Celebrating 50 years of Adventure Travel

Follow the Leader on These Essential Life-List Adventures

August 20, 2019 by Heather Howard

For the last 50 years, we’ve held an all-star roster of guides taking adventurers on trips to every corner of the world. Our guides are trained to the highest professional standards and are at the heart of everything we do. They make it possible to meet the challenges of adventure travel, and help create lasting memories and lifelong friendships. Quite simply, our guides are the best. Here are just a few of the many upcoming adventures guided by top MT Sobek guides.

K2 Base Camp with Sergio Fitch Watkins

Sergio is a legendary guide, who has led over 400 mountain adventures spanning 40+ years. He first tackled K2 in 1985 and will be back to lead our K2 Base Camp in China in 2020. Sergio says: “I’ve been spellbound by mountains my entire life and have led over 100 mountain adventures throughout my career. I’m thrilled to be leading this brand-new adventure to K2 Base Camp in China—the views of K2 are simply incredible along our chosen route. If you’re up for a Level 5 challenge, this is the 2020 trip for you!”

Galapagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise with Luis Die 

Be inspired by Luis Die, our foremost naturalist guide, as your experience a world of wildlife wonders in the Galapagos. Luis says: “I’ve been leading adventure cruises in the Galapagos for 20 years and I love sharing the natural history of this amazing destination with fellow nature lovers. There are few places on Earth where you can fully appreciate every wildlife wonder.”

Luis is also currently a finalist in the Unsung Hero category 2019 Pure Awards, which recognizes the dedication and passion of the guides who go an extra mile to offer a truly transformation experience to their guests, often through some of the most remote areas of the world.

Hiking the Haute Route with Laurent Langoisseur

Esteemed mountain guide Laurent Langoisseur is passionate about The Alps and has been guiding for MT Sobek since 1995. He has hiked the classic Tour du Mont Blanc over 100 times, is especially passionate about the stunning Haute Route, and is also a member of France’s prestigious Compagnie des Guides. Meet Laurent and you’ll be ready to lace up your boots for a hiking adventure in the Alps! Join him on the trail and at one of our upcoming 50th anniversary events.

Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek with Manolo Lazo 

Manolo is one of Peru’s most experienced adventure guides and has led treks for over 15 years. He lives in Cusco, is well versed in the rich history of the Andes, and is much-loved by all who travel with him. Trace Inca footsteps with Manolo on our classic Machu Picchu Inn-to-Inn Trek. Manolo says: “There is nothing better than sharing the wonder and tranquility of the Sacred Valley with those who’ve always dreamed of coming here. We hear the mountains talk, we hear the rivers sing, and we touch nature in every journey.”

Summit Kilimanjaro with Elias Msemo

Elias Msemo is a keen outdoorsman who fell in love with the natural beauty of Tanzania at an early age. In addition to being an accomplished climber, he is also a graduate of wildlife studies at the College of African Wildlife Management in Tanzania. Upon his graduation, he decided to pursue a career as a mountain guide and has led over 100 climbs of Kilimanjaro across his 20-year career! Elias says: “I still get a rush when I reach the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. Sharing in the sense of accomplishment inspires my return!”

Save the Tiger with Brian Weirum 

Since 1994, Brian has led our Save the Tiger adventure and has raised nearly $350,000 for tiger conservation in India and Nepal. Join him in March for a thrilling chance to see wild tigers in their natural habitat—and to help save them. We checked in with Brian recently and he shared that there has been a 71% increase in tigers in Madhya Pradesh, thanks to organizations such as the Fund for the Tiger, which help the right people in the right places to combat illegal poaching.

Mont Blanc Family Adventure with Beatrice Mugnier

Beatrice, a native of Chamonix, France comes from a family of mountain climbers and has been guiding professionally in the Alps since 1989. For 2020, Beatrice is energizing a new generation of adventure travelers on our Mont Blanc Family Adventure, following ancient paths through France, Switzerland and Italy. The Tour du Mont Blanc is one of the world’s most iconic loop trails and we believe that there is no better way to experience it than with your family!

Rafting The Middle Fork of the Salmon River with Kevin “Thirsty”McDermott

Escape to the river in summer 2020 with Kevin McDermott, a.k.a. Thirsty, who has been guiding since he was 17 years old! As well as being an MT Sobek river legend, he endears himself to travelers with his expertise, calm demeanor, and sense of humor. In 2020 he’ll be leading rafters on the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, which runs through Idaho’s Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.

El Camino de Santiago with Erik Perez

Step out to tackle one of the world’s most famous pilgrimages with one of the world’s best guides! Erik was born and raised in the Asturias region of northern Spain and has led more than 40 departures of the El Camino de Santiago, walking over 3,000 miles! What the guests say: “This trip was fabulous! The guides were wonderful and I can’t say enough good things about Erik, who was so pleasant , knowledgeable, always concerned for our well being.” Erik also leads Across the Pyrenees and MT Sobek’s 50th Anniversary Base Camp Trek in 2019. 

Check out all of our incredible guides here!

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