About Hills and Trails

"The Spirit of Adventure" that is what Hills and trails stands for. With expertise of two veteran mountaineers, journeys to captivating landscapes, thrilling activities, well- etched itineraries and bouts of fun; we take you to an adventure filled journey that is sure to keep your memories mesmerized for a long, long time! Hills and Trails offers an enthralling kaleidoscope of activities- tough and rugged, and soft and easy that range from trekking, camping and skiing on the picturesque valleys of Western Ghats, Himalayas and Ladakh to exciting jeep safari expeditions. Hills and Trails was established in 1997 by Professor Joshi and Dr. Chitley, a formidable pair with years of experience in mountaineering lying behind them. Over a decade ago, what started off as a dream of two ardent mountaineers to pass on their zealous spirit of adventure, today is a well flourished company that takes hundreds of people to various expeditions every year. We broadened our horizon in 2000 by venturing into the Kailas Manasarovar Yatra. Over the years, the sacred journey has witnessed hundreds of zestful people conquer the arduous terrains, hand in hand with Hills and Trails. With the changing scenarios, we realized yet another opportunity to stretch our boundaries and hence, Hard Knocks was born. Hard Knocks is a sister- concern that specializes in hosting experiential learning programmes for corporates.

Dr. Milind P. Chitley (Co-founder Hills and Trails and Partner Hardknocks)

The adventure bug stung him at a very nascent stage of life and since then, Dr. Milind Chaitley has been up and around daunting challenges, conquering perfidious trails et al in the pursuit of his passion for adventure sports. Doctor by profession and a mountaineer by heart, he has been a veteran in the field for over 3 decades. His carried forward his zeal for mountaineering and co-founded Hills and Trails alongwith Professor Joshi. His acumen, expertise and experience gained through numerous successful stints in the field helped the company progress by heaps and bounds with each successive year. Achiever of the prestigious Girimitra Award-2005, Dr Milind Chaitley has been the climbing doctor for the First Indian Civilian Expedition to any mountain above 8000 meters. He completed his M.B.B.S. from Grant Medical Collage Mumbai in 1983 and later went on to study PGDBM in HR from L. N. Welingkar Institute of Management and Development. As an author, he is accredited with a book on mountain first aid and rescue. An avid photographer, cyclist, mentor, strategist, trainer are some of the titles Doctor has earned through the years. His accomplishments includes
  • • Over 3 decades of experience in rock climbing and conducting several courses for Girivihar • Climbed and conquered over 23000 feet of the great Mt. Kangchenjunga • Organising committee member of the Everest Expedition for the year 1997 • Walked over 3000 trails and expeditions of the Himalayan range • Achiever of the prestigious Girimitra award, 2005 for his contribution in mountaineering. • Travelled from Mumbai to Goa and Mumbai to Kanyakumari on Bicycle • Conducted several workshops, courses, training conventions on safety and rescue techniques and first aid for mountaineers. • Devised OMPD programs for top-notch management companies/ corporate • Member of reputed mountaineering clubs like Himalayan Club, Girivihar, Andheri Medical Association • Former president of Andheri Sports Club, Mumbai

Professor Charuhas Joshi (Co-founder Hills and Trails and Partner Hardknocks)

A dreamer, a dare-devil with a streak of passion that has taken adventure to a whole new level, Professor Charuhas Joshi is a man who's conquered many perfidious terrains throughout his life. A pioneer in rock climbing, mountaineering, a well accomplished academician, and with years of experience in adventure sports, he lends the best in-field knowledge and expertise to the company. Professor is a graduate in General Law and has bagged a diploma in Material Management from the Indian Institute of Material Management. As a consultant, trainer, facilitator, and advisor, Professor Charu has many accolades to his credit which includes
  • • Pioneer in artificial rock climbing • First Indian civilian to climb 27000ft , on Kangchenjunga • Reached 4 Himalayan peak summits • First Indian Civilian to visit 'Siachen Glacier' on a special invitation from Govt. of India and Indian army. • University champion in Chess • Safety and rescue technique trainer • Panel member of Mumbai University's Hiking and Mountaineering dept. • Professor in charge of OMDP at Welingkar Institute of management • Consultant to LAVASA Corporation Ltd. for developing adventure tourism and international standard rock climbing complex.

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