“I started working with Indiahikes in 2012. At that time, there was this news going around in our village that tourists have started coming to climb up to Roopkund.
I had myself been to Roopkund in 2010 on my own. I used to love exploring such places during my college days.
So in 2012, I thought of joining Indiahikes in the kitchen team thinking I’ll get a new experience and will also get to go back to Roopkund.
Khushal Danu during his initial days at Indiahikes
What I experienced in my first team with Indiahikes was something I had never seen before. I saw how camping was done, sleeping bags were used, how a trek was professionally managed.
I also got to know that they have many other treks in the Himalayas. It felt like a good opportunity to grow myself as well as see other treks.
So I decided to work in a more committed manner with Indiahikes from then on.
In 2014, we had technical training conducted by Indiahikes on the Roopkund trek. After that, I got a chance to work as a Technical Guide at Roopkund.
Slowly, Indiahikes grew to trust me and made me the camping in-charge at Roopkund next year.
Khushal Danu posing during a trek
In 2016, I also did a basic mountaineering course and a skiing course to up my skills.
These courses increased my confidence to a huge extent. Because of this, in 2017, I was chosen to go and work on challenging treks. I went to Roopkund, Rupin Pass, Kuari Pass and Brahmatal. I was doing this along with learning about operations side by side.
That very year, I was also sent to Kashmir. It was there that I transitioned into a full-fledged operations role.
Khushal Danu has grown from strength to strength at Indiahikes
Today, it has been close to 9 years of working at Indiahikes. I never imagined that the graph of my journey would grow like this.
I have got so many opportunities to work in various different fields.
This diversity has made me incredibly skilled.
The best part is that I still find my work to be fun and there is still a new challenge to tackle every day.”
- Khushal Danu, Indiahikes Team Member