For me a dream has become reality. For years I had the intention to travel to the Himalaya, to experience the feeling of skiing in these mountains and to enjoy the peace and the sights, to look up at a 8'000m peak from 4'500m - simply to be on the Roof of the World. On my trip to Gulmarg I have only seen a small part of what makes the Himalaya. I can only assume what this vast mountain range has to offer and therefore I still continue to dream.......and dream on and on.....and I will be back. With Chris I would feel comfortable to go anywhere in these massive mountains. Andreas' Blog, youtube video
Gulmarg is huge, wild and incredible. It is Jackson Hole times 5 for readily accessible skiable terrain. I have done big mountain skiing in many places around the world and this is one of the greatest ski adventures I have ever experienced. The terrain is awesome and the Kashmiri cultural experience is unique and unforgettable. In order to fully experience Gulmarg, I would highly recommend Chris Werren of Free Ski Himalaya who has the most professional, knowledgeable and safe guide service in the area. Chris will also handle all lodging and ground transportation arrangements and he was invaluable in the overall planning of our trip.
It was a stroke of luck that I discovered Chris Werren when I was researching the opportunities of "Skiing in the Himalaya". During the nearly one year long planning phase of our trip Chris has proved to be a helpful and patient but above all a very competent and trustworthy contact and adviser. We were very happy when we finally met Chris personally in Srinagar in January 2010.
Chris is a professional organizer and guide. We enjoyed a fully customized program adapted to our expectations up to the smallest detail. We were well taken care of and therefore every day became an unforgettable experience. Hans-Peters' Blog, youtube video
As you know I spent a wonderful time with you and your team in Gulmarg and Srinagar. I enjoyed the descents in the deep Himalayan powder very much and for me who grew up in Courmayeur on the foot of the Mont Blanc this was a marvelous experience. Never will I forget the "bear tracks" in the snow, the wilderness of the landscape and the runs with you and Mushtaq on the steep slopes of Mt. Apharwat. I thank you and hope to return to Gulmarg again with some of my friends.
The time we spent in Gulmarg was an exceptional experience, not despite but because of the unexpected incidents - I believe these should be part of an adventure trip! You have always been very focused on satisfying all our wishes but you also let us know your concerns when necessary - in one word "the best guide" I had the pleasure to meet over the past years.
Our team of 5 freeriders from Bavaria first intended to organize the trip to Gulmarg ourselves. However, when we discovered Free Ski Himalaya's website we decided to let a professional like Chris organize the trip for us, a decision we never regretted. Pick up at the airport in Srinagar, hotels, lift passes, jeep transfers - everything was perfectly arranged. Thanks to our local guide Mushtaq we always found the best spots for "first tracks". It was an unforgettable journey to a destination that offers more than just skiing. youtube video
I enjoyed two great weeks in Gulmarg in February 2010 and had a rich mountain experience with Free Ski Himalaya, despite the not always perfect weather and snow conditions. The on the spot organization was superbly coordinated by Chris and therefore it was possible for the guests to fully concentrate on their freeriding adventures.
That's sheer madness, I am regularly thinking of our time in India. I talked about this exciting trip to my parents, brother, grandfather and friends - this experience, the special impressions and all the information we would never have gained without you, thereof I am convinced. This trip will remain one of the unforgettable events of my life.
Early this morning we left from the most bizarre, the most exotic and strangest ski resort of the world! We also said good bye to the most peculiar, the nicest and nearly untainted people on earth! The advertising for Kashmir hits the point - It's Heaven!"
"This small stretch of land embedded in the world's largest mountain range is a place of extremes. It can be said "There is skiing before Kashmir and there is skiing after Kashmir" - Andy and myself have become fans!!! Thank you Chris - it has been very "eventful and exciting", an adventure that will never be forgotten. Andy + Mike's Blog youtube video