Aspen is run by a team of highly qualified, experienced & dedicated people, who have been in the area of hospitality, tourism, adventure and travel for past many years.
All our team members are masters of their trade and each brings with him/her a unique set of experience adding value to the traveler’s overall experience of the country. In addition, our manpower includes a group of friendly people spread across different parts of India who are well versed with tourism geography to assure you a never before vacationing experience with a “smile”.
Shashank Pandey-Managing Director
Born in Delhi, grew up and educated in Delhi. Shashank Pandey is the Managing Director of Aspen Adventures Private Limited - India's most interactive and fastest growing hospitality & adventure hotel chain promoting Adventure Tours, Heritage Stays, Family Getaways and Corporate Tours in India.
After spending about 05 years with Corporates like Wipro, Dell and RBS in Operations and Training, he envisioned to promote the concept of Experiential Learning in India. A Certified Outbound Trainer himself, Shashank has conducted over a 150 plus OBT’s and Team Building Programs for various organizations across all sectors.
As a Managing Director, Shashank heads all operations and manages the entire show for Aspen Adventures in India. Under his guidance and leadership Aspen has grown from a young travel house to an extensive and exceptional travel outfitter in India, and is all set to be a game changer in the Indian Hotel industry. He himself travels to the different part of the country for the updated information and to explore new areas. In India, there is hardly an adventure destination he has not been to and the information on an adventure destination in India is always at his fingertips. He loves to take time out to talk to the people about the many adventure sports and the destinations that can be found on the continent. Exploring new regions and adventure destinations is his lifestyle.
Praveen Khimta – AVP Sales and Marketing
An brings over Seven years of experience in marketing, consulting and educating business professionals. He has done his Masters in Tourism Administration from Himachal Pradesh University. Praveen brings a wealth of sales leadership proficiency and his vast knowledge of marketing and sales processes that strengthen the customer focus and sales performance. He is very resourceful and also has compiled extensive skills and experience in his field. He spend most of his time in identifying, developing and innovating new projects and with the team just to study their practical knowledge about their trips.
Praveen has a strong base of the Indian market and also has outstanding relationships with the corporate houses, travel agencies, hotels and other vendors which are critical for this business. At Adventure Adventures, he is accountable for ensuring the top-class services for every guest. In order to plan & make adequate travel decisions he is responsible for handling all in-bound and domestic assignments including short term and long term vendor management.
Puneet Jaiswal – Manager, School Business
An MBA in Tourism Management (IITTM Gwalior), Puneet has over 5 years of diverse experience in innovation, project management and trip leading. An energetic person, he is passionate about good and meaningful work. He will always be up to reply to your emails and send itineraries and any other required information. His experience in the field makes him very reliable in designing proper itineraries as he has been to almost all destinations in India. As a member of the Aspen Adventure team, he helps in coordinating the logistics and operations to ensure perfect trips for every guest who has come to us.
Puneet has also handled some big projects and school group in the past that includes:-
- Conducted a school adventure trip in Rishikesh for 140 students of a reputed School of Mumbai
- Organised successful trips for several international schools from South East Asia
- “Filming Project” in Rishikesh for more than 110 people for 20 days in 2009
- Co-ordinated the shooting for a “Television Serial” consisting of more than 75 crew members in 2009
- “Camping and wilderness survival program” for a corporate house in 2011
- “Environment and Regional know-how program” for 50 people in 2011
Vijender Kanwar- Manager, Operations
Vijender is the Manager Operations for Aspen Adventures containing a vast experience in the adventure field. He has done his Masters in Tourism Administration from Himachal Pradesh University and has also done his basic and advance mountaineering course from DAMAS, Manali. He is a qualified professional with a specialization in environmental education programs. Vijender is passionate about getting dirty, travel around the natural world and interacting with the wild animals. He also enjoys cooking, reading, hiking and travelling and is certified in First aid and CPR. Be it Biking Expeditions to Ladakh, or be it the Everest Base Camp Trek, Vijender is "One Man Army “ for all extreme adventures at Aspen. A Basic and Advance Certified Mountaineer from DAMAS, Manali, he is extremely passionate for adventures like Rafting, Skiing and High Altitude Treks.
The most qualified, experienced and well-formed members of our team. These individuals are able to lead numerous controlled trips across the country. They work very closely with different controlled teams to make sure that your trip is safe, very well informed and flawless with us.
Negi is a hard-core adventure enthusiast and has diverse experience in wildlife tours and mountain climbing. He served as a trip organizer for international and domestic schools for years and now has a senior trip leader in Aspen Adventures. He decided to join Aspen Adventures to practice his field knowledge and experience. His operational dedication and expertise always ensures a safe and high- quality trips across the country. In addition to his organizational responsibilities, Negi often leads adventure trips as a tour leader and trip director. He is also certified in first-aid and CPR from the National Outdoor Leadership School, USA. He is fluent in English and Hindi and also has a working knowledge of German. He has spent more than 05 years in the adventure field and has led various schools, families, individual and bigger groups in different adventure companies in India.
His special projects and treks:
- Handled an adventure based event for the energy sector in India for more than 120 people in 2008
- May 23rd - 28th, 2010: “Dodital Trek” with a school group of 40 students.
- July 10th - 20th, 2010: High altitude Srikhand trek “Walk over the Clouds” trek with a group of 15 people.
- May 5th - 20th, 2011: “Markha Valley” trek with a group of 22 people.
Azad is an outdoor instructor cum a senior trip leader in Aspen Adventures. He carries a huge adventure experience with him and has a total outdoor lifestyle. Always ready to help, has a big smile on his face and guests are bound to benefit from his encouraging attitude. He is a rafter, climber, naturalist and trekker so get yourself prepared to smile throughout your vacation. Azad along with 05 other instructors from our team trekked the Indian Himalaya for 6 weeks while learning about the vibrant culture, environmental history and the local natural balance.
He is well known for spotting wild animals and birds with his naked eye. His guests are always amazed by his persona. Azad has led so many adventure trips and he lost track of how many times he has been in the bush tracking wildlife. He is always ready with his bag pack and up to date on the latest animal migration paths and locations of the herds.
CAMP CREWS AND OUTDOOR TEAM
As compare to other companies most of our camp crews, outdoor team and assistant guides are equivalent to the full guides. The ones that know in an out of adventure trade and prove themselves every point of time. This is our well-rounded team that go on to lead most of our trips. All our assistant guides are qualified in First Aid and CRP.
Joydip Dutta – Senior Manager, Camp
An ex-armed personal with an extensive knowledge of man management and people skills. Joydip looks after the administration, logistics, maintenance, problem solving and catering management and is responsible for ensuring our successful operations. He is flexible and adjustable within the role. He has a strong adventure background and has proven his self every time an then. He has excellent coordination and communication skills and the ability to work within a team. He is the backbone of our team and also has a vast knowledge of the birdlife and wildlife in the Indian Himalayas.
Desraj Khosh- Manager, Camp Operations
Desraj is from Himachal Pradesh of district Shimla and comes from families that have lived their life on high mountains. He knows every little possible thing about the mountains. He has done Masters in Tourism Management from Kuoni Academy, Manali. He is an assistant guide with a positive attitude. He has been heading the camp operations since 2009. He has led near about 45 groups of different background and nationalities. He is comfortable and entertaining guide who very well get along with any traveller. He is also a focused trip leader who loves sharing his belief on adventure and outdoors. All of his guests appreciate his professional and fun-loving approach towards his business. A true expert, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge, his problem solving skills and encouraging attitude makes him an ideal choice for leading our trips.
Grown up in Uttarakhand which is considered as an adventure paradise in India and the starting point for most Himalayan treks. Rohit has been an observer to many trek routes and when it comes to high passes and difficult trek routes he is the one we count on. He is also known as the mountain goat. In addition, he is a rafting guide and kayaker and work as an outdoor instructor in Aspen Adventures. He is an entertaining accompanying person with ready smile. He knows almost all terrain of the Indian Himalayas which makes him one of the experienced trek leaders in India. He is a very decent trip leader with maximum degree of ethics and principles. He is devoted to his work and always tries his best to make people coming to Aspen Adventures happy.