Our Philosophy

The Himalayas have always been the force inspiring and guiding humanity ahead. Right from the early Gods of Hinduism, to many great Buddhist saints, and recently the greatest idols of the Music and Technology world like the Beatles and Steve Jobs, all have drawn from these mountains a great deal of what they later gave back to the world .The purpose of this expedition is to have the Holistic Himalayan Experience, stretching across pure adventure and cultural connect with the local communities to setting up sustainable energy and education based infrastructure in these remote regions. We don’t see ourselves in the field of running expeditions; we see ourselves as facilitators, whose job is to create a fertile environment for future growth and collaborations, for both the participants and the hosts. Dubbed as the Adventure Pilgrimage, we just try to get you to the mountains, and let the peaks inspire you.

Core Team

Paras Loomba
Expedition Leader
Paras Loomba, son of an Army officer, is the Founder of the Global Himalayan Expedition. After a successful International Antarctica Expedition in 2012, led by Robert Swan, Paras quit his corporate job to work in the field of renewable energy and sustainable rural development. Passionate about cutting edge technologies and their role in driving change in business and communities, Paras is actively involved in providing solar based electrification to rural India. If not traveling across the incredible India, Paras, in his free time can be found motivating youngsters on the fruits of social entrepreneurship or sharing his challenges & experiences with the alike. An avid multi-sports player, Paras is the force driving Global Himalayan Expedition’s focus on providing energy and education access to the remote Himalayan Communities.
Jaideep Bansal
Team Leader
Jaideep Bansal is an IIT Bombay graduate working with Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) as the Energy Access Leader. Jaideep was initially working with P&G for 6 years and inspired by GHE, he left his job to work towards providing sustainable development for remote mountain communities.
He is also the Foundation Board Member of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum. Jaideep is an avid marathon runner and loves adventure. His love for travel and curiosity to explore the wisdom of the untapped lands has taken him across geographies far and wide. Drumming and composing music is his passion.
Gaganpreet
Team Leader
Gaganpreet is Leader at Mountain Homestays. After graduating from NIT Jalandhar, Gaganpreet joined his dream job at Microsoft where he worked for 5 years. But soon he realized his true passion to travel and to work for the planet.
His search for a more meaningful life brought him to Global Himalayan Expedition (GHE) in 2015, a journey that changed his life forever. He said goodbye to his IT career and now leads Mountain Homestays, an initiative by GHE towards sustainable development of remote Himalayan communities through responsible tourism. Gaganpreet also conducts wildlife conservation programs in eastern ghats forests.

Volunteers

Varun Loomba
Varun is a traveler by heart, consultant by profession, and aviation enthusiast by love. Penchant for trying all things that is life, he has lived in or traveled to almost every state in India, visited 15 countries, ran marathons, including the prestigious Boston marathon, and if not for providing advisory services to clients, he is busy leading the pen pal exchange program between students in Kashmir and those in in USA. An avid sportsman and adventurer, he works as a part-time UN volunteer helping to find innovative solutions to serve education needs in rural areas of the world.
Chanakya Bhardwaj
Chanakya is an engineer by profession and a vocational theatre artist by interest. His free time is generally spent trying to pursue his interest in motor-cycles, poetry and pencil-portraits. His first steps in Leh-Ladakh were in 2011 when he covered the entire valley on his motor-bike with a couple of friends. Ever since, he has been dying to go back and it seems the time has come now.
Sonal Asgotraa
A technology analyst by profession, Sonal Asgotraa is an ardent explorer, on a ceaseless quest for new experiences and adventures. She was selected to participate in the 2013 International Antarctic Expedition led by Sir Robert Swan. Serving as the Young Professional Ambassador for Teach for India and a Writer for Youth Leader Magazine, Indian edition, Sonal is extremely passionate in helping to make the world around her, a better place . Her ultimate fantasy is to see the earth twirling from space, shimmering in all its beauty and she hopes to make it there someday!
Rolf
Rolf is originally trained as a pilot and officer with The Royal Danish Air Force, where he flew with the Royal Family and Danish Government members in the RDAF VIP jet and environmental/territorial patrols of Denmark and Greenland. Later Rolf left the military to work with IT where he now works with offshoring solutions out of Mumbai, India.  Rolf has been a part of Global Himalayan Expeditions since he joined in 2014 and was Expedition Leader in 2015 and 2016.  Rolf is a passionate athlete and has done 375km bicycle race 5 times, ran the Berlin Marathon and enjoys open water swimming of the coast of Denmark.

Advisors

Robert Swan, O.B.E.
Robert Swan, OBE is one of the world’s preeminent polar explorers and environmental leaders. By age 33, Swan became the first person to walk to both the North and South Poles, earning his place in history alongside the great explorers and adventurers. Swan’s experiences of the effects of global warming at both Poles only helped to shape and focus his lifetime goal: working towards the preservation of Antarctica as the last great wilderness on earth. In 1992,Robert Swan, OBE was the Keynote Speaker at the first ‘World Summit for Sustainable Development’ held in Rio de Janeiro. In March 2008, Robert Swan, OBE made Antarctic history again by living solely on renewable energy at the E-Base for over two weeks. Successful in the world’s harshest climate, the positive message Swan sent to the world was “This is possible in Antarctica, and surely it is possible in the ‘real world’!”. Swan’s contribution to education and the environment has been recognized on an international scale, seen through his appointment as United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for Youth and Special Envoy to the Director General of UNESCO. He was awarded the high distinction of OBE, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, as well as the Polar Medal by Her Majesty the Queen. Swan’s real-life discussion of leadership, trust and working together never ceases to thrill, uplift and stimulate crowds, drawing standing ovations throughout the globe
Col. Y.P. Loomba
Col. Loomba is a veteran Army Officer. Retired as a Colonel after putting 35 years of service in the Indian army, he has traveled to every remote corner of the country possible. Commissioned in 1976 in the Supply & Logistic Corps of the Indian army, he had held various commands during his tenure. From commanding a unit of Black Cat Commandos of the Elite National Security Guards (NSG), to heading tank transporter battalion in the desert of Rajasthan, to commanding troops in the high altitudes of the Himalayas at China border, the Colonel has seen adventure in true sense. He was the light weight boxing champion at the Indian Military Academy and is an avid swimmer, cross country runner and a Golfer. He maintains his passion for travel and adventure and continues to support social impact initiatives in remote rural communities

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