Living my dreams, following my passion
"Great to hear you're still at it! Am delighted you're still
trying to get it "right". You have a sense about that, I now realize, that others
- Dana Alford
Jamie is the founding owner of Project Himalaya and has been trekking in the Himalaya for 25 years (I started young!) and has written guide books including "Trekking in the Everest Region", speaks Nepali, was the first Kiwi (New Zealander) to climb Broad Peak in Pakistan and has climbed Everest five times.Jamie is passionate and knowledgeable about development and politics in Nepal and wildlife conservation, and loves discussing philosophical questions around living life.
Although I have enjoyed the challenge of organizing large expeditions what I really love is exploring. My first treks were all exploration for me, and I still love trekking new areas or exploring the nooks and crannies of familiar areas, for example the seven (!) 42 day Kanchenjunga treks.
Jamie, professional photographer
I love photography and the intrinsic challenge. My photos have been used in newspapers around the world, in major climbing magazines and some photos are with Getty. Highlights include a 4 page double foldout panorama from the top of Everest in Geo Magazine, the cover of Action Asia and the cover of a German treks of the world coffee table book.
I love documenting our trips, however at the end of the day, our trekkers are first and photography is second. Perhaps one day I will trek alone for pure photography?
Virtually all the images on this site are mine but also see my Flickr sets.
Once young and invincible, I knew that if others could climb Everest, I could. After five summits now I have more appreciation, am far more in awe. I see Everest from Base Camp, it is so huge, high and forbidding, and I gulp. Big expeditions require real teamwork and a detailed understanding of basically everything to do with an expedition, radio comms, working with the crews, oxygen systems, weather forecasting, dealing with the authorities. And this is what I do...
I am honored and proud to have you as a friend. You have a remarkable way of dealing with people and of treating them with respect and kindness. The longer I know you, the more I respect all that you have accomplished. I admire that your real love rests in exploring and in taking people to new places. The road less traveled along with paths that produce some resistance tend to deliver the greatest rewards in life. The world today leaves little opportunity to tap unchartered waters yet you my friend have managed to do it.
It seems to me that it is rare to meet people that "do what they do" for all of the right reasons. If not careful our life gets created by default when we really need to take responsibility to design it. Some how you have managed to do so and in the process you have enriched the lives of so many from the locals you hire to the clients you guide. Those that have not discovered you yet will be amazed when then do.
Tonya Riggs Clement
2015: Esther and Jamie on the "summit" of Kang Yatze II
2018 Nepal: Expedition Himalaya office staff and around half the guides
2017 Kanch satisfaction; myself and Bali atop the 5746m Kang La pass to Tibet above Yangma - Jamie
2017: Esther, Stacey, Fred, Kurt, Mike, James & Micheala and Jamie
atop the 5160m Pandang La - the Zanskar Spring trek team
2017: star crew: Lobsang, Sunoj, Tenzin, Jamie, Kunga, Tej and Raj - missing Ram Lal
2016: standing L-R: Jamie, Abhishek, Pasang, Sunoj, Lobsang, Ranjan, Tenzin Ram Kumar, Raju, Ram Lal, Balu and Tej Singh
Sitting: Piotr, Romany, Pete, Esther, Amanda, Melissa and Raj
2015: Alan Kerr, Marco Camozzi, Jamie McGuinness, Jim Robinson, Greg Danforth, Roger Nix and Celesta Fong
2014 Great Divide team atop the remote Pangpo La, a real achievement.
Lobsang, Luca, Tod (hidden) Demet, David, Arabella, Len, Helena, Jussi and Jamie
2013 GHT Tilman's
Second row: Dawa (porter cook), Esther Tan, Tom, John, Ole, Paul
Third row: Emma, Henning, Celesta, Aiteram, Samden, Pasang
Sitting: Dawa Gelje, a porter, Jamie, Mingma Lhakpa
Missing, minding the camp: Kami (cook), Dhirendra
L-R: Jamie, Sitar (Rithar), Lobsang, Sophie, Esther, Tenzin and our six horses plus the tough mule
2012 Aconcagua: Arabella, Peter and Jamie on the summit of Aconcagua
The 2012 Aconcagua team: Dan, Amy, Shane, Jamie, Markus, Wasfia and Michele at the park entrance - photo by Wasfia
2011 Zanskar Tribute for Joel
L-R: Lois, Jamie, Lobsang, Steve, Ram Lal, Peter Sih, Kunsang, Sonam, Sam Palsmeier, Punsok
The tough 2011 GHT team less one porter and the horse team
2011 Aconcagua team: Sam, Ben, Jamie, Matt, Demet, Miriam, Raffi, Ian, Esther and David in front - Photo © Kenneth Koh/Adventure Nomad
The 2010 Aconcagua team in Penitentes, L-R: Ken, Malcolm, Tom and Jamie - Jamie
Jamie sleeping out at Saipal Base Camp - photo by Jamie
Jamie on top of Everest 2008
Our 2006 Kanchen Gola Exploratory trek team at the end
Standing L-R: Clive, Humphrey (climbing independently), Ian, Ashraf, Hameed, Ibrahim, Tia, Jahan Beg, David, Jamie and Merhban
Squatting, L-R: Catherine, Mehdi, Adrian, Soren (front), Kees, Mehdi and Wolam Nabi - photo by Jamie
The K2 Concordia trekkers and the Gasherbrum II expedition
members together at the beginning.
L-R top row: Captain Komal (Liaison Officer), Kees Terhell, Jane B, Jamie, Ian R, Adrian H, Catherine C, Clive C, Dave B, Humphrey M, Terje S
Lower: Pete P, Ornella C, Soren G, Tia T, Pik C, Raewyn M, Kay B
2005: Standing L-R: Bal Bahadur (porter naike), Pasang (sherpa-cook), Bir Bagh
(sherpa), Dawa Gelje (sirdar), John SS, Da'Yula (sherpa-sirdar), Natasha, Niels,
Alphonse, Dallas C, Jerry C.
Lower row: Pasang (kitchen), Namgyal (sirdar-leader), Zangbu (sherpa), Pik C, Gerardo, Rachel, Megan, John, Mike, Ornella, Jamie, Andrew
2005 L-R: yak driver, Samantha, Tashi. Toby, Dawa Norbu (another yak drivers' son),
Da'Nuru (front), unknown behind, Temba, Chris Klinke and Jamie
2006 L-R: Jamie, Thinleys (assistant guide), Netti, Nicole, Martin, Raewyn*
Nedup (guide), Miriam* and Anna. (Missing Robert)
2005 on Shishapangma
2004: Dawa, Andrew Lock and Jamie McGuinness
2004 Cho Oyu memories: Dawa, Namgyal and Jamie on the summit of Cho Oyu
2004 Cho Oyu summit
2003 working as a climbing sherpa with David Sharp
2001 (Oh, those days of no grey in the stubble!)
1999 Kanchenjunga Magic & Tengkoma
Standing L-R: ? ? ? Sam Palsmeier, ?, ? Haun, Dana Alford, ? ?, Didier
Squatting: Gary Koppelman, Phurba Pasang, Jamie, Martin, Ang Dami, Joel, Ram Kaji, ?, ?
1997 memories: Pasang, Reid Tiley, Andy Emms, Richard and Jamie
My favourite self-portrait, from the days of film so quite a few years ago