Ajeet Bajaj

Ajeet Bajaj

Director - Himalayan Environmental Trust

Ajeet Bajaj, an adventurer and explorer, is the first Indian to have skied to both ends of Planet Earth, the North Pole and the South Pole. With his Trans Greenland Ski Expedition in 2010, he completed the much coveted Polar Trilogy comprising skiing to the North Pole, to the South Pole and across the Greenland Icecap. With over 25 years of experience in adventure sports, he is the first Asian to have rafted and kayaked some of the most challenging rivers spanning six continents of the world. Ajeet Bajaj has done a number of first descents of turbulent rivers in India and is considered a pioneer of river rafting, kayaking and sea kayaking in India. He is now the Managing Director of Snow Leopard Adventures P. Ltd., a National Tourism Award winning adventure tour company.

Ajeet was recently conferred the Padma Shri by the Honourable President of India, for his contribution to adventure tourism in India.

In April 2006, Ajeet became the first Indian to ski to the North Pole and the first to ski to both the North Pole and the South Pole. Facing some of the most extreme conditions our planet has to offer, including temperatures going down to (-) 60 degrees centigrade, unpredictable weather conditions and continuous blizzards, Ajeet proudly unfurled the Indian flag at the Geographical South Pole on the Indian Republic Day, 2007. In May 2011, Ajeet skied from the west to the east coast of Greenland, skiing 550 km over 20 days, with ambient temperatures touching (-) 23 degrees celsius, becoming the first Indian to achieve the feat.