Who we are
The Aquaterra Team

Our trip leaders backed by years of experience and 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.

Our experience

Our team of guides has years of experience of travel throughout the Indian Himalaya, from running rivers to leading treks – from the barren Zanskar to the tropical rainforest of Arunachal Pradesh. They speak English, have completed graduate school, are current with First Aid and CPR certification and form the most experienced guiding team in the country today.

Vaibhav Kala - Founder of Aquaterra Adventures

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.

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Dhruv Naresh Rana

Mountain & River Guide

A keen raft guide and safety kayaker with over 20 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.

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Ajoy Eric Lal

Angling Partner & 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.

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Jetandara Singh Rana (Jeetu)

Mountain & River Guide

Jetandara Singh RanaMountain & River Guide Email: jeetu@aquaterra.in Social links: 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…

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Radhika Mandhar Rao

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.

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Somna Misra

Sales & Reservations at Atali Ganga

Part of the team that conceptualised the Aquaterra Challenge in 2013, Somna now handles the sales team at Atali. Besides having rafted the Zanskar, Tons, Ganga and the Colorado she has also completed two 100km trailwalker runs.

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Shambhavi Naik

Assistant Manager - Operations

Working out of our Delhi office, Shambhavi will help you plan your next adventure holiday with Aquaterra. Holding a bachelor’s degree in commerce with 4 years of experience in the travel and tourism field. She is an avid trekker, having traveled all over Maharashtra in search of her next vertical challenge.

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HP Sharma

Host at Atali Ganga

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.

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Jai Singh

Ground Operations

He 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.

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Kaanha Singh

River & Mountain 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Sanjay Rana

Mountain & River Guide

Belonging to Sarasu village, India’s first village as far as raft guides go. Sanjay is one of the most experienced raft guides in the country today. He has been part of several big saves in the Himalaya and has delivered, each and every time.

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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.

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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.

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Kim Hartlin

Visiting 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

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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

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Netra Kirthwal

Head of Accounts

Netra heads the accounts and financial management verticals at Atali and Aquaterra. Neck-deep in accounting and financial auditing since 2005, Netra has worked in diverse sectors such as audit, export and telecommunication.

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