With the aim of building passion about mountaineering, historical monuments (mainly forts), nature awareness, social work some of the members came together to found an admirable organization which is Ratnadurga Mountaineers. The foundation date of Ratnadurga Mountaineers is 12th May 1994. This is 1st registered mountaineering organization in Ratnagiri.

Ratnadurga Mountaineers

We – the Ratnadurga Mountaineers registered mountaineering organization in Ratnagiri completing 25 years – are experts for outdoor activities and offer you a variety of hikes and tours. We have long experience of many years in Outdoor activities and Mountaineering, both in the Western Ghats and Himalaya without any casualty. We have successfully completed many Sahayadri and Himalayan Expeditions. The chief instructor and one of the Founder Member of Ratnadurga Mountaineers Mr Pradeep Kelkar have been felicitated “Shivchatrapati Award” by Govt. of Maharashtra.

Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) has allotted specific conditions and norms to different registered organisations in the country according to laws of Honorable Court & Ratnadurga Mountaineers fulfils all these conditions and norms.
Our trained instructors are doing all activities successfully according to the above specifications.14 of our team members have successfully completed the Basic and Advanced Mountaineering Course from well recognized National Mountaineering Institutes.

While we concentrate on Adventure and trekking, we offer a variety of activities and training programs for all age groups and fitness levels.

Our volunteer is well trained and experienced in outdoor skills and First Aid.

Finally, we want to raise awareness for the necessity to respect and to protect nature and the environment in the Western Ghats.

Objectives

Ratnadurga Mountaineers aims to give active people in the Western Ghats and from outside the opportunity to…
-Enjoy nature and the outdoors.
-Get some exercise (better than ANY gym) and have fun.
-Improve their outdoor skills.
-Obtain and improve knowledge about nature in the Western Ghats.
-Get to know the Western Ghats from a different, exciting side.
-Test and go beyond their physical and mental limits.
-Prepare for mountaineering projects.
-Meet active people with similar interests.

A major concern of the Ratnadurga Mountaineers is to introduce children to nature, hiking and outdoor activities. To achieve this, we organize regular activities and hikes specifically tailored for the capabilities and needs of children.

Below Listed Our Team Members had Completed Successfully Basic / Advanced Mountaineering Course from well recognized National Mountaineering Institutes.

Name
Course
Institute
Year
Pradeep Kelkar
Basic Mountaineering Course
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali
1983
Netra Rajeshirke
Advanced Mountaineering Course
Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi
2006
Jitendra Shinde
Basic Mountaineering Course
Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi
1997
Sanjay Khamkar
Basic Mountaineering Course
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali
2003
Shekhar Mukadam
Basic Mountaineering Course
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali
2003
Dinesh Jain
Basic Mountaineering Course
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali
2003
Sanjay Potphode
Basic Mountaineering Course
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali
2003
Prakash Sante
Basic Mountaineering Course
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali
2003
Netra Rajeshirke
Basic Mountaineering Course
Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi
2005
Shital Mukadam
Basic Mountaineering Course
Nehru Institute Of Mountaineering, Uttarkashi
2005
Nupur Jain
Basic Mountaineering Course
Atal Bihari Vajpayee Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Manali
2013
Ganesh Chaughule
Basic Mountaineering Course
National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Arunachal Pradesh
2018
Deep Nachankar
Basic Mountaineering Course
National Institute of Mountaineering and Allied Sports, Arunachal Pradesh
2018