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.
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
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.
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.
Brownie Ocean Grove
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trip of a lifetime!
Thank you very much for organising our trip to Gulmarg. We had an absolutely awesome time. Trip of a lifetime for sure! We were very privileged to ski with Mark, Sam and yourself, who all showed us such patience, expertise and good humour. We hope you also enjoyed your season in Gulmarg, despite the unusual weather!
Best One Yet
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.
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.
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.
Bar’el The Maldives
Thanks for a kick arse tour mate. Loved it. Onwards and upwards!
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.
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
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!
Loved the whole trip
Thanks so much for an amazing adventure in Gulmarg. There were so many things that I loved about the whole trip…. A highlight for me was the day in the high alpine where we skied down the big valley to the avalanche mounds, and also the spectacular view of the Himalaya’s from the Summit.
We were also really lucky with a great group of people we had on board for our trip, and lots of laughs were had by all. Another highlight for me was being guided by yourself, Sam, Mark, Wally and Mansoor. I learnt lots just from talking to you guys, and getting feedback about conditions, route finding and the snow pack.
I enjoyed the whole Kashmir experience including meeting and talking with the locals, both at the Highlands Park and around the Gulmarg village. Always good vibes no matter who you met or what the topic of conversation may have been.
It was a full credit to you and the guiding team the way you managed people and their individual needs, catering for those that wanted to go for another lap, and those whose endurance was fading (like myself) to pack it up and save a bit more for the next day.
Once again thanks for everything, much appreciated.
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!
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
…………….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.
Felt Like A Queen
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.
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.