Rajesh Thakur is a young and mature mountaineer and a trekking
guide. The first impression you get when you see him is a sense of
responsibility which he emanates. A very grounded mountaineer, he
has completed his graduation in arts (BA) from SDSUV university.
He says he wants to pursue a post graduation and after which he
wants to spend time writing about the mountains and its people.
Rajesh started trekking when he was 19 years old, when he did
Dodital. He started as helper, became an assistant guide and now
handles things independently. He has worked side to side with
sherpas who have summited Mt Everest, he did Bandarpoonch and Stok
Kangri with them. His favorite peak is Bhagirathi-III, because he
says the first ascent of this was by an Indian.
Rajesh was involved in the relief work during the floods in
Uttarakhand in 2012 and in the rescue in Gangotri in 2016. He
actively looks to use his skills and abilities to help people when
any situation arises.
Rajesh says - "The mountains have a big
role to play in our lives and thats why I love them."
He fondly remembers a 70 year old client of his, who summited Stok
Kangri 3 times and he says he was fortunate to have been there
with him for 2 of those 3 summits.
As a kid he says he loved to play cricket!