We believe that every single one of us is born an explorer and every single one of us can find a transformative experience in the outdoors. That’s why, no matter who you are, no matter where you come from, and no matter what you believe your limitations to be, we’ve made it our mission to help you find yours.
Meet Your LHO Team
Founder of LHO
Rami is the founder of LHO and passionate in the belief that everyone can be empowered by experiences in the outdoors. As an LHO Team Leader, Rami has led over 15 trips to Kilimanjaro, 8 trips to the Mont Blanc and has led most LHO expeditions in the Himalayas, South America and beyond. In his free time you’ll probably find him skiing lines in the middle of nowhere or plotting his next big climb to a mountain no one’s heard of. Don’t ask him about it because he won’t shut up if you do.
Co-founder of LHO
It wasn’t until a clubbing accident landed Ghida in a wheelchair for 6 months that she decided to ditch the trappings of Urban life and head to the great outdoors. With the all clear from her doctors, she took a trip to Nepal and fell in love with everything about the Himalayas. Since then, she’s become an inspiring amateur rock climber, a nature enthusiast and an LHO Team Leader. Ghida believes strongly in the healing power of outdoors experiences and uses her role as a Team Leader to encourage everyone to give it a try.
Chief of Strategy & Operations
Menna is an avid rock climber, hiker, freediver and overall outdoor enthusiast. She led a successful career in the venture capital and startup ecosystem in Egypt and has gradually invested more time towards her passion for outdoor adventures. She now leads LHO experiences and leads the program that enables our community members to become team leaders and adventure professionals themselves.
ELIE ABI AKAR
Base Camp Chief
Elie is our Base Camp Chief and he’ll be with you every step of the way to make sure you’re all set to go on an adventure of a lifetime. During his Advertising career, Elie was questioned many times by his colleagues as to why he was listening to the sound of ocean waves while working and staring at a faraway beach. But when they listened, it all made sense. There’s nothing more important than quality time in the outdoors away from life’s daily routine, so why not let him take you there?
BADER AL SAYED AHMED
Field Operations & CSR Chief
Bader is a certified barista, with a passion for adventure who spent the last seven years traveling for a cause by community building and providing opportunities. Bader is aiming to share his experience and background with the LHO community one trip at a time. If Bader was a sandwich he would be a burger, a big fat double cheese burger with a side of sarcasm!
Base Camp Manager
Gino is the second half running our Base Camp operations. His outdoor passions span from rock climbing to surfing and everything in between. Constantly pursuing spending time outside falls in line with his belief that nature heals, and that cities fatigue. Whether it’s the mountains, forests, deserts or oceans, you’ll notice that they all slap an equally huge grin on his face. Dark chocolate will have the same effect as well.
HAZEM EL SHAMY
Hazem is deeply passionate about high altitude mountaineering, but enjoys all kinds of mountain adventures. Since 2013, he’s climbed in the Himalayas, Caucuses, the Atlas and Red Sea mountain ranges. He believes that the most rewarding aspect of climbing is the deep relationships that form on the way to the summit, nothing like an exposed ridge to really bring everyone together!
Growth & Strategy Partner
Roland saw the potential in LHO when it was still nothing more than a hashtag on Instagram. With his wealth of experience in SMEs and startups, he has been a guide and mentor to the founders in the early days of the LHO community and is now a partner responsible for the growth and development strategy that is taking this incredible Life Happens Outdoors story into the next chapter.
Team Leader & LHO Ambassador
Anthony is a Civil Engineer, he started as a client with LHOs adventures and now he leads them, he is also the gear guru in UAE and got the Adventurer LHO rewards. Stuck in the gulf with no access to mountains pushes him to do his trainings in the desert, so you don’t want to mess with someone who runs on sand dunes in 40 degrees!!
Avedis is a mountaineer with 20 years of experience in trekking and high altitude exploration. His most recent achievements include summiting Mount Everest in 2019 as well as Manaslu, Denali and Aconcagua to name a few. If you want to keep up with all his summits, check out his mountain tattoos on his calf. He has them in ascending order.
Team Leader & LHO Ambassador
Marwan started as a joiner on our trip to Kilimanjaro. It was his first major adventure experience and one that led him down a path he never imagined at the time. Today, he’s an LHO Team Leader with experience in Nepal, the Alps and beyond! If terrible dad jokes and an insane attention to detail are qualities you’re looking for in your Team Leader, you’ve found the right guy!
Rand Al Sumait
A real estate analyst turned LHO Team Leader and adventure travel advocate, Rand found her passion and her place in the world after joining the LHO Community for a climb to the Mont Blanc in 2019. That experience led her to shift careers entirely and dedicate her life to inspiring fellow humans to take that courageous step and choose a journey of self-discovery. It also helps that her last name is one letter short of the word “Summit”.
The LHO Story
Life Happens Outdoors is an ideal. One that literally guided Rami, founder of LHO, away from the brink of an early-age health crisis brought on by two packs of cigarettes a day, crates of beer every weekend, and a lifestyle of abject victimhood. Finding mountains, where his transformative experience in the outdoors happened, is what empowered and enabled him to make the difficult choices that paved the way to what has since become a life of fulfillment on the roofs of the world. For LHO co-founder Ghida, that brink was reached when she found herself in a wheelchair after a crazy NYE bash. The healing power of the outdoors that came to her in the form of rock climbing, and the strength of will it enabled, guided her back from a very dark place. Every single member of our LHO team can tell a very a similar story. That’s why LHO is so personal to all of us and why Life Happens Outdoors is an ideal that we believe in. We all have our dark moments and we’ve all experienced the healing and empowering energy of time spent in the great outdoors. That’s why it is our mission to enable every single person to find a transformative experience in the outdoors, and in so doing, to come back different.
WANT TO JOIN THE TEAM?
Explore available positions or just reach out to us through the contact us form. We’re always looking for passionate adventure enthusiasts who’d like to jump onboard one of the fastest growing adventure travel communities out there.
Life Happens Outdoors (LHO) is a community founded on the single most promising idea that every single one of us has the potential to find a transformative experience for ourselves in the outdoors. Although this chapter of the LHO story now takes place on the trails, glaciers, summits and seas, it began very far away from all of it.
An adventure holiday for anyone with a pulse. No fitness requirements or prerequisites. Come as you are.Great for those who already train 1-2 times per week or would like to use this upcoming adventure as an opportunity to kickstart a fitness journey.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Joiners should be comfortable with their physical fitness and regularly train at least 2-3 times a week in the lead up to this adventure.Need we explain further?No prior experience is required. Basic skills may be taught during this adventure.The skills necessary to safely complete this adventure will be taught as a part of this experience.This adventure requires prior experience, pre-requisite skills or certifications. See below for details.We aim to strike a balance between unique local experiences and international standards of comfort and hygiene.Hostels are dorm-style accommodation used during certain legs of our trips and expeditions. They can be quite trendy with common areas, restaurants and cafes. Expect rooms to include a bed and a mattress as well as a common dining area with chairs and tables. You’ll need to bring a sleeping bag and an optional pillow.When the experience includes camping we provide the tents, sleeping mats, common dining tents, camping chairs and camping tables. The only thing you’ll need to get is a sleeping bag and an optional camping pillow. Please refer to the LHO gear list for more information specific to the trip you’re on.Mountain Lodges are usually well equipped, providing beds with duvets and pillows. They also include a common restaurant area. Some lodges require a sleeping liner.