We are very excited to see more and more parents considering treks as a meaningful and fun way to spend the summer holidays! We are delighted to announce two special ways to enable children to trek this summer.
Exclusive treks for families with children
Trekking together deepens family bonds and benefits children immensely. The joyful memories created and the natural learning they experience last a lifetime! For this we have selected a few treks that are child friendly and encourage you to bring your children along.
These teams will only have families, so your child can mingle with other children. There will be other parents coming along. We will have special activities for the children on these teams, and the experience will be a lot different from our regular teams.
Exclusive trek for children between 13 and 17
During the treks children will be involved in camp related activities to enhance their experience. From our research, we know they will be more confident, empathetic and environmentally conscious children after the trek.
Overall scholarship for children this summer
We are offering a scholarship to all children trekking with us this summer. This is for the exclusive trek dates for them and also other treks.
- 8 – 12 year olds – 50% scholarship
- 13 – 17 year olds – 30% scholarship
How to sign up for treks with children and avail scholarships
Follow these steps to sign up for these treks:
Step 1. Click on the date that suits you on the selected trek page.
Step 2. Start the registration process. You will require unique emails ids for all participants, including the children.
Step 3. Do not make the payment. Before making the payment, send an email with a proof-of-age of your child to [email protected]. Any id card with the Date Of Birth will do.
Imp: Keep the subject line as “Proof of age for (selected trek).”
Step 4. Our Trek Coordinator will get back to you within 24 hours with a voucher for your child.
Step 5: Make the payment once you get a thumbs up from the Trek Coordinator.
Will My Child Be Safe On The Trek?
Who will ensure safety on the trek?
Our Trek Leaders are certified Wilderness First Responders and have been trained in wilderness survival and emergency medical aid. They are capable of taking care of any emergency on a trek. Our staff is constantly in touch with each other though radio communication to ensure that all the children and safe and sound.
On the exclusive trek for children only will have at least one trained woman staff with the team at all times.
What safety gear do you carry?
We carry fully stocked high altitude first aid kits, oxygen cylinders, ropes and stretchers. In addition to this these treks have easily accessible exit routes for any emergency evacuation.
What about safety during travel?
For the batch exclusive for children, we will meet the children at the Dehradun airport/railway station. Our staff will be with them throughout the journey to the base camp.
Will there be a woman Indiahikes member?
On the batch that is exclusive for children, we will have a woman staff member accompanying them at all times.
Our Experience With Children
From our records, 79 children aged 6-12 years and 55 children aged 12-16 years have completed the Dayara Bugyal Trek with us and we have had no untoward incident.
In 2018 alone, we have taken 943 children below 18 years of age on our Himalayan treks. This is not counting the 1000+ school students we have taken on local and Himalayan treks.
Are Trek Leaders are all good with children, and professional trekkers and mountaineers. You can rest assured that they will be safe with us.
If you have any questions and would like to talk to us, then drop in a comment, or write to [email protected] or call us on 7022175673.
What you should do now
1. If you want to know how you can prepare your child for a trek: Here are some useful reads: Do’s And Don’ts Of Trekking With Children; How Our Youngest Trekker Prepared For His Kedarkantha Trek; How To Enrich Your Child’s Trekking Experience
2. If you want to learn more about Experiential Learning: Dive into our archives to know more about how trekking can benefit children.
3. If you ended up here by chance and were actually looking for treks to do: Then head over to our upcoming treks page. You’ll find all our Himalayan treks there.
4. If you want to see the 13 best treks of India: Then get our free guide here.