Outdoers India is a trekking and adventure outfit founded by a few nature lovers and adventure sport enthusiasts. We curate immensely rewarding treks in various regions of the country that are untouched by mainstream tourism. We focus on treks for school children, family-friendly treks and birdwatching trips. Our packages are designed for children aged 8 yrs and upwards, and adults and can be undertaken by any reasonably fit person.

 

Our trips include a little bit of structured learning as well – children (and adults!) will have an opportunity to participate in activities such as birdwatching, stargazing, jumaaring, river-crossing etc. We currently operate in Uttarakhand, Nepal, Himachal Pradesh, Goa, Odisha and Karnataka.

 


Sustainability Efforts


Sustainability is at the core of everything we do and we make an earnest effort to keep the ecological footprint of our trips to the minimum. These responsible tourism practices help us in achieving our sustainability goals:

– On our trips, we avoid taking packaged food that have excessive packaging
– We avoid bottled water and disposables
– We promote local businesses. For example we prefer homestays over bigger hotels and hotel chains
– We employ local people to help us in local arrangements
– We have a zero-littering policy. In fact we try to leave our campsites and trails cleaner than they were before
– We try to use locally available ingredients while cooking
– We also work with village communities in order to raise awareness on waste management and organic farming.

 

About the Founders

Shyam Penubolu

An avid trekker and a nature lover, has done several high-altitude and low-altitude treks in the Himalayas, Sahayadris and the Western ghats since the age of 14. After almost two decades in the corporate world, Shyam decided to follow his heart and set up an adventure outfit that enables city folks to tread the road less traveled and visit some of the most beautiful, unexplored places in the mountains.

 

Sunder Singh Bora

A native of Uttarakhand, Sunder grew up in a small hamlet in the mountains. He has immense knowledge of native flora and fauna and is a trained forest guide. He has also done a course in mountaineering and has led several glacial treks. Sunder has also worked in the hospitality industry and taking good care of visitors comes naturally to him.

 

Maninder Kohli

Maninder Kohli, our advisor, is a chip off the old block. He is the son of legendary Himalayan mountaineer, Capt. Manmohan Singh Kohli, member of India’s first expedition to the summit of Everest (and the first man to introduce trekking in the Himalayas). Maninder is the founder of Juniper Outdoor Pursuits, Delhi that focuses primarily on corporate treks. Earlier, he worked with Citibank for 20 years. In addition to acting as the Managing Trustee of the Himalayan Environment Trust, and Honorary Local Secretary of the Himalayan Club, he is closely associated with the Indian Mountaineering Foundation.