Capt. Swadesh Kumar

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President, Adventure Tour Operators Association of India


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.