WORKING WITH INDIAHIKES

First, a bit about Indiahikes

The start-up of Indiahikes. Indiahikes started primarily as a trek documentation organization. We explored, wrote and documented treks. We did this in great detail so that everyone could organize their own treks. We believed no one needed an organization like Indiahikes to take them on treks. This was our philosophy (and still is).

To fund our documentation process, we started organizing treks. The participation on our treks grew. People loved the Indiahikes experience. Today, Indiahikes is India’s largest trek organization. Almost 20,000 people trek with Indiahikes every year.

However, people do not trek with us because we are the largest. They do so because we are known to be the safest trekking organisation. They trek in comfort knowing that Indiahikes is looking after their safety. Most modern safety practices, safety protocols and safety equipment that you see in Indian trekking have been introduced by Indiahikes.

What made Indiahikes grow? We believe we redefined the way trekking was done in India. Indiahikes was responsible for the growth of Indian trekking from 2008 onward.

Outside safety, most trekking trails, trekking processes, environment policies, was introduced to Indian trekking by Indiahikes. This is our legacy.

Treks like Roopkund, Rupin Pass, Kedarkantha, Kashmir Great Lakes, Buran Ghati, Tarsar Marsar, Brahmatal, Phulara Ridge and 6 others have been brought out in Indian trekking by Indiahikes.

Our Green Trails project has transformed how our mountain trails are managed. The Green Trails team has brought down more than 50 tons of mountain waste from our trekking trails. 

This was not easy – it has taken us over 10 years to bring in these systems. This can be seen in the trust our trekkers have reposed on us. We are now India’s largest and safest trekking organisation. 

Today, we are continuing on our vision to define the future of trekking.

That is why working at Indiahikes is very rewarding. You see results of your effort immediately. However, it requires the right kind of team members to be at Indiahikes.

In this context read our work requirement below.

Team members we're looking for

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

  • Work at our office
  • Work in the outdoors

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. At the same time you are keen to grow Indiahikes, as well as grow your own skills.

You must want to work at Indiahikes only if your skills and talent can contribute to the growth of Indiahikes. At the same time you must be able to learn new skills and enhance old ones. This way you will be able to take your personal growth forward.

Do not apply at Indiahikes because you may get a chance to go trekking. Or travel interests you.

With this in mind, take a look at the open positions (on your left) 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 two ways in which you may work with Indiahikes.

  • Work at our office
  • Work in the outdoors

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. At the same time you are keen to grow Indiahikes, as well as grow your own skills.

You must want to work at Indiahikes only if your skills and talent can contribute to the growth of Indiahikes. At the same time you must be able to learn new skills and enhance old ones. This way you will be able to take your personal growth forward.

Do not apply at Indiahikes because you may get a chance to go trekking. Or travel interests you.

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

Work at our office

Trek Coordinator

Trek Coordinator runs Indiahikes treks from our office in Bangalore. It is a role that has communication at its crux. Along with running treks efficiently, you build trek experiences that stays with trekkers. You talk extensively with trekkers, understand and learn from their experience. You also work closely with our operations team setting experiences in place.

The role requires you to handle trekker queries, help them solve their problems and be an adviser to them. The skills learnt here are like an MBA program. Which is why as you grow in the role you usually get involved in core Indiahikes management. 

Applicants for Trek Coordinators must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 22 years old.
  • Must have done treks (we prefer if you have done Himalayan treks)
  • Must have 2 years of work experience (in other industries).
  • Must be willing to work from  Bengaluru 
  • Must have excellent English and Hindi communication skills. We would like to test your written English.
  • Male/Female. We are looking for an independent thinking, humble person.

Content Team

The content team at Indiahikes is in charge of taking the Indiahikes brand experience forward. Our content is known to be authentic, thought provoking and, above all, is the last word on trekking. We want the content team to grow that.

As a content team member, your primary focus is to take the brand values of Indiahikes forward. You will write thought provoking articles, create videos and podcasts. You will also have an opportunity to grow our social engagement, and a chance to work on our community. The variety in the role is enormous; the work is global. Growth in this role is rapid, usually within months.

The skills learnt here are applicable in any organisation where digital content is made. What we require:

  • Someone who writes well. By “well” we mean simple, honest writing that shows knowledge, maturity and good command of English.
  • Someone who likes to make films, videos or podcasts. You don't need to be a film maker or have prior experience, but the role does require you to pick up film making quickly. An inherent understanding of films helps.
  • Someone who is curious about the world of trekking.  You need to be someone who is instinctively curious, willing to research and learn about the mountains. Yes, you must like trekking.
  • Someone from a media background. We prefer if you are a journalist or from the media.This is not an absolute must, but someone who has an idea about how to write for the web, how to structure articles, what kind of content works, will really help. We’re alright if you are from a different line looking to switch to writing, provided you can write well.
  • Someone with at least two years of work experience (any industry). Work experience does not have to be in writing or media. When someone comes with work ex, they bring in new perspectives and wisdom from their previous work. If you are freshly starting, that's ok. But do try to impress us with your writing.
  • Someone willing to be Bengaluru based. This is an absolute must. We’re looking for those willing to work full time from our Bengaluru office. No part-timers or freelancers please.
  • Minimum 23 years old.
  • To apply, write a 300 word piece on “How Indiahikes must approach digital content in future.”

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.

Work in the outdoors

Trek Leader

Trek leaders lead the Indiahikes teams in the mountains. Trek leaders ensure that more than leading trekkers on a trek, trekkers take back a permanent change in their mind, body and spirit. We believe the outdoors have a profound impact on us. It is the trek leaders job to bring about this change.

Trek leading is a skill that is learned. You devote up to one month for Asst Trek Leader Training (ATL), followed by a period of 4-6 months as a Provisional Trek Leader (PTL). Training is imparted on leadership, safety, operations and climbing skills. At the end of the PTL program you go on to become a trek leader at Indiahikes. 

The ATL program pays candidates a stipend of Rs 4,000 per week (this lasts approximately 30-45 days). During the Provisional Trek Leader training, candidates get a stipend of Rs 25,000 per month (for about 4-6 months). After the training program, trek leaders earn between Rs 4.2 and Rs 6.0 lakhs per annum. Some earn more depending on their performance.

Applicants for Trek Leaders must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 24 years of age. Male/Female.
  • Must have a Basic Mountaineering Course certificate from a reputed Institute.
  • Must have done at least two high altitude Himalayan treks (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 not permitted under our work conditions. If you smoke or drink then it is something that you need to leave behind.

Assistant Trek Leader

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

Basically, this 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
  • Must have done at least two high altitude treks in the Himalayas. (Triund and Kheerganga do not count as trek experience).
  • 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 habit at all.
  • ATLs undergo extensive training before being considered as trek leaders with Indiahikes. The training is in two stages. First stage is an assessment period of 30-45 days. If your assessment is successful, after forty five days you become a Provisional Trek Leader (PTL). The PTL training program can last between 4-6 months. During the first assessment period you earn a stipend of Rs 4,000 per week. As a PTL you earn a stipend of Rs 25,000 per month.
  • In between or after the training program you must get a basic mountaineering course done. After the course you get promoted as Trek leader. Once a trek leader, your earnings range between Rs 4.2 and Rs 6.0 lakhs per annum. Some earn more depending on their performance.

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

This video interview of our Trek Leader will also give you a good idea about what the role involves. 

Work Culture

Working at Indiahikes is interesting, involving, invigorating, demanding but never boring. We are doing futuristic work. We are working to define the future of trekking.

What we do impacts the lives of others in a big way. Very few work environments exist that allow us to do this on an everyday basis. This adds a deeper meaning to our lives. 

Being at Indiahikes changes lives. It changes the way one thinks and behaves. 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 Sandhya Chandrasekharayya: [email protected]
CC: Arjun Majumdar: [email protected]
Subject: Working with Indiahikes — (name of position)

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

Note: Sometimes applications get rejected because they have not followed the complete application process as mentioned in “How to Apply” above. Applications also get rejected when it is too much about themselves (a lot of passion for trekking, travel but not much else).

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.