Kandoo Adventures’ story began in 2009, when avid trekkers Paul and Jane Deakin grew frustrated searching for a tour operator offering the high quality experience they were looking for on Kilimanjaro – so they organised it themselves! From this humble beginning, the Kandoo Adventures you know today began to take shape.
- 17 iconic destinations
- 81 unique adventures
- 15 years of experience
2009Kandoo started life as Private Expeditions and was setup by avid adventurers Jane and Paul Deakin, who had experienced poor guiding services and seen unscrupulous practices. This motivated them to do things better! The key feature was to set up their own operations rather than rely on out-sourcing to third party operators. This allowed them complete control over how a trek operated, and also ensured that it was local communities who benefitted. The first destination offered in 2009 was Kilimanjaro. Experienced local guide Emanuel Nguma was chosen to head up our new team in Tanzania.
2012Following huge success in operating Kilimanjaro climbs, we applied the same approach in Nepal, offering both classic trekking routes and more challenging peak climbs. Again, a local operation was set up in Kathmandu, headed up by Pimba Tenjing Lama, two-time Everest summiteer. This was closely followed by our operation in Cusco, Peru offering a range of different trekking routes to Machu Picchu. Local guide Jose Quispe Laguna took on management of all our treks in the Andes Mountains.
2015We rebranded as Kandoo Adventures to better reflect the ever growing range of adventures and our core principle of ‘making challenging destinations accessible to every fit, weekend trekker’.
2016Two more destinations are added to the Kandoo family. We established our own team in Bhutan, managed by local guide Tandin Tshering and began offering more trekking routes in this lesser visited corner of the Himalaya. We also began partnering with an experienced guiding company in Argentina to offer climbs of Aconcagua, the highest peak in South America and one of the famed 7 Summits.
2019Kandoo Adventures became part of the Altaï Travel Group and continued to expand the range of destinations and adventures that we offer around the world. From our early beginnings in Tanzania 15 years ago, we now have expert guides leading incredible adventures on 5 continents, from the vast deserts of Jordan and Morocco to the frozen wilderness of Svalbard. No matter where you choose to travel with us, we stay true to our original values of Safety, Quality and Expertise. Providing life changing experiences that benefit our travelers and the communities we visit.