Valerie Parkinson

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High altitude trekker and one of Exodus' most renowned leaders, Valerie Parkinson is known rightly as an "Exodus Legend." She has spent more than 50% of her life amongst the most magnificent mountains on Earth, and has more than 30 years experience leading in the Himalaya.

The first British woman to summit Manaslu (8,163m), the eighth tallest peak in the world, without supplementary oxygen, to say Valerie is an experienced trekker is an understatement. She has led the ascent of Stok Kangri more than 20 times and spent at least 14 Christmas days trekking to Everest Base Camp.

In 2009 (as a 50th birthday present to herself!) she attempted to summit Everest and (despite running out of oxygen and getting frostbite) successfully reached the South Summit at 8,761m.

She has been instrumental in setting up and managing Exodus' various Responsible Travel projects in the Himalaya. 

View Exodus tours that Valerie leads below.

Hiking the Himalaya: Then and Now

Valerie Parkinson on Stok Kangri, 1993

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Valerie Parkinson has been leading Exodus adventures for 32 years. Whilst her enthusiasm for the mighty Himalaya has stayed constant, many of the other aspects of travelling in this mountain range have changed dramatically in that time.

How to Conquer Your Fears: Advice from Valerie Parkinson

Summit 60 with Valerie Parkinson

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Exodus’ leader extraordinaire Valerie Parkinson knows a thing or two about facing your fears and achieving great things. After all, this is someone who chose to celebrate her 50th by leaving several frozen toes on Everest’s Hillary Step during an epic summit attempt. 

About Valerie
Asia Base Manager & Guide
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