Almas Khan

Almas Khan

Almas Khan is one of our regular trek leaders at The Mountain Company and has worked with us since 2009. Almas has completed Lunana Snowman trek in Bhutan ten times and is also an authority on the Indian Himalaya having trekked and climbed in most regions.

After completing a bachelors in commerce Almas soon realized the office held no attraction. He made an unlikely career choice- first as climbing instructor, and for the past 25 years has been leading treks and exploratory expeditions in the Indian Himalaya, Nepal & Bhutan.

Since his first visit to Bhutan in 1995  Almas has developed a true understanding of the country. His love for Bhutan’s wild mountain trails, culture and people has seen him visit the Kingdom twenty times to lead many treks including his personal favorite the Lunana Snowman. Almas has completed Lunana Snowman trek ten times including both Bumthang and Nikka Chu exit trails from Lunana, his in country knowledge and leadership have contributed to our 100% success Snowman groups completing this trek.

Almas is also an authority on the Indian Himalaya and has trekked and climbed most regions.  He has been involved with the writing of trekking guide books and route making. In 2003 he accompanied Australian Author Garry Weare on his epic trek starting from Gomukh, the source of the Ganges for the book "A Long Walk In The Himalaya".

Almas has led technical treks and climbs including to Longstaff Col, Trails Pass, Shalang Dhura in the Kumaon Himalaya, Stok Kangri, the second summit of Kangyatse in Ladakh plus Mera Peak and Dhaulagiri Circuit and Dhampus Peak for The Mountain Company in Nepal. In Summer 2018, 2017,  2016, 2015 and 2014, Almas led our Ladakh Sky Trail a stunning route he developed around his favourite areas in this unique region. He is looking forward to returning in 2020 to lead this trek again.

In Nepal, Almas has led Dhaulagiri Circuit, Kanchenjunga CircuitMera Peak and Upper Dolpo to Jomsom GHT and looks forward to leading our Naar to Mustang GHT trek in October 2020.

His life’s work throughout the Himalaya has been driven by a deep respect for mountain people and the humbling effect of the high mountains. Almas specialises in remote, logistically challenging treks well away from the busy trails. He has a cool head for logistics, and forward planning. 

When at home In Tasmania he leader in the SES, local emergency service which has seen him deployed for bushfires, cyclones, floods and road crashes. He is a member of Search and Rescue, which involves multi day searches in Tasmania’s rugged wilderness. In addition to these departments he is a volunteer fire fighter. His 10 plus years in disaster management gives him a unique skill set so valuable in the field. If you have any doubts you may not capable of a multi week Himalayan trek, Almas will inspire and encourage you to safely complete one, as he has done for thousands of clients.

We proud to have had Almas on board leading groups for us over the past 9 years. His broad experience in the field is a true asset. He is qualified in Wilderness first aid, and holds a pilot’s license.

Getting to know Almas Khan

A likely first and never repeated, would be my six month trek with Garry Weare from the source of Ganges to Ladakh, the route took us over the Yamnotri pass, Rupin la, Bawa Pass, Pin Parvati and then over Shingo la.

On a very sad day, 25th April 2015 during Nepal earthquake, I was leading Dhaulagiri Circuit for The Mountain Company. Keeping the group and local crew safe and calm was challenging. We found a low risk place to set up camp and I made the decision to stay on Dhaulagiri, and did not run back to Kathmandu like many leaders who panicked. It gets close to one of the better decisions I have made in mountains by staying calm and logical in the face of disaster, by ensuring the group were well informed and assured of their safety. I had sufficient battery life on the satcom to let our clients and crew make a brief call home and extended that to non TMC staff. Having grown up in a seismic zone I’d experienced enough earthquakes. In 1991 during my time at the Nehru Mountaineering Institute the Uttarkashi earthquake hit. It devastated my home state, I learned that a tent was the safest place to sleep.

Fear leads to illogical decisions, on the day of the Nepal quake I watched experienced leaders abandon their crew in haste to return to Kathmandu. 

Whilst thousands awaited flights and slept in hotel gardens We spent a week enjoying the clean air and stunning views at Italian base camp. We made good use of our time with day walks and some mountaineering training! A trekker, part of one of the groups I met the day of the earthquake, he joined me on Dhaulagiri Circuit with TMC, the following year-that was rewarding. I am grateful to Roland for his ongoing support during this time. He took a sat phone to my wife Jayne, who was in Kathmandu.

Very often the most beautiful places are between camps so don’t rush. Find your own rhythm and stay with it you will enjoy yourself more and you will acclimatise more efficiently if you walk at a pace at which you can keep your breathing deep and steady. I believe that 90% of what is required to complete a trek is in your mind. The most rewarding aspect of my job is seeing clients who are struggling complete a trek, I often say- If you can walk for another hour you’ll make it to the lunch stop, if you can get there there you’ll make it to camp and if you get that far there is absolutely no reason why you can’t walk for another 26 days.

I grew up in a house surrounded by hills and forest, whenever I annoyed the people at home (which was most of the time) I was told to go outside and play...and my playground was the Himalayan foothills. My uncle taught me rock climbing at 5 years old and I perused climbing from that young age. My first paid job was as a climbing instructor, which wasn’t really the ideal career path my family had hoped for so I worked in front office at a five star hotel until I found a job leading treks, 25 plus years leading in the mountains and haven’t looked back since.

Back to Svalbard and maybe Kamchatka in Russia. Japan is a favourite destination and would love to climb there.

Fly solo around the world in a small plane, flying was always a dream and in late 2018 I undertook flight training, have the license now -I just need a plane  “ If your dreams don’t scare you they aren’t big enough”

Fire and Ice, Himalayan Java.  

Bar on top floor at the Hotel Tibet.

Upcoming leader trips

Trip Name Dates Trip Leader Price
Ladakh Sky Trail GHT 10 Aug - 31 Aug 2024

Almas Khan

Lunana Snowman 30 Sep - 02 Nov 2024

Almas Khan