Meet Our Guides – Shabu

Shabu is one of our terrific cycling and trekking guides in India. He’s taken us trekking up to Friendship Peak, mountain biking around Manali and most recently, ridden with us from Manali to Leh. Today we’re happy to feature a little interview with Shabu, so you can get to know and love him as much as we do. If you want a laugh, then this is your man… He is the most relaxed, friendly cyclist out there, still able to sing happily even when you can’t breathe! 🙂

1. How did you start working as a guide?
At the age of 12 I went trekking with my uncle and one of his foreign clients. I discovered I loved trekking and the more I did with my uncle and his clients from different parts of the world, the more I loved it. As I have a very friendly nature and love to make new friends I found trekking the best way to develop my personality as well as my interest about adventurous things.

2. How long have you been working as a guide?

I did the mountaineering course at Manali Mountaineering Institute, where I learned all things trekking and outdoors adventure about six years ago and have been working as a guide since then.

3. What is your favourite thing about working as a guide?
Every trip, my aim is to remain memorable to my clients by taking care of everyone in the group and making sure they have one of the best, most adventurous cycling or trekking experiences of their life.
4. What do you love about cycling?
Cycling soothes the soul. It keeps a person physically and mentally fit and by cycling we can see and feel the beauty of nature. And also while doing the downhill cycling I love to sing a song that makes my ride most pleasant!
5. How many times have you ridden the Manali to Leh road?
I’ve ridden the Manali to Leh Highway ten times now and walked it twice!6. What is the funniest thing that’s happened to you on tour?
Yeah, I remember once I had a cycling group with me and there was a girl among them who was not perfect at riding. She was cycling at the back of the group with me and suddenly she fell off! She got up very quickly and told me not to tell other members that she had fallen off her bike. We both were laughing all the way to the next stop.

7. What is your wish for the future?
Eventually I wish to start my own organisation that runs treks and cycling trips. But, most importantly, I want to keep cycling even when I become older. I rode from Manali to Leh with a client once who 70 years old and he inspired me. I just want to remain physically fit and wish to do the cycling or trekking for many many years to come.

Thanks Shabu, we can’t wait to see you again in July for our Manali to Leh ride. If you wan’t to meet Shabu – check out our Indian Himalayan adventures and come play!