We Started Chal Kabira with an aim to bring the culture of travel among students in an affordable manner with a gamut of meticulously planned trips, trails, and activities that will take them to amazing natural getaways.
We are a team of young students who graduated from top B-schools in India who collectively decided to follow their passion for adventure travel. We are a group of professionals from different backgrounds but one core passion for adventure and aim to make seemingly impossible treks possible.
We are one of the fastest-growing startups in the space of trekking and travel experience. We call ourselves travel enablers of the students.
Chal Kabira is a result of hours of effort put in by a passionate team with a purpose to channelize the spirit from leisure to bliss. We want to explore this amazing planet we live in by discovering cities, countries, cultural heritage, environments, mountain ranges, deserts, rivers, coasts and jungles. A desire to visit new places and come home with a real sense of what they're all about.
We started Chal Kabira with an aim to bring the culture of travel among students in an affordable manner with a range of meticulously planned trips, treks, and activities that will take them to amazing natural getaways.
We are a company for budgetary trips with a prime focus on promoting the spirit of adventure in today's youth who love to try something new and take up some new challenge every day.
In past 5 years , we have already taken around 3000+ students, graduates and alumni of IIM A, B, I, U, S, K, Ranchi, XLRI, MDI, NITIE, MICA, NMIMS, SP Jain, XIMB, FMS SP Jain, and IMT Ghaziabad etc. to some of the most iconic and adventurous Himalayan treks like Everest Base Camp Expedition and Annapurna Base camp, Manali- Leh Motorbike Expedition, Roopkund Lake trek to name a few.
Everyone in our team follows and respects one motto:
"Creating homes, away from homes".
We devote ourselves to let you have an experience so blissful and sublime that you keep coming back to this memory over and over again for the rest of your life.
Or probably come back to us for another fun-filled adventure!
We believe that the best relations can be created when living, working and exploring intensely together for a common purpose as a team. So we are bringing together a community of travelers who share common interests and have a curiosity about the world around us. This way we get to understand urselves and the world is a little bit better.
We extensively live & breathe himalayas. We have handled and taken batches of our own and understand the needs of our customers. We work together with the team of locals to make our treks successful. We essentially believe ‘no one can better organize treks than those who have lived in the same valley for years and have done those treks multiple times’. If you are in a bigger group, well we can customize trek as per your wish, interests. Our itineraries are also well designed for natural acclimatization.
Our guides are born and brought up in the surroundings from where trek starts, so our team is very well familiar with local conditions, routes and obstructions which arise during the trekking, better than any other outsider.
We have tie-ups’ with many equipment manufacturers who provide quality gear at discounted rates for purchase or for rentals.
Unlike other trekking companies which take 25-50 people in one batch and eventually gives less attention and comfort to each participant, we believe that small groups of 8-15 gives best ambience to the experience of the Himalayan spirituality, serenity, solitude and rawness
We are equipped with the best quality equipment required for the all weather Himalayan Expeditions, which focuses on your Safety, Comfort, Hygiene and Ecology.
We are programmed to build responsive trekking/ travelling habits in our travelers. We are not here for Volume, but for Experience and our vision of cultivating and promoting the spirit of adventure in people, who never happen to have the chance, make them aware about a world of awe and fascinations which surround us, against the conventional touristic approach to travel.
We as a team make sure to provide the best service experience by making each and everything just for you. We believe that building a good customer experience is something that doesn’t happen by accident; it happens only by personally curating it for them.
We Want To promote and nurture the culture of trekking in masses of India through innovative budget trips,and also support development of the leadership qualities among the participants.
Our team consists of young professionals from varied professional fields, but have one thing in common, the passion to travel!
Rahul, a solar power engineer, environmentalist and travel entrepreneur by profession is a diehard Explorer. He has organised Everest base camp & Annapurna Base camp leadership expedition for leading B schools of India in 2017 & 2018. His love for adventure and leadership finds their roots when he became the best cadet of Gujarat NCC and represented India at Russia for International Youth Exchange Programme. After travelling extensively through Russia, he came back to India. However his love for mountains remained. Being an environmentalist at heart, he initiated and worked towards the campaign 'Go Green, Go Solar'. He is also an expert cyclist. With more than 500 Kms on wheels from Manali to Leh, he dedicatedly worked towards making people aware about the campaign. He has participated, led and organized multiple treks and biking expeditions across India across Himalayas, Southern and North-eastern India with YHAI and NCC.
Education Level: B.Tech (Electrical Engineering)
NOLS (US), Wilderness First Responder.
Experience:- Operations chief, pre-trek orientation, trek leader with XLANC (XLRI jamshedpur Adventure and Nature Club)
Few self arranged mountaineering expeditions Lots of treks, many self arranged in the Himalayas as a team leader Worked as camp coordinator with YHAI Unguided Solo/ alpine style travels in the Himalayas
Education - PGDHRM, XLRI Jamshedpur Past
Past Experience- Talent Acquisition Specialist at Airtel, HR Manager at Nestle
Smriti is an HR professional on weekdays, a travel enthusiast on weekends and a foodie all the time. She was introduced to the world of trekking in 2016 and in the last few years, she has managed to do some famous treks such as Rupin Pass, Chadar, EBC and Stok Kangri. She loves to dance on plains and mountains when she is happy, paint when at peace, tell stories when bored and write random stuff when melancholic. A certified coach for talent performance in corporate, she loves to soak and disseminate all the wisdom nature has to offer. She is supporting the team in streamlining backend operations and effectiveness.
Business Development Manager
Education- XLRI Jamshedpur, PGDM (HR)
Past Experience- Assistant Manager at Networks- Idea Cellular (2 Years), HR Consultant at Accenture (1 Year), Business Development Manager at Oyo Rooms
Amit is our External Advisor. He is an engineer by education, human resource manager by profession but a traveller and adventurer by passion! A fitness enthusiast with a red belt in Taekwondo, he travels to explore and experience different cultures, languages and food habits. Having travelled to different parts of India, trekked in different terrains, he loves to share his experiences. He has been to Everest base camp, Goecha la, Sandakphu in the last 2 years and has been hooked to the mountains since.
Amit with his experience and enthusiasm for trekking and adventure shares his experiences and travel stories to inspire us, create new expeditions and connect with people.
If there were few word to describe him accurately they would be 'vagabond' and 'story-teller'
BOLD Operations Manager
Education: MBA from IIM Bangalore & B.Tech. from NIT Allahabad
Past Experience: Senior Coordinator, Adventure and Mountaineering Club at IIM Bangalore, BOLD Operations Manager at Amazon India, Manager at NTPC Ltd.
Saint Augustine once said- “The world is a book and those who do not travel only read one page”. This quote motivated Bipin to explore the places, culture and be amid mother nature. His zeal for adventure and treks led him to join the adventure club of IIM Bangalore where he organized many treks around Bangalore for the student community. He was part of the first batch to Everest Base Camp Leadership Expedition 2017 and in 2018, he was the head of the organizing committee of the college for EBC 2018. He has traveled solo to Europe for over a month, Japan, South East Asia and been to many parts of India. He always wanted to share his experiences which he gained from traveling across the globe and that ushered an entrepreneurial spirit in him. One of fittest in his batch at IIM-B due to his constant pursuance for fitness motivated many of his peers to lead a healthy life which is a challenge in today's world.
Business Development Executive
Education Pursuing MBA, Narsee Monjee school of Management, Mumbai
Past Experience-Business Development Executive, TIDE
Sanchita is an MBA student and a nature lover. Her favourite place to be is in the mountains. Sometimes philosophical, sometimes a drama queen, she is usually the mother of the group. A lover of classic literature, she is also a gourmet and loves sports like swimming, basketball and other such outdoor activities. Her enthusiasm, chirpiness, and her impeccable sense of humour keeps all around her happy and amused. She looks after the business development within our organization.
Education Level: B.Tech (Computer Engineering)
Shivang is a Computer Engineer who chose to follow his passion to turn into a Cinematographer and Photographer. He is a Tripoto Member and a popular Instagram influencer with more than 15k Followers. He is a fun loving guy with an impeccable sense of humour. His favorite place to be is in the mountains rather than on the beach. He has an immense knowledge about cameras, and photography and had previously done shoots for TEDx, Sunburn, UIDC and Many More widely popular events. His achievements in sports is something to talk about, he is a National Level Football and Table Tennis Player. He’s our main Tour Leader, also handles social media marketing and content creation as well as Digital Marketing and our chief graphic designer. His fun loving, cheerful and mischievous nature make him a favorite in almost every group.
Business Development Manager
Education Level:MSc(CA&IT) Gujarat University
Aditya is an IT student and Content Writer who found his passion for travelling during his college days. He is a fun loving and helpful guy with a good sense of humour. He is always looking forward to exploring new things and experiencing new places. He has an immense knowledge about content marketing and research, with more than 900k content views on Quora. He has good experience working as a freelancer in content and social media marketing. Apart from content he is also the Head of Operations and manages tours. His knack for problem solving is commendable, he is always looking to solve the problems with patience and a positive approach. He is destination expert for Goa, Himachal and Uttarakhand and completely looks after Goa and Andaman Tour Operations. He also leads the content team of Chal Kabira as well. He is a huge sports enthusiast and has played Football and Chess on competitive levels.
Education - Master in Business Studies
Experience- 9 years in trekking and Hospitality sector
Badri Aryal is a young and energetic person and is a dedicated figure in Nepal Tourism. Working in Nepal Himalayas for 9 years , he has sound knowledge of all the adventure activities in Nepal. A computer science graduate from Tribhuvan University, he is also a programmer, a photographer and an adventure enthusiast.
Assistant Operations Manager
Sandy is an experienced travel documenter, videographer, swimmer, yoga-master and mountain biking instructor with an experience of over 15 years. He doubles as a guide and mentor for trekkers and hiking enthusiasts. He has a decade long experience in covering adventure sports (skydiving, kayaking and ultra marathons). He was a National Level Player in mountain biking, swimming and duathlon. Sandeep is the key operations expert and consultant for treks and hikes in Nepal and Himalayas. He has been Technical Instructor for Nepal Triathlon Association & Nepal Rafting Association.
It was about 27 odd years back that the travel bug bit him and there was no turning back for him.
An explorer by instinct, a rider by reflex, a mountaineer by passion and a humble and true leader by nature, Parminder has chosen Himalayas to be his home. Parminder is humble enough never to mention the numerous map making and theme based photography tours and road trips he has facilitated and the many successful offbeat and alternate route expeditions he has led to Zanskar, Leh ladakh and Lahaul Spiti. Having facilitated over 40 truly offbeat expeditions and road trips, it would only be fair to say that he knows what he is talking about, when it comes to the Western Himalaya, especially, Ladakh and Spiti.
It is pure joy and a rush to watch him organize and execute an expedition or a trek, surrounded by his canine army at the Base.
Parminder's energy coupled with the zest of the canine hosts, his unrelenting passion, keen insight, in-depth knowledge of the terrain, organizational skills and motivational anecdotes and spirited team members are a sure way of exploring the most off-beat places in the most off-beat way.
Nidhi has extensive experience in Training and Development and handles the T&D vertical with content development and Corporate training in her purview. She is a COPC Gold Certified Training Professional. Nidhi has facilitated many TTTs, Corporate training in an off-beat setting, team dynamics workshops, and communication and soft skills workshops along with many outdoor experiential learning programmes.
Her love for the mountains, travel and 6 dogs makes mountains her perfect work place. Nidhi is a trek enthusiast and left her corporate life of 14 yrs and moved to the mountains. She has led many women-only trek batches in Manali, Parvati and Spiti Valley.
Base Camp Manager
Aakaash has been working in the outdoors for over 8 years now and has worked with over 2000 children and has led over 30 outdoor experiential learning programmes in India. He is a die-hard Mountaineer, explorer and mountaineering guide. He is a graduate from Indian Hotel Management Institute, Aurangabad.
Degrees Basic Mountaineering course - Atal Bihari Mountaineering Course, Manali
Advance Mountaineering course - Nehru Institute of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi.
NOLS (US), Wilderness First Responder
We started Chal Kabira with an aim to bring the culture of travel among students in an affordable manner with a gamut of meticulously planned trips, trails, and activities that will take them to amazing natural getaways.
It started with an incident in 2016, when a friend asked for good companies that can help in organizing Everest Base Camp Trek for larger groups
While doing the operations for the same we found that the actual cost of doing it directly was way too lower than the quoted cost by well established companies. An intermediary was needed who can negotiate on the behalf of students in order to get more reasonable prices.
Our formation began formally with our incubation in Gujarat University Startups and Entrepreneur Council (GUSEC) in 2017
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