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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions At Indiahikes

Are treks running right now?

Yes, we reopened treks on the 25th of June, 2021. We have already taken several groups on the Bhrigu Lake, Valley of Flowers, Hampta Pass and Beas Kund treks. Our Kashmir treks are also running smoothly. 

We understand that there might be rumours of third waves and lockdowns. But as of now, all treks are running.

In the worst case scenario, if things don’t pan out well, our cancellation policy will ensure you lose nothing even if you have to call off your trek. You’ll either get a refund or a voucher of your entire trek fee, which you can use any time in the next one year. This has been giving trekkers the confidence to register for treks. Read our cancellation policy here.

Worried About A Third Wave?

With so much speculation about the third wave of Covid affecting the country, we understand that you might be worried about trekking.

However, at the moment, all our treks are running normally. Our teams are spread out in Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand. Every week, over 200 trekkers are spread out on 5-6 different treks. All treks are running smoothly and well.

If there is a third wave, a lot will depend on the state government’s guidelines. If we see any curbs coming in from the state government, we will act on them immediately. If we feel it is unsafe for trekkers and local folk, we will call off our treks.

From our experience of the first and second lockdowns in the country, we have strong protocols in place to ensure trekkers are not stuck anywhere in the mountains. Our trekkers have always reached the safety of their homes within a day after lockdowns were announced.

We have also made sure that trekkers don’t lose out on the trek fee they have paid. We have always issued vouchers of the entire trek fee, which they can use on any treks in the next one year.

So you can go ahead and plan your trek. If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to ask.

Do I Need an RT-PCR Test before my trek?

For all Indiahikes trekkers, we have made an RT-PCR test mandatory. This RT-PCR test must not be older than 72 hours before your trek. Only those who have two doses of vaccination, or have been affected by Covid in the past three months are exempt from this rule. (We’ll require proof of both of these.)

This rule is irrespective of the state government rules in Himachal, J&K and Uttarakhand. We want our trekkers to ensure they are not carrying any infections to the mountains, where medical care is practically non-existent.

If trekkers are found without RT-PCR tests, they will not be allowed on the trek.

Which are good treks in July, August and September?

July, August and September are great months to do some of our best monsoon treks. These are the only months when high altitude treks in Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh are accessible to trekkers.

All these treks are fast-filling. So plan your trek soon!

Here are the best monsoon treks in our country (they are open only during July, August and September):

  1. Beas Kund
  2. Hampta Pass
  3. Valley of Flowers
  4. Kashmir Great Lakes
  5. Tarsar Marsar in Kashmir
  6. Pin Bhaba Pass
  7. Bhrigu Lake
Will you put me in touch with other trekkers in advance for travel-planning?

Yes, once you register for a trek, our Experience Coordinator will be in touch with you throughout, guiding you on your travel planning and prepping for the trek.

They will also create a Whatsapp group for your trekking team, so that you get to know each other well in advance and can coordinate your travel with each other.

We will also have video meetings before your trek so that you come together as a team before meeting each other at the base camp.

What are the chances of my waitlisted slot getting confirmed?

Signing up for a waitlist is a bit of a gamble. If you sign up more than 30 days before the trek date, then the chances of it getting confirmed are higher. But if you sign up closer to the trek date, the chances of your waitlist getting confirmed are very low. It would be better to choose an available date. We have 5 waitlist slots. It works on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our advice to you is this: Sign up for the waitlist only if your dates are not flexible at all. You do not have to pay to be on the waitlist, so you have nothing to lose. But do NOT book your flight tickets until you confirm your trek with us. If your dates are flexible, choose an available date. That way, you’ll be able to plan your travel and start prepping for the trek as well.

What is the size of your trekking group?

We take around 21-23 trekkers in each of our trekking groups. The size varies for different treks. For our tougher treks, we take slightly smaller groups of around 16-18 members.

Can I join your treks as a solo trekker?

Yes, absolutely. Many solo trekkers join our teams and have wonderful experiences. They end up meeting like-minded people on the trek and don’t feel like they have come alone on the trek any more.

Our pre-trek experience team ensures that you know your entire team well much before you actually head out on the trek.

Additionally, we have several women trekkers who join us solo as well because of the safety they get with the Indiahikes team. You’re welcome to join us as a solo trekker too.

I’ve never trekked before. Can I trek?

Many people are intimidated by the idea of a Himalayan trek. It’s true that there are very real risks and challenges.

However, almost everyone can participate in a Himalayan, if they are physically fit and mentally prepared for their trek. Around 75% of our trekkers are beginners and they trek comfortably.

What will really help you is that after you register your trek, the Indiahikes Pre-Trek Experience Team will guide you on how to prepare for the trek. They will give you a fitness routine to follow and guidance on what to bring for the trek. They will also put you in touch with the rest of your trekking team, so that you know your trek mates well in advance.

Given that we have been introducing Himalayan treks to beginners since 2008, you’re in safe hands.

What’s included in the trek fee?

Each trek is unique and may include different things in the trek fee. You can find out exactly what’s included in the “What’s Included” section on the relevant trek page (on some trek pages this information is located in the “Cancellation Policy” section).

Generally speaking, your trek free includes all costs while on the trek, including:

  • Accommodation (e.g. tents and/or lodges)
  • All meals (simple, nutritious and vegetarian)
  • Expert trek leaders and support team
  • Trekking and safety equipment
  • All permits and camping charges

Your fee usually does not include expenses incurred in getting to and from the base camp or your personal equipment, such as your backpack, shoes or clothing.

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