First Indian Explorer, Mandip Singh Soin, FRGS, Receives the "Citation of Merit"

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Founder of Ibex Expeditions honored as pioneer in travel industry.

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"At the Explorers Club, we can expand this idea to imply that the whole universe - or all universes - are our Home", stated Mandip in his acceptance speech.

The ‘Citation of Merit” was awarded to mountaineer and explorer Mandip Singh Soin for his outstanding work in mountaineering and an unmatched spirit of adventure and exploration spanning six continents. Since its inception in 1904, promoting the scientific exploration of land, sea, air and space has been a key founding principle of The Explorers Club.

Established in 1979, Mandip is Founder of Ibex Expeditions – a pioneering adventure travel company specializing in luxury and safari travel in India. Ibex Expeditions has been the recipient of several national and international awards, including the National Award for being India’s ‘Most Innovative Tour Operator’. Additionally, Mandip is the Founding President of the Ecotourism Society of India and a Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, UK and The Explorers Club of the USA.

The 111th Explorers Club Annual Dinner was held at three locations – the American Museum of Natural History, Intrepid and the United Nations Building. Guests included astronauts John Glenn, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Massimino; polar explorers Captain Alfred Scott McLaren, Dr Frederik Paulson and David Hempleman-Adams; and astrophysicist and cosmologist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, as well as international leaders, journalists, military heroes and royalty.

“The Planet is my home”, stated Mandip in his acceptance speech. “At the Explorers Club, we can expand this idea to imply that the whole universe – or all universes – are our Home.” Mandip joins the ranks of past awardees, including Jeff Bezoz, Robert Swan, Lord Robert S. T, Chorley, Naomi Uemura and many more.

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About Ibex Expeditions
Ibex Expeditions is a bespoke travel company that crafts intimate, authentic, culturally immersive journeys which benefit communities and protect the environment. Striving always to leave no trace except one of enhanced knowledge and inspiration, Ibex Expeditions offers unique experiences in India, as well as in select remote and distant countries. At Ibex, it is a core belief that travel makes people friends, creates empathy and makes each moment count.

About The Explorers Club
For more than a century, members of The Explorers Club have traversed the earth, seas, skies, and even moon on expeditions of exploration. First to the North Pole, first to the South Pole, first to the summit of Mount Everest, first to the deepest point in the ocean, first to the surface of the moon – all accomplished by members of The Explorers Club!

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