Just returned yesterday from the six day trek with our guide Rajeev Kumar, cook Rinji and driver Dinesh. It was one of our best treks ever - and we have done a lot of mountain trips in a lot of countries! We hit a window in the weather which helped of course; clear views of snow-capped peaks in cloudless blue skies and warm sunshine which made for a truly unforgettable experience.
Not to take anything away from our Red Chilli team. It was their attention to detail that set them apart from many others we'd previously been with.
They carefully matched our ambitions with our capabilities and stepped in when necessary to make up any shortfall (we rarely hike at such altitude and the effects certainly slowed us up).
A big thank you to Rajeev who was excellent all round. He had all the expected qualities of a mountain guide but in addition was a good communicator, confident, assertive and aware of the little touches which just enhanced the whole experience for us. He is fluent in English, and if we just mentioned something in passing the next thing you know he'd make it happen. How he arranged that full moon to rise directly over Dunagiri we shall never know!
Rinji really showed his experience when juggling all those pots and pans to turn out a boggling variety of dishes from just two burners - fresh ingredients yes but who'd have thought anyone could be bothered to make momos and pastries from scratch at 3000m! Thanks also to Dinesh for negotiating Indian traffic up those mountain roads. Our safety was never in question at any time throughout the entire trek.
We both enjoyed every part of our trek and if the above sounds too good to be true, I have the photos to prove it!
Richard Carpenter and Liz knowles, United Kingdom
Reached back in Germany safely and wanted to pen a few words of appreciation to your Company.We had a total of 6 weeks stay in India and wanted to thank Redchilli and Rajeev for the wonderful experiences we got to appreciate during this time. Me and my friend Annika had booked a oneway trip from Rishikesh with your organization. Everything was perfectly co-ordinated, starting with the competent and very friendly adviser who patiently answered all our questions to the safe car ride to the startingpoint of the trek and the beautiful trekkingpaths along which we were taken by our guide Rajeev. We had a sense of well being all through out,of being taken care of.
Rajeev and the driver,who drove us safely up the serpentine roads,picked us punctually up. We were positively surprised by the warm and friendly welcome they extended us and we got into pleasent chatting all the way. The sunrise with the view of the himalayan hilltops was a bit marred through rain but it was still a fantastic view. Rajeev conversed with us easily about the native plants,animals and localities. He showed us the most beautiful places,waterfalls and the best photospots. He amused us with his wittiness throughout and we had a lot of fun. But moreover,we felt safe throughout.
I am planning to do a further trip again in summer and would be pleased to take a longer trip through the Himalayas with the Red Chilli Team and specifically with the extremely helpful and well-natured Rajeev. Thank you again for the wonderfully unforgettable Trek and all the help extended.
Melanie Krauss, Germany