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Col. N Kumar

Akshay Kumar

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An Introduction

Mercury Himalayan Explorations Ltd. (MHE) was founded in 1982 by the legendary Indian mountaineer of Everest fame, Col. N. Kumar in partnership with Mercury Travels and the Oberoi Group of Hotels. Today, MHE offers the largest trekking and adventure travel network in the Indian sub-continent. From Ladakh trekking to high altitude safaris, from Himalayan mountaineering expeditions to white water rafting down the Holy Ganges, MHE specializes in a variety of adventure sports in India .

MHE has a number of firsts to its credit in the field of adventure travel in the Indian Himalayas.

  • Himalayan Trekking

    MHE was the first to organize trekking expeditions into the Spiti valley. The Nanda Devi Inner Sanctuary, the Siachen Glacier and the Kanchenjunga Base Camp.
  • Rafting

    Akshay Kumar of MHE led the first rafting descent of the mighty Brahmaputra (Tsang Po) in Arunachal Pradesh - an epic adventure that was filmed by the BBC! Other rafting first descents include the Upper Teesta, Upper Indus, Nubra, Narmada and Suru.
  • Off road Safari's

    MHE organized the first ever Isuzu Challenge off road jeep safari in the Ladakh and Garhwal Himalayas and opened new off road destinations for the first time ever. MHE also organized the first ever ATV Quad expedition into Ladakh.

The founder of MHE, Col. Kumar, affectionately known as 'Bull', is an internationally renowned mountaineer of legendary fame. Bull is today the most highly-decorated mountaineer in India. Since the start of his career, Bull has successfully led mountaineering expeditions to the highest peaks of Bhutan, Sikkim, Nepal, Garhwal, Kashmir and Eastern Karakoram. Out of the 13 highest peaks above 24,000 ft. climbed by Indians, nine have been climbed under his leadership.

Col. Kumar became the first Indian and the 9th in the world to reach the height of 28,300 ft at Mount Everest in 1960. On his second Everest expedition as deputy leader in 1965, his team made a world record by putting 9 people on the summit. Col. Kumar's other world record ascents include the first ascent of North Eastern Spur of Kanchenjunga, the first Indian ascent of Nanda Devi and the first ever traverse of the Siachen Glacier.

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About Mercury Travels

Mercury Travels Ltd is one of the most widely recognised and respected Indian companies in the area of travel, tourism and travel-related foreign exchange. The company has been a forerunner in travel related services for almost 60 years and enjoys an excellent reputation for providing reliable, personalized and professional services.

Mercury Travels was set up in 1948 as a subsidiary of the East Indian Hotels Ltd (EIH Ltd), which owns or manages hotels and luxury cruisers across five countries under the ‘Oberoi Hotels & Resorts’ and the ‘Trident Hilton’ brands. The company is currently a joint venture between the EIH Ltd and Mr. Ashwini Kakkar, a leading travel industry professional who has helped bring a paradigm shift in way travel services are promoted in India.

Mercury Travels has a comprehensive portfolio of travel-related services that include customized Outbound Leisure Holidays overseas, Domestic Holidays in India, Inbound Holidays for foreigners visiting India, Foreign Exchange services for travelers, Business Travel management for corporates, managing Meetings, Incentives, Conferences & Events for corporates in India and overseas, & Travel Insurance services.

Reliable, professional and personal, Mercury Travels can be depended upon to deliver the outstanding services, whatever your travel needs. The company is built on a foundation of hard work, a clear understanding of the industry and a passion to be the best we can be for our customers. It has stood the test of time by constantly reinventing itself to meet changing customer needs and expectations.

Mercury Travels has a network of 15 offices that spans 12 cities including Mumbai, Agra, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Cochin, Goa, Gurgaon, Kolkata, New Delhi, Pune, Secunderabad and Varanasi. The company also has marketing offices in New York, Frankfurt and Hamburg that focus on inbound customers. 

The Company is an active member of leading international travel trade bodies like the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI), the International Airlines and Travel Association (IATA), the Association of Indian Tour Operators (IATO), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), American Society of Travel Agents  (ASTA), The Air Cargo Agents Association of India  (ACCAI) and India Convention Promotion Bureau  (ICPB).

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