MM Collection
Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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October 9, 2013

Good as Gold!

More than 1000 guides nominated worldwide.

Only 1 winner.

Me? Me.

#1 in the Wanderlust World Guide Awards!!

Many thanks to Mark and the team at Mountain Madness in Seattle; to Kili, Sagar, Dawa and the team in Nepal; and to my clients who, in addition to saying some very gracious things about me, have allowed me to be a part of their lives in such a meaningful way. It’s really amazing to guide people through such a challenging, transformative, and enriching experience, and I am very grateful to be able to live in the world in this way!

I have been overwhelmed by the volume of responses, so please forgive me for not replying personally to your emails and posts, but I am awash in your love and support. Thanks for that!! Thanks also to those of you who were checking the Wanderlust website for an announcement during the ceremony–it was an unexpected joy to open my computer at 1 am and find so many congratulatory emails–really wonderful!!

~MM Guide Deana Zabaldo

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Join Deana in 2014 on the following trips and experience her expertise and client care:

Everest Base Camp Trek
Mustang Trek
Bhutan Bike and Hike
Chomolhari Trek
Annapurna Trek
Patagonia Multi-Sport