About

Michele Cohen

My passion for adventure travel was fuelled when I gave up the world of finance in London, and headed to the Himalayas. I continued to Australasia and South Africa - after 10 months I was hooked. A few years later I went to Latin America, learning Spanish in Guatemala and, over 18 months, I explored Central America and South to Patagonia: working for a charity, leading trekking groups, hiking the Andes, discovering the Galapagos, and interacting with the people. In 1999 I became a Tour Leader for a UK Adventure Tour Operator, and spent 8 years leading trekking and cultural holidays across Europe, Africa, Latin America, and Asia; I also escorted charity fundraising groups to many remote regions in the world and some high summits. I have climbed Kilimanjaro 8 times, hiked the Inca Trail 6 times, Aconcagua 3 times, and been to Everest Base Camp 5 times!
I moved to Vancouver in 2007 and have been a part of the Renshaw Travel Family since 2009. I specialize in arranging Custom Tours and Adventure Travel, ranging from cultural holidays in Peru, wildlife experiences in Africa, exploration in Myanmar, up to high altitude trekking peaks in the Andes and Himalayas.
I have intricate knowledge of many lesser developed regions around the world. I continue to lead occasional tours - come join one!

Countries I have visited

  • Andorra
  • Argentina
  • Austria
  • Australia
  • Barbados
  • Belgium
  • Bhutan
  • Bolivia
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Botswana
  • Brazil
  • Cambodia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • China
  • Columbia
  • Costa Rica
  • Croatia
  • Cuba
  • Cyprus
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • El Salvador
  • Ethiopia
  • France
  • Galapagos Islands
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Guatemala
  • Hawaii
  • Hong Kong
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Ireland
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Malaysia
  • Malta
  • Mexico
  • Morocco
  • Myanmar (Burma)
  • Nepal
  • The Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Norway
  • Pakistan
  • Panama
  • Peru
  • Portugal
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Rwanda
  • Sikkim
  • Singapore
  • Slovenia
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Swaziland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tibet
  • Uganda
  • UK
  • USA
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Zanzibar
  • Zimbabwe

Some of the mountains I have climbed

  • Aconcagua
  • Adams
  • Aneto
  • Baker
  • Volcan Baru
  • BC Peaks (Many!)
  • Chirripo
  • Cho Oyu
  • Cotapaxi
  • Fuji
  • Galdhøpiggen
  • Hood
  • Iztacchuatl
  • Kala Pattar
  • Kilimanjaro
  • Kinabalu
  • Maglic
  • La Malinche
  • Mauna Kea
  • Mauna Loa
  • Mera Peak
  • Meru
  • El Misti
  • Moldoveanu
  • Mt Muhabura
  • Mulhacen
  • Pico de Orizaba
  • El Plomo
  • Rainier
  • Ras Dashen
  • Rinjani
  • Roraima
  • Stok Kangri
  • Tajamulco
  • Toubkal
  • Triglav
  • Tungurahua
  • Pico Turquino
  • Um Adaami
  • Yaritagate

Some special places I have visited, worked in, and explored

Boating around the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Gorilla trekking in Rwanda; safari trips to Akagera in Rwanda; Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire in Tanzania; Kruger Game Reserve in South Africa; Okavango Delta in Botswana
Two weeks white-water rafting in Tasmania; cycling the Gibb River road in The Kimberley; diving in the Great Barrier Reef in Australia
Hiking the Torres del Paine Circuit in Chile, and the Cerro Torre & Fitzroy Circuit in Argentina; sailing The Beagle Channel; hiking Isla Navarina - Patagonia & Tierra del Fuego
Trekking in Nepal to Everest, Mera, Annapurna, Langtang, Makalu and Kanchenjunga.
Exploring Northern India, including cycling through Himachal Pradesh, hiking in Uttarakhand, highlights of Rajasthan, Varanasi, trekking through Darjeeling & Sikkim, and Kolkata
Charity work: teaching and raising money for homeless children in Guatemala for 5 months; guiding large charity groups of  fundraisers to Kilimanjaro, to Peru, Morocco, Nepal, and cycling the incredible Icefield Parkway in Alberta.
My spare time in British Columbia is spent exploring, hiking, and ski touring the region - as much as possible!