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 2018:

In Search of the Snow Leopard
Departs 26 Feb 2018

Everest Base Camp Trek
Expedition Departure
Departs 27 Mar 2018

Cycling in Bhutan
Departs 17 Apr 2018

Stok Kangri Climb
Departs 6 Jul 2018

NEW: Nubra Valley Trek
Departs 20 Jul 2018

NEW: Lenin Peak Ascent
Departs 6 Aug 2018

Cycling India’s Hill Stations
Departs 12 Oct 2018

Darjeeling, Sikkim & the Singalila Ridge
Departs 3 Nov 2018

NEW: Langtang & Gosaikund
Departs 24 Nov 2018

Hiking the Himalaya: Then and Now

Valerie Parkinson on Stok Kangri, 1993

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.

Valerie Parkinson

About Valerie
Asia Base Manager & Guide