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.


Best One Yet

Hi Bill

Got back to the wilds of Melbourne and now that I’ve said hello to everyone I’d like to be back in Gulmarg. Thanks to you and the other guides for a brilliant trip. We think it was the best one yet and the three of us are pumped to do it again next year. The snow and the trips we did were unbelievable! We will be in contact after our debrief so we can get in early. Enjoy the rest of the season.

Cheers

Sir William

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.

More than just a holiday

Hey Bill,

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…

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.

Good Recipe

Hi Bill

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.

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.

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.

Felt Like A Queen

Hi Bill

I just loved my time in Kashmir with you!
……the adventure skiing, world-class guiding, Highland Park, good company, Kashmiri culture….
Thanks for looking after me so well.  Felt like I was treated like a Queen.
Send my thanks and good cheer to Sam, Lydia, Mark, Mark, Wali and Manzoor.
Biggest Cheers

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.

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.

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.

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!

Awesome trip

Now you’re back I just wanted to thank you properly for providing me such an awesome trip to Gulmarg in 2011. I only wish I could’ve stayed longer…much much longer! You did a great job! And we had a good crew to be with. I felt very safe having you look after us. We had lots of variety on the mountain and great cultural education because of your efforts and desire to provide us the best experience. It felt like we packed a lot into the time available, but would love to have done more. 4 weeks would be insane. You’re a legend! Cheers. Thanks again… stay safe.

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.

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.

The way to go

Thanks again for the trip. Having got to know Gulmarg and some of the other options that are around, your trip was definitely the way to go. I am totally in love with Gulmarg and I will definitely be back next year, so, I will see you then, or, at Mount Hotham this year. Until then, enjoy the surf!

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.

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.

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.

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

Bottle Bill’s Trips Gold Standard! 

Hello Bill

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!

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.

Best trip yet

Just a quick note to say again thanks for a really great trip, even though it was my second time to Gulmarg it was definitely the best.

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

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.

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