The Mountain Walker

It’s not the land, it’s not landscape, it’s not the people, it’s not the wildlife, it’s not the rivers, it’s not the mountains; or the stories, or the tales, or the journeys or the company or the destinations … it’s all of it.

The Mountain Walker is a philosophy of life, of living life as you want to, without infringing upon the way of life of others, of travelling in the Himalayas without wanting to change it, or expecting the comforts of other places, without wanting to judge anything, a philosophy of continuous learning, and of doing your bit for the world, in tiny, little little ways. And sharing what we see, what we learn, as we live learn it, as we see it.

As a private limited company,  The Mountain Walker is not just a start-up, a tech company, a media company or a travel services company – although we are and we do all of that. We are a Social Enterprise, with a goal to be a profitable business but with the intent to share our skills and knowledge and do our bit for the local economies of the Himalayan states.

Personally, am grateful for the blessing to have been walking the Himalayas since the time I learned to walk as a toddler, and am now thankful for the opportunity of being able to continue walking the mountains and learning more from this great land and its people, in the company of a like-minded team- Abhishek Kaushal, Ameen Shaikh, and Abhinav Kaushal (thus far).

Here are some glimpses from the first year of walking the Himalayas with my co-founders and team members.

 

Dust
Wild mountain roads with all their promise, all their risks and danger, with all their raw power is one of the reasons I walk mountains. July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

Colour
Traveling in the remote, high altitude Himalayas of Himachal Pradesh helps one understand that beauty in Nature has different forms and meaning. This splash of colour near Leo village in Kinnaur is an artist’s delight. Shot in July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

Evening
What is peace? What is serenity? Is it sitting by like a lake on a mountain? Or is it sitting by a lake on mountainside after having driven 10 hours and walking 2 to get there? Is it all of it? Nako Lake, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

History
Nako, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

Culture
Nako Monastery, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

Leo
The Spiti river winding its way around Leo village, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

MistyMountains
Misty Mountains seen from atop Shaali Tibba, March 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

MorningAfter
The morning after a snowfall in Kaza, January 2017; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

Nature
The wild Sutlej, March 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

PinSpitiConfluence
Confluence of Pin and Spiti rivers, seen from Dhankar Monastery, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

RemoteRoads
Sutlej keeping pace with the rocky roads of Upper Kinnaur, March 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

RockPillar
Rock Pillars near Shaali Temple, March 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee
StormClouds
Stormy evening sky over Nako, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

SummerMagic
Key Monastery across Spiti River seen from Keurik village, Spiti, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

ThePath
The Sutlej near Pooh, Kinnaur, July 2016

 

Village
Lalung, Spiti, July 2016

 

Water&Ice
Spiti near Mane Dhank, Spiti, 2017

 

Winter
Who would think there is a 12000 feet mountain and a wide river basin in this whitescape? Kaza, edge of Spiti river, January 2017
CEOAtWork
CEO Abhishek Kaushal on a precarious perch in Kinnaur, trying to capture that elusive glimpse of the Spiti river running through a gorge way down below the scissor-paths on the way to Nako, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

COO
Ameen Shaikh discovers his facial muscles in -7 Degrees in Spiti, January 2017; Photo: sanjay mukherjee

 

Kindness
Abhinav Kaushal is born and brought up in Shimla, and has a natural born affinity for all living beings. Strays, birds seem to understand his peace and connection everywhere he goes – they just gravitate to him. Like this lonesome dog in Dhankar, January 2017; Photo: sanjay mukherjee
NoonSnooze
Ameen Shaikh catches a siesta on the Baspa at Chitkul, March 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee
OmBowl
Abhinav Kaushal playing the Om Bowl, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee
Rain
Abhinav Kaushal enjoying the rain on a Nako hilltop, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee
ShaaliTemple
Ameen Shaikh at Shaali Temple, March 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee
TheCEO
Abhishek Kaushal, on the wild mountains near Ka, Kinnaur, July 2016; Photo: sanjay mukherjee
TheWayfarer
Abhinav Kaushal in Spiti, January 2017
WinterCEO
Abhishek Kaushal, Spiti, January 2017
Our sitaution in a glance 02
Kids playing in the market area at Kaza; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal
Spiti Wildlife 08
Yak; Photo: Abhishek Kaushal
Wildlife In Spiti 04
Alpine Chough; Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

Spiti Wildlife 001

Spiti Wildlife 01
Himalayan Blue Sheep; Photo: Abhishek Kaushal
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Photo: Abhinav Kaushal

 

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Written by thebengali

Thinker, Writer ... and Mountain Walker.

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