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30 Years in the Himalaya

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As Exodus hits the big 40 this year, Exodus’ trekking guru Valerie Parkinson has an anniversary of her own to celebrate… It’s a love affair which has lasted 30 years – and more than 50% of my life. 2014 will be the 30th year I have been leading treks in the Himalaya, the highest mountain…

In Search of Shangri La

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Exodus’ mountain queen Valerie Parkinson shares her secret for trekking happiness … Much is made of Shangri La. Shorthand for paradise on Earth, plenty have searched the planet for a real place of soil and bricks, seeking a utopian society secluded from the outside world. I believe everyone finds their own Shangri La – a…

Smokeless stoves – The Nalbung Project!

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On the 23rd February, we left for Nalbung Village, a small remote community across the Seti River that is only reachable on foot – an epic 10-hour journey where I only wished to have packed less in my rucksack. After a short rest with the headmaster of Kalika School and finding the 49 smokeless stoves…

Following in their footsteps

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By Valerie Parkinson, Exodus’ Himalaya Base Manager As many of you will already know, it’s been 60 years since Hillary and Tenzing conquered Everest. I had the idea of celebrating this momentous anniversary year with an expedition to the North Col. At 7,066m it’s not quite the summit (8,847m), but it is an iconic place…

In search of the snow leopard

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Ladakh in winter? With sub-zero temperatures and cut off from the rest of the world by snow?! Yes – the Hemis National Park is as pretty in winter under snow as it is in summer and is home to one of the most elusive cats on the planet – the Snow Leopard. In February 2010 Valerie Parkinson led…

Ladakh – The Indian Himalaya

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Sandwiched between the vast ranges of the Karakorum and the Himalaya in the far north of India is the highest, least populated, most remote and most beautiful region in the whole country. Lying in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Ladakh is an ideal summer destination that enjoys plenty of sunshine. To Exodus LeaderValerie Parkinson, it is…

Exodus Experts: Valerie

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Many people dream of trekking in the magnificent Himalaya. But this is not an activity to be taken lightly. When it comes to turning that dream into a reality you want to be sure that you are in the hands of experts. Exodus is very fortunate to have many experienced leaders in the Himalaya, many…

Mount Everest 2009 Expedition – The full story

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Valerie Parkinson was the first British woman to climb, without supplementary oxygen, the world’s eighth highest mountain. Having reached the summit of Manaslu at 8163m on the Nepal/Tibet boarder in 2008, what better way to celebrate her 50th birthday in 2009, than by attempting Mount Everest? Valerie is the long-standing Asia Base Manager and Trek…

Haute Cuisine

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There was a sticky area on the white dusted top, a treacherous crust and the sides crumbled easily. But enough of the chocolate cake. High altitude trekking in Ladakh shouldn’t just be about food, but somehow the rarefied air heightens one’s appetite and as ever food eaten after exertion, especially alpine food is particularly rewarding. The Air…

Ladakh Unlimited: Life in the Indian Himalaya

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By Exodus’ Nepal trekking holidays leader Valerie Parkinson, who is currently making her way up Everest North Col. Check her progress on her blog! A brisk wind races through the high passes, scattering prayer flags flapping and fluttering against the sky. The haunting echo of footsteps tracing the corridor of a Buddhist monastery is swept away,…

Valerie Parkinson

About Valerie
  • Asia Base Manager
  • Joined 1986

High altitude trekker and one of Exodus’ most renowned and experienced leaders, Valerie is known rightly as an “Exodus Legend.”

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.

This year as Exodus celebrates it’s 40th anniversary, Valerie has an anniversary of her own to celebrate – 2014 will be the 30th year she has been leading treks in the Himalaya – and for those of you who can do the maths – more than 50% of her life has been spent amongst the most magnificent mountains on Earth.

 

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30 Years in the Himalaya

IMGP3990

As Exodus hits the big 40 this year, Exodus’ trekking guru Valerie Parkinson has an anniversary of her own to celebrate… It’s a love affair which has lasted 30 years – and more than 50% of my life. 2014 will be the 30th year I have been leading treks in the Himalaya, the highest mountain…

In Search of Shangri La

Valerie in Nepal

Exodus’ mountain queen Valerie Parkinson shares her secret for trekking happiness … Much is made of Shangri La. Shorthand for paradise on Earth, plenty have searched the planet for a real place of soil and bricks, seeking a utopian society secluded from the outside world. I believe everyone finds their own Shangri La – a…

Smokeless stoves – The Nalbung Project!

p2-940x520

On the 23rd February, we left for Nalbung Village, a small remote community across the Seti River that is only reachable on foot – an epic 10-hour journey where I only wished to have packed less in my rucksack. After a short rest with the headmaster of Kalika School and finding the 49 smokeless stoves…

Following in their footsteps

foot1

By Valerie Parkinson, Exodus’ Himalaya Base Manager As many of you will already know, it’s been 60 years since Hillary and Tenzing conquered Everest. I had the idea of celebrating this momentous anniversary year with an expedition to the North Col. At 7,066m it’s not quite the summit (8,847m), but it is an iconic place…

In search of the snow leopard

lady3

Ladakh in winter? With sub-zero temperatures and cut off from the rest of the world by snow?! Yes – the Hemis National Park is as pretty in winter under snow as it is in summer and is home to one of the most elusive cats on the planet – the Snow Leopard. In February 2010 Valerie Parkinson led…

Ladakh – The Indian Himalaya

indiannew1

Sandwiched between the vast ranges of the Karakorum and the Himalaya in the far north of India is the highest, least populated, most remote and most beautiful region in the whole country. Lying in the rain shadow of the Himalaya, Ladakh is an ideal summer destination that enjoys plenty of sunshine. To Exodus LeaderValerie Parkinson, it is…

Exodus Experts: Valerie

31899-valerie

Many people dream of trekking in the magnificent Himalaya. But this is not an activity to be taken lightly. When it comes to turning that dream into a reality you want to be sure that you are in the hands of experts. Exodus is very fortunate to have many experienced leaders in the Himalaya, many…

Mount Everest 2009 Expedition – The full story

jo4

Valerie Parkinson was the first British woman to climb, without supplementary oxygen, the world’s eighth highest mountain. Having reached the summit of Manaslu at 8163m on the Nepal/Tibet boarder in 2008, what better way to celebrate her 50th birthday in 2009, than by attempting Mount Everest? Valerie is the long-standing Asia Base Manager and Trek…

Haute Cuisine

b1

There was a sticky area on the white dusted top, a treacherous crust and the sides crumbled easily. But enough of the chocolate cake. High altitude trekking in Ladakh shouldn’t just be about food, but somehow the rarefied air heightens one’s appetite and as ever food eaten after exertion, especially alpine food is particularly rewarding. The Air…

Ladakh Unlimited: Life in the Indian Himalaya

141

By Exodus’ Nepal trekking holidays leader Valerie Parkinson, who is currently making her way up Everest North Col. Check her progress on her blog! A brisk wind races through the high passes, scattering prayer flags flapping and fluttering against the sky. The haunting echo of footsteps tracing the corridor of a Buddhist monastery is swept away,…

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