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ABOUT US
WHY CHOOSE US?

Miyar was founded for one reason - our passion for climbing. As a trip organizer we are meticulous about safety, it is the overarching concern as we plan all aspects of our trip. As an organization we have healthy respect for our peers and we understand that many of them share our passion for climbing and concern for safety. We therefore strive to be different in the little details of our journey.

Each trip that you make is a multi-dimensional affair. Especially when you travel far and cross national boundaries. People, languages, cultures, food, music, art - each of them adds a rich flavor to your experience. While our emphasis is on hiking and climbing, we try to ensure ample opportunities for our customers to encounter and appreciate other facets of the route and destination. In most cases this is possible naturally with a little extra thought and care. And without incurring significant additional expenses.

We provide personal attention to each customer before and during a trip. We maintain higher number of guides per customer for all our trips to ensure better attention for our clients. Each of our international trips is personally managed and led by Sandeep to ensure direct personal coordination. Based in the US he also ensures a smoother transition for beginners as they travel beyond their culture and comfort zones.

We arrange information and priming session for our customers so that they are better prepared to enjoy and succeed during the actual trip. In the course of such preparation, we also enable and encourage networking among the group members for a trip. This bonding exercise helps immensely in the preparation for the trip and during the actual hike. We understand that much cherished and long lasting relations are made on the slopes of a mountain.

Our guides are well prepared to tackle adverse situations should they arise during a trip. Local guides when used are also screened and briefed to ensure that our guests have the best possible experience while on a trip with us.

We cherish diversity in a trip. We believe that the joy and thrill of climbing should be accessible to anyone with the will to climb. We therefore try to accommodate diverse requests from our guests related to health, age, food restrictions or preferences etc. We can provide guidance and assistance on any aspect of a trip while you are preparing mentally and physically for the same. For us each trip with each customer is a journey that commences well before the actual trip and goes far beyond the date of return.

OUR GUIDES
  • Chris Marshall

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    Chris Marshall is an year round IFMGA Mountain Guide. He holds AMGA Ski, Alpine, Rock Guide and professional Level 3 Avalanche Certification.
    He has been guiding and instructing in the mountains since 2006. He earned a BA in Wilderness Leadership and Geography from Prescott College in 2005, and an MA in Experiential Education from Prescott College in 2011. He has worked as an Associate Faculty member for Prescott College in the Adventure Education department since 2007, instructing such classes as Wilderness Leadership, Avalanche Forecasting, Rock Climbing, Alpine Mountaineering, and Ski Mountaineering. At home on rock, snow, and ice.
    A highlight of Chris’ personal experience is an expedition funded by the American Alpine Club to the Neacola Mountains in the western Alaska Range.

  • Jesse Neff

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    Jesse is originally from Columbus, Ohio.  He went to Ohio State to study Business Administration and specialized in Logistics.  After a few years in the business world, Jesse left the 9-5 to start guiding.  After four years guiding, he has worked all over the west coast and east coast guiding backpacking, rock climbing, sea kayaking, and as a naturalist.  He has been in and out of the Pacific Northwest the last two years.

  • Anne Presecan Manning

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    Anne was introduced to the outdoors at a very young age. For more than 30 years she has developed her skills in climbing and skiing.  She has worked in a verity of settings taking both teens and adults outdoors.  Anne has a Master’s degree in Education and has worked as a Reading Specialist for 15 years.  Currently Anne is working towards a new profession in hopes of one day being a nurse.  For the past six years Anne has been involved with several mountain rescue units.  She lives with her husband Jonah in Leavenworth where she spends her free time running, swimming, skiing, and climbing.

  • Sandeep Nain

    Sandeep Nain

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    Sandeep began his climbing career in the Pacific Northwest, and is always seeking new challenges. He has climbed extensively in the Cascades, stood atop the five volcanos of Washington, and navigated several technical routes such as Liberty Ridge on Rainier and North Ridge on Baker. Sandeep is an avid rock climber and enjoys hard sport climbs as well as challenging multi-pitch alpine routes like the N. Ridge of Mt Stuart. Driven by passion for adventure and new cultural experiences, Sandeep leads expeditions in the Himalayas (India and Nepal) and Kilimanjaro.

    His extensive high altitude climbing experience includes reaching several 20,000ft peaks and achieving three first-ascents in the Himalayas. These incredible climbing achievements are due in part to his utmost attention to safety and risk management. As an active volunteer for Mountain Rescue Association, USA, Sandeep is experienced with actual emergency scenarios and he has earned the Life Saving Award for an especially difficult mission. Sandeep also co-organizes and leads charity summits of Mt Rainier for Asha, a non-profit organization helping underprivileged youth in India. Sandeep loves nothing more than to get outdoors, and he thoroughly enjoys guiding others and promoting a fun and safe expedition.

  • Ben Roberts

    Ben started mountaineering while still living on the east coast, where training would consist of running up and down staircases in office buildings and Washington DC Metro stations. After falling in love with the Pacific Northwest he moved out to Seattle and began pursuing mountaineering and guiding more rigorously. As a former SCUBA divemaster, Ben has a depth (!) of experience teaching technical outdoor skills.

  • Jonah Manning

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    Jonah Manning has been climbing for over 18 years, from India to Africa, to the Alps. Based in Leavenworth Washington, where there is easy access to both local cragging and long alpine routes, Jonah teaches Wilderness Medicine for Remote Medical International. When not teaching or guiding, he spends his time training with local mountain rescue organizations, enjoying trail runs, and climbing and skiing in the alpine. Before settling down in the Pacific Northwest, Jonah lived on a sailboat for five years and sailed solo around the world.

  • Anthony Orkiolla

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    Local Guide

    He began mountaineering 15 years ago in his home state of Washington where he has climbed extensively in the Olympics and Cascades. His outdoor leadership experience primarily stems from his military background. As a former Ranger qualified Infantry Officer, Anthony has been subjected to rigorous leadership evaluations in austere field conditions for extended periods of time. He is thoroughly trained in risk management and mitigation. He is a qualified US Army Paratrooper and Master Fitness Trainer. Anthony actively climbs in all disciplines: sport, trad, alpine, bouldering and also skis in the front and backcountry. Anthony is extremely passionate about fitness and regularly seeks out endurance related challenges. Anthony has ridden the Seattle to Portland bike race in a day and ran a 10 mile foot race in under 60 minutes. Anthony is married to Tanya and they have a furry child named Sasha. All three of them can be regularly seen adventuring in the mountains together.

  • Aaron Myaigwisya

    Aaron Mwaigwisya

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    Kilimanjaro Guide

    Aaron was born in the city of Dar-es-Salaam and raised in southern Tanzania. He came to Kilimanjaro to work for a climbing company and truly fell in love with the area. Following this inspiration, Aaron attended the College of African Wildlife Management in Mweka, a facility built just on the slopes of Kilimanjaro.

  • Tico Allulee

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    Tico is full time, year-round IFMGA guide. Hailing from upstate New York, he has been guiding for seventeen years now, of which the majority was spent in the Pacific Northwest. He has also guided extensively in almost all the mountain states of the US as well as in Europe, South America and Asia Pacific. With Miyar Tico leads the North West climbs like Mount Baker. On home front, Tico has been married for fourteen years now and has a three year old son.

  • Tyler Logan

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    Tyler grew up hiking in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California before being introduced to rock climbing as a teenager. In the nearly thirty years since then, he has climbed extensively in this same mountain range, including Yosemite (he has climbed El Capitan multiple times) and various crags and mountain ranges throughout the West, oftentimes during winter, spring, and summer breaks while working as a high school English teacher. While rock climbing is his first passion, he also enjoys alpine climbing on glaciated mountains and is an avid backcountry skier and long distance runner (he qualified for and ran the Boston Marathon to celebrate turning 40). Since deciding to pursue work as a climbing guide, Tyler has completed more than twenty days of training through the American Mountain Guides Association, including the Single Pitch Instructor, Rock Guide, and Advanced Rock Guide courses. Tyler lives with his wife in Mammoth Lakes, California.

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NEWS FEED
November 14, 2016
Redmond Mayor John Marchione cuts the ribbon at Miyar Adventures’ opening this month.

Miyar Adventures climbs into Redmond

Original article posted on: Redmond Reporter. Miyar Adventures, the Redmond-based guiding company that offers climbs on a number of United States and international mountain routes, recently opened an outdoor gear store at 16421 Cleveland St., Suite B. The store aims to extend Miyar’s approach of “premium value at a reasonable price” to outdoor gear, as well. According to Sandeep Nain, founder and chief climbing guide at Miyar Adventures, “Launching the outdoor gear store is an […]
October 14, 2016

Sandeep Nain Gives up Tech to Follow His Passion

Original article By Josh Cohen on March 25 2015. Posted on 425business.com. Ceaseless curiosity inspired Sandeep Nain to leave behind software engineering and pursue alpine guiding. Sandeep Nain was at a crossroads familiar to many middle-age adults. He had a steadfast passion — in Nain’s case, climbing mountains — that he wasn’t able to fully pursue because of growing work responsibilities and a baby at home. But, unlike many middle-agers, Nain decided to turn play […]
May 7, 2016

Local man guides trips around the world

Posted on 03 Feb 2015 06:14 | Written by Emily Hamann | The Woodinville Weekly How many people daydream about quitting their desk jobs and traveling the world? One Woodinville man took that fantasy a step farther  — he actually did it. Last year Sandeep Nain quit his job as a software development manager at Expedia and started a business taking people on hiking and mountaineering tours. Sandeep Nain stops at Camp Muir while climbing […]
February 14, 2016

Miyar Valley, Sanjana Peak (5,937m), southwest ridge; Mt. Sealth (5,968m) east ridge; David’s 62 Nose (4,950m), southwest face, Emerson-Owen Route

India, Himachal Pradesh Climbs And Expeditions Original Author: Tim Halder, AAC. Published at the American Alpine Journal. In August, Sandeep Nain, Jason Schilling, and I headed up the Miyar Valley with two cooks and eight horses, against the flow of shepherds and their flocks moving to the lowlands of Himachal and the Punjab. The incredible scenery was enough to keep our minds off the “Delhi-belly” and low-grade flu bugs we picked up on the way […]
TESTIMONIALS
  • I took intro to Mountaineering course by Sandeep. It was great trip. I learnt some mountaineering/backpacking skills. The hike up and the campsite had amazing views. On Friday, Sandeep did a informative mountaineering presentation and checked the gear. He let us borrow some missing gear like iceaxe, sleeping bag, puffy jackets, helmet, rope, etc. On the mountain he taught us safe glissading, self arrest, knots, side walking, walking with rope, safety and other important skills. Overall I had heck of a weekend, got to meet cool people and got a mountaineering bug which is already itching me to hike up camp muir and Mt. Adams
    Amar Tamersi
  • I did the intro to Mountaineering course and got so much more out of it than I expected. I figured that we would just learn some basic skills and techniques, but our instructor Sandeep really went the extra mile. Beyond the lessons of ice ax arrests and general snow climbing, I learned a ton about mountaineering culture and ethics which really helped me feel comfortable climbing alongside the professionals. By the end I felt very confident in my new ability and couldn't wait to get out again. Seriously, I could not wait. The next weekend I rented gear from Miyar Adventures and was able to climb Mt. Adams on my own! I can't wait for more adventures!
    Richard Buzzard
  • I have never done any activity on snow and I am a newbie hiker...It is unbelievable that I actually got to climb Rainier, starting from where I was. I give all the credit to Sandeep. He makes beginners like me get comfortable and build up on the skills and make their dreams become achievable...If you ever want to climb any mountain, I strongly recommend Miyar Adventures, without any doubt.
    Prema Grandhi
  • Excellent experience with Miyar and Sandeep when climbing Rainier this year. I was not even sure if I can do it. Sandeep helped me through out the training and kept me motivated. If not for Miyar and Sandeep I don't think I would have summited Rainier.
    Abhishek Chaturvedi
  • I have been on multiple climbs and hikes with Sandeep, including Mount Baker and Mount Rainier. He is a great lead, and it felt very safe all the time. The climbs are super fun with him, and he works hard to help you learn as much as possible. It's the best deal you can get!

    Kshithij A
  • I climbed Kilimanjaro via the Machame Route with Miyar Adventures in Jan. 2016. Sandeep did a lot of hand-holding before and during the trip in terms of providing information and answering questions. He also took care of all the logistics and made everything hassle free. I was concerned about joining a big group but was relieved to find some quiet time on my own during the hike. My favorite thing about the hike was the local guides, especially Aaron and Sunday. They're very kind and supportive.

    Liren C
  • Really enjoyed the experience in Kili - staff are extremely nice. The tour guides, and even the porters, are very helpful and experienced. I feel safe throughout the trip. Would definitely recommend Miyar!

    Hailei Lu
  • LOVED the Kili Climb! Very well organized, the food was amazing! FRESH fruits and veggies at every meal, and they even accommodated dietary restrictions!! GF, Vegan and dairy (just to name a few) in our group of 14! The morning ritual of GINGER TEA was my fav, for sure!!! Sandeep is a great team builder, the group or climbers were so amazing, helpful and cheery the entire time!!! I will climb with Miyar again! Wish you could experience this for yourself, it is a once in a lifetime experience!!!

    Lisa Walker
  • Climbing Kili was a mind opening experience thanks to Sandeep, our group, and local guides. It's not just about breathtaking scenery, which you will experience. It's about the people. Sandeep and the people he works with are genuine, knowledgeable, wonderful people. I can't wait for my next trip with them! Love you guys!

    Kathryn E
  • I took intro to Mountaineering course by Sandeep. It was great trip. I learnt some mountaineering/backpacking skills. The hike up and the campsite had amazing views. On Friday, Sandeep did a informative mountaineering presentation and checked the gear. He let us borrow some missing gear like iceaxe, sleeping bag, puffy jackets, helmet, rope, etc. On the mountain he taught us safe glissading, self arrest, knots, side walking, walking with rope, safety and other important skills. Overall I had heck of a weekend, got to meet cool people and got a mountaineering bug which is already itching me to hike up camp muir and Mt. Adams

    Amar Tamersi
  • I did the intro to Mountaineering course and got so much more out of it than I expected. I figured that we would just learn some basic skills and techniques, but our instructor Sandeep really went the extra mile. Beyond the lessons of ice ax arrests and general snow climbing, I learned a ton about mountaineering culture and ethics which really helped me feel comfortable climbing alongside the professionals. By the end I felt very confident in my new ability and couldn't wait to get out again. Seriously, I could not wait. The next weekend I rented gear from Miyar Adventures and was able to climb Mt. Adams on my own! I can't wait for more adventures!

    Richard Buzzard
  • I have never done any activity on snow and I am a newbie hiker...It is unbelievable that I actually got to climb Rainier, starting from where I was. I give all the credit to Sandeep. He makes beginners like me get comfortable and build up on the skills and make their dreams become achievable...If you ever want to climb any mountain, I strongly recommend Miyar Adventures, without any doubt.

    Prema Grandhi
  • Excellent experience with Miyar and Sandeep when climbing Rainier this year. I was not even sure if I can do it. Sandeep helped me through out the training and kept me motivated. If not for Miyar and Sandeep I don't think I would have summited Rainier.

    Abhishek Chaturvedi
  • Went on a 4-day backpacking trip to Mount Rainier with Miyar Advantures and Sandeep. It was a great experience! Sandeep was a great guide who was not only knowledgeable and helpful but genuinely fun to be around. The trip has sparked my interest in further challenges and adventures, and I think it is safe to say that Miyar Adventures is the first place I will look for my next big one!

    David M.
  • Sandeep and all of his guides are very personable, knowledgeable, safety conscious and a WHOLE lot of FUN to climb with! I am a beginning climber/backpacker and I enjoyed climbing/Backpacking Rainier with Miyar Adventures. They prepared me well for a successful experience. In fact, I am looking forward to climbing Kilimanjaro with Miyar in December! 

    Lisa W.
  • I joined Miyar Adventures for a 4 day backpacking trip at Mt. Rainier. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Sandeep is a very knowledgeable guide that is willing to go the extra mile in order to make sure everyone in the group has a good time. I'm looking forward to joining them for another adventure in the future! 

    Min L.
  • I had the good fortune to go with Miyar Adventures for a four day backpacking trip in Mt Rainier this past August. I found the guides intelligent, accomplished, kind, patient and hard working. After talking to them about their experience and medical knowledge I felt safer than I have on any adventure I've ever been on. The food was good and the Fireball Whiskey superb! I look forward to more trips with them. Maybe even Kilimanjaro! 

    Kathy E.
  • Amazing landscape, sunny days, cold nights, Hot tea, marvelous meals, perfect Organization, attentive Team, First Yak in Life. Stunning beauty of this trek is beyond words. Guides were so professional and helpful for everything all the way. They made sure to keep you safe and well aware of the area and culture. This was an amazing journey for me and I cherish the memories everyday till date.

    John Roberts
  • Our camping and trekking combined with the amazing views and the awesome guides, the overall experience at Stok Kangri was really a true delight. Everything about the trek was wonderful. What a way to see Ladakh and absorb its beauty for lifetime. The other Himalayan peaks around makes the perfect backdrops. Thanks to the trek leaders and the organizers for making sure that everything went through smoothly.

    Sameer Grag
  • I have been on several climbs with Miyar Adventures (including Mt. Rainier, Mt. Shasta) and its always been an awesome experience.The leads are great and make you feel safe, will encourage you all through the climb and will make sure that everyone in the group is having a great time. Miyar Adventures is definitely my first choice when I want to go for a big climb.

    Siddarth V.
  • I have been training with Sandeep and his group of experienced guides for more than 3 months, especially to prepare myself to summit the big one - Rainier. Many people dream of climbing big mountains and have the ability too, but sometimes just have a little doubt whether they can do it. Sandeep has this unique quality to build up that confidence in such dreamers. He makes you believe in yourself and your abilities. He is very passionate about engaging more and more people with mountaineering and rock climbing. We sumitted Rainier last weekend, and Miyar adventures played a significant role in our climb. The practise climbs, pre-climb and glacier informative sessions, gear check meetings - were all planned meticulously and each team members questions were answered satisfactorily. I would definitely recommend going with Sandeep and his team for any adventures offered by Miyar. Note: Look out for their trip to Mt Kilimanjaro later this year. I am sure it would be a lot of fun.

    Ajay M.
  • As a newbie to rock climbing, I took the intro to outdoor rock climbing with Miyar Adventures. Our lead instructor, Sandeep was great and so was his assistant who joined us for the course training at Gritscone. As a group of five, we were able to tackle five climbs in one day ranging from 5.5 to 5.9. This allowed each climber more opportunities to practice the techniques, work on the commands, and gain experience with various rock formations. It’s a great value esp. considering we were a small group. Sandeep is a knowledgeable climber and a genuinely nice person. We hung out for a bit after the course and had great conversations with interesting people!

    Jeff Permuy
  • I like the commitment, determination of Sandeep and his passion for great cause too. Sandeep inspired lot many people with his great leadership qualities. He will be role model for lot many people.

    Sridhar DandapanThula
  • Great bhai! It needs a lot to follow your dream. Kudos!

    Neeraj Agarwal
  • I've climbed Rainier and Baker (+several other training hikes) with Sandeep and other guides from Miyar Adventures. The climbs were made super fun, safe, and informational. With Sandeep's detailed prior planning, extensive know-how of the mountaineering practices, and long climbing experience, you know the climb is going to be safe with great chances of summit. Before all big climbs, Sandeep does an indoor session to discuss the itinerary and answer any concerns. You'll definitely learn a lot whenever you spend time with Sandeep. He has expertise in all forms of climbing: mountaineering, rock and ice. So it also makes it easy to try other activities because you already know the guide well. I've taken instructions from few other guides as well and I wouldn't doubt to state that Sandeep is the best guide I've climbed with! He'll keep you motivated and answer your questions with patience. He'd have fun stories to tell from his rescue ops, first ascents, or other hard climbs. He is ready to make adjustments based on the preferences of the group which is a key in making the trip not only successful but also enjoyable. I can't recommend Miyar Adventures enough! Give them a try and you'll be glad you did.

    Prateek Sharma
  • If you are interested in doing any climbing or hiking but need a guide , I highly recommend Miyar Adventures...Sandeep is a wonderful person and you will actually learn (and practice ) climbing and crevasse rescue techniques in addition to the trip/climb ...it is definitely beyond a just a "get you to the summit" experience. He genuinely cares and brings in other excellent guides for bigger groups. My husband and I recently successfully made it to the summit of Mount Baker with Sandeep, two other guides and a group of friends and we had a fantastic experience. He and the guides he works with are very knowledgeable so I had confidence in their abilities to lead us but they are also very friendly and fun so that overall trip was enjoyable. I will definitely climb with Miyar Adventures again!

    Monica Henry
  • Climbing Rainier was an incredible experience and a life changer for me having spent the previous 5 years recovering from a traumatic brain injury. Sandeep, prepared me. -- star 1 Training -- He got me to the summit -- star 2 Encouragement -- Even with high altitude sickness, he got me down again -- star 3 and 4 Safety, Knowledge -- I received an absolutely amazing experience I will never forget resulting in lasting friendships and the return of a confidence that I wasn't sure I'd ever have again -- star 5 -- Thanks Sandeep!

    Ari T.
  • I've been on several trips with Sandeep, from day hikes to mount Rainier climbs and have always had an enjoyable time. I can say by experience that he genuinely wants his clients to have a safe, enjoyable and educational experience, no matter who they are. Safety has always been the top priority on his trips and as far as education and fun, I've always gotten more than expected out of them. His level of patience and ability to lead is really unmatched, and he demands the same standards of his guides. I would definitely recommend Miyar for anyone who wants a real, hands on climbing or wilderness experience!

    Lawrence P.
  • I joined Miyar Adventures for a 4 day backpacking trip at Mt. Rainier. I couldn't have asked for a better experience. Sandeep is a very knowledgeable guide that is willing to go the extra mile in order to make sure everyone in the group has a good time. I'm looking forward to joining them for another adventure in the future!

    Min W
  • This was my first time technical/glacier climb under great guides assistance & summited Mt. Baker & can't wait for more to come, see you soon ;)

    Zuzana Svitek
  • What an awesome experience to go on climbing Mt. Rainier with Miyar Adventures. Sandeep and his team of guides ( Kirk, Alexis, Joe, Ben, Chris, Jasmin ) did an awesome job to lead the multiple rope teams trough snow skill preparations and guiding through safely on glacier journey. The amount of efforts put into multi-month preparation, pre-trip meetings, accessibility to gears for rent and attention to details with food/weight/personal gears were all instrumental in almost all of us (in a group of 24) able to summit Mt. Rainier and have wonderful memories. We knew we were in best company and safe hands with prior experience with Miyar Adventures led climb to Mt. Baker and few other preparation trips. And guides calibrated their approach from novice climbers to experienced climbers to push enough to have an enjoyable experience. I highly recommend to go with Miyar Adventures on amazing trips they have lined up around the Puget Sound Area and internationally.

    Harshit Shah
  • Climbed Mount Rainier with Miyar Adventures. What an incredible experience! I hadn't hiked for 9 years, but was able to train for Mount Rainier under Sandeep's guidance. Thanks to Miyar's guides (Alexis, Chris, Ben) the final climb to summit felt so safe and non-strenuous. During our climb RMI group crossed us just after Camp Miur and I could hear people already panting and breathing heavily. After sometime I saw few people from RMI group returning back as they couldn't keep pace. However with Sandeep and his team of guides, all of us summited without any pressure. Sandeep and his team have many years of mountaineering experience, and they know how to make it not only safe but also enjoyable.

    Anand Sarda
  • Had the chance to attempt a Shuksan climb last week with Sandeep and bunch of other folks. Despite the bad weather, I had a lot of fun and learned a bit. Sandeep and his other guide (Kirk) were really professional. Both of them were super helpful all along the trip. They were continuously guiding folks who needed guidance, especially me. I would highly recommend them and I hope to climb again with them soon.

    RaghuRam Nadiminti
  • Went on a 4-day backpacking trip to Mount Rainier with Miyar Advantures and Sandeep.  It was a great experience! Sandeep was a great guide who was not only knowledgeable and helpful but genuinely fun to be around.  The trip has sparked my interest in further challenges and adventures, and I think it is safe to say that Miyar Adventures is the first place I will look for my next big one!

    David Magana
  • I was part of a group that summitted Mt. Baker in early August this year. Overall, it was a great experience. I went into it not knowing what to expect from a guided climb (my past few had been unguided) and was pleasantly surprised. I was concerned that I'd be bored, but was happy to find that they did a great job juggling our group's varying skill levels, and I walked away feeling like I had learned and progressed as a climber. Ben and Anthony are both very knowledgeable (you can always learn from guides, it just depends how much time they have to teach!) and I found myself getting a bunch of new experiences even just in the 24 hours that we climbed. I was also impressed by their abilities to read us and judge when clients needed encouraging or advice. They did a great job managing us, and I remember the moment that my attitude turned from "this isn't going to happen but it's still experience" to "holy crap, we have a shot!" After toughing it out through some rain, blustering winds, and low visibility, the skies cleared up and we had our chance. Thanks to Ben and Anthony for the positive attitudes and guidance that weekend! I'd definitely join them again in the future.

    Eve Jakubowski
  • Ben and Anthony were fantastic. Two things stood out to me: their ability to juggle various levels of experience, and how good they were at encouraging team members who needed it. Long story short, I didn't know what to expect from guided trips (most of my experience was unguided) and was concerned it'd be a pampered trip where they did all the hard work and I wouldn't learn anything. But they managed to cater to each individual, and I left feeling like I had improved as a climber and definitely learned a few things. I'm sure if you want the pampered trip, they'd do that too, but I was over the moon about cutting snow blocks for the tent and setting up v-threads. They were also very good at reading people, being patient, and knowing who to encourage when and when to maintain a positive atmosphere in case climbers were getting nervous. It was a great experience, and best of luck to them in the future! I'd definitely trust them to take me up another peak in the future. Maybe I'll get to cut more snow blocks.

    Eve Jakubowski
  • Sandeep and all of his guides are very personable, knowledgeable, safety conscious and a WHOLE lot of FUN to climb with! I am a beginning climber/backpacker and I enjoyed climbing/Backpacking Rainier with Miyar Adventures. They prepared me well for a successful experience. In fact, I am looking forward to climbing Kilimanjaro with Miyar in December!

    Lisa Walker
  • I am new to mountaineering, and Sandeep made the learning experience FUN, safe and informative. He goes the extra mile to make sure you are comfortable and get the most from the experience. I climbed with two of his EXCELLENT guides on Mt Adams, and with Sandeep on Mt Rainer. I look forward to Kilimanjaro this December. A TOP NOTCH company!

    Lisa Walker
  • Sandeep is possibly the best person (Miyar and guides) in the business to take you on the mountains. Anyone who has trained with him to summit Rainier over the years can tell you how much he cares about his peeps. Talk to him and he can always find a way to make it happen. I have been trying to climb Rainier for few years with personal constraints (need to be always available, can return anytime, 24*7 sat phone access etc) and many times I had to return mid climb from big ones like Baker and Rainier. It was really easy to talk to the guides about this situation. I never once felt unsafe on the mountains. This is a big deal given how much we learnt when it comes to snow skills and glacier training. Be safe and go with Miyar!

    Vivek Garg
  • I was part of the group that summited Mt. Rainier on 7/20/15 led by Miyar Adventures and its guides. I had a great experience training and finally climbing with Miyar and Sandeep Nain. Miyar Adventures has an experienced team of guides with most guides being a part of some or the other mountain rescue group (as an added perk, you can just sit and listen to these guys tell stories). I felt that all the guides shared common mountaineering principles which is very important in case of a mishap. Sandeep and his team believe that "getting to the summit is optional, but getting back to the parking lot is mandatory" - safety first, mountain is not going anywhere. Another thing that I particularly liked about the guides was they set strict timelines and also inspired discipline in us to adhere to those timelines. As pre-climb training, we did a lot of hikes around the area and also climbed Mt. Ruth. Sandeep would try and accompany us on our training hikes as much as he could and answered any dumb and dumber questions that we had with patience and precision. You always learn something new when you talk mountaineering with Sandeep Nain. The Mt. Ruth climb was a very good precursor to Mt. Rainier in terms of learning and practicing the basics of snow and glacier travel. Both the Mt. Rainier and Mt. Ruth training climbs were very meticulously planned. The gear distribution was done well before the actual climb so that any changes were easily accommodated. Sandeep and Ben gave us a detailed briefing about the itinerary and risks before the climb and were available to clear any doubts during and after the session. The guides Sandeep Nain teaches you, inspires you, and pushes you to your limits and lets you redefine them, I highly recommend giving Miyar Adventures a try for your next backpacking/mountaineering/climbing adventure. You will thank me!!

    Rajat Dua
  • A friend once remarked, "if you have any questions about your mountain climbing abilities, the person you need to talk to is Sandeep from Miyar adventures." It can't be more precise than that. I met Sandeep through "asha for education" with an interest to climb Mt. Rainier. My first hike with Sandeep was up tiger mountains. A small and easy hike but I reached the top a solid 30 mins after the rest of the group. That got me thinking if I should back off from climbing Rainier. But Sandeep didn't let me do so. He was confident that I could climb Rainier with some training, when I myself had very few reasons to believe so. The next 4 months, we had training hikes almost every weekend organized by Sandeep which were so much fun to call them "trainings". And fast forward to today, I'm home cherishing the feeling of having summited mount Rainier. This would not have been possible but for Sandeep and his team. Guides are super knowledgeable and amicable, the trips are very well organized, any questions about gears, health, trip details etc, answers are just an email or call away. The extent to which Sandeep and his team go to make a trip, an enjoyable experience and more importantly safe is quite admirable. Looking forward to joining Miyar adventures for more such 5-star experiences in future.

    Saraswathy Srinivasan
  • I was part of a group that has done several climbs with Sandeep as a leader. Sandeep takes great care of his clients and knows when to push you and advise you on areas where you need to work. Sandeep takes great care to ensure safe climbs and a fun time for the participants! Go with Miyar if you want to be challenged and grow in a safe environment!

    Filipp Demenschonok
  • I have been training with Sandeep from Miyar Adventures for the past 6 months for a fundraiser Mt.Rainier climb. I have never done any activity on snow and I am a newbie hiker. So I had my reservations when I started training. So starting from how to get better at hiking to improving my snow skills, being my sounding board, whenever I expressed any doubts in my mind, and pushing me a little harder every time so I can get some confidence that I can accomplish this, he has been an great guide. It is unbelievable that I actually got to climb Rainier, starting from where I was. I give all the credit to Sandeep. He makes beginners like me get comfortable and build up on the skills and make their dreams become achievable. The way he organized the whole climb from picking food, group gear and personal gear for everyone, to picking great rope leads for glacier travel for us to lead the way, he has done a phenomenal job. He is very efficient about trip planning and ensures everyone summits and gets back home safely. If you ever want to climb any mountain, I strongly recommend Miyar Adventures, without any doubt.

    Prema Grandhi
  • Loved the experience training and climbing for Mt. Rainier and Mt. Baker. I highly recommend going via them. The climb was very well managed with experienced guides. Sandeep assisted me and guided me for several months while training.

    Ravi Jaiswal
  • I climbed Kilimanjaro with Sandeep, it was an amazing experience. The trip was really well arranged, and we did not need to do much planning-wise. Sandeep was super friendly and helped us train for the climb, with the visas, vaccinations. He even brought some extra "just in case" jackets for the climb - which I ended up borrowing :) The mountain guides were awesome, the food was exceptional. It was a great trip and I look forward to my next trip with Miyar

    Priya Janardhanan
  • I've known the owner of Miyar Adventures for a few years and he's one of the best climbers I know. He's helped with other climbs I've been a part of even before forming the company and definitely knows his stuff. He also works hard (really hard) to keep costs down compared to other larger companies. I took the Denali Prep course in Summer 2015. Our Denali guide presented how to rig a sled and we did real crevasse rescue in a real crevasse. I had had some training in related areas, but I still learned a ton every minute from our guide. The course is still ongoing and I'm looking forward to the student-led climb! Can't wait to try Denali and a winter ascent of Rainier! I have friends that did Kilimanjaro and the accompanying Safari. While I didn't go, everyone said it was great and well organized.

    Rob Miller
  • Loved the Denali Prep Course offered through Miyar, and the awesome guides that we had. They were extremely knowledgeable, experienced and helpful. They made sure that every one of us received individual attention and got the chance to learn everything that we were supposed to learn. They answered all our questions, gave very useful advice on various things, and had a great attitude/were very patient, both with us and the weather :). I had a great experience with them! And most importantly, I felt very safe climbing with them. The crevasse rescue practice was done very safely with plenty of anchors, and during the summit push, the guides were skilled enough to make the call to turn back due to the conditions being bad - which turned out to be a good decision, since a whiteout came in soon after we turned back. Regarding the course itself, everything was very well planned and went smoothly. The course was structured and paced very well. I loved the flexibility in scheduling, and appreciate the trouble that Miyar (especially Sandeep) took in order to be flexible! I learned a lot through the course and it was a great experience!

    Akshay Kulkarni
  • Climbed Kilimanjaro with Miyar a few months ago. It was an awesome trip. Everything was very well organized, and we didn't have to worry about a single thing. In fact Sandeep went out of his way to make things go smoothly. He was available months in advance to provide/discuss trip details and answer any questions that we had. He was also very flexible about the trip plan. And finally, he was willi...ng to organize training hikes for us as well, although that didn't work out due to the conflicting schedules of the group members. He made sure that all the group members met and got to know each other beforehand, which I think was really helpful. The trip itself (climb, safari, the group I went with) was one of the most enjoyable and fulfilling experiences of my life.

    Akshay Kulkarni
  • I joined Sandeep on a climb to the highest free-standing mountain in the world - Kilimanjaro in Africa not quite knowing what that meant or what was involved and gained more than what I could have ever imagined. It was a rather long climb and the last day was very tiresome for me. Sandeep continued to encourage me when I was tired and truly exhausted and felt like I could not move an inch. Thanks to that, I did end up summiting and got safely back down to basecamp. I truly appreciated how the climb was coordinated by Sandeep with the guides and porters and it was really pain free for the clients with great food and all conveniences one can expect on a mountain. The pre-planning and gear check sessions all helped me immensely and thought the price was by far the best I had observed for the services provided.

    After having been part of climbs with other leaders, I think Sandeep's climbs are very accommodative to a wide set of climbers with varied skill set and preferences. I highly recommend his climbs and would definitely join on future climbs to some of the most beautiful places in the world.

    Kavitha
  • Kilimanjaro was my first mountain excursion outside of the US. I was equally excited and nervous. Sandeep and Miyar Adventures set up the most phenomenal trip I could have imagined! The plan fell perfectly into place upon arrival: hotels were lovely, food was delicious and the mountain guides were marvelous. Sandeep left nothing out when coordinating all of this. He was also available for the months prior to the departure to meet and make sure we had the correct flight plans, gear and clothing, vaccinations, passports, visas and any thing else we might need. Lastly, Sandeep set up local hiking treks prior to our big trip to ensure that we are all physically ready for the trip and so that we may meet one another before the big climb. I know this is a long review, but I wish I could write even more! I felt so comfortable in the hands of Sandeep and Miyar Adventures the entire time! There is nothing that could have gone better and I will certainly be booking another trip with this company soon!

    Danielle Stadler
  • I took the Intro To Outdoor Rock Climbing Course August 24th and had a great time! The instruction given by Sandeep Nain was well organized and detailed. Our infield curriculum included review and practical applications of climbing gear, climbing knots, climbing commands, belay techniques, climbing ethics and of course safety, which Sandeep emphasized throughout this one day course. Our group then had the opportunity to do 5+ top rope climbs on routes varying in difficulty, great work out! On top of meeting some great people we finished the day with a dip in the river! You can't beat that! I highly recommend this course.

    Thomas Conway
  • I took intro to Mountaineering course by Sandeep. It was great trip. I learnt some mountaineering/backpacking skills. The hike up and the campsite had amazing views. On Friday, Sandeep did a informative mountaineering presentation and checked the gear. He let us borrow some missing gear like iceaxe, sleeping bag, puffy jackets, helmet, rope, etc. On the mountain he taught us safe glissading, self arrest, knots, side walking, walking with rope, safety and other important skills. Overall I had heck of a weekend, got to meet cool people and got a mountaineering bug which is already itching me to hike up camp muir and Mt. Adams :)

    Amar Tamersi
  • I had done some rock climbing 20 years back but did not have confidence of getting onto the rock again. I did not like the climbing walls in the gym with their big rounded holds which almost feel slippery. I had almost given up on climbing when I found about Sandeep's Intro to Rock Climbing Course. Knowing about his Rainier climb leader role, I knew it will be a great learning experience. I did the course on Sept 7th. Starting with the basics, Sandeep made it so easy that in a short time we were not only ready to try harder routes but were also ready to belay the fellow climbers under his guidance. Even though we were climbing in a pretty safe environment, he made sure that we follow the safety measures and wanted us to make it a habit. He says all of us are ready to pass the belayer certificate test at the local gym. I better attempt that before I forget the basics :).

    Jyoti Gawade
  • I had a really wonderful experience with Sandeep during his Intro to Mountaineering class. First off, he was very flexible and receptive to what the people taking the class wanted to get out of the experience. For example, he gave us the option of choosing between two different locations, based on whether we wanted to spend more time hiking or more time learning new skills, and he regularly checked in with us to assess whether we were understanding and interested in everything he was teaching us. He was extremely patient and happy to answer any question we might have for him about mountaineering or any other outdoor activity. He has an impressive amount of experience, which made me feel not only safe but also like I could learn a lot from him. I also appreciated Sandeep’s personal touch of inviting us into his home before the trip and hearing all his stories of past outdoor adventures. It was clear he has a real passion for what he’s doing. My one critique is that the pre-trip meeting, especially the gear check, was a bit disorganized, but I would attribute that to Miyar being a newly established company. I expect Sandeep will quickly develop a smoother routine for that. Overall, I would definitely recommend Miyar to a friend.

    Lexie Carr
  • I did the intro to Mountaineering course and got so much more out of it than I expected. I figured that we would just learn some basic skills and techniques, but our instructor Sandeep really went the extra mile. Beyond the lessons of ice ax arrests and general snow climbing, I learned a ton about mountaineering culture and ethics which really helped me feel comfortable climbing alongside the professionals. By the end I felt very confident in my new ability and couldn't wait to get out again. Seriously, I could not wait. The next weekend I rented gear from Miyar Adventures and was able to climb Mt. Adams on my own! I can't wait for more adventures!

    Richard Buzard