Douglas enjoys escaping to his house in Costa Rica overlooking the Pacific, or visiting his small finca (ranch) in the mountains close to Arenal volcano.

If you have the pleasure of being on a trip lead by Douglas, his charm, energy, knowledge and caring attitude will ensure your trip is truly a unique experience.
 

Nov 16  -Dec 03,2014  Borneo
Sep 08  -Sep 27,2015  The Caucasus

"Wherever he goes, I plan to book a trip!"

I. Horvath and B. Peters - Morocco
 

Tomas Havlicek

Tomas, a native Czech, received his University degree in English and American studies as well as philosophy. He has worked as a guide since 2000, specializing in Central Europe. Tomas has a keen interest in history, architecture, and post-communist development of the region. Since he has lived half of his life under the communist rule and the other under democracy, Tomas has a truly unique perspective which he loves to share with those he is travelling with. Tomas will do all that he can to make your travel experience with him most memorable! 

May 11  -May 25,2015  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
Aug 03  -Aug 17,2015  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe

"Excellent guide! Broad interests, intelligent, caring, fantastic language skills, great people person!"

J. Schmidlapp and J. Lancaster - Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
 

Alex Nodarse

Alexander Nodarse Konnorov was raised in Havana and his love for learning brought him to the University of Havana where he received his degree in Biology. His passion for people, his country and learning lead him to guiding groups through his home land for ElderTreks since 2007. He has been a guide for the past 8 years and cannot wait to show you Cuba his way. His knowledge and love for people will bring your Cuba adventure alive with dance and culture as Alex invites you to be a part of his life on this tour. He is fluent in English, Russian, Italian and Spanish and loves to teach travelers his local language. Don't forget to ask him about his favourite ice cream flavour, he loves this cool treat that is the most popular dessert all over Cuba. 

Nov 08  -Nov 20,2014  Cuba
Dec 20,2014  -Jan 01,2015  Cuba
Jan 17  -Jan 29,2015  Cuba
Feb 07  -Feb 19,2015  Cuba
Feb 21  -Mar 05,2015  Cuba
Mar 14  -Mar 26,2015  Cuba
Apr 11  -Apr 23,2015  Cuba
May 09  -May 21,2015  Cuba
Jun 06  -Jun 18,2015  Cuba
Jul 11  -Jul 23,2015  Cuba
Aug 08  -Aug 20,2015  Cuba

"Alex is quite a guy... we all love him very much."

Polly Parker - Cuba
 

Turin Tunmaw

Thuyein "Turin" Tunmaw Turin was born, raised and educated in Yangon (Rangoon), Burma (Myanmar) Despite earning a Physics Degree and a Computer diploma, his passion lead him towards history, geography, languages, traveling and meeting people. His Mom was working in Tourism and it seemed like a natural decision to follow in her footsteps. He recieved his guides license in 1994 and has been working as a guide and tour leader ever since. Turin speaks English, Spanish and of course his native Burmese. We know that Turin's knowledge, passion and caring attitude will make any trip to Burma a very special one. He loves to share his knowledge and experience with anyone he travels with. We are sure you will agree. 

Nov 05  -Nov 22,2014  Burma
Dec 03  -Dec 20,2014  Burma
Feb 11  -Feb 28,2015  Burma

"You are such an outstanding guide in every way. We know that every Elder-trekker who travels on one of your tours will have an exceptional experience. We certainly did. ElderTreks could not have chosen a more wonderful Tour Leader for Burma than Turin."

D & D Butler - Burma
 

Olman Quiros

Olman (Ollie) Quiros is a certified tour guide with more than 20 years experience leading diverse groups in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. General and natural history are two of his interests. He is an avid outdoorsman who loves to do white water rafting, surfing, horseback riding, and hiking among other activities. Ollie was a cultural exchange student in Finland and Sweden and has traveled extensively throughout Europe learning about different cultures.

His volunteer work includes working with the Costa Rican National Parks Foundation to preserve the Green Turtle and get more acquainted with the different ecosystems in the country. He speaks Spanish and English and understands Finnish and Swedish.
 

Nov 12  -Nov 24,2014  Costa Rica
Dec 03  -Dec 15,2014  Costa Rica
Dec 17  -Dec 29,2014  Costa Rica
Jan 07  -Jan 19,2015  Costa Rica
Feb 11  -Feb 23,2015  Costa Rica
Mar 11  -Mar 23,2015  Costa Rica
Apr 08  -Apr 20,2015  Costa Rica
Aug 05  -Aug 17,2015  Costa Rica

"He was indispensable to the enjoyment of the tour.  He was very knowledgeable but also used a reference book if we asked unusual questions.  We always felt that we were getting a correct answer and not just any response he happened to think of.  He also made us laugh a lot."

F. Lokay - Costa Rica
 

Lucas Mhina

Lucas was born and raised at Arusha Tanzania. His parents are from two different tribes (Bondei from coast of Tanzania and Chagga from Mt Kilimanjaro region) . He was educated in London (UK) at East London University (BAîHonsî Hospitality and Tourism), Nairobi Kenya at Strathmore College (Diploma in Tourism and Tour Guide) and received further training in Tour Leading and Guiding as well as First Aid while in South Africa. He has a keen interest in Ecology and truly enjoys being with people so that he can share his knowledge of the birds and wildlife of East Africa. He has been guiding and leading groups in East Africa since 1999. Lucas is married and has two children ( Sylvia and John) and while not leading trips, he enjoys spending time with his family.  

Nov 01  -Nov 19,2014  Kenya and Tanzania
Oct 31  -Nov 19,2015  Kenya and Tanzania

"I want to thank you so much for making my trip to Kenya/Tanzania the best of my life. It was absolutely amazing!!!"

J. Wilson - Kenya and Tanzania
 

Charlie Tsai

Charlie is well educated and articulate having graduated with a degree in English from Yunnan University. He has been leading history and cultural tours as well as caravan touring throughout China since 1994. He has impressed visitors for many years as a highly knowledgeable leader, ready to do everything in his power to ensure that visitors to China not only enjoy their visit, but also return home with the indelible image of the openness & warmth of the people in China. 

Apr 11  -Apr 27,2015  China
Apr 27  -May 12,2015  Yunnan
Sep 02  -Sep 18,2015  China
Sep 18  -Oct 03,2015  Yunnan

"Charlie functions extremely well in "crisis mode". He is obviously there to ensure that we have a good experience. "

Karen Russell - China
 

Duane Rankin

Duane is a veteran tour leader with over 20 years of experience. Originally from South Africa, Duane has traveled extensively all over Southern Africa including Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and Lesotho. Duane and his family live in beautiful Cape Town, truly one of the world's most beautiful cities. You would be hard pressed to find a more competent, enthusiatic, dependable and knowledge tour leader than Duane. 

Oct 20  -Nov 13,2014  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Feb 16  -Mar 12,2015  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Mar 13  -Apr 06,2015  Splendors of Southern Africa
Sep 18  -Oct 12,2015  Splendors of Southern Africa
Oct 19  -Nov 12,2015  Kingdoms of Southern Africa

"Duane was one of the most knowledgeable guides we've ever had. He gave us running commentary during our long bus rides. He knew the history, tribal cultures, topography, some geology, and the route. He was also very familiar with most of the lodges we were staying at. He never minded answering the blizzard of questions we all threw at him."

A & S Rosenzweig - Kingdoms of Southern Africa
 

Elisabet Brand

Join Eldertreks' journey to Iceland and see why Elisabet will take such excellent care of you as your tour leader throughout your adventure. As a former elementary and college teacher, Elisabet has a wide ranging field of knowledge and interest, particularly in natural history, plants and birds, geology and geography. After deciding to have a change in career, Elisabet retrained as a tour guide by attending guide-school, studying tourism and obtaining her bus license. Now, after 15 years experience, she is one of Iceland's top guides and we are delighted she will be traveling with you.  

Jun 15  -Jun 25,2015  Iceland

"Elisabet's knowledge, attitude, and willingness to take on board the various interests of the group, enhanced our experience. "

Hilary and Neil Holt - Iceland
 

Fatima Nejadveisi

Fatima is an English speaking, licensed, tour guide in Iran, and with more than 15 years of experieince, she is a seasoned professional. She has a B. A in languages, in English literature and also a masters in Archeology. Fatima has handled groups from USA, Canada, all over Europe and Asia and also Australia and New Zealand, so she is extremely comfortable and compassionate taking care of different cultures.

Not only does she have a passion to show foreigners her country, but Fatima also has a passion to travel all over the world including many countries in Europe and Asia. If you are lucky enough to experience the warmth of the Iranian people, see some of the vast history of the Persians, and be under the tour leading care of Fatima, you would find her to be the perfect blend of being impressively knowledgeable, very organized and extremely caring.
 

Apr 07  -Apr 27,2015  Iran Highlights
Sep 14  -Oct 04,2015  Iran Highlights

"Very informative - she really knew her stuff. She really went out of her way to make sure you were satisfied."

P. Brown - Iran Highlights
 

Thuy Nghiem Hong

Thuy is a graduate of English at the National University of Hanoi. She has been a national tour guide in Vietnam since 1991 and is well versed in the countries rich history, culture and culinary reputation. Thuy is always eager to share her life experiences, growing up in a rapidly changing Vietnam. Her style of tour leading is a direct reflection of her Buddhist and Confucian beliefs which place an emphasis on responsible tourism and a general respect for all sentient beings. 

Feb 20  -Mar 12,2015  Vietnam
Nov 06  -Nov 26,2015  Vietnam

"Thuy was excellent - very informative about her country. She gave me a real insight into Vietnam."

D. Webb - Vietnam
 

Muge Ozbay

Muge Ozbay Aydogan is a native of Istanbul and has been leading tours since 1996. Her area of expertise is art history, biblical and archeological tours in Turkey. Muge is also fluent in English and French.  

Apr 06  -Apr 26,2015  Classic Turkey
Sep 07  -Sep 27,2015  Classic Turkey

"Muge, exceeded expectations; truly an exceptional guide and individual with an unbeatable gift of knowledge, kindness and love of her country. I return home with a considerably broader depth of knowledge and history. She left not one question unanswered, showed amazing patience with a variety of personalities. Her ability to act as a guide plus handle all of the logistical requirements was exceptional. Her energy level was endless. "

Candace LaRocca - Classic Turkey
 

Ham Juuko

Ham was born in Western Uganda and grew up on his family's cattle farm. He graduated school with a diploma in Accounting and Customer Care. Ham has put his passionate interest in wildlife and his experience caring for clients together to become a senior tour guide in his homeland. He recently became accredited as a guide for bird-watching groups. 

Jan 15  -Feb 01,2015  Uganda & Rwanda

"Ham was terrific. I can't say enough positive things about him. He was knowledgeable, a keen guide- saw birds so far away I was amazed. He had a wonderful sense of humor and we had many laughs. He is just a complete gem. "

E. Sullivan - Uganda
 

Kiki Kewou

Born in a little village on the border with Ghana, Kiki studied African Civilizations in his home country of Togo, West Africa. On graduation, he served as a teacher of English in senior high schools in Togo and has ever since been escorting tours throughout the region. 

Nov 13  -Dec 04,2015  Voodoo and Spirits of West Africa

"Kiki is truly an amazing person. He worked hard and always had a smile on his face. He knows his people, his country and answered all our questions. I loved having a local person as our main guide. "

M. Klossner - Voodoo and Spirits of West Africa
 

Dimitris Papageorgiou

Dimitris has worked as a guide in Greece since 2005. He is very well educated on Greece, its culture, history and geography.   He also volunteers at many local “Green Environmental” events and believes in “biking when possible”.  He has guided small intimate groups as well as large corporate events.  He volunteers and works with young children during the winter months.  Dimitris has a calm, careful, patient approach towards people and the environment.   He is a lover of the great outdoors, and is an avid mountain biker and rafter. Dimitris has a desire and curiosity to see the world and recently visited Latin America, hiking in the Andes.  However, his greatest passion remains leading groups in his native Greece. 

May 07  -May 23,2015  Ancient Greece
Sep 10  -Sep 26,2015  Ancient Greece

"Liked it all!! Dimitris was our tour leader. He did an outstanding job and was the epitome of professionalism. "

G. Monteilh - Ancient Greece
 

Damla Arslan

Damla Arslan was born in Istanbul and graduated in history from Bo?aziçi University. She also attended the program of Anatolian Civilizations and Cultural Heritage Management at Koç University. Her specialty is the ancient history of Anatolia and she has also been working as an archaeologist in various excavations around the country since 2005. Her latest excavation is in Batman, southeastern Anatolia, and she is working on an upper Mesopotamian mound by the Tigris called Gre Amer. She has her tourist guide license from the Ministry of Culture and Tourism and has been leading tours all around Turkey with a special interest in Eastern Turkey. Damla's extensive education and desire to share her knowledge of Turkey's history and culture, will be a delight for anyone lucky enough to travel with her. 

Apr 22  -May 09,2015  Eastern Turkey

"Damla was very knowledgeable about the many aspects of the trip, both historical, cultural and about Turkey itself."

M. J. Matthews - Eastern Turkey
 

Guiper Rosales

Guillermo or 'Guiper' has been leading for eight years and has a passion for the Mayan world - it's history, it's culture and of course the incredible legacy of Mayan sites. You will be impressed by Guiper's knowledge of the Mayan world as well as contemporary knowledge of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. Guiper is well certified in the art of guiding and safety and first aid but it just might be his sense of humour and energy that will leave the greatest impression on you. We hope you will have the opportunity to enjoy Eldertreks' Lost World of the Mayan's with someone as capable and passionate as Guiper. 

Oct 31  -Nov 19,2014  Lost World of the Mayans
Dec 02  -Dec 21,2014  Lost World of the Mayans
Jan 06  -Jan 25,2015  Lost World of the Mayans
Feb 27  -Mar 18,2015  Lost World of the Mayans
May 01  -May 20,2015  Lost World of the Mayans

"The ratings of excellent for Guiper should, in our opinion, be higher. Extraordinary would be more accurate. Guiper has a social intelligence that is literally off the charts and his natural thoughtfulness and lovely sense of humor make being in his company an absolute delight."

A&G Schwartz - Lost World of the Mayans
 

Richard Mendis

Richard has been a tour leader, lecturer and guide in his home nation of in Sri Lanka since 1998, specializing in nature, culture and adventure. He has been leading Eldertrek groups for several years and we hope for many more to come because he gets such great feedback. He is fully conversant in English and German. He obtained a certificate from Verband Alpiner Vereinen in Austria in conducting Nature and Trekking Tours. Richard is also an ardent bird lover and a bird-watching enthusiast who is fully conversant about most of the 436 species of birds found in Sri Lanka. As a country which has 8 World Heritage sites and is in the top 10 list of biodiversity hotspots, you truly want to have a leader and guide with the knowledge and enthusiasm of Richard, to learn and experience flora and fauna, history, culture and to be introduced to the warm people of Sri Lanka. 

Nov 24  -Dec 10,2014  Sri Lanka

"The enthusiasm of Richard made everything we saw more vibrant. The landscape and lush vegatation was amazing. I particularly enjoyed the active parts of the trip, white water rafting, hiking etc."

Barbara Carey - Sri Lanka
 

Kamel Boukari

As a professional guide, Kamel graduated from the Tunisian College of Tourism with a focus on history, both modern and ancient including the second world war. He is well educated and his extensive expertise at historic sites and museums is almost taken for granted but very impressive. He is fluent in English, French and German and has enjoyed showing people from all over the world the treasures that one can find in Tunisia. However, what makes Kamel special as a tour leader is that he is immensely helpful, caring, respectful, flexible and really wants to look after his guests. Despite his weath of knowledge, Kamel feels he learns just as much from the guest he is looking after. With his endearing sense of humility, knowledge and caring attitude, Kamel will show you a Tunisian experience you will not soon forget! 

Oct 16  -Oct 31,2014  Tunisia
Oct 15  -Oct 30,2015  Tunisia
 

Kibrom Tesfay

Kibrom Tesfay was born in the Tigray Region of northern Ethiopia, an area that has been referred to as an "open air museum”.

His modern education was augmented with a study of Ethiopia's Eastern Orthodox religion. The end result was a thorough understanding of the varied orthodox traditions including church treasures, ancient religious paintings, murals and different styles of Ethiopian crosses. Kibrom is currently writing a book on the crosses of Ethiopia - a subject in which very little has been documented.

His proficiency in one of the most ancient languages of Ethiopia, Geez, in which many of the historical manuscripts of Ethiopia are written, has led to a greater appreciation and understanding of Ethiopian history and culture.

Kibrom has a tourism management degree and is a detail-oriented guide who prides himself on providing extra care for his groups. His intensely caring attitude guarantees that you will come away from your trip with life-long memories of his beloved country.
 

Apr 06  -Apr 28,2015  Ethiopia
Sep 17  -Oct 09,2015  Ethiopia
 

Ganesh Srinivasan

Born and raised in Bangalore India, Ganesh loves his home country and the surrounding regions. He has been a long time professional tour leader and has lead groups in India, Nepal, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia, Indonesia, Turkey, Egypt and Hong Kong.With a Bachelor of Science, Ganesh is knowledgeable about many topics. He loves to travel and share this passion with others. He loves the 'religious sport' of cricket along with reading and music. He is an avid motorcycle enthusiast and is very active in all aspects of adventure travel. He is passionate about photography and loves to help people get that perfect shot. He is patient, understanding and really looks after his fellow travelers. He is very much into Eco Tourism and has many certifications. Bottom line - Ganesh will make your travel experience one of a kind and unforgetable!  

Oct 15  -Nov 01,2014  Nepal Cultural

"He could not have been better. Outstanding in every way."

J. Stevens - Classic India
 

Jib Karndee

Chonrudee Karndee or as she is affectionately know as 'Jib', has been working as a Tour Leader since year 2004.

Jib has a true passion for both Tour Leading and for showing people her home country of Thailand as well as the surrounding countries in South East Asia. She is eager and proud to introduce you to and show you the exotic cultures, traditions, religions, history as well as the lush, stunning landscapes. She loves to share her fasination and appreciation for the cultural and historical relationship that exists between the countries of South East Asia.

If you like the culinary delicacies of South East Asia, you will certainly enjoy Jib's knowledge and love of local dishes, as she enjoys cooking as much as she enjoys eating.

She is a member and senior adviser of  the "Tour and Traveler Club" of Payap University in Chiangmai, where the main theme is donating and helping children as well as elders in small, rural villages around Chiangmai provice. Jib also strongly supports 'Eco' or 'responsible travel which should be something that we all care about but is especially important for any Tour Leader.

Jib's passion, knowledge and compassion for people in need as well as every person or group she looks after will seamlessly translate into an unforgetable experience in this truly fascinating part of the world.
 

Nov 27  -Dec 14,2014  Laos
Jan 08  -Jan 25,2015  Laos
Feb 04  -Feb 25,2015  Thailand & Cambodia
Mar 01  -Mar 20,2015  Bangkok To Kunming
Nov 01  -Nov 22,2015  Thailand & Cambodia
Nov 05  -Nov 22,2015  Laos
Dec 03  -Dec 20,2015  Laos
 

Suzanne Ivan (Manka)

We are thrilled to welcome back Susanne, (or 'Manka' as she is known) to the ElderTreks family of expert leaders. For many years Manka led our Transylvania and Adriatric Adventures, along with her husband Lajos, and after a hiatus of several years devoting time to their two children, Manka is returning to the job she loves - as a tour leader.

Manka brings not only her great smile and wonderful communication style, but also degrees in biology, marketing and tourism, and most recently, a doctorate in the Evolutionary Psychology of the Roma (gypsy) people. As if this background and expertise weren't impressive enough, did we mention she speaks word-perfect English and German as well as her native tongue? All that's left to mention is her adventurous spirit and love of the outdoors, and you'll see why Susanne is everything you could hope for as your guide. In fact, to use the words of one of her clients, “you will be in the best of hands”.
 

Sep 29  -Oct 19,2015  Adriatic Adventure
May 23  -Jun 11,2016  Transylvania
 

Helen Tait

If you have a question about anything on your tour, Helen is definitely the woman you want to ask. Not just because she has more than a dozen years of experience as a tour leader in more than 20 countries, but because her degree in library science and resultant high-profile positions in that field make her a true curator of information. You can be sure, if Helen doesnít know the answer, she knows how to find it!

Equally resourceful when it comes to the practical side of life, Helen is always keen to offer up a wealth of day-to-day information on the country she has called home for over 26 years, from historical or cultural information to recommendations for great shopping!

If learning and discovery are what you expect from your tour, expect nothing but the best with Helen to guide you.
 

Feb 01  -Feb 18,2015  New Zealand

"Helen absolutely made our trip. She worked overtime to give us a fabulous experience and succeeded way above expectations."

G. Haar - New Zealand
 

Mayur Hada

Mayur Hada has led tours for several years in his homeland, India, as well as throughout Nepal. He is passionate about his country and loves to show travelers the real country, history, architecture, cuisine, religions, art and wildlife of the places they visit. He loves the outdoors and meeting new people. With his caring nature Mayur will show you the culture and traditions of India that will leave you wanting to return. 

Oct 18  -Nov 07,2014  Classic India
 

Our Other Departures

Apr 27  -May 17,2015  Iran Highlights
May 22  -Jun 11,2015  Iran Highlights
Sep 06  -Sep 28,2015  Chinese Silk Road
Sep 13  -Oct 03,2015  Bhutan
Sep 28  -Oct 10,2015  Costa Rica
Oct 03  -Oct 19,2015  Tibet
Oct 04  -Oct 21,2015  Nepal Cultural
Oct 07  -Oct 24,2015  Madagascar
Oct 06  -Oct 26,2015  Iran Highlights
Nov 02  -Nov 18,2015  Sri Lanka
Nov 05  -Nov 22,2015  Burma
Nov 12  -Nov 24,2015  Costa Rica
Dec 03  -Dec 15,2015  Costa Rica
Dec 17  -Dec 29,2015  Costa Rica
Jan 07  -Jan 19,2016  Costa Rica
Jan 10  -Jan 26,2016  Argentina and Chile
Jan 14  -Jan 31,2016  Uganda & Rwanda
Jan 15  -Feb 06,2016  Ethiopia
Jan 28  -Feb 12,2016  Patagonia Trekking
Jan 29  -Feb 18,2016  Classic India
Feb 01  -Feb 18,2016  New Zealand
Feb 11  -Feb 23,2016  Costa Rica
Feb 16  -Mar 11,2016  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Feb 20  -Mar 12,2016  Egypt
Mar 11  -Mar 23,2016  Costa Rica
Mar 19  -Apr 03,2016  Tunisia
Mar 15  -Apr 04,2016  Iran Highlights
Mar 16  -Apr 04,2016  Kenya and Tanzania
Mar 17  -Apr 07,2016  Hidden Treasures of South America
Apr 08  -Apr 20,2016  Costa Rica
Apr 07  -Apr 24,2016  Madagascar
Apr 11  -Apr 27,2016  China
Apr 06  -Apr 28,2016  Ethiopia
Apr 22  -May 09,2016  Eastern Turkey
Apr 27  -May 12,2016  Yunnan
May 06  -May 18,2016  Costa Rica
Apr 28  -May 18,2016  Iran Highlights
May 07  -May 23,2016  Ancient Greece
May 09  -May 23,2016  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
May 10  -May 26,2016  Tibet
May 08  -May 30,2016  Chinese Silk Road
May 17  -Jun 05,2016  The Caucasus
Jun 02  -Jun 22,2016  Northern India
Jun 15  -Jun 25,2016  Iceland
Jun 07  -Jun 25,2016  The Baltics
Aug 01  -Aug 15,2016  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
Aug 05  -Aug 17,2016  Costa Rica
Aug 13  -Sep 02,2016  Papua New Guinea
Sep 02  -Sep 18,2016  China
Sep 06  -Sep 25,2016  The Caucasus
Sep 10  -Sep 26,2016  Ancient Greece
Sep 07  -Sep 27,2016  Classic Turkey
Sep 08  -Sep 28,2016  Iran Highlights
Sep 12  -Oct 02,2016  Colombia
Sep 18  -Oct 03,2016  Yunnan
Sep 23  -Oct 10,2016  Eastern Turkey
Sep 27  -Oct 17,2016  Adriatic Adventure
Oct 03  -Oct 19,2016  Tibet
Sep 30  -Oct 20,2016  Iran Highlights
Oct 04  -Oct 21,2016  Nepal Cultural
Oct 07  -Oct 24,2016  Madagascar
Oct 15  -Oct 30,2016  Tunisia
Oct 21  -Nov 04,2016  Sumatra
Oct 22  -Nov 12,2016  Egypt
Oct 19  -Nov 12,2016  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Oct 24  -Nov 12,2016  Oman
Oct 27  -Nov 12,2016  Venezuela
Nov 04  -Nov 17,2016  Java and Bali
Oct 31  -Nov 19,2016  Kenya and Tanzania
Nov 06  -Nov 26,2016  Classic India
Nov 18  -Dec 09,2016  Voodoo and Spirits of West Africa
Nov 24  -Dec 14,2016  Tribes and Temples of India
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