Who are leading your trips?
We use professional local guides and instructors according to the requirements of a specific itinerary. Our guides and instructors are licensed members of the Kashmir Tourism Department. Not only is this a legal requirement in Kashmir, but it’s also your guarantee of a safe, knowledgeable and experienced leader on your trip.
Our leaders are hand-picked and have extensive experience in the areas they visit and operate in. Most of our leaders are our long-time friends and climbing, trekking or skiing partners who, in addition to being incredibly skillful, are great companions in the mountains. Obviously, all our leaders are English speakers.
What is the Accommodation like?
The accommodation is an important part of your trip. We always look for accommodation which is in a great location, whilst offering a friendly and welcoming service and an authentic experience. We aim to strike a balance between accommodation that we feel will fit most peoples taste and keep our trips affordable. The type of accommodation obviously varies depending on whether we’re in the heart of an alpine village or high up in the mountains. On our multi-day treks, you’ll generally stay in a tented camps, hotels, houseboats and mountain huts.
In houseboats we use twin or double rooms, we offer a private room upgrade for those who prefer. There are shower and toilet facilities in all houseboats and mountain huts.
In mountain valleys and meadows we provide tented accommodation. Our tents are double fly spacious tents, we carry proper matting, sleeping bags, blankets and inflatable pillows.
What about single travelers and single rooms?
Single travelers are very welcome on our trips. Single travelers will share rooms with other single travelers. On the rare occasion where we’re not able to find a suitable room share solution, single travelers may be required to pay a forced single room upgrade fee.
For travellers wishing to have a private, single room, it’s often possible to upgrade at an additional cost.
What will I carry in my rucksack?
Exactly, what you need to pack in your backpack depends on the type and duration of the tour, your personal preference and whether you have opted for additional baggage transfers. Generally, the less you carry, the more you’ll enjoy your time on the trek.
Necessary items:- Passport, visas, Base layers, mid layers for warmth, trekking trousers, trekking shorts, wind and waterproof jacket, Wind and waterproof trousers, Trekking socks, Trekking boots, Sun hat, Warm hat, Personal medication, Gloves, Sun protection (sun screen incl. lip balm), Sanitary kit (tissues, wipes), Hydration system (bottles or ‘bladder’), and Sunglasses.
Optional:- Pocketknife, camera, binoculars, navigation aids, ravel towel, head torch and money.
What about my additional baggage?
Any additional baggage that you’ve got, and that you don’t wish to carry on the mountain during your trek, can be stored at the houseboat or at our office where we meet on the first day. This means, it’ll be waiting for you when you return from the trek.
Do you provide flights and transfers?
We don’t provide flights with our trips. People come from all over the world and many choose to lengthen their stay at either end of the trip to get the most of what is often the trip of a lifetime. Some prefer to have full flexibility and choice of airports and flight times, and others have access to special deals or have air miles to redeem. Airport transfers are included in our trips.
Where can I buy Kashmiri Arts and Handicrafts?
We recommend Kashmir Government Arts Emporium Srinagar situated at Emporium Building, Residency Road, Srinagar. It’s only at a ten minutes walk away from Dal Lake Srinagar. It’s a government owned arts emporium, holds a range of reliable Kashmiri handicrafts which include carpets, shawls, wood carvings, papier machie, crewal, namda, phool kari, kaliko paintings and many more. For Kashmir Pashmina products like shawls, scarves, wraps and mufflers, we recommend an online Kashmir based store Kashmir Shawls.