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 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.|| |
"Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, caring for his people and culture."Thomas Wilbanks - Madagascar
Guilherme (Gafa) Stamato
|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 lives in Sao Paulo and has two children, Raphael who is 11 years old and Sophia who is 8 years old. Gafa is an excellent photographer and wildlife expert who will add great local knowledge to the explorations on your tour.|| |
"Gafa was a gem. He was always looking to make our experience rewarding. A very nice person."Pat Booth - Brazil
|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.|| |
"Lajos is caring and flexible when plans have to be changed."Jurgen Pitsch -
|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.|| |
"Manuel was very much in charge of everything – he worked hard and all the details were well covered."Heidi Andre - Peru
|Eric was born in the Netherlands where he studied Environmental Engineering at Wageningen University. During his studies he trained in Tucumán, Argentina, 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. Since 2012 Eric has also been leading trips for ElderTreks in Asia, Oceania and Europe. He 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.|| |
|Apr 04|| -||Apr 23,2019|| Sumatra|
|Apr 23|| -||May 12,2019|| Java and Bali|
|Jun 09|| -||Jun 29,2019|| St. Petersburg & The Baltics|
|Aug 15|| -||Sep 04,2019|| Papua New Guinea|
|Sep 09|| -||Sep 29,2019|| Papua New Guinea|
|Oct 03|| -||Oct 22,2019|| Sumatra|
|Oct 22|| -||Nov 10,2019|| Java and Bali|
|Jan 10|| -||Jan 26,2020|| Argentina & Chile
|Jan 28|| -||Feb 12,2020|| Patagonia Trekking|
|Mar 21|| -||Apr 11,2020|| Hidden Treasures of South America|
|Jun 09|| -||Jun 29,2020|| St. Petersburg & The Baltics|
|Oct 02|| -||Oct 21,2020|| Sumatra|
|Oct 21|| -||Nov 09,2020|| Java and Bali|
"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 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, Bhutan, Tibet, Iran, Papua New Guinea, East and West Africa, Ethiopia, Borneo, Laos 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).|
"When it comes to Nitin, only superlatives come to mind."Orna Rawls - Spiritual India
|Abdul Moez is a graduate of the Faculty of Archaeology and is the Director of Egyptology at the Giza Pyramids. He has worked on several important archaelogical digs including Abu Rawash, Worker's Village in Giza, (pre-dynastic period at Saqqara) and currently serves as an advisor for archaelogical 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.|| |
|Sep 21|| -||Oct 12,2019|| Egypt|
|Oct 19|| -||Nov 09,2019|| Egypt|
|Mar 05|| -||Mar 26,2020|| Egypt|
|Oct 17|| -||Nov 07,2020|| 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
|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.
"Wherever he goes, I plan to book a trip!"I. Horvath and B. Peters - Morocco
|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!|| |
"I cannot imagine a better guide."J. Rigg - Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe
Turin Tun Maw
|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.|| |
|Claire has lived and worked throughout the Indian Subcontinent and South East Asia for the past 10 years, originally from Down Under. Her philosophy of respect for the environment, culture and communities nurtures incredible travel experiences. Her passion for authentic cultural exchange shines through and helps cultivate hands-on experiences that help bridge boundaries and open up a world of possibilities. Through eco-tourism initiatives, Claire ensures positive benefits for local communities while enriching experiences for our travellers as much as local people. A Journey with Claire will surely be a memorable one!|| |
"Can't give enough praise... Claire was a fantastic leader with a very professional yet easy-going manner, terrific communicator, great sense of humour, incredible patience, and couldn't do enough to assist each and every one of us. So hope we're fortunate to travel with her again."Bill and Barb Dexter - Borneo
|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.
"The tour was fantastic, in large measure because of the exceptional professional competence and friendliness of Ollie along with the excellent service of Stefan, our driver. We will surely use ElderTreks for some future trips. We hope tour director/guides on other trips are as great as Ollie."J. Hirschhorn - Costa Rica
|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 (BAîHonsi 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. || |
"Lucas did everything he could possibly do for us. He was a wonderful fit for our group."J. Boring - Tanzania
|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, enthusiastic, dependable and knowledge tour leader than Duane.|| |
"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
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.|| |
"Thuy was excellent - very informative about her country. She gave me a real insight into Vietnam."D. Webb - Vietnam
|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.|| |
"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
|Damla Arslan was born in Istanbul and graduated in history from Bogazici 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.|| |
"Damla was very knowledgeable about the many aspects of the trip, both historical, cultural and about Turkey itself."M. J. Matthews - Eastern Turkey
|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.|| |
"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
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”.
|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.
"Helen absolutely made our trip. She worked overtime to give us a fabulous experience and succeeded way above expectations."G. Haar - New Zealand
|Born and raised in the Indian Western Himalayans, Sahil has experience in leading group tours and itineraries at high altitudes and over mountain passes. Highly knowledgeable in Indian geography and Himalayan mountains, he has traveled extensively throughout India, including; Northern India, Ladakh, Kashmir and Andaman island. He's certified in mountaineering and water sport courses and an experienced climber above 6000 meters. Sahil is great with people and loves the opportunity of sharing experiences that tour leading brings.|
"Sahil was just perfect. He made everything run smoothly, was caring, had a good sense of humor, imparted a wealth of knowledge about all we saw and did plus was fun to be with."D. Henkel - Classic India
|Sammy graduated from Hawassa University as well as the Insistute of Tourism in Addis Ababa, specializing in Ethiopian History & Cultures, Agriculture and Tourism. He speaks English, Amharic and Oromifa (the national and local language of Ethiopia). He has lead tours for numerous passengers including journalists, photographers and film crews from all over the world. Sammy has recently been acknowledged in a published novel by Manola Lizy titled "Ethiopian Highlands" and also in an article by Anna Murphy titled "Holy days and Highland Rock Churches of Ethiopia". With Sammy's passion for History, Archaeology, Photography, Anthropology and Birdwatching combined with his incredible guiding experience, you will have an unforgettable adventure!|| |
|Christos has been guiding tours in Greece for 10+ years. He has excellent communication skills and is very enthusiastic to show people his country. He holds an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from University College London (UCL) and has recently published two hiking books about Crete and Mount Parnitha. You are in great hands with Christos who always receives rave reviews from clients who have toured with him.|| |
|Jeff was born in Madagascar and has worked in the tourism industry for over 30 years. Jeff fluently speaks English, French; various dialects found in Southern Madagascar, and currently learning Japanese. Jeff's holistic leading approach combined with his caring personality, extensive knowledge and passion for the local culture and wildlife will be sure to make your experience as wonderfully diverse and unique as Madagascar itself.|| |
|Daniel was born in (San Luis) “Pinar del Rio” a region known for producing the best tobacco in Cuba. Daniel grew up on a farm helping his family with their crops and livestock. He obtained his degree in foreign languages from the Pedagogical University and speaks Spanish, English, French and German fluently. Daniel was an English professor for junior and senior high schools students as well as in a tourism school for many years before deciding to follow his dream. Danielís passion for nature and the great outdoors brought him to the Biosphere reserve “Las Terrazas” were he has been a nature expert guide for over 12 years. His favourite activities include bird watching, trekking and swimming. Daniel enjoys sharing anecdotes of his personal life as well as his experiences as a Cuban. Daniel will keep you laughing and learning during your adventure.|| |
|Sumit Pruthi graduated from University with a Tourism and Hospitality degree. He has also completed his formal training with the Ministry of Tourism of Oman. Sumit speaks an impressive 5 languages fluently - English, German, Arabic, Urdu and Hindi. In 2007, his guide and medical training along with his passion for Arab cultures started Sumit on a path that lead him to lead trips in the Sultanate of Oman. Trekking in the stunning landscapes including rugged mountains and wadis, the smell of frankincense, the taste of fresh lemon mint juice, fascinating markets or souqs, forts dotting the countryside, camel herds in the Empty Quarter and the relaxed and welcoming culture of Oman have acted as a stong magnet. After a decade of leading trips in Oman, his passion and enthusiasm have never wained. Patience, politeness, punctuality as well as a great attitude and a wealth of information makes Sumit nothing short of a superb tour leader!|| |
"I have again enjoyed another Eldertreks trip and have more planned upcoming. I just wanted to let you know that in all my years of traveling--and with several different tour companies--I've never had such a good guide as Sumit Pruthi! My friend and I experienced a wonderful tour thanks to his excellent skills. Just wanted to let you know what a jewel you have!!!"Kay Ward - Oman
|Janell Pekkain, a native of San Francisco Bay Area, considers herself a citizen of the world. A graduate of International Tour Management Institute in 1996, she's spent 12 years abroad. She lived in Japan for 10 years and traveled extensively throughout Asia, India, Tibet, Nepal, Western Europe, North Africa, South America, and New Zealand. Travel has always been her passion and connecting to people and culture as natural as breathing. She’s thrilled to return to Eldertreks as a trip leader after a long hiatus.|| |
|Apr 10|| -||Apr 29,2019|| Japan|
Samir Harit el Mir
|Samir Harit el Mir has been leading ElderTreks Morocco tours for the past 7 years. He studied in Casablanca before attending university and studying tourism in Tangier City. He has been guiding English speaking groups since 1987 and has covered every corner of his country. He specializes in the history of Morocco as well as of Islam and the Arab world. He speaks English, Arabic, French and Japanese. His Moroccan collegues look to Samir for his knowledge and guiding expertise.|| |
|Vivek is a terrific tour leader with 11 years leading experience for companies like Intrepid, Exodus, Peregrine, Geckos and Cox and Kings, delivering high quality customer experience. Motivated, strong work ethic and positive attitude will give anyone travelling with Vivek memorable tour. A graduate from MCRPV University, his enthusiastic, high energy, resourceful and determination will add to his excellent leadership to make sure your holiday runs smoothly. He loves to pass on his knowledge and passion for the countries he leads in to visitors, ensuring they have the opportunity to experience the best of that country has to offer in safety and comfort; and to promote sustainable, environmentally friendly tourism with enthusiasm and in a way that connects with as many people as possible.|| |
|Lily was born and raised in a small village near Dunhuang city, Gansu Province, Western China. |
She graduated in Travel and Tourism department at China Gansu University in 1996.
With almost 20 years of guiding experience, Lily received her national tour guide license in 1999.
In her journeys as a guide, she has taken many travellers all over her home country of China including icon sites as well as more remote regions such as China's Silk Road.
Lily's Chinese name is Liwenyan, but you can just call her Lily.
Lily takes great pride in tour leading to make every tour is unique. Her passion and knowledge of her country will surely make your travel experience a memorable one!
|Ruwan Balasuriya has been leading tours in his native Sri Lanka for more than 7 years highlighting its history, culture, wildlife and of course, the people. After having toured the country with Ruwan, you will leave with the lasting impression of having visited the real Sri Lanka.|| |
|Abel was born and raised in Havana where he currently resides with his wife and 2 children. A graduate of Pedagogical University, he studied tourism & civil law has worked in various facets of the tourism industry as well as for the Turkish, Belgian, and Austrian Embassies in Havana. Abel has been a tour leader for the last 15 years for some major tour operators in Europe and North America. Abel has a passion for tourism and a desire to promote his home country of Cuba and even guided ElderTreks's president on a private tour around Cuba.|| |
|Oct 09|| -||Oct 27,2019|| Nepal|
|Oct 14|| -||Nov 01,2020|| Nepal|
|Joël is born and bred in Namibia. He has an outgoing personality and has been in the tourism industry for the past 9 years.|
He grew up in the northern part of Namibia that is also where he completed primary and secondary school and then moved to capital city. While in Windhoek he completed a diploma in tourism management from The Association of Business Executives (ABE) UK via distance study.
After Joel obtained his diploma, he started tour guiding courses with NATH while working as a camp assistant for a tour operator. Joel was later promoted to senior tour guide, thereafter he started taking on various tours as a freelance guide. His interests include hiking, wildlife, birds, flora, geology, astronomy, and Namibian culture. He speaks Nama-Damara, Oshiwambo, English and Afrikaans.
|Andrew has been out roaming the mountains since a very young age. He enjoys the great outdoors and showing others the beauty of the country where he grew up. With his passion for hiking, and encouraging others to learn about nature and wildlife, he is an amazing guide to explore the wilderness with. |
Our Other Departures
|Jul 02|| -||Jul 11,2019|| Iceland|
|Sep 10|| -||Sep 29,2019|| The Caucasus|
|Sep 18|| -||Oct 03,2019|| Brazil|
|Sep 15|| -||Oct 04,2019|| Japan|
|Apr 20|| -||May 03,2020|| Malta & Sicily|
|May 16|| -||May 27,2020|| Azores|
|May 11|| -||May 30,2020|| Japan|
|Jun 08|| -||Jun 30,2020|| Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe|
|Jun 22|| -||Jul 01,2020|| Iceland|
|Sep 05|| -||Sep 16,2020|| Azores|
|Sep 20|| -||Sep 30,2020|| Camino de Santiago|
|Sep 30|| -||Oct 13,2020|| Malta & Sicily|
|Sep 26|| -||Oct 15,2020|| Japan|