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Alex Buri

Growing up in the backcountry of north-western Canada, I gained a love for travel and the outdoors from an early age. I spent twelve years traveling throughout Asia, exploring the Himalayan regions of India, Nepal, and Tibet, and more recently Croatia, Colombia, and Peru.

After founding TrekkingPartners in 2011, I started helping travelers find other like-minded people to adventure with. Now, with kimkim, we're excited to help travelers put together amazing travel experiences based around their own unique interests.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"I can give advice and recommendations for anywhere in India and most regions in Nepal. I'm more familiar with the longer trekking routes, but have done many of the shorter, local treks around Nepal, Ladakh and Sikkim. Would be happy to help people looking to do the same. I'm also familiar with British Columbia's northern backcountry, if you're headed in that direction."

How did you get involved in travel?

"My first travel experience was volunteering in remote Cambodia during university. After that, I continued on to southeast Asia, Tibet, Nepal, and finally India where I spent 7 months wandering throughout the Indian subcontinent. Over time, it became clear that the most meaningful travel experiences were those that came about through the help and recommendations of others. In 2010, I started a website called 'Wandering India' to help facilitate such connections. In 2011, I started another site in Nepal for connecting like-minded travellers that didn't want to travel alone. Lately, I've connected with a great team in Palo Alto to continue helping people find a better way to travel."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"My memories of visiting a new country or culture for the first time are hard to forget. Otherwise, it tends to be the experiences that come about unexpected that are the most memorable. To pick one, it would be visiting Tibet in March of 2006 with my girlfriend, hiking to the northern flank of Mt. Everest together, and then hitch-hiking our way back to Kathmandu from Tingri (after a long day of watching jeeps fly by us, a friendly Germany couple forced their driver to stop and pick us up)."

Alex is part of the following groups: British Columbia Travel Agents
Sunset views over Mount Everest from Renjo La pass
Nepal's Three Passes Trek - 22 Days

Tackle Nepal's acclaimed Three Passes Trek on this challenging 22-day adventure. From Kathmandu, you'll fly into the dramatic mountain scenery of Lukla and set out on foot through the mighty Himalaya, traversing dizzying passes and remote valleys to reach the doorstep of Mount Everest. Rest days en route will help you acclimate to the altitude, as you spend your free time exploring secluded mountain villages and learning about the local Sherpa culture.

The view from Gokyo Ri towards Everest
Nepal's Three Passes Trek - 20 Days

This 20-day itinerary guides you along the legendary Three Passes route—one of Nepal's most challenging and spectacular treks. Traverse a rugged landscape of steep passes, glaciers, and the world's highest freshwater lakes to reach the doorstep of Mount Everest. With downtime to rest and acclimatize to the altitude, you'll gain insight into the rich Sherpa culture with visits to local villages and isolated monasteries.

Nepal's Langtang Valley, near the border of Tibet
Langtang Trek - 10 Days

Brimming with spectacular scenery, this 10-day trekking itinerary introduces you to Nepal's Langtang Valley—and helps support the local community after the 2015 earthquake. Starting from the small village of Syabrubesi, you'll climb through lush bamboo and rhododendron forests to reach the Tibetan Buddhist monastery of Kyangjin Gompa. If you're feeling adventurous, hike up nearby Kyangjin Ri for 360-degree views of the Langtang Himal mountains before starting the descent back to Kathmandu.

Paddleboarding off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest
West Coast Wilderness at Nimmo Bay Resort - 8 Days

Head off into the remote wilderness of the west coast of British Columbia with a multi-day stay at Nimmo Bay Resort. You'll immediately feel at home at this family-run resort which is located on the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest. Surrounded by pristine wilderness, you can choose from a variety of adventures each day, from sea kayaking to grizzly bear viewing to helicopter tours.

Returning to shelter at Nimmo Bay Resort
Wild Outposts of the Pacific Northwest - 10 Days

An hour's flight north of Vancouver takes you to two of British Columbia's most remote landscapes—Tweedsmuir Provincial Park and the Great Bear Rainforest. Setting up base camp at two luxury wilderness resorts, disconnect yourself from the outside world, and fully immerse yourself in the mountains and coastal rainforest. Spend your days choosing from a variety of outdoor and wellness activities and your evenings dining on fresh gourmet meals.

The remote and pristine Desolation Sound, home to some of BC's warmest waters
Outdoor Adventure along BC's Coastline - 14 Days

This two-week road trip takes you through some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. You'll base yourself in four main locations: Desolation Sound, Strathcona Park, the Pacific Rim, and Salt Spring Island. Activities range from sea kayaking to waterfalls hikes to exploring the galleries and farmers' markets of Salt Spring Island.

Recent trip reviews for Alex

Best of Croatia in 5 Days
Croatia | Oct 18 - Oct 23, 2018

Hilbert L.
the United Arab Emirates | Reviewed on Nov 05, 2018

My trip to Croatia went smoothly as planned with the help of Alex. Zero hiccups on all arrangements made. He exactly knew how to select perfect locations and comfortable places to stay. I liked the flexibility of setting the itinerary to fit my preferences or recommendations from Alex. As a solo traveler, the open line between us during the entire trip was definitely a plus! Looking forward to more trips with kimkim's services. 😁

Local specialist: Alex Buri
Alex Buri
Local specialist in Smithers, BC | Reviewed on Nov 10, 2018

Hi Hilbert, glad we were able to help with your trip and was great getting to know you. Hope to see you again for your next holiday!

Family Trip to Hawaii
Hawaii | Jan 13 - Jan 19, 2016

Edouard T.
Palo Alto, CA | Reviewed on Feb 10, 2016

I used kimkim for a family trip to Hawaii. Kimkim was particularly useful to help me cut through the noise and get the information I needed. Most importantly, they saved me a lot time in my planning process.

Local specialist: Alex Buri
Alex Buri
Local specialist in Smithers, BC | Reviewed on Feb 18, 2018

Was a pleasure working with you, Edouard! Hope to have the chance again :)