The Indiahikes Story
Arjun Majumdar and Sandhya UC started Indiahikes almost 10 years ago with one vision: to define the future of trekking.
What began as one humble blogpost about the Roopkund trek has now blossomed into India’s largest trekking community and an authoritative source of all trek related information.
Ten years later, the Indiahikes website is the largest database of trek information in India. Thousands of trekkers use information on the Indiahikes website to go trekking on their own. Credible information has become the fulcrum that has taken trekking forward in India. Being the last word on trek information is part of our core values.
What we do
Documenting treks is the foundation of Indiahikes. We started with the primary aim of making trek information accessible to anyone who wants to trek.
For this, we have documented innumerable trails across the country. If you wish to trek on your own, you may refer to our library of trek guides that contains all details about various trek. If you wish to help us document a trek, please drop an email to [email protected]
As an organisation passionate about trekking, we also aim to bring in innovative trekking practises to take trekking in India to the next level. For this, we organise treks where you are introduced to the Indiahikes Experience.
Through our treks, we also face and strive to solve the problems of the mountains. For example, introducing microspikes, dome tents, waterproof socks to Indian trekking. We have a long way to go, and would love it if you join us on this journey!
We have various experiential learning programmes for children, families, schools and companies. These programmes are led by experts to deepen mental, physical and spiritual development through experiential learning in the lap of nature.
We also have family treks to magnify the positive effects of trekking with your children. On these treks we work together on the camping activities like pitching tents, cooking and green trails. This deepens learning on a trek and creates some unforgettable memories.
History timeline of Indiahikes
Indiahikes founded by Arjun Majumdar to bring out information about trekking in india
Indiahikes co-founder opens up kashmir for trekking exploring the Kashmir Great Lakes trail
IIM Indore collaborates with Indiahikes for its first Himalayan Outbound
Myths about the Chadar trek busted. Trek becomes popular overnight!
Indiahikes brings the concept of microspikes to mainstream trekking in India
The concept of Green Trails is brought to the fore by Indiahikes
Indiahikes introduces first winter trek in Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha
For the first time, Indiahikes starts operating 365 days in the Himalayas
The first few schools come on board the Eco Hiking Club
Oxymeters introduced to check oxygen saturation as part of daily safety checks
To make trekking more affordable, Indiahikes introduces gear rental
Health cards introduced to track trekker's safety and create a database for high altitude research
Indiahikes brings in insurances in the world of trekking
Indiahikes opens exclusive treks for families and children, with specially designed activities to enhance learnings for children.
Indiahikes goes international, opening a sister organisation World Of Hikes. The first team treks to the Great Atsunta Pass Trek of Georgia.
33 treks across the Himalayas, 70+ documented treks, 20,000 trekkers a year and continuing to grow
What we're known for
Indiahikes has always been at the forefront in bringing in new safety practices into Indian trekking. Microspikes for walking on snow was introduced by Indiahikes. Emergency bottled oxygen on all treks was made mandatory by Indiahikes. So was using pulse oxymeters to test pulse and oxygen saturation levels. Radio as safety communication device was introduced in treks by Indiahikes.
When you go on a trek with Indiahikes, you will notice that apart from trekking, we keep experimenting in order to reduce our carbon footprint. Finding innovative ways to do routine work is necessary. Whether it’s the way we treat our food waste or the material that we use to wash utensils, we always try to find greener alternatives
The Indiahikes website has more than 160 documented treks. Even though we are running 35 of them, all other trek guides are detailed and will help you plan a trek on your own.
Making trek information available to everyone was one of the prime reasons why Idiahikes was born. And, today we can proudly say that our extensive bank of documented treks empowers thousands of trekkers to trek all across India.
Our core values
We are the last word on trek information
Our website is the largest database of trekking information in India. Simply put, we don’t go to Google. Google comes to us for information. Everyone at Indiahikes imbibes this. Even someone working in Finance knows a lot about trekking. Trekkers notice this simply by interacting with any of us. At Team Indiahikes, this is the first core value to imbibe.
We promote active fitness
We expect trekkers to be fit for our treks. It holds true for us as well. This means, all team members follow a weekly fitness plan. The plan includes cardio-vascular training. A BMI above 25 is considered unfit at Indiahikes. At Indiahikes we are not only fit but also promote an active fitness to everyone around us.
We are sustainability champions
We believe in leaving our mountains better than we find them. We do this through our Green Trails project. And for this, the best place to begin is by setting an example. So, everyone at Indiahikes is a sustainability champion. We follow a natural, clean, minimalist and green way of life. This is not easy. Yet, we cannot promote Green Trails unless we live the value ourselves. It is a core value at Indiahikes.
We create unique trek experiences
Everyone who works at Indiahikes is on a journey to create a unique trek experience as that’s the way to define the future of trekking. This is not team specific. Everyone associated with Indiahikes – be it in coordination, content, finance or in the mountains – works whole-heartedly towards creating a unique experience. It is a core value at Indiahikes to create such unique experiences.
Relationship comes above business
We believe an organisation is not about markets, products, services or profits. It is about building strong relationships. The stronger the relationships, the more robust is the organisation. At Indiahikes, relationships are not selective. They are universal and involve everyone in the organisation, including trekkers. We believe relationships help in progressing work.
Work adds meaning to our life
Working here is invigorating, demanding but never boring. We do futuristic work. What we do impacts the lives of others in a big way. Very few work environments allow us to do this on an everyday basis. Working at Indiahikes adds deeper meaning to our lives. Here, we not only making trekking better, but are also on a journey of self discovery. This adds meaning to our lives.
Founder & CEO
He has written extensively for Discover India magazine and is a TedX speaker. He frequently talks at institutions about his entrepreneurial journey, but his favourite topic is always the impact of trekking on the mind, body and spirit.
Read Arjun's other articles.
Watch Arjun's TedX talk.
Watch Arjun speak about our trekking trails.
Learn from Arjun about what it's like to work at Indiahikes.
Co-Founder & COO
She believes in sustainable living just as she believes in sustainable trekking.
Read a feature on Sandhya in Outlook Business
Read Sandhya's other articles
Read Sandhya's TedX Talk,
How I Climbed The Mountain Of Entrepreneurship
Core team members
Head of Finance and Operations
Not many know this, but Vishnu built an effective system to keep track of equipment in the remote Himalayan locations.
He is also an adventure enthusiast who pursues a new adventure every year. So far, he has earned an advanced certificate in Skiing from IISM Gulmarg, has done about 10 high altitude treks and is a licensed scuba diver. To top it, he is also a trained classical singer who can play the Ukulele. In fact, if you drop in at Indiahikes office, you might just catch him singing!
Vishnu hopes to use his varied exposure to bring new technologies and processes into the world of treks. You can catch him on [email protected]
Head of Experiential Learning
Before joining Indiahikes, Izzat, who has a Masters in Education, worked extensively with schools, companies, and parents as a counsellor and trainer. She brought all her skills and learning with her when she joined Indiahikes full time and believes that through the elements of experiential learning on treks most issues that may arise in the future can be prevented.
When not busy with work, she loves walking and gardening.
Head of Experience Coordinator's Team & Documentation
He likes the opportunity to explore treks. He has done a few explorations in the Himalayas, the Western Ghats and around Bengaluru. He explored the Phulara Ridge trek, which is a much-loved trek today!
Besides trekking, his interest lies in playing the guitar, learning about birds, insects, and snakes!
Write to him on [email protected] to get in touch with him.
Swathi is known for her expertise in digital content, which has made her a much sought after resource in many events. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at a daily newspaper. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates the mind more than anything else. Through trekking, Swathi hopes to impact a person's mind, body and spirit.
Read Swathi's other articles.
Watch Swathi's video series here.
Quality Control Manager
Since then, there was no looking back. He stepped into trek leading, then moved to operations and managed Indiahikes operations on the mountain slopes. He honed his management skills in this role and now combines it with his inherent eye for detail to lead the quality control division at Indiahikes. You can get in touch with him on [email protected]
Head of Green Trails & Training
She also heads our Green Trails Initiative. With her team, she is constantly working towards making trekking a more sustainable sport in India. Personally, she is a strong advocate of zero waste and vegan lifestyle.
You can reach her on [email protected]
How Trekking Can Make You Mentally Fit
Trekking can have a profound impact on mind, body and spirit. Sometimes, trekking changes lives. But how does it affect your mind? In this video, Indiahikes Founder, Arjun Majumdar talks about the effects of trekking on mental health.
How I climbed The Mountain of Entrepreneurship
What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? What does it take to grow as one? In this video, Indiahikes Co-Founder, Sandhya UC takes us through her journey and offers a peek into how trekking affected it all.
Treks Without Trails
Have you ever thought what happens when you litter in the remote Himalayas? No Municipal Corporation van comes to clean the litter after it is dumped in the mountains. Indiahikes Head of Green Trails & Training, Lakshmi Selvakumaran offers a stoic peek into this problem.
Life's short! Work somewhere awesome
Swathi Chatrapathy, the Chief-Editor at Indiahikes, shares her radical thoughts on work-life balance and how work and life are not separate for her but an intimately collaborative affair. Listen to this TEDx talk if you have ever pondered how to strike a balance in life.