EXPEDITIONS

ALL OVERSEAS EXPEDITIONS ARE ON HOLD UNTIL WE CAN ASSESS THE FALLOUT OF COVID-19

Our overseas expeditions comprise of small teams in large places, and it is difficult to get larger than the Nepalese Himalaya. This mountain range has long been one of our favourite places to visit in the world, being one of the six countries the main Himalayan chain crosses Nepal is home to over ninety 7000-meter peaks of which eight stretch above the ‘magic’ 8000-meter mark. Trekking or climbing in this magnificent range is something we recommend every mountaineer should contemplate in their lifetime. It truly is a wonder of the world….

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The Great Himalaya Trail

The High-Level Great Himalaya Trail is a long trekking expedition going from the Eastern border to the Western border of the Nepalese Himalaya. It encompasses the highest possible altitude route which includes three 6000+meter passes in the Eastern section where a degree of basic mountaineering skill is required. Covering a distance over 1700km in length many people simply do not have the time to commit to a single continuous trip. So, over the next five years, Synergy Guides will trek across the Great Himalaya Trail in five manageable sections starting in the Far Eastern region of Kanchenjunga.

Great Himalaya Trail Price Per Person
TBC (45 Days Total) £5450
Expeditions

Synergy Guides work closely with our in-country partners; Off the Wall Trekking. They have provided us with exceptional logistical support for Himalayan adventures in the past. They specialise in fully equipped camping expeditions which allow participants to visit the lesser-known and less visited trekking areas in comfort. You can expect fully trained and experienced staff, following eco-aware trekking and camping systems who are able to complement the first class equipment with first class attention to detail.

  • I have done a couple of trips with Steve now. Last year was a weeks scrambling in Glen Coe culminating in ascending the north face of Ben Nevis. Earlier this year we did a 2 day traverse of the Black Cuillins in Skye. Both trips were amazing experiences that took me beyond what I thought I could do. Steve's experience, guidance and calmness gave me the confidence to complete these adventures. Not only that he is great company and very easy to spend time with. Very highly recommended.

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    Ian Preece
    6/22/2015
  • Had a fantastic 2 days climbing with Steve. I chose to keep my booking despite the poor weather and didn’t regret it. What I was looking for was to focus more on learning skills and techniques and Steve catered the 2 days to exactly that. Anyone who is serious about learning mountaineering/climbing I highly recommend this place!

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    Damo G
    12/12/2019
  • What a great weekend with a great instructor. Thanks Steve! Steve went out of his way to accommodate everyone in the group and make sure their needs were met so we could all get the most out of the weekend. I for one took a great deal away from it and look forward to putting my new found skills into practice!

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    Jenny Henderson
    1/19/2016
  • Brilliant few days with Synergy Guides! Booked 2 days to try and tackle some of the harder Cuillins during my Munro Round. Iain was great and quickly adapted the days to suit my skill level resulting in my best two Scottish mountain days. Excellent experience and will definitely use them in future!

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    Emma McCahill
    8/30/2020
  • Steve offers a very friendly and professional service. Scottish winters are notoriously fickle but Steve is flexible enough to identify routes which can challenge your skills and aspirations. He has bags of experience which he is happy to share with you so outings with him are always instructional as well as fun. I've climbed with a few guides and Steve is certainly one of the best.

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    Paul Bartlett
    3/27/2020
  • I booked Steve to climb Ben Nevis by the Tower Ridge route & what a day!
    I have never been challenged as much as I was that day & Steve made it all possible.
    It was suppose to be a climb under summer conditions but winter was clinging on & Steve found himself instructing a novice in the use of crampons & an axe whilst also guiding me along the route.
    He did an impressive job & instilled confidence in myself which allowed me to climb rock in crampons, walk across icy ridges & even climb ice to reach the summit.
    Steve is a friendly, calm, positive & encouraging person who is very skilled in mountain arena & I cannot rate Steve enough.

    I would highly recommend him for your adventure in the mountains.

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    Marie Skinner
    5/24/2015
  • We had a wonderful day out with Synergy Guides! Steve was a fantastic guide, and ensured we had a great climb up Tower Ridge. He was knowledgable, kind, thoughtful, and cared a lot about our experience. We couldn't have asked for more. Highly recommend!

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    Colette Hinckley
    10/18/2019
  • have worked with a number of guides in the area and Dave was definitely one of the best. He assessed our team very effectively during the ascent and made sure that we all had an enjoyable and safe traverse of this spectacular ridge. The weather was not ideal but having seen the team on the hill for a couple of hours Dave made the right call and we were rewarded with a memorable day. His leadership and mountain skills were excellent and he went over and above the call of duty by chatting with us for 1/2 hour after the route was completed about other routes we might like to do on this and subsequent trips.

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    Andy
    6/01/2017
  • Totally rad couple of days with Steve and Dave.... climbed Ben Nevis via Tower Ridge route, and the In Pin in Skye... we had various levels of climbing ability in our team, and Steve made us all feel very 'at home' on the mountain. Keen to up the game with Synergy, and hit some bigger peaks! Send it!

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    Dave Turner
    9/19/2019
  • WOW, what a trip!!! I've had a couple of days to reflect on what was a fantastic weekend of winter climbing with Steve. I made the journey with a good mate, both of us having similar experience and technical ability. Whilst we wanted to go climbing we had specific objectives of learning on the move and Steve didn't disappoint. I now have a bunch of new skills i can't wait to put into practice. The whole process was very professional and we had a great laugh along the way. I would have no hesitation what-so-ever in recommending Synergy Guides to climbers of any level.

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    Adam
    1/31/2020
  • Had an absolutely incredible time climbing Tower Ridge with Synergy Guides. Steve is an extremely knowledgeable guide and a truly accomplished climber. Tower Ridge itself was a stunning and fun route on the iconic Ben Nevis. Steve made it easy to achieve a real adventure in Scotland just a day after arriving from the U.S. without needing to bring any gear. I'd absolutely recommend Synergy if you're interested in getting into the mountains in Scotland and I look forward to some more climbing with Steve and Synergy in the future!

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    Brandon Rose
    9/22/2019
  • I’ve been waiting to go winter climbing on the Ben for three years. I live in Brighton and have a family so my trips north tend to be planned weeks in advance - irrespective of the weather.

    I was lucky to get a recommendation from another mountain guide to contact Steve. A gent, a scholar, a great climber and fantastic company.

    While I know I can climb ... on warm, south facing, picturesque Italian multi pitch routes I had never climbed in Scotland on a proper winters day.

    No messing, went for Gully Number 3 Buttress Direct III 4. Steve gave me the confidence - I knew I could do it.

    Six pitches and and piece of p***. The climbing didn’t scare me and nor did the exposure - in fact I loved it - the weather did. As I belayed Steve on the last pitch it started to hail/ spindrift. On my own, Steve 25m above me, out of sight and no verbal contact. My axes, rope and legs up to my thighs covered in deep fresh snow. Did I say I had to climb without my glasses; funnily enough I had perfect vision that day. Felt the 5 nudges in the rope, set off and stormed the last pitch.

    Can’t recommend Synergy and Steve enough. My best climbing day so far in 35 years. Looking forward to doing it all again; fingers crossed Green Gully next.

    Cheers fella!!!

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    Chris Godfrey
    2/05/2020
  • Another amazing day with Steve Holmes & Synergy guides.With the weather forecast not looking good we changed our plans having originally hoped to head to Skye. But Glencoe looked better & in fact was the correct decision as although showery we had some views & even glimpses of the sun at the end of the day.We scrambled up Sron Na Lairig onto Stob Coire Sgreamhach then onto Bidean nam Bian finishing on the top Stob Coire nan Lochan. Steve Holmes was fantastic - really knowledgable, great company, and very reassuring. He even produced a ‘cake’ at the top to celebrate my 13 year old daughters 50th Munro. I can highly recommend Synergy Guides - this was my 4th outing for myself & my daughter with Steve & have already booked again for September.

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    Kathryn Gaffney
    6/21/2019
  • As a keen hiker and scrambler, the Cuillin Ridge traverse presented an irresistible challenge for me but one which could not be taken lightly or tackled solo without a lot more prep. Booking with Synergy guides made the adventure accessible and I had a superb experience. Steve pitched the route perfectly for my ability, and guided us expertly and safely through difficult terrain with few clear paths. I'm already looking forward to my next trip with Steve because I see this as the best way to enjoy more technical treks which are beyond my normal limits.

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    Tony Spencer
    9/01/2020
  • We had a fantastic day out with Steve. My husband and I are both beginners and wanted a route that was challenging but enjoyable. Steve chose a fantastic route (curved ridge) which suited our ability and he taught us lots along the way.
    We 100% recommend Steve!

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    Eleanor Ingman
    9/10/2019
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Himalayan Expeditions

Nepal promotes many ‘open’ peaks for climbing expeditions that see plenty of attention from traditional commercial travel companies. These peaks see multiple ascents each season and are exceptionally beautiful and challenging objectives in their own right. However, what Synergy Guides are trying to achieve in conjunction with our Nepalese in-country partner is an added sense of adventure by travelling to lesser visited areas to attempt rarely climbed or unclimbed mountains.

Our aim is still to ensure a degree of comfort by using excellent camping equipment, yet the vision is to use less in situ mountain huts and whenever possible forfeit fixed ropes and traditional Himalayan siege tactics. 

While traditional expeditions are fantastic experiences, we believe the real essence of exploring the Himalaya is to camp and climb in lesser visited areas. Click the link below to read about Sarphu IV.

Himalayan Expeditions – Sarphu IV Price Per Person
2021 (27 days) POA
Expeditions
Mountain Guides Scotland