Family Treks with Indiahikes

Creating Joyful Memories Through Meaningful Treks

Why Trek With Your Family

Most modern families are struggling with new-age problems. Children are not getting undisturbed time with their parents. They are disconnected from nature and do not see themselves as a part of it. Most are not accustomed to hardship. Resilience to deal with the ups and downs of life is lacking. Opportunities to become independent and gain confidence are sorely lacking.

This is where trekking comes in. We have found that, with expert facilitation, trekking provides immense opportunities for parents and children to understand each other better. Children have opportunities to practice empathy, express gratitude, become more confident, and get accustomed to hardship. Parents have time to step back and reflect on their growth as a family.

All this happens amid nature, with a sense of unbridled joy. It's an experience impossible to replicate elsewhere.

Why Trek With Your Family

Most modern families are struggling with new-age problems. Children are not getting undisturbed time with their parents. They are disconnected from nature and do not see themselves as a part of it. Most are not accustomed to hardship. Resilience to deal with the ups and downs of life is lacking. Opportunities to become independent and gain confidence are sorely lacking.

This is where trekking comes in. We have found that, with expert facilitation, trekking provides immense opportunities for parents and children to understand each other better. Children have opportunities to practice empathy, express gratitude, become more confident, and get accustomed to hardship. Parents have time to step back and reflect on their growth as a family.

All this happens amid nature, with a sense of unbridled joy. It's an experience impossible to replicate elsewhere.

Family Trek Reviews

Aarti Banerjee

Dayara Bugyal Family Trek

We had a great time as a family
It was an amazing and awesome experience! We really had a great time as a family. For me individually it was an absolutely confidence-gaining exercise. Apart from physical endurance the constant focus...Read More
It was an amazing and awesome experience! We really had a great time as a family. For me individually it was an absolutely confidence-gaining exercise. Apart from physical endurance the constant focus...Read More
Nandita Saxena

Dayara Bugyal Family Trek

It was different, wonderful, divine!
It was different, wonderful, divine!! The meadows and the forest were heavenly and humbling.... The way the staff managed our basic needs so that WE enjoy every moment was outstanding. The way the gro...Read More
It was different, wonderful, divine!! The meadows and the forest were heavenly and humbling.... The way the staff managed our basic needs so that WE enjoy every moment was outstanding. The way the gro...Read More
Sonal Vira

Dayara Bugyal Family Trek

We will forever cherish the memories and experiences
I am delighted to share my incredible experience with India Hikes during the Dayara Bugyal Trek. My daughter and I, along with approximately 27 people from various parts of India, embarked on a journe...Read More
I am delighted to share my incredible experience with India Hikes during the Dayara Bugyal Trek. My daughter and I, along with approximately 27 people from various parts of India, embarked on a journe...Read More
Babu Samayapuram Suthanthira Raju

Dayara Bugyal Family Trek

Fantastic experience and lots of learning
My trek experience was fantastic, memorable and nature-friendly. What stood for me, was clearly the IH team and how they carried out the day-wise plan, for e.g, start-time/end-time, meals, roleplays, ...Read More
My trek experience was fantastic, memorable and nature-friendly. What stood for me, was clearly the IH team and how they carried out the day-wise plan, for e.g, start-time/end-time, meals, roleplays, ...Read More
Aarti Banerjee

Dayara Bugyal Family Trek

We had a great time as a family
It was an amazing and awesome experience! We really had a great time as a family. For me individually it was an absolutely confidence-gaining exercise. Apart from physical endurance the constant focus...Read More
It was an amazing and awesome experience! We really had a great time as a family. For me individually it was an absolutely confidence-gaining exercise. Apart from physical endurance the constant focus...Read More
Nandita Saxena

Dayara Bugyal Family Trek

It was different, wonderful, divine!
It was different, wonderful, divine!! The meadows and the forest were heavenly and humbling.... The way the staff managed our basic needs so that WE enjoy every moment was outstanding. The way the gro...Read More
It was different, wonderful, divine!! The meadows and the forest were heavenly and humbling.... The way the staff managed our basic needs so that WE enjoy every moment was outstanding. The way the gro...Read More
Sonal Vira

Dayara Bugyal Family Trek

We will forever cherish the memories and experiences
I am delighted to share my incredible experience with India Hikes during the Dayara Bugyal Trek. My daughter and I, along with approximately 27 people from various parts of India, embarked on a journe...Read More
I am delighted to share my incredible experience with India Hikes during the Dayara Bugyal Trek. My daughter and I, along with approximately 27 people from various parts of India, embarked on a journe...Read More
Babu Samayapuram Suthanthira Raju

Dayara Bugyal Family Trek

Fantastic experience and lots of learning
My trek experience was fantastic, memorable and nature-friendly. What stood for me, was clearly the IH team and how they carried out the day-wise plan, for e.g, start-time/end-time, meals, roleplays, ...Read More
My trek experience was fantastic, memorable and nature-friendly. What stood for me, was clearly the IH team and how they carried out the day-wise plan, for e.g, start-time/end-time, meals, roleplays, ...Read More

How An Indiahikes Family Trek Is Different From A Regular Trek

1. In group composition: Parents (both or individual) with children below the age of 18 join the family trek group. 

2. In objectives and outcomes: The main objectives are strengthening the family bond, connection with nature, bringing out latent qualities of creativity, empathy, confidence and resilience in the children.

3. In program design: All have roles and responsibilities. There are specially designed activities for the family as well as for the parents and the children followed by sharing and reflections. 

4. Choice of trails and safety: The treks selected are beginner-level treks with easy exits and a reasonably good network to ensure safety

How An Indiahikes Family Trek Is Different From A Regular Trek

1. In group composition: Parents (both or individual) with children below the age of 18 join the family trek group. 

2. In objectives and outcomes: The main objectives are strengthening the family bond, connection with nature, bringing out latent qualities of creativity, empathy, confidence and resilience in the children.

3. In program design: All have roles and responsibilities. There are specially designed activities for the family as well as for the parents and the children followed by sharing and reflections. 

4. Choice of trails and safety: The treks selected are beginner-level treks with easy exits and a reasonably good network to ensure safety

What happens when families trek together

Benefits we have observed over the past 14 years

Families understand each other better

Many times, a family of four becomes four different people living under the same roof. But going on a trek helps them function as one unit. They give each other undivided attention — no internet, no online games, no office calls.

We see that they show a lot more care and empathy towards each other. We have noticed that this continues for a long time even after they end their trek.

Many families have now made trekking together as a yearly family ritual. The best part is that both parents and children look forward to it!

Children learn from the outdoors

Trekking has a tremendous effect on the Mind, Body, and Spirit. This effect is magnified tenfold when it comes to children.

But additionally, we also conduct activities that bring out specific learnings in them –

  • A Himalayan trek is not easy. But working together to achieve a single goal, enhances  the child’ sense of responsibility.
  • Students’ mental, physical and spiritual endurance is built in the duration of the trek. There are always hard sections, or moments on a trek. But working together, they overcome this.

Further, the body gets accustomed to hardship as they joyfully trek.

Families meet like-minded families

Families who consider trekking rather than other forms of holidaying share many common ideals. They see the immense value of being in touch with nature. They believe that the best way to deepen family bonds is by doing things together. They consider holidays as an opportunity to broaden their children’s mental horizons. 

Children get to trek, participate in several activities, and interact with other children. The friendships they form  with other children on a trek are very special. They do this in an environment free of distraction, competition and judgement. 

“I’ve noticed that these bonds go much beyond fleeting friendships. They are meaningful relationships that families maintain for years to come. Today, there is a thriving community of families that trek, which I am a part of. I can see that it is one of the most active communities where families are discussing treks around their cities, about sustainability and more,” shares Prathima Chhabria, who is an Expert Experience Coordinator for families at Indiahikes.

Trekking families are fit families

Trekking families are fit families

We love seeing this happen. When families get fit for their trek together, most often they make fitness a part of their daily lives.

Take a look at this family for instance:

“We started preparing three months before the trek. We began with a 500-meter run. After a few days of practice, Saanvi could complete 3 km in 30 minutes. We also practiced climbing stairs. Initially, we would tire easily and not finish the climb. A week later, our stamina increased. We could climb till the 17th floor!” shares Sidheswaran KP, who took his 7 year old daughter on the Dayara Bugyal trek.

You’ll see a lot more stories on how these trekking families got fit here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Indiahikes Family treks are designed keeping in mind the children as young as 8 years. However, it is very important for your child to prepare for the trek physically and mentally.

Get in touch with our Experiential Learning team to know how you can prepare your child for the trek. Drop an email to prathima@indiahikes.com, and Prathima will get back to you within 12 hours.

Our Family treks are of easy-moderate difficulty. We rate these treks based on the altitude gained, the distance covered, the elevation gained, and the terrain you walk on, each day. Having said that, preparing well for the trek determines how easy or difficult it gets.

On an average, you and your child will have to walk for 5-6 hours each day of the trek.

Watch this video by our Experiential Learning team member, Prathima Chhabria, to know how you can prepare your child physically:

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There is a vast difference between our family treks and our regular treks.

Firstly, family treks are for children up to 17 years, accompanied by their parents. But on our regular treks, trekkers of all age groups come on the trek.

Secondly, family treks involve activities that are specifically designed for children and parents so that they bond well with each other. You will not get to see this exclusivity on our regular treks.

Families can meet other like-minded families. This builds friendships between each other, and children mingle with other children to have an experience of a lifetime.

Watch this video to know how the family treks are conducted: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E48m0SrCfI0

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