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We were inspired by mountains! Particularly by the mornings in our mountain lifestyle, as the first light cuts through the mist and shimmers on the snow of Himalayas or the dew drops on the Shola grasslands high up in Western Ghats. Summiters Adventure had been a passionate enterprise that made it possible to relive my childhood paintings of hills, rocks and animals.
It was a winter evening when Vishwa, and I met to set Summiters as an enterprise in 2006 and now it has become what it aspired. I handled the operations of treks in Western Ghats. It was nice working with such a eco friendly organisation, during my Engineering days, and getting to know wildlife.
With this benchmark, I began to lead groups with Summiters and then learnt more on snakes at Agumbe Rainforest Research Station. Then I guided at King Sanctuary, Nagarhole, Orange County, Kabini, Leisure hotels, Corbett and Rajaji National parks and Taj Safaris - & Beyond lodges, Madhya Pradesh.
I currently lead wildlife/birding groups with Summiters during my break from being Manager at Karnataka Government undertaking, Jungle Lodges and Resorts.
Date of Posting: 17 April 2013
Posted By: Vineith Malbaricus
Naturalist and Manager at Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Jungle Lodges and Resorts
Even though the rains and landslides had postponed the trek dates of Tri Col - Pathangani Dhar - Audens col and Mayali pass ( Gangotri to Kedarnath ) the spirits weren't down ,the start of the trek was bright as a sunshine
I have always fancied trekking on mountains and snow and that too himalayas was a great fascination. So i decided somehow i need to make it happen. Vishwanath, our trek Lead , is a very knowledgeable person. Trekking with him you can definitely be sure about your safety as he takes up some unimaginable responsibility for your life.. however he can get into your nerves sometimes.
Now about the trek.. to say the least, the trek was very very adventurous..12 Days in the himalayas.. of which 4 days was on top of the snow.. It was terrific!
The glamour, beauty of the mountains and the nature was reduced a little by the altitude sickness (shows up as headaches and fatigues), constant walk for hours, camping in some 45 degree slopes, some near-death crevices waterfall crossings, eating boring roti-dal at 7AM, being in hunger for long periods of time and to say the least - very very cold... guess its all part of the deal...
May look complaining, but all these added to the overall adventure. I had seen some of the jaw-dropping vistas that i had only seen in movies..
Looking at the snout (the origin of river), glacier, avalanches, snow walks, long stretches of snow covered on all sides with mountains, camp-fires all these the fruit of the journey.
I remember a part where i could not believe i was alive after crossing a water fall... the worst part was the waterfall started increasing when i crossed... that too in that cold weather..
I would definitely do a Himalayan trek again!
Date of Posting: 31 March 2013
Posted By: Santhanam Sridharan
Instructor at Bharat Thakurs Artistic Yoga , Mumbai
The organisation which gave me some of the best memories of my life.. Got the passion to trek, got the enthusiasm to travel, got the energy and that adrenaline of exploring places from them. I would look high up to them and always intend to stay associated with summiters,to keep my passion alive just for lifelong..!
Date of Posting: 31 March 2013
Posted By: Kiran Betdur
Dentist - Apollo Clinic ; Bangalore, Bangalore
This was my second trek trip with Summiters .The last time i did was in 2011 November a trek to Amedhikallu.This time it was for Narsimha Parvatha .Though it was summer season it was cool walking under the canopy.The landscape was mind blowing.But a view you wud not wanna miss.Lunch served in the midst of forest atop Barkana waterfall was again delicious (thanks to vishwanath for that) can still remember the taste of the Puliyogre.A refreshing Bath at Sirimane falls was worthwhile.!
Fantastic arrangements made by summiters.Hope to do more treks with them in the future.
Date of Posting: 31 March 2013
Posted By: Sushanth Vasuki
R & D Engineer - Mercedez Benz
Narsimha parvatha trek was awesome trekking experience. It was through dense forests of agumbe and enroute view from Barkana falls top was the best part of it. Vishwanath was the lead, his knowledge and experience of treks is immense. I was impressed with the way he handled the group, intelligently, without raising his voice or appearing strict. Looking forward for a Himalayan trek with him.
Date of Posting: 20 March 2013
Posted By: Jagadeesh N V
Senior Software Engineer, Klaus IT Solutions
My first trek with Summiters was to Narsimha Parvata. The trek was well organized. It was a learning experience to trek with Vishwanath, who has travelled extensively and is quite familiar with trails in the western ghats.Looking forward to be part of more treks with the Summiters.
Date of Posting: 19 March 2013
Posted By: Madhan Kumar K
Applications Engineer Senior, Cypress Semiconductors
Narsimha Parvatha Trek is one of the best trek i had done till now in western ghats. Trail is really good, but it would have been better if it was not summer.Though we were under canopy most of the time.Food was awesome...i miss Coriander chutney......It was well organised and guided from the day v started till the end....Vishwanath is really cool..! Best part of trek is because of him....active, good listener ,entertaining.
Date of Posting: 18 March 2013
Posted By: Kopresh koppar
Process and piping Engineer;Tata Consulting Engineers, Bangalore
My experience with summiters is remarkable. If I have to go for a trek, that would be with Summiters. I just love the way how they keep all the things well organized. The way they manage the group is brilliant. Summiters not only plan for trek they are also into Scuba Driving. I even got certified from PADI. This was one of the best experiences I ever had.
Date of Posting: 14 March 2013
Posted By: Vinay Reddy
Sr.System Engineer at Effone Tecnologies, Bangalore
The recent team in outing on Feb 13 was fun. Mr. Vishwanath and his team were at their best to host an grand event which saw all my HR team members having a ball of a time. The whole objective of taking the team out as a recognition for thier hard work, really paid up as the arrangements and places we went were world class. The trek to kudremukh was breathtaking, of course it was tiring.Again good job Vish and his team!
Date of Posting: 06 March 2013
Posted By: Edwin Sudhakar
Head - HR, Virtusa India ltd, Chennai
My name is Avani and I am 8 years old. My father likes going on treks regularly and seeing him go i also got interested. Daddy was initially concerned to take me along as i was quite small. Together i started hiking with him since I was 7 years old. I went with Vishwa uncle on this trek to Bandalli Durga. I made few new friends on this trek and we stayed together on top of the hill that night. As there was no water, we all gave the water we had with us for drinking to cook food in the night. It was raining and the place was very cold and the sleeping bag dad had brought along helped me get some sleep. Next morning we all came very fast as we were thirsty. We drank lots of water as soon as we got it, we then had our lunch and came back to Bangalore. Bandalli Durga trek though tiring I enjoyed it and it was fun to go.
Date of Posting: 05 March 2013
Posted By: Avani Deshikachar