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.

  • Steve was very accommodating to provide mountain guiding to suit our request to climb the Inn Pinn. He took into account the weather conditions and as a result we rearranged the climb (fortunately he was still available later in the week). He was very calm and reassuring and didn’t make us feel under pressure at any time. We had a really enjoyable day in his company and would highly recommend his services.

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    Hilary & George Hartley
    5/12/2021
  • Great experience with Steve & Ian doing Sgurr a' Ghreadaidh. They were very patient with us in testing conditions. Would highly recommend. 😊

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    WILLIAM MCDONALD
    9/10/2020
  • Steve is a very experienced guy and made our weekend very memorable. I gained valuable training along the way even though the weather conditions were very challenging Steve made sure we got the training we went for. He is very patient and explains everything very well answering any question and making sure we understood anything explained to us. His knowledge in mountaineering is excellent and I felt very comfortable doing the different challenges he threw at us under his guidance over the weekend. I highly recommend Steve and look forward to using him myself in the future.

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    Dave Campbell
    2/01/2016
  • Another great trip with Steve from Synergy Guides. The weekend was tailored to suit our ambitions of getting some Skye hills under our belt, including the Inn Pinn. Climbing and abseiling thrown in too which made for an excellent weekend. Would highly recommend.

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    Jenny Henderson
    6/01/2016
  • I've just returned from 3 days performance climbing with Synergy Guides and the experience was just sensational. The guides are so knowledgeable and always seem to get you to the best routes on the mountain. Steve Holmes was my guide over the 3 days and he was not only great company, but he introduce me to some superb terrain and developed my skills that will benefit me for years to come.I'm looking forward to planning my next trip later this season and will definitely be rebooking with Synergy Guides.

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    Nicholas Gasson
    2/21/2019
  • Just one week before we started our trip to Scotland (my wife, our 17 years old son and myself) I tried to get some guides for scrambling / climbing tours on Skye and around Ben Nevis by writing emails. Steve answered nearly immediately with recommendations and possibilities for us (having described our experience so far - climbing yes, scrambling no). That was the first positive point with Steve: extremely easy to communicate - anwers always on the same day giving the needed information etc. So booking procedure & communication before and after to organise the trips: excellent! Trips: for the first day we booked the InPin (Inaccessible Pinaccle Cuillin). At the end of a wonderful day we were able to do An Stac, the Inn Pinn, Sgurr na Banachdaich and Sgurr a’ Ghreadaidh there. That was our first scrambling adventure and it was really a great day with Steve. We always felt very safe enjoying his competence, tranquility and joy. It was a wonderful full day of adventure, effort, and fun, so we wanted more scrambling! Being around Ben Nevis (Ballachulish) on the following week we did the Tower Ridge with Rich and we just can say the same again: brilliant communication before for the organisation of the trip, feeling very safe with the competence and tranquility of Rich, having a lot of fun as a group together with Rich and: yes, the Tower Ridge is a great adventure!

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    Jens
    8/20/2016
  • Great day out I have met Steve a few times for instruction courses in mountaineering. I am always impressed with his calm and collected tuition whilst feeling very safe. Every time I have had an awesome experience learning new skills and getting out into stunning locations. Cheers Steve.

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    Colin
    5/27/2015
  • I had a really good day despite the poor weather. We made it up the inaccessible pinnacle and had time for a second munro, getting down before the worst of the rain. Iain gave me lots of tips throughout the day and kept me focused on the task in hand

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    Craig Campbell
    8/02/2020
  • We were fortunate enough to have Steve take my novice family of four (mum, dad, boys 9 &13) out for a days climbing. Any nerves I had previous to the day were swiftly eased due to Steves professional and calming guidance. The day ran seamlessly from kit being provided to Steves meticulously organised activities for the day. After the days climb it was rounded off with some cliff jumping into a local river, which was the perfect way to cool down after an exhilarating day. Really can not recommend Steve from Synergy Guides enough, due to his extensive knowledge and experience he has managed to create a memorable experience for my family which will be reminisced for years to come!

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    Joanne Connolly
    7/25/2021
  • 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
  • I had a couple of days of private guiding last week with Steve from Synergy Guides. Ice climbing conditions were not great so we had a day at Polldubh rock climbing and an indoor instruction session at the Ice Factor. At Polldubh the crags were just drying and Steve was able to choose a selection of routes to suit my level which were in condition. The highlight was Secretaries Direct, superb slab climbing. I have climbed with Steve several times before and always found him to be a safe and reliable guide who helps me get the best out of my climbing. Highly recommended.

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    Neil Sandilands
    4/21/2019
  • Booked with Synergy Guides again, we’ve been using Steve Holmes for 3 years now and highly recommend him. This year we booked late so Steve arranged two days winter climbing with Niels, a superb guide and great bloke! We had two fantastic days out with Niels who was great fun and we felt totally safe at all times. Niels took us on Western Rib , Aonach Mor and Ordinary route on SCNL. We just wish we’d booked another day !Will continue to use Synergy Guides for our next Scottish winter experience.

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    Leanne Fairweather
    5/10/2020
  • What a great day out this was in the company of a really good guide, From the initial booking to coming off the mountain at the end of the day, everything went so well. Highly recommended

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    Barry M
    7/12/2016
  • 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
  • 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
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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