A view from afar made me realize that this guy must be crazy to ride a Royal Enfield bike, a bike which is heavier than himself. As he reached closer to me I was surprised to see with the kind of passion and control he was riding the motorcycle . It’s always said that ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ and this is absolutely true for Akshay Jetla, a resident of Dadar West in Mumbai.

Describing himself as a normal guy with failures, Akshay is passionate about bike riding, photography and cycling. But his heart lies in rock climbing and trekking.

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“I have completed my basic and advanced mountaineering course from Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports (ABVIMAS). I started trekking in 2010 when I was 20 years old. My group Outdoor Adventures Management (OAM) team summited Mount Shitidhar in 2015 during my course  we summited Mount Friendship of Manali which is about 17,353 ft. Besides that I also do rock climbing in and around Mumbai” adds Akshay on his passion for trekking.

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Akshay is also a cyclist and is part of ‘Saunskar Daitwa’ a young and adventurous cyclist group of Mumbai. He’s cycled between Mumbai-Goa (650km) in eight days and Kanyakumari-Mumbai (1700km) in 13 days. His Kanyakumari-Mumbai trip was based on the motto of ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’ and even the Mayor of Mumbai had facilitated his group and him with certificates.

“My brother once went to Harishchandragad and didn’t take me along. Then and there I decided that I want to do trekking and did research about trekking and got in contact with OAM, since then I go with them only for trekking. I am still a drop of water in the trekking and mountaineering field” states Akshay on how trekking happened for him.

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He was all praise for his climbing and mountaineering mentors Sachin Mayekar, Rashmi Satam and Manish Bhosle. Akshay is also part of the Royal Enfield Brotherhood Mumbai (R.E.B.M.), and is a proud owner of a Royal Enfield Classic 350 model which he has named as ‘Leo’.

Being an average student through his school and college days, he never thought that one day he will be doing so many passionate things in his life. Calling himself an old school guy, Akshay does not fear anything when he says “My dream in future is to do all K2M rides that includes Kolkata to Mumbai, Khardungala to Mumbai and Kutch to Mumbai” on his Beast The Royal Enfield and also on cycle.

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Photography is also another feather in his cap as he says that ‘Within I am lost to nature’. He has his own photography page on Facebook that is called Akshay’s NikonD90. I wish to do many more trekking and cycling events and want to thank my mom and uncle for always supporting me to follow my passion.

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