...Nicolai was recommeded to us from friends.Nicolai is absolutly honest, a very friendly man, he organized
the trip in perfect way, how we talked about in Email.
We thank Nicolai for the wonderful trip, at the end he showed us his hometown Moskau - very, very good
- it is his city! Never visit Moskau without Nicolai.
If we come again to Russia - we make it just with Nicolai, and really just with him.
In Austria it is not easy to find a man so friendly and honest as Nikolai. Thank you very much.
...and flexibility which Nikolai provided made for a very comfortable trip
when we were off the mountain. As well, his English is excellent and enjoys explaining mountaineering techniques, the history
of the area, and the geology of the mountains surrounding. He has over 30 years of mountaineering experience and has climbed
Elbrus over 50 times. I can recommend him highly as a guide in the Russian Mountains....
Jerome DaSilva - Canada. firstname.lastname@example.org
... and Nikolai was very experienced with the treatment (descent, descent. descent).
He took me back down to the valley for a night, and afterwards we were able to make it to the summit with no problems.
I cannot say enough good things about Nikolai. He is a very strong climber and
guide with a wealth of climbing experience. He is also very cautious and conscientious. His English is great and he made excellent
arrangements for us in terms of drivers and accommodations....
Martin (USA) email@example.com February 10, 2008
it's been several months since we returned to Colorado after the great experiences we had with you and your guide Olga while we were
in Russia. It has just dawned
on me that I never sent on to you the "testimonial" I had mentioned that I'd write for your Alptour website. I've included
it later in this e-mail. Use all or as much of it as you'd like to.
been promoting you strongly here in Colorado, to members
of the Colorado Mountain Club and to subscribers to 14erWorld.com, an organization of serious climbers, many of whom travel
to various countries for climbs. I'm certain that you'll get some future bookings from these promotions. Carolyn
Randall is still assembling her team for a late July 2008 climb of Mt.
Elbrus. She'll be contacting you during March to make arrangements
with you, once she has her team in place. Recall that Carolyn was originally to come with Paul, Kevin, and me last
summer, but had a fall off her bike and broke her hip.
the testimonial for you to use in whatever way you care to:
What a terrific experience, made so by the wonderful support and assistance provided by Nikolai Savin. We desired a non-guided
climb of Mt. Elbrus, but needed all basic trip arrangement and ground support actions including visas, airport pickup and
accommodations in Moscow, in-city transfers, all travel help between Mineralnye Vody and Terskol, hut reservations, food and
cooking at the hut, and return to Moscow followed by a good tour of key locations in the city. Nikolai arranged and directed
all this support in a highly professional fashion that made our entire trip seamless, highly enjoyable, and very successful!
What impressed us most was Nikolai’s responsiveness and adaptability: when we initially made arrangements with Alptour
we had five in our group. Two needed to drop out due to accident injuries or family health issues, well after Nikolai had
made and paid for all ground and support reservations for five people. He quickly found ways to save money for the remaining
three of us, going so far as to offer us to sleep in his Moscow
flat and to spend one night in his personal quarters in Terskol.
Nikolai is extremely
reliable in every respect, and is a good communicator–prompt, detailed; he uses excellent English. His knowledge
of and experience on Mt. Elbrus
are outstanding. Furthermore, he’s a fun person to be with, and Olga, one of his guides who picked us up at Moscow airports and gave us the tour of the city, is an absolutely delightful
person. Nikolai and Olga made our trip very, very special! Thank you!!
-Amelia Oliver (USA)-...Dear Nikolai,I wanted to say thank you again for guiding our group on Elbrus last week. I
was impressed with your competence as a guide, both climbing
with us on the mountain and organizing the logistic elements
of our trip.
It was very nice to be able to completely trust our guide and to know that
everything was being handled
in a professional manner. I also appreciate
your efforts to accommodate various needs and wants of individual members
our group, from climbing gear to meals to visa registration to time
schedules to the last-minute organization of
the marinated shashlik barbecue
on Saturday evening. It was a pleasure to travel and climb with such a
as yourself. ...email firstname.lastname@example.org or call me at work: Russia (095) 354-5600 or home (095) 298-0821.
Wiswell (USA) - Nikolai is a registered mountain guide and has been my guide on a number of climbs (Mt Elbrus, etc) in Russia
and CIS. He organized all travel, accommodations, food and other supplies, permits, visas, and local sherpas, etc for my climbs.
Climbing requires teamwork and motivation and Nikolai is able to promote both in his groups. He is very patient and an excellent
motivator. Basically, I showed up and had a great experience. He has been guiding for the past 14 years. His clients included
many repeat clients from the US, UK, and Europe. He has also accompanied me on business trips as a translator, and has been
able to expedite many "situations" in Uzbekistan,Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan. Nikolai's English is very good, he is trustworthy
and dependable and is able to solve problems, take the initiative to get the job done. Nikolai will go the extra mile to complete
the task. It is always my pleasure to work with him, climb with him and call him my friend. If you need more information or
"real time" reference for Nikolai please do not hesitate to call Sandy Wiswell during the day (095) 725-5162; at night (095)
575-73-00 or email email@example.com