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Jamie McGuinness

I love trekking in the Himalaya and running Project Himalaya is a great way to share my passion, allowing myself and our teams to explore the most amazing areas of Nepal and Ladakh. With the knowledge gained, I want to help high country conservation efforts while still running amazing trips, and pass on what I know to other trekkers. Organizing Everest and other 8000m expeditions has always been about working as a team, with both the members and the crew, to run safe and successful small expeditions.
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What places and activities do you specialize in?

"At heart, I am a trekker and love the Nepal Himalaya and Ladakh-Zanskar in Northern India. I am also an enthusiastic photographer and have a keen interest in the wildlife and wildlife conservation. As a mountaineer, I have guided many expeditions, including Everest which I have summited five times, from both sides, as well as other high Tibet and Pakistan peaks, and Aconcagua."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I took a travel break after university and never came back home, instead falling in love with trekking in the Himalaya. Writing guidebooks satisfies my love of detail, delving into popular areas intimately, while exploring and promoting the Great Himalaya Trail has been a great excuse for trekking end to end and everywhere between, and running these as commercial treks has meant trekkers - friends - can come along."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"In a side valley in the Kanchenjunga region, I saw a rock move. Binoculars showed a snow leopard, and closer in, two of them and a cub, and they played in front of us only 50 meters away for perhaps 10 minutes until an avalanche scared them. It is a real privilege to see these animals in their natural environment, and one I want to repeat."

Jamie is part of the following groups: Nepal Travel Agents
The Manang valley along the Annapurna Circuit during monsoon
Best Monsoon Treks in Nepal

While the fall season may have the clearest skies, trekking during the monsoon (from mid-June, through July, August, to early September) has its own advantages. Some treks should be avoided, but for certain regions, it's a great time to visit Nepal: the trails are less crowded, the villages are full of life and the valleys are in bloom.

The view of Mt. Everest and Nuptse from Kala Patthar
Everest Base Camp Trek - 16 Days

This high-altitude trek through Sherpa country brings you to the base of the world's tallest peak. You'll pass hilltop monasteries, Himalayan market towns, and craggy peaks as you follow in the footsteps of famous mountaineers—eventually making your way to the iconic starting point for all Everest expeditions.