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. This was our philosophy.

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.

What made Indiahikes grow? We believe we redefined the way trekking was done in India. If you look at it most trekking trails, trekking processes, safety systems, environment policies, you will notice that they have been introduced to Indian trekking by Indiahikes. Trekkers saw it first hand. They loved what they saw and they spread the message to others.

Now, we are looking at those who are keen on  defining the future of trekking in our country.

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 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 to be involved in this world in some way or the other.

Which is why roles change constantly at Indiahikes. You may join as a trek coordinator and shift to operations. A content team member may go on to start a new division. Or a trek leader can become a slope manager.

With this in mind, take a look at the open positions and choose one that may suit you best. 

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 to be involved in this world in some way or the other.

Which is why roles change constantly at Indiahikes. You may join as a trek coordinator and shift to operations. A content team member may go on to start a new division. Or a trek leader can become a slope manager.

With this in mind, take a look at the open positions and choose one that may suit you best. 

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. Salary starts at Rs 4.2 lacs per annum.

Applicants for Trek Experience Managers 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.

Digital Content Team

The digital content team at Indiahikes is in charge of taking the Indiahikes digital experience forward. This involves content creation, social media management, SEO and conversion rate optimization. Indiahikes is primarily an information and content-driven organisation. Our content is known to be authentic, thought provoking and, above all, is the last word on trekking. We want the digital marketing team to grow that.

As a digital marketing team member, you will write thought provoking articles , create videos and podcasts. You will also have an opportunity to grow our social engagement, 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. Salary starts at Rs 4.5 lakhs per annum. 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 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 fulfill point one.
  • 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 out then 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 content is changing the future of trekking”.

Photographer

Indiahikes website is known for its high quality images. We are looking at photographers who can take the level of images higher on our website.

Photographers with excellent photography skills suit the role. If your photographs have been featured anywhere, then you are already the kind of person we are looking at.

This role does not suit those who want to go on treks and shoot photographs. This role is similar to a newspaper editors. Like a newspaper editor, here too you decide on which photograph to select, feature and showcase on the Indiahikes website. You are also required to take the website forward in terms of the quality of imagery. While you do get opportunity to go on treks, that is the not what happens everyday.

We like those who have multiple skills. A knowledge of video film making would be helpful. A good sense of design is required. Understanding website design and how it works is very important.

Technical skills: You must know Photoshop/Lightroom, Final Cut Pro/Premier Pro and After Effects. This role is based in Bengaluru and is full time.

To apply send us links to your photos (do not attach any images), along with the prescribed application process

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. 

Slope Manager

Would you like to manage our teams on the slopes? The role has management, training and leadership rolled into it. The slope manager takes care of the quality of our treks, our trek leaders and the mountain staff at any slope. Though everyone reports to the slope manager, it is the slope manager's job to grow everyone.

Slope managers are assigned to a base camp on any of our major trekking zones. They are stationed at the base camp for the duration of the trekking season. At the end of the season the slope manager moves to another slope of operation. For example, the Slope Manager may start work in Uttarakhand in May, move to Kashmir in July, return to Himachal in September, move on to Sikkim in October.

It requires hard work with the willingness to get your hands dirty. No work is too big or small for the slope manager. At one time they may be briefing trekkers and within minutes they may be setting up a compost pit.

Salary starts at 5.0 lakhs per annum. Food and stay is taken care of by Indiahikes. What we require:

  • Minimum 26 years old
  • Must have done at least four high altitude treks in the Himalayas. (Triund and Kheerganga do not count as trek experience).
  • Work experience in other industries is required.
  • 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.
  • Smoking and drinking is not permitted under our work conditions.

Work from home

Technology Coordinator

Sandhya Chandrashekarayya: You will work directly with me. I am looking at someone who will drive all technology projects at Indiahikes. At Indiahikes we have a lot of technology projects — some of them to make our work easier and some that takes trekking forward. As a technology coordinator you need to interact with developers, work out a time estimate and follow up with both the developers and Indiahikes team members. Yes, a bit of project management is part of the role. But the main role is to take technology at Indiahikes forward.

This role suits if you are in the IT world with minimum of 3-4 years of work experience. It is a part-time, homes based role. The work will take 5-6 hours everyday, in regular working hours. Salary starts at Rs 3.0 lakhs per annum.

Assistant Creative Coordinator

This is a part-time, home based role for those who cannot join our office. This role suits those who are temporarily not at their current work. The role requires you to be part of our writing team.

The responsibilities are varied, but usually specialised. For example, you may be required to write articles for our trek pages, or sometimes write independent articles. Or you may be asked to work with our social media team. Each of these roles are usually  independent and creative in nature. It requires you to nurture the responsibility on your own.

Which is why we are not looking for those who are fresh out of college. Prior work experience in other industries in good positions best suits these roles. You do not need prior experience in creative or writing roles. However, if you do have a journalism background, it helps. We’ll anyway put you through a training program to show you how to write for these roles.

This role cannot be done after office hours. It does not suit those who would like to supplement their regular income after office hours.

The role, needless to say, requires impeccable written English skills. You need to commit to 5-6 hours a day for this. This would be at usual office hours, but with some flexibility. We work on Saturdays too, so the work is between Monday and Saturday. Salary starts at 2.4 lakhs per annum.

You need to be at least 25 years old.

Assistant Trek Coordinator

Assistant trek coordinators help trek coordinators carry out their responsibility efficiently. Usually assistant trek coordinators (ATC) are given independent responsibility that they need to look into. The role has communication at its core.

You need to commit to 5-6 hours a day for this. This would be at usual office hours, but with some flexibility. We work on Saturdays too, so the work is between Monday and Saturday. This role cannot be done after office hours. It does not suit those who would like to supplement their regular income after office hours.

The role, needless to say, requires impeccable written English skills.  You are expected to know good communicative Hindi as well. Salary starts at 2.4 lakhs per annum.

Applicants for Asst Trek Coordinators (ATCs) must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Must be at least 25 years old.
  • Must have done treks (we prefer if you have done Himalayan treks)
  • Must have 2 years work experience (in other industries).
  • Must be willing to commit to 5-6 hrs of work at regular working hours
  • Must have excellent English and Hindi communication skills. We would like to test your written English.
  • Male/Female. An independent thinking, humble person is what we are looking at.

Training Module Creators

One of the reasons why people love working with Indiahikes is the opportunity to learn. The learning comes from constant training that is provided. Training is part and parcel of life at Indiahikes.

We are looking at professionals who have some experience in creating training modules. We expect you to have a flair for writing and design.

The role of a training module creator is to conceptualise, research, design and develop training modules. The modules would be varied. This training is imparted on our slopes or at any of our offices in Bangalore or Dehradun.

The work of a training module creator is based in Bangalore. It is a full time role. Salary starts at Rs 4.5 lakhs per annum. 

Part-time home based role in a similar capacity is also available. You'll need to put in 5-6 hours a day. Salary starts at 2.4 lakhs per annum.

Working 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. This adds meaning to our lives.

How to apply

For all positions email Sandhya: [email protected]
CC Arjun: [email protected]
Subject: Working with Indiahikes — (name of position)

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.
  • Write another paragraph about what makes 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.