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GIO Adventures (est. 1999) is an Outdoors Adventure Company with a mission. The mission of making destinations, not often found on regular maps, accessible to people who love discovering them. GIO Adventures enables Outdoors Enthusiasts to savour some of the Best Outdoors Travel Experiences in India – Lush valleys, craggy mountains, high altitude cold deserts, winding rivers, dense forests – a smorgasbord of sensory experiences that one can only find in the outdoors.
★★★★★ The Valley of Flowers Trek: So after booking my Trek via Thrillophilia my experience was riding on the logistics and G.I.O Adventures took me by surprise as they swiftly eased me through my apprehensions(i had many being my first solo trip in many many years) right from the time they were assigned as tour operator for my trek. I found them prompt and precise in sending welcome mail and briefing about the trek and the decorum we needed to maintain in mountains, quick and responsive in every query i had regarding the trek and preparation. I liked their approach of keeping shorter groups and making one to one connection with whole group to be able to cater to everybody's need to the max of their capacity. A personalised call from trek leader is what I don't expect in this digital age having all the information in mail or some form but since it was about ensuring that we followed every instructions and didn't miss on anything it felt like a special treatment. We were accompanied by Mr. Narendra Baharwan(Trek Leader) and Samiksha Khanduri(Trek Guide) from the G.I.O. Team. I found them very professional yet friendly. After a point it looked like it wasn't their job but their passion and that's what helped taking their services to next level. I was impressed with their regional associations and tie ups which helped us to get essence of the Pahadi culture throughout our trip. I found Mr. Narender as cool, calm and composed leader exactly the kind of person who can get us through challenging and panic situations on mountains. And i could almost call our guide Samiksha "The Trekkipedia" and at times i thought she knew too much(maybe i was jealous ;D). The hotel stays were comfy exactly what you need to rest and recharge yourself for another day challenge. Being a fitness freak i'm very particular about food that i eat. And i was surprised with food we were served and specially the quality. It was very close to what i eat at home. Also I would like to use opportunity to thank G.I.O Team for a kind and surprise gesture on my birthday improvising on cake and a flaunting gift. One of the highlight of trip was responsible and eco tourism. It felt good to do our bit in maintaining the ecology of mountains. It was equally inspiring to see our host's and Pahadi people's conscious effort to preserve and conserve the nature. So you could understand the extent of happiness and enjoyment i had when tell you that while touring with the G.I.O. Team i came up with the slogan "Go GIO!!" signifying their passion which keeps them going and for us to live(what GIO sounds means in my mother tongue) the passion along with them. And not to forget mentioning meeting some very like minded and dynamic people in the group was a life fulfilling experience and icing on the cake. And by the end of tour everybody appeared almost like long lost friends and it became party for us. Trek Leader : Mr. Narendra Baharwan Trek Guide : Samiksha Khanduri Pilot for the Rides: Mr. Mukesh Auli Lodge Manager : Mr. Bhuvan Ghangaria Home(accomodation) and Food minister : Mr. Shamsher Thank you G.I.O Team for your exceptional services!! :)
★★★★★ As an amateur to trekking (because of the sound of it) i wasn’t expecting much in terms of services provided in the wild. To my surprise i found myself to be in such great care, in every aspect. Both the guides, Samiksha and Hem coordinated extreamly well throughout the journey. Highly recommended.
★★★★★ One of the finest adventure travel company. Kudos to their spirit of adventure. Would love to go for many more treks & trips with their excellent team!
★★★★★ This was my second trek with GIO. They really took good care of my basic and even some of the luxury needs admist wilderness. They provided top notch accommodation and food all throughout the trek. I would highly recommend to go with GIO. Try them once to stick forever. Thanks Samiksha and Hem for the great hospitality!
★★★★★ Beautiful location and great views