Capt. Swadesh Kumar, Founder of Shikhar Group of Companies, India (1979). Professionally a Pilot, Mountaineer, Environmentalist and Explorer. He is also the Founder of Shikhar Travels (I) Pvt. Ltd., a leading Destination Management Company and pioneer in Adventure Tourism with an experience of 39 years in the industry (since 1979) and the Founder President of Adventure Tour Operators Association of India (ATOA) and was its President for six years and is currently once again serving as its President .
In 1974 Capt. kumar joined Cox & King, a travel company based in UK at their local office in Delhi as Mountaineer and Explorer to promote adventure tourism in India. At that time adventure tourism was little known in the tourism sector and was not very popular. Capt kumar, during his tenure, travelled extensively to Japan and Europe and gave lectures to different alpine clubs . As a result, during this period there was a commendable increase in the number of mountaineering expeditions to India. He also explored many new trekking routes, trails for camel safari in Rajasthan, sailing on the Ganges from Allahabad to Varanasi, new routes for bicycle tours and other adventure avenues. today these are major adventure activities in the country.
In 1979 ‘Capt kumar founded Shikhar travels, which has emerged as one of the biggest adventure tour companies in the country for organising climbing expeditions to the Indian Himalayas. It is a name to reckon within the field of professional adventure tours. He has organized and guided under his company over 300 climbing expeditions to the Indian Himalayas and has played a very important role in the promotion of adventure tourism.