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‘Mandy’ as he is known by all, is a modest badass mountaineer, explorer, environmentalist & adventure travel specialist who has climbed, trekked and explored the 7 Continents over 50 years. His explorations include the Himalayas, Alps, Andes, Arctic, Antarctic and beyond.
As a young 22 year old, Mandip chose the path of his heart - adventure over a career in the Indian Civil Services. So began a leading adventure travel company in India in 1979 with the promise of ‘making molehills out of mountains.’ Over time and experience with journeys of exploration, of mountains and treks, of moving into untrodden areas, of life changing moments, Ibex Expeditions moved with the tenacity of the mountain goat to reach areas that others did not.
With Mandip at the helm of this world, his wife, partner, companion, Anita joined him to create those experiences that were crafted deeper for women, photographers, anthropologists, foodies and cultural aficionados, and together their journey continued with the ecological promise of delivering journeys ‘for those who choose to tread lightly’...
This aspect of being responsible became their life at the workplace and personal life especially from 1989, when Mandip was asked by British explorer, Robert Swan to join as an Instructor in the North Pole region with young students from across the world to study the changing climate pattern and the expanding ozone hole of the world, supported by the UNEP. The Earth pledge made then, became the life and soul for Ibex Expeditions.
Today Mandip is the Founder President of the Responsible Tourism Society of India and is on several National & International committees including the CII National Tourism committee as well as on the Board of the Adventure Travel Conservation Fund. He is also a jury member of the WWF-PATA Bagh Mitra awards.
Over the years Ibex has won several environmental best practice & ecotourism awards that include the PATA Gold award, the Green Globe award as well as a National Award. Ibex has been rated by National Geographic amongst its “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” selection.
In 2011, Mandip was conferred the Tenzing Norgay National Adventure Award for Lifetime Achievement by the President of India “in recognition of his unmatched spirit of adventure and pioneering contribution to the field of adventure in land, water and air through expeditions spanning six continents.”
In 2015, he became the only Indian to receive the Citation of Merit by the Explorers Club, USA and is the only Indian to receive the Ness Award from the Royal Geographical Society, UK in 1992.
Explore Adventure Holidays India - In 1979, Mandip & Anita transformed their love of maps into the aspirations of Adventure & Luxury holidays in India. Ibex Expeditions is among the best discerning travel outfitters in India, creating handcrafted, award-winning journeys in the sphere of adventure expeditions, wildlife safaris, experiential holidays and luxury travel.
Excellence, innovation and attention to detail has been in the forefront of life at Ibex for them and their team at office and in the field and this earned the company the “Most Innovative Tour Operator” award by the President of India along with a second National Award of Excellence.
National Geographic chose Ibex amongst their selection of the ‘Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth’ Indeed, an acknowledgement of a lifetime of dedication.
The best commendation for Ibex has been guests who return to travel to other regions; for adventure, safaris, luxury holidays and more. Ibex offers holidays across the Indian subcontinent and has added over a dozen countries to their repertoire of the unique- Namibia, Peru, Chile, Borneo, Tibet, Antarctic, Arctic and more.
50 years later, the dedication to unique journeys, to story telling, to explore new pastures, to push ones limits and to be sensitive to the environment, to cultures, to the communities visited and society, continues...
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