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Meet: Capt Swadesh Kumar

Capt. Swadesh Kumar's determined endeavours have contributed substantially to the growth and development of the business of international mountaineering expeditions - he is one of its acknowledged pioneers. He is also the man behind the Adventure Tour Operators Association of India - he founded the ATOAI in 1994, and served as the body's first president till 2001. In 1979, Capt. Kumar founded Shikhar Travels with the idea of promoting adventure tourism, especially mountaineering and trekking. Shikhar organizes climbing and trekking expeditions to the Indian Himalayas, and is a much respected name in the area of adventure travel. In 1977, Capt. Kumar had the distinction of alone managing 17 climbing expeditions from different parts of the world, most of them to the Nanda Devi Sanctuary .

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My interest in trekking and climbing began in 1969, when I joined the Delhi Mountaineering Association. My first encounter with the Indian Himalayas came a year later, when I took part in an expedition organized by the DMA, from Bharmaur to Darcha via Kugti Pass, in Himachal Pradesh. This was the start of a special bond with the Himalayas that has lasted all my life. In 1974, I was fortunate enough to complete a course in basic mountaineering, at the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, under the guidance of the Late Tenzing Norgay. I have organized and guided over 250 climbing expeditions in the Indian Himalayas, and have had the privilege of being closely associated with world-renowned mountaineers such as Sir Edmund Hillary, Reinhold Messner, Junko Tabei, Capt. M.S. Kohli and Major H.P.S. Ahluwalia, among others. I have traveled widely over 35 years, and have given lectures at many alpine clubs, especially in Japan. I was also the first person to promote camel safaris for foreign tourists in the Thar Desert in Rajasthan. I now want to do more for adventure tourism in India, and involve the communities which I deal with, so that they are able to grow and flourish, and also to share in the gains, be they material or otherwise .

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 Is der any trekking expedetion possible in december....
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 What all the places in north for mountaineering?? .
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