At MHE we pride ourselves on having the best staff, with expert knowledge in their field, to design and co-ordinate your active holiday. All our office staff spend time in the field updating and researching, to ensure you have the best holiday - every time!
When I was 16 and and had just returned from Vancouver after my training as a rafting guide, my grandmother asked me: "how will this get you a proper job?!" I'm glad I never did get one - the "proper job" that is. I cannot imagine sitting behind a desk and creating excel sheets - though as CEO of MHE, I have to do that more often than I care to admit! I love finding new adventure experiences, new trekking routes, new rivers to raft on and my team is convinced I 'fake' these exploratory expeditions just so I can get away from my desk. If only they knew how close to the truth that really is!
I have rafted down over 30 rivers across India and Canada, led the first-ever descent of the Brahmaputra river in Arunachal Pradesh in 1990, was the leader of the first trekking group to the Nanda Devi Base Camp after a gap of 22 years in 2001 and led the first-ever Isuzu Challenge Expedition in India – a first of its kind off-road jeep safari across the upper Himalayan region.
The pistes of Kashmir have been my home ground since I was three (local folklore in Gulmarg claims I was skiing before I walked, but that's another story) and the Calgary Winter Games in 1988 would have been my Olympic debut, but for an unfortunate skiing accident while training in Val Thorens, France, My biggest joy today is my little daughter Saira, who at 1½ years, was probably the youngest tot to have skied down the slopes of Gulmarg, albeit strapped safely in a harness on my back!
Wandering is what I do best, which helps me help you plan, and recounting the stories keeps me reliving them.
I grew up hiking, trekking, camping, sailing, exploring. I took all I knew and created and ran Outdoor Adventures India, one of the best wilderness adventure companies, I had a grand time doing it for almost 23 years. Now I travel, write and promote some of the best trips and locations I find and help you customize trips from my huge storehouse of amazing places. I am also brilliant at the concept and design of wilderness based camps, keeping in mind, visual and environmental impact, natural habitat, comfort and facilities.
Having trekked, rafted, driven in most parts of our subcontinent, and various parts of the world, I am happy to share my discoveries and it is a joy to plan an interesting holiday. That I am able to find both sinful luxury and budget travel an almost equal enchantment helps.
Professionalism, honesty, style, spontaniety, humour, adventure, friendship, good manners & magic are important words in my dictionary. The magic of discovery, a companionable walk, wind on the water, a bright corner, a golden moment, a special coffee, the ephemerality of it all. This is more my concept of a holiday than the museums, galleries, forts and palaces, so if that draws you write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me help.
I grew up in Sydney and my first adventure was digging a hole under the fence at home, and running down the road in my corduroy overalls carrying a little basket of biscuits, at the ripe old age of 4. Since then I have spent over 25 years travelling in Asia (not constantly though) and I adore India. So much so that I moved in 2013 from Sydney, giving up my career as a debt collector of some notoriety, to live and work in Delhi. I've trekked extensively in Nepal for over 15 years, completed most of the Great Himalaya Trail Nepal in exploratory treks, and spent many months on trains and buses in India, Pakistan, and Tibet. Western China, Sri Lanka, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Cambodia, as well as Austria, France, the UK, Jordan and New Zealand have also had the pleasure of my company.
My favourite trek in Nepal is the Manaslu Circuit, because it was my first 5000 metre pass, my first time walking in crampons, and it heralded the start of many more great treks! I've travelled alone and in groups and enjoyed both. Experiencing new places, and revisiting old favourites, is what keeps me sane. I was once asked "If you were a destination what would you be and why?" My answer to that would be Nepal, because I'm easy to get to know, friendly, a little eccentric, and sometimes surprising.
I think Kingfisher is the best beer in the world, especially with good friends. My favourite movie is "The Party" starring Peter Sellers as a subcontinental actor who is hopelessly accident prone. I've seen it at least 100 times and it always makes me laugh uproariously.
When I'm not travelling or planning holidays for people, you'll find me watching cricket and rugby, cooking up a storm at home or singing at a karaoke joint.
If you'd like to know more about Nepal, trekking or good places to shop, drop me a mail at email@example.com and let's get adventuring!
Organizer, routine-hater, dog lover, swimmer, fitness fanatic, reluctant-trekker-now-convert
I worked in the media and entertainment space for over 22 years - launching and managing television channels. Of all the TV channels I worked with, the stint I enjoyed the most was at National Geographic Channel. As the head of programming and marketing, I devised show concepts and marketing strategies that made me wish I was sitting on the other side of the desk. I didn't want to send production crews across India, I wanted to go myself; I didn't want to select locations sitting behind a desk, I wanted to see them first-hand. I then I realized it was really very simple to do that. I quit. I started my own digital media company which gave me enough freedom to seek the adventures I was so dying to go on. Three years later, I joined MHE as their head of marketing and business development - the best career decision of my life!
I've travelled across more than 20 countries but don't think I've even scratched the surface yet. The Everest Base Camp Trek had been on my Just Do It list for over 11 years - May 2014 finally saw me at 17,598 feet! In the same year, I achieved another dream trip - the Zanskar Water Rafting Expedition! Peru, Namibia, South Africa and Alaska are next on this list - in no particular order. I think Kashmir should be on everyone's bucket list - if you haven't seen Kashmir, you really haven't travelled much have you?
I love writing about my travels and use social media tools to urge friends to get off their behinds and see the world! I am also the co- founder of a crowd-sourced collaborative e-magazine called FarInto Traveller that connects travelers with like-minded people for the perfect travel experience. I love my glass of Merlot, am constantly on the look out for the perfect trekking shoes, my Oakleys and I can never be parted, my favourite funny movies are Cliff Hanger and Vertical Limits (though I'm guessing they weren't meant to be funny), and I'm aiming to get back to swimming 36 lengths of a full sized pool some day!
Looking for an active holiday but don't know where to start? Call or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org - perhaps I can help.
Enthusiastic photographer and cricketer, loves to travel
I've been working in travel for about 8 years now, and completed studies at the Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management. I deal mostly with road trips and trekking, and in early 2015 was lucky enough to accompany a group of 10 guests on our Dune Bashing in Rajasthan trip - it was fantastic! I went on my first trek in 2015 - the Kuari Pass - and although it was difficult at times, sharing the experience, and the amazing views, made the effort getting up those hills worthwhile. Skiing in Gulmarg is another super trip I took that year - if you've never been skiing in India before, trust me, you really should try it.
When I am not at the office you'll find me roaming the streets of Delhi honing my photography skills. Drop me a mail to email@example.com if you are interested in a fantastic holiday in India, especially with a focus on photography.
Introducing Our Fantastic Staff in the Field
A great trek needs to be supported by super field staff, and we think we've got some of the best at MHE. They have many years of experience, and great knowledge of the Himalaya, so make them happy and book a trek. They adore the outdoors!
Amazing chef, loves the mountains
Gulam has been with MHE for many years, making sure tired and hungry trekkers get 3 hot meals a day, plus snacks, and of course endless cups of chai! His 20 years experience means that you will always get great tasting, nourishing meals. Gulam has trekked all over Kashmir, and Kuari Pass, Roop Kund, Gomukh, Dayra Bugyal, Dodital, Tungnath and Gholtir in Uttarakhand. He has also extensively trekked in Sikkim, completing Singalila National Park, Round Kanchenjunga, north Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Green Lake and Samiti Lake. Gulam has even been to Gori Pass in Arunachal. And sometimes, he goes rafting with us!
Trekking guide, trusted aide, mean cook when required
Mahendra has 12 years experience as a guide with us, and has completed the Basic Mountaineering course at NIM and First Aid with IMF. He has trekked Kuari Pass, Roop Kund, Gomukh, Dayra Bugyal, Dodital, Tungnath and Gholtir in Uttarakhand, and the Great Lakes of Kashmir.
In Himachal Mahendra has trekked the Hampta Pass, Chandratal and the Tosh Glacier. Mahendra is a great guy to have as your guide, and he'll make sure you have a fantastic and safe time.
Service in charge, mountain man!
Sultan (Sula) has been trekking in the Indian Himalaya for 35 years. There really isn't much that he can't tell you about just about anywhere in the hills! He has trekked all over Kashmir, Garhwal, and Himachal, and seen a lot of changes over the years - but his love for the mountains remains constant. Just like Gulam, Sula has also extensively trekked in Sikkim, completing Singalila National Park, Round Kanchenjunga, north Kanchenjunga Base Camp, Green Lake and Samiti Lake, and Gori Pass in Arunachal. Sula will be your 'trek butler', bringing you treats from Gulam's kitchen, and along the trail he'll be happy to chat about the mountains.
Camp-in-charge, nothing shakes him, nothing!
Beeru is the man who gets things done around camp. Whether it's helping the crew to set up the tents, running errands, helping out in the kitchen, you'll always see his smiling face. Without guys like Beeru, it would be a lot more difficult to get camp set up, so that the chai can be bubbling and the table and chairs are waiting for you to come and relax.