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Meet
The HAC
Team

Vaibhav Kala
Adventure in Chief


Founder of Aquaterra Adventures and Atali Ganga, he has been guiding since the beginning of organised and serious adventure travel in the country, he has been at the forefront of conceiving, planning and executing trips that were considered too audacious to run. He is responsible for opening up remote Himalayan valleys to adventure tourism, and has helped open up Indian river running like none before.
Started as a fundraiser to bring people to travel back to Uttarakhand. HAC (previously known as The Aqua Terra Challenge) was set up to remember the June-2013 flood victims of Uttarakhand, and sought to bring people back to this beautiful part of India which was supported by the Aqua Terra Charity Trust.


Jetandra Singh Rana
Operations


Has been guiding since 2004, and has hands on experience running camps, treks and our whitewater trips. Whether it is his role as safety kayaker or raft guide, or leading a climb up the 20000 foot high Stok Kangri, he is one of the jewels in the outdoor industry in India. Jetandra is responsible for running our river camps, Camp Aquaterra and Camp Bagi, and is most likely the face you will see when you head up for a weekend.


Dhruv Naresh Rana
Operations


A keen raft guide and safety kayaker with over 16 years of experience, he has represented India in competitions in China and India. Rana as he is fondly called, oversees Aquaterra's operations and ensures guests return happy and hungry for more. Rana as he leads trips as a safety kayaker, raft guide and trek leader, and has run all major Indian descents. Dhruv has been on several major hiking and river trips, and has run more whitewater than most people do in a lifetime. Whether it is hiking up the frozen Zanskar river in Ladakh in winter, climbing the 6000m plus Sudarshan, walking the frozen Chadar, or guiding his raft down a 30 foot crest on the Siang river, Rana is comfortable in his environment. He is the quintessential outdoorsman, skilled, experienced and puts a high premium on safety and the smooth running of any Aquaterra expedition. After the Karnali river in Nepal, he recently lead the first open commercial descent of the Pindar river, said to be one of the most challenging runs in the Himalaya. Dhruv has also lead a first descent from Nacho on the Subansiri in India’s remote north east and has also led numerous expeditions on the Tons River.


Sanjay Rana
Operations


Belonging to Sarasu village, India's first village as far as raft guides go. Sanjay is one of the most experienced raft guides in the country today, having guided on bi expeditions on the Zanskar, Brahmaputra, Subansiri, Tons, Pindar, as part of the most challenging trips run by us. He is also a safety kayaker and keen trekking guide as well. Sanjay has been guiding since 2008 and has paddled all major rivers in the Himalayas. It's hard to find someone so young carrying maturity years ahead of their age, and Sanjay is one such outdoors guide. Sanjay has been part of several big saves in the Himalaya, and has delivered, each and every time.


Vikas Rana
Operations


Has been guiding since 2007. Belonging to the Uttarkashi region in the Garhwal Himalaya, the outdoors comes naturally to him. In his guiding span, he has already experienced India’s vast mountain regions, and is an invaluable part of the Team.


Shambhavi Naik
Operations


Holding a bachelor’s degree in commerce with 4 years of experience in the travel and tourism field. She is an avid trekker, having traveled all over Maharashtra in search of her next vertical challenge, she has tested her grit right from meandering through the gentle slopes of Torna to dealing with the treacherous ridges of Harihar Fort. She’s ever smiling and always happy to help anyone plan their holidays and, if not at our office in Delhi, she just likes binge watching her favourite television series!


Atali & Aquaterra Team
Ground Support


Our staff backed by years of experience are conscientious, aware of the needs and requirements of the group and, interact and communicate freely to provide better service leading to a complete experience.
Our Activity Officers are trained in First Aid, CPR, have years of outdoor guiding experience in the Himalaya, and sometimes beyond. We practice a very true form of ecotourism, and are one of the few companies where over 95% of our guides and staff, belong to the Himalaya.
You would be hard pressed to find an outfit that comes close to our standards of operation.