Testimonials for Bill's Trips

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Here is what some of our past clients have to say about their Gulmarg adventure and Bill’s Trips. If you want to know what the fuss is about, see why you should book with us. If you’ve read enough and want to experience a trip for yourself, fill out our booking application form.


Insane

Cheers again for an insane couple of weeks away.

Safety

Let me thank you for the great experience I had in Gulmarg. The way the tour was conducted was great, showing the guest a good time, skiing through trees and touring to remote areas without the need to compromise safety and trying to go beyond the envelope. The emphasis on safety and understanding of the snow pack was well brought out during the time l spent in Gulmarg, especially the last few days when we decided to forgo skiing a remote ridge from the top and return to the main bowl area. Avalanches triggered that day and several days later by seemingly experienced persons show the need for prudent decisions. I congratulate you and the members of your team. Keep up the good work. Cheers.

Devo!

Bill and Natasha

A belated, but nevertheless huge and heartfelt thanks for our fantastic trip to Kashmir.

As Devo infamously said, “Freedom from choice is what we want” or at least that’s the excuse we’ll use for failing to pick a single highlight.  There were simply too many – the guests, the guides, Gulmarg, the snow, the slopes, even the skinning (eventually), Srinagar and the Shikara tour of Lake Dal (with the competing calls to prayer from various mosques drifting across the lake in the gathering dusk) – all brilliant!

I owe you a few Kingfishers, Bill.

Regards and best wishes

Such an incredible experience

Hi Bill,

Missing it so much, I still have moments where I stare at my computer screen dreaming Kashmir powder!

Thanks again to you and the rest of the crew for providing such an incredible experience.

Best Skiing of My Life

Dear Bill

Just dropping you a line to say thank you.

Last week was the best skiing week of my life. It was a fantastic experience made possible by your super professional guides. I have to be honest that I was a little apprehensive about the skiing but going with Elliot and Dean just made me feel safe and allowed me to enjoy the turns. In addition, everyone was so helpful, supportive and friendly.

I very much hope to be seeing you guys in the future.

Cheers Bill

One Off Experience??

Hi Bill

I was going to do this as a one off, but after coming on the trip I would love to do it again.   I really appreciate everything that all the guides did in keeping us safe.  I felt very comfortable with the sensible decisions that were made, and during a tough time the guys were absolutely professional (but could still have fun and get us good lines)

The houseboat and Dal Lake were just great.  Great food, great experience.  Loved it!

Thanks Bill, Sam, Mark and Mark, Wali and Manzoor for an awesome experience.

World class – a great experience

Recently my two teenagers and I had the good fortune to spend two weeks skiing in Kashmir, India. Bill Barker was excellent company and provided wise guidance in a relatively remote and raw skiing experience. His expert judgement enabled us to access terrain we could not otherwise have safely managed and he taught the fundamentals of safe back-country skiing. Bill was ever keen to allow us access to new experiences all in a spirit of good cheer. Nothing was too much trouble for him and whatever problems or difficulties arose were managed effectively and without fuss. This is not your average ski holiday you need to be fit and it tests your resilience on a number of levels, but you could not have a better host and guide-world class. A great experience.

Mates

The guides catered well providing the freedom to ride as much or as little as you liked and the terrain that suits.  They were unreal – top bunch of blokes.  I owe Sammy a few pints for pulling me out of numerous powder craters.  The guides felt like they were mates, not just going through the motions.  Definitely made it what it was.  Bill’s experience and forged relationships made you realize you’ve got the best man on the mountain.  Certainly an experience I will never forget.

Psyched for next year

Thanks again for a totally f…… insane holiday. I have got a few of the boys at home keen to come back over with me next year. Cheers.

Hey Bill

I just wanted to say thank you for a great trip, you and your team are so friendly and welcoming. Even during the minor military issues it never felt like we would be in any trouble. Some of the best snow I have ever had, and was great to learn more about touring while I was there.

I can see why you get on so well with the Kashmiri guides and staff.  They are so friendly and just seem glad that we made the effort to come in a slightly difficult time.

Thanks again …and see you in a Feb 2021.

Opening the Door

Hi Bill

Once again, I’d like to thank you for opening the door to Charlie, Morgan and myself to a spectacular fragment of the snow covered world. We had a brilliant time in the Highland Park Hotel and the surrounding slopes, and I know everyone else in the group did too. Of course the location is superb, but you, and your guides, and your flawless organisation were the underpinning of it all.

So Bill, thank you again… your Trip was a life changing experience,(in that now I have to repeat it at least a few times.)

All the best

Epic

Thanks for an epic trip, I know everyone had a cracker and it will always be a talking point whenever the lads are together. Thanks again for setting it all up for us and making it a trip of a life time for everyone on the tour.  Love to get back again one day.

Accountants

I am still reminiscing on our Gulmarg experience with you guys. What a fantastic time we had, I can’t believe that I ended up skiing the Himalaya.  Mark and Sammy were fantastic guides. It’s hard to get guides with a sense of humour (they sometimes remind me of accountants!). You know what I mean. Again, I want to thank you for the fantastic experience.

Far more than a skiing experience

Hi Bill,

A very big thank you to you and your colleagues for making my time there so enjoyable – from guiding me in the snow, teaching me about snow make-up and conditions, introducing me to skinning, and thinking up some other great things to do e.g. snow shoeing to the top, and walking to Tangmarg. I enjoyed getting to know you all and think you are running a great show there with some other great people.

By the way I think you should advise visitors to tell officials that they are on one of your trips – your name is known so widely and in a very positive way as we found out when we returned to the airport. The local people you have gathered to work with you e.g. Yousef, Mansour and Wally are all great as well. It was far more than just a skiing experience and I really appreciated that aspect.

Kashmir has definitely touched me.

Hang up my Boots and eat Marmite! 

“Wow, what a f****** great holiday”

Thank you so much for giving us the Gulmarg experience.  Everything that you did for us was way beyond my expectations. The skiing was the best that I have ever experienced.  It does, however, pose a problem – do I hang up my ski boots now, knowing that I’ll probably never have such fun on skis, and quit skiing on a high?

The team of guides were A1 and gave such confidence with their consideration of every run…. and they were really good fun, too.  The hotel was full of character and great staff.  I’d loved to have spent time in the kitchen learning how to cook such great curries.

All in all, a fantastic week, but spoilt by one very minor detail – Vegemite!  Really tough people eat Marmite!

Best wishes and I hope that we get to meet up again in the future.

Totally delivered

Thank you very much for the great trip!  You and your crew totally delivered.  I’m still amazed at how well ten days of skiing was, with most of the front side terrain off limits due to high avalanche danger.  Normally that sort of thing would be a trip killer, but you guys made it work out great.  A true testament to your collective skill and knowledge. Thanks again!  I will be strongly recommending Bill’s Trips to anyone who asks me about Gulmarg.

Kick arse

Thanks for a kick arse tour mate. Loved it. Onwards and upwards!

Memories to last a lifetime

Kashmir is an eye popping experience that challenges you physically and confronts you emotionally. The skiing is epic, but is best skied with guides with serious local knowledge. Our guide, Billy Barker is hugely respected by the locals and provides a level of professionalism that is second to none. Relaxed, patient and fun – all importantly, our group’s safety was his first concern. Going exploring with Bill in Kashmir has provided memories that will last a lifetime.

Had a ball!

Hi Bill and Natasha,

We had a ball! Thanks so much for such a great hol.

Luck of the Irish?

Hey Bill

Just wanted to drop you a line to say thanks for the trip. I think yourself and all your guys go above and beyond to put us on the best snow. I was a bit concerned when I had no luggage but Mez really did great to get me out with the limited gear at her disposal, and when the luggage thing was getting me down even went and sourced another board she thought might suit me better.  I think yourself and Natasha actually put proper time into trying to match group abilities, and I really appreciated this end of things. I’ve been plenty places where they say they do but really don’t.

I think the Highland and its staff were fantastic, and compared to a few of the horror stories we heard from down the village I was thanking my lucky stars we were where we were.  Sorry I couldn’t make the house boat for the grand finale but I’m sure Stevie kept the show on the road for the Irish.

Hopefully our paths will cross again.

Been raving about it!

Hi Bill,

It was a truly awesome trip, and not just the great powder but the whole experience, so thank you! I’ve been raving about it, (but only to the right people).

I am missing it every day, and will definitely be back!

Stoked with everything

Thanks so much for the awesome adventure. We were stoked with everything – the place, the snow, the food, the people, the gear, the learning. It was so much fun and we really hope this isn’t the last time we see you here. Cheers for everything.

Extraordinary Guides

Hi Bill and Natasha

Fabulous trip!!! Loved every minute of it!!! Without doubt, exceeded my expectations.

Great group of people, “extraordinary guides” and first class organisation. For me personally, the skiing was the perfect balance of down hill and touring. The opportunity to learn about touring, a little snow craft, safety and mountain awareness with the pros was a fantastic opportunity and exactly what I was after. The culture aspect was the icing on the cake.

What a mountain! Would love to have had more time there!

Have been flying the “Bill’s Trips” flag since returning!

Thank you for putting this all together and congratulations!

Kindest regards

Naan and Paneer

Hey Bill

I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the trip…still grinning ear to ear.  EPIC would be an app description… I really enjoyed myself and the whole Kashmiri experience. It was one of the greatest trips I’ve had.  I could spend another 2 weeks……..missing the mountain and snow now that I’m back in the city.  Thanks for everything. Really!  Super impressed with your operation and the quality of all the guides.  Tops!  I wish you guys good snow and weather for the next weeks!  Man….bummed just writing this email…I miss the mountain, exhaustion every night, and all that

Naan and paneer……mmm

Cheers

Matt

Kashmiri Time

…………….everybody around Bill works with passion and dedication, and have years of experience in their field. We always felt like guests while they played “hosts”.  We certainly never felt like customers.  You could feel that they all love that mountain, the country, and could not help themselves but try to share their love for that lifestyle and that part of the world.

As for Bill’s organisation: Unique is the word I would use. From the minute you land he puts you in Kashmiri time and pace, and you immediately feel miles away from your busy Westerner’s lifestyle.  How he managed to attend to everyone’s special needs I still cannot explain. The laid back attitude with total professionalism and attention to detail is what struck me as a unique blend. Always underselling and over delivering.

I took immense pleasure in seeing the younger generation having a ball and discovering what true skiing is all about……

A big thank you to you Bill, and to your amazing team………including the whole dedicated Kashmiri team at the iconic Highland Park Hotel.

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