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 rise 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 summer climbing and winter climbing 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.

  • Booked 2 days to traverse the Cuillin ridge. Iain was spot on with his plans and is also just an all round good guy to climb with. We managed to get round in the two days despite the weather throwing a few curve balls. All in all a really good two days and will definitely use them in future.

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    Scott Punton
    9/02/2020
  • Yesterday 6 of us tackled the Inn Pinn on Skye with Steve and Casper from Synergy guides. They were totally brilliant and kept us in good humour the whole way. Steve roped me up the Inn Pinn, I was so terrified beforehand but he was so nice and chilled out it really kept me calm(er). Really pleased to have managed it, it was a fantastic day. Steve and Casper are a great laugh too. The Skye munros are tough, we went over another after the Inn Pinn and even with the amazing weather, I was really glad we had the guides for that too as it was tough terrain and it would have been hard to find a safe path without them. I'd really recommend hiring Synergy to guide you in the Cuillins. Thanks guys!

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    Katie Mullen
    8/10/2020
  • So far, had 1 superb day out winter climbing on Ben Nevis with Steve as subsequent days were postponed due to poor weather / conditions - he's been very flexible and accomodating. Steve is very strong, highly skilled and very good at looking after clients. Highly recommended.

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    Malcolm Smith
    6/23/2020
  • 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
  • Steve was incredibly knowledgeable and knew just how far to push us within safe limits. We had two wonderful days in the mountains and now have a lot more confidence tackling Winter climbs. We also received excellent guidance on kit / diet / route-planning which will be taken forward on future expeditions. I could not recommend Synergy Guides any more highly!

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    Jacob
    12/22/2019
  • 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
  • We had a fantastic day on Skye! Steve was so helpful and everything was so well organised - we felt really safe on our trip, had lots of fun and our guide was very friendly and encouraging. Would highly recommend booking a trip with Steve!

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    Heli Johnston
    5/31/2021
  • Steve was recommended to me by a fellow hillwalker who knew I was looking to finish the last of my scary Munros on Skye.
    Although it was short notice Steve was able to fit me in and I'm so glad that he did.
    I met him at the Slig and was greeted with a huge beaming smile and a warm handshake. On the journey to the start, Steve reassured me that the route that we would take would be the most straightforward and safest and hopefully the most enjoyable for me.
    On the ascent to the ridge and the dreaded An Stac screes, Steve constantly we went at my rather moderate pace. So once on a climb I was never out of breath or suffering from sweaty back syndrome. We had a couple of pitstops along the way and plenty of opportunities to look back at views when we got them.
    The scary part of the climb up to the summit was made extremely safe because Steve used short roping and lots of encouragement to get me there. No I'm sure he has reached hundreds of summits but he made me feel as if I had done something very special and unique. I was so pleased with myself.
    The descent was a reverse of our ascent route and it reassuring to spot familiar bits of rock and knowing what obstacles were to be overcome. By keeping my rope tight I was able to downclimb/ bumshuffle my way to safety. All too soon our day was over- I never thought I was say that about a dreich day on the Cuillin!
    I would wholeheartedly recommend Steve to anyone, no matter what your abilities are. What he does in a very subtle way is encourage you, he breaks down the climb into stages so that you are aware that you are making progress and most importantly he gives you confidence and at no point do you feel that you are being a pathetic wimp!

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    Pauline Henderson
    6/30/2016
  • I’ve been out with Steve Holmes quite a few times and would strongly recommend him as your guide. His sole aim is to give you a great day out. He is an excellent judge of where to go for the conditions, weather and your ability. On the hill, he is ever alert to your safety and also offers good coaching tips. He is such a good climber that I always feel he is completely on top of everything. Importantly, too, he is great company and full of enthusiasm, whatever the weather.
    I am now in my early seventies, and prone to angina, so the qualities above are very important to me. Steve makes sure that associate guides working for Synergy meet the same standards. Through Synergy I’ve had wonderful days on winter routes at III to V in standard.

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    David Wilson
    5/27/2020
  • This was my first adventure with Steve. He was absolutely amazing start to finish. I was mainly learning to lead trad climbing with some other useful climbing techniques and tips thrown in. He was very patient and was by my side the entire route while leading, answering questions and suggesting places to place gear. Look forward to the next adventure. Thanks Steve.

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    Chris H
    5/21/2019
  • I’ve been out with Steve Holmes quite a few times and would strongly recommend him as your guide. His sole aim is to give you a great day out. He is an excellent judge of where to go for the conditions, weather and your ability. On the hill, he is ever alert to your safety and also offers good coaching tips. He is such a good climber that I always feel he is completely on top of everything. Importantly, too, he is great company and full of enthusiasm, whatever the weather.I am now in my early seventies, and prone to angina, so the qualities above are very important to me. Steve makes sure that associate guides working for Synergy meet the same standards. Through Synergy I’ve had wonderful days on winter routes at III to V in standard.

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    David Wilson
    6/10/2020
  • The perfect guide 🙂

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    Hero Douglas
    5/10/2020
  • A massive thank you to Steve. We had a great day on Skye doing the Lagan round and with the added bonus of completing my final Munros on the Cuillin. We'd planned this round with Steve, as it's a 'tricky trio' to say the least. Although the weather was making the going quite tricky, Steve guided us perfectly and kept us well within our comfort zones. We achieved all our goals with ease, despite the weather's best attempts. I have total confidence in recommending Steve as a guide and look forward to working with him again in the future. Thanks again.

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    Chris Jepson
    8/07/2017
  • Simply Outstanding In short, Steve has taken me from being a keen hill walker to leading Graded scrambles and climbs and doing my first Graded Scottish winter routes - something I never thought I would achieve.

    Steve is really easy to get on with which is, in my opinion, really important when you are a nervous climber and being introduced to the technical aspects of scrambling and climbing. He is calm and instills confidence in you as you learn the skills and knowledge. Steve took me out of my comfort zone (by agreement) but I never, ever, felt anything but safe. Thanks to Steve I have had some superb adventures including all but one of the Ben Nevis ridges (getting the last one this year), summits on Skye, some great scrambles in Glencoe and climbs in Glen Nevis and I have managed to bag at least two Grade 3 Scottish Winter routes and now have the confidence to lead other folk on routes.

    I can't rate Steve highly enough and highly recommend him to anyone wanting to enjoy the great outdoors in Scotland

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    John Adams
    6/15/2015
  • 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
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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
(27 days) POA
Expeditions
Mountain Guides Scotland