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Project Himalaya Treks
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"You guys all burn brightly." - John Shortt-Smith
If you are interested to join us - Please get in touch!
Basically Project Himalaya is Jamie McGuinness and Kim Bannister. We organize and/or run things ourselves where appropriate and with good local companies for more logistically challenging trips. Project Himalaya is an internet-based business, we live much of the year in Nepal-India and each spends around 6 months a year in the mountains.
Our business model is lean; we are officeless, only a laptop each. The trip leader is responsible for the trip as a whole, including the web pages, email, organizing and leading. This means virtually all of your money goes directly on the ground operation, not a head office. Jamie handles the marketing and website.
Second - your suitability
Our team members/clients are a diverse bunch of people - we run diverse trips, but virtually all are professionals with a degree. People vary in age from 25 to 60+, from a surprising range of countries, in 2011 from USA, UK, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Sweden, Middle-East expats and more. Many have not trekked/climbed with a group/team previously.
We enjoy being social in the evenings; light banter, intellectual discussions, enjoy it all. In 2010 and similarly 2011 around 150 trekkers-climbers joined us, more than 50 of them previous clients - friends - came again, see Previous treks.
Third - the process
Please give us at least a few details and these will help understand your needs better:
+ Your name
+ Your email address
+ Your telephone number (home land line, preferably), time zone and better times to call
+ Which treks/climbs appeal
+ Your hiking or trekking experience, especially if you have been trekking in Asia before
We are happy to spend time sorting out which trek is best for you then answering questions important to you.
Preferably enquire and plan 3-8 months in advance to get the best deal on your international flights.
After you have made an enquiry (and yes, our email address is below, for you to do this!):
When you are happy with the arrangements then book your international flights and travel insurance. Then sign the "Acknowledgement of Risk, Waiver and Release", fill in the "Contract and Booking form" then pay a deposit - all from the top left links.
Jamie wrote the guide book:
Payment for treks
In short, for treks we need a non-refundable deposit of US$750 ($1000 for some trips) per person. The balance can be paid prior to the start of the trek or on arrival in Kathmandu/Leh; please discuss with us.
Payment for expeditions
The deposit and balance payment requirements are detailed on the expedition page.
Insurance and liability
It is a fundamental condition of booking that you accept that this is an adventure holiday where you may be exposed to risks different from every day life. We provide advice to the best of our abilities, take reasonable precautions within our skill levels and within the budget constraints of the trip. Ultimately, however, we accept NO liability. For treks you must have travel insurance.
Email is the best way. Finally - our email address!
You should bring a smile, your sense of adventure and a curiosity to learn about other cultures and ways of life.
(In other words, our treks are fun and well organized and we are very helpful but if you are particularly fussy, awkward, grumpy or otherwise generally a pain in the butt, book with someone else. We don't suffer fools gladly.)
We look forward to meeting you!