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AC Guides & Staff

Our Guides

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The friendly and companionable guides who make up the Adventure Consultants team are recognised as some of the most skilled and experienced mountaineers in the world. In addition to each of them having an extensive climbing background, our guides are qualified under the auspices of the highest qualifying body in mountain guiding; the International Federation of Mountain Guides Associations (IFMGA / UIAGM). We believe that you should always insist on internationally qualified guides as you would insist on the qualifications of any person to whom you invest so much responsibility in.

The AC guides have individually taken their professions to the highest of levels, yet relish the opportunity to share the environment they are so passionate about and communicate this in an atmosphere of confidence and enjoyment.

If there are any specific traits we encourage in our guiding staff, it is compatibility coupled with effective leadership. We know that good leadership translates into successful and safe experiences in the outdoor environment.

Leadership to us means being able to bring a group together for a common goal, with positive coaching and encouragement being highlights of the trip. These are the key aspects that set us apart and that enable us to consistently operate great adventures and expeditions. We are recognised as being amongst the best in the business, an accolade we continue to aspire to that provides our motivation for continual reflection and improvement.

Whether you are considering your first foray into the mountain environment, or are returning for an intense expedition at the higher end of the scale, our guides do their very best to ensure you have an amazing time and achieve success!

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Our Sherpa Team

 No summit is possible without our fantastic climbing Sherpa team.  Adding strength to our expeditions, our core Sherpa staff from the Nepalese highlands help to make our expeditions fun, safe and successful. Almost always the strongest climbers on Himalayan expeditions, these highly skilled Sherpas are an integral part of our operation.

The team have dozens of Everest summits between them.

Ang Tshering Sherpa is our Expedition Sirdar and has directed our Sherpa staff since 1992, bringing with him considerable knowledge and experience. As a consequence of Ang Tshering's leadership, we have a legendary group of Climbing Sherpas who operate in a harmonious atmosphere of cooperation and commitment to our expeditions and team members. Our group of climbing Sherpas is enthusiastic, motivated and regarded as the strongest and most cohesive group of Sherpas in the Himalaya. It is indicative of the reputation that our Sherpa team has earned - that Sherpas from other expeditions enthusiastically pursue a future position with the AC teams.

Our cooking staff are very well known for the quality of the cuisine they produce and as a consequence are coveted by other team leaders due to the reputation they have established. We have been developing the personnel within our Sherpa team for 18 years and they are an integral part of the Adventure Consultants Team.

Click here to learn more about our Sherpa Team.

New Zealand Guides

Adventure Consultants guides are NZMGA and / or IFMGA qualified mountain guides. They are professional mountaineers and operate to the highest industry standards.

Being a great climber alone is not enough to work with us; our standards demand that trip leaders are great guides as well. You will find your guide friendly, approachable and focused on providing a safe and enjoyable trip in line with your objectives and comfort level.

Success with the highest margin of care is always a hallmark of our approach; promoting the realisation that even extreme pursuits such as high altitude mountaineering can be undertaken safely.

Adventure Consultants employs only IFMGA or NZMGA qualified guides, the most advanced training and certification program in New Zealand and internationally. In order to gain these qualifications guides must undergo rigorous training and assessment on climbing skills, instructional skills, avalanche training and assessment, wilderness first aid, rescue training and much more. The qualification takes many years (5-7) to attain and ensures you are getting a world class professional service.

Click here to view our NZ guide's profiles.

European Guides & Support Team

Many of the most revered climbers on earth cut their teeth in Chamonix, home of our European operations base.  Our European-based guides are pre-eminent climbers who share a passion for the mountains and a willingness for you to achieve your goals in an atmosphere of camaraderie and support.

Click here to learn more about our European Guides and Operations Coordinator.

Head Office Support Team

 From left to right: Suze Kelly, Amy Hall, Anthea Fisher, Caroline Ogle, Aaron Whitehead, Guy Cotter, Jenny Grace, Steve Moffat, Emberly Wetherall and Tiffany Shervell. Absent are Anita Winterburn, David Ireland and Kelly McLaren.  
The Adventure Consultants team consists of a tight knit group of passionate and motivated enthusiasts who focus on delivering exceptional experiences in the outdoors. We all derive great pleasure from living in the environment we cherish and we believe in running our trips to the highest standards we are capable of, while enjoying a good time with our teammates along the way.

Running successful journeys and expeditions is more about experience, knowledge and strategic management than any other factors. As an organisation, we place a substantial amount of time and resources into ensuring our trips are well planned and supported. You can be assured that the AC staff will provide you with friendly advice and knowledgeable support throughout the planning stages of your trip and we will be there to provide backup while the trip is running.
                         Greetings from the Wanaka headquarters staff of Adventure Consultants - 2016!
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Latest News

Kilimanjaro 2017 - Cool Morning Walk

  

2 Feb - With our plans for the day including packing up camp, descending, finishing at the gate,  .....

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Aconcagua 2017 - Celebrating Success

  

21 Feb -  With the summit now behind them, the team have begun their descent of Aconcagua.....

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South Pole 2017 - At the South Pole

  

12 Jan - Another day in paradise - Whoops! we got here early!.....

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Vinson 2016 - End of the Line

  

10 Jan - All good things must come to an end and sadly our Vinson expedition has done just that.....

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Carstensz Pyramid 2016 - Bali & Beyond

  

7 Nov - With our arrival back to Bali over the past two days our week-long Carstensz adventure.....

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Island Peak & Khumbu Trek 2016 - Kathmandu

  

4 Nov - We are back in Kathmandu after an amazing scenic flight from Lukla......

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Luxury EBC Trek 2016 - Kathmandu

  

30 Oct - We awoke to another perfect Himalayan morning - no wind and not a cloud in the sky......

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Cho Oyu 2016 - Farewell

  

5 Oct -  The past couple of days have passed quickly, mainly in a blur of road miles.....

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Mera Peak 2016 - Return to Kathmandu

  

12 Oct - The Mera Peak team is all now back in Kathmandu....

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Mustang Trek 2016 - Perfect Weather

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17 Sep - The weather has absolutely favoured us this morning......

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Elbrus 2016 - Summit Success!

  

1 Aug - A huge congratulations to Joss, Goce, Tim, Clint, Cathy, Noor, and Pedro......

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Everest 2016 - Parting Ways

 Colin O'Brady reaches the summit of Mt Everest, 19 May 2016, with Adventure Consultants. Colin is aiming to try and break the Explorers Grand Slam record - climbing the Seven Summits and both Poles in under 6 months.  www.beyond72.com 
 

25 May - Last night, after a successful day of packing it was party time at the AC Camp....

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Sherpa Future Fund

If you would like to support of the victims and affected families of the Everest Base Camp Avalanche, please consider contributing to the Adventure Consultants Sherpa Future Fund. 
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