About Us

We are a group of Himalayan Lovers

When humans set their feet and eyes on the Himalaya, it is a romantic meeting between the Earth´s youngest species and the earth´s youngest mountain. As the Himalayan mountains have developed on Earth, the evolution of humans has also been accompanied by the making of an inner Himalaya. Every human has a Himalaya within himself or herself. It is the peak of human potential and challenge as well as a place of silence and peace. Our Journey started in the humble roots & persistent efforts of an authentic mountain trek leader, Bachan Rana, who founded Himalaya Shelter in 2013.

During his extensive 13-year-long period of serving in the Trekking and Adventure segment, Bachan Rana felt that nowadays, when everyone is focusing on quantity of trekkers, he should prioritize the quality of the work. With the vision of providing a customized experience to the trekkers, he founded the organization. Since he was born in the remote mountain village in the Himalayas, he was familiar with the hardships the villagers face there. In order to help the local villagers, Himalaya Shelter encourages employment for locals by focusing on hiring employees mainly from the Himalayan mountain villages. Hence, we are vocal for local. Himalaya Shelter also invests in their training and studies so that they can turn into well-trained individuals and develop leadership qualities in themselves.

Keeping the batch size limited from 8-12 helps Himalaya Shelter to individually take care of everyone’s needs so that everyone can enjoy the trek thoroughly. Due to its commitment to providing the best services to the trekkers, the organization, which initially focused on operating treks starting from the Sankri region, expanded its wings and soared throughout Uttarakhand in a very short period. This was just the beginning. By consistently providing prominent services, Himalaya Shelter soon marked its presence in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Jammu & Kashmir, and northeastern states of India. Nowadays, Himalaya Shelter organizes customized trekking programs for Winter treks, Summer treks, Monsoon treks, High mountain passes treks, Glacier treks, Cultural Exploration treks, and many others.

All the members of Team Himalaya Shelter have their own unique qualities that positively contribute to the organization’s growth. Our certified trek leaders are trained in reputed institutes and possess the ability to deal with all kinds of situations. We have hosted trekkers of all age groups, from children to aged trekkers/nature lovers. Our courteous staff is well-trained to serve all the clients and take care of their needs. Himalaya Shelter has had the privilege to work with reputed schools and corporate companies by successfully conducting educational treks for school students and special treks for corporate groups in Uttarakhand and Kashmir. We have the provision to design customized trekking programs for individuals considering their special requirements.

At Himalaya Shelter, we believe in providing the best quality equipment. Not only do we provide the best quality equipment, but our cooks also provide hygienic and wholesome food to our trekkers. Himalaya Shelter’s trek food menu is designed considering the requirements of trekkers from all around the globe. We take pride in saying that Himalaya Shelter provides the best food during the treks. We encourage villagers to grow organic food, and when given the chance, we use organic ingredients to cook food and feed the same to our valued trekkers.

Himalaya Shelter is well concerned about climate change and tries to avoid the use of plastic as much as possible. Moreover, we always maintain cleanliness in and around our campsite. Himalaya Shelter takes great care to preserve the natural water resources in the Himalayas.

Hence, with Himalaya Shelter, you can expect to get the best trekking experience by trekking with trained trek leaders, getting excellent quality equipment, and enjoying delicious meals while savoring the beauty of Mother Nature. There is a saying, ‘When the mountains are in your blood, there is no escape.’ We take pride in saying that those who have trekked with us can feel the mountain in their blood and want to come back with us for another great Himalayan adventure.

Our Team

Bachan Rana


Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC), Water Sports Training, Life-saving CPR Training, Basic First Aid from NOLS - India, First Aid Training by the Indian Red Cross Society, 20+ Years of Experience

Bachan Rana was born in a remote village called Osla in the Uttarkashi District of Uttarakhand. His childhood was marked by numerous hardships due to the absence of roadways and electricity connectivity in his village. However, these challenges only served to fortify his determination. He pursued self-directed studies, learned mountaineering and water rafting, and began working in reputable organizations. During this period, he enrolled in various educational courses to enhance his skills, including Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC), Water Sports Training, Life-saving CPR Training, and Basic First Aid from NOLS - India, alongside First Aid Training by the Indian Red Cross Society. Having accumulated about 13 years of experience as an adept trek leader and water sports expert in various organizations like GIO and Himalayan River Runner, Bachan decided to establish his own company. Driven by a vision to offer a completely novel experience to trek enthusiasts in the Himalayas, Himalaya Shelter was founded in 2013. Bachan Rana is a self-made individual with immense enthusiasm and willpower, guided by a belief in working with honesty. He follows a philosophy derived from the Bhagavad Gita that encapsulates 'Work is Worship.' This verse profoundly influences both his life and work.

Anita Rana

Mrs. Anita Rana is the wife of Mr. Bachan Rana. Although not a certified trekker, she has been by Bachan Ji's side from the very beginning. It is through her continual support, patience, and caring nature that Himalaya Shelter could come into existence. She manages the office work and contributes to the Finance and Account Department. Besides her responsibilities, she has a fondness for trekking, and whenever time allows, she embarks on treks with Himalaya Shelter. She has successfully completed the Kedarkantha Trek and Har ki Dun Trek numerous times. Additionally, she has undertaken challenging treks such as the Satopanth Lake Trek, Gaumukh Tapovan Trek, Hampta Pass Trek, Chopta Tungnath Trek, Nag Tibba Trek, Deoban Trek, Har ki Dun Ruinsara Lake Trek, among many others. Possessing a motherly heart, she delights trekkers with her culinary skills whenever she finds some free time. Those who have savored her cuisine can never forget the delightful taste. Her adventurous spirit extends beyond trekking, leading her to thrilling water rafting adventures in the rapids of the holy rivers Ganga, Alaknanda, and Tons.

Subodh Chaudhary

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course-2019 ABVIMAS, Advance Mountaineering Course-2022 NIM, Search and Rescue Course, Method Of Instructions - 2022 NIM

Subodh Chaudhary is a tech enthusiat turned into a trek leader. He is a senior Trek Leader at Himalay Shelter. Aftrer completeing his graduation in Computer and Science engineering, he worked in an MNC in Banglore. Soon he realized that 9 to 5 Corporate job was not something that he wanted to do all his life. One day, he decided to give up his highly paying job to pursue his passion. Driven by ambition, he found himself drawn to the majestic Himalayas. Following a period of solo travel, Subodh resolved to become a professional mountaineer. He enrolled in and excelled at the Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC). Soon after completing this course, he joined Himalaya Shelter. He continued to accumulate experience in the field, furthering his expertise with Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC), Search and Rescue Course, and Method of Instructions (MOI). Subodh stands as one of the initial employees at Himalaya Shelter. While many may perceive him as a tech enthusiast, a solo traveler, a bearded individual, or an Enfield lover, for trekkers, he is a captivating storyteller. He possesses an abundance of real-life stories that he eagerly shares with those on his treks.

Tirpan Rana

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), 10+ year Experience

Tirpan Rana holds a senior position as a Trek Leader at Himalaya Shelter. He has been an integral part of the team since the foundation stone of Himalaya Shelter was laid by Bachan Ji. Tirpan possesses exceptional qualities in leading treks throughout the Himalayas. His extensive experience trekking across different Himalayan regions in various seasons has endowed him with invaluable expertise in his field. In his carrier he has done High Mountain Passes Treks like Bali Pass Trek, Lamkhaga Pass Trek, Barasu Pass Trek, Rupin Pass Trek and many others along with the Glasier Treks in Uttrakhand and Kashmir. Renowned for his exceptional trek leading skills, Tirpan Rana is notably well-versed in trek routes, terrains, and local cultures. He consistently prioritizes safety protocols, setting an example for new team members by imparting crucial safety training.

Saurabh Kashyap

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC), Search and Rescue Course

Saurabh stands as one of the most experienced and qualified trek leaders at Himalaya Shelter. Growing up in Uttarakhand, he was immersed in mountain life from a young age. His affinity for the Himalayas led him to pursue a career as a professional mountaineer. To achieve this, he underwent training in the Basic Mountaineering Course, followed by the Advanced Mountaineering Course and Search and Rescue Course. During his tenure with Himalaya Shelter, he participated in notable expeditions, including: Mt. Draupadi Ka Danda II (5670 m) - 2016 Mt. Nanda Ghunti (6309 m) - 2017 Mt. Banderpunch I (6316 m) - 2023 Recognized for his strong managerial abilities, Saurabh has been entrusted with managerial responsibilities during treks. Additionally, he oversees the management of Himalaya Shelter Guest House in Sankri. Saurabh is both firm and friendly, making sure everyone follows the rules at the camp while keeping a cheerful attitude.

Surendra Rana

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC), 10+ year Experience

Surendra Rana is a senior trek leader at Himalaya Shelter. Born in the majestic Himalayas, he embarked on his journey as a mountaineer from a young age. What might appear as a challenging trek for outsiders is simply a daily stroll for Surendra. Sporting a perpetual smile, he consistently extends a helping hand to teammates and fellow trekkers. He's a self-sufficient force, known as a one-man army. Besides being a trek leader, Surendra indulges in cooking whenever time permits. The delicious food cooked by him receive praise from everyone. Known fondly as 'Suru,' Surendra Rana is a cheerful individual, ensuring that the groups he leads experience the trek joyfully.

Nitin Hanumanti

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC), Advance mountaineering Course (AMC)

Nitin is a senior Trek Leader at Himlaya Shelter. He embodies strong leadership skills, guiding trekking groups with confidence and competence. His ability to make informed decisions in challenging situations reflects his leadership acumen. As a senior Trek Leader, Nitin brings a wealth of experience to the team. His familiarity with various terrains and trekking routes contributes to the overall success and safety of the treks he leads. The ever-changing conditions in the mountains require adaptability, and Nitin demonstrates flexibility in managing unforeseen circumstances. This quality contributes to the smooth execution of treks under his guidance. Till date he has served the Himalaya Shelter in various long-distance off-beat treks and expeditions in Uttrakhand, Himachal pradesh, and Jammu & Kashmir. Nitin approaches his role with a sense of decency and professionalism. He interacts respectfully with trekkers, team members, and locals, fostering a positive and collaborative atmosphere during the treks.

Adarsh Ojha

Trek Leader & Content Writer

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) - ABVIMAS, Manali; Advance mountaineering Course (AMC) - HMI, Darjeeling

Adarsh is a young adventure enthusiast from the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Despite graduating in BSc Chemistry, his love for mountains drew him to the mighty Himalayas. In just 6 months, he completed both the Basic Mountaineering Course from Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS) in Manali, and the Advanced Mountaineering Course from the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI) in Darjeeling. Shortly after, he joined Himalaya Shelter as an Assistant Trek Leader. He eagerly seized the opportunity to lead treks in Uttarakhand and Jammu & Kashmir. His exceptional work during the Gaumukh Tapovan Trek and Kashmir Great Lakes Trek earned him praise from fellow trekkers and Team mates. Alongside his graduation, he pursued coaching to become an IAS officer. The combination of IAS coaching and his mountaineering courses enriched his knowledge in geography and history, which he passionately shares with trekkers. His humility and simplicity enable him to handle every situation patiently. In a country where many parents aspire for their children to become doctors or engineers, Adarsh's dream is to educate the new generations about mountaineering and the career possibilities this profession offers.

Mukesh Rana

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) - JIM, Advance mountaineering Course (AMC) -NIM, 6 Years Experience

Mukesh is an experienced Trek Leader at Himalaya Shelter. He is a vibrant young individual, was born in Osla and received training under the guidance of Bachan Ji. His upbringing instilled in him virtues of hard work, compassion, and honesty. A keen reader with a strong command of English, he prefers a simple lifestyle. Upon completing his training at the Mountaineering Institute, he joined the organization as an Assistant Trek Leader. His diligent work ethic and leadership qualities swiftly earned him a promotion to Trek Leader. In a short span, Mukesh has successfully led numerous treks in the Uttarakhand region, including the Kedarkantha Trek, Har ki Dun Trek, Bali Pass Trek, and Gulabi Kantha Trek. Additionally, he has led treks in Jammu & Kashmir such as the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Tarshar Marshar Trek, and Warwan Valley Trek.

Ritik Rawat

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) - ABVIMAS, Manali; Advance mountaineering Course (AMC) - HMI, Darjeeling

Ritik Rawat is among the new generation of Trek Leaders at Himalaya Shelter. Upon completing his studies in Mountaineering, he joined Himalaya Shelter as an Assistant Trek Leader. He showcased his skills in treks such as the Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, Har Ki Dun Trek, Kedarkantha Trek, and Brahmatal Trek. He consistently endeavors to assist trekkers and, within just a year of working, has received exceptional praise from them. We often receive inquiries from our previous trekkers specifically asking if Ritik will be leading their upcoming treks.

Suresh Chauhan

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) -NIM,

Suresh Chauhan, a seasoned Trek Leader at Himalaya Shelter, brings experience and enthusiasm to his role. Born in Gangaad, neighbouring village of Osla, he too was mentored by Bachan Ji. Trained at the reputed Nehru Insitute of Mountaineering, Suresh's upbringing instilled values of hard work and compassion. Suresh started as an Assistant Trek Leader and quickly earned a promotion due to his work ethic. He works cheerfully and always maintains honesty and transparency in his work. Leading treks in Uttarakhand like Kedarkantha Trek, Har ki Dun Trek, Bali Pass Trek, Gulabi Kantha Trek and in Jammu & Kashmir like Kashmir Great Lakes Trek and Tarshar Marshar Trek. Suresh's passion for the outdoors shines through in every expedition.

Veeru Rana

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC)

Veeru Rana, a distinguished trek leader at Himalaya Shelter, holds a wealth of experience in guiding treks. Stationed in Sankri, his deep familiarity with the area and the array of treks commencing from there is exceptional. He plays an integral role in the orchestration and leadership of various treks originating in Sankri, such as the Har ki Dun Trek, renowned for its scenic valleys; the snow-capped trails of Kedarkantha Trek; the adventurous Rupin Supin Traverse Trek; the offbeat beauty of Dev Kyara Trek; the high-altitude challenge of Bali Pass Trek, among several others. Veeru's expertise isn't limited to leading these expeditions; his profound understanding of the terrains, local cultures, and the intricate details of these routes ensures a comprehensive and enriching trekking experience for participants. His dedication and involvement across an array of treks contribute significantly to the success and enjoyment of Himalaya Shelter's adventures.

Keithellakpam Athoiba

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) - HMI, Darjeeling, Advance Mountaineering Course (AMC) - HMI, Darjeeling

Keithellakpam Athoiba, born in Imphal, Manipur, pursued his B.A. in Geography at Manipur University. In 2020, he completed an Adventure Course at the Manipur Mountaineering Institute (MMI), showcasing his early interest in outdoor pursuits. Subsequently, he honed his mountaineering skills by participating in the Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) in 2021 and the Advanced Mountaineering Course (AMC) in 2022 at the prestigious Himalayan Mountaineering Institute (HMI). With a passion for exploration, Athoiba has successfully completed challenging treks, including Har ki Dun, Kedarkantha, Goecha La, and Douzko Valley. Athoiba's educational background in Geography, coupled with his extensive adventure training, positions him as an individual with a keen understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of outdoor and mountaineering activities. His trekking accomplishments underscore his dedication to adventure and exploration in diverse terrains.

Priyanka Uniyal

Trek Leader

Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) - HMI, Darjeeling

Priyanka is a new generation Trek Leader at Himalaya Shelter. She embarked on an unconventional path after graduating in Software Development. Driven by her adventurous spirit, she diverted her career towards mountaineering. Her unwavering determination led her to successfully complete the Basic Mountaineering Course at the esteemed Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in Darjeeling. Priyanka's sociable nature fosters a caring and friendly environment as a Trek Leader. She actively cultivates leadership qualities by learning from her seniors, displaying a friendly demeanor and an unwavering commitment to camp discipline.

Shivam Chand

Trip Coordinator

Shivam serves as the Trip Coordinator at Himalaya Shelter.

Shivam oversees the entire journey from the booking stage until trekkers safely return home after completing their trek. This role demands immense patience, quick decision-making abilities, and a problem-solving mindset—all of which Shivam possesses. A true nature enthusiast, he firmly believes in the principle of giving back to Mother Nature for what is taken. Throughout his tenure with Himalaya Shelter, Shivam has applied his skills across various departments, including Sales, Logistics, Marketing, and Accounts. Known for his affinity for new technology, he actively seeks innovative ideas to enhance the company's overall functioning.

Dhruv Upadhyaya

Sales Executive and Content Writer

Dhruv Upadhyaya is a Sales executive and Content writer at Himalaya Shelter.

Despite being an Automobile engineer, he has dedicated himself to environmental conservation and outdoor pursuits. Transitioning from a volunteer to an Assistant Educational Officer at an NGO in Ahmedabad, he prioritizes his ambition to educate children about nature. With six years of experience and completing the Basic Mountaineering Course (BMC) from the prestigious ABVIMAS, Dhruv brings a unique blend of expertise. As a Sales Executive at Himalaya Shelter, His focus extends beyond sales to building genuine relationships, aligning seamlessly with the company's mission. His role as a content writer for Himalaya Shelter showcases his love for the environment. Dhruv's priority is his ambition to educate children, making him not just a sales executive but an educator. His multifaceted approach, from writing content to building relationships, reflects his commitment to fostering a genuine connection between the younger generation and the natural world.

Janardan Kathait

Equipment Incharge

Janardan Kathait is the Equipment Incharge at Himalaya Shelter

Janardan is an enthusiastic multitasking individual. He hails from one of the most beautiful small villages in Uttarakhand, named Chamoli. Born in this mountain village, he has been exploring the Himalayan mountains since his childhood. After completing his studies, he developed a keen interest in mountaineering and vlogging. Janardan started his YouTube channel, where he shares funny and informative videos about different treks in Uttarakhand. With excellent knowledge of his region, his discussions about Himalayan Devtas and Temples are engaging for the listeners. In his free time, he enjoys reading Hindi literature. All the equipment used by the Himalaya Shelter team is of the highest quality, and Janardan, also known as JJ, always ensures that all the equipment remains in good condition.

Ramchandra Chand


15+ year Experience

Ramchandra Ji is the senior-most driver at Himalaya Shelter Family. He is well acquainted with all terrains, and his extensive experience has enabled him to navigate effortlessly through various landscapes. He understands the value of life and always drives responsibly.

Sanjay Panchola


15+ year Experience

Sanjay Panchola Ji, affectionately known as Sanju Bhaiya, boasts over 15 years of experience in the driving profession. He possesses intricate knowledge of every street in Uttarakhand. Regardless of the situation, he consistently drives his vehicle steadily and patiently.

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