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Meet
The HAC
Team

Raj Singh Bhandal
Adventure in Chief


Raj is a serial entrepreneur and an angel investor with over 25 years of experience across the domains of marketing, operations, finance, technology, adventure sports and previously ran entrepreneurial ventures in the UK and India, plus held professional roles at Credit Suisse (Hong Kong), British Airways (UK) and Shell International (Netherlands). In 2017 after participating in numerous marathons across the world, he co-founded the Himalayan Adventure Challenge with Vaibhav when he felt it was the perfect platform for all the city folks to come to the mountains and take part in something completely new in India. At HAC, he plans the routes, the challenges and mentors the team to perform at their highest level to ensure that participants go back with an experience like none other.


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.


Somna Misra
Sales at Atali


Somna was part of the team that conceptualised the Aquaterra Challenge in 2013 and now heads the sales team at Atali. She anchored it’s implementation as the Race Director ever since to emerge as a leading outdoor skill and endurance competition in North India. She is an active participant in outdoor adventure having completed two 100 km trailwalker besides having rafted the Zanskar, the Tons, the Ganga and the Colorado (US).


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.