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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
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North Iceland's Viti crater is filled with a bright blue lake
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A light snow covers the quaint town of Vik along the south coast
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