Our Story

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

We are the Largest Database of Trek Information

 

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]

The Indiahikes Experience

 

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!

 

Experiential Learning Programmes


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

February

Indiahikes founded by Arjun Majumdar to bring out information about trekking in india

August

Indiahikes co-founder opens up kashmir for trekking exploring the Kashmir Great Lakes trail

September

IIM Indore collaborates with Indiahikes for its first Himalayan Outbound

January

Myths about the Chadar trek busted. Trek becomes popular overnight!

February

Indiahikes brings the concept of microspikes to mainstream trekking in India

June

The concept of Green Trails is brought to the fore by Indiahikes

December

Indiahikes introduces first winter trek in Uttarakhand, Kedarkantha

January

For the first time, Indiahikes starts operating 365 days in the Himalayas

May

The first few schools come on board the Eco Hiking Club

September

Oxymeters introduced to check oxygen saturation as part of daily safety checks

September

To make trekking more affordable, Indiahikes introduces gear rental

November

Health cards introduced to track trekker's safety and create a database for high altitude research

February

Indiahikes brings in insurances in the world of trekking

July

Indiahikes opens exclusive treks for families and children, with specially designed activities to enhance learnings for children.

September

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

Safety in Indian trekking

 

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. 

Sustainable trekking through Green Trails

 

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

Vast Trek Information


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 Stand For Information

Trekking in India can grow only with the presence of credible information. Which is why, since 2008, we have been painstakingly documenting treks across the country. Today, we are the largest database of trek information, with 220+ documented treks, 1,200 helpful blogs and 400+ videos on trekking. Everyone at Indiahikes imbibes this expertise in information. Even someone working in Finance!

We are Sustainability Champions

At 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 Fitness

We 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 Value Humility

Humility 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 Deeply Caring

Indiahikes 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.

We Pay Attention To Detail

Paying attention to detail is the difference between achieving our vision and not. By paying attention to detail, we are able to bring in a new way of looking at work. We are at our creative best, bringing in new innovations and in the process, defining the future of trekking. It’s what makes work fun and interesting. It’s also why our work adds meaning to our lives.

We Create Unique Trek Experiences

Today, trekkers trek with Indiahikes not to trek in the Himalayas, but so that they can get the The Indiahikes Experience. This experience starts from the moment they land on our website and continues well after they have completed their trek.  The actual trek is just one part of The Indiahikes Experience.  Every person here is responsible for designing The Indiahikes Experience through their work — whether it’s the Content Team, the finance team or the operations team.

Founders

Arjun Majumdar

Founder & CEO
An entrepreneur by profession and a trekker by passion, Arjun started Indiahikes in 2008. With a vision to explore and document new trails, solve problems in the mountains and implement sustainable ways of trekking. Arjun leads Indiahikes, a community that has changed the face of trekking in India.

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.

Sandhya UC

Co-Founder & COO
Sandhya is a founding partner at Indiahikes. Over the past ten years, she has explored and put on the map few of the greatest Himalayan treks in India, including Kashmir Great Lakes and Kedarkantha. She is a TedX Speaker and has been awarded the Women of Worth Award by Outlook Business in 2017.

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.

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