|Why ATP / What our customer Say : (Testimonials)
ATP is an innovative and creative tour operating company specializing in wilderness trekking, cultural tours, jeep safari, camel safari, mountaineering & scientific expeditions, geological explorations etc. Take a look at what our clients say about ATP's services and staff:
"I am writing to say how pleased I was to have worked with adventure Tours Pakistan on the BBC Documentary 'Mountain Men: K2'." Everyone was always helpful and our project ran very smoothly. Ghulam Mohammed Khan was an excellent guide and everything was very well organized. I would have no hesitation but to recommend Adventure Tours Pakistan to any other Television Production company on future projects."
Producer Mountain Men.
BBC TV London
"Dear Ashraf Aman, dear Naiknam, Sultan, Manzoor and Firdous, Instead of giving a speech at our farewell dinner, I am writing this e-mail to express my heart- Felt thanks to all of you. First of all, I want to say that I am very grateful to ATP for making both my treks possible for me: The Hindu Kush route in the Chitral and Gilgit areas, along the Wakhan Corridor, across Remote passes, rivers and glaciers, and the Karakoram route in the Shimshal area, also unique in the beauty of its scenery and the kindness of its local people. You did everything to make these treks not only safe and smooth but to actually make them The “dream tours” Sultan, in your quiet and modest way, you were a 100% responsible and considerate guide, An excellent pathfinder, negotiator with the porters and guardian of your client. Firdous, you worked wonders in adapting to my vegetarian, coffee-drinking, porridge-and- Honey-loving, Saltish-tea-preferring and otherwise peculiar eating habits. Not only were you an excellent cook, but you looked after me in a truly wonderful way. This, to me, has been a very special experience. So many Europeans have stayed away from Pakistan this year, believing they would take too Great a risk. They were shown TV reports and saw newspaper articles and heard warnings from politicians and thus have acquired an idea of Pakistan which I have found to be strongly Biased and unjust. Not a single minute in these northern regions did I feel threatened or un- Protected. On the contrary, I experienced the most unforgettable moments of support and Friendship there.
I will come back next year.
"Lieber Ashraf Aman, Naiknam, Sultan, Manzoor und Firdous,
Anstelle der nicht gehaltenen Rede bei unserem Abschiedsessen schreibe ich diese E-mail , um meinen tief empfundenen Dank an Euch alle auszudrücken. Zuallererst möchte ich sagen, dass ich ATP sehr dankbar bin dafür, dass sie mir beide
Trekkingtouren ermöglicht haben: Die Strecke im Hindukush in den Gebieten von Chitral Und Gilgit, am Wakhan-Korridor entlang, über entlegene Pässe, über Flüsse und Gletscher; Und die Karakorum-Strecke in der Gegend von Shimshal, ebenfalls einmalig in ihrer land- Schaftlichen Schönheit und der Freundlichkeit der Einheimischen. Aber ich möchte jeden von Euch persönlich ansprechen. Naiknam, Du hast uns bis ganz ans Ende der Jeep-Piste und bis zu unseren ersten Schritten Auf dem Chillinji-Trek begleitet und hast mir damit von Anfang an das Gefühl von absoluter Sicherheit gegeben. Sultan, Du warst in Deiner ruhigen und bescheidenen Art ein hundertprozentig verantwor- Tungsvoller und umsichtiger Führer, ein hervorragender Pfadfinder, Verhandlungsführer Mit den Trägern und Bewacher Deiner Schutzbefohlenen. Manzoor, In Deiner heiteren Leichtigkeit hast Du unser tägliches Leben mit Witz und schallendem Gelächter bereichert, und Du warst ebenfalls ein verlässlicher und fürsorglicher Führer. Firdous, Du hast Wunder gewirkt, indem Du Dich auf meine vegetarischen, kaffeetrinkenden, Porridge und Honig liebenden, salzigen Tee bevorzugenden und anderweitig seltsamen Ess- Gewohnheiten eingestellt hast. Du warst nicht nur ein großartiger Koch, sondern Du hast insgesamt ganz wunderbar für mich gesorgt. Ich darf aber nicht die Fahrer vergessen, die auf unglaubliche Weise ihre Jeeps auf den total Ausgesetzten und schwierigen Pisten steuerten, und genauso wenig unsere wechselnden Trä- Ger, deren Kräfte und Ausdauer zu beschreiben mir eigentlich die Worte fehlen. Qurban Mohammad aus Shimshal, ein Mann, der drei Achttausender bezwungen hat, Du hast Mir die Ehre erwiesen, uns auf dem Shimshal-Trek zu begleiten, und Du bist mir ein echter Freund geworden. Last but not least, Naiknam, ist Deine Familie zu nennen, Deine Mutter, Schwester und Dein Bruder Esar, die mich eine Woche lang als Gast in ihr neues Haus aufnahmen und mir die Schönheit ihrer Heimat Hunza zeigten. Das war für mich eine ganz besondere Erfahrung. So viele Europäer sind dieses Jahr nicht nach Pakistan gereist, weil sie glaubten, das sei zu Riskant. Sie waren beeinflusst von Fernsehberichten und Zeitungsartikeln und wurden von Politikern gewarnt und haben dadurch eine Vorstellung von Pakistan gewonnen, die nach Meinen Eindrücken völlig einseitig und unfair ist. Keine Minute habe ich mich dort im Nor- Den des Landes bedroht oder schutzlos gefühlt. Im Gegenteil,ich habe dort ganz unvergess- Liche Momente von Aufopferung und Freundschaft erlebt. Ich möchte Euch allen meine tiefste Dankbarkeit aussprechen.
Ich werde nächstes Jahr wieder kommen.
Mr. Guggoiermina Paolo Leader Italian K2 Base Camp Trek, says "we have to thank Adventure Tours Pakistan for its best services ever we experienced and for their staff who showed their professionalism during our trip. They all were working hard and helpful. They cleaned all our camping places and that there were not any waste left in our camping sites."
Producer British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC Television).
Ashraf Aman led the B.B.C. team together the husband and children of Late British Mountaineer Alison Hargreauas, to the high valleys of Darkroom. He led us well and safety and always with the great humor. He chose the excellent porters and always he made sure that the whole party was healthy, warm and well fed.
I highly recommend "Adventure Tours Pakistan" to again thinking of Trekking, leading any kind type of expedition in Pakistan. I'm thankful to Ashraf Aman and his well trained staff for their kind help during our journey to in Pakistan.
Mr. Timothy P Stephenson MS FRCS
Consultant Urological Surgeon
University Hospital of Wales
Dear Ashraf Aman
I am sorry that we left a day earlier and missed you. We had an absolutely wonderful trip which will stay in the memory forever. For three reasons. One your well trained and professional staff, secondly for the excellent services and thirdly for the weather was absolutely wonderful.
My very best regards.
Mr. David Halmin
Producer Explorer Journal
Says, "dear Ashraf, thank you very much for a great trip"! He was making a documentary on Heidi Howkins expediton to K2.
"My experience with ATP was absolutely fantastic. I would highly recommend ATP's services and wouldn't hesitate to use them again. Our guide, Bhag Shukrulla was fun, friendly, a knowledgeable guide, and always willing to accommodate our needs and interests. He was generous enough to allow our group to stay with his family at his home in Hunza for two nights after our trek. The porters were equally hospitable, and our group enjoyed a wonderful time with everybody. The K-2 trek/Gondogoro La pass is certainly a highlight of my life. The remote northern region of Pakistan is unequivocally unsurpassed in sheer beauty. It's an adventure of a lifetime, one someday I hope to repeat again with Adventure Tours Pakistan. Best wishes to ATP and Pakistan."
Sincerely, Collin Downey, USA
Dear Ashraf Aman and my other friends of ATP,
because of the K 2 Golden Jubilee Radio Deutsche Welle sent me to Pakistan in Summer 2004 to report about Chogori, the „king of the mountains“. I made a trekking tour to K 2 Basecamp organized by ATP. From the very beginning of my trip I felt in good hands. Everything was arranged professionally. Problems like providing busses to the Northern Areas after flights had been cancelled were solved quickly. The ATP staff in Islamabad and also in the northern town of Skardu was very competent and friendly. During my trek to K 2 Basecamp and back crossing the Gondogoro La I was in charge of ATP guide Syed Muhammad Akbar and ATP cook Fida Ali. Both were friendly, competent and reliable. Even on the Baltoro glacier in temperatures of 15 degrees Celsius below zero Fida produced delicious meals as if by magic. At any time I felt safe and in good company. Thanks to ATP I found new friends and will always remember my trip to K 2 Basecamp as a great adventure in a unique mountain area. I can recommend ATP to everybody who plans to go to Pakistan for trekking or mountaineering.
With warm regards from Germany
Stefan Nestler (sports editor of Radio Deutsche Welle, Bonn, Germany)
After more of 15 years of joint adventures with Adventure Tours Pakistan I consider you a trustworthy friend. Adventure Tours has always provided a great service and has played a very important part in helping to make distant dreams a closer reality. Everyone at ATP has not only helped me to achieve my objectives like Nanga Parbat 1990, GII 1994 and K2 2004 but has always enjoyed my successes as true friends.
In 2004 I arranged logistics and permits with Adventure Tours Pakistan for Broad Peak and K2. I am happy to report that the service ATP delivered was exceptional. Accommodations, transportation, permits, porters, cooks and base camp services were arranged and delivered on time as promised. I can recommend ATP as a professional tour agency and intend to work with them again in the future.
I personally really appreciate efficiency and kindness from ATP's staff when I was in very difficult circumstances I don’t hesitate to recommend this organization
Dr JL VINARD
The team at ATP organized all of my logistics for trips to K2, Broad Peak (2002) and Nanga Parbat (2004). I strongly recommend that you work with this team of dedicated, caring and intelligent professionals. Any trekking agency can provide the simple things, but when things go wrong (deaths, political unrest, etc.) you need the team with the best connections and infrastructure to cover your butt. There is no team in Pakistan with more resources at their finger tips.
Earth Treks' Climbing Centers
My experience with ATP was great the attention to detail on every single aspect of the expedition quick problem solving when it was needed and it made my experience in Pakistan one of a kind.
I can’t wait to come back to Pakistan; for sure I will travel with ATP on my next expedition to Nanga Parbat.
Thanks so much.
I traveled with Field Touring Expeditions. We engaged the talents of ATP to assist us during our climb of Mt. Spantik. I must admit that the efforts of the ground staff, including the kitchen team, were above and beyond the call of duty. Indeed the quality of food that we enjoyed at base camp was considerably better than food consumed in restaurants in Islamabad.
The high altitude climbing staff performed in a very professional manner indeed and ensured that we remained safe on the mountain. Their strength in load carrying has to be seen to be believed. In short, I can confidently say to would be trekkers and climbers, that to ensure the smooth running of their expedition, it would be eminently sensible to engage the talents of a very professional company to assist them in their goal-and that company is ATP.
TO WHOM IT MAY CONCEARN
We were a group of six mountain climbers with the Austrian mountain guide Siegfried Wasserbauer, who wanted to make the Nanga-Parbat-Trekking. It was understood, that it would be a difficult project because it was so close to the Indian boarder and on the other side we would have to find enough porters, especially because we were forced to change them four times. This would have been impossible to do without experienced guides.
It is very important to us that we give this superior recommendation to the local tour guide Mr. Karim Akbar, who has vast knowledge about the culture of Pakistan and gave us a depth view into this culture. He was very successful in organizing our tour and made it an experience that none of us will ever forget.
The mountain guide Mr. Abdul Hameed Khan, who was responsible for the porters, had a great responsibility and with his experience to motivate the porters he was a great help. He was able to take care of all problems that arose and insures that here were no troubles with the porters. He has an immense amount of knowledge and treats all his customers with respect and compassion.
Last but not least I must mention to you, that the chief-cook Mr. Arschat and his assistant Mr. Manzoor were a great team, they were always friendly, and tried their best to prepare the best meals for us, even under the worst conditions. They were very patient with us, even though it wasn’t always easy for them with some of the members of our group. Special thanks also to ATP who put all this kind and experienced people to our disposal.
I must apologies at how overdue this e-mail is but I have had a lot of trouble with my e-mail account and I have spent the last 3 months in Kashmir & Ladack in India and the Everest region where I haven't had access to the internet.
I would like to express my sincerest gratitude to all of you at ATP for organizing an amazing trek for our group in August last year to the Baltoro Glacier (K2 Base Camp) and Gondogoro La. Words cannot describe how wonderful that area is and also the rest of Pakistan!
Our guide Salman Ali was very professional, helpful and had everything organized at all times and was a great man, very knowledgeable of the Baltoro region.
I would also like to say at how impressed we were with the quality of food and the cooking of Habib and his assistant Kareem, the food was always varied and delicious and no one got ill, for foreigners in an Asian country this is almost unheard of!!
Also, the porters were fantastic! Very very helpful and extremely efficient! And good fun, we spent many nights singing with them and talking.
Everyone in the group was really happy with the trek, especially as were all budget travelers and you were the cheapest country in Pakistan! I hope to have website setup in the near future (when I have the time) and would be pleased if you would allow me to advertise your company on it with you logo and a link to your website.
Baltoro Glacier/Gondogoro La Trek August 2003.
Back home in Munic i wish to thank you for your help & kindness. It was a wonderful trip. I've learned that Pakistan is a wonderful country.