Salamander Adventures has over 30 years experience running adventure holidays throughout the world. Key staff have worked for Exodus, Explore and Trailfinders in sales, operations and at senior level.
We started operating group trekking holidays in the Alps in 2007. We specialise in running the Tour du Mont Blanc and currently organise treks for around 150 people each year.
We have an office based in Chamonix and another in Sussex, at the foot of the South Downs. We have extensive local knowledge of both areas regarding walking routes and accommodation.
Our prices are competitive as you deal directly with us: there is no middleman. We have strong relationships with local hotels and a commitment to ensuring your trip runs smoothly. We have a great team of International Mountain Leaders (IML) who have been with us for a number of years. As we have a small office in Chamonix we can offer you immediate assistance rather than you having to deal with someone in another country.
We are bonded with the Travel Trust Association (TTA), so your money is safe when you book with us. All monies paid by you are held in a trust account managed by the TTA. Only when you have completed your trip do we have access to this money.
Phil has worked as a trekking guide for over 20 years. Leading for Exodus and Explore, journeys took him to Everest Base Camp, Mount Toubkal, the Karakorum Highway and unexpected meetings with the Tajik Mujahidin. He also worked for six years at Exodus’ Head Office as a senior member of staff before heading to Chamonix and setting up Salamander in 2007. A keen mountaineer, who has climbed 6, 7 and 8000m peaks, he spends his free time trekking and cycling.
Natalie was a sales consultant at Trailfinders for three years and at Exodus for two years. She then qualified as a secondary school art teacher and spent eight years teaching and running school trips in the UK and abroad. Natalie spends much of her spare time walking: her favourite areas are the South Downs, Amafli Coast and the Mont Blanc range. She has travelled extensively around the world.
Simon has lived in the French Alps for over 15 years, spending most of that time exploring, walking, climbing and guiding. He works all year round guiding treks and snow-shoeing. Simon is an accredited guide for the Reserves and Espaces Naturelles of the Mont Blanc region. During winter he is a Avalanche Safety instructor for the French avalanche research association and during his spare time a trainer for the local ski race club.
Peter Smith is an International Mountain Leader who has loved being in the mountains since his early childhood. Having lived in Chamonix for 16 years, Peter has a detailled knowledge of the TMB and the surrounding area. In the winter months he enjoys cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and ski touring on his telemark skis. However, when the snow melts, Peter can be found climbing and trekking around the Mont Blanc region, or relaxing in his vegetable garden.
Originally from Leicestershire, Neil started rock climbing and mountaineering at a very young age and has been exploring mountains ever since. He has climbed tough mountains all over the world and trekked to the top of many summits including Kilimanjaro and Pic d’Aneto. As a mountain leader he has worked extensively in the Alps, Pyrenees and Africa. Based in the Alps, he is also a ski instructor and works as an Off-Piste & Mountain Safety Assessor.
Susie is an International Mountain Leader who has loved journeys in the mountains since she did her first ‘expedition’ on the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme aged 14. Since then she has spent 30 years exploring on all five continents and has a taste for deserts as well as mountains. Susie speaks French and Spanish and enjoys learning about the local culture where ever she is, especially the food and drink of an area. In the winter she loves continuing journeying through the mountains on skis, seeking adventure in the back country. Susie has been leading trekking groups for the last 10 years; in India, Nepal and South America as well as in the Alps and Dolomites.
Luke is a qualified International Mountain Leader with 10 years experience leading groups around the world including the Alps, North Africa, South America, Asia and the Middle East. With a background in Outdoor Education and Development Training, he enjoys teaching people about the natural environment and helping them to achieve their goals in the outdoors.
Besides trekking, Luke enjoys any other adventures that can be had in the mountains. He is a keen trail and mountain runner and is always training for the next big race.