Leila Thompson

Leila Thompson has made the mountains her focus since she was 18, when she moved to Yosemite to climb, hike, and learn to guide backcountry adventures. Later in Oregon, she added the crafts of backcountry skiing and whitewater guiding to her skills. She began exclusively leading trips for us in the mid 1990s in Nepal and Europe. “On a trip, I like to share out-of the-way places that really have the flavor of the area, whether it’s a fantastic viewpoint, the ‘ultimate’ local food, a must-see piece of architecture, or just a quiet place.” At the height of her WT guiding career, she was “on the trail” for 8-1/2 months each year! Leila works for us in Tibet and Nepal in the fall and in the Alps in the summers. When she is at home in Bend, Oregon she works on-call as an RN and skis, climbs, snowshoes, cooks for friends, and takes spin classes (“gotta stay in shape”). She is conversant in French, German and Nepali.

Upcoming Trips:

Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites, August 10-17, 2014
Ultimate Dolomites, August 18-29, 2014
Annapurna Adventure, October 22-November 4, 2014
Tour du Mont Blanc, July 5-12, 2015
Hiking the Haute Route, July 14-25, 2015
Hiking in the Cortina Dolomites, August 9-16, 2015

Client Testimonials:


Leila’s an excellent guide. It’s a bonus that she’s a registered nurse! Marcus C., San Francisco
Ultimate Everest
Can’t say enough great things about Leila. She is one of the best guides I’ve had at WT, which is saying a lot since you have so many excellent ones. Shana G., Ultimate Everest Leila is an easygoing leader who makes an effort to keep the group dynamics going well. She handles things effectively and got on great with everyone. Flexible when she needed to be, and let us make choices as a group. Susan D., Ultimate Everest Leila made a point of interacting well with everyone equally. She’s very personable with a great sense of humor. Jane B., Classic Swiss Alps Leila was both fun to be with and an excellent teacher. She did a great job of making us feel comfortable and welcome in the group. Linda F. and Gail S.
Hiking the Haute Route
On a scale of 1 to 10, Leila is 20. She excels at everything. Madeline F., Berkeley CA
Hiking in the Western Dolomites
Leila tops any leader we've experienced in many years of travel. Her calmness, joy, and patience made the trip remarkable. Judy and Jim W., Seattle WA
Trekking in the Caucasus
This was my third trip with Leila—always an amazing leader. Maryann M., Los Angeles, CA
Hiking the Haute Route
Leila is a wonderful trip leader. Resilient, able to handle contingencies, and she relates very well to everyone. Bob A., Boston MA
Trekking in the Caucasus
Upbeat, fun, knowledgeable. Great awareness of the different needs of everyone. Bruce F., Berkeley CA
Hiking in the Western Dolomites
I've traveled twice with Leila before and I think she's great. She brings a personal touch to her trips. I'd go anywhere with her! Rosemary W., Indianapolis
Trekking in the Caucasus
I can't say enough good things about Leila. Her experience and knowledge of Nepal made a great trip outstanding. She was greeted as a local everywhere we went, providing us with unique insight into the lives of the Nepali people. Michael G., Dartmouth, NS, Canada
Ultimate Everest
Leila did an amazing job on all counts. Her knowledge of the geography, history, and culture really enhanced the trip, and her fun and outgoing nature was a real bonus. Darcy M., San Francisco, CA
Ultimate Everest
Leila was the best trip leader I have ever had. Her knowledge of the trekking region and of the people and their history was amazing. Ron T., Loveland, CO
Ultimate Everest
Leila is truly the best. She is continually mindful of what hikers want and need to have a fabulous experience—a true professional leader. Patricia F., Sandy Hook, CT
Ultimate Dolomites
Leila's knowledge of the Khumbu region and her connection with the people there made this trip extraordinary. She is a true professional and the reason I chose this trip! Louise S., Phoenix, AZ
Ultimate Everest
Leila was the best...very professional and caring. She went above and beyond to make the trip successful. Susan P., Berkeley, CA
Annapurna Adventure
Leila is the best in the business! She manages, organizes, provides with ease and humor. Linda L., Kenwood, CA
Ultimate Dolomites
Leila's knowledge of the language and customs was phenomenal and enriched the trip immensely. She's also an exceptionally kind and caring person—and fun, too! Tom W., Oakland, CA
Hidden Kingdom of Mustang
Leila was very knowledgable, capable, a multitasker, camp mother, liason, friend to clients and crew, respectful, tactful, energetic, able to keep us on track and provide options. She took excellent care of us and showed us her love of the country, its people, and the culture. I felt totally safe in her hands! Mary G., Oakland, CA
Hidden Kingdom of Mustang