Blaise – Belgium – 2022
Route to Carrauntoohil: up via O'Shea's Gully, down via Heavenly Gate & The Balcony.
Thank you for the pictures and for the route details (now I'll sound like a professional when describing my walk :)).
Thank you once again for the walk, I had the time of my life!
Whitney – US – 2022
Cesar was very friendly and this hike was amazing. He knows the mountains well and we had a great tour despite the weather being a bit rainy. I would highly recommend using Cesar to guide any of your hiking experiences in Ireland!
Steve – US – 2022
Walking with Cesar and his friend John was amazing. The views were epic and I got an amazing workout in the process. If you want to get to the summit and gain a much better experience than the more tourist-friendly trail, booking with Cesar is a must!
Broder – US – 2022
“Great time, cannot beat the views and location. Cesar will tailor it how you wish - he knows the mountain very very well.”
Luke – Ireland – 2022
“A spectacular trip that was greatly enhanced by Cesar’s useful advice and vast knowledge of the mountain and surrounding areas.”
William – US – 2022
“Cesar was a fantastic guide and even though it was overcast the hike is very worth it! We made it all the way to the summit of Carrauntoohil and he took some nice photos for me too. The hike is definitely intense though, you should be in shape and prepared for climbing not just hiking.”
Catherine – US – 2022
“Cesar is an amazing very educated guide. We had a hike planned that we had to reschedule and he was very accommodating and recommended another hike the next day. We couldn’t ask for a better guide! We will be doing future hikes with Cesar!”
Laura – Ireland – 2021
After reading the previous reviews I decided Cesar was the person I wanted to be our guide. While we have a good level of fitness it was the route that scared me to try on our own. Cesar delivered exactly what the other reviewers said. He has a calm presence and manages to inspire your confidence. He explained how to use your feet, how to walk on the rocks and got me to practice switching pole from hand to hand while using the other for scrambling. There were 2 of us and after chatting and getting a sense of our goals and capabilities he challenged us to go at a much faster pace than I would if we were on our own. I would therefore recommend that you contact for a private or small group Cesar if you would like to also challenge yourself under his safe and careful guidance. I for one have already planned a longer trip in the future to try the horseshoe! If you book Cesar you will not be disappointed.
Dave – Ireland – 2021
Everybody talks about the Devils Ladder at Carrauntoohil, Cesar brought me up O'Shea’s Gully (where I swam in Ireland's highest lake) to the summit (where the view was spectacular and down the heavenly gate and the views and route was fantastic. I would not have know about this route at all, only for Cesar guiding the way, and the journey felt like being in a Lord of the Rings movie and I was on an epic quest! I would highly recommend the experience.
David – Singapore – 2021
What a wonderful day! Cesar took me on a route that I never would have found. First hour was a steep climb, over heather and grass, soft underfoot. We got up to the point that the scramble over rocks begins. Not as difficult as I thought it would be, Cesar’s calmness kept me feeling safe and confident. Then before you know it, we were on the top of Beenkeragh, stunning views across to the ridge to Carrauntoohil, you could almost touch the cross, but it was still 60 mins away. We stopped to chat to a lovely crew from Cork, youngest was 69 years young, and she showed her youth as she scrambled and joked. Gave me great encouragement for the future I hope to have. We moved across the ridge, top of Carrauntoohil, then headed towards the ridge leaning right away from the beaten path. We stopped had lunch, then crossed back towards the top of the devil’s ladder, but veered left towards heavenly Gates, then across the Balcony, down to the lakes. Moseyed back on the rocky road to the car park in Lisleibane. Cesar kept us off trodden paths, on nice soft turf, which was easy on the knees, and kept us away from others, which was good. We had nice chat, great day, and I feel that I’ve done a unique route across these hills. I’m from Dublin originally, Cesar is from Spain; I’ve climbed Carrauntoohil 4 times (but never Beenkeragh), this was the most interesting route by far. Great day; thanks Cesar!
Aaghaz – India – 2021
Cesar is amazing, I'm going with him again.
Allison – US – 2021
Cesar is a great guide! We had such a fun day, and he was great at finding the best routes for us. 10/10 recommend!
Nadine – UK – 2021
“A wonderful guided hike, conversation (and the chance to practise my Spanish!) and Cesar took fantastic photos for us! We really enjoyed ourselves. We will definitely get in contact next time we are in Kerry for a different mountain hike!”
Jarek – Ireland – 2021
We've had a fantastic experience hiking with Cesar who was extremely accommodating with us. He had a wealth of knowledge about the surrounding area and we both felt like we were in good and experienced hands climbing the tallest mountain in Ireland. Would hike with Cesar again.
Stacey – Ireland – 2021
What an amazing experience. Cesar puts you at ease and navigates the way up the mountain. On the route we took the views were amazing. I would highly recommend.
Saikumar – India – 2021
Great guide, estimates the ability and plans the route along the way and Great guy who knows a lot about trekking and mountaineering.
Alannah – UK – 2021
Great guide and fantastic experience.
Fiona – UK – 2021
Cesar was an excellent guide gives loads of information about where we were as we walked. Took health & safety very serious! Would have know problem recommending Cesar, Excellent!
Yannick – France – 2021
Great day, great experience ! We were hiking in a small group of 4. Felt safe and enjoyable the whole way. Cesar paid attention to the level of each hiker and was able to adapt the pace and the route, thanks to a good knowledge of terrain in Carrauntoohil. He is friendly and very positive.
Keira – Ireland – 2021
This was an amazing experience! Cesar was an excellent guide and made sure the hike was done safely and at a pace suitable to the group. I would definitely recommend Cesar as guide for climbing Carrauntoohil!
Irfan – Uk – 2021
Lovely guide...reasonably priced...passion for the mountains...adapted the walk up and down to/from Carrauntoohil according to our fitness level...would not have been able to do the walk without him.....also imparted his extensive knowledge of the mountains throughout the trip. Excellent.
Miyu – Japan – 2021
It was a great experience. I am a beginner in climbing but Cesar was very kind and encouraging. He adjusted our pace and Carrauntoohil route to make sure we could make it. He has a good balance of both nice talking and giving us space. It was a fantastic experience!
Erin – Ireland – 2021
Cesar was a lovely guide to Carrauntoohil. Very patient and clear about the hike. He brought two adults and a 7 year old. Cesar was chatty and not too chatty! Just the right level of engagement, he allowed for us to enjoy the hike and ask questions. He is clearly knowledgeable in safety and showed us how to check for safe rocks and such like. I would recommend Cesar as a guide. Brilliant experience.
Pat – Ireland – 2021
I questioned whether I needed a guide or not but soo glad I got Cesar. A different route up and down which was magical. Highly recommended, safety, knowledge and the best views and serenity. Thanks Cesar.
Rena – Ireland – 2021
“My climb to the top of Carrauntoohil would not have been possible without the confidence Cesar inspired in me with his sense of being in very capable hands and his many helpful tips along the way in some difficult parts.”
Warren - Ireland - 2021
We had the worst weather yet still an amazing experience. Cesar was excellent as our guide and his experience is the only reason we got to the top of Carrauntoohil. Don't attempt that walk without a guide.
Tee - Ireland - 2021
Cesar brings with him his experience and passion for hill walking on this experience. It was a tremendous day and Cesar made the hike safe and pleasant. I would highly recommend this for anyone but particularly anyone with less hill walking experience who is keen to conquer Carrauntoohil. Cesar will ensure the hike remains safe and at a personalised pace.
Claire - Ireland - 2020
“We had a fantastic day on our climb to Carrauntoohil with Cesar. He was a great guide and went at our pace, being mindful of safety at all times. His knowledge of the mountains is very impressive and he took us on a quieter route which made it very interesting for us. Cesar was a great companion for the day. We recommend his trip highly and look forward to doing another climb with him in the near future.”
Aoife - Ireland - 2020
“Thanks so much Cesar. We had a great day hiking Carrauntoohil. The hike was completely personalised to our abilities and it was a truly memorable experience. Couldn’t recommend this experience more and got so much more out of it than if when had just gone ourselves:)”
Queenie - Northern Ireland - 2020
Cesar was a fantastic guide. Very helpful in the more challenging parts. I'll definitely be out with Cesar again and I highly recommend him. A1 guide.
Frank - Ireland - 2020
“Really enjoyed the day spent with Cesar in Carrauntoohil. He was knowledgeable, friendly and very passionate about hiking in Ireland.”
Marta - Ireland - 2020
Killarney Mindful Hiking was an excellent experience as a family! Cesar was a great encouraging force and his unique guidance inspired us to really treasure the mountain in very subtle and powerful ways. We went as a family with Cesar, with a 16 and 12 year old young ones, they really got inspired to continue hiking and exploring their relationship with nature.
Róisín - Ireland - 2020
“Cesar is a great guide.. friendly and knowledgeable. Although I reached the summit, the weather was terrible so will have to go again. Would highly recommend Cesar as a guide.”
Anne - UK - 2019
We have been for a few fabulous hikes and tours in Kerry with Cesar Lopez. He is a considerate and knowledgeable guide, who plans our route very carefully and adapts to the weather changes. He is mindful of everyone's limits and capabilities. Cesar shares his great sense of adventure with calm. We can highly recommend him as a guide.
Nicolas - France - 2019
If you are looking to climb the highest mountain in Ireland, Cesar is your man! I've really fell comfortable and in safety during all the walk, he takes times to explain us the area and we have enough moments to take some rest. He is really passionate about hiking and Ireland generally, I appreciate his curiosity.
Jade - France - 2019
I had a wonderful time to hike until the top of Carrauntoohil with the guide Cesar (15th of November, with snow)! I am delighted to have chosen to contact him, I never could have done this walking alone. Cesar has adjusted the course with my physical condition and my equipment; I trusted him and we took a passage that I did not think I could cross! A real adventure! Thank you very much Cesar!
Andrew - UK - 2019
We spent a weekend with Cesar. He was efficient, very nice and absolutely knew all the mountain walks. He will keep going all day which is what we like and we had a great time. Thoroughly recommend.
Sheila - Ireland - 2019
Cesar's knowledge, preparation to detail and expertise makes him an outstanding guide for all walks, hikes and mountain climbing. He led some of our family including an American visitor up Carrauntoohil via O'Shea's Gully and down via the Heavenly Gates. it was simply amazing!! Looking forward to the next outing. Thanks Cesar.
Danielle - US - 2022
“Spent an awesome day hiking with Cesar.”
Johanna - The Netherlands - 2022
“Prachtige wandeling, goede begeleiding!”
“Beautiful walk, good guidance!”
Ton - The Netherlands - 2022
“Great Hike in a beautiful area with a very good guide”
Barbara - Ireland - 2020
Had a fantastic hike with Cesar today. As well as going to the top of Torc mountain, we then went off the beaten track which had much more spectacular views than the regular track provided. Cesar was very knowledgeable about the area and hill walking in general. He was very friendly and informative. I would highly recommend him for an unforgettable hike.
Ishwar - India - 2022
“Amazing Trek to Mount Brandon”
Karen & Igor - Switzerland - 2020
“Es war eine sehr schöne Wanderung mir Cesar. Wir werden auf jeden Fall weitere Wanderungen mit Cesar buchen. Cesar hatte uns an atemberaubende Plätze geführt und jederzeit gut auf uns geschaut. War sind begeistert.
“It was a very nice hike with Cesar. We will definitely book further hikes with Cesar. Cesar had taken us to breathtaking places and had a good look at us at all times. We were thrilled.
Lisa - US - 2020
Lovely experience to hike along some of the hills and mountains that wind alongside the Wild Atlantic Way. The views are beyond what the imagination can conceive. Cesar truly loves & is connected to the land & his enthusiasm for it shows. If you go on a hike with him you, too, may also fall in love with the wonderful & enchanting mountains of Killarney. If you book this hike you won’t be disappointed.
Ronald - UK - 2019
Another fantastic day with Cesar Lopez and Killarney Mindful Hiking. This was my first time walking on the Beara Peninsula and the weather could not have been better. There were some tricky sections to be negotiated during our ascent but Cesar guided me through those before we enjoyed epic views across to the Iveragh Peninsula and the MacGillycuddy's Reeks along our entire ridge walk. The descent was a little boggy but the flowering gorse bushes made up for this and we were soon back onto the fields and lanes back towards our starting point.
Brendan - US - 2019
My son and I spent New Year's Eve day with Cesar on a hike of the Wild Atlantic Way. What a magical experience! Cesar demonstrated a superb command of the guiding profession, helping two clients with different skill and fitness levels enjoy themselves throughout the (literal & figurative) ups and downs of an Irish December day. He had a careful and caring attitude from the very start, when he sized us up and checked our equipment, all the way through. He even shared snacks!! I couldn't recommend him any more highly!
Tanja - The Netherlands - 2021
We had a lovely hike with Cesar. He accommodated the hike to our wishes and fitness and took care of our safety, since Purple Mountain does not have any official paths. We especially appreciated the walking sticks he provided.
Ann Marie - Ireland - 2020
My friend and I were very impressed with Cesar's Purple Mountain guided hike. He took us up a lesser known route which gave us spectacular views of the Gap of Dunloe. He is very knowledgeable of the mountains in the area and we will be asking Cesar to take us up more mountains. Great value for money as well as we found that other guides were charging more for similar routes in the area. Cesar is very friendly and professional.”
Steve - UK - 2019
“If I am thinking of some proper epic walking in the nearby Cork and Kerry Mountains, there is only one mountain guide. Cesar Lopez from Killarney Mindful Hiking. Take a bow, son. YNWA”
Dan - Ireland - 2019
Cesar Lopez of Killarney Mindful Hiking is an outstanding Hill Walking Guide with a great knowledge of the hills in Kerry and West Cork. His walks are always scenic, interesting and most enjoyable.
Bridie - Ireland - 2019 - Hike to Shehy & Purple mountains
I had a beautiful hike today on the mountains of Kerry. Our guide/leader was Cesar, who guided a group of 19 up a part of the mountain that is seldom trod. We set of from the Gap of Dunloe and traversed east. We ascended Shehy from the south and had lunch on the "rocks" there. Then onto Purple Mountain and descended back down to the Gap by the little lake of Glas Lough. There were fantastic views, great comradery and a feel good factor among the group, that was safely lead by Cesar. Thank you.
Suzanne - Netherlands - 2021 - Strickeen - The Gap of Dunloe
We had a great day! Cesar takes care of the right pace, knows interesting facts about the route and takes you off the regular tracks.
Mary - Ireland - 2021
“Cesar is a competent, most pleasant, intuitive guide that will give you a wonderful experience in the mountains of Kerry. I cannot recommend him highly enough:)”
Brahim - Germany - 2020
The hiking tour to the Mangerton mountain with Cesar was great.. I felt really safe during the walk.. The weather was not good, nevertheless we could reach the top.. It was an unforgettable experience. I definitely recommend Cesar.
Jessica - Ireland - 2019
Cesar from Killarney Mindful Hiking was an amazing guide for varying fitness levels up Mangerton. He adjusted the trail we took based on weather, ability, and what he thought we might like. At one point I managed to get separated from the group. Cesar spotted me, assessed the situation, and calmly guided me back to the group. He provided a stellar experience that was challenging yet manageable.
Yvonne - Ireland - 2019
I took part in a group hike up Mangerton mountain on 14th September 2019 with a group from the gym I attend. Cesar was absolutely fantastic. He lead us up with ease taking everyone's fitness levels into account and made sure we got the most spectacular views. I can't recommend Cesar enough.
Emer - Ireland - 2019
Cesar is an excellent guide. I attended a group hike and he really took the time to ensure everyone was comfortable with the pace at all times. His knowledge of the area is very thorough and we had such an interesting and enjoyable day!
Niamh - Ireland - 2019
Cesar was an outstanding guide and took everyone's fitness levels into consideration. Couldn’t have asked for a better guide to help us up to the top of Mangerton. Highly recommend Cesar and Killarney Mindful Hiking.