The Thought Behind Indiahikes
Over 12 years ago, our founders, Arjun Majumdar and Sandhya UC, started Indiahikes with one simple belief — Everyone Must Trek. They wanted to do this by bringing out information about treks, and by setting the right spirit of trekking in India.
What began as one humble blogpost about the Roopkund trek has now blossomed into India’s largest database of trek related information.
Today, we are India’s Largest Trekking Community, with over 20,000 trekkers joining the Indiahikes Experience every year. Here’s the story of how it all began.
Why Trekkers Love Indiahikes
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.
These are the Core Values that makes us Indiahikes
We Value HumilityHumility is the biggest trait we look for in our team members. Even if an applicant is highly skilled, but not humble, we do not take them. You’ll find this as a virtue among all team members at Indiahikes — whether it’s our founders, our Trek Leaders or our local staff members. It makes everyone down to earth, open to feedback and eager to learn. This is something we highly value.
We are Sustainability ChampionsAt Indiahikes we have taken the responsibility of bringing in systems that make trekking more sustainable. We not only want to “Leave no Trace” but we want to leave trails better. We do this through our Green Trails project. And for this, the best place to begin is at home. So, everyone at Indiahikes is a sustainability champion. We buy little or no packaged goods, we use no disposables. We lead minimalist lives. This extends to everyone working here.
We Promote Active FitnessWe expect trekkers to be fit for our treks. It holds true for all of us at Indiahikes as well. If we are unfit, then we have little right to ask trekkers to be fit on our treks. To us, fitness is a way of life. This means everyone has a fitness routine, everyone is always ready to go on a Himalayan trek the next day. Even someone from the content team.
We Are Deeply CaringIndiahikes is known to be a very caring organisation. We go out of our way to care for our trekkers, our colleagues and our organisation. It is another extension of being humble. You’ll notice this in every interaction with Indiahikes, where our team members go out of their way to care, always putting others ahead of themselves. Trekkers deeply appreciate this value about Indiahikes — even those not trekking with us.
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
TEDx Talks by Indiahikes Team Members
It’s not everyday that we get to work so closely with TEDx speakers, who are creating a big impact on the society. Yet, at Indiahikes, four of our team members have been invited to present TEDx talks. This speaks a lot about the far-reaching work we’re doing at Indiahikes. Give the TEDx Talks a listen here.
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.