WORKING WITH INDIAHIKES

First, a bit about 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. We wanted everyone to trek! This was our philosophy (and still is).

To fund our documentation process we started organizing treks. We wanted to change the way people trekked. We wanted treks to be experienced and we wanted treks to be safe.

Whatever trekkers were experiencing it was something new. Trekkers loved the Indiahikes experience.The participation on our treks grew. Today, Indiahikes is India’s largest trek organization. Almost 20,000 people trek with Indiahikes every year.

As we progressed on our Indiahikes journey, we realized trekking was transforming lives in extraordinary ways. It was changing trekkers, it was changing us, it was changing our mountain folk and it was changing the society. 

It was very clear to us. The benefits went very deep, long lasting and touched every section of society. It was more imperative than ever that everyone trekked.

For everyone to trek, we had to go beyond just providing information. We had to remove obstacles that came in the way of trekking. We had to solve the problems of the trekking world. We had to innovate in every sphere of trekking.

A big problem that needed solving was where do people trek? We started to explore treks. That’s how trekkers started walking on some of the greatest treks in our country: Roopkund, Rupin Pass, Kashmir Great Lakes.

Even while exploring, we wanted to bring in a new kind of trekking. We wondered why people did not trek in winter. We explored and brought out Kedarkantha. Then the Chadar Frozen River trek.

We noticed how grave it was when people slipped on icy slopes. Our research led us to microspikes. Safety on treks changed forever after that. We were solving real problems.

When we noticed rising AMS cases on our treks, we brought in the oximeter from the medical world. It started to save lives. More problems were getting solved.

Our bio toilet was an extraordinary innovation. It not only decomposed human waste quickly, it ensured harmful bacteria did not enter the soil.

Our Green Trails vision to leave our mountains better resonated with trekkers deeply. Trek after trek, our trekkers helped clean up the mountains. We recycled and upcycled waste to an extent unimagined before. We were solving grassroot problems.

As early as 2010, we collaborated with the Indian Institute of Management, Indore to bring experiential learning to the highest echelons of Indian institutions. Today our Experiential Learning Division is on a mission to change the fundamentals of the education system in India — to make learning from the outdoors as important as learning in the classroom.

As we continue on our journey of solving problems, of removing obstacles, of innovating, it boils down to a very simple belief. It is our vision as well:

Everyone Must Trek.
It transforms lives.

Team members we're looking for

Just like us, you believe in our vision that "everyone must trek". 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 because you believe in our vision -- that "everyone must trek". You believe in it strongly and from the core of your heart. You want to remove obstacles; solve problems that are there in the trekking world. 

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

Open Positions

Team members we're looking for

Just like us, you believe in our vision that "everyone must trek". 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 because you believe in our vision -- that "everyone must trek". You believe in it strongly and from the core of your heart. You want to remove obstacles; solve problems that are there in the trekking world. 

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

Roles In The Outdoors

On Treks

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 that we are famous for. 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.
  • Unmarried
  • 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). If you have done these treks with Indiahikes, that is even better.
  • 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

If there are some roles that are written straight out of MBA textbooks. This is one of them. If you are keen to assist our Trek Leaders on our treks, learn leadership along with management skills, then this is the perfect opportunity. If you do well you could become a Trek Leader with us.

Trek leadership is not about taking trekkers from point A to B. It is about imparting the Indiahikes experience that stays with a trekker for a lifetime. These are no ordinary trek experiences. These incorporate the best of outdoor learning. 

ATLs undergo a 90 day training program before they are selected to become Trek Leaders with Indiahikes.

What you need to come with:

  • Very good fitness. Ability to run 5 kms under 30 mins. A BMI lower than 24.
  • Age: between 21 and 28. 
  • Male or Female
  • Work experience in other industries
  • Excellent English and Hindi communication skills
  • No smoking or drinking habits at all
  • Good trek experience, preferably Himalayan. Treks like Triund and Kheerganga do not count. If you have trekked with Indiahikes, we love that! You already understand the Indiahikes trek experience.  
  • If you are well-read, travelled extensively, have good exposure in life, you make the ideal Assistant Trek Leader.

During the 90 day training period, you earn a stipend. After which salary starts between 4.2 - 5.0 lakhs per annum. Salary depends on age, prior work experience, and score in the ATL program.

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

At The Basecamp

Assistant Slope Manager

It takes a lot to be a slope manager at Indiahikes. Which is why 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.

Salary starts at Rs 4.5 - 5.0 lakhs per annum. Food and stay is taken care of by Indiahikes. 

What we look for in an Assistant Slope Manager:

  • Age: Between 26 and 32 years (Male or Female)
  • 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: Smoking and drinking is not permitted under our work conditions.

Food and Beverages

Food Production Executives

At Indiahikes food is an important experience. Trekkers love the Indiahikes food experience. They look forward to not only tasting the local cuisine, but also to eating wholesome food that is just right for a trekker's needs.
 
We require Food Production Executives to take our food experience higher.
 
Salary starts at Rs 3.6 lakhs per annum. Food and stay is taken care of by Indiahikes. 
 
Your role is to:
  • Design wholesome and innovative menus
  • Ensure that our menu is strictly followed
  • Cook food at our camps
  • Conduct training for our cooks
  • Follow food and safety regulations
Qualification and background
  • Must have a qualification in Hotel Management or Food Craft
  • Must be fluent in Hindi and English
  • Minimum 22 years old
  • Work Experience: 1-3 years in the industry. Freshers can apply.
Work location is variable. Most of it is at our beautiful mountain slopes. Your work location will change season to season. In one season you may be in Himachal, in another you may be in Uttarakhand or Kashmir. People love this, but you need to know these realities as well. They are given below:
  • We work in the trekking world. You must love trekking.
  • You must be fit. Our work requires us to go up and down in the mountains. Without good fitness this role is not possible. Your BMI (Body Mass Index) must be between 18.5 and 23.9.
  • You must be unmarried
  • Male
  • No smoking or drinking or chewing of tobacco habits.

Roles in Bengaluru

Coordination Roles

Experience Coordinators

Experience Coordinators assist our trekkers in preparing for the trek. They not only mentally and physically prepare them, they also guide them on what to expect and not expect on the trek.  

They work closely with other departments to build unique experiences for our trekkers. Which is why they are called “Experience Coordinators”

The role also requires you to handle trekker queries, help them solve their problems, be an adviser to them and coordinate their movements. This is where the coordination part of the role comes in. 

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 Bengaluru.

Applicants for Experience Coordinators must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 23 years old. Upper age limit is 28 years.
  • Must have done treks (we prefer if you have done Himalayan treks. Otherwise local trek experience will do. 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.

Salary starts between 4.5 - 5.0 lakhs per annum.

Asst. Experience Coordinators

Do you want to be part of our experience coordination 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 6 hours a day for this. There are two shifts that we work on (9.30 am to 2.30 pm and the next shift is between 2.30 pm and 8.30 pm. You can opt to work on either of the two shifts. 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 3.0 lakhs per annum. Though the work is part-time home based, we want those who are Bengaluru based. The work requires you to come to the office once a week (for 6 hours).

Content-based Roles

Photo Editor

We are looking for photo-editors who can bring to life the Indian Himalayas on screen through the Indiahikes platform. 

This is a full-time role based in Bengaluru.

It requires strong editing, organising, and categorising skills, given that thousands of trekkers share their photos and videos with us every season (3-4 months). 

Ideally, we would like someone who has a keen eye for detail, who can differentiate a great photograph from an average one. 

Please note that we use media files received by trekkers in different platforms — website, Instagram, YouTube, offline posters. To fit this role, we are looking for someone who can bridge the gap between the photos we receive and the photos that we can use on these platforms. 

Applicants for photo-editors must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Experience in handling a large database of media files

  • Strong technical skills, should be able to work with Photoshop, Lightroom, In Design

  • Comfortable in a fast-paced environment with tight deadlines

  • Prior experience of working as a photo editor

 

Content Team Member

Content team members help build the brand that is Indiahikes. 

Indiahikes is known for its information. We have been building authentic, informative and creative content for our trekkers for the past 12 years. 

In this role, you write thought provoking articles, research the world of trekking, add more trek information to our website, and interview experts in the field. 

Outside writing, you also get opportunities to make videos, shoot photographs and be part of activities that help people understand our vision,values and goals.  

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.

For any role in the content team, these are our requirements:

  • We need you to write well. We don’t want you to have a masters in English, but writing fluently is an ability honed since childhood. When we see your application we will know. 
  • You are willing to be Bengaluru based.
  • Minimum 24 years of age.
  • You come with a minimum 3 years work experience (in any industry). We do give preference to those from the world of media or have exposure to the world of content. 

Salary starts between 5.0 - 6.0 lakhs per annum.

Junior Content Team Member

Do you want to be part of the content team but do not match our age, eligibility or experience criteria? You can apply to be a Junior Content Team Member. The role of the JCT is to be part of  the content team and take on responsibilities that are part of the whole team. The role is fairly exciting, because JCTs generally get to do a variety of work. From handling cameras, to writing feature stories, to publishing articles, to archiving photographs, to replying to comments. Gradually, as they gain experience, they become a regular content team member with their own responsibilities. 

We need you to write well. We don’t want you to have a masters in English, but writing fluently is an ability honed since childhood. When we see your application we will know.

  • You are willing to be Bengaluru based. 
  • Minimum 21 years of age. Maximum 29 years. 
  • Salary starts between 3.6 - 4.5 lakhs per annum.

Trek Documenter

Do you know Indiahikes started as a trek documentation organisation. We document treks all over India in great detail so that anyone can trek on their own. Thousands of trekkers use our detailed documentations to trek everyday. This database is highly respected for its credibility and authenticity. Today, the Indiahikes website is the largest database of trek information in our country. It is only growing.  

We are looking for Trek Documenters to grow our documentation. We want to document trekking trails anywhere in the country, and even outside the country. 

Trek Documenters get a chance to go on a lot of exploratory treks. 

We are looking for team members who are

  • Have good research skills 
  • Good written and spoken communication skills.
  • Are passionate about trekking (and have done lots of treks)

This is a full time role that requires you to be based in Bengaluru. If you are keen to contribute but cannot relocate to Bangalore, write to us as well. We will see if we can work with you remotely.

Salary starts between 4.5 - 5.0 lakhs per annum.

Administrative Roles

Asst. 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 3 years of work experience. We are looking at those in the age group of 25-28.

Finance Associate

At Indiahikes, we manage complex operations, working in remote locations, with different payment structures. We are looking for a team member who can perform various financial and accounting tasks, such as preparing financial reports, budgets, managing accounting records, handling payments, and preparing payroll documents.

This also involves working closely with our Chartered Accountant and assisting them with financial documentation and annual audits. 

We are looking for team members who: 

  • Are proficient with Tally
  • Have a minimum qualification of a B.Com
  • Have at least 2 years of work experience in the field of finance
  • Love trekking and have done treks. 

This is a full-time position based out of Bengaluru. Expect salaries between 4.2 - 4.8 lakhs per annum.

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.

The Core Values that make us who we are

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

You are Humble

Humility is the biggest trait we look for in our team members. Even if an applicant is highly skilled, or experience 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. A humble person makes for an ideal team member. They are open to feedback, easily teachable, curious and eager to learn.They are able to grow and nurture the organisation

Humility is practiced everyday at Indiahikes. Those who are not humble are not encouraged to be at Indiahikes.

You are a Sustainability Champion

At Indiahikes we have taken the responsibility of bringing in systems that make trekking more sustainable. We are here to leave our mountains 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 compost our waste. We lead minimalist lives. This extends to everyone working here.

If you do not lead a sustainable life, you cannot be with us at Indiahikes.

You are Fit

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.

If you are unfit and do not have a fitness routine, you cannot work at Indiahikes.

You show Care

To show care for our trekkers is to put the needs and interests of our trekkers before our own. It means sacrificing ourselves on behalf of our trekkers. Caring means using our time, skills, and talents to help our trekkers. 

To show care is giving beyond what is required. Nobody asks you to do it. Showing care is one of our biggest differentiators at work. It has helped Indiahikes be where it is today. If you do not show care, eventually you will be a misfit at Indiahikes.

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 to us about (1) why you wish to work at Indiahikes. (2) Tell us why the Indiahikes vision resonates with you. 
  • 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.