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This trek has a few of the loveliest clearings. These clearings are so charming that you cannot help but spend a few minutes sitting in the velvety grass. Photo by Jothiranjan.

The Chandrakhani Pass trek is a special one. Climbing right out of Manali, it is an ancient route that takes you from Kullu Valley to Parvati Valley. The kind of forests and views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges that you get on this trek are unmatched in this region. 

We got a glimpse of its stunning beauty when our in-house photographer, Jothiranjan, set foot on the trail. He came back with photos that blew our minds! (View the stunning photos)

"We knew that Chandrakhani Pass was a beautiful trek. But we had never seen it like this. It made us realise that Chandrakhani Pass is our greenest pass-crossing trek," shares Arjun Majumdar, founder and CEO of Indiahikes.

Unfortunately, most of our groups filled up over the weekend. Trekkers have been requesting us to open new slots, which is why we have new groups starting in July and August. Plan soon.

This trek has a few of the loveliest clearings. These clearings are so charming that you cannot help but spend a few minutes sitting in the velvety grass. Photo by Jothiranjan.

The Chandrakhani Pass trek is a special one. Climbing right out of Manali, it is an ancient route that takes you from Kullu Valley to Parvati Valley. The kind of forests and views of the Pir Panjal and Dhauladhar ranges that you get on this trek are unmatched in this region. 

We got a glimpse of its stunning beauty when our in-house photographer, Jothiranjan, set foot on the trail. He came back with photos that blew our minds! (View the stunning photos)

"We knew that Chandrakhani Pass was a beautiful trek. But we had never seen it like this. It made us realise that Chandrakhani Pass is our greenest pass-crossing trek," shares Arjun Majumdar, founder and CEO of Indiahikes.

Unfortunately, most of our groups filled up over the weekend. Trekkers have been requesting us to open new slots, which is why we have new groups starting in July and August. Plan soon.

For 4 days — from May 26-30 — more than 1000 organizations and 25000 volunteers joined hands with Zero Waste Himalaya to audit the plastic waste being generated in the 500 different sites in The Himalayan Cleanup 2023. Indiahikes joined hands in this initiative, to show support for the thought behind THC. 

The intention behind THC 2023 was to identify brands responsible for generating the maximum amount of soft plastic waste in the Himalayas. This plastic, which lies forgotten in the remote areas of the mountains, is a big cause for concern. 

“This waste has no exit in the mountains. The plastic from this waste leaches out into soil, water, and air, causing serious harm to the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas,” says Sharwari Brahme, who is leading the Green Trails initiative at Indiahikes. 

The final result of this audit has yet to be declared. But we have some indicative results from our basecamps. At Sari village, we had Cadbury by Mondelez International leading, followed by PepsiCo. At Kotgaon village, we had Perfetti, which makes Center Fruit, followed by Parle and Nestle. 

We have done similar audits in the past at Indiahikes. The results are similar. Soft plastic waste remains the largest contributor to non-biodegradable waste in the mountains. While the result of this audit will help curb the issue at the source, our belief still remains that the problem of waste is a behavioral issue. It’s a mountain of a problem that needs a multi-pronged solution. 

Watch the video below to understand the problem of waste and what we believe can be solutions to the problem.

Our weekend trek to the Channarayana Durga, which had become popular with trekkers from South India, was on pause. For most of the summer, it was impossible to trek up the blazingly hot granite rocks of this ancient fort. 

But that phase is over. Summer has passed, and it’s time to re-start trekking to Channarayana Durga. 

This is why we’ve opened a new group for the Channarayana Durga trek starting June 24. 

Located in the Madhugiri district of Karnataka, this majestic fort reminds you of medieval times that was used as a strategic fortress in this region of Madhugiri and Tumkur. It is one of the Navadurgas around Bangalore.  

On this trek, you camp at the Indiahikes Southern Campus. It is surrounded by hills on all sides — hills that climb right out of our camping grounds. 

We’ve seen that families love trekking to Channarayana Durga with children. So if you’re looking to go out for a weekend with (or without) your family, this is a very good trek to do.

Mayank and Ashish receive awards during their Basic Mountaineering Course at NIMAS, Arunachal Pradesh. Photo by Mayank Negi

Trek Leaders Ashish Sukhadare and Mayank Negi recently completed their Basic Mountaineering Course from the National Institute of Mountaineering and Adventure Sports in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh. 

Apart from successfully completing the course, they were also awarded for their knowledge and skills. 

Mayank, who was appointed a senior on the Rope Team received the Best Student Award. Ashish was given the award for Best Motivator and Medical Assistance. 

“A lot of credit for this goes to the training and experience at Indiahikes,” shares Mayank. “When I joined Indiahikes as a Trek Leader, my physical fitness wasn’t up to par. But as a trek leader, I focused on getting fitter. And that helped me ace my physical fitness category during the mountaineering course,” he says. 

In physical fitness, students were timed on various physical activities, like a one mile sprint, climbing an 80 ft artificial wall, climbing a natural rock, climbing on ice with crampons and an ice axe, and finally running for 8 km with a 25 kg backpack. 

Similarly, for Ashish, the medical training at Indiahikes helped. "We had to conduct an emergency evacuation from 15,500 ft. And that's when the training at Indiahikes and my Wildlife First Responder course helped," Ashish shares.

The stark, barren landscapes of the Chang Chenmo Valley in Ladakh may soon become accessible. It’s great news for trekkers wanting to explore the region to the north of Pangong Lake.  

To access this region, you cross the Marsimik La pass at 18,314 feet. Earlier, crossing over to the other side was banned due to security concerns. 

But opening of this region has been a long-pending demand by the locals, who used to roam this region with their herds. 

So in December 2022, local army held two meetings with top administration to address this. The meetings favoured opening up of this region to tourists and locals. This decision is wholeheartedly backed by the Indian Army. 

As per the news report published in the Times of India, once the region opens up, in the first phase you’d be able to access as far as the grassland of Tsogtsalu. In the second phase, you could go till the Hot Springs, further west towards the border.

The first and only group to Kedartal with 20 trekkers had a great trek. The team completed this difficult trek on May 23rd. Trekkers were elated to have good weather throughout the trek. 

But they also faced certain challenges. 

“The trail from Bhojkharak to Kedarkharak is washed away and is a complete rockfall zone now,” says Trek Leader Akshay Pawaskar. 

To avoid this section, trekkers had to cross the Bhagirathi river. It wasn’t challenging when the water level was low early in the day. But crossing the river was tricky because the currents were strong while coming back later in the day. 

Despite these challenges, the long, arduous days, all the trekkers were able to successfully complete the trek. 

Due to the clear weather, the team witnessed stunning views of Mt Bhrigupanth, Manda Parvat, Mt Jogin, Mt Thalaysagar, and a completely frozen Kedartal lake.  

“It was a complete delight to witness this frozen lake, surrounded by the big Himalayan mountains. I think Kedartal is on of those rare treks where you get so close to the Greater Himalayas in such a short time,” Akshay remarked after the trek ended.

This is our newest trek in the Kishtwar region of Jammu and Kashmir. The first two groups filled up as soon as we opened the trek in mid-April. And requests to open more groups kept pouring in. 

So we have opened two new groups for the Brammah Valley trek. One on June 29th and the next on July 7th. These groups are also filling up quickly.

Brammah Valley shows a very different side of Jammu and Kashmir. You’ll see dense forests, expansive clearings, stunning, tall mountains and remote villages of the Kishtwar region.  

Trekkers have rarely seen this side of Kishtwar. Locals consider this region as Jammu and Kashmir’s true beauty.

The DIY team enjoys grand mountain views from the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek. Photo by Samarth Bhagwat.

The joy of trekking on your own is something else. “We came back with a huge sense of achievement,” says Tautik Das, who was part of a team of nine trekkers who completed the Ali Bedni Bugyal trek DIY style last week.

On a DIY trek, you do almost everything on your own. 

“The first day, especially, was difficult. It was a stiff climb, and we were carrying our own tents, sleeping bags, and food. The toughest part was that at the end of a tough climb, we had to pitch tents and cook our own food. It was challenging, but being able to push through it gave us an immense sense of accomplishment,” Tautik shares. 

The challenges of the first day made the remaining days easier. The experience in the group helped as well. “A few of us had already trekked DIY style. One member was a doctor. One had completed a mountaineering course. This diversity helped us face the challenges successfully as a team,” he says. 

In the end, the group returned after witnessing spectacular views from the twin meadows of Uttarakhand. “The grand view of Mt. Trishul from Bedni Top was the most memorable,” says Tautik.

A rare view of the Lower Waterfall campsite completely in snow. Inset: practising snow-craft. Photos by Lay Naik.

Earlier last week, our first team of trekkers to Rupin Pass attempted to cross the pass.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t because of the amount of snow on the trail. They could only make it up to Lower Waterfall.

“Beyond Lower Waterfall, we came across several avalanche sections that were not safe for trekkers to cross,” says Trek Leader Lay Naik, who went on a recce towards Rupin Pass with Technical Guide Uttam Singh.

However, the Indiahikes ground team made the best of the snow conditions, conducting a session on snow-craft for trekkers.

“Trekkers learned techniques to ascend and descend on snow. There was a short session on ice wall climbing using an ice axe, glissading techniques (normal and on the stomach), and how to make a quick snow shelter. We also learned how to make an igloo,” shares Lay.

Coming to the condition of the trail on Rupin Pass, the pass still remains risky and inaccessible. But with bright sunshine now, we are hopeful that the route will open in the coming week.

Here's a piece of news that would interest trekkers who have been to the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek. The Tungnath temple on Chandrashila, which is the highest Shiva temple in the world, is tilting by 6-10 degrees.

This was reported by the Archeological Survey of India (ASI). This happened after the Tungnath temple on Chandrashila was declared as a monument of national importance by the Central Government on March 27th.  

ASI is keen to get to the root cause of this tilt. For that, it has prescribed a detailed work program. The findings from this would determine the next course of action, whether it would be conservation or restoration

A lot is yet to be determined in this case. Stay cued to this space for more updates on this.

Excess snow on the Litham campsite of Buran Ghati trek.

Recently the Western Disturbance triggered heavy snowfall in the mountains. As a result, there is a lot of snow on the Buran Ghati trek this year. Despite these challenges, the first team was able to push till Upper Dhunda. They almost made it to the Buran Ghati Pass. 

“We had planned to go only till Litham owing to the amount of snow  accumulated ahead. But during the trek, we decided to push till Dhunda,” shares Trek Leader Shwetha Krishna. 

The trekkers were ecstatic to hear that we are trying to push towards Dhunda and were ready for this challenge. 

“The trek from Litham to Upper Dhunda was quite adventurous which portrayed courage, trust despite the harsh terrain conditions. We were led on by our technical guides - Akhil and Santosh who made us sail through the vast sea of snow,” says Shwetha. 

Trekkers felt challenged and it was quite the unexpected summit push. 

“We had to stop just 600 m short of the Buran Ghati pass. But the challenging climb made trekkers appreciate that journeys matter more than the destinations,” says Shwetha.

Students getting ready to start trekking on the Deoban trail. Photo by Gagandeep Dhillon

A 3-day Deoban trek proved to be perfect for an Outdoor Leadership Program in the Himalayas. 34 students — aged between 10 and 13 years — from the Prakriti School, Noida, started on this trek on May 4th as a part of the program. This school, based in Noida, is among the few that focuses on learner-centered curriculum and interdisciplinary learning methods. 

The aim of this program was to hone leadership and team-building skills in the students. And students achieved this objective beautifully. Outside their comfort zone, in the Himalayas, they stepped up as a team to complete the trek.

By facing the challenges of a high-altitude trek, they also became more resilient.

“In the debriefing, students mentioned that when they were struggling with their backpacks or with the ascent, keeping their mind occupied on the present helped them cope with the challenges,” shares Trek Leader Gagandeep Dhillon who led the group. 

The teachers too noticed a difference. They said, “Students learnt to be with themselves, without artificial gadgets around. They often broke their boundaries of familiarity and stretched out a hand for less familiar school-mates.”

For students who had never stepped in the Himalayas, completing a high-altitude trek was a commendable achievement. Through this trek, they set a solid example of how a 3-day experiential learning program in the Himalayas impacts the mind, body and spirit.

Between April 24-29, students from Grade 4-12 trekked on three different slopes — Dayara BugyalKedarkantha and Brahmatal with Indiahikes. These treks were conducted as a part of the Outdoor Leadership Program for Schools. We had teachers, volunteers and our entire team assisting the students on the treks.  

All groups were a resounding success. The students took away a lot of learnings and experiences from their treks despite facing bad weather. 

“At the end, most of the kids talked about the learnings on how to be a good leader, coming out of their comfort zone, and being in learning zone despite being in a panic zone. They gained more confidence, resilience, sustainability among others,” says Alveera Ansari, Trek Leader who was a part of this program. 

The program also exposed the students to the culture and lives in the remote part of the Himalayas. (Read more about their experience here)

This time we have opened our Adventure Therapy trek in Himachal Pradesh on August 13, 2023. 

“In Himachal Pradesh, we have the Chandrakhani Pass trek." “The trek's natural beauty lends itself wonderfully to the concept of adventure therapy,” says Arjun Majumdar, founder-CEO of Indiahikes. 

The Chandrakhani Pass trek is a beautiful, ancient trail with stunning mountain views. Its moderate difficulty perfectly fits what's required on an adventure therapy trek. During this period, the trek is secluded without much disturbance from other trekkers, making it ideal for an adventure therapy programme. 

This time too, Izzat Yaganagi, head of our experiential learning division and a trained psychological counsellor for over 13 years, will facilitate the Adventure Therapy trek. 

Last year, we faced a difficult conundrum. Should we, or should we not, continue with our fitness checks for our trekking participants?

 Conducting fitness checks for 25,000 trekkers every year is a monumental challenge. We were struggling to be thorough with it despite having dedicated team members looking into every trekker’s fitness. 

 It came to a point where we started questioning the effectiveness of this entire process. 

 So we conducted a 6-month experiment, where we stopped requesting fitness proof from trekkers who registered for easy-moderate treks. We were curious to know — would it make a difference?

 The result was eye-opening. The experiment brought out three big lessons.

What are they? Do read and drop a comment on this article.

Frequenty Asked Questions

June is the best summer month to trek. It gives you a snowy adventure of summer treks above 14,000 ft. Yet, you see lush greenery in the lower altitudes. Most of the Himachal treks open in June too, after a long winter slumber.

It’s wonderful that you’re planning to start trekking in the Himalayas. You’d be happy to know that around 70% of our trekkers are beginners and always get hooked to trekking after their first trek!

Having said that, you must choose your trek wisely — something that is not too difficult, yet will allow you to experience the grand settings of the Himalayas.

From a decade of experience, these are the treks we find best suited for beginners:

Even though these treks are considered good for beginners, they need at least 30-45 days of preparation on your part. Ensure you go for the trek only after physically preparing for it.


Yes, we do have a “Repeat my trek” policy, and trekkers love it. This is because there are some thoughts and ideologies that we hold close to our hearts.

1. As trekkers, there are times when we have to let go of a trek midway. Sometimes we fall ill or get hit by AMS or at times simply fatigue pulls us down. At other times bad weather plays spoilsport, or the trail is blocked. Your Trek Leader may send you down due to a safety or health issue.

At Indiahikes we feel terrible when such an event happens.

Should such a situation occur that you have to drop out from this trek, we want you to know that we feel as bad as you do. You can always come back another time and finish your adventure. For this, you do not have to pay Indiahikes any money.

2. On the other hand, there are times when you fall in love with a trek. So much so that you want to do it again, perhaps see it in another season. If you ever desire to do a trek again, please do so. You don’t have to pay Indiahikes any money for repeating this trek. Just inform your Experience Coordinator who will guide you through a special internal process. 

Our only request: Just register for your trek in advance – you know how it is with our groups – they get booked in advance.

Note: The Indiahikes “Repeat My Trek” policy does not apply to our international treks.

This is something many trekkers ask us. If you’re interested in working with us, take a look at our careers page. Given that our organisation is growing, we have lots of new roles opening up regularly.

We are always looking for team players, who understand the trekking world and fit into the working culture of Indiahikes. More than skills and experience, we pay attention to your behaviour and values.

Getting in and starting work here isn’t easy. There are several levels of interviews and tests. But once you get through, it is one of the most rewarding and meaningful journeys in your career.

View all our roles here.


Definitely! At Indiahikes, we believe renting is the way forward, to make trekking more efficient, and more economical, without compromising the quality of trekking gear. So we have a range of high-quality gear available for rent at very small costs. 

Take a look at them here –

Your rental gear will be given to you at the base camp on the day you arrive.

In case you have rented a trekking backpack, you may use the cloakroom facility to keep your extra luggage. We want you to travel as light as possible from your home. 

Renting of items close 3 days before the start of the trek.

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 along on the trek anymore.

Our pre-trek experienced 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.

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