Ade Summers

Adrian Summers

Adrian (Ade) is one of our regular trek leaders at The Mountain Company and has worked with us since 2007. Over the years Ade has led most of the major treks in Nepal and Pakistan as well as several treks in Bhutan and India.

Ade has climbed, trekked and travelled on all seven continents. Ade simply enjoys being in the mountains and sharing this experience with his groups. Ade is highly experienced and skilled outdoorsman and works as an expedition leader, mountain guide, trekking guide, sea kayaking guide, mountain biking guide, tour guide and photographer.

In Nepal, Ade has led the following expeditions: Mera Peak, Island Peak, Khumbu Three Peaks, Chulu East and Far East; once to Tent Peak (Thurpa Chuli) and once to Naya Kanga. He has led on many of the treks in Nepal including Everest Base Camp with various combinations including Cho La, Renjo La and Kongma La passes; Dhaulagiri Circuit (French and Dhampus Passes; Kanchenjunga Circuit; Naa Phu Valleys; Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT; Annapurna Circuit (various combination (including Annapurna Base Camp); Upper Mustang; Rowaling; Naar to Upper Mustang over Teri La; Makalu Base Camp; Rupina La & Tsum Valley and Manaslu Circuit.

In Pakistan, Ade has led five treks to K2 Base Camp & Gondogoro La; three treks to Snow Lake and Hispar La; Spantik Peak and Workman’s Peak.

Getting to know Adrian Summers

My favourite mountain range is the Karakoram and I think that the best trek there is Snow Lake and the Hispar La. This is such a unique trek although quite challenging but right in the heart of the mountains, spectacular scenery and amazing culture.

To be honest there have been too many to single out just one! I like the more remote trek with big open vistas so for me this is Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT in Nepal, Ladakh in India or the Karakoram in Pakistan.

Camera, it's great to capture a moment and really nice to look back when you get home and relive the memories. A pee bottle comes a close second.

Whilst travelling overland from Cardiff, Wales  to Sydney Australia, in 1995, I first experienced climbing and trekking in the Karakoram and Himalaya and I was hooked. I was living and working in Sydney Australia in IT and so I climbed trekked canyoned and sea kayaked lots, but really missed the big hills. After an expedition to climb in Western Mongolia I was offered a job as leader and setup up new treks and climbs in this country. Living in Mongolia was amazing and it was at a very interesting time. From that experience I have been travelling around the world, climbing and trekking. Not sure I could go back to a desk job now!

Yes too many! I am planning a full traverse of the Hindu Kush and Karakoram. A Pakistan GHT called the GHKKT. I am also looking at new treks in Mongolia, and Central Asia and expanding my treks in the Wakhan Corridor in Afghanistan.

I would love to return to Antarctica, not to the south pole but to some of the remote mountains, possible Queen Maudland. But if the lottery numbers do not come up, some kayaking trips in Australia, or explore some remote area of Mongolia.

Well Sams Bar off course but also Himalaya Java is a regular coffee stop. Also after extensive research Ktoo Steak house has the best steaks.

For me it's meetings and working with some amazing people. From porters or Yak / pony / camel headers / cooks guides and other leaders. Combining that with visiting amazing countries / cities / towns. Experiencing a different way of life and in amazing scenery that is special and priceless. 

Upcoming leader trips

Trip Name Dates Trip Leader Price
Far West Nepal Exploratory GHT 25 May - 22 Jun 2024

Adrian Summers