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Prasanna Joshi

Prasanna's has been pursuing trekking and Mountaineering for the past 30 years and has been on numerous treks in the Sahyadris and about 10-12 high altitude treks in the Himalayas of India and Nepal.

The cycling bug bit him about 4 years back when he accompanied a few friends on an 80 km ride using a borrowed bicycle. He bought  an MTB the very next day!! He has been exploring the ghats on his MTB with short day trips. This led to doing the Bhandardara Circuit (120 km) and The Goa circuit (268 km) very recently.

Apart from pursuing his own trekking, He was voluntarily associated with GIRIVIHAR, one of the oldest non-profit Trekking clubs in Mumbai since 1986. Over the past 25 years he has strived towards Girivihar’s objective of promoting trekking and allied adventure sports. Prasanna has pioneered the Adventure Camps for Kids, since 1992. He has successfully conducted 24 such camps and the Silver Jubilie camp is scheduled shortly.

He completed his basic course from the HMI ( Himalayan Mountaineering Institute) in Darjeeling, which opened a gateway in scaling a couple of peaks in the Himalayas, and rock-climbing expedition in the Sahayadris. He later took the responsibility of "Leader" on a trek to the Everest Base Camp organised by YHAI.

Always eager to explore newer areas in adventure, he undertook a two weeks Basic training course in White Water Rafting & kayaking in the river Ganga, above Rushikesh.

Outdoor Experience

  • 1988 – Support team for Girivihar Kangchenjunga Expedition Nepal
  • 1990 – Started 7 day Adventure Camps for Kids for Girivihar
  • 1992 - Undergone Basic White Water Rafting & Kayaking Course
  • 1994 – Undergone Basic Mountaineering course from Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI), Darjeeling.
  • 1995 – Member of Expedition to Mt Menthosa. Lahul- Spiti, (HP)
  • 1997 – Orginised Hikes for Swaminarayan Gurukul, Vapi, Gujarat.
  • 2001 – Dy Leader of Trekking Expedition to Langtang Valley Nepal
  • 2003 – Leader of Expedition to Everest Base camp, Nepal (YHAI)
  • 2005 – Dy Leader of Trek to Kangchenjunga Base camp, Sikkim
  • 2009 – Member of Motorbiking Expedition to Khardungla (YHAI)
  • 2011 – Dy Leader of Expedition to Annapurna Circuit, Nepal
  • 2013 – Leader of Trekking Program to Beas Kund, Himachal
  • 2014 – Leader of Trekking Program to Hampta Valley , Himachal
  • 2015 – Officiated as  the President of GIRIVIHAR, one of the oldest Mountaineering and Adventure clubs in Mumbai for over 10 years
  • Organizes Outdoor Adventure Camps and Rock Climbing Training Camps, annually, for youngsters since last 25 years.
  • Guest Facilitator / Instructor on Outdoor Management Development (OMD) Programs

 

Saurabh Pathare

Saurabh has been involved in mountaineering, trekking & the outdoors right since his school days. His frequent weekend treks to challenging forts in the Sahayadris in his young age gave ample scope for him to indulge his "rocky" passion .

Wishing to scale up his efforts , he went on his first Himalayan trek to Chandrkhani Pass in 2002. Enthused by the Himalayan peaks, Saurabh determined to keep his romance with the mountains alive by indulging in regular Sahyadri treks.

In this endeavour, he joined Girivihar, a registered organization in Mumbai, specializing in weekend treks to off beat locations in the Sahyadris. These treks culminated in a full fledged Himalayan expedition to Gangotri II Base Camp.

Saurabh has a flare for directions; and his photographic memory clubed with his unique sixth sence has been crucial in finding the right way thru the jungles of Sahyadris on many off beat treks.

Over the years he has groomed into an excellent chef in the outdoors and can expertly conjure up a palatable dish or two even with limited and available resources. Saurabh is a favourite among the kids and often is the most popular instructor in any Adventure Camp that he has voluenteered for.

 Outdoor Experience

  • ​2002 - Member of Trek to Chandrakhani Pass, Himachal Pradesh
  • 2003 – Dy Leader of Expedition to Everest Base camp and Kala Patthar, Nepal (YHAI)
  • 2004 - Member of trekking program to Gomukh- Tapovan- Nandanvan- Upper Nandanvan Trek - Gangotri II Base Camp
  • 2006 - Member of Trekking Program to Har-ki-Dun, YHAI
  • 2009 – Member of Motorbiking Expedition to Khardungla (YHAI) [Delhi - Manali - Leh - Kargil - Delhi]
  • 2011 - Orginised Hikes and Rappelling sessions for Podar Hikers club, Matunga
  • 2013 – Dy Leader of High altitude Trekking Program to Beas Kund, Himachal
  • 2014 - Member of Cycling Expedition - Goa Circuit
  • 2014 - Leader of Great Himalayan National Park Trek, Himachal Pradesh
  • 2015 - Organizes Outdoor Adventure Camps and Rock Climbing Training Camps, for the past 15 years.
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