I started hiking in the Sahyadris, in the Western Ghats, in 1971, when I was in my teens – my first ever trek was around the hill town of Matheran. Up to 1994, besides leading trekking trips, I led 12 expeditions to the Himalayas – to Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh and Garhwal, among other locations. I still continue to trek in the Sahyadris, though I now go to the Himalayas only once every two years – I’m not getting any younger! I have also climbed a bit in the Alps, and in the UK – in Scotland, Wales, the Lake District and the Peak District; I was in the UK for a course in mountaineering. But probably the biggest, and most memorable, expedition I went on was in the Himalayas, in 1988, when we made an attempt on the Kanchenjunga from the Nepal side. Leading this 24-man expedition required a huge effort – it was Herculean task that took the team 95 days .