By Shivani Kapoor - November 1, 2020
new Delhi9 minutes agoAuthor: Vikas Verma
Oshank, Harshit and Mohit… Today’s story of these three friends, who were bored with their earning jobs and wanted to do something different in life. Before 2014, these three did not even know each other. The common thing in the trunk was that whenever he got bored with his work, he left everything and went out on trekking for a few days.
Then he was refreshed and returned to his routine. Due to this passion of trekking, the three met in 2017, then they formed a friendship and together they started a startup ‘Trekmunk’. His company’s turnover reached 1 crore in the last financial year.
When we talked to these friends, at that time, Harshit and Mohit were on a trek with the groups and were managing the management from their Delhi based office. In this conversation, Oshank shared with us the entire journey of the beginning of Trekmunk.
three friends; One investment banker, second IIT graduate and third mountaineer
Oshank, 32, was an investment banker by profession. Tired of work pressure in 2014, he packed his bag and left for Kolkata. Mohit, 28, is an engineering graduate from IIT Kharagpur, but he always felt that he could not do what he wanted to do. This was the reason he changed three jobs within six months.
Oshank, Harshit and Mohit together made their Trekmunk debut in 2016.
Harshit, 28, started walking alone at the age of 19, after breaking his leg in a bike accident in Kerala. A year later, the doctors said that they would never be able to walk as before but Harshit proved the doctors’ talk wrong in front of his will power and trekked alone on Stoke Kangri in Ladakh.
All three met in a job interview in Rishikesh
In 2015, the three came to interview for the job of a track leader in a travel organization based in Rishikesh, during which they met each other. During the job, all three notice that there are many shortcomings in this company which they can fix. He also spoke to the Higher Authority about this, but he ignored his remarks.
Studied from IIT Bombay, but did not even make a resume for the job, today earning Rs 9 lakh a year from organic farming
Oshank says that ‘When Harshit and I decided to quit the job, Mohit was still in the company. We were not happy with the work culture of that company, so we picked up our bikes and set off from Valsad towards Kanyakumari towards Harshit’s hometown. ‘
In 2015, the three came to interview for the job of a track leader in a travel organization based in Rishikesh, during which they met each other.
During this one month journey, both of them made a plan to earn money while completing their passion. In the meantime, he came up with the idea of ’Trekmunk’. During this journey, he met many people and started telling people that soon he was going to start a trekking company. Which will organize offbeat trek for all types of groups. After returning to Delhi in November 2016, he registered his startup. After this, Mohit also left the job of Hrishikesh based tour agency and joined it.
We had zero investment in trekmark
Oshank explains that initially nothing was coming to us. We were working free of cost. We were just going to reinvest. We had zero investment in starting Trekmunk. ‘ We took the first group on 6 January 2017 on the Chadar trek. There were 6 people in the first batch, 9 in the second batch and 10 in the third batch. We started with a trek and today we do more than 100 offbeat treks.
Oshank says that there is always a profit margin in the service sector. Our trek package has a margin of about 30 percent and this money comes in our pocket. We used to buy equipment, tents, etc. from these money, we would invest this money in the preparations for further batches. We never incurred losses in any trek, just we always kept our profits in business. He says that after ‘Kovid’ we have started trekking again since September, but now a lot has changed. Earlier we used to take a batch of 16 people, now only take a batch of 10 people.
1. Years ago, he quit the US job and opened a dairy in the village, 15 million rupees annually from the production of organic milk. Earning money
2. Studied B.Tech, then found business ideas on YouTube, now earning one and a half lakh rupees a month by making manure from earthworm
3. Work started at Rs 3500 reached 2 crores, there was no capital, so chose a work that has no cost