How Trekking in Families Can Impact Your Wellbeing

Over the past 13 years of organising treks, we have seen more and more families taking to trekking. As we see them trekking together we notice a trend.

“Most modern families are struggling with new age problems. Children are not getting an opportunity to experience and express gratitude. They are not accustomed to hardship. As they grow, every minor issue gets blown out of proportion. Opportunities to become more independent and gain confidence are sorely lacking,” says Izzat Yaganagi, the head of our Experiential Learning Programme, who has conceptualised and designed our family treks.

With the advent of the pandemic, the situation is much worse. The camaraderie children would feel in school is no longer present. They don’t play in groups, they rarely step outdoors, they don’t get a chance to explore their own boundaries.

This is where trekking comes in.

“We have found that trekking provides immense opportunities for children to practise empathy, express gratitude, become more confident and get accustomed to hardship — all this with a sense of joy!” adds Izzat.

How Trekking in Families Can Impact Your Wellbeing

Over the past 13 years of organising treks, we have seen more and more families taking to trekking. As we see them trekking together we notice a trend.

“Most modern families are struggling with new age problems. Children are not getting an opportunity to experience and express gratitude. They are not accustomed to hardship. As they grow, every minor issue gets blown out of proportion. Opportunities to become more independent and gain confidence are sorely lacking,” says Izzat Yaganagi, the head of our Experiential Learning Programme, who has conceptualised and designed our family treks.

With the advent of the pandemic, the situation is much worse. The camaraderie children would feel in school is no longer present. They don’t play in groups, they rarely step outdoors, they don’t get a chance to explore their own boundaries.

This is where trekking comes in.

“We have found that trekking provides immense opportunities for children to practise empathy, express gratitude, become more confident and get accustomed to hardship — all this with a sense of joy!” adds Izzat.

Multi-Day Treks Handpicked for Families and Children

These 6-day treks are tailor-made to provide a lasting experience for your family as a whole.

You will trek for 4 days, with 3 nights' camping in tents.

The minimum age criteria is 8 years.

6 days

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Easy-Moderate

Dayara Bugyal Trek

The Most Beautifully Landscaped Meadow in our Country...

6 Days

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Easy - Moderate

KEDARKANTHA TREK

One of the Finest Summit Climbs for Beginners...

6 Days

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Easy-Moderate

Deoriatal Chandrashila

The Best Trek For Summit Views...

How Do We Do It

How Indiahikes Family Treks are Different from Regular Treks

Families become a lot more empathetic towards each other

Many times, a family of four becomes four different people living under the same roof. But going on a trek helps them function as one unit. They give each other undivided attention — no Hotstar, no cartoons, no office calls.

Right from Day 1, we see that they show a lot more care and empathy towards each other. This has a tremendous impact later. We have noticed that this continues for a long time even after they end their trek. When we talk to these families after many months, we are surprised (and sometimes not so surprised) at the change in family dynamics.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Indiahikes Family treks are designed keeping in mind the children as young as 8 years. However, it is very important for your child to prepare for the trek physically and mentally.

Get in touch with our Experiential Learning team to know how you can prepare your child for the trek. Drop an email to prathima@indiahikes.com, and Prathima will get back to you within 12 hours.

Our Family treks are of easy-moderate difficulty. We rate these treks based on the altitude gained, the distance covered, the elevation gained, and the terrain you walk on, each day. Having said that, preparing well for the trek determines how easy or difficult it gets.

On an average, you and your child will have to walk for 5-6 hours each day of the trek.

Watch this video by our Experiential Learning team member, Prathima Chhabria, to know how you can prepare your child physically:

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There is a vast difference between our family treks and our regular treks.

Firstly, family treks are taken up by children up to 14 years, accompanied by their parents. But on our regular treks, trekkers of all age groups come on the trek.

Secondly, family treks involve activities that are specifically designed for children and parents so that they bond well with each other. You will not get to see this exclusivity on our regular treks.

Families can meet other like-minded families. This builds friendships between each other, and children mingle with other children to have an experience of a lifetime.

Families and Children Share Their Indiahikes Experience

Read What Parents Say

Jayasree Devineni

Experiential Learning - Dayara Bugyal Batch of October 2021

The trek has transported me to a different world, walking at my own pace devouring the ever-changing landscape of Dayara’s forest cover. As written by the co-founder Sandhya UC of IH, is all we have e...

Geeta Bhuse

Experiential Learning - Dayara Bugyal Batch of October 2021

Very well organized trek. Staff was accommodating, caring, well knowledgeable. We could sense elaborated planning behind this trip right from first day of base camp. Organizing every thing so neat and...

Nirupa Rangaiah

Experiential Learning - Dayara Bugyal Batch of October 2021

I enjoyed my trekking experience with Indiahikes. This being my first full-fledged trek, my emotions were mixed. Fatigue and tiredness were combined with feelings of happiness and awe, watching the sc...

Jayasree Devineni

Experiential Learning - Dayara Bugyal Batch of October 2021

The trek has transported me to a different world, walking at my own pace devouring the ever-changing landscape of Dayara’s forest cover. As written by the co-founder Sandhya UC of IH, is all we have e...

Geeta Bhuse

Experiential Learning - Dayara Bugyal Batch of October 2021

Very well organized trek. Staff was accommodating, caring, well knowledgeable. We could sense elaborated planning behind this trip right from first day of base camp. Organizing every thing so neat and...

Nirupa Rangaiah

Experiential Learning - Dayara Bugyal Batch of October 2021

I enjoyed my trekking experience with Indiahikes. This being my first full-fledged trek, my emotions were mixed. Fatigue and tiredness were combined with feelings of happiness and awe, watching the sc...

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