Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary

Peter Hillary followed his father's footsteps, Sir Edmund Hillary, and climbed Mt Everest, twice. He has also reached the South Pole overland. Peter is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences

Key Points

  • People are inspired by great adventure. And the name 'Hillary' is synonymous with adventure.
  • Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience "with him" on one of his many extraordinary adventures
  • Peter also assists with raising funds for the Himalayan Trust, established by his father.


Peter Hillary is a powerful and dynamic speaker who takes his audience “with him” on one of his many extraordinary experiences: to the summit of Mt Everest; traversing Antarctica to the South Pole; feeding a pod of sharks; or making a terrifying descent of K2 down a vast vertical rock face in a vicious storm.  He connects such dramatic achievements to the challenges faced by individuals and teams who are striving for excellence, coping with change, or overcoming obstacles in their own fields. 

On 25 May 2002, just four days and forty-nine years after his father made the first ascent of Mt Everest, Peter Hillary stood on the summit of Mt Everest for the second time. As part of the 50th Anniversary of the first ascent of Mt Everest, Peter Hillary lead a National Geographic sponsored expedition. Filmed by National Geographic for distribution in 2003 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the first ascent.

Like his father, Sir Edmund Hillary, Peter has climbed Mt Everest (twice) and has reached the South Pole overland; widely recognised as two of the most significant accomplishments in the world of adventuring and exploration. Peter also assists with raising funds for the Himalayan Trust, established by his father, which runs 42 schools and hospitals for the villages at the foot of Mt Everest.   He has a wealth of stories to tell from a lifetime of high adventure including over 30 alpine expeditions on mountains throughout the world. They are stories of challenge and achievement that are inspirational and entertaining.  Peter has spoken to over 500 high-profile organisations in a variety of settings from select executive groups of 12, to a vast audience of 12,000 at the Melbourne Tennis Centre.

His considerable achievements, and his natural speaking style, have led to a recent appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman, and an interview with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America via satellite live from Antarctica.  His articles have been published in The New York Times, The Sydney Morning Herald Melbourne’s The Age, and other high profile dailies. He is the author of five books.

Despite the high-risk nature of his expeditions, Peter’s survival is testament to one of his greatest strengths: his sound judgement. In his presentations he talks about developing this and other skills: of seeing excitement in uncertainty; of balancing risk with caution; and of achieving extraordinary goals through preparation, perseverance and passion. 

Peter Hillary’s presentations combine heart-stopping excitement and humour with practical applications, relevant to the client’s requirements.  They are supported by superb video and / or slide footage. 

Give your people the EDGE with a presentation by Peter Hillary!

Presentation Topics
  • Climb Your Own Everest
  • To the Ends of the Earth
  • K2 Crisis: Survive…& Thrive
  • The Challenge of Change

Went way above and beyond …We would certainly consider him for any other speaking opportunity.
Lucent Technologies Optical Networking Group, USA

Peter Hillary is an extraordinary person and a delight for anyone to meet.  I cannot imagine any setting where he wouldn’t be the talk of the group for years to come.  He appeals to all age groups and backgrounds.  He is a gentleman and a humanitarian – along with being an extraordinary explorer.  Peter Hillary is the real thing.
Worcester Foundation for Biomedical Research, Massachusetts 

Peter came highly recommended and after hearing him it is easy to understand why.  He was sensational, and it would be difficult to find a more appropriate speaker for our sales team to learn about commitment and discipline.
Salmat Letterbox Delivery Services

His presentation was the highlight of the conference.
Australian Insurance Institute of Victoria

Not surprisingly, your address was rated the highest (with an average of 9.1 out of 10) on the delegate’s Seminar Evaluation Sheet.
Queensland Association of Permanent Building Societies

An absolutely outstanding presentation. You gave us the perfect blend of a great story well told with both insight and humour.  … The night was a great success and one of our highest rating events for many years.
Young President’s Organisation, Melbourne

Nothing but rave reviews from all that attended.  Fascinating and amusing.
Ballarat Business Lunch Club

The focus of the weekend was on leadership and Peter captured that beautifully. He really connected with the group, which clearly demonstrates what a great communicator he is. He combined all the right elements – motivation, aspiration, leadership, boldness and bravery – as well as being highly entertaining and down to earth.  I can’t thank him enough for helping to make the weekend such an outstanding success.

Very inspiring… Relevant to the overall theme of our conference [Customer Management].
Credit Reference (Sydney)

Regarded by many Fellows as the best speaker ever had at one of our luncheons.
Institute of Engineers, New South Wales

Comments the next day were so positive …your presentation will be remembered for a long time to come.
International Tourism Bureau Exhibition, Frankfurt

Thank you for your highly entertaining, humorous and exciting presentation.  It really was the “icing on the cake” for our conference, and very timely being the end of the day when people were feeling a little jaded.
Broadbase Egmont Ltd 

His adventures and the obstacles he encountered related perfectly to those of his audience.
AMP Society 

Peter’s presentation was the highlight of the conference.  He was our closing speaker and received a standing ovation.
Project Management Institute of New Zealand 

In my memory we have not had a response to a guest speaker of the magnitude that your presentation generated.
Victorian Council of YMCA’s

Peter Hillary was an excellent speaker.  The audience was fascinated by his stories of climbing Mt Everest and the ordeals he went though.

Totally enthralled by Peter and his achievements.  Wives were relieved that we hadn’t chosen a footballer.
Bridgestone Tyres 

From beginning to end, Peter’s talk and interaction with our audience was wonderful.  He was without question one of the two best speakers we have ever had the pleasure of hosting during the sixteen years our Society has been meeting – the other being Peter’s father – Sir Edmund Hillary.
Worcester Foundation, USA

Thank you for your contribution to our Senior Management Executive retreat… the group [made up of 12 senior executives] very much enjoyed your frank and candid discussion.
The Federal Group, Tasmania

Peter was a great speaker who entertained an enthralled crowd

Peter is a polished presenter whose message is of interest to a wide variety of audiences and age groups.

Peter’s contribution was invaluable to the success of our inaugural Grand Final Breakfast.
Corporate Sports and Entertainment Group

A special person.  Down to earth, sensible, stimulating, humble, intelligent, honest, and very presentable.  Participated in the whole evening.
Geelong Grammar

Overwhelming audience reaction.  Standing ovation from our audience of 80-90 top tourism experts in Germany.
Tourism New Zealand

It was an honour and a privilege to meet Peter Hillary and have Peter present to our clients.  Everyone who attended the Godfrey Penbroke Queens St Melbourne function very much enjoyed Peter’s presentation.
Godfrey Penbroke

Excellent…Peter took us up Everest, down among the sharks and through an intriguing life.  The business lessons were there without the need for them to be laboured
The Steel Institute of Australia

Excellent.  Peter was well prepared, very articulate and tailored his talk to the event.
Job Supply Personnel

Excellent.  Well presented and all those in attendance enjoyed Peter’s talk.  All positive comments have been received.  A great speaker.”
Rotary International District 9780

Anecdotes, stories and building visual images were sensational.  The most eloquent speaker I have heard – smooth, faultless delivery and shared his deepest thoughts and emotions.
Farm Management 500 

Excellent.  An inspirational choice of speaker.  Peter helped us to believe that anything is possible.  A joy to work with.
City West Water

Excellent.  A very entertaining and interesting presentation.  Feedback from guests was very positive.

Excellent.  Peter's presentation was well delivered and very inspiring. He was well prepared and tailored his presentation to the audience. The inclusion of the audio visual presentation allowed the audience to witness some of Peter's trials and triumphs - he took the audience with him through his adventures.
Fordcomm Consulting

Speakers you may find interesting
  • Ngahihi o te ra Bidois (Ngahihi)
    Ngahihi -o-te-ra Bidois (Ngahi) is a modern day warrior, outstanding international speaker and leader and Chairman of a $350,000,000 Trust. Drawing on his own experiences, the experiences of others and lessons from ancient Maori wisdom, Ngahi will unravel truths to help people develop their own personal and professional leadership skills – no matter what their shape or size. Ngahi is the face of New Zealand and New Zealand Tourism.
    read more
  • Glenn Cooper AM
    A fifth generation Cooper, Glenn Cooper AM started in the family business in 1990 as its Sales and Marketing Director. Now retired, Glenn remains Coopers Brewery's Chairman and Ambassador. He is also Chairman of Australian Made Australian Grown, the Green and Gold triangle with the stylized kangaroo recognized the world over, and is on several family company boards around Australia as well as Director of Bundaberg Brewed Drinks Company and Haymes Paints Australia. He was Chairman of the Adelaide Fringe Festival and the Adelaide Convention and Tourism Authority for which he was awarded on AM in 2005. Today, Glenn's focus is on continuing the expansion of Coopers Brewery and retaining it as a privately held family company. It is a great emotional story of how a family company has survived now for 156 years and 6 generations of Cooper Family.
    read more
  • Nicolette Rubinsztein
    Nicolette Rubinsztein has forged a stellar career as a company director, strategy expert, actuary, former General Manager at the Commonwealth Bank and a mother of three. Nicolette understands that while career mums are benefiting from improved career equality work life balance is proving elusive. Nicolette references her own career in strategy and working part-time in a senior role, to provide a proven guide for career mums to have it all.  Nicolette speaks on work life balance, having it all, retirement and female leadership. Her new book Not Guilty is not about showing how it can be done perfectly, because it can't, it’s about providing some real tips for women who want both a fulfilling career and a happy family.    
    read more
  • David Hickie
    David Hickie was formerly Editor-in-Chief of the Sun-Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald. He is an expert in communications and the media.
    read more
  • Ray Scicluna
    Ray wasn't the brightest kid at school growing up in the rough western suburbs of Melbourne... you had to have 'street-smarts' to survive. Unable to read or write, Ray was the MD of Video Gold, a business venture he started at the age of 22, Video Gold grew to a turnover of $90m in under 12 months. The revolutionary Video Gold copy depth leasing program (of new release movies for $1 a day) changed the video industry overnight and was responsible for the introduction of large shopping centre type video libraries.
    read more
  • Radek Sali
    Radek “Rad” Sali stands as one of Australia’s most successful businessmen and is a serial entrepreneur in the health and wellness sector. Rad revolutionised the Swisse Wellness group by making the category aspirational and pioneering the use of brand ambassadors. Then in 2015, Rad helped negotiate the sale of the group to Hong Kong listed Biostime for over $1.7 billion, one of the biggest private company transactions in Australian history. Rad used the proceeds to set up his company, Light Warrior, an investment group committed to creating shared value by investing in businesses that are socially responsible and environmentally conscious. In addition to Chairman of Light Warrior, Rad is the Chairman of MAdE Establishment, a Director for Made by Cow, One Giant Mind, Hydralyte, myDNA, Stratosphere and Wanderlust Australia. Radek is also the Chairman and Co-founder of the not for profit Lightfolk Foundation, Chairman of Food and Wine Victoria, a Director for the charity Igniting Change, Hawthorn Football Club Director, The B Team member, the National Institute of Integrative Medicine Director and a Campaign Cabinet member for Latrobe University. Rad has an ability to recognise the positive and negative decisions customers make and why, so he can capitalise on it. With an endearing presenting style, he will share the trials and tribulations of his remarkable career with insights that are invaluable to any organisation. © ICMI Speakers & Entertainers
    read more
  • Christophe Barriere-Varju
    Having competed in the gruelling and most dangerous 10,000kms off-road race on earth both in Africa and South America Christophe knows a thing or two about "Mission Impossible" and taking things to a higher level.His latest event was immortalised in the 7 times Award Winning Film, Dream Racer,  watched by audiences in over 145 countries. An incredibly inspiring story internationally acclaimed by viewers worldwide.But Christophe is not just about racing the Dakar Rally or Dream Racer or becoming a legend of one of the toughest motorsport event in the world. MBA educated and having worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York he is a unique blend of adventurer/business man who now advises Government Agencies and large Corporations at his own consulting firm.The gist of it is that Christophe loves a challenge, in fact he is addicted to them, so much so that he spends his time turning his and people's dreams and ideas into reality. The keys he says is "learning how to learn and using challenges, failures and the fear of the unknown into developing your own self-inspiring mindset."
    read more
  • Bill Nelson
    Bill Nelson is an elite international sporting coach who turned his knowledge of developing peak team and individual performance into a world-class corporate consultancy. Bill's wisdom on the science of motivation, performance coaching and team building has been leveraged by business organisations, defence forces, the real estate and telecommunications industries, educational institutions, local government, numerous businesses and elite sporting programs throughout the world.
    read more