ABOUT US – COMPANY, HELISKI GUIDES AND TESTIMONIALS
We are Himalayan Heliski Guides, we are Heliski Adventures Worldwide. We operate in Nepal, Greece and Chile since 2001. Here is how we got started:
Himalayan Heli Ski Guides was founded in 2001. It is the first and only Company allowed to heliski in the Kingdom of Nepal. It was the dream of the ski and mountaineering experienced founders to open up a new ski destination to the heliski community and share with them the beauty of the Himalayas. That first year a small film group from Chamonix came to film the movie “Chamonix-Kathmandu”. Other film crews followed and so did our heliski clients. To this date Himalayan Heli Ski Guides (HHSG) operated in the Everest, Humla and Annapurna region of Nepal.
In search of more exotic heliski areas the founders of HHSG went in 2009 to the most southern city on our planet to Porto Williams in Chile. Heliskiing in Tierra del Fuego and the Darwin Cordillera isn’t just a heliski experience, its an adventure filled with history of the great explorers and their tales of native Indians. This area is unspoiled and pristine, its one of the more beautiful and scenic parts of the world, where glaciers flow into the sea. The wildlife is abundant, from right whales to killer whales, penguins, the majestic Andean condors. One of our guests was Teton Gravity, which came to film sequences of their amazing movie “Art of Flight”.
Since 2012 HHSG operates in Greece. Looking for new heliski destinations in Europe, the founders researched over years to find great heliski opportunities at Mount Olympus and in the Pindus region in Northern Greece. Very little known is that Greece has several established ski areas which are not very developed. But there is vast skiable terrain perfect for heliskiing. In 2014 we were proud to provide the logistics and guides for the Warren Miller Film Productions of “No Turning Back”.
All HHSG guides are certified UIAGM mountain guides. HHSG will provide 2 guides per group of 6/8 people. The first guide will always go first and set a line for the clients to follow, afterwards each client will go down one by one. The second guide will go last. In this matter we can take best control of eventual slides occurring while skiing. Himalayan Heli Ski Guides will provide the standard heliski items for all clients. These items include Barryvox avalanche detectors, Probes, Shovels, etc. In the case of an emergency rescue or accident, HHSG will fly in a rescue team and or doctors immediately should the need arise. Prior to the first Heliski run your guides will give you an orientation on how to operate the Barryvox devices provided by HHSG, if you brought your own they will synchronize your avalanche search device with ours. For precaution reasons the chopper will carry onboard a fully stocked base camp, with tents, sleeping bags & insulate pads, food, stoves, drinks, satellite phone & laptop, etc.
Craig has over 30 years experience in the himals and thirteen years experience skiing the Annapurna sanctuary. He values safety above all else and is open to discussions about options. I enjoyed his leadership and camaraderie.
I have heli-skied for twelve years, in Canada, Alaska, and Kashmir but this trip has been the highpoint of my skiing career to date. The beauty of the area, the scale of the peaks, the heartiness and kindness of the people took my breath away and the memories of this trip will last a lifetime. If you can swing it, put this one on your list.
John A Stokely Albuquerque, New Mexico USA
I have heli skied for the last 15 years in the Alps, in Canada (CMH, Wiegele, Bella Coola), and in Nepal with Craig’s organization. Of all the weeks I have had, Nepal is by far the one that has left in me the strongest and best memory.
In Nepal you are not going to get the best powder, the most vertical, the steepest runs or a big and clockwork like organization like as CMH. What you get is absolutely stunning scenery, much more stunning than the Alps, and a great ski experience, you have to try it to understand it. On top of that there is the cultural experience of being in Nepal, I strongly suggest at least seeing Katmandu and if you have time the most significant cultural spots near Katmandu.
Overall, if you are a fit and experienced heli I very strongly suggest going to Nepal, a stunning experience that will remain with you forever.Marco Fiorentino, Italy
It doesn’t matter where you have skied The Himalayas are like a different planet. It’s such a bizarre feeling to be in 5000 meters and still have a whole Alps size mountain above you. It is wild. The sense of solitude and peace is unmatched. Nepal offers also a rich cultural experience. You don’t really see Buddha temples, camels, elephants, and monkeys in ski resorts. The trip left me with a strong urge to adventure and discover other exotic ski destinations. And someday I have to get back to Annapunrna for more pow.Mikko Lethinen, Finland
It was just a mind-blowing experience! Imagine flying around with a heli, watching the sunrise and being surrounded by these massive peaks and walls, beautiful powder filled mountain sides, scoping lines and just generally being in awe! Then being dropped with a heli at around 5000 meters on top of something fun to ski and look around and see Annapurna I, II, III and IV towering around you over 3000 meters higher with huge, amazingly beautiful, impressive and virgin lines all over the place. It’s just fantastic! Then ski down with your friend, perfect powder in the sunshine and then repeat and repeat. Then when your done for the day, fly back to town, take a shower and a nap and go for some curry lunch and a massage. Gotta love Nepal!Ode Siivonen, Mountain and Ski Guide