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 of two reasons: One, they want to experience the unique Indiahikes trek experience. Two, we are known to be the safest trekking organisation. They trek in comfort knowing that Indiahikes is looking after their safety.

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.

Coming to safety, most modern safety practices, safety protocols and safety equipment that you see in Indian trekking have been introduced 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. 

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.

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

Work Culture

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. 

Being at Indiahikes changes 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.

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. 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 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. 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 at our 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.

Assistant Experience Coordinators

Do you want to be part of our experience creation team? But cannot work full-time? This is a part-time home based role for those who cannot join our office team. The role requires you to assist our Experience Coordinator team.

You need to commit to 5-6 hours a day for this. This would be at usual office hours (it cannot be done after office hours). The timings have some flexibility though. We work on Saturdays too, so the work is between Monday and Saturday.

The role requires excellent communication skills (English and Hindi). Prior work experience is required.

Salary starts at 2.4 lakhs per annum. You need to be Bengaluru based. The work requires you to come to office once a week (for 5-6 hours).

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

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 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 45 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 35 day period of intensive training in the mountains. If your assessment is successful at the end of 45 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.

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

Assistant Slope Managers

It takes a lot to be a slope manager at Indiahikes. They ensure that our treks run smoothly, our backend operations are flawless and trekkers get to experience the unique Indiahikes trek experience that we are famous for.
 
This requires them to ensure that logistics of supply, camp setup and  finance are taken care of.
 
In addition they take care of our mountain staff and Trek Leaders. They ensure that their team members have a healthy career growth.
 
It requires a high order of management skills to be a slope manager at Indiahikes. It is a 24 hour job based out of our mountain basecamps.
 
The best compliment we get about our slope management is when the Indian Institutes of Management wonder how are we able to pull off such complex slope operations in the remotest locations of our country. Slope management at Indiahikes is so admired that IIMs write case studies on us to be taught in their classrooms.
 
We are looking at Assistant Slope Managers to assist our Slope Managers.
 
The role would involve more or less the entire gamut of work that the Slope Manager does with the final responsibility resting on the Slope Manager. Assistant Slope Managers can look forward to being promoted as Slope Managers if they show good growth at their work.
 
What we look for in an Assistant Slope Manager:
 
Age: Between 26 and 32 years
Work Experience: Essential in other industries, especially in a supervisory or management role.
Trek Experience: Must have good trek experience
Behaviour and attitude: Humble, respectful and courteous. Being frugal is what we admire. You prefer a bus over a taxi.
Location of work: Must be willing to be stationed in the mountains for long. Our work locations are beautiful and shift every season.
Marital status: Unmarried
Habits: No smoking or drinking strictly.

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.

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.