A 20,000-foot view of K2.

A 20,000-foot view
of K2.

 

About Us

Are you driven to discover? To see and do things you’ve never done before? To be the author of your next great adventure? With K2 Adventure Travel, you’ll scale the world’s highest mountains and get a glimpse of a larger world. You’ll experience destinations so unique and special, they’ll become part of who you are. Horizons are broadened. Challenges, conquered. And in response to it all, your heart will be lifted.


  • Our Perspective

    • Helping Can Be Exhilarating

      In addition to seeing the world, K2 Adventure Travel is your connection to doing a world of good. Our life-changing adventure travel includes the unique opportunity to actually change lives. All of our international expeditions incorporate time spent doing community service in the local communities or orphanages to help impoverished children in the locations we visit.

      Just as the views from any mountain will take your breath away, so will the smiling faces of the children living near there. The memory of those faces, and your efforts to improve their lives, just might be more vivid than those you take away from atop the mountain.

    • Spectacular. Significant. And Above All, Safe

      Witness spectacular scenery. Make significant contributions. And do it all safely. In fact, safety is our first priority. K2 Adventure Travel guides have led expeditions in more than 20 countries on six continents. With a summit success rate of 94%, our ability to manage complex and challenging endeavors is proven.

      All of our employees have taken NOLS Wilderness First Responder 80 hour courses, along with CPR and First Aid courses. On the mountain, we employ professionally trained and screened guides, supply supplemental oxygen and complete evacuation procedures are in place prior to departure.

    • Fulfilling Your Dream Fulfills Ours

      You’ve heard that getting there is half the fun—and it’s true. K2 Adventure Travel attends to all of the little details that make your trip truly special. Top-of-the-line transportation and accommodations. Palate-pleasing meals tailored to meet your dietary and medical needs. And state-of-the-art team gear.

      Our trips also include local cultural experiences. Like seeing the ruins in Peru. Visiting monasteries in Nepal. And going on a safari in Tanzania. Each trip is meticulously planned based on the abilities of each guest and the totality of the team. Our track record is one reason why we’re highly respected and sought after in the adventure travel community.

    • Dreams Don’t Discriminate

      K2 Adventure Travel is uniquely qualified to lead those with special challenges on international expeditions. We’ve assisted military veterans, amputees and visually impaired individuals in their quest to conquer mountains—and their disabilities.

  • Founders

    • Kevin Cherilla

      Co-Founder & Owner

      Kevin has been an international mountaineer for over 20 years. Conquering the summit of Mt. Everest in 2007 was his greatest personal accomplishment. Since then, he’s made it his personal goal to change lives one adventure at a time—whether by scaling Everest, Kilimanjaro, Machu Picchu or Aconagua. Kevin’s passion for climbing and helping others has even been passed on to individuals who are blind, paralyzed and have lost limbs.

      His own adventure began when he wanted to have a bigger impact on people through his travel expeditions. Kevin was the expedition leader for 25 individuals—eight of whom were blind—on a climb to Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for people with disabilities. Kristen was one of the guides on his team. The team broke four world records, raised over $200,000 for the blind in Arizona and assisted a local orphanage that housed 24 blind, albino children in Tanzania. After this historic climb, the two joined forces to create K2 Adventures Foundation and K2 Adventure Travel, and they’ve been helping others around the globe ever since. Together, they run K2 Adventure Travel, which organizes voluntourism trips to Africa, Peru, Argentina and Nepal. Kevin is a certified NOLS Wilderness First Responder as well as trained in CPR and First Aid.

      He says, “I enjoy the smiles on the faces of those we help both in the United States and around the world.”

      Talks That Transform

      Speaking Opportunities presented by Co-founder and Owner, Kevin Cherilla.

      Whether you’re looking for something inspirational, educational or motivational, K2 Adventure Travel Co-Founder Kevin Cherilla will deliver a presentation that’s powerful and professional. Click here to learn more about Kevin's presentation.

    • Kristen Sandquist

      Co-Founder & Owner

      Throughout the years, Kristen has always been involved with a variety of non-profit organizations. Seeing the great need among those who were less fortunate and disabled in the U.S. was so heartfelt that she wanted to do something about it. She started her first qualified 501 (c) (3) in 1993 when she was just 23 years old. After relocating to Arizona in 2003 she went on to create her second non-profit that continued with her mission to help others.

      In March of 2009, her vision was once again ignited, this time internationally, when she was one of the guides on mountaineer, Kevin Cherilla’s, climb to lead eight blind individuals up Mt. Kilimanjaro. The entire team of 25 made the summit and broke four world records, but the trip was historic for another reason. After visiting a local orphanage —she and Kevin made the decision to co-found K2 Adventures Foundation, her third non-profit, and she became an international mountain guide. Kristen is a certified NOLS Wilderness First Responder as well as trained in CPR and First Aid.

      For Kristen, the experience has proven to be life changing. "I have fallen in love with the children in all of the countries we visit as well as the challenges of leading the teams to their personal best."

      Together, Kristen and Kevin run K2 Adventure Travel, which organizes voluntourism trips to Africa, Peru, and Nepal.

  • Meet Your Guides

    • Nickson Moshi

      Lead Guide, Tanzania

      Nickson was born and raised in Tanzania in the Marangu Village. He spent his entire early life on Mt. Kilimanjaro, working as a porter, assistant guide and head guide, and then went on to become the founder and owner of his own travel company. Nickson is one of the most respected and foremost authorities on Kilimanjaro and safaris. Kevin met Nickson in 2003 when Kevin led his first team on Kilimanjaro. He’s been guiding in Tanzania with Nickson ever since.

    • Elkin Torres

      Lead Guide, Peru

      Elkin was born and raised in Cusco, Peru and has a degree in tourism. Fluent in Spanish, French and English, he’s been working in the travel and guiding industry for more than 25 years as an assistant guide and head guide, and now owns his own travel company. Kevin met Elkin in 2007 when he led a team to visit the ruins of Machu Picchu and hike through the beautiful Andes. Kevin was so impressed with Elkin’s knowledge that they have continued to work together ever since.

    • Adam Christie

      Lead Guide, United States and International

      Adam has traveled to more than 40 countries around the world and his passport can prove it. Climbing is a huge passion for the New York native who currently lives in Arizona and works for STA Travel. STA Travel is the local travel agency that K2 Adventure Travel clients can use to purchase their flights to all the different destinations. Adam’s climbing resume includes Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, Mount Rainier in Washington State, and Mount Aconcagua in Argentina just to name a few. Not surprisingly, he's in peak condition. Adam is a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Wilderness First Responder as well as trained in CPR and First Aid.

    • Jesse Holland

      Jesse Holland

      Lead Guide, United States and International

      Jesse is a lead personal trainer and bootcamp coach. You can catch him in Peru guiding hikers through the ruins at Machu Picchu or introducing them to one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World—the Grand Canyon. He's a coach for The Fittest Tribe Alive and the "Rush Chicks," an integral part of the Rush Club Nation movement. Jesse's competed in two Hell Weeks, two of The World's Toughest Mudder competitions, and has more fitness certifications than you can shake a hiking stick at. He is a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Wilderness First Responder as well as trained in CPR and First Aid.

    • Kaki O’Shaughnessy

      Lead Guide, United States and International

      Kaki started her travel with K2 Adventure Travel in 2010 and has since participated in each adventure K2 has offered. She has been guiding teams in the Grand Canyon and Peru, been on the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. Aconcagua, trekked into Mt. Everest Base Camp and conquered the Mexican Volcanoes. Kaki has been good friends with Kevin and Kristen for many years and is currently K2 Adventure Travel’s Customer Service and Client Relations Manager. She is an accomplished photographer, with much of her work on the K2 office walls and K2 website. Kaki is a NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School) Wilderness First Responder as well as trained in CPR and First Aid.

    • Craig Van Hoy

      Lead Guide, United States and International

      Craig is located in the United States but travels all over the world. Craig’s been guiding for over 34 years and has completed all seven summits, led more than 50 expeditions to the volcanoes in Mexico and more than 400 summits on Mt. Rainier, to name just a few. Kevin met Craig in 1996 when they climbed Mt. Adams together and they are still great friends and fellow guides.

    • Kelly Weske

      Lead Guide, United States and International

      Kelly lives in Wisconsin but loves traveling to Tanzania. She’s been a Certified Group Fitness Trainer for more than 25 years, a Certified Spinning and Yoga Instructor, an Ironman finisher and has been to the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro several times. Kristen met Kelly when they taught middle school together in Wisconsin. They’ve been friends and have worked together for more than 20 years. Kelly is an Emergency Medical Responder as well as trained in CPR and First Aid.