Meet Valerie Parkinson

High altitude trekker and one of Exodus' most renowned leaders, Valerie 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.

Travel with Valerie in 2017:

Ladakh: The Markha Valley
8 July 2017

Manali to Leh Ride
20 June 2017

Three Peaks of Ladakh
11 August 2017

Nanda Devi & Milam Glacier
28 September 2017

Festivals & Villages of Ladakh
2 November 2017

Manaslu Circuit
16 November 2017

Earthquake Relief: Phase One

On the 25th April 2015, Nepal shook under the force of a 7.8 magnitude earthquake. Just days after, a second quake at 7.3 on the Richter scale followed.

With 400,000 buildings damaged, the devastation was widespread, but it was the rural areas where the destruction was worst. It’s also these communities that are hardest to reach to distribute aid and help them rebuild their lives.

About Valerie
Asia Base Manager & Guide
Call us on 0208 772 3936