EXPEDITIONS

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 expedition. 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 expeditions 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 booked Steve to guide me on some walking / scrambling in the Cuillins and couldn't have asked for a better guide. I would thoroughly recommend him from anything for an introduction to scrambling to completion of the full Cuillin Traverse. He is extremely competent, very experienced and great company. An awesome couple of days 🙂

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    Frances C
    5/28/2016
  • 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
  • Just had an amazing few days scrambling on Am Basteir, Sgurr nan Gillean and Sgurr nan Eag with Steve. If you want fun and adventure with a professional, caring and confidence installing guide then Steve is your man only thing to let you down will be the weather and Steve even managed to smile his way through that.

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    Robert Vice
    6/11/2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • Steve took us up Inn Pinn in Skye last week. Even though it's more technical than we are used to and I am scared of heights, he made us feel at ease. He seems very knowledgable and was good company on the long walk.

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    Stuart Flannigan
    6/21/2019
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Trekking in Nepal The trek to Lunag Base Camp in a remote corner of the Khumbu set new aspirations for me. I would do it again in a heartbeat; this is the stuff I live for! Thank you for keeping us safe and to the mountains and limitless adventure.

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    Christina D
    11/01/2011
  • A great day on the Aaonach Eagach with Rich. Expert guiding throughout-it made what could be intimidating ridge a great fun day out. Thanks!

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    Stephen H
    7/12/2016
  • I have been out with Steve from synergy guides a few times now and there is a reason I keep going back. Steve's knowledge and experience means that you feel completely comfortable and safe for your entire journey. Steve is very patient and easy to get along with. Steve recently pushed me a little out my comfort zone which is exactly what I needed to grow and develop as a climber and I am definitely now feeling a lot more confident when it comes to trad climbing thanks to him. That being said there is never any pressure to do something you don't want to and Steve always takes the aspirations of the individuals/groups on board to ensure he provides you with the best experience possible and help you to reach your goals or just have fun!! I will definitely be using synergy guides again in the future.

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    Beth Norman
    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
2021 (27 days) POA
Expedition
Steve Holmes Mountain Guide