Ajeet and Deeya Bajaj, a father-daughter duo, share their love for adventure, particularly mountaineering. They became the first parent-daughter team to unfurl the national flag at the peak of Mount Everest.
After the impressive achievement, two years later they scaled Mount McKinley, more popularly known as Denali, which is the highest peak in North America. This remarkable accomplishment made them the first-ever father-daughter duo to have made their way atop all Seven Summits of the world.
IN THE GENES
Both of them had started mountaineering at a young age. Ajeet was 12 years old when he hiked the 12,000 feet Friendship Peak whereas Deeya climbed before she could even balance herself on her two feet.
The duo loves the natural outdoors, so much so that Ajeet Bajaj made a career out of it. He runs Snow Leopard Adventures, an adventure tour operator along with his wife, Shirly Thomas Bajaj.
His daughter and he follow a physically grueling routine to keep themselves physically fit. They claim to bond better emotionally in the mountains than in the comfort of their own home. Deeya says that her father and she are in a partnership and they have each other’s back.
ON SEA LEVEL
When they are not scaling mountains, they partake in other activities like cycling, swimming, or tennis. They also have a term for it—SOS (scenic overdose syndrome). They say that outdoor activities fuel their engines and make them ready for further expeditions.
Ajeet was also awarded the prestigious Padma Shri award for his work in Indian tourism.
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