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Anuj Mahat

Travel is a very personal thing. We all seek different opportunities, activities and rhythms so what is the recipe for a perfect holiday? At Altai, we believe that the ideal holiday enables you to discover traditional life, to connect with the nature and to explore the astonishing natural world. The perfect adventure should stretch your comfort zone just the right amount to leave you happy, proud and inspired. To travel the Altai way is to discover some of the worlds wildest and most remote locations through authentic activities immersed in the unspoiled nature.

What places and activities do you specialize in?

"Active travel with a focus on connecting to the nature. The wild unspoiled Nordic Countries. Walking, trekking, kayaking, dog-sledding, wild camping, snowshoeing, skiing... From accessible family holidays to extreme expeditions."

How did you get involved in travel?

"I started travelling and trekking from an early age. This was possible because I grew up in a family that is passionate about working in the travel and tourism industry. I started my first 7 days trek carrying my own backpack at the age of 9 in the beautiful Annapurna region in Nepal. Since then, my passion to travel has only grown. I have since travelled to the USA, China, India, Israel, France, Italy, Canada, Norway and have organized trips in the Himalayas(Nepal, India, Tibet, Bhutan) and in Greenland. Travelling is an adventurous experience while at the same time humbling. So, the more I travel, the more I realize that there is much to be explored. After travelling a bit and getting a Master in International Hospitality management, I feel passionate about continuing to explore adventurous destinations and helping create the most memorable experiences."

Please share a unique travel experience you will never forget.

"It was the year 2015, on a cold night in November, me and a client were half asleep trying to get some shut eye before we started climbing the Island Peak in the Everest region in Nepal. It was already difficult to sleep with the cold temperature and on top of that the altitude at the base camp was not helping either.
Without getting much sleep, we took our breakfast at around 2 am, got our packed lunch and set off to climb. As we gained the altitude the breathing started getting more difficult. Once we got to a point where we had to put our cramponds on and climb with ice axe and ropes, we crossed some others that were returning because some of their clients got sick because of the altitude.
With two mantras "slowely but surely" and "one step at a time" we made it to the top of the Island peak. There were several difficult moments that could have broken our motivation and courage to continue if weren't for our courage, the team spirit , trust and the magic of being in Nature. It was not just arriving on top that was unique but more of the intence feeling of being alive while crossing new limits that you previously thought were not possible that makes this experiance unforgetable. "

Anuj is part of the following groups: Norway Travel Agents, Iceland Travel Agents
Goðafoss Waterfall
Iceland From West to North: Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Husavik, Akureyri, & More - 10 Days

This 10-day trip covers North and West Iceland and is meant for bypassing the crowded south during the summer months. Enjoy time exploring the geological features of the Golden Circle, the black-sand beaches of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Arctic Coast in Varmahlid. Discover the best of the Trollaskagi Peninsula and visit the whale watching capital of Husavik. Tour the geothermal wonder of Lake Mývatn, stay in the second city of Akureyri, and go sightseeing in lively Reykjavík.

Seljalandsfoss
Iceland: Golden Circle, South Coast, & Westman Islands - 6 Days

Explore the Golden Circle on this well-balanced, self-drive itinerary featuring both popular stops and hidden gems. First, drive to Þingvellir National Park, Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall, followed by a relaxing soak in the Secret Lagoon. Next, head to the South Coast to stunning waterfalls—Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss—and visits to Reynisfjara Beach, Vík, and the otherworldly Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon. Then, explore the glacial areas of Skaftafell, Svartifoss, and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, followed by a day to discover the lesser-known Westman Islands. Return to Reykjavík for some sightseeing and tour the Reykjanes Peninsula—plus a stop for a final soak in the Blue Lagoon—before your departure flight home.

Sunset colors in the peaceful woods near Tromsø
Multi-Day Dog Sledding Adventure in the Arctic - 8 Days

Norway's snowy landscapes above the Arctic Circle offer perfect conditions for dog sledding. With this 8-day itinerary, you'll spend half of the trip at a sustainable farm taking part in day-trips (traveling by dog sled, of course) involving trapping and fishing, while learning about local culture with an expert guide. Spend the other half of the trip in the 'Paris of the North'—a lively city called Tromsø—to round out this fun adventure.

North Iceland's Viti crater is filled with a bright blue lake
Iceland Ring Road & Westfjords Adventure - 12 Days

This epic 12-day road trip is a perfect way to absorb Iceland as you traverse all four corners of the country. You'll visit popular spots along the famous 828-mile (1,332 km) Ring Road, while also having the opportunity to escape the crowds as you detour through the Westfjords with some of Iceland's most dramatic landscapes (great for mountain biking and kayaking). The self-drive loop also includes stops in Iceland's two biggest cities, and numerous natural sites like volcanoes, waterfalls, lava fields, black sand beaches, glaciers, and blockbuster attractions in the Golden Circle.

A light snow covers the quaint town of Vik along the south coast
Best of Iceland's South Coast & Golden Circle - 6 Days

Starting in Reykjavik, this 6-day Icelandic road trip lets you visit classic highlights along the country's south coast including waterfalls, black sand beaches, basalt columns, massive glaciers, and icebergs at your own pace. You'll then join the popular Golden Circle route where you can see Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal area of Geysir (watch Strokkur erupt like clockwork), and Thingvellir National Park where tectonic plates meet. Finish the adventure with a soak in the Blue Lagoon before your return flight home.

Seljalandsfoss
Iceland: East Fjords, South Coast, & Golden Circle - 6 Days

Make the most of your limited time by driving one way from Egilsstaðir to Vík to Reykjavík—without retracing your steps. On this six-day road trip, take in the dramatic landscapes of the Eastern Fjords, from Seyðisfjörður to Vatnajökull National Park, and enjoy more time seeing new places along the South Coast (Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Skógafoss, and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls) and Golden Circle (Gullfoss, Geysir, and Þingvellir National Park), rather than doubling back. You can embark on this route in either direction, but a domestic flight to Egilsstaðir at the beginning of your trip is more efficient, without large crowds, to explore remote areas on your own terms.

Recent trip reviews for Anuj

Great Experience for Personalized Icelandic Vacation · Iceland - Mar 8 - Mar 13, 2020

Traveler: Rob P. - Local specialist: Anuj Mahat

Anuj was a great resource in helping to customize our Iceland vacation to match our expectations throughout the planning process. After our trip began, having Anuj supporting our trip was invaluable. Our trip was to the northern part of Iceland in mid-March which meant we had to adapt to weather, road closures, etc. and Anuj was there with us each step of the way helping us to cancel and rebook lodging, tours, etc. as we adapted our itinerary in real time to accommodate the weather. The... read more

Anuj was a great resource in helping to customize our Iceland vacation to match our expectations throughout the planning process. After our trip began, having Anuj supporting our trip was invaluable. Our trip was to the northern part of Iceland in mid-March which meant we had to adapt to weather, road closures, etc. and Anuj was there with us each step of the way helping us to cancel and rebook lodging, tours, etc. as we adapted our itinerary in real time to accommodate the weather. The end result was the Icelandic adventure that we were seeking that helped us to really experience the villages, people and landscapes that are Iceland.

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Anuj Mahat, local specialist, responded to this review:

Dear Rob,
Thank you so very much for the kind words. I appreciate it. It is truly gratifying to know that I was able to match your expectations and provide you and Stacy have a great experience of Northern Iceland. I look forward to helping you organize your next adventure trip to Iceland.
kindest regards,
Anuj

Wonderful · Norway - Sep 21 - Sep 26, 2019

Traveler: Eddie Y. - Local specialist: Anuj Mahat

Balestrand was wonderful, probably the highlight of our trip, especially the Fjord boat trip there and from. The hotel was also quite special

Flam was also wonderful as well, as was the train ride.

Given the objectives (truly scenic, awe-inspiring nature), I felt like we could have been guided differently.

The others were fine and reasonable for the price paid, but I have some feedback for the rest of the trip

1. Initially we had a day in Bergen set aside, which I changed and I was... read more

Balestrand was wonderful, probably the highlight of our trip, especially the Fjord boat trip there and from. The hotel was also quite special

Flam was also wonderful as well, as was the train ride.

Given the objectives (truly scenic, awe-inspiring nature), I felt like we could have been guided differently.

The others were fine and reasonable for the price paid, but I have some feedback for the rest of the trip

1. Initially we had a day in Bergen set aside, which I changed and I was glad we did because Bergen while more enjoyable than your typical European city wasn't why we were in Norway

2. Tromso we knew was a risk given the low probability of seeing the Northern Lights, but I wish we had given a more thorough pros/cons discussion of going. We didn't see the lights, it was raining (none of which can be predicted), but I feel like we wasted a day a few thousand dollars on that decision. I would have rather spent another day in a city like Balestrand or Flam

Besides that, the packing guidance was less helpful as we were told to pack thermal underwear, jackets and clothing that took up a lot of room in the suitcase, and we ended up not needing because the Tromso bus was warm (where you spend the majority of the time on the tour) and they have thermal jackets, so I wish we were guided to pack differently.

The water bottle was unnecessary as well, more of a nice to have.

3. I wish there was more detail about the transportation (e.g., length of trip, where to sit on the train, boat, etc)

4. I wish we had more choices about the hotels. Balestrand and Flam hotels were very nice, but the Bergen hotel was not great and the Tromso hotel was terrible and dirty

5. I wish I had more flexibility to change the room bookings. I ended up needing an extra room, and it proved impossible to do through KimKim

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Jana Brehmer, local specialist, responded to this review:

Hi Eddie,
Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate the time you took to help us improve our service constantly.
We take your comment for hotel/ flexibility and roadbook into account and will review our partners and recommendation. We are very sorry for the inconvenience you had to face during your trip and the extra time you had to invest.
Regarding your stay in Tromso and the Northern Light excursion and after rereading your chat with the agent, it appears that the local expert... read more

Hi Eddie,
Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate the time you took to help us improve our service constantly.
We take your comment for hotel/ flexibility and roadbook into account and will review our partners and recommendation. We are very sorry for the inconvenience you had to face during your trip and the extra time you had to invest.
Regarding your stay in Tromso and the Northern Light excursion and after rereading your chat with the agent, it appears that the local expert indicated several times the unpredictable chances of seeing the Northern Lights and the recommendation of either skipping Tromso or staying at least 2 nights to have a bigger time window. We regret that the weather was not on your side that day.
Nevertheless, we are very happy you enjoyed the other parts of the trip and wish to welcome you soon again on one of our trips.
Best regards,
The Altai Norway Team