About Waitlists

If you're on the waitlist, it means that the group you're registering for is full, and you'll have to wait for a cancellation to get a confirmation. 

If there is a cancellation in the group, we will send you an email immediately. You'll be able to make the payment and confirm your trek. You will have 24 hours to make the payment and confirm the slot. 

If you don't complete the payment within 24 hours, the slot will move to the next person on the waitlist. 

We have a total of 5 waitlist slots for each group. It works on a first-come-first-serve basis.

Note: If you have registered for more than one person on the waitlist, we will notify you only if there is a cancellation of the total number of trekkers you have registered for.

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You do not have to make a payment to be on the waitlist. 

Only if there is a cancellation and the slot is allotted to you, you will have to make the payment to confirm your trek. You will have to do this within 24 hours after receiving our notification. 

We will notify you by email.

Signing up for a waitlist is a bit of a gamble. If you sign up more than 30 days before the trek date, the chances of it getting confirmed are higher. But if you sign up closer to the trek date, the chances of your waitlist getting approved are meagre. It would be better to choose an available date. We have 5 waitlist slots. It works on a first-come, first-served basis.

Our advice to you is to sign up for the waitlist only if your dates are not flexible. You do not have to pay to be on the waitlist, so you have nothing to lose. But do NOT book your flight tickets until you confirm your trek with us. If your dates are flexible, choose an available date. That way, you'll be able to plan your travel and start prepping for the trek.

You can register for waitlist slots on more than one trek or group. However, the dates for which you are registering mustn't overlap. 

Our system will not allow you to register if the dates overlap.

To be honest, we cannot predict when you will get a confirmation. It all depends on when a trekker might cancel their trek.

If you have registered on our waitlist, we recommend you watch your email. Our notifications are automated. If there is a cancellation, we will notify you immediately by email.

Mark all emails from Indiahikes as "important" so the email doesn't end up in your spam.

Please note that we close our waitlist 7 days before the trek. This note means we stop sending out notifications to trekkers on the waitlist, even if there is a cancellation. We believe that you need a minimum of 7 days to prepare for the trek and book your travel.

We have a maximum of 5 waitlist slots. The waitlist works on a first-come-first-serve basis. You are more likely to get confirmed if you are the first or second on the waitlist.

If you are keen on knowing about your Waitlist Number, call us at +91-80-468-01269 to find out.

About Renting Gear

Definitely! At Indiahikes, we believe renting is the way to make trekking more efficient and economical without compromising the quality of trekking gear. So we have a range of high-quality gear available for rent at minimal costs. 

Take a look at them here - https://store.indiahikes.com/rent-gear/

Your rental gear will be provided to you at the base camp when you arrive.

If you have rented a trekking backpack, you may use the cloakroom facility to keep your extra luggage. We want you to travel as light as possible from your home. 

Renting of items close 3 days before the start of the trek.

Currently, we do not have an option to use your trek voucher to book our Crosstrek Rental gear. We are working on making all our systems unified. We will let you know when we get this going. 

You can now use your trek voucher to book your trek and pay separately for your rental gear.

We have trekking shoes, backpacks, jackets, gloves, trekking poles and more available for rent for all Indiahikes trekkers. You can order these only AFTER you have confirmed a trek with us.

If you have registered for a trek with us, here's the process to follow:

  1. Head over to this page to choose the gear you want.
  2. Add everything you need to your cart. (Make sure you choose the correct sizes)
  3. Make an online payment.
  4. Save the receipt on your phone.

We will give you the gear you rented at the base camp. You will have to return it to the base camp after your trek. 

All the gear we give you is of the best quality and sanitized after every use. Click here to see how we clean and maintain our rental shoes.

We hope you rent all you need for your trek. It is more environmentally friendly and pocket friendly. The more you save, the more you trek!

Yes, you can. To change the size of the ordered gear, you will have to cancel your order and re-book it. You will get a full refund of the amount you have paid.

If you'd like to cancel the gear you have taken on rent, click here to log in.

Once logged in, go to your orders and cancel the gear you'd like to cancel.

Can I cancel a single rental item from a bulk order?

Yes, you can cancel a single item from a bulk order. For example, if you have ordered shoes, a jacket, a pole and a poncho and want to cancel the poncho alone, you can do it from your dashboard.

If you cancel any rental gear from our store, this is the cancellation policy:

  • Cancellation of rental gear 7 days before the start date of the trek — Get a full refund minus 4% transaction charges.
  • Cancellation of rental gear less than 7 days before the start date of the trek —Get a voucher for the whole amount. This voucher applies to rental gear for your future treks.

Yes, you can cancel a single item from a bulk order. For example, if you have ordered Shoes, a jacket, a pole and a poncho and want to cancel the poncho alone, you can do it from your dashboard.

Just head over to your dashboard, click on orders and cancel the item you'd like to cancel.

About Indiahikes Vouchers

If you have a voucher in your name, it will show up on the payment page when you book a trek. 

On the payment page, you will see an option to select the voucher from a dropdown. Once you choose the voucher, it will deduct the voucher amount from the total amount you have to pay. 

Remember, the voucher will show up only if it is within the validity period. 

Also, you must use the same email address. If you use a different email address to register than the one to which your voucher is linked, it will not show up.

It's terrific that you're planning to gift a trek! We believe a trek is one of the best gifts you can give someone. A trek is a life-changing, transformative experience. Everyone should experience this. 

To gift a voucher, get in touch with us. Our team will create a voucher for the amount that you would like.

Send an email to nandana@indiahikes.com with the subject "Gift a trek." Nandana will get back to you with the process and take the conversation forward.

Any Indiahikes voucher is valid for a year (except for the COVID-special vouchers). So if your voucher is expiring, we suggest planning a trek soon.

However, we will consider extending your voucher at a 10% voucher deduction.

If you want to get your voucher validity extended, please get in touch with your Experience Coordinators with an email. If you don't know your Experience Coordinator, write to info@indiahikes.com.

Again, contact us if this voucher was issued to you as part of our COVID cancellation policy. Our team will help you out with it. 

Currently, we do not have an option to use your trek voucher to book our Crosstrek Rental gear. We are working on making all our systems unified. We will let you know when we get this going. 

For now, you can use your trek voucher to book your trek and pay separately for your rental gear.

Indiahikes vouchers are usually non-transferable. Even if you are registering and paying for an entire group, only the trekkers linked with a voucher can apply it. 

Owing to our vision that Everyone Must Trek, we allow the transfer of vouchers between family members and friends at a 10% deduction of the voucher. 

Please call your Experience Coordinator to help you with this, or write to info@indiahikes.com.

If your voucher is valid for a year, you must register for a trek before the expiry date.

For example, if your voucher expires on July 1st, 2021, ensure that you complete your registration for a trek before July 1st. The trek date could be any time in future, even after July 1st.

So if you think about it, your voucher is valid for longer than a year, allowing you to book a trek even 5-6 months after the expiry date. We hope you use it well.

To view the vouchers you have, log into your trek dashboard by clicking the "Login" button on our home page or by clicking here.

  • Once you log in to your account, find the profile button on the top right corner.
  • Click on the voucher button to know your balance amount and the voucher's validity.
  • You can also down a pdf of the voucher.

About the Gear You Need

For your trek, there are three most important things that you need — your warm clothes, your trekking shoes, and your backpack. Everything in the list below falls under one of these categories.

We will provide the sleeping bags and tents you will be camping in. You will only need to bring your gear. You're welcome to rent gear from our store if you don't have any of this gear. We don't want you to spend too much, and we don't want you to compromise on the quality of gear either.

Rent Gear here

Here's a quick list of the things you need for a Himalayan trek:

- Trekking shoes
- Backpack
- Base layer
- Trek pants
- Warm layer
- Sunglasses
- Suncap
- Headlamp
- Synthetic hand gloves
- Woollen cap or Balaclava
- Socks (3 pairs)
- Trekking pole (a pair)
- Rainwear
- Rain cover for your backpack
- Daypack (20-30 ltrs, optional)
- A toilet kit
- Cutlery
- Plastic covers
- Personal medical kit
- Documents

 While the list above will help you, you need a good understanding of each gear to make no mistakes while buying them. Please go through this page, which details all the gear you need, with pro tips on how much to spend and where to buy them.

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Yes. There are two sections in the medical certificate. A practising doctor must fill the first part. You must fill the second part. Without the medical certificate, the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes.

The medical certificate records all your vital readings. These records help the trek leader understand your health better. Especially on Himalayan treks, health vitals play a crucial role.

You can download the medical certificate here.

Definitely! At Indiahikes, we believe renting is the way to make trekking more efficient and economical without compromising the quality of trekking gear. So we have a range of high-quality gear available for rent at minimal costs. 

Take a look at them here - https://store.indiahikes.com/rent-gear/

Your rental gear will be provided to you at the base camp when you arrive.

If you have rented a trekking backpack, you may use the cloakroom facility to keep your extra luggage. We want you to travel as light as possible from your home. 

Renting of items close 3 days before the start of the trek.

There are 3-4 documents that you must mandatorily carry on your trek. Without these, you will not be allowed to trek.

1. Original and photocopy of government photo identity card. Anything such as a driver’s license, Aadhar Card, or passport will do. The forest department requires this for your identification.  

2. Disclaimer certificate. This is a legal requirement. Download the PDF, read carefully and sign it. This must be handed over to your Trek Leader during the registration at the base camp – Download the PDF

3. Medical certificate. There are two sections in this. A practising doctor must fill the first part. You must fill the second part. Without the medical certificate, the forest department will not issue permissions for your trek. It is also a requirement by Indiahikes – Download PDF

4. COVID Related certificates:  As the government regulations for COVID are changing very frequently, We suggest you stay updated and carry the required documents accordingly. You can also get in touch with our Experience Coordinators for the latest updates at  +91-80-468-01269

Pro Tip: Keep essential documents in a clear plastic cover and slide them into the inner pocket at the back of your backpack. This keeps them from getting wet. 

To speak to us directly, call us at +91-80-468-01269.
Our experts are available on the phone daily until 8.30 PM (including Sundays).
To get in touch via email, write to us at info@indiahikes.com. We’ll write back to you within 24 hours.
We also love meeting trekkers. If you wish to meet us, please drop by our office any weekday (no prior notice required).

Click here to locate us.

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