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1986: Foundation of Company

Trekking Hellas was founded in 1986, by 2 Greek mountain guides, Michael Tsoukias and Christos Lambris, who decided to give up their occupations and invest in their love for nature and adventure.

Trekking Hellas was the first Greek company that specialized in adventure and sports tourism. The main objective of the company was to offer another perspective of the country and create a better understanding and appreciation of the Greek culture and landscape, to people that enjoy active holidays.

In 1986, Trekking Hellas successfully organized the first outdoor activity package, a 15 day walking tour in the Greek Mainland, for the French adventure office Explorator.

1987 - 1990: Foreign tourists explore Greece

Using Trekking Hellas as a guide, foreign tourists explore the Greek mountains.

1987 - 1990: First trips abroad.

The first trips abroad, specifically in Nepal and India, were organized for Greek clients.

1990 - 1992: The attraction of the “unknown”

Trips were organized to the Sahara and Jeep safaris for the first brave Greek clients, as well as excursions in the Ionian Sea with zodiac boats for foreign clients.

1990 - 2000: International Organizations

For 10 continuous years Trekking Hellas organized the selection of the Greek crew for the participation at the international Camel Trophy event.

1992: Rafting

Trekking Hellas organized the first rafting activities in Greece

1993 - 1996: Adventure and sport tourism

Trekking Hellas developed a market for adventure and sports tourism as well as “adventure” trips abroad.

1996: Corporate Events

Trekking Hellas organized the first corporate events

1996 - 2000: Rafting becomes popular

Rafting becomes a popular outdoor activity to the Greek market.

1997: Lead was established, a company that franchised the Trekking Hellas brand name to new entrepreneurs.

The first franchisees:

  • Trekking Hellas Evritania
  • Trekking Hellas Thessaly
  • Trekking Hellas Thessaloniki
  • Trekking Hellas Grevena

1998: Incoming growth: Adventure trips for large Tour Operators

Trekking Hellas organized adventure trips for the largest tour operators that specialized in adventure trips, in the USA, Great Britain, France, and Canada.   

1998 - 1999: New markets / new opportunities

The Israeli Television channel broadcasted a documentary on Jeep Tours in the Greek mainland, in collaboration with Trekking Hellas. For 3 consecutive years Trekking Hellas organized trips for Israeli groups.

1998 - 2001:

Trekking Hellas participates as exhibitor in the largest International Exhibition for Tourism ITB Berlin

2000 …2: more success stories!

The 1st Mountaineering Mission was organized in Antarctica (Mt. Vinson 4,895m)

The “Ionian Sea kayaking Program” was rewarded by the National Geographic Adventure magazine as one of the 10 best programs in the world.

2000 - 2002: …big business

Park & Davis : Jeep Safari for 600 doctors all over Greece
Adel Saatchi & Saatchi:  assigned to Trekking Hellas to design, build and operate a 4x4  test drive track for Land Rover
Coca: cola: Adventure Park for 5.000 students in Rhodes
Hyundai: European journalist presentation of Hyundai Santa Fe in Crete (300 journalists)

2003 … sponsorships

METAXA, SONY, STIHL, FAGE (biggest Greek dairy company) promote their products below the line through the Trekking Hellas activities

2004: Sports events, Accommodation and services during the Olympics

Trekking Hellas provided accommodation and hospitality services during the Olympic Games in Athens 2004 and Torino (Winter Games 2006), for Olympic teams, sponsors and various other groups involved in the Olympic Games.

2006: 20 years of Trekking Hellas

Meeting of Trekking Hellas Group of Companies in Albania: Celebration of 20 years in operation

2007 ...Another success story!

Nissan, Papingo: European presentation of new X-Trail to 500 journalists
Award for best organized event for Nissan in 2007

2008: 2009 Year of Reorganization

Trekking Hellas changes offices in Athens and implements a big reorganization in its internal procedures and workflow.

2010-2012… economic crisis

The economic crisis of the country accompanied by strikes and protests had a negative impact on the company’s sales as well. The company had to react fast, reduce operating expenses in order to survive in this new reality. Despite the bad economic situation the company insisted on selling high quality services and managed to survive as it mainly focused its efforts in incoming business. In 2012 the situation changes radically

2013-2014... Recovery and expansion

Incoming tourism is booming, Trekking Hellas represents the leading adventure travel companies of the world with impressive numbers. Recovery allows to expand and invest in human resources and marketing. A new era is at our front steps and we are getting ready to take off !