Guneet Puri

Guneet has been an avid outdoors person since she was a child. She practically grew up in the wild and with nature, as her parents took her into the jungles, off-roading in their 1942 Willy, on mad impromptu fishing trips all over Uttarakhand (it was Uttar Pardesh for the major part while she was growing up) and various treks. She did her schooling in Nainital and since her school had an extremely  strong trekking culture she got hooked onto not just the hills but also to high altitude.

Her father took her rock climbing for the first time when she was merely 5 years old (much to her mother’s horror)! She had been to the Valley of Flowers trek and up to Hemkund Sahib thrice before even entering her teens and 6 times by the time she turned 18. To be fair she did not trek by herself till she was 11. But since that year and her first trek on her own two feet she have not looked back.

As a youngster she went on over-night treks in and around Nainital and to treks around Sunderdunga, Valley of Flowers, Hemkund and around Auli. There were also baby treks in and around Binsar, Kausani, Bhowali, Almora, Ranikhet, and several other towns in Uttarakhand.

She was 7 years old when she started living in the hills and just couldn’t give it up. So much so that she even went and did her graduation in Shimla. She spent a few short years in Delhi first getting her Master’s Degree in English Literature and then working for a few years as an Editor with a publishing firm. But the mountains they kept a calling and eventually she gave in. She quit her regular job and started wandering the Himalayas permanently.

She did her Basic, Advance Mountaineering courses from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering while in college and completed her Search and Rescue course in 2018. She has been on expeditions to Mt Draupadi Ka Danda with her advance course in 2009, Mt Rudugheira in 2010 and made a second successful attempt on it in 2013. She also attempted Mt Thelu in 2013 (had to abandon this expedition from Summit Camp due to the June cloud burst) and successfully summitted the same in 2016. Other than this she has also been on climbing expeditions to Mt Bhagirathi II (6512m) in 2015 and to Mt Gangotri III (6577m) in 2017 and to Mt Nanda Ghunti (6309m) in 2018.

She has also done many many high altitude treks in Uttarakhand over the years. She did the Everest Base Camp trek via Gokyo and Chola Pass solo (no porters and no guide) in 2013. She has completed her Basic and Intermediate Skiing Courses.