WORKING WITH INDIAHIKES

First, a bit about Indiahikes

Over 12 years ago, our founders, Arjun Majumdar and Sandhya UC, started Indiahikes with one simple belief  —Everyone Must Trek. They wanted to do this by bringing out information about treks, and by instilling the right spirit of trekking in India. 

What began as a humble blogpost about the Roopkund trek has now blossomed into India’s largest database of trek related information.

Not just that, over 20,000 trekkers trek with us every year, to remote corners of the Himalayas, making Indiahikes the Largest Trekking Community in India. 

However, trekkers do not trek with us because we are the largest. They trek with us because of our beliefs, our passion for trekking and our core values. They see a stark difference between us and others. 

It is with these values that we are defining the future of trekking in India. We do this in our everyday work. That is why working at Indiahikes is very rewarding. You see results of your effort immediately. The impact is big. The reach is far and wide. 

In this context read our work requirement below. The process to apply is also given below.

Team members we're looking for

Just like us, if you want to define the future of trekking in our country, there are three ways in which you may work with Indiahikes.

  • Work at our office
  • Work in the outdoors
  • Work from home

While trekking is a passion, the main reason to work with us is to create an impact on the trekking world. You want your work to be noticed. You want to learn new skills. At the same time you are keen to grow Indiahikes.

With this in mind, take a look at the open positions (on your left, click on any position) and choose one that may suit you best. Do not choose multiple options. 

Open Positions

Team members we're looking for

Just like us, if you want to define the future of trekking in our country, there are three ways in which you may work with Indiahikes.

  • Work at our office
  • Work in the outdoors
  • Work from home

While trekking is a passion, the main reason to work with us is to create an impact on the trekking world. You want your work to be noticed. You want to learn new skills. At the same time you are keen to grow Indiahikes.

With this in mind, take a look at the open positions (on your left, click on any position) and choose one that may suit you best. Do not choose multiple options. 

Work in the outdoors

Trek Leaders

Trek leaders lead the Indiahikes teams in the mountains. Trek leaders ensure that more than leading trekkers on a trek, trekkers take back a transformative change in their mind, body and spirit.

Trek leaders ensure that trekkers get to experience the unique Indiahikes trek experience. They are also the carriers of the Indiahikes brand.

Trek leading is a skill that is learned. You devote up to 90 days for a training and mentorship program. Training is imparted on leadership, safety, experience building, operations and technical skills. At the end of the program you go on to become a trek leader at Indiahikes.

Applicants for Trek Leaders must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 24 years of age. Male/Female. We encourage women to be trek leaders.
  • Must have a minimum of a Basic Mountaineering Course certificate from a reputed Institute.
  • Must have done at least two high altitude Himalayan treks that go above 14,000 feet.
  • Must be willing to acquire a BLS certification (basic life support). A BLS certification can be done in any metro city at reputed hospitals.
  • Must have excellent English and Hindi communication skills.
  • Work experience in a leadership role in a different industry is preferred.
  • Must follow an active fitness regimen. BMI (Body Mass Index) must be between 18.5 and 24.9.
  • Smoking and drinking is strictly not permitted under our work conditions.

Assistant Trek Leaders

Would you like to assist Indiahikes trek leaders? Perhaps be a future trek leader? If so, then the ATL program is suitable for you.

The ATL role is for individuals who do not fully satisfy trek leader selection criteria (background, qualification, age, etc) but looking to be future trek leaders with Indiahikes

ATL applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum 22 years old.
  • Open to both men and women. Women make very good trek leaders!
  • Must have done at least two high altitude treks in the Himalayas. (Triund and Kheerganga do not count as trek experience). OR 6 treks in the Sahyadris/any other region
  • Work experience in other industries is given preference
  • Must have excellent English and Hindi communication skills.
  • Must follow an active fitness regimen. BMI (Body Mass Index) must be between 18.5 and 23.9.
  • No smoking or drinking habits at all.

ATLs undergo extensive training before being considered as trek leaders with Indiahikes. The training is in two stages. First stage is an induction period of 10 days at our Bengaluru office followed by a 90 day period of intensive training in the mountains. If your assessment is successful at the end of 90 days, you become a Trek Leader with Indiahikes.

During the ATL training program you earn a stipend of Rs 4,000 per week. Once a trek leader, your earnings range between Rs 4.0 and Rs 6.0 lakhs per annum at the first level. Earnings increase considerably when you move to the second and third levels of responsibility (usually in one and a half to two years time)

Before you apply for the post of an assistant trek leader, see this video about what the job involves.

Content-based Roles

Content Team Members

Indiahikes is known for its information. We have been building authentic, informative and creative content for our trekking database for the past 12 years. We are the Trekipedia of the country. Every Content team member helps grow this vast database of trek information. 

In this role, you write thought provoking articles, research the world of trekking, document treks, interview experts in the field, work on photographs, videos and podcasts. 

As a member of the content team, you also take the growth of Indiahikes forward. 

The variety in the role is enormous; the work is global. Growth in this role is rapid.

The mandatory requirements are that: 

  • You write well. Excellent communication skills in English are a must
  • You have prior exposure or experience to the content world
  • You are willing to be Bangalore based

Graphic Designer

As a Graphic Designer, you play an integral role as a content creator and visual communicator at Indiahikes. In this role you will always be designing things at Indiahikes — infographics, posters, merchandise, maps. You will work across different mediums. You will collaborate with the experience team, the content team and all merchandise team. 

For this,

  • You need to have a good design background.
  • You’ll need to know Photoshop / Illustrator.
  • Knowing InDesign would also be helpful. 

We would like to see your work. So when you apply, please send us links to your work.

Like other roles, you must be Bengaluru based. It is a full time role out of our office.

Photographers cum Filmmakers

We are looking at photographers cum filmmakers who can take the level of images and videos higher on our website.

If your photos and videos have been featured anywhere, then you are already the kind of person we are looking at.

Ideally, we would like you to be a photographer and a filmmaker rolled into one. 

We like those who have multiple skills. A good sense of design is required. Understanding website design and how it works is very important.

Location: This role will require to be on our treks. You may move from one trek to another. From time to time you may have to work out of our Bangalore office as well. 

Technical skills: You must know Photoshop/Lightroom, Final Cut Pro/Premier Pro and After Effects.

Application: To apply send us links to your photos and videos (do not attach any images), along with the prescribed application process. Also let us know about the photography/film-making equipment that you currently own.

Experience-based Roles

Learning and Development Team Member

Indiahikes is known for its extensive learning and development programmes. New team members enter the organisation with little or no experience, and are honed into the best Trek Leaders and outdoor experts. This happens only through our learning and development processes. 

As a Learning and Development Team Member, you are responsible for creating and implementing strong training modules at Indiahikes. Your objective is to improve the technical and soft skills of team members at Indiahikes and make them globally competitive. 

Your work will include: 

  • Researching extensively on training modules that can be adopted for outdoor leadership training. It would also mean creating these modules, researching into case-studies within the organisation.  
  • Developing and implementing new training programmes (online as well as offline)
  • Collaborating with the best training teams from across the world to create training modules and workshops for Indiahikes.

We would prefer someone who has a background in developing ‘learning and development’ modules. If you are familiar with Indiahikes or have trekked with us, that’s a bonus.

The role is full-time out of our Bangalore office.

Experience Coordinators

Experience Coordinators help build the unique trek experience that Indiahikes is known for. You focus primarily on the pre and the post trek experience, while our Trek Leaders focus on the 'on-trek' experience. 

You work closely with other departments to build these experiences. You talk extensively with trekkers, understand and learn from their experience. The role requires considerable imagination and creativity.

The role also requires you to handle trekker queries, help them solve their problems, be an adviser to them and coordinate their movements.

It is a role that has communication at its crux. Which is why people who are well-travelled, socially friendly and with good exposure to the outside world, do well in this role.

Experience Coordinators work out of our office in Bangalore. 

Applicants for Experience Coordinators must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 23 years old. Upper age limit 28 years.
  • Must have done treks (we prefer if you have done Himalayan treks. If you have trekked with Indiahikes, that's even better!)
  • If you have work experience (in other industries), it greatly matters.
  • Must be willing to work from Bengaluru 
  • Must have excellent English and Hindi communication skills. We will test your written English.
  • Female or Male.

Experiential Learning Team Members

Experiential learning is the dynamic world where we learn from the outdoors. At Indiahikes the leading IIMs and top B-schools have partnered with Indiahikes to impart experiential learning programs to their students. School, colleges and professional institutes too have partnered with Indiahikes for an experiential learning component in their curriculum.

It is a field of study that is growing enormously at Indiahikes. The beautiful part is that many of our learning from the experiential learning studies are now key experiences on our regular treks. For our experiential learning team we are looking for:

  1. Business development: You will need to visit schools/colleges and professional institutes to talk to them about our experiential learning programs. 
  2. Program designers: You will help our team in designing experiential programs as well as imparting them. It requires you to come with a background in designing experiential learning programs.

Community Managers

At Indiahikes, we have always looked at ourselves as a community of trekkers. Our trekkers don’t look at us like an organisation as well — more as a place where people can get together and be with each other. Even today, internally, we feel like the Largest Trekking Community, not the Largest Trekking Organisation. 

For the first time, we are looking for a dedicated Community Managers to help us grow this community. This person would be directly responsible for the growth of the community, bringing in the right community members who share the same values and keeping the community engaged and thriving. 

The role requires extensive communication skills, the ability to envision and execute online and offline events, and the skill to build connections with people. 

This role is Bengaluru based and full time. Prior experience in community building is not required (we admit that it is a rare skill).

Assistant Operations Managers

Indiahikes runs one of the most complex trek operations. Imagine running treks all over the country, 365 days a year, remotely (without phone signals), yet at the level of quality, consistency and experience that we are known for. 

People are astonished at how we are able to do it. Yet, this is our skill and ability.

We need more members to join our operations team. As a team member you will help us streamline our processes, introduce new systems and innovate our trekking experiences.

You must be Bengaluru based, with at least 2 years of work experience. We are looking at those in the age group of 23-28.

Administrative Roles

Recruitment Manager

At Indiahikes, the work we do is futuristic. It requires exposure, sharpness and intelligence. It also requires every team member to be humble, caring and have the right values. 

We give recruitment a lot of importance. Which is why we have always done recruitment personally, splitting the work among us. 

We realise that it is a task that we cannot do ourselves forever. Which is why, for the first time, we are looking to have a team member join us. 

As a recruitment manager, your main aim is to help us recruit the right people at Indiahikes. You do this by: 

  • Managing the current recruitment process (e.g. application, onboarding processes). 
  • Interviewing applicants and assessing their skills and values; scheduling and managing each applicant’s selection process.
  • Keeping track of all the organisation’s requirements and designing recruitment plans accordingly.
  • Building a professional network for Indiahikes by maintaining relationships with educational institutions (they send their students for placements at Indiahikes).
  • You will be required to work at least 5-6 hours a day from our office in Bengaluru. 

Applicants must fulfil the given criteria

  • Female
  • Above 28 years of age 
  • Must have strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Must have strong assessment skills
  • Should be able to work 5-6 hours a day from our office in Bengaluru. The work is part-time, but during regular business hours.
  • If you have trekked with Indiahikes and understand our values and culture, we would love that. 

Note: Our recruitment process is not similar to any HR work done by corporates. You do not need that experience to apply for this role.

The Core Values that make us who we are

These are values that anybody working here is expected to imbibe.

We Stand For Information

Trekking in India can grow only with the presence of credible information. Which is why, since 2008, we have been painstakingly documenting treks across the country. Today, we are the largest database of trek information, with 220+ documented treks, 1,200 helpful blogs and 400+ videos on trekking. Everyone at Indiahikes imbibes this expertise in information. Even someone working in Finance!

We are Sustainability Champions

At Indiahikes we have taken the responsibility of bringing in systems that make trekking more sustainable. We not only want to “Leave no Trace” but we want to leave trails better. We do this through our Green Trails project. And for this, the best place to begin is at home. So, everyone at Indiahikes is a sustainability champion. We buy little or no packaged goods, we use no disposables. We lead minimalist lives. This extends to everyone working here.

We Promote Active Fitness

We expect trekkers to be fit for our treks. It holds true for all of us at Indiahikes as well. If we are unfit, then we have little right to ask trekkers to be fit on our treks. To us, fitness is a way of life. This means everyone has a fitness routine, everyone is always ready to go on a Himalayan trek the next day. Even someone from the content team.

We Value Humility

Humility is the biggest trait we look for in our team members. Even if an applicant is highly skilled, but not humble, we do not take them. You’ll find this as a virtue among all team members at Indiahikes — whether it’s our founders, our Trek Leaders or our local staff members. It makes everyone down to earth, open to feedback and eager to learn. This is something we highly value.

We Are Deeply Caring

Indiahikes is known to be a very caring organisation. We go out of our way to care for our trekkers, our colleagues and our organisation. It is another extension of being humble. You’ll notice this in every interaction with Indiahikes, where our team members go out of their way to care, always putting others ahead of themselves. Trekkers deeply appreciate this value about Indiahikes — even those not trekking with us.

We Pay Attention To Detail

Paying attention to detail is the difference between achieving our vision and not. By paying attention to detail, we are able to bring in a new way of looking at work. We are at our creative best, bringing in new innovations and in the process, defining the future of trekking. It’s what makes work fun and interesting. It’s also why our work adds meaning to our lives.

We Create Unique Trek Experiences

Today, trekkers trek with Indiahikes not to trek in the Himalayas, but so that they can get the The Indiahikes Experience. This experience starts from the moment they land on our website and continues well after they have completed their trek.  The actual trek is just one part of The Indiahikes Experience.  Every person here is responsible for designing The Indiahikes Experience through their work — whether it’s the Content Team, the finance team or the operations team.

Why our Work Culture is unique

Working at Indiahikes is interesting and demanding but never boring. We are doing futuristic work.

What we do impacts the lives of others and ourselves in a big way. This adds a deeper meaning to our lives. It changes the way we think and behave. It makes us a better and a higher order human being. At Indiahikes, we are not only on a fulfilling journey of making trekking better but also on a personal journey of self discovery.

How to apply

For all positions email Arjun Majumdar: [email protected]
CC: Sandhya Chandrasekharayya: [email protected]

Subject: Working with Indiahikes — (name of position)

Arjun Majumdar is the CEO and founder of Indiahikes. Sandhya Chandrasekharayya, is the COO and Co-founder at Indiahikes. 

What to include in your email application

  • Your recently updated resume (Even if you don’t have a background in trekking, your past work experience matters to us.)
  • Write a paragraph about why you wish to work at Indiahikes. A passion for trek and travel is important, but must not be the only reason for you to apply.
  • Write another paragraph about what skills and talents of yours make you suitable for the role.
  • If you have any trek experience, mention it in the email.
  • Any specific write up or inclusions as mentioned in the role description

A note about your application status

We receive a large number of applications. If you are shortlisted we will write back within seven days, usually quicker. If you do not hear from us within 7 days in all probability your application has been rejected. You can, of course, remind us again in case you feel you are the right fit for Indiahikes.

Note: Sometimes applications get rejected because they have not followed the complete application process as mentioned in “What to include in your email” above.

What does it mean to work at Indiahikes?

Working at a startup can be extremely rewarding and equally frustrating. At Indiahikes everyone seems to be doing everything! It is very different from a corporate culture. Here responsibilities are high, work is busy. People love what they do.

At Indiahikes, the work is very entrepreneurial in nature. You have the freedom to grow your work and dream big. Our work adds meaning to our life. We ensure this by doing impactful work.

The world of the mountains is a constantly changing world. At Indiahikes we meet challenges head on. Our work is definitive and futuristic. We define the future of trekking in India by bringing in innovations. Be it in Trek Experience, designing trekking equipment, high altitude training or documenting and discovering new treks. 

In this video, our chief editor Swathi Chatrapathy interviews Indiahikes founder Arjun Majumdar on what it means to work at Indiahikes. In this video he talks about the core values of Indiahikes and who would make the right fit at our organisation.