Jim Williams

Passion for Exploration

Jim Williams founded Exploradus in 1985. His lifelong curiosity with fascinating cultures and pristine places inspired him to share his passion for exploration with his clients. Exploradus strives to refine your notion of what is possible in exploration, combining singular service,  such as a private trek to Everest Base Camp or a small boat trip to the Galapagos shore, with insider-access opportunities. Discover best-in-class exploration and the intimate nuances of remote cultures. You imagine it.  Jim makes it real.

Expert Leadership and Impeccable Safety Record

Jim Williams has been touted as the Ernest Shackleton (a renegade Polar explorer of the 1900s) of our time. From successfully guiding the Seven Summits (the highest mountains of each of the seven continents) in under one year, to retracing Shackleton’s epic crossing of South Georgia Islands in the hazardous Antarctic to co-leading the first Ski Expedition to the South Pole, Jim has earned a world-class reputation as an explorer and mountain guide. He was bestowed the prestigious Lowell Thomas Award by the Explorers Club in 2009.
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Global Network

A true citizen of the world, Jim’s explorative quiver includes an extensive network of connections, from local guides and porters to dear friends in remote villages. This network allows Exploradus to offer truly unique and authentic experiences.

Global Guide

Jim is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is considered an Asian authority, but his expertise extends far beyond the Great Wall of China. Throughout his three-decade-long guiding career, Jim has led major expeditions to Chile, Peru, Africa, Bhutan, China, India, Nepal and Tibet. As your global concierge, Jim, and his network of local guides across the globe, provide unmatched cultural, technical, historical, and culinary-rich expertise. Today, Jim still leads every trip. Space is limited, so book early.

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