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)."
Featured trips & expertise
Slovenia & Croatia Scenic Road Trip: Ljubljana, Lake Bled, Soča Valley & the Istrian Peninsula - 10 Days
Experience Slovenia and Croatia's coastal and culinary scenes with this ten-day road trip that goes from sprawling vineyards to seaside towns. You'll start and end in Ljubljana, doing a circuit through the Slovenian rivers and lakes to the cypress hills of wine country. From there, approach the Istrian peninsula for both a taste of one of the best-known culinary scenes on the Adriatic and a dip into its waters.
This self-guided five-day tour through the Slovenian Alps is perfect for independent adventure-seekers who want to spend their vacation hiking and trekking through gorgeous mountain scenery. The itinerary starts in the lively capital of Ljubljana before taking you into the Alps to meet shepherds and cheesemakers—and of course, taste fresh dairy products while you're at it. Your trek will take you up the lonely summits and grassy slopes of the Slovenian Alps, and you'll spend each night at a small mountain cabin. Finish your trip on the lovely shores of Lake Bled, and don't forget to ring the wishing bell!
This brief but intense itinerary takes you through some of Slovenia's most postcard-worthy scenery. Start off in the capital before going lakeside at Bled, then spend a day hiking in Bohinj before heading up to through the mountains of the Julian Alps to visit Vršič Pass, Soča Valley, and Bovec.
Immerse yourself into the coastal culture of the Dalmatian region with this 13-day journey through Croatia. You'll see incredible national parks, sail among beautiful islands, and explore the country's most popular city, Dubrovnik. Thanks to the international flight options to Split and Dubrovnik, it is possible to travel open-jaw too. Learn more with these diverse itineraries, below.
Explore the best of Croatia from the "Pearl of the Adriatic," Dubrovnik, to the country's capital, Zagreb. During this 11-day itinerary, you'll see and experience the incredible seafood and wine, drink in breathtaking views over some of the most popular islands, and experience Croatian culture. Slow down a bit and enjoy the history-rich country while keeping active with a few opportunities to cycle, paddleboard and sea kayak.
Explore the magical coast of Croatia and feel the diversity of Slovenia during this 16-day journey. Stretched between two of Europe's biggest treasures - Dubrovnik and Bled, you'll see many of the most beautiful cultural and natural sites. Sandy beaches, hidden coves, crystal clear rivers, lush forests and Alpine peaks await you. For a more detailed description of each day, see the full itinerary below.
Recent trip reviews for Alex
Best of Croatia in 5 Days · Croatia - Oct 18 - Oct 23, 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. 😁
Family Trip to Hawaii · Hawaii - Jan 13 - Jan 19, 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.