Nicos Caravellas, born and raised in Greece, gained his love of nature early on family outings in northern Greece's mountainous countryside. During his university years, while earning his degree in teaching, he developed his mountaineering skills and decided to become a professional guide."I trained in climbing, avalanche rescue, and winter skills, but over the years, I've come to regard the mountains as a complete system of life, a place where animals, plants, and humans have been interacting for centuries. Mountain environments fascinate me and I continuously study the birds and plants as well as mountain history and legends, particularly the heritage of the Savoy people." Nicos is an expert on many mountain regions of Europe and also helps us design new adventures. Nicos first went to Nepal in 1993, where he fell in love with the people as well as the majestic mountains that tower above their villages. He has trekked throughout the Annapurna and Kali Gandaki regions, among the peaks of Langtang National Park, and visited the wildlife habitats of Royal Chitwan National Park. Nicos currently lives in the French Alps with his wife and three children.
Nicos was truly outstanding. He excelled in knowledge of the regional culture and geography, knowledge of food and wine, concern for the environment, etc. For me, his most outstanding and endearing trait was his outgoing and engaging personality and his sensitivity to the group's wishes and desires. I would love to travel with him again.
It is hard to imagine finding fault with anything Nicos could do or say. He was the consummate professional, yet warm and generous. The weakest hiker felt comfortable and the strongest got what they came for. We all loved him. He fed us very well, he never let us feel that there was anywhere else he would rather be than with us, he just cared for us like his family. We cannot imagine having taken the trip without him.
Nicos was absolutely outstanding! He was exceptionally organized and prepared, very friendly and knowledgeable, and he readily shared his passion for the history, environment, and exploration of beautiful Provence. He was attentive, patient, and always concerned for our comfort and safety.
Nicos is a wilderness guide extraordinaire. Extremely competent for the outer journey, creating both safety and soaring joy. Equally competent for the inner journey, evoking courage and resilience in every participant. A treasure.
Nicos is a truly compassionate, caring person who is able to ensure that every trip member has a great time.
Nicos is an extraordinary trip leader who is very professional and an absolutely lovely, caring person. The breadth and depth of his knowledge is formidable as is his love of Provencal that he generously shared with us all. His senses are alive to all that surrounds him and he always enthusiastically pointed things out so that we would also take notice and enjoy.
Nicos is a trip leader par excellence. Knowledgeable, strong yet flexible as a leader, empathic to needs of participants, intuitive about what people need, passionate about teaching and expanding our experience.
Nicos is a superb leader, very knowledgeable about a lot of subjects, including culture and history. I can't say enough positive about him.
Nicos was an exceptional guide, very knowledgeable, very sensitive to participants' needs and interests, and had the flexibility to accommodate all of our diverse preferences, weave them together, and make the trip come out perfectly for everyone.
This was our second trip with Nicos—always a pleasure. Extremely knowledgeable of the history, culture, and environment of the area visited, no matter where, and he has a genuine concern that all trip members have a quality traveling experience.
I can see why Nicos is one of your most revered trip leaders. His experience, enthusiasm, and knowledge is unbelievable.
Nicos is absolutely delightful, and exudes a casual confidence that puts everyone immediately at ease.
Nicos is a lovely, sweet gentleman: kind, patient, hard-working. It is hard for me to imagine a better guide, and I would follow him on any trip anywhere.
Nicos is such a true gentleman and with unwavering service orientation. He was always highly attentive to all our needs, and always with that wonderful smile.
Nicos is one of the best guides we have ever had, and we have taken 14 or 15 WT trips!
Besides being a truly professional guide, experienced, hard working, with impeccable attention to detail, Nicos is a kind and caring individual who makes every effort to ensure each person's needs are met.
Nicos has a genuine warmth and enthusiasm that thoroughly added to the joy of this trip. I was so impressed with his knowledge of all the flora and fauna, as well as the history of the region. Besides being an accomplished guide, he is an extremely kind and caring individual.
Nicos is very close to being the ideal guide - thoughtful, articulate, knowledgeable, personable.
Nicos was great. Very knowledgeable, experienced, hard working, always positive, takes an interest in everyone and everything. Exceptionally thoughtful and makes a great effort to ensure everyone's needs are attended to. Another first rate guide!
Nicos is wonderful. I would go on any trip that he leads.
Nicos is a class act. He has it all. Charm, expertise, sincerity in what he expresses to you. He is a perfect leader and host.
One of the most sensitive, knowledgeable, entertaining trip leaders I’ve met. He tunes in to every person. You have a superb leader in Nicos! This was my third trip with him.
Nicos was an excellent leader, exemplary in all areas. Thoughtful, flexible, knowledgeable, and a joy to travel with.
Nicos Caravellas constantly went above and beyond. Kind, thoughtful, generous with his time. Can’t praise him highly enough.
Nicos was extremely knowledgeable, capable, organized, and charming! He did a great job of pacing the hikes so we all felt comfortable.
Nicos Caravellas constantly went above and beyond. Kind, thoughtful, generous with his time. Can't praise him highly enough.
Nicos is an outstanding guide. His knowledge of history is exceptional and he is extremely sensitive to people's needs.
Nicos was fabulous, so knowledgeable, and he is wonderful and engaging company.
It was a real privilege to meet and spend time with Nicos. He is a wonderful leader and all around wonderful person.
One of the best WT leaders. He is highly organized, thoughtful, with a great sense of humor.
I have been on 11 such trips over the past 17 years, and Nicos is by far the best Trip Leader I’ve ever had.
Nicos set a very manageable hiking pace and made us all feel very secure. He is warm, incredibly well informed, curious, and interested in others.
Nicos is the best! We have traveled with him before and he always looks out for each hiker. A true professional.
Nicos is an extremely effective Trip Leader. He is keenly aware of the needs of the group and individuals and it’s a pleasure hiking with him.