Akshay Shah

Akshay Shah was a successful entrepreneur in the commercial world of laying gas pipelines when the love of his birth place drew him back to Ranikhet in Uttarakhand. He founded a company called Himalayan Wanderers which over last 10 years has promoted sustainable nature and adventure tourism in the State.

His firm belief in fair trade and principles of 'leave no trace' in camping and mountaineering have earned distinctions for his company amongst most reputed clients in the country and overseas.

He is a qualified Wilderness First Responder (WFR) from Wilderness Medicine Institute (WMI), USA. It is an absolute delight to be in outdoors with Akshay who is an ardent lover of nature and recognises most of the plants and animals of the western Himalaya. Among other things, Akshay led a four year progamme on Municipal Waste Management in the lake town of Nainital. This project popularly called 'Mission Butterfly' created a novel participatory approach engaging with all the diverse stakeholders and adopting a 'lifecycle approach' which has been nominated for several awards and is being emulated in several towns and cities.

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