The Chadar Frozen River Trek – The Story Of How Indiahikes Introduced This Trek In India
Here’s the thrilling backstory of how the founders of Indiahikes introduced the only trek on the Frozen River in India – the Chadar trek
July 2, 2020 | We're thrilled to bring the first video of the Do-It-Yourself series! This time it's about Kumarparvatha trek - a guide to travel, food, camping, and permissions.
This video is by Vishnu Benne, Head of FinOps, who has done the trek 14 times! And here he shares all the details that you must know before you set out for the trek.
This is only the first of the series. We're going to come up with a range of videos on treks that you can do on your own!
So, stay tuned, watch this one and tell us - did we cover all the points?
This week we have two very interesting trek talks. As always, they will be anchored by Vishnu Benne, Head of FinOps at Indiahikes.
The first one happened on June 29 at 8 pm. It was a deep dive into the Buran Ghati trek. To talk about it, we had Trek Leader Meghna Z Khushalappa.
The next live session will happen today on July 2 at 5 pm. It will be a conversation with our Trek Manager from Wan, Dhan Singh Bisht, who will open up about what it's like to work with Indiahikes.
The highlight is that Dhan Singh ji will go LIVE from Wan and we will get to see our beloved trails (of Brahmatal and Roopkund) in the backdrop. We're totally looking forward to that interesting conversation.
And if you are curious about treks and life in the mountains, tune in for these sessions. Ciao!Head To Indiahikes Instagram
UNESCO, along with Mr. Siddharth Kak, of Surabhi Foundation, is hosting a series of webinars on the Biosphere Reserves of India. These are in-depth conversations about few of the most precious pockets of hope in our country, which need to be preserved and grown.
We're glad to share that our Chief Editor, Swathi Chatrapathy, was invited as one of the speakers on the panel discussion for the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve. She shared our observations of trekking in the region and how trekkers and tourists can help make a difference.Watch the webinar here
Vishnu Benne, Head Of FinOps, was in a conversation with Saini Krishnamurthy, an expert on treks in Sahyadris. And they explored the lesser-known but intriguing Takmak Fort trek.
Forts in Maharashtra have changed hands from the Yadava clan to Marathas, Portuguese and finally to Britishers who turned them into prison. And that lends an interesting history to these treks.
So catch it on Indiahikes Instagram, if you want to know about a trek that not many talk about, and why they should!Head To Indiahikes Instagram
We had a beautiful session on Indiahikes Instagram about the Dayara Bugyal trek where Vishnu Benne, Head of FinOps interviewed Trek Leader Leo Saldhana who had done the Dayara Bugyal trek 11 times! And, in all seasons.
In this engaging session, Leo took us through the beautiful forests, meadows, mountain views, revealed which is his favourite season to do the trek (it's autumn!) and why. And then he shared something very interesting - Dayara Bugyal trek is a birder's paradise!
The entire session was peppered with such novel information that only a trek leader who has known a trek intimately could reveal. So, if you're curious about Dayara Bugyal trek, watch this session. There's a lot to take away from it.Watch The IGTv Session Here
We had an insightful and totally engaging session in our very first episode of the Do-It-Yourself Series. This series will focus on beautiful treks that you can explore on your own, perhaps over a weekend.
And in the first session, Vishnu Benne caught up with Saini Krishnamurthy, who has done over 200 treks in Maharashtra and has spoken about them on TEDx too.
Together, they explored the Sindola Fort trek in Malshej Ghat, Maharashtra (In pic; PC - Saini). This is a lesser-known trek with one of the most brilliant ridge walks in the Sahyadris.
Watch it on our IGTv. And stay tuned for more Insta Live events :) Ciao!Head To Indiahikes Instagram
Vishnu Benne, Head Of FinOps was in a lovely conversation with Trek Leader Dushyant Sharma on Instagram LIVE.
The two talked about various aspects of the Gaumukh Tapovan trek. This is one of the most rewarding treks in India for two reasons - the big summit views (Mt Shivling, Bhagirathi Sisters, Mt Meru) and the whole experience of being at Gangotri glacier and Gaumukh.
So, if you're curious about the Gaumukh Tapovan trek, catch the conversation on Indiahikes IGTv. And stay tuned for more upcoming online events :)Head To Indiahikes Instagram
Trek Leader Nitesh Kumar was able to begin his journey today morning at 5 am in Janshatabdi from Dehradun To Delhi. And he has shared some pics and insights with us.
As per guidelines by railways, he was asked to reach station 90 mins prior to departure. Nitesh shared that many people got in from Haridwar and the train was running at 60-70% occupancy.
He has now reached Delhi and moved to the airport for his flight to Coimbatore.
Looks like travel industry is slowly limping back to normal with all precautions - masks, face shields, sanitizers - in place.When Will Trekking Resume?
It was a spectacular session on Valley Of Flowers trek which consistently had over 100 viewers! In the session, Vishnu Benne, Head Of FinOps interviewed Slope Manager and Senior Trek Leader Gourab Nandy about Valley Of Flowers Trek.
TL Gourab, who has till now led 55 batches across 17 Himalayan treks, offered an incredibly in-depth perspective of the Valley Of Flowers trek. And he painted such a detailed picture that we could see it clearly see the valley in our mind's eye. His story-telling skill and enthusiasm kept us all glued to our phone screens :)
So, if you want to learn more about the Valley Of Flowers trek - what's the best season, when do flowers bloom, how big is the valley, what's Hemkund Sahib like - this Instagram session is your go-to place.
The session is saved on our IGTv scroll. Catch it and stay tuned for details on next Insta LIVE session happening on Saturday!Head To Indiahikes Instagram
Last night at 9 PM, Vishnu Benne, Head of FinOps and Lakshmi Selvakumaran, Head of Green Trails & Training had an engaging chat about waste management in the mountains, precisely in the Himalayas. This topic is so closely tied to our Green Trails initiative.
The conversation covered food waste, human waste, sanitary waste and waste on the trail. Lakshmi offered great insights and practical tips on each aspect of waste management. So, if you want to get it right on your next trek, this Instagram session is a must-watch!
It's saved on Indiahikes IGTv. Head to our Instagram to watch it :)
And stay cued in because we are coming up with details of the next session soon!Head To Indiahikes Instagram
Vishnu Benne, Head Of FinOps is all set to have a roller-coaster chat with Trek Leader Rajarshi Deb on the stunning crossover trek of Hampta Pass.
We will go live on Indiahikes Instagram at 7 PM sharp. And towards the end of the session, we will throw the floor open for questions. So read up about the trek and join in!
It's a great chance to see the Hampta Pass trek through a Trek Leader's perspective. Don't miss it.Head To Indahikes Instagram
Yesterday evening we had an informative webinar where Chief Editor Swathi Chatrapathy talked about trekking. This event streamed live on Zoom and YouTube and was in collaboration with PayTM Insider.
The webinar revolved around three questions -
If you are curious about these questions too, head over to Indiahikes YouTube where the webinar is recorded. And stay cued in for more such interesting online events!
As per the Prime Minister's announcement about the number of COVID-19 cases and the lockdown situation in our country, it won't be possible to run any treks until the end of June. With deep regret, we have to call off the treks. It is just not going to be possible to run any trek in this Corona crisis. So, we are suspending all treks till June 30th. It was a tough decision for us to make. Most of our staff members are on a salary, with their livelihood depending on us and our decisions. But COVID-19 crisis is a serious threat to our nation. All of us must make sacrifices to safeguard not only ourselves but also people around us. Not travelling now is the best thing we can do. If you have an upcoming trek in these dates, check your inbox for an email from your Trek Coordinator. We have written to you with the next steps to take. Please stay safe. And stay tuned for more updates.
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“Every experience first time has a sense of apprehensiveness about what to expect and how to go about it. That was the same case as I ventured on my first Himalayan trek and needless to say Indiahikes were the complete package in reassuring you about having an amazing experience. They were absolutely professional about everything right from the start, constant communication through emails, tips about packing and gear, advice on fitness and all these actually mattered on the trek as it made the trek a memorable experience. The trek guide along with the trek staff were among the warmest people I have met, and their tireless efforts to make everyone comfortable deserves the loudest cheers. Indiahikes fully validates their claim that they are the largest trekking community and the most recommended by trekkers, because they actually care about the balance of giving the best trekking experience and sustaining and preserving the natural environment.” – Srikanth Chandrasekhar, Network Engineer, Mumbai
“The trek went really well, Indiahikes made sure that we had an amazing 6 days in the mountains. All the arrangements were spot on. While our trek lead Krupa made sure that the health of the trekkers were in good condition by continuously monitoring oxygen level, pulse rate, the other two leaders sai pavan and leo lifted up the trek experience. Kudos to Indiahikes for making this an unforgettable experience in our life, thank you very much!” – Sanjay Saliyan, IT Technical Lead, Bangalore
“Hats off to the Indiahikes team! I had a wonderful experience in the complete trek and surprisingly have no complain at all. The Indiahikes team was on its toes at all times and they didn’t let us feel like anything was missing. The food served was served hot and delicious. With this amazing experience I would love to trek again with this esteemed organisation and would highly recommend it to my friends and family too.” – Nihar Shah, Student & Entrepreneur, Mumbai
“This was my first ever trekking experience, and overall, I’ve come back from the trek extremely happy and truly humbled. I enjoyed every moment of the trekking experience – the arduous ascents and tough descents, and do believe that the reason I enjoyed it, is the attention that Indiahikes pays to detail, to educate trekkers about what we’ve signed up for. This helps us physically and mentally to prepare ourselves for what’s to come. I definitely intend on returning back to the Himalayas for more treks with Indiahikes ” – Varsha Vijayababu, Software Engineer, Bangalore
“This is my first experience of trekking and I enjoyed it thoroughly.. Undoubtedly the best days of my life. Emails from Indiahikes regarding practice, choosing gears and other basic stuff were really helpful in preparation for the trek and to improve my strength and stamina. I am way too happy to have chosen Indiahikes as my trek partner. It was much more than expected. Thank you. I am definitely coming for many more treks in future!!” – Dr Komal Shah, Intervention Pulmonologist, Ahmedabad
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