James Fuss

James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, cyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and raised in South Australia, James found his wanderlust early on family camping trips across Australia. His love of the culinary arts is deep-rooted as well, and as a young chef, he headed off to Europe to expand his repertoire. There he undertook many explorations of the wilds of the British Isles and the Alps— traveling, backpacking, and cycling hidden corners of Europe, and onward to the Himalayas—then returned to Australia to become a guide in the legendary Outback. A WT leader since 1997, James relishes these beloved hidden corners. “It’s a joy to guide in such divergent places. I love the gastronomic diversity of Europe, especially France. In Nepal, it’s not just the Himalayas but the genuine warmth of the people and the cultural wealth that bring me back. And I’m always happy to head back to Oz to help trip members discover the pristine wilderness, unique wildlife, bountiful seafood, and superb wines of Tasmania. Wherever I’m guiding, I try to make a journey a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people.” James leads cooking workshops for our Nepal and Bhutan trek crews (introducing his signature Asian-European fusion dishes!). When not guiding, James will usually be found back at home camping, boating, fishing with family and friends, and chucking a few shrimps on the barbie. Conversant in French, German, and Nepali, James is one of the world’s best at striking up a conversation—and bringing you in on it—wherever he goes.

Upcoming Trips:

Annapurna Adventure, December 23, 2014-January 5, 2015
Wild Tasmania, March 6-16, 2015
Great Alpine Traverse, July 7-21, 2015
Ultimate Dolomites, July 27-August 7, 2015
Switzerland: The Via Alpina, August 11-21, 2015
Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean, August 23-September 5, 2015
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Provence, September 8-16, 2015
Wild Tasmania, November 13-23, 2015
Wild Tasmania, March 4-14, 2016

Client Testimonials:


This trip was a great adventure. I returned home addicted to traveling and exploring new places. James has a genuine love for Nepal, its people and culture. Susan M., San Francisco CA
Ultimate Everest
James Fuss is a master of his profession. I’ve been a guide myself and he’s the best I’ve ever seen. Victoria A., Ojai, CA
Ultimate Everest
James is extraordinary in his enthusiasm and knowledge of every aspect of “Tassie.” The mix of activities—hiking, sailing, beachcombing—was terrific. The balance between town and country was perfect. Bravo! Kathy K., Chicago IL
Wild Tasmania
James went out of his way to make this trip a truly memorable experience. His appreciation of food and wine was an extra added touch. He made every day a joy! Leslie B., Oakland CA
Wild Tasmania
Outstanding, lots of fun, gave us more than we ever expected. Ron W., Pittsford NY
Everest Adventure
James was an amazing guide and leader on this trip. Now I understand why so many clients come back because of James! Aimee H., Marina del Rey, CA
Wild Tasmania
James is a lot of fun and very client oriented. Patricia A., Vancouver, Canada
Great Alpine Traverse
James's infectious, gregarious personality coupled with his amazing command and handling of our group made us feel he is just a superb adventure travel guide.
Cynthia C., Sarasota, FL
Hiking the Haute Route

If there was a rating higher than excellent, James would deserve it. He gives 110% and makes certain everyone comes home with experiences and memories that will last a lifetime.

Diane S., Vista, CA
Great Alpine Traverse
James is very entertaining and knowledgeable. He has the greatest collection of clean jokes of anyone I've met! Bix W., Pebble Beach, CA
Normandy and Brittany
This was our second trip with James, 'le bon vivant,' culinary maestro, and wine enthusiast. James adds fun (and an endless stream of jokes) to his contributions of knowledge and globe-hiking experiences and stories to the journey. Richard Y., Ellicott City, MD
Mont Blanc to the Mediterranean
James made me laugh so hard every day! He was always smiling as he managed the needs and desires of 14 people. His selection of food, wine, restaurants, activities, optional hikes, his ability to get us all where we needed or wanted to be...he was tireless in caring for the clients. Susan I., Boulder, CO
Great Alpine Traverse
James was great and really does a great job in allowing a broad understanding of life in Tasmania. Craig K., Sewickley, PA
Wild Tasmania