Hemant Kumar Shahi (Manu) was born and brought up in Dharamshala – the second
home of H.H Dalai Lama in India. It is situated in the lap of Dhauladhar range. Hemant received his Bachelors degree in Geography in 1992. This later helped him nurture his interest in outdoor activities and connect with nature. With an enthusiasm to know the various mountains and wilderness, Hemant started to explore by himself. In 1993, he completed his basic and advance course in Mountaineering, and the following year got a certificate in basic water sports course. Since then, Hement has never look backed and has explored many different parts of Northern India. He has a keen interest in flora and fauna,
especially medicinal and herbal plants which he loves to share. In the year 1996, Hemant chose mountaineering as a full time profession, leading many groups and individuals on various routes and to rustic villages in the Himalayas, as well as to cultural groups. A member of Rustic Pathways family since 2005, Hement finds in every moment he learns something new or teaches someone. Initially he led students into the
Indian Himalayas. Later he jumped into cultural as well as community service groups and since 2015 has been a Program leader in India and Nepal.