Speaking to mediapersons here last evening, Soin, Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, UK, said, "It is truely an honour for me, and would like to thank the Limca Book of Records for this award." "I accept this with the hope to promote ecologically responsible tourism in the country and aspire to embark on several more exhilarating journeys with the vision to promote adventure and nature based tourism and preservation of environmental integrity through care and knowledge," an elated Soin, who was the first to take an Indo-British expedition to the Zanskar river in Jammu & Kashmir in 1994, said.
Soin, who began his persuit of adventure at an early age of 14, was previously nominated by the Limca Book of Records as the 'Person of the Year' in 1992.
He is also the first and the only Indian to be conferred with the 'Ness Award' by the Royal Geographical Society', UK for Mountainering, Polar Expeditions and Encouragement of Youth Exploration.
When asked about what kept him still exploring new destinations and in a unique way, the 51-year-old told UNI, "It's the sense of exploration which gives me the passion to go on. Its indeed an intrinsic part of human nature. It also makes be feel a better person everytime I am successful in the expedition and reach the zenith." On climing the Mt Everest, he said, "If I climb the Everest, then it would be not through the normal route. Many have reach the Everest through this route. I would like to explore it in my own usual way, taking some challenges." He further stressed, "I am raising talks with the State and Central Governemnt to allow tourists to visit those places like Tawang in Arunachal Pradesh, which is claimed by the Chinese, so that they come with articles, photographs and let the world know about the core issues over there; also about the incredible beauty lying there." On the prospect of Adventure sport in India, Soin said, "Adventure sport is exponentially growing in the country. More and more youngsters are showing interest to take up the sport.
Its good, I hope in coming days India will have one Tenzing Norway." "Rafting is good sport and if its carried on with right principles, one can really do well. Just one need to go out and do it with responsbility." Soin, who is also the founder of the international award winning adventure travel and eco-tourism company Ibex Expeditions, has a list of diverse expeditions including the Trans Himalayan trekking expedition, Arctic environmental expedition, Deep Sea Fishing Expedition or Frozen River expedition in Ladakh and Zanskar.