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 06  -Feb 06,2021  The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
May 05  -May 31,2021  The Stans of Central Asia
Jul 01  -Jul 17,2021  Mongolia
Sep 08  -Oct 04,2021  The Stans of Central Asia
Jan 05  -Feb 05,2022  The Grand South-East Asia Adventure

"How could there be anyone better than Roger? He was excellent on all counts and will definitely look for tours with him in the future."

Christine & Alan Surtees - The Grand South-East Asia Adventure
 

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 and Sophia. Gafa is an excellent photographer and wildlife expert who will add great local knowledge to the explorations on your tour. 

Sep 16  -Oct 01,2021  Brazil

"Gafa was a gem. He was always looking to make our experience rewarding. A very nice person."

Pat Booth - 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. 

Sep 04  -Sep 25,2021  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria
Oct 19  -Nov 08,2021  Adriatic Adventure

"Lajos does a fine job of ushering around his group. He is extremely knowledgeable about a myriad of topics and informed about what we are touring. Entertaining and organized."

Patricia Bunyard - Transylvania
 

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. 

Feb 10  -Mar 01,2021  The Guianas
Mar 04  -Mar 23,2021  The Guianas
Sep 06  -Sep 24,2021  Colombia
Oct 09  -Oct 29,2022  Peru

"Manuel was knowledgeable, helpful, friendly and courteous. He has a passion and enthusiasm for his job."

Marnie Bracht - Peru
 

Eric Fengler

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. 

Mar 02  -Mar 23,2021  Hidden Treasures of South America
Jun 09  -Jun 29,2021  St. Petersburg & The Baltics
Jul 03  -Jul 23,2021  St. Petersburg & The Baltics
Jan 08  -Jan 24,2022  Argentina & Chile
Jan 27  -Feb 11,2022  Patagonia Trekking
Mar 03  -Mar 24,2022  Hidden Treasures of South America
Jun 09  -Jun 29,2022  St. Petersburg & 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, 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).
 

Jan 11  -Feb 02,2021  Ethiopia
Feb 04  -Feb 23,2021  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Aug 12  -Sep 01,2021  Papua New Guinea
Sep 09  -Sep 29,2021  Papua New Guinea
Oct 01  -Oct 20,2021  Sumatra
Oct 20  -Nov 08,2021  Java and Bali
Jun 16  -Jul 07,2022  Mountains & Monasteries of Northern India

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

Orna Rawls - Spiritual India
 

David Roth

Born in Canada and having resided in 7 countries, David has spent over 40 years travelling the world - the last 25 working in the travel industry. He has designed and led numerous tours for Eldertreks. With an attention to maximizing the group’s travel experience, David’s personable and often humorous style of tour leading offers his fellow travelers many opportunities to interact with the local people and cultures. David has an MA in International Relations, and also speaks German, a bit of Russian, French and Arabic. In his spare time he writes children’s books.  

May 18  -Jun 06,2021  The Caucasus
Sep 14  -Oct 02,2021  Russia and Belarus

"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 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. 

Feb 13  -Mar 06,2021  Egypt
Oct 16  -Nov 06,2021  Egypt
Feb 05  -Feb 26,2022  Egypt
Oct 15  -Nov 05,2022  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
 

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 24  -Jun 07,2021  Medieval Treasures of Eastern Europe

"Tomas's language skills and personality made our experiences in all three countries memorable. He was a tremendous asset in every respect. "

A. Wells - 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. 

Jan 04  -Jan 23,2021  Myanmar (Burma)
Feb 08  -Feb 27,2021  Myanmar (Burma)
Jan 05  -Jan 24,2022  Myanmar (Burma)
Feb 09  -Feb 28,2022  Myanmar (Burma)

"Turin was excellent in his knowledge of the country, in looking after us, and in providing "surprises.""

Bill Abell - Myanmar (Burma)
 

Claire Prest

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! 

May 11  -May 30,2021  The Caucasus
Sep 07  -Sep 26,2021  The Caucasus

"I cannot imagine a better guide for India then Claire. She remained calm, cheerful and helpful.She has a great sense of humor and an obvious love of the country. She gave us history and understanding based on personal experience.She moved easily through the group sharing meals and conversation with all of us at different times. She encouraged everyone to get to know each other. She was great. "

J. Dittmer - Classic India
 

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 with the Mesoamerican Rescue Center to promote animal welfare, habitat protection and reforestation in Costa Rica. He speaks Spanish and English and understands Finnish and Swedish.
 

Jan 10  -Jan 24,2021  Costa Rica
Feb 16  -Mar 02,2021  Costa Rica
Apr 06  -Apr 20,2021  Costa Rica
Dec 01  -Dec 15,2021  Costa Rica
Jan 11  -Jan 25,2022  Costa Rica
Feb 17  -Mar 03,2022  Costa Rica
Apr 05  -Apr 19,2022  Costa Rica
Dec 02  -Dec 16,2022  Costa Rica

"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 Mhina

Lucas was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania. Has a Bachelor of Business Administration in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the UK, attended a wildlife college in Kenya where he obtained Diploma in Tourism and Tour Guiding, receiving further training in tour leading and guiding, as well as first aid in South Africa.

He has been guiding and leading tourists’ groups in Kenya and Tanzania for 20+ yrs. He has a keen interest in ecology and truly enjoys being with people, so that he can share his knowledge of the flora and fauna of East Africa as well as the vibrant culture.

Lucas is married and has three children (Sylvia, John, and Jovin) and while not leading trips, he enjoys spending time with his family.
 

Oct 30  -Nov 18,2021  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
 

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 18  -Feb 04,2021  Uganda & Rwanda
Jan 13  -Jan 30,2022  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
 

Damla Arslan

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. 

Sep 20  -Oct 10,2021  Classic Turkey

"Damla is a world class guide with a superior knowledge of the ancient history of Asia Minor and modern day turkey. She should have a show on the History Channel."

Vance Boelts - Classic Turkey
 

Guiper Rosales

Guillermo or 'Guiper' has been leading for twelve years and has a passion for the Mayan world - its history, its 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, 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 Mayans with someone as capable and passionate as Guiper. 

Jan 12  -Jan 31,2021  Lost World of the Mayans
Jan 11  -Jan 30,2022  Lost World of the Mayans

"What made this trip unusual, even for experienced travelers, was the extraordinary personal charm, enthusiasm and thoughtfulness of Guiper and the kindness and knowledge of the local guide, Antonio, in Guatemala. We have traveled for many years and cannot remember any guide who had Guiper's ability to enliven each day with his wit and good humor and with an almost preternatural ability to see what each member of the group needed to make the day pleasurable and interesting."

A & G Schwartz - Lost World of the Mayans
 

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! 

Mar 02  -Mar 17,2021  Tunisia

"Kamel was a great tour leader. His knowledge of Tunisia's history was impessive, he has a great sense of humour, and he added special visits to his family which we all appreciated."

Barbara Tresidder - Tunisia
 

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”.
 

May 17  -Jun 05,2021  Transylvania
Sep 28  -Oct 18,2021  Adriatic Adventure

"This was a very active itinerary and Manka helped me through a couple challenging parts. I might still be trying to struggle my way down the Paklenica Gorge Trail were it not for her. She knows her history, and her English is very good. She is VERY personable and has a knack for knowing different personalities and how to communicate with them and get the best out of them while making sure they are getting the best experience she can provide. She was on top of every detail at all times and has an amazing memory. I absolutely love her."

Alice Luella (Lue) Paddack - Adriatic Adventure
 

Sahil Chowfla

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.
 

Sep 06  -Sep 26,2021  Bhutan
Nov 11  -Nov 30,2021  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days

"He was always helpful, cheerful and considerate and had a great sense of humor and his knowledge of the country was excellent!"

B. Gamm - Classic India
 

Sammy Tilahun

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! 

Sep 16  -Oct 08,2021  Ethiopia

"No doubt Sammy has the fluency skills and organizational skills along with knowledge of Ethiopian history to be athe skillful tour leader he is. His organizational skills were flawless!!! His ability to be mindful of safety and watchful of all his clients at ALL times was impressive. His interactions with his drivers was one of respect and commraderie. Sammy can be hard to follow when sharing details as he uses lots of words to convey his message. I was lucky to have Sammy as my guide and would not have wished for another."

Rhonda Weilet - Ethiopia
 

Jeff Zephyrin

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. 

May 03  -May 20,2021  Madagascar
Oct 03  -Oct 20,2021  Madagascar

"Jeff demonstrated a deep affection for his country. He was knowledgeable of the flora, fauna, history, culture and politics and gave us a wonderful overview of everything. He made sure we saw everything we were promised, but was flexible in giving us spontaneous experiences. He was kind, thoughtful and concerned about everyone's well-being. He also had a good perspective and sense of humor."

Kris Otis - Madagascar
 

Daniel Merino

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. 

Jan 25  -Feb 08,2021  Eastern Cuba
Feb 02  -Feb 14,2021  Classic Cuba
Feb 15  -Mar 01,2021  Eastern Cuba
Apr 06  -Apr 18,2021  Classic Cuba
Apr 19  -May 03,2021  Eastern Cuba
May 04  -May 16,2021  Classic Cuba
Jun 01  -Jun 13,2021  Classic Cuba
Nov 16  -Nov 28,2021  Classic Cuba
Dec 07  -Dec 19,2021  Classic Cuba

"Danny was an excellent trip leader. He generously shared his knowledge and personal experiences. He was always calm and upbeat even when things didn’t go quite as planned. A true professional but also a very kind sweet person."

Sandy Sverdloff - Classic Cuba
 

Sumit Pruthi

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! 

May 08  -May 29,2021  Iran Highlights
Jul 07  -Jul 23,2021  Mongolia
Oct 16  -Nov 06,2021  Iran Highlights
Nov 11  -Nov 30,2021  Oman

"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
 

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. 

Mar 18  -Apr 03,2021  Morocco
Oct 09  -Oct 25,2021  Morocco
Mar 16  -Apr 01,2022  Morocco
Oct 07  -Oct 23,2022  Morocco

"Samir was the best: knowledgeable, organized, pleasant, non-flappable. "

Elizabeth Bradner - Morocco
 

Vivek Paliwal

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. 

Oct 30  -Nov 19,2021  Classic India
Feb 02  -Feb 21,2022  Lions & Tigers of India - 20 Days
Oct 20  -Nov 09,2022  Classic India
 

Ruwan Balasuriya

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. 

Oct 25  -Nov 12,2021  Sri Lanka
Oct 24  -Nov 11,2022  Sri Lanka

"Knowledgeable, good sense of humor, good at working with people, just a few, mostly minor organizational glitches. We strongly recommend him!!"

Ruth Dawson - Sri Lanka
 

Martin Hrouzek

Martin lives with his wife and young family on the Czech-Slovak border. He has been guiding hiking and wildlife tours professionally since 1996 and is an excellent all-round naturalist with a particular knowledge of birds, butterflies and plants. He specializes in trips to those few remaining unspoiled and seldom visited ‘hidden corners’ that have been disappearing fast in Eastern Europe. Martin has a degree in Forestry and speaks an impressive 5 languages (English, Czech, Slovak, German, and Russian). Martin's passions include: Macro photography, watching hockey, and playing soccer & floor ball. He loves to share his knowledge and experience with anyone he travels with and will make sure you leave this Hiking trip full of knowledge. 

Sep 08  -Sep 24,2021  Hiking in the the Carpathians

"Martin is a very qualified leader. His thoughtfulness and helpfulness were exemplary"

Nell Exner - Hiking in the the Carpathians
 

Joel Verimuje

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. 

Jun 07  -Jun 29,2021  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Jun 08  -Jun 30,2022  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe

"Joel was excellent...all the information he has, organized skills with people and the information book we got at the start...wished more companies would do that"

Bette-Jean McElroy - Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
 

Andrew Davies

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.

 

Jun 03  -Jun 16,2021  Hiking in the British Isles
Jun 02  -Jun 15,2022  Hiking in the British Isles

"Amazing kind heartedness...extremely knowledge on a vast array of topics "

RJ Firkus - Hiking in the British Isles
 

Karl Johannsson

Karl has a degree in Marketing and a background in diverse activity apart from being an Iceland guide. He also takes Icelanders on guided tours all over the world during winter. Among his interests are the Icelandic Sagas and the geology of Iceland. 

Jun 20  -Jul 02,2021  Iceland
Jul 05  -Jul 17,2021  Iceland

"Karl continuously went above and beyond everyone's expectations! He was informative, witty, never boring, helpful, kind and full of surprises! I would gladly travel with him again!!!"

Debbie Serra - Iceland
 

Dylan Lees

Born in Johannesburg, Dylan spent his childhood years traveling with family all around Southern Africa. Moving to the Wild Coast he developed a love of nature, which led to a career in tourism. Early trips included overland camping tours through Southern and East Africa which evenatually expanded to 11 countries in Africa. Dylan enjoys showing the amazing sights of Southern Africa to his clients while at the same time focusing on ways to increase the environmental and sustainability of tourism for the future of the region. 

Sep 23  -Oct 17,2021  Kingdoms of Southern Africa
Sep 09  -Oct 03,2022  Kingdoms of Southern Africa

"This was the trip of a lifetime. I highly recommend Elder Treks. This was almost a month's trip to South Africa. Dylan was our tour guide and he did an outstanding job of seeing that we were happy, well taken care of, comfortable, and that all our needs were met. He did an outstanding job. The itinerary was perfect. Great hotels, lodges, etc. and excellent meals 3 times a day. They did not scrimp on anything. It was an excellent trip from beginning to end. They made sure that everything was perfect, including the wine that was served at almost every dinner meal. 14 people on this trip---all cooperative and insuring that we always left on time. I have travelled with other tour companies and this was the best! Consider booking with Elder Treks. I think you will be glad you did. If you have any questions, please email me and I will be sure to respond."

Margaret Squires - Kingdoms of Southern Africa
 

Taichi Imamura

Though Taichi was born and brought up in Nagoya, he had always a close relationship with his grandparents in Kyoto who taught him about Japanese tradition. After visiting over 80 countries as a tour leader, he realized the beauty of Japan, which gives him a strong passion to be a professional guide so he can share his knowledge in both traditional and urban culture with international travellers. 

Sep 25  -Oct 14,2021  Japan
 

Filipe Rodrigues

Filipe Rodrigues has been an outdoor activity guide for about two years. From hiking to biking, jeep to van tours, Filipe brings smiles to all of our guests’ faces. He studied Tourism & Marketing in Porto and Communications in Barcelona. Filipe truly thinks he has found the right job as it implies his passions: outdoor activities, travel and meet people from all over the world. Filipe speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish. 

May 14  -May 25,2021  Azores
 

Alexander Giannios

Alexandros Giannios is a filmmaker, specialized on documentaries and extreme sports filming. He studied Cultural Management at the Department of Cultural Technology and Communication (University of the Aegean) and then specialized in film making at Prague Film School.

His combined passion for nature and the Greek cultural heritage, led him to become an outdoors guide in Greece. The last eight years he has been professionally trained and worked as an outdoors activities guide, adept at rafting, sea kayaking, river trekking and hiking. Alexandros has excellent communication skills and enjoys connecting with people from around the world.
 

Sep 10  -Sep 26,2021  Ancient Greece
Sep 08  -Sep 24,2022  Ancient Greece
 

Our Other Departures

Jul 10  -Jul 16,2020  Heli-Hiking in the Canadian Rockies
Aug 17  -Aug 25,2020  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Dec 01  -Dec 11,2020  Galapagos and Ecuador - Onboard the Legend
Apr 01  -Apr 07,2021  Mountain Lodges of Peru
Apr 19  -May 02,2021  Malta & Sicily
May 15  -May 24,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Apr 28  -May 24,2021  The Stans of Central Asia
May 23  -Jun 01,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
May 31  -Jun 09,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Jun 08  -Jun 17,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Jun 16  -Jun 25,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Jun 25  -Jul 03,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Jul 02  -Jul 10,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Jul 09  -Jul 17,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Jul 16  -Jul 24,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Jul 24  -Aug 01,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Jul 31  -Aug 08,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Aug 07  -Aug 15,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Aug 14  -Aug 22,2021  Haida Gwaii (Queen Charlotte Islands)
Sep 11  -Sep 27,2021  Classic China
Sep 06  -Sep 28,2021  Chinese Silk Road
Sep 21  -Oct 01,2021  Camino de Santiago
Sep 14  -Oct 06,2021  Ethiopia
Sep 15  -Oct 11,2021  The Stans of Central Asia
Sep 27  -Oct 12,2021  Yunnan
Oct 07  -Oct 20,2021  Malta & Sicily
Oct 13  -Oct 31,2021  Nepal
Nov 05  -Nov 27,2021  Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe
Nov 13  -Dec 04,2021  Egypt
Dec 07  -Dec 17,2021  Galapagos and Ecuador - Onboard the Legend
Jan 11  -Feb 02,2022  Ethiopia
Jan 15  -Feb 06,2022  Ethiopia
Jan 24  -Feb 07,2022  Eastern Cuba
Feb 01  -Feb 13,2022  Classic Cuba
Feb 03  -Feb 17,2022  New Zealand
Jan 30  -Feb 19,2022  Laos
Feb 14  -Feb 28,2022  Eastern Cuba
Feb 18  -Mar 10,2022  Vietnam
Mar 01  -Mar 16,2022  Tunisia
Mar 02  -Mar 21,2022  The Guianas
Mar 11  -Mar 28,2022  Borneo
Apr 05  -Apr 17,2022  Classic Cuba
Apr 18  -May 02,2022  Eastern Cuba
May 03  -May 15,2022  Classic Cuba
May 02  -May 23,2022  Iran Highlights
May 10  -May 29,2022  The Caucasus
May 08  -May 30,2022  Chinese Silk Road
May 04  -May 30,2022  The Stans of Central Asia
May 23  -Jun 11,2022  Transylvania
Jun 15  -Jun 27,2022  Iceland
Jul 01  -Jul 17,2022  Mongolia
Aug 11  -Aug 31,2022  Papua New Guinea
Sep 04  -Sep 26,2022  Chinese Silk Road
Sep 07  -Sep 27,2022  Bhutan
Sep 10  -Oct 01,2022  Albania Macedonia Bulgaria
Sep 12  -Oct 02,2022  Classic Turkey
Sep 13  -Oct 02,2022  The Caucasus
Sep 15  -Oct 05,2022  Papua New Guinea
Sep 16  -Oct 08,2022  Ethiopia
Sep 14  -Oct 10,2022  The Stans of Central Asia
Sep 29  -Oct 12,2022  Malta & Sicily
Sep 27  -Oct 12,2022  Yunnan
Oct 04  -Oct 21,2022  Madagascar
Oct 03  -Oct 22,2022  Sumatra
Oct 05  -Oct 23,2022  Nepal
Oct 10  -Oct 31,2022  Iran Highlights
Oct 22  -Nov 10,2022  Java and Bali
Oct 29  -Nov 17,2022  Kenya and Tanzania
Nov 08  -Nov 20,2022  Classic Cuba
Nov 03  -Nov 22,2022  Oman
Dec 08  -Dec 20,2022  Classic Cuba
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