About

Amar Dev Singh

On the summit of Mt Maromokotro, Madagascar

Expedition leader, Project Manager, Photographer & Writer
I grew up in the town of Naini Tal in the Indian Himalayas and spent my childhood exploring the mountains and rivers of the region. I led my first trek when I was 15 and climbed my first Himalayan peak at the age of 17. I have over 20 years’ of experience organising expeditions and trips of to remote and interesting parts of the world such as Kamchatka, the Himalayas, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Japan, the Swiss Alps, the Australian Outback.

Join a photography tour or trekking expedition to the volcanos of Kamchatka, the remote jungles of Arunachal Pradesh, the island of Madagascar, the awesome Himalayas of India and Nepal, the spectacular monuments of the Silk Road at Samarkand, Khiva and Bukhara and the Swiss Alps.

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Last big adventures

In October/ November 2014 I led an expedition for Secret Compass up an unexplored valley in the remote Eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pradesh, India. We were the first people ever to reach the source of the river which we followed deep into the Himalayas near the Indian border with Myanmar and Tibet. On our return we were robbed by our porters and abandoned in the jungle with the most basic supplies. We managed to make it back to civilisation in one piece. The complete story will be published in The Outdoor Journal adventure magazine and by Australian Geographic Outdoor in 2015.

In July – August 2014 I led an expedition to Kamchatka Peninsula in Russia to climb and photograph the volcanos of the region. We completed a 150km completely self-supported trek; carrying 30kg rucksacks. We climbed Bezymianny, Zimina, Tolbachik and Volcanologist’s Pass (3300m) between Kamen and Klyuchevskaya Sopka.

In October – November, I spent three weeks trekking in unexplored valleys in the remote Eastern Himalayas of Arunachal Pragesh in India. Here are some photographs from the recce trek done in 2013.

Awards and Grants

  • The North Face and Outdoor Magazine Adventure Grant – Kamchatka Expedition
    In 2009 I was awarded this grant to lead an expedition to climb volcanoes on the Kamchatka peninsula in the Russian Far East. During the three week expedition I trekked for over 250 km in bear country and climbed six volcanoes including Bezymianny, Zeminar, Plosky Tolbachik, Gorely and Mutonovsky.
    I had the articles published on The North Face website, Outdoor Australia site , Outdoor Australia Magazine, India Today Travel Magazine.
  • Himalayan Adventure Trust – Travel Grant 1992
    In 1992 I was selected to travel to Japan to climb in the Japanese Alps as part of a program supported by the Himalayan Adventure Trust. During this trip I climbed a number of peaks including Mt Fujiyama and Mt Tatayama.

Exhibitions and Lectures

  • February 2014 solo exhibition at Australian Adventure Film Festival, Bright, Australia
  • August 2014 joint exhibition at Habitat Centre, New Delhi, India
  • February 2015 solo exhibition at Australian Adventure Film Festival, Bright, Australia
  • February 2015 lecture on Adventure photography at Australian Adventure Film Festival, Bright, Australia

Courses:

  • Basic & Advanced Rock Climbing courses, Naini Tal Mountaineering Club, India
  • Basic Mountaineering (30 days), Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (India)
  • Advanced Mountaineering (30 days), Nehru Institute of Mountaineering (India)
  • Wilderness First Aid, Australia (2014)
Amar in the Himalayas

Fully loaded in the Himalayas, Garhwal, India

Mountain
Since I grew up in the mountain town of Naini Tal in the Indian Himalayas I led my first Himalayan trek to Milam Glacier at the age of 15.

Since then I have been on various treks and expeditions around the world. These include Mt Wilhelm (Papua New Guinea), Mt Maromokotro (Madagascar), the remote Flinders and Gammon Ranges (Australia), the famous Annapurna Trek (Nepal), the Dolomites (Italy), Swiss and Austrian Alps, Mt Olympus (Greece), Wales and Scotland.

In 2007 I planned and led a 1000 kilometer Trans Himalayan Expedition from Dharchula to Leh/Kargil in the Indian Himalayas.

I gained my basic and advanced mountaineering certification from the Nehru Institute of Mountaineering before I left school. During the advanced course I climbed my first real mountain, Draupadi-Ka-Danda (5716m).

During my travels I have climbed mountains of varying difficulty and remoteness; among them are: Weismies (4023m) Switzerland, Mt Wilhelm (4509 m) Papua New Guinea, Mt Olympus (2919 m) Greece, Mt Fujiyama (3776 m) Japan and numerous minor Himalayan peaks (6000m and below).

Rock
I have been rock climbing since the age of 12 and started climbing by doing the basic and advanced courses run by the Naini Tal Mountaineering Club in Uttranchal (Indian Himalaya).

Since then I have been rock climbing in many styles (traditional, sport, bouldering, alpine) and location around the world; these include Hampi (India), Mt Arapiles (Australia), Anse Source D’Argent (Seychelles), Sardinia (Italy), Kalymnos (Greece), Valais (Switzerland) and Snowdnia (Wales).

River

Growing up in the Himalayas I had many crazy experiences trying to run white water in inflated truck tubes, wearing home-made life jackets and using shovels as oars. I since have learnt my lessons and now stick solely to raft and kayak.

The Ganga (Indian Himalaya), Saryu (Indian Himalaya), Sarda (Indian Himalaya), King (Australia) and Goldburn (Australia) are among some of the rivers that I have rafted.

I have also been a keen angler, fishing mainly for Mahseer in Himalayan rivers. My biggest catch yet has been a 36 pounder caught at Pancheshwar (Indian Himalaya).

Cave

Caving is sport I picked up in my university outdoor club. I have been caving in numerous locations in Australia and have most recently been caving in the third longest cave in the world, the Holloch Cave (hole of the devil) in Switzerland.

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing

Warrior at the Mt Hagen Sing Sing, Papua New Guinea

Ocean

In January 2011: I had my first experience of blue water sailing during a trip I did from Sydney to Melbourne a distance of over 1000km. We covered the distance in six days and got a mixed bag of weather from clam to stormy, and gales to dead calm.

MTB

I started mountain biking in the Victorian Alps and the Grampian Mountains in Australia and have done lots of single track riding, down hill and extended touring on my mountain bike.

The Swiss and Austrian Alps, Wales, Scotland, England, New Caledonia, Indian Himalaya and Australia are all places I have visited on my bike. I have been on extended tours, in excess of 500 kilometers, in Australia and on the islands of New Caledonia.

Air

Paragliding is a sport I have only had a short introduction to. In 1999, I did a seven day introductory course at Solang in Himachal Pradesh.

Bridge over the Lohit River

Bridge over the Lohit River, Arunachal Pradesh, India

Island

Tropical islands are my second love after mountains, their associations with adventurers of old never fail to ignite my senses.

I have found plenty of adventure on the islands of the South Pacific (New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea), Mediterranean (Sardinia, Greece) Southern (Tasmania) and Indian Oceans (Mauritius, Seychelles).

I have been exploring, sea kayaking, climbing, cycle touring, hiking and snorkeling on these islands.

Road

Over the years I have traveled extensively. While the nature of these trips have varied, the have all been in search for adventure. Here are a couple of examples:

  • 2010 Traveled along the Silk Route in Uzbekistan to Khiva, Bukhara and Samarkand
  • In 2005, I traveled across Europe from Sweden to Greece, among other things on this trip I trekked and climbed in the Alps, Sardinia, Dolomites, Mt Olympus and on the islands in the Agean Sea.
  • In 2001 I cycle toured for 800 kilometres across the islands of New Caledonia in the South Pacific.
  • In 1995 and 1996 I hitchhiked first 3000 and then 16000 kilometres across Australia, working on farms to earn my keep.

During my travels I have visited India, Nepal, Uzbekistan, Japan, Madagascar, la Reunion, Australia, Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Seychelles, Mauritius, USA, UK, Sweden, Belgium, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Greece.