How Milan Daju Went From Being a Mule Man to a Guide with Indiahikes

How Milan Daju Went From Being a Mule Man to a Guide with Indiahikes

Category Transformation Stories

By Sneha Yadav


“Back in 2018 when I started working as a mule man with Indiahikes, I noticed many locals spoke harshly with the trekkers walking slowly. I didn’t like their way of guiding people.

Trekkers have travelled from far away cities. They have come to the mountains to explore. I strongly felt that trekkers should be treated with a lot of respect.

So I decided to become a guide.

Two years later, I went on my first trek with Indiahikes as a co-guide. I was accompanying Buddha Daju. He taught me what it means to be a guide with Indiahikes and what it takes to give a good experience to trekkers.

After the trek, a few trekkers appreciated my support in helping them complete the trek. Their words boosted my confidence.

I started working with Indiahikes as a full-time guide.

Working with Indiahikes brought a lot of changes in my life. I have become financially stable. Now I can support my family better.

I am also learning a lot. Meeting new people from different parts of the world has made me more aware of the varied culture in our society.

Milan Daju has had a fulfilling journey with Indiahikes

Working with Indiahikes has also brought some shifts in the way I live life.

Earlier, I didn’t pay attention to keeping the environment clean. But the Green Trails discussions with our trekkers have made me conscious of my actions.

Now, I have started picking up waste from the trails, even when I am not on a trek as a guide.

I collect soft plastic waste like chocolate and toffee wrappers at home. When I have a good amount of pile, I make bottle bricks out of the waste collected.

Lastly, working with Indiahikes has made me more confident. I can now share my thoughts in front of different teams of trekkers who come here every week.

I feel confident when I see trekkers sharing how the whole experience has helped them become better people. It makes me realize that my work is for the greater good of our community.”

- Milan Daju, Guide with Indiahikes

Sneha Yadav

Trek Coordinator

About the author

Sneha Yadav is a part of the Content Team at Indiahikes. She manages the Social Media content. Previously, she worked as an Experience Coordinator and before that as a Green Trails Fellow on our Himalayan trails. She graduated from Delhi University with an Honours in Economics. She has a keen interest in theatre and has performed plays on various social themes. Sneha loves to trek, and believes trekking is a way to keep the mind and body fit.