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.


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.

Loved the whole trip

Hi Bill,

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.

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.

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.

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Insane

Cheers again for an insane couple of weeks away.

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

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!

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

Trip of a lifetime!

Hi Bill,

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!

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.

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

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