Seniors Treks

Transformative Treks for Trekkers Above 58 years

Why Special Treks For Seniors

For several years at Indiahikes, we have wanted to open special treks for seniors. “For me it is very personal," says Arjun Majumdar, founder-CEO of Indiahikes. "My parents are in their 80s and no longer able to trek. Yet, I know how much it would mean to them if they could. They are the ones who introduced me to trekking.

"When I see a senior trek I see them going home with a sense of rejuvenation much beyond what a younger person experiences. The entire experience makes them add on more years to their life — at least 4-5 years more. They go home more joyous and with a strong sense of accomplishment.

"They discover they have more strength than they thought; that they are capable of a lot more than they imagined. They find more purpose in their life. I’ve also seen seniors connecting with other trekkers who are just like them. From a distance, I see bonds forming that are likely to stay for the rest of their lives. For me, to see our parents trekking is the biggest gift that I can give them," says Arjun.

Why Special Treks For Seniors

For several years at Indiahikes, we have wanted to open special treks for seniors. “For me it is very personal," says Arjun Majumdar, founder-CEO of Indiahikes. "My parents are in their 80s and no longer able to trek. Yet, I know how much it would mean to them if they could. They are the ones who introduced me to trekking.

"When I see a senior trek I see them going home with a sense of rejuvenation much beyond what a younger person experiences. The entire experience makes them add on more years to their life — at least 4-5 years more. They go home more joyous and with a strong sense of accomplishment.

"They discover they have more strength than they thought; that they are capable of a lot more than they imagined. They find more purpose in their life. I’ve also seen seniors connecting with other trekkers who are just like them. From a distance, I see bonds forming that are likely to stay for the rest of their lives. For me, to see our parents trekking is the biggest gift that I can give them," says Arjun.

Trekker Reviews

Punam Uppal, Aged 57

Dayara Bugyal, May 2023

Those 4 days of our trek were the best I have spent in many whole life.
I have done Dayara Bugyal, Uttrakhand trek which was specially designed for seniors .the trek was from 4th may to 9th May 2023. But real journey started from 5th of May. Those 4 days of our trek we...Read More
I have done Dayara Bugyal, Uttrakhand trek which was specially designed for seniors .the trek was from 4th may to 9th May 2023. But real journey started from 5th of May. Those 4 days of our trek we...Read More
Anita De Rakshit, Aged 67

Dayara Bugyal, May 2023

The trek created memories for a lifetime
I recently had the amazing opportunity to do the Dayara Bugyal trek in Uttarakhand from 4-9 th May 2023, and it was an experience that will forever remain etched in my heart. As I ventured from The ...Read More
I recently had the amazing opportunity to do the Dayara Bugyal trek in Uttarakhand from 4-9 th May 2023, and it was an experience that will forever remain etched in my heart. As I ventured from The ...Read More
Rashid Jamal, Aged 74

Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek, January 2022

A big applause & thanks to Indiahikes
It was a beautiful experience. It is difficult to explain the experience in few words . We were 18 senior boys & girls young at heart, we enjoyed & learned a lot. the best part & our privilege was tha...Read More
It was a beautiful experience. It is difficult to explain the experience in few words . We were 18 senior boys & girls young at heart, we enjoyed & learned a lot. the best part & our privilege was tha...Read More
Sunita Arora, Aged 66

Dayara Bugyal, May 2023

All of us are already planning to do another trek together! :)
The Majestic mountains welcomed us at Raithal. The ascent on the first day was a little challenging but the encouraging words of our trek leader Diptarka egged us on. The warm-up excercise of Jacuz...Read More
The Majestic mountains welcomed us at Raithal. The ascent on the first day was a little challenging but the encouraging words of our trek leader Diptarka egged us on. The warm-up excercise of Jacuz...Read More
Punam Uppal, Aged 57

Dayara Bugyal, May 2023

Those 4 days of our trek were the best I have spent in many whole life.
I have done Dayara Bugyal, Uttrakhand trek which was specially designed for seniors .the trek was from 4th may to 9th May 2023. But real journey started from 5th of May. Those 4 days of our trek we...Read More
I have done Dayara Bugyal, Uttrakhand trek which was specially designed for seniors .the trek was from 4th may to 9th May 2023. But real journey started from 5th of May. Those 4 days of our trek we...Read More
Anita De Rakshit, Aged 67

Dayara Bugyal, May 2023

The trek created memories for a lifetime
I recently had the amazing opportunity to do the Dayara Bugyal trek in Uttarakhand from 4-9 th May 2023, and it was an experience that will forever remain etched in my heart. As I ventured from The ...Read More
I recently had the amazing opportunity to do the Dayara Bugyal trek in Uttarakhand from 4-9 th May 2023, and it was an experience that will forever remain etched in my heart. As I ventured from The ...Read More
Rashid Jamal, Aged 74

Chhattisgarh Jungle Trek, January 2022

A big applause & thanks to Indiahikes
It was a beautiful experience. It is difficult to explain the experience in few words . We were 18 senior boys & girls young at heart, we enjoyed & learned a lot. the best part & our privilege was tha...Read More
It was a beautiful experience. It is difficult to explain the experience in few words . We were 18 senior boys & girls young at heart, we enjoyed & learned a lot. the best part & our privilege was tha...Read More
Sunita Arora, Aged 66

Dayara Bugyal, May 2023

All of us are already planning to do another trek together! :)
The Majestic mountains welcomed us at Raithal. The ascent on the first day was a little challenging but the encouraging words of our trek leader Diptarka egged us on. The warm-up excercise of Jacuz...Read More
The Majestic mountains welcomed us at Raithal. The ascent on the first day was a little challenging but the encouraging words of our trek leader Diptarka egged us on. The warm-up excercise of Jacuz...Read More

How seniors' treks are different from regular treks:

Even though we want our parents to trek, not every trek is suited to seniors.

We have specially designed treks that can match a senior's age and strength. This is why we have opened special groups for treks with easier gradients for this purpose. This is not our regular trek, but a specially designed one for seniors.

On this special trek, the pace of the trek is different, it is easier and more relaxed. The distances covered or the route may be altered to suit seniors.

We have also scheduled the treks keeping in mind pleasant weather. It will not be very cold on the trek.

Whom is this trek meant for?

We have opened this trek specially for trekkers who are older in age. To do this trek you must fulfill the following criteria:

  • Age: 58 to 65 years. If you are older, please write to nandana@indiahikes.com. We’ll talk to you and assess your physical condition before taking you in. 
  • You must lead an active lifestyle. You exercise regularly.
  • For preparation, you must be able to walk 5 km in 60 minutes by the time the trek starts
  • You must clear a Treadmill Test to be eligible for our Himalayan treks.

Available Treks

Please note: For seniors groups, the fee is Rs 3,000 more than the regular trek fee for all our himalayan treks. For Minchukallu Betta, it's same as the regular trek fee.

Recommended fitness schedule for seniors to prepare for a trek

We have specially designed a fitness schedule for our seniors. We recommend you follow a fitness routine 5 times a week (combination of walks, stair climbing and stretching).

By the time your trek starts, you should be able to walk 5 km between 50-60 minutes comfortably. Ideally, closer to 50 minutes.

Trekking is a sport that primarily uses your lungs, your core, and your lower body.  To reach this fitness, there are just two things to work on - your cardiovascular endurance and your muscle strength. Being fit will help you enjoy the trek and will keep you safe. Follow this simple schedule and you will be trek-fit:

Weeks 1 - 4:

1. Walking
  • Week 1: Keep the distance of your walk to just 2 km
  • Week 2: Keep the distance of your walk to just 3 km
  • Week 3: Keep the distance of your walk to just 4 km
  • Week 4: Keep the distance of your walk to 5 km
2. Stair Climbing:

When you climb stairs, target for at least 10 floors (20 stairs per floor), and repeat it for 2 sets.

3. Stretching:

Keep stretching everyday. This video will help you with stretching: https://youtu.be/IDjWoSPV6ok

Take your rest days seriously, and rest. Your body recovers quickly when you rest.

Weeks 5 - 8:

1. Walking
  • Once you can comfortably walk 5 km, the following weeks are focused on building speed.
  • Everyday, walk 5 km with the intention to finish within 50-60 minutes. Do not worry if you are not there yet. You will get there by the end of Week 8.
  • Once a week, go for 10 km walk at a stretch. This will help build your endurance. Do not worry about the time you take to cover this distance.
2. Continue with stair climbing and stretching

Important Note: If you are not a regular runner, do not start running all of a sudden.

What happens if you're not fit?

  1. You do not enjoy the trek
  2. You struggle to be a part of the team
  3. You miss out on a deep transformative experience that trekking can offer

Good part is, it’s not difficult. All you need to do is start following the fitness routine 45-60 days before the trek begins. 

We are here to help you in this fitness journey. Just start slow and as long as you are committed and consistent with your routine, you are in for an unforgettable trek experience.

Videos to help your trek preparation