"You guys all burn brightly." - John Shortt-Smith
".. you are one of the hidden gems in the industry." - Joe Coughlin
Do get in touch!
Project Himalaya is Jamie McGuinness and Kim Bannister and occasional other leaders. We organize and run every aspect of our trips ourselves, working in partnership with respected local companies. 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.
Our team members/clients are a diverse bunch of people - we run diverse trips, but virtually all are professionals with a degree. Most people are in their 30's to 50's, occasionally older but very fit, and from a surprising range of countries, in 2013 from USA, UK, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Canada, Singapore, Chile, 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, we enjoy it all. In 2013 around 100 trekkers-climbers joined us, around 40% of them previous clients - friends - came again, see Previous treks.
The majority of our clients book as a single/alone on a trek although couples are welcome, of course.
Please give us at least a few details to understand your needs better:
+ Which treks/climbs appeal
+ Your hiking or trekking experience
+ contact number+time zone / Skype, if you want
We are happy to spend time sorting out which trek is best for you then answering questions important to you.
Preferably enquire and plan 4-10 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 (India; see Delhi-Leh travel)
> get travel insurance
> sign the Acknowledgement of Risk, Waiver and Release
> fill in the Contract and Booking form
> then pay a deposit (US$750; more for a few treks)
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.)
Use your normal email or this handy form:
We look forward to meeting you!