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Why trek the Do-It-Yourself Way

Quietly, under our feet, trekking is changing in our country. More and more trekkers are taking to the mountains. But they are trekking differently. They are trekking on their own without the support of any organisation. They are trekking the Do-It-Yourself way. 

DIY trekking is not new in our country. In fact, much before Indiahikes started, DIY was the only way I trekked.

Today, many years later, I realise how different trekking has become.  While at Indiahikes, we have consciously tried to recreate the experience of DIY treks, it can never be the same as a true DIY trek. 

Which is why at Indiahikes we have launched DIY treks.

– Arjun Majumdar
Founder, CEO, Indiahikes

Why trek the Do-It-Yourself Way

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Quietly, under our feet, trekking is changing in our country. More and more trekkers are taking to the mountains. But they are trekking differently. They are trekking on their own without the support of any organisation. They are trekking the Do-It-Yourself way. 

DIY trekking is not new in our country. In fact, much before Indiahikes started, DIY was the only way I trekked.

Today, many years later, I realise how different trekking has become.  While at Indiahikes, we have consciously tried to recreate the experience of DIY treks, it can never be the same as a true DIY trek. 

Which is why at Indiahikes we have launched DIY treks.

– Arjun Majumdar
Founder, CEO, Indiahikes

How We Will Assist You

The Navigation Kit contains

  • A detailed documentation of the trek
  • A GPX file of the trail, including marked waypoints

We have made sure that, with the kit, you do not need a guide to show you the way.

The detailed documentation will also guide you on what to look out for, where to camp, water sources, including the key highlights.

With the documentation, it is like your Trek Leader is walking along with you. 

Some questions you may have

The DIY treks we have opened are easy to be attempted by beginners. If you have trekked locally, you can definitely attempt these DIY treks.

But if you have never trekked before (not even near your home), then it’s better you trek with Indiahikes first (with our regular teams) and then attempt a DIY trek. That way, you will be better prepared to trek on your own.

On another note, if you’re going with a small team of 3-4 trekkers, even if one or two of you have some trek experience, it will help.

The two biggest fears on a high altitude trek are getting lost and getting hit by AMS. The GPX file (which comes with a tutorial on how to use it) will ensure you don’t get lost. As for AMS, we will equip you with a medical kit so that you can tackle initial symptoms on your own. Make use of all our resources to learn about AMS here.

Additionally, we have opened treks in Uttarakhand knowing that the regular Indiahikes teams will be camping close by. You can fall back on them as a safety net.

The DIY kits cost on a per-person-per-day basis. For example, the camping kit costs Rs 650 per person per day. The food kit costs Rs 250 per person per day. The navigation kit costs nothing.

The costs of these kits include almost all expenses that you would incur on a trek.

To give you an idea of costs for a 4-day Himalayan trek, an average cost per person for a trek would roughly come to Rs 4,200 all kits included.

(There will be separate charges if you need accommodation at the base camp or guides and mules for your trek)

With these 3 kits and our rental store, you can do any DIY trek. If you are a group of 4 friends, then along with your backpack, each one of you will carry around 15 kg of load. This load is not something that will wear you down. It doesn’t spoil your trek’s enjoyment.

In the early days, when we trekked on our own, our backpacks would weigh around 20 kg. We didn’t like carrying so much weight. This is why we were conscious that our team design the kits in such a way that no one would carry more than 15 kg each.

How To Go About It

We have started DIY treks in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh

Given this is a new style of trekking, we are introducing Assisted DIY Treks. We are starting out with the well-marked trekking trails of our country.

These treks are best done during all seasons. For the winters and monsoon, you need to be more careful with your preparations.

Given our regular teams will also be on the same trail and camps, you have the safety net of approaching us any time you need help.

Note: For treks in Himachal Pradesh, it is mandatory for trekkers to take a guide along.

Videos to help you on your DIY Trek

Additional Resources to get ready

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A Complete Guide on How to Use GPX Files

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