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Because Lost Horizon Treks and Tours is a small company that strives to provide excellent service, we take care in who we hire as our guides. The guides have the most difficult job in the tourism business and must be able to handle large responsibilities. The reputation of the company is in their hands and they can really influence the outcome of a trek or tour. The trek could be perfectly organized and every detail taken care of, but if the guide is lazy, unhelpful, or unprepared, the whole trip can go badly. Good guides are a great asset for any company and Lost Horizon is no exception. Besides the owners of the company, Bari and Justin, we currently have two full-time guides that we are very proud of. You can read about all of us by clicking the links above. If you would like to have one of these guys as the guide for your trip, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can arrange it for you. Good guides are in high demand and a very important part of your experience in Pakistan.
Abdul Bari Rana, founder of Lost Horizon Treks and Tours, is our senior guide. Bari is one of the most experienced guides in Northern Pakistan and definitely one of the best. He has been involved in tourism for over twenty years. Bari is from the village of Chorit which is situated at the base of Nanga Parbat's Rupal side. Needless to say, Bari is extremely familiar with Nanga Parbat and the surrounding area. His mother language is Shina, but he is also fluent in Urdu and English and can communicate in Borushaski, Gujjari, Punjabi, Pashto, and Hindi. Bari seems to have a special talent for making things happen. Sometimes, it seems like there is no way to get something done, but within a few minutes of Bari's arrival everything is perfect.
Justin Stirrett, founder and owner of Odyssey Adventure Guides and co-owner of Lost Horizon Treks & Tours has been guiding for over 20 years all over the world. Spending part of the year guiding and climbing back in Canada and part of the year in Pakistan training and equipping the guide team to be at their best. Justin is known for being a strong all around climber. From pulling hard boulder problems, to runout trad routes, to big blue ice, to the alpine play ground he is at home on all. Justin also has years of completive climbing under his belt. In his off time he sets for climbing competitions in Canada.
Ghafoor comes from the village of Khuda-abad which is near Sost and the China border. His mother language is Borushaski, a language with no known origins that is unique to Northern Pakistan. He also speaks Shina, Wakhi, Urdu, and English. He is a very strong trekker and never seems to get tired. Ghafoor is an excellent cook and can prepare a wide variety of dishes. He goes out of his way to make sure everyone is comfortable and taken care of and is always cheerful. With more than 15 years of experience in trekking, tours, and expeditions, Ghafoor is well qualified and always receives great feedback.
Abdul Wahid Rana, younger brother of Bari, is one of our full-time guides. Wahid is one of the strongest men that you will ever see on the trail. He carries the heaviest loads, leads the way through knee-deep snow, and still has enough energy to cook dinner for everyone else with a smile on his face. Wahid is always cheerful and looking for ways to make our clients more comfortable. Wahid, like Bari, is from the village of Chorit and he knows the Nanga Parbat area extremely well. He is also the most experienced guide on Rupal Peak, one of our most adventurous treks. Wahid speaks English and is also fluent in Shina, Urdu, Gujjari, and Punjabi.