Trek Kashmir is a family run business since the 1970s. Here is a selection of reviews/testimonials from some of our guests.
From the very first time I contacted Riyaz, I knew that was dealing with a real professional. He was always prompt and to-the-point in his replies and I was reassured that our visit to Kashmir will turn out great. All our expectations were met and even exceeded when we finally landed in Srinagar. The brothers too amazing care of us, the food was delicious and there was absolutely no hassle. I was slightly apprehensive of the latter after reading some tourists' remarks on the internet, but all my worries were pointless. The morning ride to the vegetable market was amazing. We could really get some authentic feel and vibe of the town. The trek to the Kolhai glacier was also beyond all our expectations. We were really pampered and got the chance to see some stunningly beautiful corners of this region of India. Will we come back here again? I really hope so! Thank you! Andry, Gent, Belgium.
May 2013, Italy
May 2013, Italy / Spain
May 2013, John
No habría podido encontrar guía major que Riyaz para mi primer trekking en Kashmir. Empesamos de la maravillosa Aru Valley y por casi dos dias caminamos entre pinos y montañas. También hemos pasado unas horas con los gitanos que viven solo en esta parte de las Himalayas, una experiencia muy particular! El tercer dia nos sorprendío un alluvia que nuna paro y que no nos dejo ir mas adelante, pero el chef del team nunca paró de hacer thé y café para calentarmos. Gracias a Riyaz he tenido la oportunidad de visitor lugares bellos donde el turismo todavía no ha llegado.
Trek Kashmir provided me with a great experience exploring the himalayas. I ork as a photographer and videographer and i was able to capture some amazing scenery during the treak. Riyaz was a great guide, he know's his stuff and is very experienced. The food on the trip was great and the service along our journey was excellent.
We crossed high peaks, streams, rivers and glaciers. This iss my first time trekking in the himalayas. Starting at pahalgram. I can't wait to come back and experiencce some other treks. The pictures and videos i captured have inspired me to come back and hopefully this can inspire other to come on this journey. Overall, it was a life changing experiencce and i recommend anyone to come here and experience this for themselves.
July 2012, Slovenia
IN THE NEWS: Kashmir-Bavarian extreme-ski expedition, March 2011.
(Riyaz Pakhtoon from TrekKashmir.com 2nd from the right in the photo)
Link to news articles: Expedition launch.
TrekKashmir are proud to be associated with the Kashmir-Bavarian expedition.
6 August 2011, Sophie, Germany
May 2011, David, Australia
We came to enjoy and explore Kashmir and the mountains - we achieved all of our goals. You showed us a fantastic insight into Srinagar, the mountains and the people who live there.
The company was wonderful, the food fantastic and we thoroughly enjoyed every moment of our trip.
All four of us were challenged to a healthy level and look forward to returning in September 2012. David
May 2011, Karen, Australia
Thank you for all you did to make our first trek so enjoyable. You were great company too. Thank you also for inviting us to dinner. Karen.
May 2011, Guido and Ania, Australia
Thank you for showing us beautiful Kashmir mountains and for taking such good care of us. Your company was delightful. Many, many thanks.
Steven Hornes from Wiltshire and Sandra from Wales.
Thankyou all for making our 12 days in Kashmir so memorable. After a few pleasant days lazing in the sun Ashraf and Ayub took us up into the mountains on a seven day trek, the highlight of which was camping below the magnificent Mount Honmuk. The food here on the houseboat was delicious and that on the trek much better that you have a right to expect on a camping trip. I would recommend it to anyone with a modicum of fitness and a few days acclimatization.
Thanks for taking such good care of us and our belongings whilst we were away. The houseboat was a welcome relief after all the hassles at the airport and tourist centre on our first day - and has been a very pleasant place to stay since. What can I say about the trekking - Ashraf was brilliant, so was the scenery - shame about the pony men!
Thanks again for a great stay!
12/4/1986 Mark Waddell, Surrey, UK.
Dear friends, Its difficult to say, just imagine beautiful people beautiful smiles and you will know this family.
I have not merely enjoyed myself here, I have had the best time in my life and have learnt much.
Take care and keep smiling.
P.S. - read "the little prince" and try a trek with Ashraff and you'll reach new heights!
David Johnson, Derby, England and Adam Markson, Nottingham, England
We stayed on the houseboat at the same time as Steve and Sandra. The whole family welcomed us and were always very helpful. The food?... - delicious!!!
After arriving in Delhi Srinagar made for a brilliant bit of R+R before we went trekking.
The 7 days spent in the hills were amazing - great scenery and good food + company. Even the problems with altitude sickness and the pony men were quickly forgotten, thanks mainly to Ashraf, who was a great guide throughout.
Getting back to the comfort of the houseboat after a week slogging in the mountains was great. You are treated as part of the family here. We don' want to leave and have to go back to the hassles of Delhi.
Jan Kelly, England, July 2008
We had a wonderful time on the Lakes Trek with the brothers Riyaz and Safeen Paktoon. My very first impression upon meeting Riyaz was that he is straightforward and professional, not pushy at all, likeable and genuinely passionate about trekking. This proved to be absolutely correct for both him and his family as we came to know them better.
The trek was well organised; we felt well looked after; the food was abundant and of excellent quality (Safeen is a good chef as well as a photographer), The two pony men were also delightful people, funny and helpful, and Riyaz showed a great working relationship with them evidently based on mutual respect and experience.
The team worked hard setting up the camp etc. but they all clearly love walking in the mountains and we felt a great rapport with them.
We were given plenty of space to walk quietly alone with Riyaz way ahead of us and Safeen following behind us.
Riyaz proved capable to deal with the military when they without warning closed off a section of valley that we needed to pass; he walked about 20miles extra to meet with their commander to obtain permission specially for us; when we saw him later his legs were tired but he was full of excitement at the discovery of what sounded like a hidden civilisation isolated lower down the valley. This is an exciting area to explore.
The Lakes Trek is strongly reminiscent of the Austrian Tirolean alps. Abundance of wild flowers. Glacial lakes. High mountain passes taking you near the glaciers. Beautiful scenery. Good camping locations. Highly recommended.
I wholeheartedly recommend trekking with Riyaz and Safeen.
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1984 Milan Spacek Canada and T. Ahmed, Mumshidabad
I enjoyed very much staying in this houseboat and in Srinagar for 4 days. Especially nice was a trip to Pahalgam in the mountains to the southeast. The family of the houseboat owners were very nice.
1978 Dave Hudson, BC, Canada and Graeme, UK
What a welcome relief after the hassles of Delhi, we were very fortunate to discover such hospitable honest and friendly people to introduce us to Kashmir.
We are both sad at the thought of having to leave this beautiful place, after our brief but very relaxing, enjoyable stay. Good fortunat ewas with us in many ways, first, because we met this good family right away, who made us feel right at home, and also because we had Ashraf to guide us to the beautiful sights. And the weather was good! No doubt we will return here on our next visit (hopefully soon!). Thank you.
16/08/2007 Adam Warren, Paris, France
I stayed at the 'House Boat King Suleman' for nine nights. I had an extremely pleasant time, enjoying all the comforts of home here as well as a very warm welcome. The food here is very good and the level of hospitality in general high and, above all, genuine.
This is the ideal place if you prefer to stay away from the hassle and touristic atmosphere of Dal Lake (which is only a few minutes autorichshaw ride away).
Similarly, if your focus is trekking as opposed to sight seeing, this would also be an ideal place to orientate yourself.
In short, I passed an extremely pleasant time here and would highly recommend this House Boat to anyone looking for a peaceful and comfortable stay here in Srinagar.
Glyn and Caroline Powell, London, England
We arrived at Srinagar, coach weary and bum sore, and were greeted by a mob of houseboat touts pressing their services upon us. Luckily we were waving the BIT book around in the air so ended up here by a process of recognition. Here has been peaceful and reasonably priced - having heard rumours of rip offs on the Dal lake its nice to know that we've found ourselves with an honest trader in Habiboll. Everyone has been very kind and helpful - organizing us for trekking, advising us as to the honest of the various travelling salesmen who frequent the Jhelum and taking us round shops and even the cinema, all o f which has gone to make our stay in Srinagar very pleasant. Love...
P.S Food has been lovely - and is reasonably priced.
P.P.S The trek was for 5 days and was with Habibullah's Father, Juma, who acted as guide and cook (good solid and plain). Moh'd Asharfa (son) came too and was a good companion. We had 2 ponies and went from here to Pahalgam, Aru, Lidderwat and up to Kolahoi. The cost was RS1300/- and this was fully inclusive. Also we left all our valuables with Habibullah and there was absolutely 'no problem'.
29/1/1990 S M Lee, Johor Bahru, Malaysia.
I'm very happy to have met a great family during my stay in Srinagar. I was made to feel at home 24 hours a day; hot water, tea and coffe and ??? for the taking.
I really appreciate the assistance rendered during my water trekking with Ashraf; the difficulties which we overcame together.
It's a great holiday despite the cold and the curfew.
Thorkild Smidt, Denmark. Click to see original:
Carlo, 2009 Italy
Anja Shafer unt Renak Frick, 1987 West Germany
7/8/2006 Eduardo Tanferri, Firenze, Italy.
Junko Nakajima, Japan
Riyaz Pakhtoon Registration Certificate