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What It Means To Be A Trek Leader At Indiahikes - A Short Film
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By Swathi Chatrapathy
Did you know that the concept of a Trek Leader in Indian trekking took birth at Indiahikes?
Until Indiahikes came about, most people would trek with guides, who would take trekkers from Point A to Point B. They’d be able to tell you the route and a few stories about the trails, not much else.
But our founder had always envisioned a Trek Leader very differently. A Trek Leader would keep you safe, handle emergencies, care for you, scold you, take medical calls, help you reflect on your experience, have conversations with you about your life, your work, your learnings. In his mind, a Trek Leader was truly a “leader,” not a guide.
It was with this thought he led the initial few groups himself and later coined the term Trek Leader, which has gone on to become one of the most meaningful careers in the outdoors.
We’ve always wanted to capture the essence of Trek Leading in a film. But the role has evolved so much over the years (and still evolving) that it was not easy to make a film on it.
But our film maker Mayur Srivastav, somehow, has been able to capture the heart and emotion of the role in a lovely short film.
The film tells you where the concept of Trek Leading came from, the seriousness of Trek Leading as a career, the challenges of Trek Leading and the impact of trek leading.
Watch it yourself and then share your thoughts in the comments below!
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