Rishiraj was born and brought up in the lap of Kanchenjunga which is the 3rd highest mountain in the world. He went to school at St. Josephs College, Darjeeling, India, where he also did his basic and advanced mountaineering course with the Himalayan Mountaineering Institute in the mid 90’s. Since then he has been leading and guiding high altitude treks throughout Nepal, Tibet and the Indian Himalayas for World Expeditions Australia until 2005. He is currently working as a freelance leader for K.E. Charity Challenge UK and Himalayan Quests. When not in the mountains, Rishiraj spends his time exploring, mountain biking and playing with children. He holds a current certificate in Wilderness First Aid.