The Team

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ur trip leaders 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 outdoor experience. They are trained in First Aid, CPR, have years of outdoor guiding experience in the Himalaya, and sometimes beyond.

Our staff is trained in hygienic preparation of meals and offers a great variety of food on an outdoor trip. We practise a very true form of eco-tourism, 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, our range of trips on offer, and the calibre of a world class team, which is our biggest asset.

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Vaibhav Kala

Sanjay Rana

Sanjay Rana

Dhruv Naresh Rana

Jetandra Singh

Pankaj Rana

Manoj Rana

Vaibhav Kala

Founder & CEO

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.

Ajoy Eric Lal

Partner, Outdoor & Angling Guide

A wildlife and nature enthusiast, he has many years of experience in adventures on all terrains, in numerous geographies. Above all environments, he adores the mountains and their faster flowing rivers, streams and brooks. Passionate about conservation, he loves angling. Nothing like being in a remote wilderness area and hearing the melody of flowing water, he says.

Dhruv Naresh Rana

Mountain & River Guide

A keen raft guide and safety kayaker with over 16 years of experience, he has represented India in competitions in China and India. Rana oversees Aquaterra’s operations and ensures guests return happy and hungry for more. Rana leads trips as a safety kayaker, raft guide and trek leader, and has run all major Indian descents.

Aashima Sharma

Assistant Manager Operations

Aashima works out of the Delhi Office currently and occasionally guides on Aquaterra treks. She has also been a part of the Activity team at Atali, Ganga. With a background in mountaineering, skiing and trekking she has climbed Alpine Style on Kun, Kang Yatse II, Golap Kangri, CB 13, Friendship and Deo Tibba. Keen on wearing many hats, she’s happy planning your next adventure.

Radhika Mandhar

Sales & Operations

Going on to take up legal education after pursuing hospitality, Radhika likes to make her own path instead of following the ‘straight-jacket’ formula. She is a fitness freak & enjoys the outdoors which challenges her fears. Radhika handles Sales & Operations and works out of our Delhi office.

Somna Misra

Head of Sales – Atali Ganga

Somna was a part of the team that conceptualized the Aquaterra Challenge in 2013. 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 and now manages the Sales Department at Atali Ganga.

Chandan Nugyal

Mountain & River Guide

A veteran in the Himalayan Region, Chandan has climbed, rafted & travelled more than a serious adventurer can aspire to in a lifetime. His love & knowledge of the Himalayan valleys, its cultures & customs is extensive. Each & every trip gains from his experience, he is an integral part of the Aquaterra Adventures team & has also rafted the biggest rivers of the subcontinent many times, leads cultural safaris & is the quintessential trip leader, guide & travel companion.

HP Sharma

Mountain & River Guide

A National Games Kayaking Bronze Medalist, Scuba Diver and a River Guide, Harender has been rafting since the early days of rafting in India. HP, as he is fondly known, has guided on all major rivers in the country and is as happy being on a mountain trek.

Jetandra Singh

Mountain & River Guide

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.

Sumeru Bahuguna

Digital Marketing Manager

Sumeru has been tinkering with computers and developing websites since his school days. He has been going for River Rafting Expeditions since he was 10 years old and considers the team behind Aquaterra as his second family. At Aquaterra, he takes care of all the Websites and makes sure that your experience is a great one apart from taking care of the digital marketing department.

Jai Singh

Mountain & River Guide

Has been one of the old hands in the river running circuit, and his key expertise is in ensuring our Camps and trip logistics run well, on time and do so consistently. Raft guide and kayaker, he is adept at making you feel at home on our trips. Jai manages logistics at Aquaterra Adventures and is in charge of making sure each trip leaves well stocked and returns with satisfied guests.

Sanjay Rana

Mountain & River Guide

An ace kayaker and a raft guide, Sanjay has been guiding since 2008 and has paddled all major rivers in the Himalayas. Its 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.

Kaanha Singh

Mountain & River Guide

Belongs to the valley of the Tons, and is arguably the strongest paddlers in the country. Kaan is usually seen at the helm of flotilla heading towards the maelstrom of a big Class 4 rapid. He has safety boated on many of our premier trips. The sight of Kaan, is a reassuring one, as he weaves his way through rapids, and looking out for the rafts. Kaan has been on many Upper Brahmaputra trips and is one of the very few persons to have paddled down the entire Tons river.

Pankaj Rana

Mountain & River Guide

Guiding since 2007 he is extremely cool-headed while running the rapids. He has guided on all major descents in the Himalayas, and is a raft guide, kayaker and trek leader.

Manoj Rana

Mountain & River Guide

Shy-guy Manoj is most comfortable when he is on the water. Being a raft guide and a safety kayaker he is also a keen angler.

Sanjay Rana

Mountain & River Guide

An ace kayaker and a raft guide he is one of the youngest kids on the block. Guiding since 2008 he has already paddled all major rivers in the Himalayas. Its 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 rescues in the Himalaya, and has delivered, each and every time.

Vikas Rana

Mountain & River Guide

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.

Sandeep Singh

Mountain & River Guide

Has been part of the Aquaterra team since 2013. Sandeep has been on the Zanskar, Ganga, Tons, Alaknanda, and trekked all over the Indian Himalaya. He loves to kayak and run the kayak clinics. Friendly, amiable, he usually is seen wearing a great smile.

Kim Hartlin

Mountain & River Guide

Runs ThunderBow Expeditions in Banff, Alberta, but is out each year running trips and guiding groups in the Indian Himalayas. An outstanding trip leader, he has travelled throughout the country and has been on four expeditions in Arunchal Pradfesh on the Upper Brahmaputra and Lohit rivers.

Abbal Singh

Mountain & River Guide

Belonging to the national river rafting capital of Shivpuri, Abbal grew up in the heart of India’s river industry. He has been guiding river and mountain trips since 2012, rafts, safety kayaks and is a versatile hand on our trekking trips.

Paldan

Mountain & River Guide

An ever smiling person loves traveling in the mountains. He has led numerous trekking trips all across the Himalayas. It’s hard not be laughing with him! Paldan runs the operations in Sikkim.