Q: What’s your favourite place so far? Why?
Aditya: I never stay at home as I believe “Mountains are calling & I must go”. I have been roaming pretty much continuously for almost 15 years. My favorite place to keep going back to is Uttarakhand. I have explored many small villages in Uttarakhand & also roamed virgin places of Uttarakhand.
Q: What was your greatest challenge in trek so far? And what did you do to overcome or achieve the challenge?
Aditya: I have taken every trek as a challenging trek, and have learned & experienced some unique things in every trek. So I believe, in the trekking or roaming, around we should be vigilant. We should not take Nature as granted.
Q: What place(s) is/are top of your bucket list?
Aditya: Ohh !! It’s very difficult to bucket list the places, as I’m a core believer of traveling.
Q: Do you prefer solo travel or with someone else?
Aditya: Traveling as a couple is a lot different than traveling solo. I’m very lucky to have wife in same field. You may share so many things with your partner apart from day to day life. Traveling is really most wonderful things you can do together with your loved one. A journey with your special someone can create sweet memories that you will relish forever.
Q: What kind of event do you like most? Himalayan or jungle safari or local trek, etc.? and why?
Aditya: Well!! Every Trek / Tour teaches something new. I like to go everywhere! We get hidden captivating ranges in Himalaya, Safari gives an the opening to explore the unexplored trails of natural horizons and not to forget, the forests.
Q: What has been the most interesting food you’ve tasted during trek/tour?
Aditya: One of the greatest things we love about travelling is discovering the unique food that each state offers. Being a traveler, rather spend more time preparing recipes, yet equally delicious food made in minutes.
Q: Which place has the friendliest people?
Aditya: I believe, If you are friendly, you will get friendliest people everywhere.
Q: Could you share a story where you had to survive with bare min. food or water?
Aditya: When i had started trekking newly, i was attending western ghat trek, Rajgad to Raigad. It was 4 days trekking program and carried calculated ration. Due to some reasons, we had to spend extra 2 days for this trek, and we were in Borata Nal, which is a completely a remote place. We were around 6-7 people. We started trek in the morning to reach base village “Pani” via lingana machi. With very less stock of water & food, we all literally had to survive in half liter water throughout the trek. It was learning for us, we had taken very bad risk in mountain.
Q: Who is/are the most interesting person you’ve met so far?
Aditya: As a traveller, I met so many people in my life. I have stored beautiful memories of those amazing people. I love the genuine people who are in my life & make my life amazing.
Q: How do your family and relatives feel and support your trips?
Aditya: I have born & brought up in middle class family, and every middle class parents force their child to do job, they never say “Do what you want to do in your life”. From my family there was very less support to start MH.
Q: What’s the longest you’ve been away from home? And where?
Aditya: I had travelled to frequent places from last 15 years. Each time, I have spent months in valleys, mountains and Jungles, away from home. And all that time spent was a wonderful experience for me! It was a great learning knowledge also.
Q: What’s your dream trek/tour/adventure?
Aditya: I am roamer & have explored numerous places but still there are many unmapped places where I desire to go shortly.
Q: How many states have you visited so far?
Aditya: India has got gift of different lifestyles, being traveler, roaming in different states is my urge & perceive the lifestyle of people. I have visited Maharashtra, Gujarath, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Andra Pradesh, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand.
Q: Do you like to document a trip? If so, how do you document your trip?
Aditya: Yes, I like to maintain travel diary. Travel blogs, Vlogs are the great way to document your travels in the digital world.
Q: What kind of place do you like most, sea, mountain, lake, river, beach, etc.?
Aditya: Being a nature lover, I like to Visit all places which having loads of nature beauty.
Q: How the mountaineering courses have helped or changed your lifestyle or perception about life and world?
Aditya: Mountaineering courses are very effective to change your lifestyle. It plays vital role in your day to day life like, your way of thinking, decision making, approach towards life. Because, during the course you meet Indian army people, commandos, high level military officers, they share their life experiences, memorable moments of their achievements etc. they trained you, they teach you how to survive in mountains even in win win situations.
Q: What’s the longest single journey you’ve taken?
Aditya: I remember, when i decided to do trekking & mountaineering, I must know each & every aspect of nature. So i decided to go to JIM for Mountaineering courses. So that was my memorable longest journey to Jammu & Kashmir.
Q: What’s your top travel tip?
Aditya: Always mold yourself as per the nature’s call.
Q: If you wrote a novel, what would it be about?
Aditya: I would like to write novel & obviously it would be on Mountains. After a few years definitely i will write a book.
Q: Do you prefer hot, cold or temperate places?
Aditya: I always prefer to visit Himalaya. I like cold temperature places.
Q: When you’re not traveling, what do you do the most?
Aditya: When i’m not travelling, I usually take utmost rest to buck up for next Trek / Tour.
Q: What was your specialization in your final years of education and how does it help you for your new career?
Aditya: Well, I have completed PG with HR specialization, it helps me get organised in everything I do in day to day life as well as business & travelling time.
Q: What skills/life skills did you learn during the course?
Aditya: During the course i learnt leadership skills, team building, how to survive in bare minimum & last but not the least, to Live the life without complaints.
Q: When did you decide to give up your job/career and start MH?
Aditya: I have born & brought up in middle class family, and every middle class parents force their child to do job, they never say “Do what you want to do in your life”. But Mountaineering is in my blood, so I quit my job after I had 8 years of experience in HR & started Mountain Hikers in 2013.
Q: What challenges did you face initially to setup MH and how did you overcome those challenges?
Aditya: Every entrepreneur faces lots of problem to set up the business. It could be mental, financial, social etc. In the same way i faced and still facing so many problems. But it is a best learning of life to face and resolve them. I believe, without problems life become soundless.
TrekTalk with: Aditya Phadtare
TrekTalk by: Vagabond Artist
Photo Credits: Vallari Pathak, Aditya Phadtare and Friends