James Fuss

James Fuss is a trekking guide, photographer, bicyclist, and chef extraordinaire. Born and bred in South Australia, James acquired his wanderlust early while exploring Australia extensively on camping trips with his parents. His love of the cooking arts began early, as well, and after embarking on a career as a chef, he headed to Europe in the 1980s to extend his culinary repertoire. While there, he developed a real passion for the wilds of the British Isles and the Alps and spent four years traveling, backpacking, and cycling. He returned to Australia in 1990 to become a guide in the Outback. Since 1995, James has guided seasonally on three continents for us. “It’s a joy to be able 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 my country’s pristine wilderness, unique wildlife, bountiful seafood, and superb wines. Wherever I’m guiding, I try to make a journey a once-in-a-lifetime experience for people.” James helps develop trips for us in Australia and Europe and has conducted cooking seminars for our Nepal and Bhutan camp staff. 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.” He is conversant in French, German, and Nepali.

Upcoming Trips:

Great Alpine Traverse, July 8-22, 2014
Ultimate Dolomites, July 28-August 8, 2014
Tour du Mont Blanc, August 10-17, 2014
Hiking the Haute Route, August 18-29, 2014
Glacier Express, August 30-September 6, 2014
Normandy and Brittany, September 8-18, 2014
Great Hikes and Cuisine of Provence, September 20-28, 2014
Annapurna Adventure, December 23, 2014-January 5, 2015

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