Assisted DIY

Do-It Yourself treks with a Trek leader

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What is Assisted DIY

A DIY trek, as the name suggests, is a Do-It-Yourself trek. You manage everything — you set up camp where you want to, you cook your own meals, you navigate the trail using GPS maps, and you trek at your own pace.

A Trek Leader from Indiahikes accompanies you on the trek. Their job is to look into your safety. They carry all emergency safety equipment, including life-saving drugs. If you find it challenging to navigate the trail, the Trek Leader steps in.

The Trek Leader is as much a part of the DIY trek as the others. It is true that the Trek Leader is in charge of the team, but their role is more consultative than authoritative

What is Assisted DIY

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A DIY trek, as the name suggests, is a Do-It-Yourself trek. You manage everything — you set up camp where you want to, you cook your own meals, you navigate the trail using GPS maps, and you trek at your own pace.

A Trek Leader from Indiahikes accompanies you on the trek. Their job is to look into your safety. They carry all emergency safety equipment, including life-saving drugs. If you find it challenging to navigate the trail, the Trek Leader steps in.

The Trek Leader is as much a part of the DIY trek as the others. It is true that the Trek Leader is in charge of the team, but their role is more consultative than authoritative

How will we assist?

For these specialized DIY treks, we would provide you with a navigation kit, a camping kit, and a food kit. Apart from this, a trained Indiahikes Trek Leader will also accompany you on the trek.

The Navigation Kit contains

  • Detailed documentation of the trek
  • A GPX file of the trail, including marked waypoints

We have made sure that, with the kit, you do not need a guide to show you the way.

The detailed documentation will also guide you on what to look out for, where to camp, water sources, and key highlights.

With the documentation, it is like your Trek leader is walking along with you. 

The Camping Kit comes with

  • Crosstrek Lite Expedition tents
  • Lightweight sleeping bags (-10 °C)
  • Mats and groundsheets
  • A shovel
  • Safety equipment (microspikes, gaiters, and an oximeter)
  • Kitchen kit (with required vessels, a camping stove and gas canisters)

The Food Kit has specially made dehydrated and premixed food used on expeditions

This kit is marked out, and you will get an instruction manual on how to cook your food. Each day’s kit has your

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

These food kits do not require cooking. To prepare your meals, you just need to add warm water, which is ready to eat.

Our R&D team has specially designed the menu. It is exactly what you need on a trek. It does not resemble home or restaurant food.

Whom is this trek meant for?

As a DIY trekker, we would be trekking freestyle. This would mean that right from setting up campsites, cooking meals, finding trails, digging toilet pits, we are going to do this together as a team.

As a member of the team, you are going to be assigned tasks to do. Along with camp duties, you may have to map the trail, photograph, take videos, or find a new trail. Some other team members may be collecting stories about culture and folklore from the local villages. Others may be digging into the history, geography, and geology of the region.

You'll be carrying your equipment. Of course, we do it with the new lightweight DIY camping gear from Indiahikes. But expect your backpack to weigh about 10–11 kg.

Whom is this trek meant for?

As a DIY trekker, we would be trekking freestyle. This would mean that right from setting up campsites, cooking meals, finding trails, digging toilet pits, we are going to do this together as a team.

As a member of the team, you are going to be assigned tasks to do. Along with camp duties, you may have to map the trail, photograph, take videos, or find a new trail. Some other team members may be collecting stories about culture and folklore from the local villages. Others may be digging into the history, geography, and geology of the region.

You'll be carrying your equipment. Of course, we do it with the new lightweight DIY camping gear from Indiahikes. But expect your backpack to weigh about 10–11 kg.

Available treks

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6 Days

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Moderate

ALI BEDNI BUGYAL TREK

India's grandest twin alpine meadows
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7 Days

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Moderate

Ranthan Kharak Trek

Discover the hidden clearings of Kumaon
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7 Days

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Moderate

MIYAR VALLEY TREK

A Trek that takes you to the Heart of Lahaul
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ALI BEDNI BUGYAL TRE...

India's grandest twin alpine meadows

6 Days

Moderate

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Ranthan Kharak Trek

Discover the hidden clearings of Kumaon

7 Days

Moderate

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MIYAR VALLEY TREK

A Trek that takes you to the Heart of Lahaul

7 Days

Moderate

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Gurez Valley Trek

An unusually spectacular trek in the northernmost part of Kashmir

7 days

Moderate | Level 3

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, that’s the whole idea behind the assisted DIY trek. We want you to trek on your own. However, you may not always have a friend circle or a group of people who want to do this with you. So even if you are a single person, you can join our group of DIY trekkers. All of you come together on the trek, make friends with each other, and then do the trek on your own. 

In all our DIY treks, we have seen that the bonds and friendships formed are almost unbreakable. This is the most important takeaway from a DIY trek.

The Indiahikes DIY cooking and food kits are sent with you on your trek. All meals are accounted for. For most meals, you only need light cooking. You use our DIY stove and our DIY gas canisters (they're the size of perfume bottles). 

Cooking on the DIY trek is one of the best experiences on the trek. Trekkers chat, bond, and share a lot of laughter while cooking.

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No, you don’t. That's why you're accompanied by mules. Mules carry heavy equipment like tents, sleeping bags, and kitchen equipment. The rest of your personal equipment is carried by you.  Your bag will weigh around 10 -11 kgs

Since this is a DIY trek, there is no option for offloading, and you will be carrying all your luggage. All the excess luggage you have can be kept in the cloakroom located at the base camp.

Fit individuals above 12 years of age.

You are accompanied by a trained trek leader from Indiahikes. Their job is to look into your safety. They carry all emergency safety equipment, including life-saving drugs. If you find it challenging to navigate the trail, the Trek Leader steps in.

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