Guest Speak

Why Travel with Aquaterra Adventures

A very large part of our guests travel with us a second, third time, if not more frequently. We do not advertise at all, so their referrals are what drive us on, to create better trips in newer areas. Over the years, our guests have encouraged us to explore new regions, open up new routes, never before offered trips. They are the source of encouragement and the reason why we can do the trips we dreamed of ourselves. Should you need reference or would like to speak with any of our guests who have been on a particular trip with us, we’d be happy to put you in touch with them.

Nirmala Raju:
How do I start? Where do I start? Who do I start thanking first? I am at a loss of wards. First of all my sincere thanks to Ashok for finding the river and giving me an opportunity to join. Your team has guided us through an enchanting life time experiences. Thanks for the family like support your crew rendered upon us. General Chandan’s wisdom, Rana’s infectious laughter and jokes, sanjay’s stories, glenn’ s guidance, dave’s daring acts are cherished forever. These boys Pankaj, Sohan, Kanha, Mahipal, Rakesh, Harry and Vikas are brilliant in their endeavor. The only way we survive these concrete jungles is by planning and waiting to go back to the hills and rivers. I guess and hope that all my team is also thinking in those lines.

Just got back from an amazing 13 day rafting expedition down the mighty Brahmaputra and what an experience it was! Hauntingly beautiful landscapes, the humbling power of the greatest river in India, adrenaline from amazing white water and the most professionally organisers ever! Aquaterra was the only Indian company to be listed as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” 2008-09 by Nat Geo and I thoroughly endorse that. The river guides were fantastic – I was reasonably petrified before getting there but they made the whole experience both safe and fun. The food was amazing, everything ran like clockwork and there was a strong sense of camaraderie amongst the team that was infectious. We were lucky to have Chandan with us and his seemingly boundless amount of knowledge about the river, the culture, and pretty much everything made it a very special experience. There isn’t a single thing I could think of that they could have done to make this experience better (and I’m normally a fairly critical person). I’m definitely going back for more trips with them and would strongly recommend it, unconditionally!

Debolin Sen, High Altitude Himalayan Traveller
An adventure journey with Aquaterra was always on the radar. The summit of Stok Kangri was on the horizon too. As plans fell into place for reaching her summit, I knew I needed the best to lead and support this important endeavour of mine. Besides I was personally responsible for a majority of first timers (10 out of a group of 14) who would accompany me on the trip. So who better than Aquaterra to be our guiding experts for the summit attempt. Chain SIngh (the expedition lead) and his boys ensured there was never a moment when any of us actually had any complaint whatsoever. The food served every night on trail was top notch, the camp arrangements were thoughtful, assistance to members of my team was always on hand, and esp. when it mattered the most on day 2 from Rumbak to Stok La and then to Mankarmo. That was a very long day for most of them. The build up to the summit night and the actual night itself was another feather in their cap. Allaying fears and apprehensions for the team was critical and this was executed very efficiently. The briefing on what to expect on the summit surge was made clear. Decision making, motivation and leadership on the trail was on display. It was rather impressive I thought.

I’d give them a 5/5 for everything they contributed to our eventual success. And I know I speak for my team as well. And oh! 3 of us summitted and one reached the mountain ridge.

Suraj Matthew and Sreeram, Bangalore
Aquaterra is a very professional organiser. Camp is very clean, food is excellent. Thanks to the cooks. Rafting was an ever memorable experience. We will definitely come back every year.

Stephen & Katherine Cunliffe, Delhi
SENSATIONAL! Fantastic weekend escape from the mayhem of Delhi – Thanks.

Anjali and Uma, Delhi
Awesome staff. Amazing food. Superb experience. And with every achy,creaky bone in our body: we want to say: Rock right on!

Amrita K. Sharma
I am so glad that I made this trip! The camp, the service, the staff,the rafting… all added up to an awesome experience

Arvind Vermani, Hong Kong I was expecting this to be a great trip and a life-defining experience. I had heard a bit from my friends so my expectations were high. At the end of the trip, I can safely say that those expectations were more than met.

Jurgen Kaltenbach, Bangkok, Thailand
A break from city life in an atmosphere that is hard to describe. We will keep this place and the people we met in our memories and looking forward to be back again.
Amir Kothori, Kolkata First time with Aquaterra, but they compel you to come again and again by their unexpectedly friendly and homely service and courtesy and always ready to listen guides.

Nigel Gifford OBE FRGS, Founder High & Wild Adventure
Having personally adventured and explored around the world for the last 35 years well off the beaten path, and as the founder of High & Wild ,the UK based adventure company, known for managing some very unusual adventure in remote parts of the world, I cannot recommend Vaibhav and his team highly enough. Having brought four UK based clients with me to raft the Brahmaputra under Aquaterra’s guidance, the leadership was awesome, the organisation first class, the team / client management superb and the food spoilt the tastes buds and wrecked any thought of losing weight by other means than paddling very hard!

Peter Knowles, whitewater guru and international guidebook publisher
Our team of international kayakers have done hundreds of river trips on all continents. The planning, information, organisation, river and camp skills were faultless and in our professional opinion, the trip could not have been better run by any company in the World!

Gerry Moffatt, Zanskar expedition
Hungry??? Chew on the scenery…….. you’ve got a great team,

Jessie Curell, Zanskar expedition
Thank YOU for the wonderful trip that was relaxing as well as exciting and fun. You’ve got a good thing goin’ on there. I would like to have some more exciting rapids, but I guess that’ll have to wait for the Brahma Putra.

Michael Jantzen, Spiti Tour
Just to let you know that I arrived sound and safe back home in San Francisco. Thanks again for organizing this trip and assigning Dorje & crew. Please use my name and e-mail for references.

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