Testimonials for Bill's Trips
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.
Opening the Door
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
Place in my heart
Thanks for the great time over in Gulmarg. It’s a very special place and has found a place in my heart! Well done with such a great organised tour that is relaxed and fun. Thanks again for an awesome time. I can’t believe we did it.
Bar’el The Maldives
Thanks for a kick arse tour mate. Loved it. Onwards and upwards!
Joel Western Australia
Sir William of Kashmir – good to hear you have returned back safely to the motherland! It was a truly epic trip! Every time the boys get together it’s still all we can talk about. See you in another part of the world one day I’m sure. Cheers.
Larry Mt Hotham
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.
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.
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.
Back in Mullum trying to get back into the groove, still dreaming of Gulmarg. Had such a wicked time there thanks to you and your homies, What a weird and wonderful place!
Craig Western Australia
Cheers again for an insane couple of weeks away.
I can’t tell you how much we enjoyed our trip. The entire experience was so much better than our previous trip to Gulmarg and it certainly wasn’t just the snow conditions that contributed to this. You should be extremely proud of the package you have put together. Often at the end of a holiday you are ready to go home but this was certainly not the case. I didn’t want to leave and am trying to work out the logistics of getting back there next season. Mark, Sam and Dave are a credit to you and made our stay and time all that much more enjoyable. Their knowledge and help on a day to day basis was invaluable and very much appreciated. I felt more like we were skiing with knowledgeable friends rather than guides.
Richie – Dublin 2019
Luck of the Irish?
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.
Naan and Paneer
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
Far more than a skiing experience
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.
…………….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.
Gen and Greg 2015
Had a ball!
Hi Bill and Natasha,
We had a ball! Thanks so much for such a great hol.
More than just a holiday
I just wanted to say hi and thanks again for an amazing trip. As I settle back into the everyday drudge I look back and realise just how amazing it really was. You guys have a brilliant outfit, from your main crew of guides through to the locals and all the staff. They all made it more than just a holiday.
I am keen to come back next year…
Stephan – Sydney 2019
Scratch that Itch!
Bill and Natasha
I trust you are well and back into normal life back in Oz. We had an incredible time in Gulmarg. Certainly ‘scratched’ the itch but I think it may need more scratching! It appears to be that sought of place….
Jacqui and Kieran Singapore
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.
Been raving about it!
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!
Rory – Dubai 2019
Bottle Bill’s Trips Gold Standard!
Many thanks from all of us for a fantastic trip to Gulmarg. It was perfect – great skiing, weather, accommodation and food, but most of all, good people. We had an amazing time and the main challenge now is to work out how we can top it for next year, although it looked from the fresh snow as we left that this week would have been even better- I hope you have managed to squeeze in plenty more turns.
I think we got fresh tracks pretty much all day, every day. We got the best guiding possible; we were fed like kings and it all had the Bills Trips gold standard of incredible professionalism in a relaxed environment. I think you should try and bottle it!
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.
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.
I had a fantastic time skiing with you and your team, and I will certainly come back. There is so much more to do, and I will look forward to bringing my wife and friends next time!
Thanks for making it such a great and funny trip. ….. there is something really special about the way that you manage to keep things so relaxed, and yet so professional on and off the mountain. It is a really good recipe and I think your ability to attract and retain such good guides says a lot about you, the company, and Gulmarg itself. I look forward to coming again.
See you soon.
Ben Western Australia
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.
Richard H 2014
One Off Experience??
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.