Yesterday we celebrated the second anniversary of our Sari Campus! 🥳
Here’s what Manisha Hegde (@emmhegde ), our chief architect of the Sari Campus had to share:
“Sari will always hold a special place at Indiahikes. It is not just a landmark (literally), it is also a pivotal landmark in Indiahikes history and the history of Sari as a slope.
Before, we would rent out places on our bases. It was a place to gather trekkers.
Post covid, we relooked at everything we were doing at Indiahikes. We shifted to an improved Indiahikes 2.0.
Indiahikes 2.0 meant we looked at everything as an experience. On treks, we would do it, but we started thinking beyond that. What can we do at the base camp?
I still remember, I reached Sari on 14th Feb, 2021. I felt like was in a foreign place. Not because of the unfamiliar place, but because our own team felt unfamiliar.
For three weeks, a team of 6 members worked nonstop, with our hands, to make the campus. It didn’t matter who you were, you just jumped in and did it.
When the core team from the office and other slopes came for the annual meeting on 2nd March, you would not believe the transformation in the atmosphere at the campus. It was a homecoming.
Over three weeks, the thoughts of what a community campus can be materialized.
Over the next few weeks, we saw the impact it had on trekkers. Trekkers who would hole up in their rooms before and after the trek were now hanging out speaking to each other in the common spaces. The team was forming without them realising what was happening.
Our Indiahikes team members had a home in the mountains. Not just a bed to crash in after a trek.
This is why it was a pivotal shift in thought.
After Sari, a basecamp is meh, and a campus is a hell yes!
On the second anniversary of Sari campus, we have so many learnings about how we look at our bases. We have 2 more campuses in Kotgaon and Raithal. We are in the process of making our 4th in Lohajung.
It’s a momentum that has gained. We might be defining a new typology of spaces in the trekking world.
It is an exciting chapter to experience first-hand.
I am incredibly grateful to have a front seat for this journey.”