Our team is both knowledgable and experienced.
Those three 'characters' below have over 100 years combined travel industry experience between them!
In travel the only way to gain knowledge and experience is by doing it yourself, "in the field", the hard way.
But, above all we're also nice people too and take great pride in providing a friendly and informal service to our discerning clients.
To become a professional guide with Snow Cat Travel isn’t easy. We only choose the very best for our clients. All Snow Cat Travel guides are both professionally qualified and licensed by the Government of Nepal. But, there's a lot more to becoming a qualified Nepal Guide. Not only do we hand-pick Snow Cat Travel guides based on qualifications alone, guides are selected only with proven knowledge and experience criteria, but more than that…we look for personality too…a friendly nature with a “can do” attitude. And yes, being able to speak English.
Invariably our clients return from their Himalayan treks and adventure journeys full of praise, admiration and respect for all the Nepalese & Bhutanese people whom have ensured their holiday has been both wonderful and memorable. Our friendly, knowledgable english-speaking guides are both trained and qualified. Their passion and enthusiasm is second to none. Of course, the type of support crew you'll have will depend upon the itinerary itself.
Certainly you'll meet and get to know more than your guide, whether it be the gentleman who looks after our 'meet and greet' and transfer services for your arrival and departure at Kathmandu Airport, to our courteous drivers whose high standards, patience and skills negotiating traffic, potholes and everything else overland travel in Nepal & Bhutan brings is just incredible. If you're heading into the Himalayas then it's likely you'll have porters (pack animals usually in Bhutan) to carry your main baggage. The first time visitor is often astounded that porters are sometimes women too.
But, being a trekking porter is considered a very good job and our porters are paid a fair wage (in fact respectable tour operators follow a code of practice for both porter wages and welfare) and the loads they carry is strictly limited to a regulated maximum. If your holiday involves camping then you'll have additional trek support crew such as a cook and his assistants, additional porters to carry all the camping gear and so on. How they manage the whole operation of preparing breakfast (and bed tea of course), breaking camp and packing up and then most likely passing you on the trail and having camp set up and ready, welcoming you to camp with refreshments and with supper already on the go is just mesmerising. That they do all of this seemingly without effort and always with a smile invariably endears them with our clients. Indeed we actively encourage you to make the effort to get to know our Nepalese & Bhutanese people whom are working as part of your holiday team.
I have just got back from trip with snow cat to Annapurna Base Camp with some friends. We had an amazing time and the guides were excellent.