Carole Tejas

Carole Tejas

Guide: International, Nepal Program Director

Carole Tejas has been climbing and trekking all over the world for over 25 years and has been guiding professionally since 2009, most recently for Alpine Ascents on Mt Elbrus, Mera Peak, Kilimanjaro, Aconcagua, and the Everest Base Camp Trek. Although she is based in the urban canyons of New York City, Carole considers the Khumbu Valley in Nepal to be her second (and spiritual) home. She has explored every corner of the Khumbu and has formed many close relationships with the Sherpa people living there. Over many years, she has immersed herself in Sherpa culture and has spent time studying Tibetan Buddhism and the Nepali language. Passing on her knowledge of Kumbu life and Sherpa culture is one of Carole’s greatest strengths as a guide.

Wherever she may be, Carole loves spending time off the beaten path, and in addition to Nepal has climbed and trekked in Bhutan, Ladakh, Indonesia, Laos, Colombia, Ethiopia, Mali, and the Comoros Islands among other far-flung places. Raised on the East Coast, Carole’s passion for mountaineering started in her local playgrounds — the White Mountains of New Hampshire and New York’s Adirondacks and Catskills. She has worked with climbers of all levels of experience, but particularly enjoys teaching novice climbers how to be comfortable and self-sufficient in the mountains. When not working, Carole loves to play on rock, snow, and ice while traveling the world with her husband Vern.

Significant Ascents

Everest Base Camp, Nepal (multiple treks)
Mt. Vinson
Denali
Aconcagua (multiple summits)
Mt. Elbrus (multiple summits)
Kilimanjaro (multiple summits)
Lobuche East, Nepal
Mt. Blanc (and others in the Alps)
Tsum Valley, Nepal
Annapurna Circuit and Sanctuary, Nepal
Kanchengjunga Base Camp, Nepal
Island Peak, Nepal
Mera Peak, Nepal
Cordillera Blanca Range, Peru (various including Pisco, Ishinca, and Urus)
Cotopaxi, Ecuador (two summits)
Shackleton Traverse, South Georgia Island
Ojos del Salado, Argentina
Mt. Shasta
Mt. Whitney
Cascade Range, Washington (various including Rainier, Shuksan, Baker, Eldorado Peak, Silver Star)
Markha Valley, Ladakh
Laya Trek and Snowman Trek, Bhutan
Inca Trail and Salkantay Trail, Peru
Paine Circuit (and various others in Patagonia)
Mt. Kinablu, Borneo
Simien Mountains and Ras Dashen, Ethiopia
Dogon Trek, Mali

Certifications

Emergency Medical Technician
Wilderness First Responder/CPR
Avalanche Level II
Leave No Trace Trainer

Quality of the guiding, coupled with the quality and strength of the logistics provided by the BIG Expeditions made it an outstanding trip.

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