Our second group -- happening in May 2023 -- for seniors is already filled!
Our trekking calendar is already drawn for the coming months. We are packed. But the overwhelming requests have compelled us to make a special provision.
So we are opening a third group for seniors. This time, in the Himalayas!
The specially designed trek will be at Dayara Bugyal from 4 May to 9 May 2023. To register for the trek, click here.
Note: We will not be opening any further groups for seniors.
This trek will not follow the regular schedule of our Dayara Bugyal trek, but will follow a pace that will match the strength and stamina of seniors.
However, seniors will enjoy all the privileges and goodness that the Dayara Bugyal trek has to offer, including being in the Bugyals.
We love this trek! It is picture-perfect, especially in spring. To get a better idea, I recommend you watch this film about Dayara Bugyal. It is our tribute to this wonderful trek.
Why have we opened a trek for seniors?
“For me it is very personal," says Arjun Majumdar, founder-CEO of Indiahikes. "My parents are in their 80s and no longer able to trek. Yet, I know how much it would mean to them if they could. They are the ones who introduced me to trekking.
"When I see a senior trek I see them going home with a sense of rejuvenation much beyond what a younger person experiences. The entire experience makes them add on more years to their life — at least 4-5 years more. They go home more joyous and with a strong sense of accomplishment.
"They discover they have more strength than they thought; that they are capable of a lot more than they imagined. They find more purpose in their life.
"I’ve also seen seniors connecting with other trekkers who are just like them. From a distance I see bonds forming that are likely to stay for the rest of their lives.
For me, to see our parents trekking is the biggest gift that I can give them," says Arjun.
How is the trek for seniors different?
Even though we want our parents to trek, not every trek is suited to seniors.
We needed to specially design treks that can match a seniors age and strength. Which is why we have opened a special group to the Dayara Bugyal Trek for this purpose. This is not our regular trek, but a specially designed one for seniors.
On this special trek the pace of the trek is different. We do the trek at an easier pace. We also do not go the full distance of the Dayara Meadows.
Having said that, seniors get to experience the entire gamut of our regular Dayara Bugyal trek. They also do it in a beautiful season just when spring is setting in.
Whom is this trek meant for?
We have opened this trek specially for trekkers who are older in age. To do this trek you must fulfill the following criteria:
- Age: 58 to 65 years. If you are older, please write to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll talk to you and assess your physical condition before taking you in.
- You must lead an active lifestyle. You exercise regularly.
- For preparation, you must be able to walk 5 km in 60 minutes by the time the trek starts
- You must clear a Treadmill Test
Look out for these magical experiences on the trek
- Walking on the biggest expanse of high altitude meadows that you will see
- Stunning views of the Mt Bandarpoonch and Kala Nag
- Sunrise and sunset on the Gangotri ranges
- Staying at the Indiahikes Community Campus at Raithal — which is an experience of its own
- Reflective conversations and sessions throughout the trek
The gentle slopes of Dayara Bugyal. Photo by Arjun Majumdar.
The experience will be facilitated by our Senior Trek Leader with strong trekking and safety experience.
Expect Diligent Pre-Trek Guidance
We take certain steps to ensure a seamless experience on this trek for Seniors. The steps are as below:
- A dedicated Experience Coordinator will hand-hold you throughout your trek preparation.
- There will also be a Virtual Meet with your group and Indiahikes expert. This meet would be conducted to address all your questions and to come together as a team.
The Date for Seniors Trek is from May 4-9, 2023.
Here's a quick itinerary of the trek
May 4: Drive from Dehradun to Raithal (Drive distance: 185 km | Duration: 9 hours). Pick up will be arranged at 6:30 AM from Hotel Grand Legacy, Dehradun.
May 5: Raithal to Gui (Trek distance: 4.2 km | Duration: 5 hours)
May 6: Gui to Chilapada (Trek distance: 2 km | Duration: 2-3 hours)
May 7: Trek to Dayara Bugyal and back to Chilapada (Trek distance: 8.0 km | Duration: 6 hours)
May 8: Chilapada to Raithal (Trek distance: 6.3 km | Duration: 4-5 hours)
May 9: Drive from Raithal to Dehradun. You’ll be back to Dehradun by 7 PM.
The grand view of Mt. Bandarpoonch as seen from the Dayara Bugyal. Photo by Swathi Chatrapathy.
The trek is already open for registration.
Note: The trek fee costs Rs 9,845.
We have only 21 slots open for this group. Considering the number of requests we have received to open this special trek, we are expecting these slots to get filled up quickly. Do register as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about the trek or about the seniors’ program, do not hesitate to write to Nandana Kamasani, Head of Experience Coordination at Indiahikes. Her email id is email@example.com.