Each and every one of our team represent the spirit of our company: driven, committed, and acutely aware of how limitless Akilpo’s potential is to grow. We go to great lengths to identify self-starters with diverse experience and skill sets to produce not just an effective workforce, but a well-rounded, talented and complementary team.

OPERATION MANAGER

As your hosts, we’re responsible for all aspects of strategy, the team and overall operations of the two offices of the Akilpo Adventure Travel Agency and the two hostels in the city of Huaraz. We are the founders and owners of the business AKILPO. Experts in what we do, we share the same traits; a passion for our work, a concern for constantly rethinking our strategies and skills within the industry, and finally our experience in the tourism industry.

“I’m an enterprising and decisive person, always aiming to achieve the highest possible standards in any task with my pro-active and dynamic approach to work. I don’t only sit in an armchair in the office, but also actively exploring new trekking routes over 10 years now.”

“I am a big fan of trekking off the beaten track and am also tour leader for many of our expeditions, which compliments my love of the arts as I like designing maps and trekking routes. I like leading a work/job in a team, discovering what people are best at and in that way helping people by offering them a solid and ethical job.”

“Enthusiastic about my work and fun, I am a leader and guide specialised in trekking. I like to manage successful work in a team as well as carefully supervising each project’s logistics. Obsessive with order and discipline, qualities which I believe form the basis of good performance in any venture.”

OUR GUIDES & TOUR LEADER

At Akilpo, we employ dynamic individuals with a passion for change management and depth in their respective area of expertise. Our employees are dedicated team players who bring, ideas and pride to their work. We view Akilpo’s culture as a competitive advantage and strive to create an environment where enthusiasts, and passionate people succeed.

MARCELL CLAASSEN

Originally from South Africa, Marcell has been travelling 18 years and always working in tourism. In his almost 20 years experience as guide, he has not only guided on mountain treks but also walking safaris in Africa, special interest guiding (bird-watching, butterflies, photography etc) and as divemaster underwater. His passion is sharing the natural beauty and fauna and flora of the places he works, bringing a more interpretive aspect to the treks he leads. In 2018 he will be off to Patagonia to research a route for a future trekking and kayaking expedition. Through Akilpo, you can still reserve treks with Marcell where he is in Patagonia too.

TREKKING GUIDE

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TREKKING GUIDE

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OUR COOKS

Our local professional mountain cooks come from top backgrounds, including executive chefs. They are responsible for all culinary activities, for the consistency and quality of our food as well as preparing interesting and delicious food. They bring passion and a very unique style of cooking to our menu options.

Pack Animal Driver (arriero)

Arriero biography here

Porter Bio

Biography here

OUR PORTERS & ANIMAL DRIVERS

Although some people may not be taking much notice of the porters and the pack animal drivers, to us, these people are extremely important members of our trekking and climbing teams. These people will be in charge of all our equipment and food etc that the guide and clients are not carrying, in addition to preparing and setting up the campsite with the cooks before the guide and clients arrive.

For this reason we select only the best and most motivated individuals in addition to ensuring that we are still supporting the communities around the Cordilleras Blanca and Huayhuash. As regards the pack animals, we review the care that the animal drivers take of their animals as negligence and abuse of the pack animals cannot and will not not be tolerated – this includes not overloading animals.

Pack Animal Driver (arriero)

Arriero biography here

Porter Bio

Biography here

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