Water running from streams, rivers, waterfalls and lakes...
Attention & concentration
Cesar will manage the spectacular mountain routes...
Water running from streams, rivers, waterfalls and lakes along to The Wild Atlantic Ocean; woodlands with native and ancient trees covered in moss; wild flowers, ferns, heather and gorse; red deer, wild goats, white-tailed eagles, foxes; remains of dwellings built by earlier inhabitants thousands of years ago will cause you to pause.
The journey through The Gap of Dunloe showcases the grey and purple majesty of Purple Mountain and the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, which contrasts with Mangerton Plateau and the dramatic mountain passes around Horses Glen.
There is the vibrant magic and prevalent green of summer in the valleys and woodlands of Killarney National Park, which transforms into a rich tapestry of differing shades of golden browns as summer turns to autumn over the mountains of County Kerry.
Walking in this scenery will enhance the positive side of your personality and you will be filled with a sense of well-being.
All hikes scheduled are a good opportunity to experience mindfulness elements during the activity, but especially "Killarney National Park Tomies Wood" (link on right picture) is tailored with this aim in mind.
The immediate outcome after the walk is balance in your body energy, your thoughts and feelings.
Long term outcomes of practicing Mindful Hiking:
The Mindful Hiking concept which has evolved from Cesar’s experience when walking in this spectacular landscape, encourages his fellow walkers to enjoy, love and respect the natural environment and leave no trace, save for their happy memories.
As an experienced professional, Cesar will manage the itineraries and spectacular mountain routes of your walk very carefully.
He's fully insured (Public Liability Insurance) and able to navigate on the mountains safely under any weather conditions.
He observes, approaches and explores the mountains from every angle, and will advise about the most suitable route...
Many years ago, he was touched by the beauty of Ireland, especially the South West. During the last 8 years, Cesar has extensively explored Killarney National Park, Mangerton, Purple Mountain, the MacGillycuddy’s Reeks, Iveragh, Dingle and Beara peninsulas, and walked most of the mountains ranges of Ireland.
Cesar regularly leads walks in a voluntary capacity for a Hillwalking Club, and has organised and coordinated walking holidays in his homeland - the mountains of Alicante, Sierra Nevada & Nerja in Spain.
Besides being your Mountain Leader throughout your walk, Cesar if you wish, will also organise your accommodation and transport, as well as recommending post-walk entertainment and additional activities.
Killarney National Park
Most recently walked Bennaunmore (Co Kerry), guided by Cesar on 7th March 2019. Cesar is an excellent guide having an in depth knowledge of the area. I would recommend KMH for both individual and group outings at any level. Cesar is very good at tailor making walks to fit all ability levels. I have also been on 3 trips organised by Cesar to Alicante in Spain, where again the walking and guiding have been of the highest standard. Additionally I was very impressed by the logistical organisation, airport transfers, hotels etc on my Spanish trips. Sharon C (Near Macroom)
For safety, comfort, and to cope with the weather in Ireland. It will help to keep you dry, an important factor to enjoy a walk when is raining:
Aoife - Ireland - 2020
“Thanks so much Cesar. We had a great day hiking Carrauntoohil. The hike was completely personalised to our abilities and it was a truly memorable experience. Couldn’t recommend this experience more and got so much more out of it than if when had just gone ourselves :)”
Queenie - Northern Ireland - 2020
Cesar was a fantastic guide. Very helpful in the more challenging parts. I'll definitely be out with Cesar again and I highly recommend him. A1 guide.
Frank - Ireland - 2020
“Really enjoyed the day spent with Cesar in Carrauntoohil. He was knowledgeable, friendly and very passionate about hiking in Ireland.”
Marta - Ireland - 2020
Killarney Mindful Hiking was an excellent experience as a family! Cesar was a great encouraging force and his unique guidance inspired us to really treasure the mountain in very subtle and powerful ways. We went as a family with Cesar, with a 16 and 12 year old young ones, they really got inspired to continue hiking and exploring their relationship with nature.
Róisín - Ireland - 2020
“Cesar is a great guide.. friendly and knowledgeable. Although I reached the summit, the weather was terrible so will have to go again. Would highly recommend Cesar as a guide.”
Nicolas - France - 2019
If you are looking to climb the highest mountain in Ireland, Cesar is your man! I've really fell comfortable and in safety during all the walk, he takes times to explain us the area and we have enough moments to take some rest. He is really passionate about hiking and Ireland generally, I appreciate his curiosity.
Jade - France - 2019
I had a wonderful time to hike until the top of Carrauntoohil with the guide Cesar (15th of November, with snow)! I am delighted to have chosen to contact him, I never could have done this walking alone. Cesar has adjusted the course with my physical condition and my equipment; I trusted him and we took a passage that I did not think I could cross! A real adventure! Thank you very much Cesar!
Andrew - UK - 2019
We spent a weekend with Cesar. He was efficient, very nice and absolutely knew all the mountain walks. He will keep going all day which is what we like and we had a great time. Thoroughly recommend.
Sheila - Ireland - 2019
Cesar's knowledge, preparation to detail and expertise makes him an outstanding guide for all walks, hikes and mountain climbing. He led some of our family including an American visitor up Carrauntoohil via O'Shea's Gully and down via the Heavenly Gates. it was simply amazing!! Looking forward to the next outing. Thanks Cesar.
Lisa - US - 2020
Lovely experience to hike along some of the hills and mountains that wind alongside the Wild Atlantic Way. The views are beyond what the imagination can conceive. Cesar truly loves & is connected to the land & his enthusiasm for it shows. If you go on a hike with him you, too, may also fall in love with the wonderful & enchanting mountains of Killarney. If you book this hike you won’t be disappointed.
Karen & Igor - Switzerland - 2020
“Es war eine sehr schöne Wanderung mir Cesar. Wir werden auf jeden Fall weitere Wanderungen mit Cesar buchen. Cesar hatte uns an atemberaubende Plätze geführt und jederzeit gut auf uns geschaut. War sind begeistert.
“It was a very nice hike with Cesar. We will definitely book further hikes with Cesar. Cesar had taken us to breathtaking places and had a good look at us at all times. We were thrilled.
Wild Atlantic Way
Theodore - US - 2020
Cesar is a wonderful hiking guide and conversationalist and my only regret is that I wasn't able to spend more time in the area. He is truly devoted to his craft and makes sure that his fellow hikers are well cared for, ensuring to do as much as he possibly can to tailor the experience to meet or exceed their expectations.
Aimée - Ireland - 2020
Cesar was a great guide for our hike. We are all at different levels of fitness and he took that into consideration. Well worth it!
Andrés - Ireland - 2020
Amazing Experience! César took us to the most beautiful viewpoint in Torc Mountain, we felt in very good hands as he is an expert in the area. Highly recommended!
Treasa - Ireland - 2020 Great experience. Friendly host who was easy to spend time hiking with, allowed me to set the pace for the hike and was safety conscious. Thoroughly enjoyed the hike, beautiful scenery.
Andrew - Northern Ireland - 2020
Great guide with a small group. Our dogs were welcomed on the walk too.
Wouter - Netherland - 2020
Cesar is very open and its easy to talk with him. He as a lot of knowledge of the mountains. He is flexible and will adjust the experience to what you want as a customer. If I come back to Kerry I will definitely ask him for a trekking in the Reeks.
Megan - UK - 2019
I can’t recommend this experience enough. I am an avid hiker, but I was travelling with my dad, who is less fit and not that comfortable being outdoors. Cesar went out of his way to tailor our hike to meet all of my dad’s needs and make sure he was safe and comfortable at all times. Coming from someone who never hikes, my dad said this experience was the highlight of his holiday, which means a lot!
Katrina - US - 2019
Cesar hosted a fantastic hike. He is a very experienced hiker and really looked after all guests attending to their personal needs and fitness levels. This is a very special part of the world with great views of the lakes and Killarney town from the top of the mountain. Highly recommended!
Nancy - US - 2019
Cesar was absolutely amazing! Cannot recommend this hike enough, he is extremely knowledgeable, helpful, kind and accommodating. One of the best guides I've ever had on a tour!
Killarney National Park
Brahim - Germany - 2020
The hiking tour to the Mangerton mountain with Cesar was great.. I felt really safe during the walk.. The weather was not good, nevertheless we could reach the top.. It was an unforgettable experience. I definitely recommend Cesar.
Yvonne - Ireland - 2019
I took part in a group hike up Mangerton mountain on 14th September 2019 with a group from the gym I attend. Cesar was absolutely fantastic. He lead us up with ease taking everyone's fitness levels into account and made sure we got the most spectacular views. I can't recommend Cesar enough.
Emer - Ireland - 2019
Cesar is an excellent guide. I attended a group hike and he really took the time to ensure everyone was comfortable with the pace at all times. His knowledge of the area is very thorough and we had such an interesting and enjoyable day!
Niamh - Ireland - 2019
Cesar was an outstanding guide and took everyone's fitness levels into consideration. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide to help us up to the top of Mangerton. Highly recommend Cesar and Killarney Mindful Hiking.
Killarney National Park
Steve - UK - 2019
“If I am thinking of some proper epic walking in the nearby Cork and Kerry Mountains, there is only one mountain guide. Cesar Lopez from Killarney Mindful Hiking. Take a bow, son. YNWA”
Dan - Ireland - 2019
Cesar Lopez of Killarney Mindful Hiking is an outstanding Hill Walking Guide with a great knowledge of the hills in Kerry and West Cork. His walks are always scenic, interesting and most enjoyable.
Killarney National Park
Gap of Dunloe
Jan - Canada - 2019
“This was my first trip to Ireland and at home I like to hike. It was very nice to find this experience on Airbnb. I think it will appeal to outdoor lovers. Cesar was very helpful in answering all my questions before the hike and during it as well. He was very conscious of my abilities and never made me feel rushed. He seemed genuinely concerned that I had a great experience. It was easy to tell that leading a hike for him was not like work, but pleasure. Cesar even took several photos of me which I really appreciate as I will have a lasting memory of the hike. This hike was good value for the cost.”
Killarney National Park
Ronald - UK - 2019 - A hike in Beara Peninsula
Another fantastic day with Cesar Lopez and Killarney Mindful Hiking. This was my first time walking on the Beara Peninsula and the weather could not have been better. There were some tricky sections to be negotiated during our ascent but Cesar guided me through those before we enjoyed epic views across to the Iveragh Peninsula and the MacGillyCuddy Reeks along our entire ridge walk. The descent was a little boggy but the flowering gorse bushes made up for this and we were soon back onto the fields and lanes back towards our starting point.