It was at Himalayan Explorers’ Club (HEC), adventure club of IIT Roorkee, where the founders of Baaronmasa met each other between 2003 to 2005 and were bitten by the bug of trekking, adventure activities and offbeat travelling. Ever since we have embarked upon many adventures searching for novel experiences and gradually over the years have collected a mix of eclectic memories together and individually.
There was always a desire to share our experiences with friends in a better way than just sharing beautiful pictures on social media. Besides experiencing bliss in the Himalayas, we also came face to face with harsh realities of life in hills and limited opportunities available to people living there. We felt selfish in enjoying the beauty of the Himalayas without contributing much to the local community. After scratching our heads for almost a year and pivoting many times we hit upon an idea to fulfill our dual goals in the form of Baaronmasa.
Baaronmasa (12 months i.e. throughout the year) is a social enterprise which aims to connect beautiful villages of Uttarakhand with travelers looking for off beat travel experiences. Using our vast travel, trekking and mountaineering experience, we strive to combine home-stay, trekking, adventure, pahadi cuisine and cultural components to create authentic and exciting itineraries that would transport the visitor to remote corners of the Himalayas beyond the popular destinations. By involving the local population we aim to nurture a sustainable and equitable social enterprise that has a minimal impact on the environment. With a wide range of itineraries that range from idle quiet vacations to adrenaline pumping activities, from informative heritage jewels to bustling festivals, we cater to the myriad tastes of curious travelers. For where else in India can you relish Bhaang ki Chutney without raising any eyebrows!
Vivek Negi – Co Founder
B Tech+M Tech, IIT Roorkee, 2003-08. MBA, Nanyang Business School, Singapore, 2014-15. Vivek has six years work experience in Oil & Gas upstream sector in various countries managing million dollar projects and interacting with clients. In personal life, Vivek has been an avid trekker and offbeat traveller . He has been involved in trekking, mountaineering and offbeat travel since 2003. Besides multitude of treks, he has also done challenging Basic Mountaineering and Advance Mountaineering Courses from reputed mountaineering institute, HMI Darjeeling.
Richa Pant – Marketing Manager
Richa has worked with Indian Retail giants like Pantaloon Retail and Arvind Brands. She has worked closely with supply chain, operations and IT for developing new businesses and has hands on experience in strategy planning, MIS and business analytics. She has managed marketing, content and back end operations for design startups and is also involved in teaching the business of design. Richa is passionate about exploring the culture and traditions of the hills and is working in the direction of popularising the craft and design of the hills of Uttarakhand.
Deeptangan Pant – Content Writer
B.Tech, IIT Roorkee, 2003-07, Computer Science and Engg. Besides trekking since 2004, he has travelled extensively across India engaging with enthusiasts involved in bringing to customers the unsung destinations. He is also a travel writer that has been published in online travel journals and in leading newspapers. ————————————————————————————————————————————————————————-