W hen humans set their feet and eyes on the Himalaya, it is a romantic meeting between the Earth´s youngest species and the earth´s youngest mountain. As the Himalayan mountains have developed on Earth, the evolution of humans has also been accompanied by the making of an inner Himalaya. Every human has a Himalaya within himself or herself. It is the peak of human potential and challenge as well as a place of silence and peace.
We began as a mission to provide an experience that is as real and with minimum impact on the environment. We are a tightly knit community of people passionate about the Himalayas. Founded on the principle of maintaining an ecological sync while providing an undiluted experience of the vivid Himalayan culture and landscape, we emphasize on a sustainable model of growth in an ever expanding adventure tourism industry in India. We consider our guests as part of our family and thus strive to ensure a safe and authentic experience, while providing an intimate interaction with local Himalayan Culture, and Cuisine on every adventurous sojourn.
Bachan is a mountain guide turned entrepreneur who hails from the remote OSLA village in the western Garhwal Himalayas and has a cumulative experience of 17 years working in this field as a mountain guide. Having completed his Advance mountaineering course from India's most premier institute- Nehru Institute of Mountaineering and Wilderness Medicine course from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), he went on to accomplish many treks all over Uttarakhand, Himachal and Ladakh - in the Himalayas, with his notable achievements being the Kalindi khal trek in 2006 and Rataban Glacier in 2011. He is a skilled rafting guide and his kayaking experience is more than 15 years. He has rafted down most of the north Indian rivers like the Ganga, Yamuna, Kali, Tons, Alakhnanda, Mandakini, Indus, Zaskar, Brahmaputra and Spiti.
Anita has been associated with Himalaya Shelter since our inception and transitioning between roles she is at present responsible for our transport and logistics support. She hails from Sankri, a secluded village considered to be the gateway to the Govind Wildlife Sanctuary.
A gipsy at heart, Karthik has done a solo round trip around the country as early as the 90's and still loves to travel the less travelled roads. He has done some solo biking trips in his part of the world in AP, Tamil Nadu and Orissa and also frequently goes on treks in the Eastern Ghats. He prefers travelling alone and getting to know new people on the way. Having brought up, surrounded by the wilderness of the Western Ghats, and a familiarity with the trails of Uttarakhand, Karthik handles sales and undertakes the role of establishing customer relationships.
To describe it in his words, Karthik says - " The above is the traveller in me, but with the kids growing up and not much personal time, have to forego a lot of travel, this job compensates that. "
Abhishek joined Himalaya Shelter after having built the company website and took the role of what can be encompassed under the quantum of a Business Development Executive. He further has found himself ocassionally in the role of a trip leader, with over 6 years of trekking experience, completed Basic Mountaineering Course from National Institute of Mountaineering & Allied Sports, and an year of education at IHM Pusa, India's premier hospitality institution. Having graduated with a majors in History, he has an informative way of conversing.
Young, ambitious and joyous, Poonam has been associated with Himalaya Shelter since early 2017. She recently completed Trip Leader Course from National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), which is one of the most reputed outdoors school in the world. As an up and coming trip leader she has been closely involved with organizing treks and leading them.