K. Krishnan Kutty

Executive Director
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“Kutty” joined the Hanifl Centre in 2009. He has trekked extensively across the Himalaya and is an accomplished mountaineer having summited numerous peaks in the Indian Himalaya. In 1994, he co-led an Indian-American expedition to Nanda Devi (east) where he reached an altitude of 23,000 ft. In June 2011, Kutty led a group of Woodstock staff on an expedition to Banderpunch peak (20800 ft.) where 17 members made it to the top. Kutty is passionate about experiential education in the outdoors and continues to design curriculum and treks for Woodstock students and staff.

He is actively involved in developing new courses and works closely with US Universities in designing and delivering their “Study Aboard” programmes located at the Hanifl Centre. His vision for training Trekking Guides in rural areas led to Hanifl Centre’s pioneering programme in courses being taught in Hindi. He is also responsible for initiating the partnership with Aerie Backcountry Medicine of Missoula, Montana to offer affordable courses in Wilderness First Aid & CPR in India.

Before joining the Hanifl Centre, Kutty worked for 20 years with NOLS (National Outdoor Leadership School), as their India Director. NOLS is a US based school acknowledged world-wide as the leader in wilderness education. Kutty has taught NOLS courses in Kenya, Chile, Alaska and Wyoming.