Indiahikes is looking for an accountant. We are not looking for someone who can just crunch numbers. We are looking for someone who can be one of us. Someone who will love the mountains and enjoy counting stars under an open sky as much as we do.
Someone with an accountant’s background with 2-3 years work experience would be ideal. If you are around 25 years old, then even better. Our work is Bangalore-based.
If you want to be part of our organisation as our accountant, write to email@example.com.
Speaking of vacancies, we are up to the brim with GT intern applicants. We are only accepting interns who can commit to us for the month of June and onwards! You can read what it is like to be a GT intern here. Write to firstname.lastname@example.org to apply.
The other way to work with us is, of course, to be a Photo Trekker. Every year, we have innumerous Photo Trekkers trekking with us. To all those who are applying to be a photo trekker with us this year, our Trek leader Anuja has some tips for you. She worked as a photojournalist for eight years in Mumbai before venturing into Himalayas. The article elaborates the 9 things to keep in mind as a trek photographer. Click on the picture below to read!
Our Trek Leaders and Mountain Staff undergo NOLS and Adventure Training
Our Trek Leaders and technical staff are currently taking the NOLS Wilderness First Responder course. We are hosting it at our base in Lohajung. NOLS is a leading non-profit global wilderness school.
Our Green Trails Head Lakshmi, who is also doing the course, said, “It is a very intense practical training session. In each class, after 30 minutes of theory, we get a case study to enact and follow the protocol. This helps us recall and correlate information. I am glad we are constantly learning and re-learning these things.”
Here are some pictures from the course!
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Our mountain staff Mahi rappels down a rock face.
On the other hand, our mountain staff are undergoing a 10-day Adventure course with trainers from Nehru Institute of Mountaineering. “Our mountain staff are the backbone of Indiahikes,” says founder, Arjun Majumdar. “Without them, no operation can be run. The idea behind enhancing their skill set is to make our backbone stronger, to make our treks safer. We have to come to a point where even the cook can save your life.”
Speaking of our mountain staff, I had mentioned last week that Mukesh, Prahlad and Jairam from Sankri had come to the head office in Bangalore. They have now left for the slopes after a successful trek to Kopatty with Canadian International School.
They have also had an enriching week in Bangalore- learning the workings of Indiahikes head office and of course, wondering how certain South Indian dishes are made. Our Ground Coordinator Vishnu took them on a guided tour of Eat Street where they tried all delicacies possible and inquired about the recipe!
Mukesh, our cook, is taking notes as Jairam and Prahlad ask for the recipe. PC: Anuja Gupta
The Hiking Club had an extremely eventful trip to Kopatty last weekend. The Canadian International School continues to surprise our team by being extremely thoughtful trekkers. Students came into the kitchen tent in the wee hours of the morning to help out with breakfast! Our mountain staff were touched by this gesture.
The students of Canadian International school on the Kopatty trek
This trek was a preparatory one for the Kuari Pass trek they are going to do in May. I must say, they are ready for a Himalayan trek!
New batches of Kuari Pass opened!
We have been getting a lot of queries from parents who want to do a trek with their children in the month of May. So we have opened batches to Kuari Pass, which is a trek suitable for children who are seven or older. This is an ideal family trek to do in that season- with great views of the Garhwal Himalayas.
Click on the picture to go to the trek guide. Before you register, make sure you go through details of our Trek Scholarship Program for children!
Stories from Talle Valley
In other news, our Ground Coordinator Prathima is back from her adventures in the North East. She is raving about the jungles of Talle Valley. “The jungle is so thick! Our guides had to make a path for us. Two people cannot stand side by side – we all had to be in a single file. At first when we entered the forest, I felt like we had entered a Western Ghats trek. Then when the bamboo forest started, I knew this was unique to the region. “
Our Chief of Operations Manish Pasad had a different perspective. “More than the trek, I was very heartened to see the energy and enthusiasm of the first batch of Talle Valley. They were all such true trekkers! Since this is a jungle path, the trail has to be made every single time you run the trek. We ended up deviating from the trail we had explored and took a longer route. They were trekking from 9.30 am to 9.30 pm through the darkness of the jungle. Believe me, this is not easy at all. This is jungle is so thick no moonlight could come through. Just a single line of trekkers with headlamp was moving. The only thing you could see was what the headlamp lit up ahead of you. They all did it without a complaint (with their backpack) and took it as an adventure! What spirit they had.”
Here are some pictures from the first batch, shot by our trekker Satyen Dasgupta.
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Here is how our other treks are running
Brahmatal continues to bowl over trekkers and Trek Leaders alike. Trekkers are braving the cold in 5 layers to absorb the stillness of the frozen Bekaltal lake and Brahmatal. With the summit view of Trishul and Nanda Ghunti and possible glimpse of Roopkund flank, it is no wonder trekkers are coming back and gushing about their experience.
Here is a review from a trekker who went on January 29th batch!
Stay tuned to our website for more updates.