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Our Team

Muzammil Hussain (Co-Founder & CEO)

Avid trekker & native of Kargil, after much wandering around in India for a few years, he decided to come back home to the mountains and start Roots Ladakh in 2013. Muzammil has a background in management, design & research and has worked for a bit in Pune & Delhi. As a researcher, his work took him to travel to some remote locations in India where his love for travelling and exploration grew. He is passionate about learning new skills and seeing new places. He is also a qualified mountain guide and a museum curator. He loves reading travelogues, creating street art and playing the flute.He is the lead guide in some of our special trips.

Tafazzul Hussain (Co – Founder & COO/CFO)

Tafazzul comes from a commerce background. He could never take to a typical 9 to 5 job. So after finishing his Bachelor of Commerce from SRCC, Delhi University, he decided to come back home and join hands with Muzammil to create something of their own. For obvious reasons he is the main guy who ensures that the money is being spent well in the organisation and our guests get the best service possible.When he is not growing his beard, you might find him playing the guitar or rooting for Man United. Passionate about football, he has also started a street football tournament for locals called “Street Legends” which happens every year in Jammu/Kargil since 2010.

Tariq ( Zanskar Operations Partner)

Your go-to guy in Zanskar, he has been associated with us since 2014. Tariq is a native of Zanskar who is also passionate about giving back to his community. He has a masters degree from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai & is a Prime Minister Fellow for Rural Development.Besides being our best brand ambassador and taking care of operations in Zanskar, he is also responsible for initiating various community based projects with us.

Karamjeet Singh a.k.a KJ (Visual Documentation & Social Media)

KJ is graduate in Journalism & Mass Communication from Delhi. He is an avid photographer and a social media buff. He is born and brought up in Kargil and loves to experiment with visual media in the great outdoors. When he is not posting his latest pictures on Instagram, you will find him roaming the streets with his camera.

Nissar Khan (Lead Mountain Guide)

Nissar aka Nissu is the kind of guy you would want on your team. Always active and enthusiastic, he comes with much experience in trekking and mountain guiding in Ladakh. We don’t know what it is but whenever he accompanies are guests on a trip, they simply fall him love with him. He is one of our most trusted people when it comes to the mountains. (We work with a range of local mountain guides & hosts who join us on various different trips. Our aim is to promote mountain & outdoor culture in Kargil and build a vast network of locally trained guides and hosts so as to help them create a livelihood through a fun and fulfilling job.All our guides are certified by & registered with the Department of Tourism, Kargil)

Saqlain Mushtaq (Hospitality Manager)

Saqlain is the perfect host with an experience of more than 10 years in the travel and hospitality industry. He is a natural conversationalist with a unique quality of making his guests comfortable in any situation. You will never get bored while being in his company.