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Treks For Families And Junior Youth

A trek is a life changing experience. The sheer beauty and majesty of the mountains creates an impact stronger than any other experience. 

With children, we have noticed that the effect is much deeper and lasts a lifetime. 

When a family treks together with their children, the positive effects are greatly magnified. Working together all the camping activities like pitching tents, cooking and green trails they create memories they will always cherish. This time spent meaningfully together, with no distractions, greatly deepens the family bond. 

We have several Family Treks in the Himalayas to choose from. Depending on your family’s prior trek experience, fitness and choice of season and trek duration, you can pick your favourite trek to begin this journey.

A family batch of Dayara Bugyal all set to set off on the days’ trek. PC – Izzat Yaganagi

How are Family Treks different from regular treks?

Who can join

A Family Trek batch consists of several families trekking together. Families who have children between the ages of 8 and 17 can join this trek. Apart from this, children aged between 13 and 17 can join this trek without their parents.

Activities on the trek

On the first day of the trek, we split the children into teams. The teams are responsible for all camp related activities
and switch roles every other day.

  • The Camp set-up team oversees pitching of tents. They make sure pitching and dismantling is done properly. They also help those who need assistance.
  • The Green Trails team ensures that everyone is engaged with keeping the trails and campsites clean. They oversee waste segregation. They also ensure that toilet tents and washing areas are set up properly, and  are clean.
  • The Cooking team assists the cook and helps in serving all meals. They ensure that each trekker eats well, and that no food is wasted.
  • The Trek Leader Assistants team assists the Trek Leader in maintaining discipline and punctuality. They also help those who face any difficulty, or need any help while trekking.
Children take up responsibility on a trek. PC – Izzat Yaganagi

In addition to this, we also have trust building and co-operative games, wilderness survival tips, knowledge sharing sessions, star gazing on clear nights, and story time. Our trek leaders, with their immense experience,  are eager to share their knowledge and they do it with enthusiasm!

At the end of each day we have a Reflection Session. This allows children and parents to look back at their day  and contemplate their learning and experiences of that day. It is a time of introspection and gratitude.

Opportunities to meet like minded families and children

Families who consider trekking rather than other forms of holidaying share many common ideals. They see the immense value of being in touch with nature. They believe that the best way to deepen family bonds is by doing things together. They consider holidays as an opportunity to broaden their children’s mental horizons. 

When we trekked with our children understood a lot of their capabilities. Like you know how much more they
can do. And probably we should let them do a lot more at home as well.”

 – Bhavani, Dayara Bugyal Family Batch April 26th, 2019

Children get to trek, participate in several activities, and interact with other children. The friendships they form  with other children on a trek are very special. They do this in an environment free of distraction, competition and judgement. 

Parents have the comfort of interacting with other parents in the same age group. They support each other and witness their children trek together and take on responsibilities joyfully. This encourages them to learn from each other, and form meaningful bonds.

Parents and students on the Dayara Bugyal Trek. PC – Izzat Yaganagi

Learning from the outdoors

Trekking has tremendous effect on the Mind, Body, and Spirit. This effect is magnified when tenfold when it comes to children and youth.

Developing inherent qualities: In classrooms and regular city environments, with a strong emphasis on academic competition, children are deprived of the opportunity to develop their inherent qualities. 

These cannot be taught through text books or practiced in simulated conditions. Children need to be immersed in a real life experience that inherently carries within it the seed of such possibilities – to naturally reveal and enhance these qualities. A trek offers that experience. 

During the course of the trek, and through the many activities conducted the children are able to learn  and experience several things –

  • Firstly, their capacity to observe. Away from the city, and from electronic distractions children are more immersed in the moment and in the environment.
  • This also makes the curious, and they develop an interest in nature as well. Children ask many questions about flora, fauna and life in the mountains.
  • A Himalayan trek is not easy. But working together to achieve a single goal, enhances  the students’ sense of responsibility.
  • Students’ mental, physical and spiritual endurance is built in the duration of the trek. There are always hard sections, or moments on a trek. But working together, they overcome this.
  • Further, the body gets accustomed to hardship as they joyfully trek and carry out their responsibilities in an environment that is totally out of their comfort zone. Accustoming children to hardship has far reaching positive results and makes children grow into resilient beings.
  • This brings about a deep seated feeling of confidence that no other activity can instil.
  • Working together gives them a hands on experience in cooperation and leadership combined with empathy
Trekkers at a rest point on the Dayara Bugyal Trek. PC – Izzat Yaganagi

The possibilities are so exciting that all of us working on this program are fired by the potential it has to impact  children and junior youth. 

Since each Family batch has several families, the trek is filled with joyful interactions. The children, across families,work together in teams. Parents get to spend time with other parents while the children are engaged with their responsibilities. Reflection sessions every evening further enhances the entire experience!

Needless to say, they also get to learn about the mountains, rocks, seasonal changes and its correlation with the flora and fauna. They get to see the immensity of space while gazing at the Milky Way –  triggering their enthusiasm to understand the concepts of time and space and much much more!

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You can also get in touch by emailing Izzat at izzat@indiahikes.com