The Team

Who We Are

Malika Virdi

Founder & CEO

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Partner and High Altitude Guide

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Trilok Singh Rana

Nature and High Altitude Guide

Like all able bodied young men, Trilok Singh Rana grew up dreaming of joining the Army. Then in 2008, he went on his first high altitude trek as a crew member of a Himalayan Ark trek and was mesmerized by the snow scape on Barjigang pass at 15000 feet. And never looked back. From hunting birds with the village boys till he was 14, he is now a respected bird guide of Uttarakhand. He sees himself grow old, exploring and photographing these grand mountains and the wildlife they nurture.

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Bina Nitwal

Homestay Owner and Guide

Beena Nitwal is from the Bhotiya community that traditionally inhabit the high altitude villages of Kumaon. She now lives in Sarmoli with her family and has been running her home stay with Himalayan Ark since 2004. As a member of Maati Women’s Collective, she organizes and coordinates the production and sale of traditional woolen products from across the Gori valley. Working with colours and dyes accessed from the natural world around her, she has established a deeper connect with nature. She wishes to teach this skill to her daughters as well so that they can take it forward.

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