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10 Most Frequently Asked Questions At Indiahikes

Has trekking restarted?

Yes, treks have restarted. Since October 2020, we have been running treks with a 31-point Covid Safety Protocol in place. This protocol ensures that the virus does not spread while you are trekking. 

Due to our safety protocols, more than 5,800 trekkers have safely trekked with us since the lockdown ended. It is not a small number. And it did not happen in one go. 

It took us time to put the safety protocols in place. Also, the enormous amount of trust that trekkers have in Indiahikes’s safety systems played a part too.

Our treks continue to run normally. Keeping our safety protocols still in place, we have opened treks all the way till October 2021. Click here to see our upcoming treks.

Is it safe to go for a trek when Covid-19 is on a rise?

If you have an upcoming trek, yes, you can go ahead as you have planned. Unless you test positive, or anyone in your family tests positive, there’s no need for you to rethink your trek. 

We have made it mandatory for all trekkers to come with a Covid test on their treks (no matter which state they are coming from). So rest assured that all trekkers you’re trekking and travelling with have tested negative. 

To address concerns about travelling, it is safe to travel if you’re tested yourself. Our founder, Arjun Majumdar, travelled from Bangalore to Raithal, the base camp of the Dayara Bugyal trek on April 14th, 2021. He travelled by air to Delhi, further by train to Dehradun and then by road to Raithal. 

To give you an idea of what the travel experience was like, he shares this voice note. 85% of our trekkers travel by air, and they will be going through a similar travel experience. Take a look: 

After your travel to the base camp, you’re in the safest place you can be — in the outdoors. We will be creating bubbles such that team members don’t come in touch with each other. Trekkers will be in a bubble. Our staff members will be in another. Only the Trek Leader and guides will flit between the two with enough safety precautions. (Read about all our safety protocols here).

So go ahead and do your trek. If you have further concerns about this, just give us a call. We’ll help you out. 

Should I do a COVID Test before my trek?

Yes, this is an absolute must. At Indiahikes, we have made a Covid (RT-PCR) Test mandatory for all trekkers. This rule applies no matter which state you’re coming from.

This means you have to test yourself no more than 72 hours before your trek and carry a Covid negative report with you. 

Even the forest check posts of Uttarakhand have made Covid test reports mandatory to issue permissions for camping and trekking. 

For us, taking this step has not been easy. Many trekkers find it tough to get tested without symptoms. It is sometimes expensive. But it is a step in the direction of safety.  

What happens if you test positive? 

If you test positive, don’t worry about your trek. Nurse yourself back to good health and take care. You can do your trek in future. In that case, these would be your best options: 

  1. We can help shift your trek dates to another season. It can either be the same trek or any other trek.
  2. If you are not sure of the dates, take a Special Covid voucher that comes with a validity of 1.5 years. You can use this voucher while registering for any of our treks in India.

What happens if you cannot test? 

There are two options here as well. 

If you’re trekking in Uttarakhand, they have RT-PCR testing booths at Dehradun (both, at the airport and the train station). It’s a hassle-free experience and takes just five minutes. It’s also free, since it is organised by the government. 

If you’re not able to do the test at all, I’m afraid you’ll have to push your trek to a later date or call it off. In this case, we have tweaked our cancellation policy and made it very trekker-friendly. We understand the pain of cancelling a trek, and we don’t want you to lose out on anything. So take a look at it here, and if it comes to it, make use of the policy.

Should I do a Covid test while returning home from my trek?

Our advice is that you do a Covid test before or after you return to your city. There are testing centres that give you test reports within a day in Dehradun and Rishikesh. 

If you are traveling immediately after the trek, go ahead with your travel. Your city’s airport authorities will take a rapid antigen test once you land there. 

In case you do test positive, let your Experience Coordinators know so that they can notify other trekkers and our team members as well.

How is Indiahikes keeping me safe during Covid-19?

At Indiahikes, we make no compromises when it comes to safety. Since its inception Indiahikes has pioneered as well as established safety protocols that are strictly implemented across all treks.

In COVID times this attention to safety has been significantly amplified. After much research, brainstorming, and consultation with experts we have come up with a 31 point safety check. 

This includes safety processes before your trek, at the base camp, on your trek and even after you return. Read all the 31 steps here.

What’s your cancellation policy during Covid-19?

In light of the Covid scenario, we have tweaked our Cancellation Policy and made it very trekker-friendly. Even if you cancel in the last minute, you don’t lose out on anything.

Read the Indiahikes Cancellation Policy here. 

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 are the fitness requirements?

Each trek has its own fitness requirements, which you can see in the “Get yourself fit” section on the relevant trek page. You will need to develop your fitness to meet these criteria before you start your trek.

We have several resources and videos on this website to help you get fit. Once you register for your trek, your trek coordinator will also be in touch regularly to provide additional support and check your progress.

With a regular fitness plan, the fitness requirements are achievable by most people and will ensure maximum enjoyment and safety during the trek.

I’m a solo woman trekker. Is it safe for me to join you?

You’re welcome to join us as a solo woman trekker. We take great pride in the fact that 35% of our trekkers are women, many of whom trek solo with us. This means, in any given trekking group, there are usually at least 4-5 women. So you can comfortably join us on a trek as a solo woman trekker.

To make sure you know your trek mates before you actually meet them, we have a Whatsapp group and a pre-trek briefing where you can meet them virtually. That way, you’ll not be trekking with complete strangers. On another note, if you have selected a particular trek group and want to know if there are women signed up in the group, you are welcome to give us a call to find out. You can reach out to us on +91-080-468-01269.

When you’re on the trek, our Trek Leaders are sensitized to handle all kinds of women’s issues. So whether you’re on your period, or anything is making you uncomfortable,  you can speak to our Trek Leader about it.

In terms of your safety and privacy, you will be staying with another woman in a tent. We also have separate toilet tents for men and women. If you have any further doubts, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

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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