Volunteer for a Management Game in the Himalayas with IIM

This December, Indiahikes is organising the Himalayan Mountain Challenge for the students of IIM. Final year students of IIM Bangalore and IIM Lucknow will gather in the Himalayas to challenge each other in a strategy game. The game involves not only trekking but also strategy, planning, endurance and guts.

Volunteers are required to help run the mountain challenge. They not only get to engage with the brightest minds in the country but also get to trek in one of the prettiest locations in India – Kedarkantha in Uttarakhand.

Trail to Hargaon on the Kedarkantha trek. PC: Chermanna P.A.

Here are some FAQs to answer questions that you might have about volunteering for the programme –

1. What is the duration of the IIM Programme?

The IIM program for IIM Bangalore will go on from 3rd to 9th December 2017.

The IIM Program for IIM Lucknow will go on from 11th to 18th December 2017.

2. What are the eligibility requirements to apply?

  1. You should be between 25 and 40 years of age
  2. You should have prior high altitude trekking experience with Indiahikes
  3. You should be physically fit to do a high altitude trek

Prior experience in managerial roles will help. Preference will be given to Indiahikes trekkers who have not been a volunteer for this programme in the past

3. What is the starting point of this programme?

The starting point will be Dehradun. You will need to report at the meeting point at 6.00 am sharp on 11th December. The meeting point will be Dehradun Railway Station.

4. When do I have to reach Dehradun?

We will organize the pick up for base camp (Sankri) at 6.00 am on 3rd December for the IIM Bangalore program and 11th December for the IIM Lucknow program. We recommend that you reach a day earlier to ensure that you’re in time for the pick up.

5. Which slope will I be going to?

The IIM Programme for IIM Bangalore and IIM Lucknow will be conducted at Kedarkantha

6. Will you book my tickets for me?

You will have to book your tickets on your own. Indiahikes will take care of all volunteering expenses from base camp to base camp. Volunteers have to reach and return from the base camp (Sankri) at their own expense. Indiahikes will arrange pick up for the base camp from Dehradun and from the base camp to Rishikesh, where the program ends.

7. Will I get to trek during the IIM Programme?

Yes, you will get to trek on the Kedarkantha trail during the programme.

8. Will this be like usual Indiahikes treks?

Yes, this will be like a usual Indiahikes trek. However, as part of the organising team, you will have responsibilities to be fulfilled to make the programme effective.

9. What will be my role in the IIM Programme?

You will be assigned a team of 8-10 students. Your role will include the following –

  • Being the single point of contact for your students for any questions or concerns that they have. You will be the face of Indiahikes for them.
  • Ensuring that the students understand the rules of the strategy game that they’ll be participating in during the programme
  • Conducting activities related to the strategy game for your students at the campsite and on the trekking trail
  • Maintaining a scoresheet of your team’s points
  • Settling any scoring related disagreement that your students might have
  • Briefing them on discipline and safety protocols during the programme
  • Ensuring that they adhere to discipline and safety protocols during the programme
  • Guiding and motivating them during the trek
  • Reporting any health concerns that you or your students might have to the Trek leader immediately

10. What should I NOT do during the IIM Programme?

Since you will be the single point of contact for your team of students, you should not –

  • Be preoccupied with telephone calls or other distractions once the students arrive till the end of the trek
  • Wander off on your own during the trek
  • Break any of the discipline or safety protocols
  • Be late or casual about punctuality
  • Prescribe medication to students or yourself without consulting the Trek Leader

11. Will I have to lead the trek during the programme?

All slopes will have Indiahikes Trek Leaders and guides, who will guide students and volunteers. However, you will be responsible for keeping track of the students assigned to you and motivating them through the trek each day. You will have to ensure that you’re never too far away from your team.

12. How many students will be participating in the programme?

There will be roughly 40 students from IIM Bangalore in a single group and 100 students from IIM Lucknow, split into two groups.

13. Is there any pre-work to be done before the programme?

There are two things that you would need to do before you arrive for the programme –

  1. Work on your fitness – You have to be very fit as a volunteer. You will not only be trekking in high altitudes, but will also have responsibilities at the campsite before and after the trek. Doing all of this is possible only if you are physically fit.
  2. Go through the pre-read that we will share with you before you arrive in Rishikesh. This will give you an idea of the activities that you will be conducting for students during the programme.

To apply, write to sneha@indiahikes.in. 

Include this is your subject line – Application to volunteer for IIM Programme

Sneha Rao

Sneha Rao

Sneha is an erstwhile HR professional from Bangalore, now living in Mumbai. Currently, she is a Content Writer at Indiahikes. She has trekked several trails in Uttarakhand, Karnataka, Kerala and Meghalaya. She holds the Green Trails idea close to her heart and enjoys researching and writing about the environment. To get in touch with her, write to sneha@indiahikes.com.

47 thoughts on “Volunteer for a Management Game in the Himalayas with IIM

  1. Is the 25 years of age criteria mandatory? I am through all the other mentioned criteria except for the age. And i’m really interested to volunteer!

        1. Most of IIM students will be above 22 years of age. So it makes more sense to have volunteers above 25 years of age to help manage the program better. Perhaps you can apply after 2 years 🙂

  2. Hi, I am introvert when it comes to amusement activities, and would not interested in addressing people etc. Is there any role which more involved in leading the people for trek, administration activities for camp setup etc?

    1. Hello Tejas
      Volunteering would mean you will have to be able to communicate well and freely so with the IIM students. There will be lots of information to convey and I doubt someone who doesn’t like addressing people would fit the bill.

  3. Hello Indiahikes!

    The treks that you have mentioned in this programme from 8th to 15th Oct – Kedarkantha, Bedni & Dayara, these dates are not available on there respective pages.
    Is this a special batch you will run for this programme specifically and how will the students be selected ?

    1. Yes, the IIM program is completely separate from our other running treks open to everyone.
      The students of IIM have this as a part of their course so no selection for them. We are only selecting volunteers for the program.

  4. Hi Team

    I guess we would be allocated any of the listed three I guess. Would we also do the summit with the fellow trekkers.

    Bharath Ram

  5. I sent my nomination yesterday night. Please tell me by when would you be finalizing the list.?
    I am superrrr excited for this opportunity!

  6. Hi
    I meet all the criteria except my age (I am 24now). If possible please let me know, I am very much interested for this volunteering service.I am having experience of treks in Himalayas. Apart from this I am good at photography. So that me be a help.

  7. Hi Team,
    I’m 31, I am registered for 26th August 2017 Hampta Pass trekk. Prior to it I have done high altitude trek in Roopkund summit, Sandakphu, Ziro Valley and Manimahesh trekking. Physically fit.

    Am I eligible for participation as volenteer?

  8. Dear Sneha

    I am working with Coca-Cola and am responsible for excellence in our plants.
    I also conduct leadership programs and do coaching.

    I do trekking and some with India Hikes too ( completed Kederkanta )

    I want to volunteer myself for the upcoming IIM Trek.(Oct )

    Pl give me more details for me to register

    1. Hello, the volunteers may leave after lunch on 15th October. The entire challenge will run from 8th-15th October. You will be required to reach a day earlier to ensure that you are ready for pickup at 6:30 am on 8th October on your respective starting points (Dehradun/Rishikesh).

  9. Hi,I wish to volunteer for the event.i belong to Srinagar in uttarakhand.i m myself a management graduate so it will be good to interact and spend some quality time with the students in the native mountains.

  10. Is this a good idea to take this large number of student for a trek ?
    Don’t you think this might have worse effect on the ecology of these terrain ?

  11. Hey Guys,

    No response. Not even any acknowledgement like “we have received your application and we will get back to you”. No response even on the two comments that I posted here.
    Highly Disappointed.!!

    1. Hi Shivani
      We are sorry that we didn’t respond to your email. Its an honest mistake and we promise to respond back to you as soon as possible.

      1. Hi Karishma,

        I am referring to Application to volunteer for IIM Programme.

        Is it still open or has been closed?


  12. I want to apply for this volunteering program
    But I haven’t done any trek with indiahike
    I have done basic mountaineering course with A grade .. and done SAR pass , hamptapass trek ,harishchandragarh trek,SANDHAN VALLEY etc. In Maharashtra.
    Can I apply for this .

    1. Hi Rukankshi, we usually take only those that have trekked with Indiahikes as volunteers. This is because they know how Indiahikes functions and it becomes easy for them to get onto the organising end.

  13. Hey,

    I’m 24 and keenly interested to volunteer for the program!

    I’ve a BMC certification for 15,000 ft from ABVIMAS. I’m an extrovert and enjoy interacting with people. I also have prior volunteering experiences in several events.

    I was wondering if the you are still taking volunteers. Looking forward for a positive response.

    Warm regards,
    Ayush Mehta

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