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 and 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.
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.
Your Adventure Planner
Sumeru has been tinkering with computers and developing websites since he was merely 14 years old and handles the digital verticals of Aquaterra Adventures and Atali Ganga. Having been involved since the beginning of HAC after having developed the IT infrastructure, he directed the second edition of HAC in 2018 and fell in love with his new role. He'll help you plan your getaway to HAC right from the registration process till you leave with a smile after the race. He can often be found on many of our expeditions trying to get the perfect shot or at the race flying his gadgets during the challenge! A former national level Golfer and an amateur standup comedian he has rafted on the Zanskar, Alaknanda, Ganga river respectively and got hooked onto treks after having completed his very first trek to Dodital Lake in Uttarakhand in 2018.
Atali & Aquaterra Team
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.
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).
The Human Calculator
Radhika handles Sales & Operations and works out of our Delhi office. She has streamlined herself with the niche segment of experiential travel, she is enjoying her vocation like a vacation. When you reach out to the company for your holiday, you will find yourself interacting with her in helping you plan and give you a hassle-free holiday. At HAC, Radhika takes care of all the nitty gritties at the planning stage of every race each year to makes sure you get a unique experience by curating your stay at at Camp Aquaterra and Atali Ganga.