FIRST STEP EXPEDITIONS IS NOTHING WITHOUT OUR AMAZING STAFF. OUR CORE GROUP OF EXPERTS BELOW MAKE EACH TRIP A UNIQUE AND EXCITING EXPERIENCE FOR OUR GUESTS.
Carmello is more than just a chef – he is an artist! He is a master a combining the amazing local cuisine with a beautiful presentation. He has over 20 years of experience cooking feasts over a pot and propane tank and we guarantee you will never go hungry.
Russo is our jack of all trades! He’s spent over 10 years on the trails and does it all from assisting Carmello, to setting up tents, packing up equipment, and making sure you have fresh, purified water every day. And he does it all with a smile on his face!
Our Porters & Horsemen
Led by our good friend Wilbur, we employ porters and horsemen from all over the countryside. We try to rotate the team operating under Wilbur in order to share the economic benefits of your trip directly with the people whose homeland you are traveling through.
We believe porters are the heart and soul of any trekking experience. Several times a month, they carry heavy packs, cook food, and pitch tents on some of the world’s toughest terrain and it’s our mission to show our appreciation through fair wages, reasonable working conditions, and by helping them improve their quality of life.
Every porter will be introduced by name at the start of each trek. We encourage you to try to interact with them as best as you can.