How Indiahikes Takes Care Of Children’s Safety On Day Treks

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How Indiahikes Takes Care Of Children’s Safety On Day Treks


By Janusa Sangma


Photo credits: Dharini Singh

Few things bring us more joy than seeing children on treks. It’s been heartening to see a growing interest from schools in sending students on Day Treks with Indiahikes. Over the last nine years, we have had approximately 7,000 students trek with us.

Why Day Treks?

  • Schools don't need to travel far or commit to a long expedition. All it takes is a short drive away from the city to reconnect with nature
  • Day treks make it easier for schools to incorporate trekking into their schedule without disrupting their regular routine
  • Day treks have the same benefits as those one might encounter on a multi-day trek. A rejuvenating walk that is a great form of exercise, team bonding, and learning experience all at once

Looking to disconnect and reconnect with the outdoors? Set your sights closer to home. Photo credits: Jothiranjan

How we ensure safety on day treks

Indiahikes prioritises safety above all else. We understand the concerns you may have about children venturing into the outdoors. Here are some of the ways we ensure safety on our day treks.

Highly-experienced team leaders

At the helm are experienced trek leaders who have led numerous Himalayan expeditions. This is a highly skilled team, passionate about sharing their love for the outdoors with everyone. They’re knowledgeable, great with children, and a lot of fun to interact with!

Our choice of treks

One of the concerns we hear from parents is the fear of their kids being stranded in the wilderness. We select trek locations that strike the right balance - close enough to civilisation to ensure connectivity and safety while offering an immersive outdoor experience away from the city.


Day treks are designed to be relatively easy, making them perfect for anyone. The trails are well-defined and easily navigable, minimising the chances of mishaps occurring. Photo credits: Suhas Saya

We identify pre-planned rest points on the trail to prevent overexertion. These points serve a dual purpose – as places to rest and as designated water breaks, ensuring children stay properly hydrated.

An ideal team ratio

While planning, we have a meticulous approach to ensure the safety of everyone involved. One of our key priorities is maintaining a team ratio of 1:12, meaning we have enough team members to guide and look after the children. We aim to ensure ample supervision and support.

Medical kits for emergencies

In case of a medical emergency, the team is equipped with medical kits that include supplies for treating cuts, bruises, sprains, or insect bites.

Close monitoring of the weather

We monitor weather conditions a day before and during the trek. In case of inclement weather, the team will always make the best call under the circumstances, with safety as a priority.

Having said that, trekking in the rain is not a risk. We wholeheartedly encourage it! The world comes alive in special ways and takes on new hues during the rainy season. It’s an experience worth having.

Unless it is a torrential downpour or poses a safety hazard, we continue the trek.  Here, we urge schools and parents to pack raincoats/ponchos for the children. It can be the difference between an enjoyable and highly uncomfortable trek.

Ropes for safety

We carry ropes as an extra safety measure. In situations where the trail becomes slippery due to rain, our trek leaders are equipped to fix ropes on certain sections to enhance safety while descending. While we've been fortunate to never need ropes on our day treks, we always have them on hand just in case.


Multiple briefings, including much before the trek

Treks are doubly rewarding when everyone - teachers, kids, and the Indiahikes team - are on the same page. It’s why we have multiple briefings throughout the journey.

We kick things off with a briefing before the trek, either at the school premises or over video. A second briefing takes place when we reach base camp. Additionally, we conduct briefings at different sections along the trek to keep everyone updated.

Another objective behind briefings is to build a sense of ownership over the trek. While our team is ever vigilant, safety is a collective responsibility. We assign responsibilities within the team to ensure the kids are looking out for each other as well. | Photo credits: Shivani Kulkarni

Communication is key

Our team members carry walkie-talkies, allowing them to stay connected and updated with each other. Whether it's the trek leader at the front or the sweeper at the back, everyone can stay informed about what's happening.

GPX files for navigation

Our team knows the trails inside out. But in a situation where someone takes a wrong turn, the team has GPX files handy on their devices. GPX files contain saved data on routes and tracks, enhancing safety on any trek.

What happens in case of injuries?

We take extra precautions and tread cautiously, particularly in sections where the paths are narrow. In case of a more serious sprain or ankle twist, the team is trained to tend to the injury and safely bring children back to the base.

Minor falls and scrapes can happen anytime, even outside of trekking. Children are much tougher than we give them credit for! They dust themselves off and keep going in good spirits.

Your students are in safe hands on an Indiahikes Day Trek. While concerns are natural, it's incredible to see children rise to the occasion when given the chance. They often surprise us with their resilience and adaptability – sometimes even giving the adults a run for their money while trekking.

When placed in a new environment, children can discover things they didn’t know about themselves.

So many students who have trekked with us shared how they doubted their ability to complete a trek - only to find themselves thoroughly enjoying the experience. It's truly heartwarming to witness their personal growth and the confidence they gain from trekking.

Learn more about what happens on day treks for schools

Janusa Sangma

Content Writer

About the author

Janusa is most at home exploring a faraway mountain trail. She follows the music wherever it may lead, guided by her ever-constant anchors – a love for writing, the mountains, wildlife, and grassroots work in the social sector.

She enjoys writing for organisations and individuals creating meaningful impact.

Before taking up writing as a full-time profession, she worked with corporates, non-profits, social enterprises, education companies, and PR organisations.

When she's not bent over a computer or buried in a Word Document, you will find her befriending a dog (any dog), swimming, or running for the hills.