Trek was amazingly organized. The food was upto the mark, local guides were very goog and trek leader ofcourse was very good.
Every day's plan was very well chalked out. Loved the attention to health status, the predetermined menu for all the meals.
All through the trek I had a feeling of being in safe hands as well as a sense of being an equally responsible trekker.
Thank you for the amazing experience :)
Afreen was a great trek leader. Enjoyed her company all through. She got along with everyone comfortably with her easy go attitude, keenness for conversations with everyone about almost every topic :)
She helped the entire group gel very well with her games and icebreakers.
She had a very healthy balance between being joyous and fun loving as well as a responsible trek leader inciting discipline and responsibility in the group.
She connected with everyone by sharing her personal outlook and interest towards nature. The highlight for me which I shall carry all through would be the moment when she made us hug a tree. It was beautiful when no one questioned it and comfortably did what she said and I loved that moment thoroughly.
Kudos to Afreen! :)
Life lessons learnt:
1. I love trekking. Will definitely be going for many more treks [with Indiahikes of course!
2. Understood the importance of small things like food, water even more. I'm going to be more grateful about it and respect small things even more from now on
The trek was amazing and exceeded my expectation. Enjoyed every minute of the day. Definitely coming back to the mountains again through India hikes.Being my first Himalayan trek, I was pleased with the experience. Felt very safe, campsites were clean and not to forget scenic. Each day was planned perfectly. Would recommend India hikes to anyone planning their next hike.
Deep was an amazing trek leader. He managed the 22 of us so well and individually catered to all of our needs. He made us feel very comfortable and is a bundle of joy to be around. He made every single day fun filled and would absolutely love to have him as a trek leader again. India hikes are very lucky to have a trek leader like him.
The trek was FANTASTIC! What a wonderful experience it was. Special mentions for Deep, our super enthusiastic and energetic trek leader. He was the life of the group, he made us do some amazing group activities which really brought the group much closer. The trek guides - Deepak ji and Dhansingh ji were extremely helpful and motivating too. If not for them we wouldn't have had so much fun at all. And lastly of course, this group was a fantastic mix of amazing people and I couldn't have had a better time. Thank you so much! :)
After some serious trekking in the last six years I was searching for a high altitude trek in the snow. I researched and corresponded with a number of organisations. At 69 years of age and suffering with a few medical issues I wanted a company that took safety seriously and it was a paramount concern to that company.
After many corresponding emails I decided upon IndiaHikes.
I must say that from the very beginning, the trek leader and his team were absolutely fantastic.
At no stage during the trek did I feel uncomfortable, highly recommend.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ For our trek leader Deep and his two assistants. As a former Master Dive Instructor I’m fully aware of the importance of safety, group communication and group interaction.
Absolutely fabulous, matter of fact outstanding.
The trek was awesome. Well managed by the IndiaHikes team, Special Kudos to Dhaval Jajal, Deepak and Gopal and all the mountain Staff.
Write from collecting the gaiters and micro-spikes from Lohajung to Asking all sort of useful and stupid questions to Deepak bhaiya and Gopal Bhiaya felt amazing. Deepak bhaiya's stories about rescues are too good and funny and lightens the mood of the whole trek.
And what to say about Mr.Dhaval Jajal, One awesome personality, You can call him the Captain cool of the trek. The calmest person on the trek , who got us back from the panic zone to comfort zone whenever we had headache or felt low or any discomfort. The activities he made us to play as part of the team build was just perfect for the team to feel as a family at the end of 3rd day.
Just in 3 days experienced whole lot of different world.
The safety standards are perfect. It allows us to trust that we are in safe hands.
I rented trek pole and poncho. Both were in well maintained condition. Also witnessed the cleaning practice at Lohanjung, satisfied with the hygiene.
TREK WAS AWESOME!
Trek has completely brainwashed our thoughts, specifically Green Trail thing. Its being great journey from Day 1 to the Summit & down to base camp.
Before trek i have opted and paid for Backpack offloading but after reading mail of Prathima - where i got below note:
we don't usually encourage offloading of backpacks. These backpacks are carried by mules or porters. Having too many mules on a trail isn't good for the eco system and as for porters, they are hard to find.
So i thought lets try not to opts for & check my capability. i was shocked to find out that i have done trek easily without facing problem for once. so i am more confident for my fitness level & will keep improvising in daily exercise as well.
I have loved many thing on trek - most and best thing was nature - Mountains, Stars at night, Snow, Sunset views, Sun rise, Trails etc
than we made many new friends on trek, learned many lessons while participating in activities was fun part.
Getting knowledge from Guides & TL was Helpful as well
Yeap i would give 10/10 for Safety standards. Trek was completely safe & we were in comfort zone - safety wise because of TL Dhaval Jhajal, Guide - Gopalji & Dipu bhai
Health checkup was done regularly by TL & guides use to warn us too for where to walk & where not to.
Micro Spikes were very useful on our trek and also TL told us interesting story of how introduction of micro spikes stopped accidents on snow. Gaiters were also good, although we dint used much.
It really went well. And there is no negative comments to tell about it.
Even if we are about to make few sudden decision due to climatic conditions or due to the difficulty of reaching the summit, Our trek leader Anuj did it very wisely. He was so cool and handled everything so patiently and efficiently. He maintained timings perfectly and planned accordingly so that we can reach the summit within the time. He was constantly encouraging and boosting all of us throughout the trail.
The evening after the summit Anuj distributed us fridge magnets and made us to sit in a circle and share our experiences. That time was the most memorable as many of us came out of our comfort zone and spoke about everything and explained how we felt throughout the trek and how much it means to us and how we are literally enjoying each and every moment and our experience with India hikes.
Very thankful for the trek that we just completed. It was fantastic experience and India Hikes team ensured that we become reach in our experience. Everything was 10/10 from day one to the last day.
Our experience in pitching tents will be helpful for life time and in all my upcoming treks which I do in sahyadri range. All the instructions given by trek leader Anuj were helpful and he ensured that everything falls in place as per schedule. Trek leaders Baldev and Sunil were equally good and they support both fast pacers and slow movers like me. Everything was on time starting from morning tea, breakfast, Lunch & Dinner. I did not came across any delay on all the days. Pitching tents on ice was my first experience. When we decided that we have to sleep on tents pitched on ice, the thought going through mind was that our sleep is going to miserable, but our we got our best sleep on the ice pitched tents. It was wonderful.
One thing which stands out is food. The Quality and Test. This is one of the reason that i did not loose any weight on this trek. I was expecting to loose at least 10 KG. But sadly not even a gram. Harpalji is awesome cook and my reason to go on multiple treks with you guys in future.
The kind of confidence I got from the trek was huge!! I could do bungee jumping at rishikesh only because of the confidence I go at the trek! Even in life confidence really matters a lot at every stage and I'm thankful to the trek for giving me the confidence I have now about myself and in general. It also taught me patience, it taught me how to deal with people of different mindset, how to adjust according to different situations, how to cope up with fears, how to go with the flow in life when plans don't work and many more which I'm just too overwhelmed to write about.
Core values are the most important things of great company ,that’s the secret behind the success I heard allot request in the hikes can we do this can we do that there was one firm answer we at at Hikes don’t do that we follow this strongly because of this , I was so happy to hear when I climbed the Mukta top and came down I just thought hope this stays the same way when my son grows and he is ready to climb to see the beauty and I believe that’s possible with strong core policies like Indian hikes , people they finish climbing don’t bother someone has to climb after that they get down to their celebration and destruction very aselfish attitude of human being :) core values are more important for that
Indiahikes is the safest organization I have ever heard and met. There were daily health check ups for us with equipments like oxymeter. And the provided gears like spikes and snow gaiters helped us a lot and without that we couldn't even imagine about trekking in snow.
Safety standards was very high no doubt about it ,one small suggestion my personal opinion we come to the mountains for silence to respect the beauty and not to celebrate after the summit climb is over with music and sound that’s my personal opinion but it could be different for different people .....
Best part of India Hikes is that they got us through the fresh trails while making to the summit.
From the moment I reached Katgoan, i was skeptical as a beginner. But after meeting Leo Saldanha, Saini and Mukesh while the trek, things placed very well. The day of the summit was very tough. It was never-ending, at one point, I had almost given up with the negative thoughts that I had. But Mukesh, Leo and Saini motivated me and therefore, I could complete this trek. The moment I reach the summit, I cried like a baby. The fact that trekkers who were little slow were placed first while trekking, which showed their priority of working at a team and keeping all together and completing the summit. I felt safe. After completing, the descent was super fun, we played antakshari and we dint realized we were about to reach the base camp. We all wanted that this journey continues for days and days. Well, at last, heartfelt gratitude to all them, also those who cooked food for us, the persons carrying our bags and the entire team who contributed this trek for its success.
The discipline and the safety was the utmost priority (Commendable) for Leo Saldanha and so the whole group followed the instructions. This made the trek enjoyable. I loved the knowledge sessions and activities being played by Leo. The trek was an eye-opener for the fact that as an individual one can contribute to preserving the nature and so much for self-reflection. The green trail initiative is good work. We all had this personal bond with each other at the end of the trek. Leo and his team will always remain an inspiration for us - the city people. It has taught us lessons and self-realization that cannot be put into words. This will remain long life with me.
Priya Ranjan Sahu
Really it was amazing experience especially with our Trek Leader Leo And Sain. Both of them were so punctual and professional. Mukesh was good too. Love the way they took care of things.
This was my second trek and first with India Hikes and I really want to go with India Hikes every time from now on. Simply Loved it. Thank You Manisha and Team India Hikes for such wonderful arrangement & management.
Kiran raju M
The food which was served on the trek was very delicious and very hygienic. Overall I enjoyed trekking with India hikes and I am looking forward to doing treks with India hikes in the future as well.
My trek leader Vivek maintained very good hygiene. He is very helpful and explained about the mountains and even shared the knowledge while we are having snacks in the evening. It was quite amazing trek experience with Vivek and our guides Ramesh Bhai and Subhash were also very good with us and the support which we got from they was really appreciated. On the summit day, some people were about to give up but at that time the guides and the trek leader supported and motivated to complete the summit.
Keerthi Kumar C
The Kedarkantha trek trail itself is mesmerizing. Enjoyed every bit of the trek and kudos to the IndiaHikes for organizing such an event where I felt as I am part of the organization, rather than a customer.
The food which was provided was good and especially the Gulab Jamoon and Shahi tukda were mouth-watering.
The safety standards followed was very good. Especially with fitness approval which we have to get a sign off from the trek co-ordinator and health checkups which are done on a daily basis. Fitness is a must for trekkers and is a checkpoint for each and every trekker on the trail which will avoid any serious implications on the trek.
Renting the gear was a good part of the trek and it saved me a lot of money which I utilized for different purposes.
Green trails is a very good initiative which emphasizes not only carry our trash back but also cleaning the trail.
The mountain taught me to give time to yourself. It also showed me that how people are polluting the nature and what can one do to avoid it. There were different people in our group who shared their views which broadened my views on the issues like single-use plastic products and its impact.
How a Tshirt making process consumes plenty of fuel and water was well explained by Janaki - A local woman from Sankri. She also highlighted on waste segregation, alternatives of plastic and educating others from our learning. Each day was a learning in the mountains.
The trek was fantastic and went in good flow. The team India Hikes have their full support and effort to make a trip memorable. I enjoyed that 5 minutes of silence at the summit which will always stay with me.
Was happy on my association with IH. Looking forward to interacting again.
Good ethics. Green Trail initiative is good.
Am very happy with the Trek. It was Joyful, Challenging, Adventurous & served the purpose.
Had a lot of good times in a group & in solitude. I would say i was driven with excitement by mountains on every step.
India Hikes left no stones un-turned when it comes to safety. There is not even a second i felt that I am unsafe or scared.
I rented multiple gears like Walking Stick, Gloves , Down Jacket & Shoes. Everything was at good condition and very comfortable to carry.
I felt really proud of myself to be a part of initiatives and values followed by India Hikes. I felt responsible and went well prepared so when I completed the trek I understood what values it holds to take part in.
My favorite activity on the trek was, how to make our own tents with blind eyes - It was an amazing experience with the help of helpers and the other 5-6 peoples who are suppose to be blind-folded from their eyes and making tent basis the instructions of the helpers.
We did it! Yeah.
One more thing I felt, by renting the necessary trekking gears helps us in our trekking a lot and even to our pockets too. Also not to carry through out our whole journey which helps easily to lift our luggage.
Mountains are humbling, teaches you lessons that are hard to forget.
For me the biggest lesson was, in life whatever seems high and achievable is going to be very difficult and so very worth of your efforts.
Living in the mountains taught me, how discipline brings more joy in real life.
This Kedarkantha trek was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. Absolutely loved it. While ascending, we had taken a different route through khujey and odari, which i guess not other trekking companies take. That was the best part, as we got to see different side of the mountain and a very clean side too. Food and other arrangements were very nice and timely.
A friend advised me to go with Indiahikes for safety reasons only, and boy he was all right! Safety was excellently taken care by the trek leader(LEO) from the condition of safety gears to health heck up at every camp-site thrice a day.
He used to give little dos and don'ts of the camp-site and while on the trek. That proved to be the best help. Overall, i guess safety is one of the values of indiahikes and that should be kept up !
I rented trek pole and waterproof socks. Waterproof socks are a blessing while trekking in snow. Highly recommended.
Our trek leader was simply amazing. He used to have small sessions before dinner which were the best part of the day. I really liked virtual volleyball and the snow-man making competition.
Krovvidi venkata sairaja sriharsha
Mountains teach us alot. How important natural resources are to us. We get to respect nature. They also teach us how minimum is required to live a happy life.
Green trails is the best thing about indiahikes. I involved myself well in it. When it comes to fitness we should have prepared much better.
Mountains ,trekking , traveling solo ,making new friends some close ones too. This experience for me was new or i can say the best one .the kind of beautiful weather which keeps on changing within seconds ,scenic views were amazing .there's something in mountains nobody can learn untill and unless you pay visit once. Awesome experience.
Great experience on my 1st trek- light snowfall ,small river crossings,etc.the trek leaders were good, the food team was amazing they provided us delicious food in mountains.
Overall I'm going to try again with some new treks solo. Well done Indiahikes
All the arrangements made by IndiaHikes were in place and the trek went flawlessly. The staff was helpful and very courteous. The trek leader Dauva was very experienced and helpful and trek guides Ramesh and Mangal were an inspiration and managed difficult and tricky situations very well in this snow trek.
The safety maintained in the trek was excellent and due to the experience and cautious nature of the staff, we were able to complete the snow trek without any hiccups or accidents. The equipment provided such as gaiters and microspikes were of very good quality which ensured a smooth trek.
The Fitness regime suggested by IndiaHikes is very apt to enjoy the trek without any physical problems. I have been following physical standards set for the trek and it helped me enjoy the trek without any trouble. The green trails initiative is something that I follow in my life and so it resonates well with my principles.
The trek was beyond beautiful - the trails, scenery, white forest was spectacular and gave me more that what i had expected. As a novice trekker, Kedarkantha was a perfect start for me and doing it with IndiaHikes just made the entire experience feel like a breeze. I would also like to highlight that the communication bit was very clear. Right from signing up, Manisha, our trek coordinator, ensured we have all the information we need so that we know what exactly to expect and come fully prepared.
When it came to safety, i was pleasantly surprised how much the team cared for every member in the team. Our trek leader, Dawa, and guides (Mangal ji & Ramesh ji) were very knowledgeable and were trained to handle all kinds of situation. Right from checking our pulse rate & oxy level to ensuring we have had the filling food and are feeling alright, they made us feel like a family. The taught us to trust the gears (gaitors & spikes) which were of very good quality and helped us a lot with the ascent & descent.
I rented the trek pole, shoes, headlamp and my most favorite - the waterproof socks. The quality standard was high and mainly, the products were well maintained and clean. The socks helped me keep my feet safe from getting wet & cold.
Almost all the activities we did together was quite fun. Right from the introduction round & getting to know one another to playing Mafia in our common tent post snacks. My most favorite though, would be the last round table where we all had to share our experiences. It was quite emotional.
I'll just summarize the core points that stood out to me:
Sustainable trek experience
Great team of experienced and skillful trek leaders
Highly safe and top quality trekking gears and equipments
Top notch camping experience
SOURAV KUMAR BASAK
The mountains teach us that whatever you achieve in your life, if you want to stand tall keep your feet on the ground no matter what you achieve.
Trek was awesome, couldn't have been better than this, the weather was with us also. The trek leader Dawa and the guides Rameshji and Mangal were like guardians for us over there, they took care of us. The foods were delicious as well as nutritious. The trail which India hikes took i.e. from Kotgaon to Khujey and then to Odari to Summit was really very beautiful.
The safety standards were excellent, from measuring blood pressure, pulse rate, to guiding us how to get through tough trails, safety standards were high. The trek leader and the guides ensured that we were safe throughout our trek. They even carried an oxygen cylinder in case of emergencies.
Indiahikes does force its trekkers to be fit before the trek begins and it is for the good of trekkers only, this is a great initiative by Indiahikes.
The Green Trails initiative is also a great initiative to keep the trails unpolluted and clean. Clean trails look really beautiful.
There is actually a lot to learn from the mountains and the trip teaches things almost at all steps.
1. I felt like a minuscule in front of the might of nature. Teaches to be humble at all times.
2. The life in such weather is difficult. I thank the almighty for all what he has given me.
3. The most important thing such experience teaches is " You get to know a lot about yourself".
The trek was one of the best travel times I have ever spent. Thanks to the Indiahikes team, who were very professional, knew the details of all concerned things in-depth and caring at the same time. All 21 members of the trek reached the summit, due to the continuous encouragement and support from the leader and the support staff.
I rented the trekking poles. Obviously pocket-friendly and did not need to carry till the base camp.
Green trails shows the efforts of Indiahikes to create a clean environment in the trekking areas. No one wants to go trekking and find heaps of garbage from previous trekkers. While everyone keeps complaining about the lack of cleanliness in our country, it is so heartening to find you guys actually doing things for it. I took special care not to miss anything that I can carry back. Great initiative.
This trek was a great learning experience for me! it was a great experience to pitch and unpitch our tents! Outdoors can be a great learning experience for example when it was so cold outside we could see our kitchen staff working bare handed! Can't be grateful enough for the food that they provided. We had a small astronomy session on the campsite it really was very moving! It kind of put things in perspective that how small we are in front of the nature yet how we can make a huge impact. Last but not the least this was my 2nd trek with indiahikes, the leave no trails initiative is what sets IH apart! The 1st trek itself had a huge impact on me and made me a zero waste, responsible consumer! I could see everyone by the end of the trek actually discussing the issue of waste management and collecting waste from the trail. So yes this trek was a great learning experience!
I like how indiahikes stresses on preparation before the trek! Demanding screen shots is really an innovative idea to make sure everyone is physically and mentally prepared! Green trails is something that I have taken home with me from indiahikes. I have learnt it from here and imbibed it and now I practice it on Sahyadri treks as well! I truly believe in leaving the mountains in better condition than we found in and hence I carry a bag with me on every trek now to collect the garbage.
The mountain experience was a truly different experience. relaxing, rejuvenating, confidence builder and above all an eye-opener. Not only did it show that how things are taken for granted by us in our modern lives can be a challenge up there but also the importance of team spirit, helping each other and cohesiveness for survival in such difficult conditions in nature.
This was my first experience of a winter trek. it was definitely challenging but the exceptional organisational skills, knowledge of the things to come and the attitude of the entire India hikes team made it a smooth sail. I would say it could not have been better. stating it more objectively I would like to say
Safety and precision were never undermined. Experiencing the wilderness and nature in its purest form was always felt.
Green trails are very important so that we give back to the mountains. The fitness values we get from this is also very important to us.
Every policies that have taken for caring mountais and land is appreciable.
SATYA PRAKASH TIWARI
Overall, the trek was magnificent
1. IH starts it's trek from Kotgaon and not from Sankri. From kotgaon to khujo the trails seemed just untouched by humans. So a thumbs up to IH for beginning trek from kotgaon and therefore keeping our morale high from the start.
2. The dedication of our guides Sanju Pawar, Prahalad Pawar, Aditya Pille. They were more than a guide to us. They took care of everything. They even carried bags of those who felt sick. Kudos to them.
Srujan G L
The trek was phenomenal, Words cannot describe the experience I had. No pain No Gain, even though it was painful the summit healed every inch of my body and soul.
The Green trails is an amazing initiative.
Absolutely I loved the way IndiaHikes had organized the trek.
I loved how we had smartly decided the starting point as Sankri.
Never have I ever experienced this kind of safety measures being followed by any trekking community.
Niranjan G P
The trek was wonderful, filled with scenic views and the food provided to us was amazing and tasty, also they kept us well-fed throughout the duration of the trek. The trek leaders were amazing, motivating and supportive throughout the trek.
The safety standards were good and just, regular health checkups were good to access the situation and also the safety gear and equipment given to us during the trek were good. Also the campsites were strategically placed in a safer and convenient environment which added to the safety benefit of the trekking group.
I rented out jacket, shoes and Trek poles which helped me financially.
Fitness is utmost priority for any trek and we liked the initial fitness run activity we had to complete for the trek and also Green trails initiative is the best thing a human could do to protect the environment. Keep up the good work.
The trek was just fabulous. I am overwhelmed with our trek team special mention of Aditya, prahlad Bhai & Sanju Bhai and all the kitchen members of khujey & odari. Moreover 23 of the fellow trekkers we have all become a family. Credits to India hikes for creating such an amazing family in the mountains. Really looking forward to trekking again with you guys as soon as I manage holidays. It was really a memory which I will cherish for life because "first time" is always very special.
Every one of us should do something for the environment. Because it's only us who are polluting the environment. So we should try to clean it too for the coming generations and also to protect ecology. Salute to the India hikes members for putting so much effort into it.
Trek was super with guides Aditya and Subhash and we were lucky enough to complete the summit, as two batches previously was cancelled. The last 200 mts of the summit was very hard and with the motivation of our teammates and guide, I reached the summit and it was jannnat.
The safety during the trek was full up to the mark.
The renting of gear and offloading was very useful for us to complete the trek without any difficulties.
Your core values helps us a lot. The activities every evening after tea and snacks, sharing our thoughts getting information from the trek leader.
Nothing is more beautiful and blissful than nature in this world. The trek tested my physical and mental energy.
The safety protocols were perfect and the guides and team leader taught us to use them perfectly.
I was most inspired by the green trails initiative.
It is the core values that drive an organisation.
The green trail is the perfect lesson for the city living trekkers.
Fitness routine... a necessity at high altitude treks
Shree Gowri G V
BRAHAM - A sweet, cheerful, caring, lovable, lovely, knowledgeable, motivating, friendly trek lead.
One word answer would be EVERYTHING!!
He made sure on everyday, every moment that everyone is safe, healthy, warm and trekkable with happy faces.
Never missed introducing and thanking people at every campsite for cooking delicious food and giving us comfortable stay in tents. Also, the warm-up and cool down sessions before and after days' trek was fun.
Gratitude - At an altitude of 11000ft, at freezing temperatures of sub 0 degrees, being completely isolated from civilization, I have never felt more at home and safe within the hands of such a caring trek leader and the kitchen staff.
I was also robbed of whatever little ego I had when I stood there facing the mighty mountains who let me scale them safely. I only completed the trek, not because of my physical fitness or preparedness, but because the mountains let me.
Things I learned from the mountains:
1. Take one step at a time.
2. Mountains got me an ego check. They show you your place a number of times.
3. Real growth is out of your comfort zone.
Fitness was quite important . So preparation before trek helped me hike without many stops. Thanks for advising this in advance.
Green trail is a great initiative. Fun is so part of the trek but one must never be evasive of our responsibility towards the nature.
The trek was excellent. We were amongst the few lucky batches who were able to make it to the summit. The trek leaders and Trek guides were exceptional.
The entire arrangement from IndiaHikes was perfect.
Only one suggestion. I saw some of the fellow trekkers stopping on the trail to click pictures which would make everybody behind them wait too. It would be ideal if a trekker stands aside from the trail to click pictures so as to not block other trekkers.
Safety standards are par excellence. I am a doctor by profession, and when I say the safety standards are really good, it actually means tht you people are really good.
I liked the part where the trek leader asked everyone to share their experience and what they learnt from the trek
I am impressed by your core values. The kind of importance that u people give to fitness is really good. Because it's to make the trek safer for a trekker.
Green trails initiative also a great one. It imbibes a sense of responsibility towards nature in general which we can take back to the cities and continue to work towards.
Saiabiram G P
I had taken up this trek because I wanted a break from my 9-6 routine, initially I had planned for this trek during Feb 19, but as we all know, vacation plans have 99% chances of getting cancelled and same did happen. However this time, was able to successfully achieve my vacation plan.
Kedharkantha and The Majestic Himalayas has taught me so much in this very short span of 6 days. Everything looks surreal, the views, the sheer beauty of mother nature. These things had once again taught and made me realize that how small are we as humans in this planet and how much more smaller are our problems.
At this altitude and rough terrain, i do believe that safety comes first and Safety standards of IH is impeccable, kudos to that.
I want to convey my heartfelt thanks to our Trek Leaders and guides - Adi , Meghna , Subash and Subash(Tony). They are the BEST, without them I don’t believe we would have had an memorable trek. These four are just AMAZING.
The stringent fitness policy of IH, this needs a special mention here, it helped me to come out of my laziness and made me shed 13 kgs in 2 months. Without this trek, I would have never been bothered to hit the gym.
I learnt from the mountains:
1. How to appreciate life and just how blessed we are to be living among such luxuries.
2. How to stop worrying about trivial things and focus on the big picture.
3. How to find reasons to smile even when life may throw a few oddballs towards you.
It was nothing like I had expected and yet it surpassed everything that I did expect. No amount of words or pictures can be enough to prepare you for what you are about to experience in a trek like this. However, given how detailed all the planning and preparation by Indiahikes is, it practically is the best organization I've come across so far be it in terms of organizing or planning or food or even back up plans! There's absolutely nothing that I'd like to change.
I rented almost everything at the base camp and all the gears were in top notch quality.
Akshay is a brilliant trek leader. Right from the first intro and debriefing meeting to ending the trip with his famous mantra, he was so professional. The very first night he made us play an ice breaker activity at the Khujey camp site and we all became friends instantaneously.
He knows how to find the perfect balance between fun and discipline. So I really enjoyed trekking with him.
And not just him, both our guides OP bhaiya and Rajesh bhaiya were always making sure that we had smiles on our faces no matter how difficult things may get, encouraging us, pushing us and even chiding us when needed but never giving up on us. So kudos to all three of them for making sure our experience was amazing.
This is the one thing that I truly appreciated while trekking with Indiahikes. You don't just preach about the importance of preserving nature, you actually make sure that you walk the talk and also encourage everyone else to do so.
No matter how difficult things get push yourself harder and you'll make it no matter what. Just keep up your spirit high and your goals and destination firm... In the all that matters is if you succeeded or you gave up... If you succeed with the efforts and look back you'll be stronger than you were and hungry for more.
We made it to the summit... Our trek was really challenging and wonderful... everything was taken care by our trek leaders they really are a wonderful bunch who made everything possible. A memorable experience to the everyone's dairy...
Few of the challenges we faced were:
Harsh weather conditions.
Opening up new paths.
And upon all of these the whole team trekked together in all conditions that's the best part…
Safety were really another criteria that needs to be credited because that's a critical things to keep a check with and the India hikes team tries to get it on track right from the very beginning i.e. from the day we enroll ourselves on the trek until the very end of the journey wen we bid good bye with a heavy heart on the final day. Checking up the heart rate and bp timely and doing the safety measures in all the required possible ways.
So cheers to such a well organised safe trek being carried out.
There were a lot of activites carried out by the trek leader but the most enjoyed and wonderful of them all personally for me was being the sweeper trek leader that was assigned to me seeing the way i was active and more energetic in the trek which i really carried out well and got rewarded as the spirit of the trek. And other was adding an adjective to our names initially to introduce ourselves and the subsequent person had to remember and call out all the names of the preceding ppl and then introduce himself which really got the bonding among the team from the very initial moment of the trek.
Green trails... It's really a very great initiative being taken by the India hikes team to ensure that the nature isn't harmed by their exploring of the nature in its trek... rather keep the path and surrounding around India hikes team maintain the nature the way it is and enjoy the trek.
And regarding fitness it has only one main motive to either gather up your guts and get them harder and fit to make it on top of summit else stay lazy and unfit sand miss out the best amazing experience of your life.
I loved the trek. Especially the team was very friendly and helpful. The safety on indiahikes is what make it different than others. Health check-up were done during breakfast and dinner. Microspikes which were provided to us were great to get grip on the ice.
The most important lesson which I learnt while on the trek was that we are always stronger than we think we are. It is just because of our comfort zones that we restrict ourselves. Once we let go of the comfort zone then the world is ours to conquer.
This trek has really made me realise the value of fitness in our lives. It is of paramount importance to be physically fit. It was really a good move to make the trekkers submit fitness proofs covering a certain distance in the stipulated given time.
To trek with IndiaHikes has been by far one of the best decisions I've ever made in my life. The employees literally put their heart and soul into their jobs. It can be clearly seen that it isn't a job for them but something they are passionate about. Kudos to the cooking staff for never making us feel like we're far away from our homes.
The safety standards were excellent. Cut offs were clearly mentioned and were adhered to.
The gears that I rented were - A pair of trekking pole , Poncho and Trekking shoes. Everything was in great condition when it was handed over to me.
This is a beautiful trek. Being a new trek, it offered us some untouched trails and campsites.
That was an awesome experience and no doubt about it. The Trek was very well arranged, very well co-ordinated, great locations for campsites, great tents and facilities provided at campsites, great food. Every thing was exceptionally great. Safety is the topmost priority for every trekker and this is been very well followed by India Hikes.
Special thanks to our Trek Leader Pradyumna, Prathima, Krithika, Bhagat Singh ji, Yashpalji... and to all at the backend team of India Hikes who made it so easy for all of us.
Renting makes it very easy for managing your budget and also reduce consumption. Yes, I had rented gear like Shoes, Jacket and WaterProof Socks. The items are really well maintained.
I would recommend trekkers to rent all the available gears instead of buying. This makes your trips in budget and reusing the products reduce in consumption and wastage foot print.
I would like to specially talk about WaterProof socks that i had rented and are really worth renting and using them. Snow treks make it difficult using general socks as they get wet even though you use good shoes, This leed to frostbites and take a long time to cure and cause sever infection which may go worse after your trek. These Sock are so good that though you feel little cold they do not get wet from inside. And most importantly these are breathable and you really feel comfortable while wearing them.
Will give a 10/10 score to the waterproof socks and thanks to Indiahikes for introducing them in your rental products.
Also the rental pricing for all the products are at minimal and worth.
So Happy Renting....
One of the many lessons that this trek has taught me was to challenge myself. Though I had been training for the past year ( running, swimming, etc) I was underconfident and thought that maybe I couldn't complete the trek and would be sent down. But over the course of 6 days, I got to know my ability, my challenges, my fears, and my strengths. Moreover, the mountains have always taught me how minute we are in front of them. Our lives, our challenges, our problems are nowhere significant when compared to them.
Awesome! is the only word I can use to describe it. This is my first trek with IH and I liked each and every step taken by the team since registration to the day I finished my trek and beyond.
There are many things that I have learnt from the 4-5 days that I have spent for the mountains
1. Respect for time
3. Appreciate what we have, there are bigger problems to solve than what we think we experience
4. Always respect the Mountain Gods and the Nature and never let yourself be bigger than the weather conditions
5. Life can be lived in a very basic and a simple manner and we do not need our fancy gizmos all the time.
6. Always be humble and kind and helping to other people.
The trek was fantastic, more than I had imagined. This was by far the most amazing trek experience that I had.
I had rented Shoes, Jacket and Trekking Pole which were great and these gears made my life a little easy in the mountains. Also I think renting gears is a great initiative that IndiaHikes has taken as it also helps trekkers to pack light.
Our trekker Vivek Saini, kept us motivated the entire duration of the trek. He shared some amazing stories of the campsite and also told some of his own trekking experience which was great.
I think IndiaHikes apart from running treks, they also ensure that they have impacted a persons life in a positive way even if it is for the smallest bit.
GreenTrails initiative is great in addressing environmental issues and with that bringing in self awareness in trekkers.
What an amazing journey it has been. All the nature's beauty lies in mountains. I have learned to keep the mountains clean so that the next generation can see them in as is situation. Our little contribution can help save the environment and global warming.
Day1 - what a mesmerizing view of moon from Kotgaon with snow all around.
Day2 - way to Khujjey - a very long journey of 6 hour ascending but worth the walk. Amazing experience. Amazing guide and team leader Aditya. The war cry at the start of the trek was something to always remember. Ookh Alaila!!!
Day3 - Way to Odari - quite simpler then day 2 ascending. Reached in 4 hours. Amazing breathtaking view.
Day4-amazing walk to Summit. We tried our best
Day5 - Happiest day to descend to see our home. Thanks to the guide to make the trail for us.
Overall - Management was amazing. Right from TL to guide to cooking staff - salute to them. Speechless food. Sweet at the end of the day was something to always wait for.
Indiahikes is extremely safe in terms of health, Trek gears, trail, etc
Gears (microspikes and gaiters) were the one who made us reach our destination safely without falling. Great arrangement
This was my 1st Himalayan trek and it was awesome. We got to experience everything we wanted to like snowfall, chilling cold, scenic beauty everything. In this trek freezing cold was big challenge I followed the instructions mail which we received from our trek co ordinator which was really very helpful in evry sense .things to Cary to trek ,how to layer up in winter etc every thing was well mentioned in mail .our trek leader and guide were very supportive and helpful ,we were served with hot n delicious food . So overall everything was just amazing .though we were not able to attend summit due to heavy snow but whatever time we spent on mountain was amazing ...thanks to India hikes for this unforgettable experience.
Your safety standards was at the top level!
Personaly, i would have even loved to take a bit more "risks" in trying to go for the summit. But this is very personal and I do understand your top level safety standards as it is about a whole group responsability!
Minimalist usage of resources, as we use natural resources in a luxurious way.. mountains have thought me we can live with minimalist usage
Trek was awesome and the way Dushyanth and guides led us the trek was flawless. The arrangements and safety was superb. But my only concern was tent stay for 3 was bad. We had to struggle with 3 inside the tent. Apart from that every was taken care superbly.Trek gears were very useful and helped us to achieve the summit.
Jakoozaa activity before the trek and stretch exercises after trek was very much needed. And small activities inside dinner tent kept us engaging.
The fitness plan before trek was very much needed to achieve the summit. It helped us to sustain in the mountains
It's a wonderful experience overall in my first Himalayan trek... Best of my life so far.
Trek went very well, two guides took good care of the route and the team during entire trek.Health checkup is done before and after trek. Every team member is taken care very nicely.
I rented gloves with out which trek can't be completed.
This trek is like a life changer for me. I learnt so many things on the mountains and cherished every moment. I now know my real endurance and strength levels and this trek gave me a clear path on what to improve about myself. My god, the beauty of snow capped mountains are awesome. This trek boosted my confidence a lot and showed the value of discipline in life and how lucky we are to have all these luxuries in life which in day day to life are taken for granted. Before taking this trek im not sure about my strength to complete the trek but after doing the summit i experienced the peace and happiness both in the journey and reaching the summit. This trek is my lifelong beautiful memory and thank you for making this trek this awesome.Tthe trek is quite comfortable I think all the basic amenities possible are provides thank you so much for keeping us safe. The food is great actually i really not expected this kind of delicious food on the mountains. All the health checkups from time to time are done without fail to ensure maximum fitness to everyone thanks to that. Overall i loved the trek and how it is organized im looking forward to complete all the treks in Indiahikes.
The warmups before and after the trek are good and actually cool us down after a day long trek. Our trek leader Drishyant make sure we are safe from cramps or body pains after the trek. The warmup session before the trek is very good and it kept us going. we had so much fun in dinner tents by sharing stories of everyone and really enjoyed a lot
I thought indiahikes is just another trek company and i just book this trek just by asking question on quora. so I was a little skeptical about the trek and Indiahikes. But after completing the trek now I'm very satisfied about my decision. This is by far most professional and friendly experience I had. Providing security, safety and management of trek is topnotch. Thank you for the experience and im looking forward for memories with Indiahikes.
This is my first trek ever travelling solo and attempted it just to put myself out of my comfort zone. And, oh well that was the best decision I have ever made. I learned a lot after completing this trek. I think I am taking a lot from the mountains. Now I am more confident than ever, On top you've got lot of time with just yourself, and you wonder how peaceful the nights were. I am over whelmed by walking in woods and snow.
Morning warm ups, and then the best - acclimatization walk. There's lot of activity to know each team member briefly.
Green Trails initiative is for try to better the mountain environment.
With an Eco-bag at the start of your trek. Dispose of your waste in it
Every trekker is just as responsible.
There is so much that mountains offered me but two big things were patience and resilience. Taking caution with each step, listening to your body, and continue to move, even when you are tired and you feel your bag is too heavy, you can't take another step.
The other thing the mountains gave me were ample opportunities to marvel at the beauty around me and thus hope.
I loved the trek and these were some of the things that made it so great:
Our Trek Leader, Dushyant, was amazing! He was supportive, kind and firm when he needed to be.
The campsites were beautiful and the kitchen teams and our guides did whatever they could to make it comfortable for us.
The food exceeded my expectations. I loved how warmly they offered it to us and how delicious it was!
I really enjoyed people around me who came with us on the trek. I have definitely made a couple of friends for life!
The sleeping bags and Dushyant's tips helped me keep myself warm even with all the snow around me.
The stress on safety protocols and routines such as filling up health cards assured me I was in good hands.
All the gears we rented were useful to us. We were slightly disappointed because we rented a pair of trekking poles but only received one- the reason was communicated and I understand but perhaps it can be avoided in the future treks.
Sustainability, Care, Transparency
I loved all the efforts India Hikes have put in making our treks green- from the concept of Eco Bags, the dry toilets to 3 Sink Washing System to re-using flex posters to use it as charts in the base camp. It shows great respect for nature and local people.
Calmness and serenity within oneself is one of the major lessons I take back from the trek. I have rented trek poles and it's of very good quality.
Discipline I find is one of the key factors in completing the trek and this is one of the qualities I realized to develop in myself from the trek. It was a lovely trek and your team made it even more lovely.
It was very good . Every mornings and evenings there was oxymeter reading . We felt safe around your team . I went to trek with my friend , we are girls aged 18 . We had a lot of fun because we felt safe in every aspect. It was an amazing experience I would love to trek with you again for sure.
I loved the concept of your green trails initiative . We left no wrappers in the mountains, we took our garbage in your ecobags . It was such an amazing thing . I had my own dustbin .
Patience and being Peaceful is what mountains taught me during the trek. There was perfect execution of plans from the organizatoin.
The idea of each team member having an eco-bag was really brilliant!
First of all would be being punctual and valuing time. Secondly, the trek taught me to keep trying in my life irrespective of whether I feel I may ace it or not.
The trek was perfect, couldn’t have been better. Kudos to the indiahikes team! Great job, had a wonderful lifetime experience and made many memories to cherish!
Good gear, I rented a trekking pole and was lucky enough to get a brand new one. Truly a hats off experience.
The fitness and green trails are something which were never heard of before in any trekking / adventure sport organisation. Innovative idea,great job guys!
Mountains teach a valuable lesson of humility. You feel humbled by its enormity.The people you see living over there are so satisfied with whatever little they have.Over course of trek we too learn to live and travel minimilastically. The trek was nice, though many felt we would have covered more distance in a single day. Rentals were extremely good. Please do keep up this policy.
It was my first trek. I was very enthusiastic & scared at the same time that how my track will go. But this track provided me one of the greatest moments of my life. The staff was excellent. They helped me a lot in gaining the track experience and also taught me the myths related to that place.
It was my first trek with Indiahikes and it was really amazing. The food, the morale of the trek leader and the guides, the beauty of nature really kepe me going.
Unity. Damn straight.
A feeling of togetherness. No matter how difficult the task is when everyone walks hand in hand motivating each other; it feels easy.
Doing your bit by keeping your surroundings clean is an important lesson I take back from the mountains.
The trek went really well. Was very well organized and food was amazing.The safety standards were upto the mark.
Mountains taught me many things. They helped me in making some good friends. Mountains taught me to live in minimum resources and there is a life beyond city.
The trek was awesome and you guys were a great support to me. Before starting the trek I give a thought as it was looking quite impossible to me but people around me kept motivated me.
You guys have a very good safety standard. Your daily health check-up helped a lot.
Green trails is a very good idea followed by indiahikes. It taught me to keep aur surrounding clean and green and our mountains are very important part of our economy.
To experince and being in the moment is the most important lesson I take from the Trek. It was an amazing experience overall.
Green trails initiative according to me is very much a necessity and to be able to do that creatively is a good thing.
The main factor that drew me to the mountains is how humongous and majestic they are. Everyone are felt and treated equal without differences in mountains. It tells you no matter how sound you are finally or by social status, you are as tiny as you can get in presence of these giant mountains.
My personal takeaway is that, you can push your physical limits and achieve things if you are mentally strong, even harsh environmental factors doesn't bother if the goal is so clear and mind is so strong.
This is my first high altitude trek and it turned out to be so special because I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of it. We were presented with snowfall in nayata campsite after our summit decent. It was a first snow encounter for many of us in the team and we had very good fun playing around in snow.
Not only that, the whole of our trek group was so vibrant and sportive to an extent that we used to play many team building games after reaching every campsite. This added as positive factor for the overall trek.
Absolutely fantastic safety standards. This being my first solo trip my husband had huge concern on my safety and after reading so many reviews about female solo travelers with Indiahikes, he was convinced to certain extent and let me do the booking.
After reaching the base camp, I was presented with the safety routines - oxymeter, health checkups and documenting the readings and also the safety gears - micro spikes, gaters etc. The safety measurements are very much satisfactory and added confidence to me that I can finish the trek in sound health.
We played several team building games and activities conducted by our trek leader at campsites and all of them were very lively. Right from our morning stretches, to massages after a tiring trek day to playing Mafia, it was fun filled. I had rented out outer jacket, trek pole and shoes. The gears were all well maintained and in good condition.
Green trails initiative is something so personal to me because it was aligned with my principles in reducing usage of single use plastics.
We were happy to contribute a bit to mountains by collecting possible wastes from our trails in the eco bags and segregating them after reaching the base camp.
I gained a lot of self confidence there.
And I learned to live life with the minimum of things available.
This was my first trek and it was an amazing experience with indiahikes .All the management team were very helpful to us especially tanmay kapil jayraj and the dinner team
Life Lessons to take back from a trek
I learned how to adjust with any situations in life.
To keep the environment clean.
To save the nature for our future life.
The trek was awesome.
The scenery was fabulous.
It was a bit cold but the weather stood with us in many situations.
Yes, i rented the trekking pole and it was in a very good condition.
It helped me a-lot during the trek and made me reach the summit. Fitness is one of the main things you need to do a trek. Also the green trail thing was very influencing for me.
I saw that how spoilt we are to get such luxurious lifestyle and we take this for granted. After living in the mountains I learnt that we've cherish even the tiniest bit that we have because everyone does not have that also.It was fine till the ascent of the first day, not being used to such severe cold I was not feeling well so I had to descend down on 2nd day.
I rented the trek pole and it was of a very great help, I wouldn't think of this trek without a trek pole.
Trekking is a form of self development for me , mental and physical.This 6-7 days of digital detox helps me a lot .
The trek was well organised . This was my first trek with India Hikes. Dayara bugal was a beautiful trek . this was my second trek ,first one with India hikes and i can say that your overall arrangement was really nice . The trek leader also did a really good job.
Respect nature, respect the environment and stay protected. Rest will take care of itself is something I found profound after the trek. Haven't seen better safety measures than india hikes
Fitness and Green Trails are important aspects. Though I feel the fitness part of it is generalised across all treks.
The required fitness level should vary with trek difficulty and also time of the year.
Mountains are like stairs to success. Everyone finds it extremely difficult to climb it but when a person reaches its top the feeling is absolutely fantastic. Moreover, mountains also make people stand courageously even in difficult times.
Never giving up attitude is one of the biggest lesson I take back from the trek.
The Safety standards were very good and the rented equipments were very reliable and economical.
Green trails is a very good idea followed by indiahikes. It taught me to keep aur surrounding clean and green and our mountains are very important part of our economy.
The idea of Green Trails that Indiahikes came up with is really cool and innovative. You pick up every plastic waste that you see during the trek and put it inside.
Being from Chennai, my winters hover around 24°C and that is cold enough to make me shiver. For me to trek and live for a week in Sub-Zero temperature is an achievement in itself. I have had to handle myself, physically and emotionally. Often in the cities, I have my family, friends to take care of me in one way or the other. But during the trek, the only support system for me was myself and I quite liked it.
The trek let me explore a proper winter trek, the views were astonishing and it was as if we camped in winter wonderland.
The camp sites and food served were top notch! Loved every moment.!
Safety is a word one often hears when trekking with Indiahikes! So yes, I always felt safe during the trek.
The oxymeter was unable to fetch the correct information at times though, that is something you can work on.
I rented a pair of trek poles and they were pretty useful. Greentrails is a great initiative
The trek was very well managed - right from gears, health checkups, food quality, safety & precautions, to the support provided by the trek leader (Teena).
Special shout to the kitchen and support staff for the wonderful hospitality provided - it makes all the difference in an unknown place.
The safety aspects were absolutely great - microspikes and gaiters made sure we were never risking our movements. It gives a sense of comfort!
IndiaHikes would be my first choice for any trek in the future.
Life-changing experience. The mountains give you peace and quiet the way nothing else can.
This trekking expedition wouldn't have been possible without the Indiahikes team. The attention to detail (and safety!), love and care provided by every team member is unsurpassable.
However, I would like to comment on the living conditions during the trek. They were as minimal as possible! While i eventually came to appreciate the minimalistic living, a little heads up would have been nice :)
From start at Basecamp, things looked quite out of place for any newcomer, but that's the good part of coming out of the comfort zone.
No regrets for choosing IH without blinking an eyelid. Thoroughly professional with safety being the top priority, what can anyone ask for more in it.
The trek was really great. The trails for all the days were different and so well thought of.
The facilities and the food were amazing including the entire staff of IndiaHikes.
All the activities during evening were a delight! Played various games, had long talks about travel plans, got to know the fellow trekkers, it was just great! Had the most fun time! Also, a local energetic song at the beginning of trek each day was the best to boost the energy!!
Minimalism is the one thing I am taking back with me.How you can use very little to actually live large.
I loved the trek.it was wonderful. I barely faced any difficulty,it was safe thats why we confide in indiahikes.
The bagpack was a little too heavy in itself, without any thing in it.
Renting the gloves ,socks,jacket,trek poles were good and cost efficient.
Fitness is a very important part.and you guys make sure that we have that. Leaving the mountains as we found it is a big thing.So green trails ar a big initiative.I also.picked up.some trash.and enjoyed doing so.
The mountains make you realize how small a part you form of this world. Trekking in the mountains has always been a very grounding experience for me, and I enjoy the entire transformation of my emotions right from the base till the summit. It is not just about reaching the top, but the entire journey and what it does to your body and spirit. And the bonds you form on mountains, the hardships you face, the kindness you give and get in return, is something very unique and cannot be found in city lives.
This was my first trek ever. And i have a lot to take back with me. This trek has taken a lot of effort to reach at the top and then given me a beautiful memory which is going to be with me forever.
I have learnt that no matter how big the obstacles stand in front of you, with little bit of courage and strength you can climb the tallest mountain that comes before you.
The trek was beyond my expectations . Right from the management by India Hikes , to food , to time management. Each and every aspect was commendable.
Our trek leader Himanshu Singla was one of the best person i have come across. He is a humble human being who is very much passionate about trekking and more importantly encouraging his trekkers in completing the trek and most importantly enjoying it all through. His team building activities in the evening have made us come close together as a group .
Green trails by india hikes are one of the best practices by India Hikes. Also having an eco bag to collect waste left on the mountains and leaving the mountains better is a very encouraging value we have followed throughout our trek
As we all know nature is the best teacher. Mountains have taught me a lot. We should be like the mountains, in life. Calm, Strong from the roots, withstanding the hurdles in life, like mountains stand against the breeze. We should be the symbol of positivity like how mountains fill positivity in the heart of the people trekking when they approach them.
One can see solutions to all their life problems just by staring at mountains and thinking with right wisdom.
It was really amazing. Weather had supported us in a great way to see all aspects of mountains & nature throughout the trekking.
I would like to thank IH for making the trek look so easy by providing the right kind of food and shelter. IH has provided an indirect opportunity to meet like minded people.
I absolutely agree with the safety measures taken by IH. Working on the toilet system to make it more hygienic would be of great help. I dont know like how we can make it. One more thing would be, if IH can provide hot water after trek, so that people will clean up themselves and relax.
Renting of gears is a nice idea IH has come up with. It helps both people and environment by saving money and extra production of goods that affect nature. Gears are in proper usage state.
Green trails is an amazing and a minimum thing that we can do to mountains those have provided us with immense happiness. Like squirrels help.
IH actually prepares everybody for the trek with their fitness requirement and make the trek successful.
Swaroop Kumar Sahu
It was a must needed break for me from my professional and personal life and I introduced myself to my limits, endurance, and respect towards nature.
A life-changing experience for me and I will remember those 6 days throughout my life.
What I liked:
- Local guides were very much active and helpful.
- Well organized trekking experience.
- Regular Oximeter test: 5 stars
- Trekking poles: 5 stars (Recommended for all)
- Trekking shoes: 4 stars (Recommended for all)
- Need experienced trek leaders.
- The campsites could be more hygienic and clean.
- Food variety could be changed.
- Trekkers are not enjoying their trekking.
- Facilities could be increased in basecamp (Hotwater etc.)
- Mostly, fun and enjoyment were very less.
- Down Jacket: 3 stars (Need to work on cleanliness & build quality of jacket)
- Hand gloves: 3 stars (Need more thicked gloves for winter trek)
Fitness is the best part of IH as it demands fitness proof (5Km in 30 mins) which helped a lot for us. Green Trails seems very poor on hillsides and its because trekkers are very busy and tied with trekking itself. We need to deploy a separate team for this.
The overall experience was very good.! :-)
Thank you, IH. :-)
Dayara Bugyal is my 3rd trek with Indiahikes. Everytime I come to Himalayas, it teaches me something new. Sometimes it's patience, sometimes it's being organized, taking care of your health and being happy with as little as you have!
This was my first snow trek (though I have done Sandakphu in winter before but it had no snow at all!). I always complement Indiahikes for being so well organized starting from trek leader's briefing, food, taking care of the team, etc! Himanshu is very mature for his age and handled every situation perfectly! At freezing -12 temperatures he motivated for all of us to keep going and making this a successful summit! We celebrated New year's day on the summit and it was a dream come true!
Safety in Indiahikes is 100% and this is why all my Himalayan treks have with with you and will continue to do so!.
Rented a poncho and a waterproof pair of gloves. Never had the need to wear the Poncho as it did not snow during the trek. Gloves were very clean and of best quality with no wear and tear of any kind.
Green trails is an integral part of Indiahikes and kiddos for it!! No carbon footprint is very necessary to keep our mountains and environment clean and I have been a part of it each time I am in the mountains regardless of I am trekking or traveling.
Lessons I take back from the trek
- Keep ego low to reach highest point in life
- Your well being and wellness is in how you care about people and how humble you are and the mountains teaches you this.
Gear renting option had made our trekking economical
Green trails is concept which is going to help not only in mountain but in plains also.
This trek had given me many life lessons within a short span of 6 days, to name a few;
* Relationships - Building new ones with unknown people and maintaining them through the years to come
* Diversity & Inclusion - There is no status nor divide when it comes to the mountains, all are equal and yet unique
* Teamwork & Passion - Together we stand tall and divided we can fail. If you have the love for something, you can go for the highest pinnacle without a doubt!
* Self-Belief & Self-love - The mountains are the only place that teaches a person the true aspect of love and belief for oneself. I have never felt so much of love for myself and the belief I have had for my life. Truly giving me total "Unborness" for years to come
"It's the mind that gives up and not the body"
I have read & heard it earlier but I actually faced it on my second day when we were at Bekaltal Camp. I suffered fever and my mind gave up. But the next day, when my mind gave up, Teena pushed me to try, once I tried, I was able to complete the trek, all by myself. No Offloading, No breaking down further, Nothing..!!
So thank you.!!!
Double thumbs up for your approachof green trails. It woke up many people including myself who are now a part of greentrail in our locality. No littering and cleaning up!!
The trek teaches you How to be responsible and meticulous. The trek requires a lot of management and discipline, and it taught me to respect time and the limited resources we had. It brought me closer to the environment.
It was awesome! I had the the most amazing time and made new friends and memories. The year started with on an awesome note.
I rented a few things and they were all in good shape.
Life can be difficult sometimes but with patience and the right attitude of moving froward is what makes you win.
I would say we were too lucky to finish our summit and enjoy everything starting from the most coldest night, sunset at Tilandi and the mesmerizing snowfall as we started our descend. IH team with us were so nice and friendly. Honestly I did not want to come back and this happens with me everytime I go for a trek. I even thought of resigning my job but you know its not easy.
IH took care of our health in a very nice way. They provided hot, tasty and healthy food which helped us while trekking.
One of the best things i learned from this trek is "RANGER ROLL". Its such a cool thing and will go long way in changing few things in my life. Its so small thing yet it impacts our packing in a huge way.
never expected trekking can be so fun. Right from our safety to food to camp sites to fun activities and all the sessions of instructions. India Hikes, you people are awesome!! Special thanks to Trek leader, Mr. Singla and trek guides for making our 5 days so fun that it was hard for us to return back to normal lives.he instructions on Trekking, Gears, Safety, etc, we received from them was in so detail that novice trekkers like me didn't have a single doubt remaining in our mind. A BIG thank you to Kitchen staff at each camp site for diligently working in cold hours for making delicious food for us. I never imagined in my life that i will be getting desserts in evening in such harsh weather conditions and that too on treks. One of the best part that i will remember my entire life will be the quality of food we got at each campsites.
The Health card thing was awesome. Taking Oxygen & BP level reading for each participant twice a day could give more insight to trek leader on health condition of participants. Also trek leader Mr. Singla left no stone unturned to ensure safety of each one of us. Asking each one of us twice a day on how we feel might be a simple gesture but we felt really good that yeah we are in safe hands.
It is a really great idea where each one us could actually contribute towards environment by collecting waste articles on our trek into our ECO BAGS!! The speed at which these mountains are getting polluted, initiatives like this help in preserving nature in a big way.
Vishwanatha Bhargava M S
As a first time trekker, I had an amazing experience. I'm falling short of words to explain my trek. We could see the Chandrashila peak right from the sari base camp. Day 1 from sari to Deoria-Tal was a mild trek, and a stop at rohini bugyal should us almost the whole route we were about to take in the next 3 days. The sunset at Deoria-Tal blew my mind away. The continuous change in the colour of the mountains was just wow. The next day, the first half went easy with gradual ascent and descent, but the 2nd half was the steep descent to syalmi which drained all the energy I had. But the reward was the view of Milkyway galaxy in the clear sky after sunset. Thanks to team Indiahikes on YouTube and on emails, I used 2 trekking poles which were my lifesaver. I can't thank you enough for that suggestion. The next day, route to baniyakund was a steep ascent but I didn't have any problem thanks to the beautiful jungle we passed through.. after relaxing for a bit, we made snowman near or tent and enjoyed. That night was terrific due to the extreme temperatures ever faced. Thanks to Raju Da who trained us to use the microspikes and also boosted our confidence for the next day's summit push. He was very strict regarding the time management and discipline, that we were at the spot 15mins before the stipulated time even in that cold weather. I literally can't say in words how good the summit climb experience was. Specially after crossing tungnath, I was in the front and was my excitement was at its peak. There were 3 or 4 places where we were redirected to a new route to avoid steep hill climb and take a zigzag pattern, where I literally sank in the snow till my waist.. I just LOVED that experience. Our team was very quick to reach the summit and had 1 full hour to spend on the peak. As soon as I reached the peak, I got so emotional that I cried for 5 mins. I couldn't believe that "I" made it till there. The view from up there.............................. I don't know what to say. What else do you want to see other than this in your life.. I don't think there is anything better than that in the whole world. I just realized that I wrote so much. I just re-lived the whole trek writing this that I couldn't stop.
Vishwanatha Bhargava M S
I realised how fit i can be. 1 Jan 2020(summit day), i call it day of self-realisation for me.
I came out of my introvert zone which was my main focus of this solo travel.
I was reminded once again that we are so small in front of Mother Nature and we do not possess any right to destroy it or dirty it. We don't control her, rather we are being controlled continuously by her.
Getting out of our comfort zone like this once in a while makes us appreciate all the luxury we have back in this city life.
Took back some beautiful memories, and most importantly, the serenity that the mountains offer and how after every climb, there will be a summit and happy moments along the way. And the lessons and bonding with various people and how everything up there is so pure.
The first day was quite hard since it was my first day, but as time went by, people around me motivated me. But otherwise, the whole experience was beautiful. I wish we could go to Brahmatal lake and that could have been planned a little better, I thought.
K Saravana Baskar
I can write about the whole experience in a word, in a sentence, in a paragraph, as an essay.
The trek was planned to the last tee. The pace of the trek, the graded increase in altitude, the campsite facilities everything was well planned. What was more amazing is the team that IH has.
It started out with wanting to "conquer" the heights. It was only a couple of weeks before our trek that Brahmatal witnessed immense snow that a few of the earlier groups could not make it to the summit. Snow was predicted for the 1st of January and it could have been anybody's guess how the weather will play out. We were in for a delight when we had good weather all through the trek that we could reach the summit and were treated to a snow fall on the day we left Lohajung. The trek ended with a great sense of gratitude for having been bestowed such an experience and with the sense of wanting to conquer subdued. The mountains have a lovely way of inculcating humility. Hospitality at every campsite at those heights and God forbid weather was impeccable. The quality of food is not mentioned. Hot, tasty, healthy food with good variety ensured that not one of us lost weight despite climbing 12,250 ft.
We got to see trekkers from other trekking companies in some camp sites and on the way to the summit. They played loud music, some smoked, and a few were loud and disturbing the tranquility of the place. I realized the effect of your communication strategy about responsible trekking right from the first mail that you send.
IH trekkers stood apart as responsible wanting the leave the place at least as pristine as it is if not better. The eco bag that all of us carried was a constant reminder about our responsibility, lest we get carried away.
The stories and experiences that Pradyumna and Kundan Chacha shared over the 4-day trek were amazing and entertaining.
Safely standards are high and great I believe. Although coming to hygiene, usage of the same water for cleaning of tiffins by the trekkers was not hygienic as the same water after repeated usage became dirty with everyone's waste food. Saving water is okay, but for that trekkers can be given a fixed amount of water for each wash.
Also, The toilets in baniyakund can have some light arrangements as even with our headlamps, it was difficult to locate them at night as they were sort of far from the tents and one can slip or get injured when going alone for the toilet.
The overall experience was positive. A big shout out to super woman Ayushi, and her guides, Rahul Negi and Kailash Singh. All of them were extremely helpful and supportive of the demands raised by trekkers. I would like to put a good word for Ayushi, and her people management skills were top notch. She was always polite, patient and involved with all the people in the group.
A big thank you to Vivek Sahu at Sari as well for accommodating demands to house a small group together.
The stillness, yet the strength of the mountains is unbelievable. As I reached the summit, all the effort and tough times I went through while climbing was just forgotten. Living around nature is like you have entered a whole new world, the snow glittering in the moonlight and then shining in the sunlight adds on to the experience all together. I definitely take some wonderful memories back home from my first himalayan trek and it wasn't only the mountains that I learnt from but also the people who joined along, everyone being so humble and supportive.
At the first trek, we got certificates during debriefing, that have now become online. I like that special feeling of receiving certificates on the spot.
The trek was fabulous. Dhaval sir, our trek leader was very engaging and shared interesting things with us.
Deepraj sir and Satish sir were also amazing guides.
Loved the trekking experience, yet again.
Local culture and equanimity of the mountain folks towards the difficult terrains and climes.
Besides, the team work, camaraderie and spirit of 'one for all' and 'all for one' so necessary to make a successful summit.
Very well organized. The trek leader, Dhawal Jajal was very good and patient. Deep and Satish were useful allies in the trek. They made it manageable for us. And the cooks making delectable food for us in those heights and cold cant be complimented enough.
Loved the Green Trail initiative. It brings out starkly the human responsibility for this malaise and what they can do about it. Responsible enjoyment of nature is well communicated by IH.
Resilience. One main Quality to develop in a trek. Gears and safety protocols was very much upto the mark.
A trek is a short snapshot of life which makes us bond with others we had never met before yet become comfortable with and experience the nature, which we forget in everyday life.
As my first himalayan trek, I had nice experience trekking with indiahikes. Communication and organisation was perfect before the trek.
During the trek - all the members of indiahikes did what they could in tough condition to make it a perfect trek, which means we could enjoy the beautiful himalayas with peace fo mind.
Fitness is essential for any trek and I was very happy to see the green trail initiative being followed throughout.
The lesson of Self confidence where nothing is impossible is a life lesson I take back from this trek.
I loved everything about trek. Only thing which I didn’t like is the way we started from Dehradun. It should be more coordinated. Otherwise one of the best experience of my life.
Yes, I rented backpack and trek pole. Both were in good condition and worth renting.
Lessons I take back from the mountains
- It is good to slow down
- It is good to ask for help
- It is good to not have to win - coz the mountains are going to be there regardless.
This is my first ever serious trek and I absolutely loved. 12 days have gone by since the trek ended and I can still see the path we took, the scenes we saw, the laughter we shared and the peace I felt.
First and foremost - our team from India hikes - Dhaval sir was amazing.. gentle soul and yet so strict when required.. he brought all of us together, gently nudging us in the right direction, encouraging us, telling us stories about the treks and the mountains and yet partaking in our fun and frolic in equal measure. Dhaval sir was truly inspiring.
I have not felt safer...regular monitoring and Dhaval Sir made it so easy for us to go upto him and tell him if we are feeling unwell.
Rented the trekking poles - wont have made it even half was through without it and the Microspikes provided to us were true life savers!
Post debrief session, we were taught about segregating waste and what happens to each of it. It was a true eye opener - 90 percent of what we collected was landfill. That is really scary and I am already trying to reduce my usage of plastic wrapped things to the extent possible
Loved every part of it. From the way emails made it more easy for me to do the trek, creating the whatsapp group to know my fellow trek-mates, green trails initiative, camping locations, awareness of guides and trek leaders about the trek, food and what not.
I feel so happy for choosing India Hikes.
I found all my trek-mates having a good fitness level. None of us was lagging behind.
The trail was so neat that it was very hard for us to get something to put in our eco-bags. I wish all other trekking groups adopt some similar initiatives.
The overall experience was very good.
Type of the trail taken was beautiful
Food was pretty amazing please don’t lose the quality or quantity. Keep up the good work
Green trail initiative was impressive
Knowledgeable trek guides and responsible trek leader
Suggestion: may you can start using solar energy in an effective way at camp sites.
I learnt a few things from the trek. Fatigue is the state of mind - with proper motivation, it can be averted
If the team is professional and creates comfort zone to each individual, summit will be an enjoyable experience.
I could see that each and every employee followed the core values. There was uniformity in communication across all levels.
The importance of fitness was well established and helped us throughout the journey with minimal injuries and illness.
Green Trails was an innovative way to give it back to the society which I believe will alter our purchasing habits once we are back to the cities
I think the green trails had left a deep impact. How difficult it is to get rid of plastic trash is a big concern in the Mountains. The initiative by India hikes of using one's own cutlery is something we can implement back here in cities.
The biggest lesson I'm taking back from this trek is about managing time and learning it for the nature! The nature is never late or doesn't miss on anything thing. The sun will rise on time and the stars will twinkle on time! And so we must stick to out schedule and respect it too.
There is no doubt that this was the best trip I've ever had! Bout not only the trek was so beautiful but even our trek leader Pranav was the sweetest person I've met so far. He was so cooperative and always available to answer the silliest possible question that one wants to ask. Besides being such a sweetheart he was so positive and motivating. I wouldn't have reached the summit if it wasn't for him. There was no doubt he had that even one of us will not be able to make it and there we were.. all 19 of us could reach the peak! He has answered all the questions with such patience and have been smiling all the time.
Also I had the best batch I could ask for. There were these amazing people who were selfless and helping each other even beyond there reach.
The supporting staff and the kitchen staff are irreplaceable in true words.
I just didn't want to go back home. And I'm so sure of coming back sooner! The safety and the facilities were flawless!
Not only the trek leader took all the efforts of making sure of our health but he also took a step ahead in explaining different conditions to us and making sure that we're all self-sufficient if needed. The very idea of having these health checkups have blown my mind and has made me feed so safe even before taking these oximeter readings I was sure that I'll be fine even if the readings were out of the range.
There was absolute no negligence when it came to health and safety of each one of us!
It's amazing how Indiahikes is taking all these efforts towards sustainable development and encouraging recycling too!
This was one of the finest experience and I know I speak for everyone when I say this.
We will do our bit to ensure that we leave the mountains better than we found them!
Sustainability is one of of the major lesson I take back from the trek. I loved the trek. I has the best team and trekkers. Food , tents equipments everything was amazing.
Yes safety standards were very good and infact the guides were amazing too, as they helped us a every bit of the trek.
Renting the gears is good option as it is afforded at very economical price. It's a very good move of green trails. I truly believe that we should experience the nature at its best and to do that we also need to keep it clean which is very much understood by India Hikes.
Sri Gopal Malani
I realized that there is no finish line in the mountains in a way. Gears and Equipments were absolutely safe and secure.
The best think i liked about the indiahikes was about his concept of green trails, taking care of nature.
I loved the mountains and the challenges imposed by the low temprature was very enjoyable.
The trek was nice but a little underwhelming. I would have liked more of a challenge, fewer rest stops and repeatedly waiting for everyone to catch up. It was difficult to build a rythmn. It would also be nice if the group would stick to timings a bit more (the role of trek leader could be key here) since packing, getting ready and then waiting for others to get ready when it's so cold is really not pleasant.
As for fitness, multiple people on the trek mentioned that they sent wrong screenshots/ se screenshot for multiple people. There was less than random overlap between such people and those lagging behind. I may be being a bit harsh here, it was an easy/beginners trek, but since everyone in the group goes as fast as the slowest person, I think IH ought to be a bit more stringent on following up with the fitness requirements it prescribes (less emails, more thorough checking of submitted info).
Safety standards were overall good. One key space for improvement- on the summit day we were supposed to use our crampons till we reached the base camp that evening. However, we were asked to take them off when we reached the camp where our stuff was since the next batch needed them. No one was hurt but there were a lot of slips on the walk from that camp down to the next campsite,which could have been avoided with better infrastructure/ coordination by IH.
Brahmataal trek for me personally was very life-changing. I did the trek with a group of 4 of my childhood friends, which turned out to be the best vacation for us.
Things which I learned from the trek:
1. Life is all about living the moments.
2. If you are determined enough you can achieve any heights in life no matter what.
3. Things will always go wrong in some shape or form, keep your focus on the goal.
4. Right Mentors and Right Friends in life are very crucial for your success.
The trek was full of ups and downs and it turned out to be very beautiful experience for me.
Disciple, punctuality and love for nature are the things I learnt from the mountains. Team work and helping each other are also some of the many things I learnt in this journey.
My trekking experience was great. It was my first ever and i loved everything about it. I loved the management I loved how the campsites were organized. The trekking members are now my closest friends and I loved the scenery and the trek and hiking all around the day.
I liked the idea about green trails very much , it is a very good step for the protection of our mother earth.
Time management, Punctuality, Discipline are one of the many values learnt from the trek. Gears rented were in very good condition and economical.
Green Trails is very thoughtful measure taken by indiahikes to keep the nature as it is and enjoy the most.
Patience and punctuality will take you to places unimagine and I learnt this by being in a place beyond imagination.
Safety measures were the most amazing part of Indiahikes.Right from oxymeters to food supplies,everything was top notch.
Rented gears were all well maintained in a very good condition and a nice facility for some of us occasional trekkers.
Things I learnt from the trek
1. Minimalist approach to life
2. Its more about psychological strength than physical strength you require.
3. Would always remember this trek as this was my first ever trek!
Absolutely, I loved the trek to the core. And if i have to say some changes than it would be as below:
1. Provide lukewarm water to wash utensils. Its very difficult to wash utensils with such freezing water in minus degree temperatures.
2. Try to make the camp environment more light. I felt that it was more of a professional approach at the cost of fun.
3. Making inventory management more effective. We had to give away micro spikes at the time of descending at chilapada campsite so that the next batch can utilise that. And that made our descending difficult. Almost half of us fell while descending atleast 5-6 times. Fortunately no one got injured.
One of the best service provided by you is renting a gear. We made most of it by renting everything we could and that saved us atleast 3-4 thousands. :)
Fitness test really helped me personally for the trek. Also its helping me after my trek.
Green trails is an appreciable initiative towards sustainable environment.
Saving and conservation attitude, Sustainability are the main things I take back from this trek.
IH can give a small token of appreciation to the person who collects the most waste or who generates least amount of waste
The approach of keeping the mountains clean and green inspired me. I'd definitely follow it.
The trek was really great for its picturesque, snow covered trail and snow-white peaks in clear blue sky. We had excellent trek leader and guides. Trek leader took care of everyone from the very beginning to until we reach to final camp. Guides had good knowledge of the trails and they are quite efficient. They are aware of the feelings of local people and told us about the myths and stories that made our journey more enjoyable.
I'd request Indiahikes to provide more nutritious food during the trek. It was a winter trek and would be better if supply of lukewarm drinking water could increased. One small request from this trekker, like the summit day can you provide some dry fruits everyday while we walk through the trails.
IH follows good standard of trekker safety. Everyday we had a health check up and trek leader took care of everything. On summit day IH provided microspikes to ease our trek on the ice and snow. To climb to the peak trek guide made our path using a rope and he guided everyone to reach to the top through the slippery path.
Trekker's safety and clean and green approach must be appriciated.
Yes I did rent a trekking pole and a down jacket. And they were truly helpful as well as affordable too.
The pope make it a lot more simple and the down jackets were a blessing.
Also, it was really helpful to use micro spikes during our summit but was a little disappointing to not use gaiters. Never the less we were glad that all of us could reach the summit and also have this great experience of using the rope.
The trek makes us realise we are nothing in front of the mountains. Proper precautions should always be taken in any trek.
One thing I take away is that the mountains made us stay away from our comfort zones and experience wilderness. We shouldn't take anything for granted. It was a tough (out of comfort zone) but wonderful experience. I got to experience the phrase, the best view from the hardest climb.
On the day we had to trek to Chandrshila summit, we started to trek at 5:40 AM from Chopta and kept on walking in snow covered in the dark because we knew that if we want to summit Chandrashila peak, we just have to walk and think about nothing else.
On that day i realized that in Life also, if we want to achieve something, we should just concentrate on doing our job to the best of our abilities without thinking about anything else. If we continue to work honestly towards our goals, then we will definitely achieve them.
The trek was amazing. As a first timer, I didn't know what to expect. But it was extremely well organised and lovely.
The dhabas on the way are quite disturbing due to the pollution they might cause. As trekkers it feels irresponsible.
I loved the leader, guides planning and all the mails received before.
I noticed that safety wise indiahikes has no compromise even if it means a compromise on the whole trekking experience. The safety standards mke me and mrepople through me trek trough indiahikes.
The climatic conditions were taken into account before every camp site planning.
Loved the trek - especially the focus that you guys take w.r.t. safety and care. May it be the details in the briefing, food, support during the trek trails - every little care. The highlight is the trek leader 'syama krishna' who was very friendly and approachable and at the same time very professional in the way he delivered his role as a trek lead. Commendable!
I Loved the Trek , not many words to describe the experience.
I am so mesmerized by this experience that it is almost more than a week now & i still cannot get out of the hangover of the mountains , trek journey , serene beauty & the much needed break out of our MNC schedules...
1 small thing though , if you could manage to provide utensils for eating / drinking.
This will save us from going through the pain of carrying them as well as cleaning them in freezing waters.
It was one of the best experiences of my life. A bit of adventure filled with happiness. And the mesmerising view when we got to the top. The team which was so friendly.
Renting gears helped. If the prices could reduce partially, it would be great since renting was a good option and the trekkers would like to rent more things as it is more feasible.
After living amidst the luxuries of the city, the mountains teach you how to compromise.
They also taught me to help and trust like the mountain people. Kundan chacha worked tirelessly throughout the day, guiding us through the trail and serving us food. Even when we were resting at Khururai after the descent, he set off cutting firewood so that we could enjoy a little heat from the fire. The mountain people are truly the best.
I think I'll come back again and again. The journey was demanding as well as rewarding. Felt like giving up a few times, but the encouragement and support provided by Tina and the amazing team got me through.
I would like to thank India Hikes for making my first winter trek so wonderful. It has set pretty high standards for the treks to follow. Right from the guidelines provided before the trek to the food on the trek, from the trek guides to ye all new campsite (Telandi was surreal, I recommend you to keep this campsite in the itinerary) everything was perfect.
Few things to share from the trek -
1. Do the small things right - like on the trek it was important take care of ourself, eat properly, wear proper gear, abide by guidance provided by experts. When we are trying to achieve something big, it’s very necessary to make sure that we take care of the smaller things which eventually make up the
2. Identify your strengths and weaknesses and consequently divide your goal into smaller milestones as per your capability. Like on the trek, the journey to the summit was split into several days so that we could have enough rest along the way and not exhaust ourselves.
3. The destination is most exciting, but the journey is more important than the destination.
4. Most importantly, somewhere on our journey we shouldn’t forget to look back and enjoy the view. Be proud of what you’ve achieved and take inspiration from those achievements to reach greater heights.
I returned to the mountains almost after 3 years and the very first thing that I realized was that no matter where I am in the world, you can never take mountains out of me. Hoping to return to the mountains soon.
This untouched raw beauty of nature and these mountains standing in all there magnanimity always makes you realize how small we are and how important it is to live the life to fullest.
Also, I learned that If I want to continue trekking, I need to up my fitness game. Which I have already started working on :)
VADIRAJ M KORTI
The trek was amazing.
Thanks to the local guides "Dhan Singh and Bhuvan Singh" who know each and everything about mountains. They motivated us when we down/tiered.
And not to forget our Trek leader Krupa, thanks to her also. And also thanks to the support staff who worked in backend in Campsite and made this trek a wonder experience.
Last but not least it was " Food Food Food" which was the highlight for trek because preparing delicious food at extreme conditions was not simple task. Many thanks to people at local camp site.(Manily at Jandi top where we did not easy access for water)
There was no problem throughout the trek, leader Braham kept all of us busy at camping sites and added knowledge about trekking gears and equipment, food and stay arrangement was good at all camping locations, transport to and fro was upto the mark!
Finally weather always plays important roll in the successful trek, and our batch was quite lucky to get good weather for all days.
On the other side three people per tent is still not acceptable to me, many times I informed about the inconveniance caused, but it was not agreed to till date by IH and explained always by giving some reason for that! Please this to be considered.
Various games played during stay at camp sites and the information given about trekking gears and equipments was the most appreciable!.
It is nice IH is always involved in keeping the trail clean and green by arranging Green Trails and inculcating habit in trekkers to keep mountain environment as is - at its own beauty!
By far this has been my most beautiful experience of my life. I personally don't think there were any shortcomings in the entire management right from the 1st day till the summit day.
Special mention about our trek Leader Neytra. One gem of a person. My constant motivation throughout the trek!
Sai Abhinand Thummalakunta
I loved this trek cause the sites were beautiful, people were great and the trek lead did a great job integrating all of us in well.
One thing I would like to suggest is the trek preparation regime (body fitness regime) provided by indiahikes is extremely inadequate. I followed that for my trek before this and I struggled throughout the trek. However for this trek, I followed this regime and it worked wonders for my endurance. If I was still smiling at the sumit, it’s because of this. I would highly encourage this (or some regime similar to this) be recommended to first time trekkers to help prepare them better for mountains.
The safety standards set up are good. It was very good that our trek lead followed it to the dot. This level of implementation was missing in my last trek and I hope every trek lead implements this as Braham.
This trek was my first high altitude snow trek and i thoroughly enjoyed each and every bit of it. i would like to sincerely thank Indiahikes for making it a memorable one. Right from stay, food, safety during the trek, to all the efforts made by you.One need to have a disciplined life to survive in the mountains, which i did while i was in the mountains so i have made myself a resolution to continue the same in my city life too.
I would like to congratulate you guys (Indiahikes) for maintaining such wonderful safety standards. i don't think other trekking organisations have such stringent protocols regarding safety of us (trekkers).
Patience is key when it comes to trekking in mountains. Be patient and you will be rewarded at the end of the day.
I loved the trek. The trek leader Braham made the experience memorable. We were well taken care of by our guides Robin and Devaraj. The trek group was very accommodating/friendly. Below are some of the improvements that i would suggest to improve our experience. i suggested the same to the trek leader on our last day
1) The group needs to be educated on tent etiquette on day 1 For ex: How to maximum space within a tent ( just as an example, The trekking bags should be placed outside the tent at the back door and not inside the tent)
2) For people who are elder, squatting in compost pits is a huge problem. There needs to be some sort of portable potty chair or something that will make it easier for them. we had young children as well as one senior (age 67) in the group struggling with the compost pits. the compost pits are the only reason they hesitate to do more treks. One of the senior person in the group was hesitating to eat any food because they didn't want to use compost pits in the morning.
3) Sleep is very essential for a good trekking experience. All the sleeping bags are not of the same quality. For two days, i got sleeping bags which were very crampy, especially near the feet. This makes us feel suffocated. But on the third day, i got a sleeping bag(model is alaska 400 ...) which was very good/spacious. This sleeping didn't make me feel suffocated at all. All the sleeping bags should be of the same quality. If not, on day 1, people should be told to reach out to trek leader in case their sleeping bag isn't the right fit. i assume there will be some spare ones.
4) 3 people per tent is sometimes an issue. I understand from the trek leader why 3 people per tent makes sense. i agree with most of the reasons. Maybe we should have slightly bigger tents. It gets a little too stuffy sometimes.
All safety protocols were followed and i always felt safe throughout the duration of the trek.
The games in the dinner tent every night were fun. The entire team got to know each other well.
Very impressed overall. i am looking forward to my next trek with india hikes. I hope some of the feedback i have given is considered. My expectations with India hikes is very high after this trek.
Not to crib about things, to live a simple life is the most important lesson Iearnt from the mountains.
The trek was awesome, the cold temperatures was making the experience a little bit difficult but i enjoyed the trek throughout.
Yes, i rented shoes and trek pole. Unfortunately i couldn't rent ponchos as the stock was over. One thing India Hikes could do is send an email to people who booked the trek and ask in the email as in how many people want to rent the things, in that way they will get to know the exact idea on how many people want to rent and can keep the stock ready.
The way Indiahikes sticks to their core values is impressive. IH Greentrails is one of the best thing happened to Indiahikes, this is the best way to keep our mountains clean.
Mountains are really addictive. We take nature so much for granted, only when you are at the mountains I realized that it is the other way around. It really taught us to be happy despite having nothing. I actually wanted to do the trek to see what I am capable of. It really helped me to rediscover myself. The best thing of 2019 is those 6 days.
Such a process oriented organisation the logistics, food.. it takes too much of co-ordination and involvement to do things. And IH does it. Hot water facility at all campsites would be appreciated.
Special appreciation to the trek leader Braham and our guides Robin & Deshraj. This trek was more of a family with all the trekkers, guide and the trek leader. Thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Simplicity. Adaptability. Sustainability are the lessons to be learnt from the treks. loved every aspect of it except the cold , which can't be changed.
The trek Leader was constantly keeping a check on all trekkers. Both the safety standards and the safety knowledge our trek leader Braham possessed was incredible.
Our batch had quite some feat since we were the first batch, after the bottleneck period, to reach brahmatal peak. It was incredible to have achieved what we came for.
Huge shout out to our trek leaders and the guides who trusted us to make it further towards the goal and in return, we pushed ahead and made everyone proud.
Highly professional on the safety front, I must say. This was my first time with IndiaHikes and I must say such protocols are better than asking a trekker whether they are feeling better or not. Especially in case of health check-ups, numbers speak for themselves and help reduce risks.
one key lesson: no matter what the setbacks, challenge them, overcome them and come out an achiever.
Absolutely amazing trek mostly thanks to our trek leader.
I am not easily moved. In fact, though I appear outwardly social, I consider myself to be quite skeptical of new people and experiences. However, this note isn't about me.
This note is about the absolutely spectacular experience I had trekking with Avijit Jamlokhi, our trek leader on the Deoriatal-Chandrashila trek batch of 22nd December.
Education: Our education started from Day 0. While we were briefed about the trek the night before, Avijit covered all aspects of how to pack our bags, how to wear our shoes and how to interact with each other. Not only did he cover each aspect in specific detail, but he also told us why each point is important and how each of those enhances our experience while trekking. This education got better each day and we were in awe of how much of information he held in his cool and composed head and how open he was to hear our thoughts as well. Specifically, education sessions showing us other peaks as we traversed the difficult terrain gave us tremendous confidence that we shall now carry with us for the rest of our lives. I am absolutely sure I can name all peaks from Chaukhamba all the way down to Kedar peak when you wake me up from a distant slumber year from today. I also know so many things about plastic waste, segregation and waste management in general thanks to him.
Motivation: He motivated every single person whether fast or slow, fit or unfit, young or old with equal aplomb. In fact, he motivated us so much each minute that each of us trekkers was more than willing to motivate each other in the process. There were tough times when we had soaked socks, iced shoes, times when a couple of our trekkers fell ill and a couple had to walk back on summit day. None of this deterred Avijit from looking beyond his own discomfort and encouraging our lot to do our absolute best. I am happy I was fit enough to be walking beside him as much as possible.
What happened on the summit day literally brought me to tears. This man, all of 23 years was such an amazing leader that he held the Indian flag high up, obscuring himself from view but ensuring the flag is high and mighty. His impeccable behavior and respect for the mountains brought me to tears. Did I tell you I am not easily moved?
Entertainment: Along with what I consider the above as the perfect package for a trek leader, he has so many hidden talents of mimicry and comedy that he had us in splits. I told you I was fit enough but there were times I was out of breath because my lungs couldn't take any more of my laughing for this man's jokes. Why he does trekking and not stand up comedy is a shock to me.
All these things separately may mean he is just doing a good job but the very fact that he did all of them impeccably well while ensuring that our hearts were in it whether it was related to fitness, trekking, camaraderie, motivation or environment; it was a treat to watch and learn from this true lead
I loved loved loved the trek! This was my first indiahikes trek and I have some acquaintances who have trekked with IH before, they told me I would love it and never trek with any other company again and they were absolutely right!
Ever since I've come back I'm planning for my next trek with IH. The management, the food, the stay in tents, the activities, the information, the time management, the hydration breaks, our trek leader, Avijit, everything was perfect and splendidly planned. Not only did we have an actual trek experience, but we also had so much fun, made so many friends, danced when we had popcorn as a snack at 10000ft.! The green trails initiative by IH made us aware of the dirt and littering in our mountains and all of us took it as our duty to pick up the litter as we see it. I don't have any suggestions about any changes that should be made because right from our booking confirmation till after our trek, IH has been very very hospitable.
This trek has been an amazing experience for me personally. I loved the way it was executed. Our trek leader Mr. Avijit was of superb guidance and hell of an entertainer. It was a great time with him as I got to learn a lot about the Himalayas. Also, I made some friends which I definitely know will stay lifelong.
I also learned a lot and got motivated to keep the environment clean. Great initiative by India hikes to collect the garbage from our mountains, segregate it in different forms and dispose it in the very right ways. I will definitely follow the same in my city life.
One thing that can be improved can be the rental stuff that is provided could be given in a cleaner and much better condition.
This is the first Himalayan trek, first north trek and first trek with India Hikes for me. I cannot forget the memories, knowledge, courage, and happiness that I received from this. Trek leader Avijit and assistants were of awesome knowledge, perspective to the Himalayas and the path we choose to reach the summit. The courage they give and feed to fellow trekkers gives more energy in order not to feel any kind of dizziness and tiredness. The food was amazing and was available on time every day and was served very hot. Really hats off for the cooks who helped this to happen. On the final day, we had "Raju da" along with us in order to support reaching summit. Their timing sense and guidance really make everyone to reach the summit on time and safe.
Amazingly the whole fellow trekkers were so fantastic that it was not like an unknown member, were in every one supported every other as a family and the whole journey of mine made an awesome era of my life.
Trek was awesome. It was my first trek. Everyone was so good and helping. Mountain teach us self motivation at each and every moment. They teach us team work. They teach us to hold on to each moment in life no matter what.
It was the first trek in my life. It was very pleasant, exciting and challenging experience. The arrangements of Indiahikes were awesome and the trek leaders especially Mr. Pradyumna was very helpful. Safety standards are praiseworthy as the Indiahikes took every minute issue into consideration. Good job!
I had an awesome trek and writing to share my feelings and feedback.
You have a very motivated field team. It was my first winter snow trek and would like to cherish the memories forever thanks to the indiahikes team.
Ayushi was our trek leader and she managed the whole trek in a mature and professional manner.
I was surprised when I learned she is only 21. I do not know from where she gets so much energy and enthusiasm.
Probably she wakes ahead of us, finishes medical tests, kitchen related stuff, gets ready ahead of us, does the trek with us carrying heavy oxygen cylinders and still has energy post-trek to tell stories, manage kitchen (snacks, dinner), etc.
As per her, she does all this as the whole team is like a family for her. That's a big statement.
I felt she is the glue that holds everyone together on the field. Very passionate about her work, great communication skills, very confident and authoritative when needed.
She is a true gem and an asset to Indiahikes and I am sure she has a great future ahead beyond the field.
About our technical guides Sunil, Manoj (Mamaji) and Raju da. They were the best ones with years of experience to guide us through jungle trails, fresh soft snow where there was no trail left.
The last day was a different experience with hard slippery snow. Raju da's perfect instructions and guidance meant that we made the summit and back with great stories to tell.
Also thanks to those unseen faces in the kitchen who fed us lip-smacking meals and kept our morale high.
For a trekker, indiahikes mean these great individuals on field. They make or break the overall experience.
With my trek experience, I can tell you that your organization is in safe hands.
I will come back to the mountains again to repeat the awesome experience and make some more new memories.
Ana Beatrice Acuña Dengo
Mountains are a wondrous but unfamiliar landscape for most. Whatever you can do to help others feel comfortable (e.g. giving advise on how to stay warm, how to walk on icy terrain), can make a massive difference in their experience and help grow a love of trekking.
The overall experience was very positive and I am pleased that it gave me a chance to meet trekkers from all of India and share some quality time in the mountains.
There were some managerial issues which I feel need to be addressed: first of all, the pick-up at Dehradun. My recommendation: give the driver a list of passengers and ask him to wait in a particular spot in the bus station with a sign "Indiahikes: Dayara Bugyal". This way, even if people cannot speak Hindi, they can find the driver and cross their name off the list. This would save a lot of hassle and stress.
If possible, the trek leader should check the trekkers' equipment before leaving base camp and help them gage what they need to take and wear. We had two people in our group wearing track suit bottoms and shoes that were not waterproof, as well as others with rucksacks which were much too heavy. It may be time consuming, but it could really improve trekkers' experiences.
The size of the groups should also be restricted to ensure better experiences for trekkers and an opportunity to form a connection in the team. I would recommend limiting group sizes to 15 people.
We were informed that Indiahikes has specialised "microspikes" for walking on ice, however we were not offered any on our decent, which involved an icy trail with patches of 'black ice'. For experienced trekkers this was not an issue, but it would have made the beginners more comfortable and helped reduce the risk of injury from slipping and falling.
The gear we rented (rucksack and trekking poles) were in good condition, apart from a broken buckle on the rucksack, and were user-friendly. We welcome the initiative to rent out tiffins and mugs and would have liked to have the chance to rent them on our trek.
I was very impressed by Indiahike's Green Trail philosophy and how strictly it was followed by the guides! We were constantly reminded to pick up after ourselves and others and asked politely not to buy anything on route wrapped in plastic. It was a pleasure to walk through clean, unpolluted meadows! Please continue these efforts.
Regarding the fitness test, I believe this is a very important approach and can help make people's experiences much more enjoyable. Unfortunately, given the fitness level of some of the trekkers in our group, it is clear that it is not well enforced.
Megha C S
The vibe that I got on Summit day is like combination of both happiness and emotional. The day taught me ,this is the life. From the day when I started preparing for the trek to the day of Summit, my life changed a lot. Changed mentally and physically. I'm not a sports person,but for fitness part I started running doing workouts everything. When everyday passes my mind told me ,Yes You Can. But when it turned to the first day of my trek ,I thought of quiting,I dont why.🙄. I couldn't catch up my mind. At that time my trek leader Nithin and fellow trekmate PM ,they stand by my side ,and helped me to route my mind. To motivate me to my dream. From their I walked and walked and reached my dream. Like everyone I'm also happy to see the mountains.But there I saw the mountains all are bonded,just like us. They all are same,just like us.. We all are coming from different cultures,perspectives,... But on those wonderful days, the daytimes,every nights at tents ,the fooding times ,everything we spent together, we're all same, we all are well bonded to each other. Just Like the MOUNTAINS.
First of all,this was my first high altitude trek. More than that this is my first ever solo travel story. The decision for me to do a trek was actually came from a depression. Everyone have a dream to go and explore places in North India ,to see mountains, the snow,. I also have. After completing my studies and entering a job ,I merely forgotten about it. 10 hrs of work!
At first the support trek leader gave to us. For everyone walking from first to last he was with them. The morning warm up activity and the evening discussions were also enjoyable.
Indiahikes is the best one to choose for both the beginer and others. Some of my fellow trekkers were actually planing for their 6th trek with Indiahikes. Green trails was a great initiative taken by indiahikes. To become a part of it during trek is having a responsibility towards nature.
it's really a lot of life lessons I am taking back from the mountains, I'll list out a few
1.how to be self-prepared and self-responsible.
2.How to be with a group of new ppl around you
3.how to take care of myself and my stuff
4.forest and mountains are sacred places, we should respect it and anything can change in a moment.
5.how to listen and adhere to the trek leader and trek guides suggestions when you are along with a group of ppl.
I have learnt a lot about survival in the mountains, alone or in a group.
Where to place the trekking pole, which side to be on when a mule crosses your path, when to wear spikes and gaitors, and so much more.
Also, there’s so much to take in life. How important human life is, shouldn’t risk it for the sake of climbing. We rejected summit because of heavy snow and the decision was quickly agreed upon by the entire team, very smart choice. Only the mountains decide what itinerary is to be followed in there.
Amith Prakash M
Mental and physical boundaries that I had set for myself are completely broken. Now I know if I set my mind to anything, I can achieve it.
It was a much needed break with beautiful learnings.
At some points there were some confusions with the trek organizers. Mainly the walkie talkie availability, sleeping bag issues and necessary information regarding them, food shortage once or twice.
But those are minor issues, overall, it was amazing nonetheless.
Maybe you can think of making the trekkers pitch their own tents? Because this was a short and easy trek, we were free for most of the times post lunch. Free time could be used in better ways with learning activities
Except for the necessary informations regarding sleeping bags and jakana.
We were never informed about the difference or how to use the jakana. We struggled a lot at night due to the cold.
The value of being reileint and persisitent needs to be incorporated into our lives and trekking teaches us these values in many ways.
Trek went well, trek leader Gautham and Rana were very helpful and patient for our silliest questions.
The memory name game conducted by the trek leader was very much fun.
This is my first trek ever and it has taught me many things one of it is to push your mind and body to reach the top and the feeling we get after achieving it is worth the struggle apart from that the trek has given me exposure to talk and interact with many people, in fact all the six members with me who finished the trek became very close to me.I really loved the trek!! From the pick up point till the end of the trek everything was spot on!! I want mention specifically Goutham our trek leader , Parvez Rana our trek guide for always being there whenever we needed anything and also the cooking staff for providing us hot food throughout the trek!!
Yeah safety of each individual was taken care very professionally by the trek leader .
The sessions conducted in the free time in the evenings where the trek leader told us about himalayas and what to do when an avalanche hits you etc.. was very informative.
This particular trek was more about mental fitness than physical fitness to me as the trekking part was easy but the weather was tough to handle and the initiative taken by the india hikes to clean the mountains is one of the reason i wanted to trek with india hikes!!
Before signing up this trek I got to hear many comments, regarding that this trekking companies are only selling you the Himalayas with the beautiful attractive images. When you will go there you will find Bislery water bottles. I made my mind right than I will ask the trek leaders if we could do something for this. But in the first met itself the trek leader told about the green trials and how to use eco bags. I was amazed then and there. I can reply my friends now I met Himalayas I saw the Bislery empty bottles and I brought them with me. Great job Indiahikes.
You can’t succeed if you don’t try.You could only fail if you didn’t try. Going out from my comfortzone, cutting down 8 kgs for fitting in the eligibility criteria was something I believe was a remarkable memory from a month before this trek.
Yes I did rent trekking poles, shoes and ponchos.
The shoes were brand new and absolutely top notch. Inspite of using these in snow day in and day out, they were completely water proof and had good grip.
The trek poles are a nuisance to carry when you are travelling via flights but indispensable during treks especially winter treks, and therefore renting is the best solution.
I just loved the trek. It was very smooth and all the batch-mates were also very fit so we didn't slow at any period of time.
The safety standards are more than enough and very good. I liked the initiative that the trek leaders take to check the oxygen and pulse level every evening after the trek. Also I liked this thing that India Hikes takes as a fitness proof before going for the trek, that makes sure that no one is unfit and doesn't make the group slow and also is easy to acclimatize.
The Trek was super amazing to say the least! At first to not reach the summit and Brahmatal campsite was extremely disheartening but nothing can be done with the force of nature and weather conditions.
The unfathomable happiness after reaching Jhandi Top was truly memorable. Each and every day it was a new challenge and hurdle and we had to push a little further to go that extra mile or so!
Thanks to India Hikes for organizing such a wonderful trek, starting from Trek Leader, Guide, Cooks, food safety protocols, other measures followed everything was fantastic!
I would surely love to go with India Hikes again!!
Things that could have been better:
1) Onward and Return trip cab fare should be included in the Trek fee for all treks, just to make it economical for trekkers
2) Rentals stocks shall be more, poor collection of trekking gear in the website
3) Trek Certificates should be given in hard copy as it motivates in those harsh conditions
4) No campfire should happen in winter treks as it creates air pollution.
5) Better management regarding weather conditions, like refund the money or voucher for some other time in the year or organizing some other trek
Me signing up for this trek, was to push myself to a much active and fitter lifestyle, not only to improve my run timings, but to carry it as a life long activity. Even though we could not summit the peak due to excessive snow, the clear weather and views made up for it. Food at every camp site was brilliant. Thank you
After the trek I started loving the nature .
As hot water was provided in the trek so now I have got a habit of drinking hot water.
I am doing my own work and also sleeping early and getting up early in the morning .
Trying to use less amount of packet food also .
In Urban, we tend to care things which are not required and feel pressure on ourselves and whereas in mountains we only think of things which are for survival ie., Food, shelter and clothing. Social Media become integral part of our lives in contemporary world and we may think it is part of existence which is not true in Mountains. We tend to enjoy ourselves and admire beauty of nature.
Brahmthal was an easy trek when compared to my previous high altitude treks. Trek was very scenic. However, I felt bad when heard that we won't be summitting the Brahmthal peak. I can understand life is more important than the summit and we can summit the trek later. I made a lot new friends and trek was enjoyable. I felt trek leader could have engaged the participants little more. Nervethless to say food was amazing. Kudos the support staff and local guides for such lovely hospitality.
Living the trail green, that is picking up yours as well as others litters to keep the trails clean.
Survival in harsh weather with limited resources and managing and sharing with the fellow trekkers and caring for all looking after each other like a team. This is something i learnt and will implement it into my daily routine as much as possible.
Jhendi top was awesome and nothing less than what i was hoping to see. Thanks for making a adjacent arrangements and keeping our interests in priority.
The trek was very pleasant. It was well lead and guided. Trek Leader Ankur Pathak was very informative and taught us to hold ourselves responsible for decisions we take while on trek. I think it took me a little closer to solo trekking. I returned a little more experienced, a little more responsible and a lot more motivated to go on another higher trek.
The trek went amazing .It was ideally planned as a bramhatal trek but due to heavy snowfall the locations were changed to jhandi top and khorurai...but even if locations were changed experiences were still the same.
Raising your own bars, challenging your own physical and mental strengths and achieving what you have thought of and worked hard for is a lesson that mountains have gifted me.
The safety standards are really very noteworthy . Considering health as a major priority every aspect of the protocol planned includes the trekkers safety most important which adds to the efficiency of indiahikes .
Mountains are calm and wild all at once. No matter the weather conditions, be it heavy rains or snow fall, or a blizzard, they're always ready to take it all, standing upright. From this trek, I've learnt to respect nature more than ever. I've found it to be sacred and my dedication for keeping it clean in every way possible has gone up.
The gradual change in feelings, the turbulence that was felt during the trek cannot be described in words. It's a life changing experience for me. The staff at Indiahikes was amazing, especially the guides and cooks. Please convey my thanks to them. Also, I was really happy to see that the trek leader was 100% committed to saving the environment. She is doing a lot more to keep our planet clean than most of us so far and that was impressive. Overall, the trek was challenging yet left me feeling more humble and fulfilled than ever. Thanks.
Kedarkantha winter trekking with IH was a fantastic experience. Lots of real life practical learning from the mountains. Some of them are as below:
1. Respect for time
3. Appreciate what we have, there are bigger problems to solve than what we think we experience
4. Mountains are adaptable to all weather conditions and situations, something that inspires me positively to be like them.
Before signing up for this trekking I had researched a lot for doing this trek and being my first one wanted to have the best of the experiences.
Proud and glad to share IH exceeded the expectations in all areas.
I witnessed one of the best trekking experience with IH and definitely it was genuinely professional in all the departments.
Right from taking us to base camp, awareness briefing sessions, handling the trekking team with all the queries , food quality and more importantly campsite location selection , instructors and guides, routes were perfectly planned and executed.
Special mention for Upendra (Upi bhai) Rawat our trek guide along Afreen mam were simply superb in guiding, motivating and helping with the trek and on basecamp too.
Indeed the safety standards were way ahead than nominal and definitely it reflects the passion of team IH in conducting treks and helps us understand how seriously health is looked after
Trekking is conducted by many groups but what differentiates IH is with trekking we are also looking at addressing some core environmental issues and with that bringing in self awareness in individuals.
Green trails is classic example.
Another thing that is top priority for any trek enthusiastic person is to be fit to enjoy the journey of summit climb right from day 1 rather merely complete trekking.
Fitness once again IH scores there on being extremely particular.
I think both these core values make undoubtedly the most preferred trekking unit to chose for.
The trek went smoothly without any major issues. Though we could not reach Brahamatal, I had a lot of fun visiting the alternate peaks.
I loved the experience of trekking with India Hikes and was fortunate to have a friendly team.
The core values of India Hikes are worthy of being followed. Green Trails is a very important aspect which is highlighted during the trek and inspires trekkers. I continued with the fitness that I was a part of that is tennis and gym.
+ IH staff and trek leaders were fairly competent.
+ Food/tea was great
+ Trails were fun to navigate, Bhagat Singh & Yashpaul were of great help
+ Microspikes, gaiters and eco-bag were a nice gesture
+ Dorms at Lohajung were good
- Zero activities were organized after the trek
- Access to Kitchen was barred but IH staff were always inside near the bonfire
- Hot water was given very rarely
- If no access to Brahmatal was learned on 12th Dec, you guys took too long to communicate that to us
This trek was life changing for me. It taught me how insignificant we are but how invaluable we can be. Right from fitness to mental strength, it was a great learning experience.This first trek will always be the best trek for me.
Everything about the trek was new few for me. Be it the health check, safety, the gears, the tents..etc. I loved every bit of it. I am glad that I trekked with India Hikes. You guys are very professional at every step of the trek. Hats off to our trek leader, Rajarshi, who was humble and patiently handled all of our queries and motivated us with the right spirits which immensely helped few of us reach the summit.
Also, I could immediately compare IH when I saw trekkers from other companies. I really thanked my stars and CEO who recommended India Hikes to me. Well done, guys!!
Safety for me and my family is of utmost importance for any of our trips. IH has maintained it with the right gears and equipment required for the trek. The health check were done in a timely manner and our TL advised relevant rest, food or medication required.
IH has taken care of all my fellow trekkers with atmost care. This shows your professionalism and respect towards each and everyone who comes trekking. IH has put in a lot of thought to save the environment and am proud to be a part of your green trails. I have done my bit :)
This is my first ever trek...travelling so far I really had many questions in my mind...But Indiahikes made my journey easy , beautiful and most memorable.
Credit goes to the entire team at India Hikes ...
Trek leader Nithin and guides where so supportive..at such heights and climate they made us feel home..
The trek went quite well. We also got a great amount of snow as well as snowfall. One thing that we missed is going to the Chandrashila summit. Maybe there was quite a big amount of snow and the trail was not visible. Still, maybe there was the possibility to push to the summit with some really fit trekkers. But it's not that important, we were happy with the overall experience.
Another thing I want to point out is on the fourth day of the trek we needed to descend down the same 4 km that we ascended the previous day to reach the camp and then take a usual road to reach Baniya Kund. I don't know the usual trail was blocked due to snow, but maybe Indiahikes can try to find some alternative trail that will give the trekkers more diversity than traversing the same path twice
The lesson I learnt from this trek is mountains are as highly unpredictable as life. I had expected the cold to be severe but not this harsh. I also learnt that you have to be patient with life and not be disheartened if it doesn't go as per the plan.
Firstly I had never done any proper trekking, this trek I choose because my friends pulled me for this. Mountains for me is the first thing to see in vacations. Beaches are not so fascinating for me. I learned a lot in this trek, from washing your utensils to getting ready in early morning, cleaning your tent to packing the bags. Indiahikes is the best community for trekking. I will recommend my friends for going on trekking with Indiahikes. Thank you for the wonderful experience.
The safety that indiahikes gives is commendable. The gears that they gave on rent were perfect.i rented shoes and stick which were very good. They gave us spikes and gaiters for trekking without that our trekking would have not been gone smoothly.
The trek went perfect. Even though we could not acces Brahmatal, the alternate route to Jhandi top made my day. I had never experienced snow before, and this trek made me fall in love with it.
The concept of eco bags is brilliant. Even after the trek was over, when I was back in Delhi, I popped open a lays packet, and the cover accidentally fell on the floor. I bent over, picked it up along with a few of the other plastic items lying on the ground, and then got back up. I was a bit surprised, the concept of eco bags and leaving a place cleaner than you found it had its impact in me, and I'm sure to continue it as I go forward in life. Thank you Indiahikes :)
It was a great trek experience. I was the eldest trek member above all but all the members treated me so well that I felt that I am of their age and no generation gap between us. During the Debriefing session, I got very emotional as team has given privilage treatment.
Trek leader Mukta is very friendly and keep us occupied all the time by different games.
Trek and arrangement was good. Food was good.one thing I want to suggest that this was my first trek with IH I have done trek with YHAI earlier. IH was given heaters and microspikes which was not provided by YHAI. YHAI provided boiled eggs in each camp in break fast and also soup, which was not provided by IH
Honestly, I would rate this trek 7 on 10. Not for any specific reason but overall. I felt this trek as any ordinary trek.
In terms of rewards that I got, for the money I have invested, in terms of my expectations from the trek, in terms of bond we could create with each other.
Compared to my previous chandrashila and sandakphu trek, I am bit disappointed now.
Mukta is brilliant. No doubt. But somewhere I felt that IH trekleaders are beyond this and they should be. I have done 2 treks with IH. I have met Bhupi and Akshay. They were perfect. Trekleaders play important role in carrying out the trek and not just trek but the experience or learnings we get on trek. Mukta seems just like a trekleader.
I choose trek depending upon their summits. I always look for summit. This time, we could reach upto jhandi top only. Couldn't go to brahmatal. It was sad but no complaints.
Due to heavy snow and harsh cold, I couldn't explore around the campsite much. I always love to have some 'me time' at the summit.
On previous treks, some of my team mates got best trekker voucher and greentrail crusader award. This time, no one among us got such sort of voucher. I expected certain people would get best trekker certificate.
Now the things I liked about this trek :
I witnessed shooting stars at bekaltal campsite. Shahi tukda and gulab jamun served as sweet in dinner were delicious. The games we played. Jhandi top view. Lohajung campsite. Thanks for providing 3 layers of sleeping bags. Microspikes and gaters were really helpful.
We absolutely loved the trek and trail. Even though we were not able to reach Brahmatal top due to heavy snowfall we were not disappointed with the experience. Indiahikes team made sure of that. Kudos to the team. Special mention Viru bhai and Manu bhai.
Indiahikes are great in experience and safety. Trekking gears provided by Indiahikes and its rental store was of great quality. Please maintain the same standards.
I have done trekking with other organizations too but i have not seen any other companies take so much steps to protect nature. Green Trail is very great idea. Its really good Indiahikes encourage trekkers to protect the nature by not throwing trash and collect trash during treks. Keep going and do the good work. I would like to follow the same in cities too.
The complete trek was beautiful, full of snow and well planned by Indiahikes. We never felt afraid of wildness, or being lost. Everything starting with what is day gonna look like to how are we going to manage weather change was planned in detail. Eating pasta on Himalayan trek made us feel home within wilderness. Guides kept telling us stories about the peaks, motivated us to push ourselves.
When we think of Himalayan peaks , it seems unfathomable to climb it. But if we take gradual steps, keep up our spirits , it becomes cake walk. Just like the trek , if we keep moving towards our goals, I believe no goal is too big to achieve.
The safety standards set forth were adequate. Our oxygen levels were monitored periodically to ensure we were acclimatizing well. We rented the trekking gears required. Spikes and gators were provided by Indiahikes based on the trail. Overall it was a wonderful experience.
Though the trek was an incomplete one, but thankful to IH for allowing me to stay one more night at GUI to make a memorable day in my life.
It was my first experience of trekking in the Himalayas. I was amazed by the preparations and information given to us. While we missed visiting the Brahmatal top, the visit to Ajan top on the first day was indeed a splendid experience. Getting to eat a dessert even at the top of the mountains in cozy tents was beyond my expectations.
The first and foremost was connecting with people. Being a solo traveler, I usually end up gelling with people, but in the mountains, its more of a co-living like a family since we need to look out for each other. While I am mostly an introvert at times, I was surprised by how my tentmates Rahula and Ritesh got along and tolerated me throughout the trek. It was an eye-opener about trusting people and being in the moment.
This was my first Winter Snow trek with India hikes. I have trekked once before with another travel agent. Coming back from the mountains and trek I have totally taken the inspiration for my next trek and the love for mountain trekking and this trek helped me to develop the passionate towards mountain.
I took few rent gears. They were really good for everyone to use and helpful for me to save money by not buying them.
The trek was an amazing experience for me. It was my first experience and thoroughly loved it. From the India hikes team to my trek team, all of them were very kind and cooperative.
The food and the way in which they celebrated my birthday touched my heart in many ways.
It was wonderful right from start. Kudos to the entire team for being such well managed and well managing.
I like how the entire programme is focused on providing the best trekking experience while ensuring minimal to no damage on the mountains.
With respect to the safety standards, at no point in time did I feel the team was ill or unprepared for any foreseen situations that could arise.
I am awed by the values at India Hikes and impressed by everyone's adherence to it.
This is what differentiates the best from the others.
Brahmatal trek was my first trek through India hikes. One word. AMAZING. India hikes team is really helpful and passionate about what they do. They motivate and support the trekkers a lot and also at any time of the day. Gulab jamoon at -7°C is the best part of my trek. Special thanks to kitchen staff. Cheers.
The Green Trails is such a brilliant initiative to leave the mountains better than we found them. Sadly on this trek, we were barely able to collect any waste as everything was covered under snow. But I do appreciate the emphasis that IH put on generating minimum waste. It was always at the back of my mind to not dispose of the waste in the bins provided to us but to carry it back to the city.
I have already mentioned how IndiaHikes Fitness requirements actually made me lose 20 kgs in 6 months.
PS: I am already planning for another trek to get rid of those extra pounds and be fitter to enjoy the more difficult treks.
ONE WORD - FANTASTIC !!
We moved together as a team, became friends. It was a mix of youngsters and elderly trekkers. Seniors kept talking to us and giving us life lessons, sharing their experiences of life and previous treks, which made the trek so beautiful and we missed each other departing to our places.
Right from BP check to Oxymeter check, the IH staff took care of each and everything. Oxymeter check was done at regular intervals making sure none suffer in the trek.
We got to see snow on the first day of the trek and seeing snow for first time was very special. And finally we enjoyed snowfall on the last day of the trek. And everyone made it to the summit and completed the trek.
The TL and guides made sure we are on the right track and enjoying at the same time. They use to give information of the trial and surrounding mountains, which made us more interested in other treks as well.
FOOD had been amazing. I would like thank the India Hikes for providing us delicious food at the higher altitudes along with hot water for drinking purposes.
ECOBAG - A fabulous initiative in Keeping the mountains clean. I collected few plastic bottles, chips packets etc on the trial. I'm really happy that I contributed a little for Green Trails.
India Hikes made sure we trek responsibly and we did.
I made sure i was exercising regularly before the trek. I keep doing that as I'm planning for more treks in the future with India Hikes.
INDIA HIKES - BEST IN THE BUSINESS
Colonel Amrit Pal singh Madan
A user friendly website with extremely useful tips on pre trek planning and preparations including useful.videos in you tube. Special mention to ethos of encouraging renting.
Well organised trek
Par excellence team leader Leo...with a charismatic personality. The navigator Baldev, professionally sound experienced an a good human being.
Recommend availability of sufficient and larger inventory of equipment in rent.
Sharing of tent between two rather than three...esp in difficult and bad weather treks. Logic of camaraderie as enunciated by CEO guess is met adequately during the trek...
Deepa Pundareeka Bhat
It was awesome. Maintaining the time and prompt services by the staff was amazing. Support to all the trekkers was simply out of this world.
Was awestruck by the standards set by India Hikes👍👍
Daisy Caur Pasay
The trek was absolutely amazing. The people that I met while I was on the trek were all so great. Everything was taken care of so well. We didn't have to worry about anything at all. The food was quite decent too. The views were absolutely magnificent. All in all, it was truly a great experience and I'd love to trek with INDIAHIKES again.
Indiahikes does indeed follow stringent protocols and I believe it is for the best. Health should always be the first priority. I think that the regular health checkups are an excellent way to be updated with the acclimatization of various individuals on the trek. A proper medical certificate from a medical practitioner was also required before the trek.
I loved the trek every inch. The Trekeader Avijit knitted the group together very well. We all were bonded soon and felt like a family. Avijit told us innumerable mythological stories along the way and kept us all motivated all the time. The strain of trekking was not felt much. Every day was a different excellent achievement and felt we could do more. The food was too very good and inviting and served hot. Excellent arrangements you have.
We heard a lot about how Indiahikes stared the winter treks and how new treks are initiated.
I am very happy about how you educate the trekkers on minimal wastages and how to manage the waste and keep your environment clean and healthy. Punctuality is one more great lesson I learned along the trek.
I learnt to never give up. Loved the Snowfall. Good Safety Standards. Enjoyed the warm up and cool down sessions by the Trek Leader . Green trails is a great initiative by India Hikes
Dayara Bugyal trek is awesome. For new trekkers like me, it was an fabulous experience. Had amazing times trekking through the snow covered terrains and peaks. Nature lies in the best form in this trek. we Enjoyed a lot and had a lifetime memorable trek experience!
I have no words to tell how much this trip was nice and interesting. I had a really great time. I want to take more of such treks often. I loved this trekking experience. It was inexpensive too plus the trek guides were really helpful and made our trek experience very smooth safe and adventurous.
The days on the trail were refreshing. I enjoyed nature at its best in the Himalayas. I have returned with high spirits and energy from the mountains. The snowfall during the trek was very enjoyable.
The trek was well taken care of with excellent safety protocols. I had rented Poncho and other equipments from IH, best quality at very low prices.
Games and Stretching sesisions by the Trek Lead was very enjoyable
Carlos Garcia Hernandez
I learnt a lot about myself through this trek, qualitites like endurance, reselience and how I handle tough situations.
I love trekking with IH and would suggest a lot of friends to trek with India Hikes although there were time management issues from the trekkers and sometimes we had to wait after getting ready to start the trek. The time delay was mainly due to repacking by the trekkers at the campsite. A little briefing on how to pack and unpack a rucksack in a trek would be very helpful in my opinion.
There was some confusion with the transition from the basecamp to the vehicles on the last day. Recce of the safer routes by the trek leaders could be suggested.
All the safety equipments are gear were taken care of smoothly.
I rented a jacket and trek pole and am very satisfied with the service you offer at reasonable prices for international travellers as well
The trek leaders were very engaging . I love the passion and commitment they put in every single thing.
Deep and Pranav were amazing leaders.
Specially I love Pranav, his calmness, passion and positiveness made me feel so confortable all the time.
I really appreciate green trails initiative and the way leaders share thier knowledge and commitment with environment. Really believe this has a positive impact on trekkers.
It is a divine feeling to be in the mountains. You can feel the presence of the divine in the serene nature and tranquility of the summits.The overall trek experience was amazing but felt the quality of food was not good as compared to my previous trek with IH.
Safety standards are perfectly upto the mark. Renting gear actually helped a lot and avoided carrying of unnecessary loads. The warm up and relaxation excercises conducted by the trek leaders were very much fun.
The fitness standards followed by you make the trekking experience more joyful. The Green Trails is genuinely a novel concept but I did not find anybody much enthusiastic about this noble contribution, in this batch. The trek leaders too failed to motivate the trekkers towards it.
hemanth kumar garkula venkata
I loved the journey as much as the destination itself. The trek was really good for a beginner. The Trek leaders really took care of us. I would be better if the Trek leaders are equipped with more insights and knowledge of the places that we head to,so that they can give us the history of the place.
Warmup excercises are a must I feel before a trek and these excercises conducted by the trek leaders were very helpful.
The trek leaders educate us a lot about the Green Trails which is a great initaitve by IH but more participation by the trekkers is needed according to me .
Green trails are the awesome step taken by IH. While chatting with 'Dhabawala' on this trek, he mentioned IH as 'Kachare wali Company', but even that made us feel proud, cause they were sending all the garbage to IH and keeping the Himalayas clean. That is how Green trails have grown. :)
Adding fitness to core values is the best thing India hikes did. It inspires us to stay fit which makes trekking easier.
Carlos Garcia Hernandez
Of course, they are good. This is one of the reasons I prefer India hikes for treks. It's good to know if we are fit for trekking in the Himalayas.
Personally, those readings inspire me to put more effort into getting acclimatized to the high altitudes.
This was my first trek and the third for my dad (first with Indiahikes). Though we had to return back home the second day only, owing to high BP of my dad, we were really impressed with the seriousness with which the health protocol is followed and not just spoken about. Food was excellent- simple and nutritious. Overall 2 days were good with the Indiahikes team especially our trek leader Ayushi, always there for us. Keep at it guys!
Absolutely loved the trek. The journey was superb and exciting. The views were breathtaking and magical.
We got proper care and guidance throughout the journey and would love to travel with Indiahikes again for future treks.
It was a beautiful experience.
Everything was almost perfect, right from the logistical arrangements to the way the team was led. Ayushi did a great job of handling the team. I loved the fact that she tried to bring in some different experience by way of tree-hugging, and asking people to close eye and absorb the stillness at a spot near a small waterfall.
The kitchen staff and guide were very sweet and helpful.
My trek started on 09-Dec-2019 instead of 8-Dec-19, after I fell ill on route to Lohajung due to motion sickness in 13 hour long journey from Rishikesh on 07-Dec-19.
But once I recovered with the help of Trek Leader Anuj and Gaurav at Lohajung (who really motivated me and gave me medicines and a day's rest on my request) and started the trek, it was totally a fulfilling and enriching experience for me. The best part I liked about the trek was how nicely it was planned and the after every treacherous climb, we took a break to recover the strength. It made the climb much easy than they were.
The camp sites were clean and so were the sleeping bags and tents. And the food at all three camp sites as well as the base camp was truly great. The delicious sweet dish every night was something to look forward to and unexpected at such high altitude.
The trek gave me the strength to just keep moving forward and it taught me alot about my body and what it can achieve with perseverance.
I met wonderful friends on the trek, with who I'm sure I'll be in touch with in future who made the trek even better. We heard stories from our Guides Gopal ji and Sunil ji and other members at the camp site. They were always around for any help we needed during the trek.
The trails in the mountains were really clean and Green trails initiative clearly showed us it's benefits.
Safety standards on the trek along with health check ups were followed stringently during the trek. So they were really good.
I rented trekking shoes, Trekking pole and a Jacket from the base camp. Shoes and pole were perfect and really helped me all through the trek. However ,I felt the condition of the Jacket could have better as the zips were not in the perfect condition and gave trouble during opening and closing. Other than that, gear was good.
Top in the list will be, When we reach the summit, our leader asked us to make a circle. Then he made us hold hands and asked to close our eyes. The magic begins.
He asked us to remember all the experiences during and prior planning of the trek. Then he asked us to remember our beloved family and friends.
I got goosebumps. BEST IDEA.
Safety was spot on and also the food and warm water provided at such high altitudes were kind and heartwarming.
You guys are the pioneer in safety standards.
I really loved how our BP and Oxygen levels were checked each day, and most importantly, they were documented.
Aditya really checked on all of us at every given point during the trek. He literally spotted when people were uneasy, without them even having to approach him.
The gaiters and the snow spikes were also a huge addition to the safety aspect.
The hygiene was top notch too!
It was great.Great service, humble leader.Good food, and always trekkers safety was priority.
I heard somewhere you can be a good enterpenur/business man only if you have ability to give back to society.So i think green trails is a great concept to be encouraged.Its our nature and we must take care of it.
Trek is awesome. India hikes took very good care and provides awesome hospitality. Yes it's very safe.
The green trails was good initiative. I am so much inspired and following same thing in my daily routine too.
I absolutely loved everything about the trek . From the day I started training to when I reached back home from trek. Summit day was my favorite part of the trek. The way our team leader and rest of the team pushed us was amazing.
Cheng Quan (Joshua) Tan
The trek was very well and professionally organized. As my group was Singaporean, Adi made sure that it was inclusive and spoke only English so we could understand. Adi was generally very patient and encouraging and made the whole difference in making the trek enjoyable. Even as a fairly experienced hiker, wintertime Kedarkantha feels more like a moderate than easy trek.
I trekked on dec1 to dec6 batch. Trek was awesome. Had good Trek leader Anuj and wonderful cooking staff. Local staff like Virupaji and Sunil. Their knowledge on montain is unbeatable.
Some of the stretch from brahmatal to brahtal peak was very difficult and challenging. It is very good experience.
We had nice precautionary measure for safety.
Such an amazing experience ❤️ I had with India hikes. Was worried about food but believe me that is the least thing you should be worried of. No changes needed.
Renting gear is the best thing that you wouldn't regret of. It was the best quality I got but do please make sure of the other size availability just in case of emergencies.
Amazing values and 0 harm to environment. I think there are very few people who do that and I am proud that I was part of India hikes and helped contributing to it.
The journey was incredible!! The whole trek was super amazing and I look forward to hiking again. The trek leader, avijit, and ayushi were fantastic. I especially loved their passion and love for the mountains. Avijit especially knew all the local words and stories, he was incredibly patient too.
Being the first trek, I was anxious about everything. from my health, my stamina to the company I have selected for this trek. I am glad to say that I made the right choice. Starting from pick up to base camp, all the experience was smooth enough to make you comfortable.
Base camp transfers: Vehicle was in good condition and spacious enough for comfortable seating
Welcome: The entire staff came to welcome the group. The introduction session was conducted by the leaders. Expectation setting was completed professionally
Ascend and Descend: Trek leaders age group was 21-25 years. They were the most active and healthiest in the lot :) Strong enough to be reliable with any injury or weight. Motivated enough to not let you give up at all. Patient enough for a slow pacer like me. Special mention to Avijit - Trek Leader who was adamant that he would not let me give up, Aayushi - Asst. Trek leader who would not stop motivating me and was with me all the time and Yashpal - Helper / Assistant on the summit day - Without him, it would have been difficult to complete the trek. All 3 of them did not show a sign of frown and were more than happy to be able to help the entire team achieve the summit
Facilities: Eco toilets, clean tents, clean sleeping bags, and rented equipment. All are in good and hygienic conditions. Safe to use...
Food: Super yummy food. In the price they charge, variety and quality of food are least expected. However, food is one reason, that would make me do another trek. Hot breakfast, lunch, and dinner unless you have a long day and have a packed lunch or snack. Unlimited food so no restriction. Dal, roti, sabzi, salad, papad and sweet. Super cold weather and soup is served :)
Hence, I said, A-Z, Indiahikes is perfect and professional.
Changes / Suggestion:
1) We were informed during Day 1 of the briefing that if oxy levels are low or BP is high, a person can be sent back anytime. I did not read this anywhere on your site. It must be there somewhere. However, I would suggest you mention this as a Warning especially people who suffer from high BP are mentally prepared.
2) Security deposit: We have rented the gear but did not remember reading anything about a security deposit. Ignore if this is mentioned in the rental section. If not, I would advise you to add it so people carry extra cash...
It was wonderful but challenging. The most difficult part of the trek was getting used to the cold. Fortunately, the transition into a cold environment was made easier with the help of the already set up base camp, hot food, and care of our trek leaders. I felt safer knowing how experienced and respectful our trek leaders were. They took very good care of us which made the trek a lot easier.
Ice Breaking Sessions, after trek stretching sessions, were the best. Helped us in getting to know each of the trekkers and bond with them. The stretching sessions helped in relaxing our bodies after a long trek and making us feel at ease.
Humility is my biggest takeaway. We are so privileged and entitled to a lot of creature comforts and being in the mountains makes us realize this. We need to be a lot more humble and content with what we have.
Hong Ching Leong
Gratitude and our own mental endurance. It was my first trek and multiday hike. Many things were stripped away from us, that's when we appreciate the little things like accessible water and comfortable beds.
The cold was the real challenge for me. Each night was hard to get uninterrupted rest, but we managed regardless.
Safety is very important for all of us.
I was in for a surprise when the TL ordered us to maintain our health cards and asked us to get the card to him thrice a day. But soon realized that it helps us directly. The BP measurement and Oxy-meter were wonder equipments on high altitudes.
The micro-spikes on the summit day was a life savior. Wearing them increased our confidence multi-fold and overcome our fear of walking on ice-sheets :)
Our trek experience was fantastic, from greenery to snowy conditions from clear milky way skies in night to cloudy weather conditions. Tanmay Angre our trek leader made sure we had safe and fun trek. Food by Lokendra Ji was healthy and delicious. Isha (Wife) and I really enjoyed the trek and were surprised and happy to see the sustainable way IH manage the trek. We really liked when we learned about Green Trails and I wish to participate in it some-time. We wish India Hikes very best in their efforts to sustainable and safe treks.
If I talk about your safety standards they are amazing. Our trek leader Tanmay Angre's dedication towards our safety was really appreciable. He was regularly monitoring our body readings and taking care when the conditions got really tough for us especially when it was snowing heavily.
Lastly, we rented 2 ponchos and a trekking pole, all the gears were in good condition. I was really pleased to see the things you make available for beginner trekkers so that they do not spend unnecessarily on the equipment they might not need later in their life.
Things I liked: Quality of the trekking materials. Right from the renting gears to tents, Punctuality in terms of serving food,Professionalism and helping nature of guides, trek leaders and the India Hike teams,The concept of Green Trails, Accomodation in the return base camp at Barsu.
The overall experience was good. The overall process was well orchestrated right from registration, to reaching the base camp, the trek itself and drop back to Dehradun. Good job on that.
Green trails is a great intiative and very commendable. It makes us realise how much important it is to keep environment clean and healthy for living creatures. It teaches us to respect nature and not throw plastics and garbage in mountains and take all the garbage back home.
This trek was an amazing experience of my life. Though I have been to many places with my friends and when you travel with known people then caring and sharing is very natural. The most striking point here would be, we learnt to care and share with those whom we are not attached to and that makes a big difference. Unknown becomes known and finally we departed with great memory.
I loved everything about the trek. The trek leader Jaya was very supportive and a pure combination of teacher and friend. I liked how our first trek day was a warm-up and not too heavy so that everyone got charged up for the rest of the days. The food was just amazing. It's quality, simplicity and taste. The entire trail was beautiful and the summit day was just mesmerizing. The guide and co-guide, Manoj and Manish were very approachable and knowledgeable. The places of stay were very clean. I am looking forward to come for more treks with Indiahikes. Thank you for such an incredible experience.
Yes, I loved the trail, there wasn't a thing to dislike there, the itinerary was good, the plan and execution were perfect, food was damn good, even preparations before the trek was very helpful and in detailed. The only regret was not reaching the Ruinsara Tal because of the heavy snowfall. But will try to complete it at some other time. As I said earlier, I am coming back to Indiahikes for more treks.
I would like to present a special token of appreciation for the Trek Guides, they were humble and very cordial, genuine persons.
And our team leader was very sincere and up to the task. Job well done.
The safety standards were all in a good place and very much need of the hour. I am satisfied with all the protocols and standards Indiahikes designed for our security and safety. Green Trails is a very good initiative. As said by Rabindranath Tagore, "Let me light my lamp and please don't debate whether it will remove the darkness or not."
This initiative is the need of the hour, humans are destroying everything they set their feet on. It is also the responsibility of humans to restore nature back to its original condition. We can't only be leeches sucking the marrow out of our mother nature. I thoroughly enjoyed this initiative and felt very proud of being a part of it. Miles to go before I sleep, but still, these small steps are the only way forward.
This was my first Himalayan trek and indiahikes made sure that I fall in love with the mountains and trekking because of the unconditional warmth the team has shown. I was expecting a good trip but thanks to you guys this will be a forever cherished trip. Thank you!
The trek was Amazing!!! I just wish that the trek never ended....if I had to do I all over again, I wouldn't change a thing. I rented shoes and they were off the best quality ever! No hassle and easy to handle.
The safety protocols are extremely good and I liked how very well organized they all are ie. starting from the readings taken and maintaining a health card, I didn't face any issues with any of my treks with Indiahikes, so kudos to you guys for your wonderful effort.
Green trails is a BRILLIANT initiate started by IH...I'm extremely grateful to have been part of this for all my treks....coming to the fitness part, through this trek I realized the importance and benefits of keeping one in a fit and healthy condition.
This was my third trek and first with indiahikes. This trek was very beautiful and memorable for me because of many reasons, ill start with TL( Pranav Dharamsey ) followed by guides ( Prahlad Panwar and Vidhvaanji ) and all the kitchen staff which provided us a very delicious food, guides were very helpful, supportive and kind and constantly motivating us to get the best out of us. This was my best trek till now and thanks to the entire team.
Everybody should rent a gear rather than buying such expensive stuffs, which is very nice, clean and pocket friendly.
I rented four things i.e. trek pole, jacket, poncho and shoes which all was in a good condition and i would prefer renting rather than buying.
As soon as i applied for har-ki-dun i was getting each and every small details about the trek that i am going on which includes how to get fit for the trek what to carry and what not to carry how much to carry and they also provide rentals which is also very easy and convenient . They inspire you daily to get fit for the trek which is easy for the trekker to get before the trek. As a individual i believe in cleanliness and green trail, in this part IndiaHikes is playing a excellent role to keep the trails clean which is the primary reason why i love indiahikes .
I loved every bit of it. We got perfectly clear views for the first 3-4 days , weather was superb. We had unexpected snowfall on the 4th day which also gave us a feel of a winter trek. This was my first snowfall experience of my life. In all we got experience of an autumn and a winter trek in one go which was simply superb. The views were mind blowing. I had an awesome experience!!
This was my third trek and first with indiahikes and I must say I have not seen such safety measures and protocols being followed by other trekking companies. Being a doctor myself I know the importance of regular monitoring at higher altitudes. This is a very important initiative which helps in preventing medical situations which may get difficult to handle.
The trek was awesome in many respects.
- Trek leader was great and managed such a large group at harsh conditions brilliantly.
- Guides with us were very supportive an took care of us throught the trail
- Cooks were also awesome, they just brought us to life every meal time with healthy, simple and tasty foods
- Learnings were also great. They taught us how to pitch and unpitch the tent, properly backpack, keep our breathing steady and other stuffs which made this trek smmoth
- Weather God favoured us a bit with sun throughout the trail and snow when we campled to Ruinsara. So we saw every part of nature from dirt to snow to mud.
The only thing that I was lokking forward to but couldn't get was a technical knowledge on how to trek. Like fro example how to put forward your steps when you ascend or when you descend, how to avoid knee injury, ankle injury during trek, type of gears required during journey and to use them properly. Though I remember our guides pointing to us when we made mistakes or more safe approaches but it would have been great if it was a part of formal instructions like pitching and unpitiching tent.
I think fitness is utmost important if you want to enjoy the trail or even complete it. So this will motivate me to get more fitter for future treks.
Green trails is very good initiative. It reminds us that we mustn't destroy the beauty of the mountains that we are appreciating now. I remember we stopped for a lunch with some another trek group of another company. Not one of us ordered Maggie or other packaged product from the stall, despite seeing the other group ordering it. We just ordered tea and had our packed lunch. This showed how we adopted green trail. So its a very good intiative and I would suggest you to continue this more aggressively.
Dayara Bugyal trekking was a wonderful experience. IH team was efficient and well prepared to lead the team. They were on their toes, especially our trek leader Ayushi was awesome! She made sure all of us drank water, made us feel comfortable, would check on us if we are taking our medications on time if any, motivated us ...
Loved the yummy food after a tiring trek. Food was not oily, not spicy but well prepared for every one's palette and was really appreciated. Oh and the surprise dessert would make the meal complete. :-)
IH team let us trek in our own pace, there were a few of us who would be in the tail end and we would have Baldev Bhai motivating us. The whole trek was organised very well. Team lead made sure we reached the summit well on time to avoid any sudden weather changes. On the whole was a lovely experience!
Core values of IH - I think is to make the trekking experience for each and every person a memorable one.
Safety and Puncutality.
After being on the trek realised how important fitness was and why our coordinator was pushing us before the trek and making sure we were exercising.
Green trails - making the mountains cleaner, toilet pits, taking back the sanitary napkins, composting wet waste all are very good initiatives.
My 4th trek with Indiahikes confirms my trust with the trekking community. Its wonderful philosophy of giving back to mother nature is very appreciable. Fitness is given high priority. The local staff is very dedicated to the hospitality of the trekkers. Awesome food and interactive activities make it even better.
Green trails is a unique initiative in today's world. The trekkers making an effort to clean the environment are a great realization for the passer-by and locals. Each hand makes an effort to make the environment cleaner and greener.
Overall, Thank you IH for the extraordinary experience once again!
Norshahirah atikah binti Abd ghani
I was a beginner with a lot of 'what ifs'. Having to complete this trek helps me to start believing in myself. I shouldn't doubt my capabilities to go extra miles and never self reject. I am stronger than what i can think of :)
I rented a poncho and a trek pole. Didn't manage to use poncho but trek pole is in good condition. Having to rent reduce the burden to carry it especially when boarding the flight. Thanks !
I have mad respect for the values you guys uphold and the way your team positively tries to cultivate it in each team member. We did carry our garbage back to the city because we strongly feel the responsibility after hearing the explanation.
I rented a jacket through Indiahikes rentals and it was very good and comfortable.
The trek was just awesome. Our trek leader Mr. Gautham Sreekumar was brilliant & inspiring. His evening sessions were very informative learned about the Himalayas, the 14 highest peaks, whats going in mountaineering world, how to stay safe in mountains. Do's & Don'ts in case of a bear attack. He was very patient & made sure the slowest guy is also along & up with the time. His time management was on point. Out trek guide Mr. Trayappan Ji, Vidhwan Ji were very cooperative. There stories were inspiring. Food was way better than my expectations. Naina Da and all kitchen staff were just amazing.
Overall management by IndiaHikes was just phenomenal.
Great initiative of Green Trails. Loved to contribute in keeping the mountains clean & green. Will definitely follow & spread my learning from Green trails initiative in the cities as well.
I loved every bit of the trek. Right from the warm up session in the morning, the day long trek through the beautiful trails. The evening sessions by our trek leader Gautam Sree kumar on life hacks to survive bear attacks, avalanche and other interesting facts on mountaineering.
Fitness is the base of anything that you can imagine. Be it a healthy life in the city or the stamina you need to trek in extreme weather or trails. A regular workout is very important.
Also, the Green trail initiative is an awesome way to reduce waste in the mountains and spread awareness about the hazards of spreading your personal wastes. It felt great in contributing to waste collection and segregation.
Trek was amazing, my first trek ever, it tested me at every level starting from fitness till acclimatisation, I don't think so I would want anything to change as the trek leaders treated us like family , took care of us as if we are one huge family. Safety standards were top notch. Felt safe which lead to good trekking experience. Loved it.
I rented a trekking pole, which makes it easy for me as this was my first trek so I was confused if u needed to buy one but renting made it easy for me
Trek was fantastic and in the lap of nature. The trek leader had very good and periodic checks done for safety. Oxygen cylinders were carried throughout by the team. We always felt safe.
The trek leader had depth of knowledge and friendly nature.
This is so true. As working adults living in cities, there is an abrasion of the deep values that connect us to nature and our own selves. It has been a few years since I really tried to achieve something that seems impossible at first. DC was one such challenge, and I felt so refreshed to work up the dormant determination and actually stretch to achieve something (reaching the peak!!).
I also realized that we need very few material things if we can find other natural ways of fulfillment (or pass time). I didn't use half of the things carried in my bag, and the phone was switched off for 6 days. It was really a different way to live. Seeing the simple and yet difficult lives of the local villagers were also eye-opening - how they walk long distances, work hard to maintain their land and crops, and live in harmony with nature.
I had a very great time and the over experience was mind-blowing. I was a person who was obsessed with cleanliness and hygiene. The trek did bring a huge change in me. I would definitely tell that I am trying to be a better human being. Also, this trek experience did show me where I stand in fitness and how much harder I need to work to stay healthy.
The EBC trek was one of the most beautiful trails that I have trekked as of now the terrains the views were spectacular. The safety standards which the trek leader took were very good and have helped a lot to maintain health throughout the trek.
Indiahikes does extremely well when it comes to fitness of a person that helps the person improve a lot and enjoy the trek better green trails is an amazing thing which I have been part off and I am proud to be a part of a beautiful team which helps to make the mountains clean so that future generations won’t suffer.
Trek went very well. Starting out with a low bar for a 4-day trek, I was able to go through the four days of enjoyable treks and with a lot of support, encouragement and best-of-class company with the gung-ho youngsters, I achieved way more than my own expectations. Logistics and arrangements were well taken care of, setting the right expectations about the convenience and comfort at the campsites. Healthy, well-planned meals - even though 4 of them a day felt an overkill, and timely setup and close-downs were very well done. Preparedness for rain and adverse climate were communicated early enough that we were neither surprised nor inconvenienced. Pleasant and helpful trek lead (Adi is a phenomenon, by the way) and the guides (Manoj and Mayank) were always in the thick of things and made me feel I could climb Mt Everest...
Trek went above my expectations.
Food exceeded my expectations by miles. Are you sure you are not pampering us with such great food in such high altitude? I have not done any previous treks, so I cant compare tough. :D
Tanmay, our trek leader was the huge factor our group bonded so well and cared for each other. The way he handled the vomiting and other gastro illness two trek-mates got, were so good that we didn't had to leave anyone behind.
The overall positive and great helpful mindset of Sandeep, Guddu, and Hari(the technical expert we had for summit crossing day) are all highlights i take away from this trek.
One thing I learned is if I trust these guys and their experience, the trek becomes very easy. This became more relevant on the summit crossing day. I truly enjoyed the descending from the summit onwards, through that snow. Some of the footsteps I stepped in(I was right behind Hari, the technical expert), I was submerged into snow upto my groin. All I had to do was be confident and follow him as he instructed. For me that day ended up being the most thrilling out of the 8 days.
Personally I believe this trek changed my life style a bit. the requirements challenged me to quit smoking and I did that during May 2019. From June on wards I started jogging and by August I had my best time or 5 Kms in 27.05 minutes. This is part of the journey as I take it. Its a big challenge now to hold on to this change and its for me to try hard.
The green trails initiative from your side is so commendable, that simple words are not enough. I am very happy to be a tiny part of it. All the words of awareness and your values probably make India hikes moving a bit ahead of your times, that it may seem not much appreciation from general public. But I am really hopeful soon official honors will come to Indiahikes.
It was difficult at first since it was my first trek but once found my pace and got to appreciate the beautiful views from Sandakphu it was great!
I think the tea houses were really amazing. I loved how cosy they were and how it was like getting a glimpse into the lives of these people who make a living so different from what we are used to. It more than lived up to my expectations.
Yes. I was really impressed by how our trek leader never forgot to take out oxymeter readings and how he asked after our health daily. It made me feel safe and confident that any mishap would be dealt with in an appropriate manner.
I loved the games he made us play to get us ready to trek after a break and how he took time to talk to each of us about our lives.
Indiahike team members punctuality, discipline, equality, patience of team leader was really praise worthy and specially the medical care they take is just remarkable...carry on buddies!
Our group was amazing and we shared some truly memorable moments. :) The trek leader Ayushi was an absolute charm making everything so seamlessly comfortable.
Deepraj, Shivraj and the Kitchen Staff were most humble and approachable. The food: Absolutely delicious:) Lot of variety, nutritious and quantity was always more than enough for all of us.
Most importantly, everything happened on time. The food was served hot and always on time. I am impressed with the co-ordination and the whole process.
Thank you. My next trek will surely be with you guys :)
The trek was fabulous. Despite the crowd and paved steps on some sections of the trek, the challenge, breathtaking views of the peaks, lakes, forests and the camaraderie of the group made it very very enjoyable. The brilliant weather also aided to a great extent. Respect for the mountains and the challenges it would throw at us made all of us in the group prepare well and work hard on our fitness prior to the trek. This was a key reason for all of us enjoying the trek so much. Had even one of us been less fit, it would have impacted the group as a whole adversely.
The sensitivity and consideration shown by everyone in the group and the sportive spirit that all displayed made it a wonderful and memorable experience.
The safety standards were right up there and the excellent knowledge and commitment of the team leader to health and safety were a major positive. Most of us had need for some tablet or the other from time to time, for some minor issue, and it was very reassuring to have a Team Leader whom we could rely upon for proper advice and support.
This is one criteria on which IH stands unique and should continue to stay that way.
The Tea Houses were nice and comfortable everywhere. So did not have a need for tents or sleeping bags anywhere.
IH's commitment to the environment, safety, insistence on fitness, quality of equipment, excellent capability and experience of the Team leaders, strict enforcement of the 'no tobacco/alcohol' policy on treks, are all factors that I personally find extremely laudable and desirable. These are the main reasons why I always choose IH for any Himalayan trek that I or my family do.
Little hurdle wrt getting to Lukla was there but otherwise, the trek itself was splendid and no issues. Syama our trek leader was an awesome sport and I enjoyed the trek to the fullest. Generally, all days started with some really nice quotes from the trek leader. So that was inspiring and motivating. Trek ended with good fun activities like games etc that engaged everyone in the group including trek leader so that was a lot of fun too.
The core values that Indiahikes follow are Best and Beyond compare.
I think for a trek like EBC the fitness level does matter and it's a good thing that you had the criteria to be eligible for the trek. Kudos on that.
I would love to trek with India Hikes again n again. It was lifetime experience. Everything was so fantastic. Great team leader, good food, strict discipline , cooperative team members, extra activities, safety measures, everything was so well organised and coordinated.
Fitness of the team was exceptionally very impressive. Green trail idea is very effective,wish we can do some more work in the near by villages.
Trek was amazing. The whole trek was better than expected or even mentioned in the IndiaHikes videos/blogs. I already mentioned this during the discussions on the last day of trek - the stillness of the mountains and the landscape brings that pause in your life when you are just left with yourself and your thoughts (the famous song from Kabhie Kabhie, main aur meri tanhai... :)). We need this pause in our lives from the hustle bustle of urban and family life and focus (may be on yourself).
Fitness really helped. Better fitness ensured that I was able to complete the trek without any hiccups. Green Trails is in fact a learning that I took away for the rest of my life. Also, we were quite fortunate to have a great group of trekkers (incl. the trek leader) which helped us in building the cohesiveness required.
Experience with indiahikes is always amazing and this trek was no lesser. As we did in September, the views at every campsites were unique and beautiful. Amazing view from the buran pass. Special mention to our trek leader Geet.The gem of a person. More than trek leader he was part of the trek that made trek even more enjoyable.
I would definitely like to mention the activity conducted by trek leader geet at chandranahan lake. I don't remember when was last time I wrote a hand written letter to someone. Geet conducted activity where we sat quietly at site and wrote a handwritten letter to anyone we want. Sitting in beautiful nature and writing a letter was indeed a amazing experience and totally enjoyed some quite time I had.
As every trek we were part of fitnees and green trails, before the trek indiahikes made sure that we are maintaining fitness routine by running daily 5 kms. I think this is very necessary as trek likes buran ghati requires great fitness. Regarding green trails, I really liked the ided of keeping eco bag on entire trek and making sure we collect every waste. trek leader also provide information of different type of waste which can be recycled which is something we can apply on our day to day life also.
Sreejith K K
This was my second trek with Indiahikes and it couldn't have been any better. The food, the people involved, the campsites. Everything was so well organised. Just keep at it. You are doing an amazing job.
The fitness regime before treks has only made me get out and run more and I enjoy the banter with my friends after we complete our runs. We have some healthy competitions going on for the fastest lap-times.
I loved the people, the ambience of the campsites in the trek, the ever changing landscapes with every twists and turns.
The local guides, food and the activities that were played were too good.
First of all, thank god Indiahikes exist ;) This is my second trek with India hikes, and there is absolutely no doubt, I would choose Indiahikes over any other trek organizers for all my future treks.
The whole experience was incredible. Right from the day we were all picked from Shimla on time, to the day we were dropped off back to our respective places, everything was on time, highly professional and caring staff, entertaining and educating guides.
Food served was sumptuous and nutritious. All the staff members were extremely friendly. Day 1 to day N Briefings were very elaborate and informative.
Its always when we register for the treks, we start the habit of running, and it continues even after the trek is completed. I have made running part of my workout routine since the time I went on my first trek last year.
It's great that Indiahikes gives atmost importance to the trekker's fitness regimes and takes it very seriously. We get a sense of responsibility when we are asked to be able to achieve certain level of fitness.
The green trails initiative is an excellent program. It makes us re-think every time we use plastic/paper unnecessarily. It also helps to create awareness in trekkers to maintain the clean trails as much as possible.
Our trek lead Geet was just amazing. He got along the team so very well that we felt he is part of our group. His briefing was very crisp and clear. Geet kept us engaged throughout the trek with lots of fun activities. Along with the games, he also conducted informative discussions on wildlife, climate change, avoiding the usage of plastics etc. We would love to get him as our trek lead in our future treks.
Loved the trek. The trek leader and the India hikes team was really helpful with everything. For me this was a really good experience since I started showing minor symptoms of AMS. But with the right consults from the trek leader I was able to recover well and finish the trek.
The trek leader have us a session on the wildlife in Himalayas and lot of other facts. This was fun as well as informative for me.
Green trails is a really good initiative started by India hikes. This really helps us to inculcate such habits not just during the trek but in our daily life as well
The trek was super awesome. Our trek leaders Akshay and Deep Raj are very talented, have great knowledge about mountains and humble people. They thought us how to build the tents,ensured that we are on time everyday, served us breakfast, lunch, dinner with love. Akshay provided us insights on what fitness parameters we are supposed to work on and what treks we need to take up in the coming years. Happy to have same trek leaders in the upcoming treks as well :)
Really thankful to India hikes and the trek leaders for making my first Himalayan trek so beautiful and memorable.
Its my first High altitude trek and first trek with IndiaHikes. Very impressed with Guide and Team leader ( Sai pavan, Rohith, Golu). they given beautiful experience on trek. i got good food and best friends in my life due to this trek. i looking for future trek with only IndiaHikes.
Trek was extremely well managed,
I would like to especially thank the trek lead pavan, for he was able to understand individuals capability and weakness, and the freedom provided for each trekker was very useful
Luxury food provided at each base camp was phenomenal.
Technical guidance by experts on the summit day was very useful.
The trek was very well organized. Sai Pawan was our trek leader and was very good and calm. Each of the campsites was clean and all the equipment/gears were very well maintained.
My sincere thanks to the cooks for providing us with nutrition filled meals throughout the day and special mention to the sweets. Hats off to the team on the ground. Thanks a lot and without them, this would not have been possible.
The safety standards were absolutely wonderful! That's precisely one of the reasons why I choose Indiahikes and didn't even consider any other trekking group. It was great and very helpful to have a technical person on the day of the pass crossing. Certain sections were tricky and thanks to the technical person, trek leader and a couple of guides (Rohit and Gollu), these sections were doable and safe.
I would like to thank Indiahikes for stressing on the fitness - if not for this, it would have been difficult for me to complete the trek with carrying my bagpack. Please folllow this and ensure that the trek members are always fully fit before they reach the base camp. Thanks.
I really admire the Green Trails initiatives but to be 100% honest, after one point in time, I didn't pick up as waste as one would expect. Will improve on this aspect next time. Thanks.
Yes, mountains have thought me to b humble. They stand there tall for centuries together being so beautiful & yet so strong. This experience Equips me to find solutions to the problems I face in day today life. Already planned to come for Hamta pass next year.
The reason for me choosing Gidara Bugyal was the cancellation of the KGL trek this year 😁 but here's why I would go again to Gidara:
For the seemingly never-ending undulating carpet of lush green as far as the eye can see culminating in the climax of Gidara End which can best be described as a portal to another world with mesmerizing scenery straight out of the Lord of the Rings. Add to that the excitement of the ridge walk to Gidara Top with the Bugyal extending to infinity on one side and the other side dropping down steeply to a beautiful valley.
I wish we could describe it one line!
But words just cannot describe how each of us felt during the Gidara Bugyal Trek.
For me, it was my maiden Himalayan trek. Before Indiahikes decided on this one, we were contemplating between Deorital Chandrashila trek and Dayara Bugyal. The fact that it was the first by Indiahikes got us excited. A maiden trek meant untravelled paths, less trekkers and a unique experience. It was all of this and much more.
For those 5 days, I think we time travelled to another world with a bunch of individuals so diverse from yourself, yet you could be your most vulnerable with them.
The diverse shades of green, brown and blue with clouds playing hide and seek and giving us wallpaper shots every single moment. The ridge walk was extraordinary. Taking it all in was difficult because there was so much of it. Mother nature was generous every single day on this trek.
We overcame fear. Fear of heights, fear of altitude sickness, fear of just giving up and not being able to push yourself.
It'll be unfair if I don't specify our campsites especially knowing how much work went into creating one. Every campsite was fantastic!
Our trek leader, Nitesh, not only ensured we had a great experience on the trek but also made us more aware of our environment and how sustainability is the only way to survive.
Gidara Bugyal has created a niche in the best memories all of us have and that'll stay forever 😊
A trek on a meadow is completely undone and unheard by my troop and while Dayara seemed fairly easy and short, the Gidara trek popped up one fine day. It looked interesting but not too many pictures to back up the entire trek. While sceptical about the trek not happening due to the shortage of numbers, we signed up anyway and were super glad to be part of a small but aptly diverse group.
It's one thing to sign up for a trek on seeing the wonders of it or hearing about it, but being able to create the memories first hand and experiencing every bit of a maiden trek in true form has been amazing.
Gidara on its own is not to be undermined for a trek and never could one imagine that a meadow could be so freakin' huge. Mighty and daunting and one that brought tears, smiles, challenges and thrill, this trek is close to hearts on many many levels and memories remain as fresh as yesterday
Alok Sarasan MP
A Very good initiative of helping and serving the nature. We in the cities hardly get time to think of waste management. But I was happy that we got an opportunity to do our part during the trek.
I want to thank our trek leader " Nitesh " alot. He is a diamond. He is a true nature lover by heart. I learned so many things from him. He is role model for youngsters.. Nitesh ke liye jitna kaha jaye utna kam hai....he is very energetic, knowledgeable, creative, a true lover of nature, daring, caring, sweet, hard working, motivating.
Fitness norms should be strict and compulsorily followed by the trekkers as in mountains health is not a thing which we can take casual or easy
Green trail idea is awesome. I liked it very much....
Thankyou Indiahikes... for teaching me about green trails.
Basically we should leave the mountains in a better condition than we found them.
The trek was amazing, trek leader Samkit and Trek guide Vipindra took utmost care of us. Samkit was an amazing leader and patient throughout the trek and looked after every trekker carefully. Indiahikes has some of the best cooks who provided hot lunch at given time and food were different every other day, tents were cosy and sleeping bags gave warmth, I used to sleep like a baby after every trek. I wouldn't like Indiahikes to change this.
I went to Bali pass with my wife. We've done a few high altitude treks before but this one proved out to be toughest of them all. I think the biggest take-away for me is that we got back with an even stronger bond in our relationship. As they say, what doesn't kill you, only makes you stronger! :)
This was my 2nd trek with IH this year(probably 5th or 6th trek with IH overall). I would say Sankri is one of the best base for IH - staff is super-nice, warm and friendly. Food is the best.
Bali pass is a complete trek..lush green fields and forests, local villages, serene trails, pristine views of 7,000 mtr peaks, high altitude meadows, river crossing, thrill, adrenaline and long pass days. One of the best treks for me so far.
The icing on the cake - A small batch of only 6. We went up as strangers and came back as a family!
Except for white-out, snow and rains on the pass day, we had good views throughout the trek :)
I think Indiahikes has some of the good safety standards as compared to other .. We were provided helmets while trekking to ensure our heads are safe. Trek leader did health checkups every morning and evening and ensured everyone was healthy.
This trek was one of the most awesome experience of my life till date. This got me so close to the nature in a way which I had never experienced.
The 15 mins which I spent in silence at the Chandrabahan lake was such a relaxing moment which I cannot even describe.
I will not say that the whole trek was a piece of cake because it was not. This being my first trek I found some areas to be very difficult and challenging and with the help of the trek leader, the 2 guides as well as my fellow trekkers I could manage to complete the trek.
I personally found coming down to be more difficult that climbing up and here the guide Hemraj was really helpful in guiding me about the right technique which helped on the day of the pass crossing as well
Buran ghati trek was a unique experience for me as this was the first trek I was doing with my wife and it was the first himalayan trek for her.
The grand mountains and pass of Butan ghati was a superb experience for us to bond even more and face a few unprecedented challenges together.
The entire support staff from the trek leader to kitchen staff were very helpful and took very good care of the group. They went out of their way to help us on a few occasions. That to me is commitment and care at the highest level. Seldom found in our busy lives in Cities!
Stringent pre trek fitness helped me and my wife cope up with the challanges of trail that we faced. We could not only cope up with the trail but also enjoy the vast natural beauty around.
I appreciate the green trail initiative of India hikes and support them in all the work that they are doing to keep our mountains clean.
The Buran ghati pass trek was not only amazing because of the picturesque but also because of the systematic placement of the campsites. The trek high, sleep low concept was managed well. The trekking activities of each day were planned so well that no day seemed too exerting. The food preparations were also very thoughtfully planned and executed. The most memorable was 'gulab jamun' at 13000 ft.
I've done a couple of treks before and this was my first trek with Indiahikes. All the heads-up emails you guys sent were so helpful. I just had to prepare physically and mentally for the trek. The entire trek was amazing. The food was amazing. I would like to thank Krunal, Rahul and Rafiq for motivating us throughout and keeping us entertained when we were at the campsite. It never felt as if they were the guides and they were different from us. They were also a part of the huge family. I loved every bit of the trek and I'm looking forward to book another one soon with Indiahikes. Regarding the fitness part, It was really good to see people taking it up seriously and go for the 5k run. I finally had a reason to wake up early and do something to keep myself fit.
Trekking with IndiaHikes was an absolutely amazing experience. Right from the beginning to end, Krunal and team supported the group and provided a unique and joyous experience. I never felt away from home and the team made everything possible to give us a pleasurable experience
The trek went very well. Had a beautiful experience. I was mesmerized by the most gorgeous landscapes and the lit night sky. As for the comfort, I think we were pampered (in a good way). The entire Indiahikes team did a great job to make sure everything was smooth. From the Trek Coordination and motivation before the trek, the safety, the food, the assistance, the awareness, and knowledge shared and the support of the fellow members all made it a brilliant experience. Special thanks to Krunal and Rafique ji. It's good to know that we are not amongst those causing harm to the environment in the name of trekking but also helping to solve other issues and bring about awareness. It feels like we were all on one mission towards a better world and I loved that about Indiahikes. This is something many of us would take back home and also share with others.
The trek was awesome. I enjoyed it right from the beginning..which includes the emails insisting upon keeping up fitness standards even before the trek started. The safety standards are of the highest order. Indiahikes team started emailing us three months prior to commencement of the trek about physical fitness. Health certificates, which shows their commitment to safety standards. We were forced to keep ourselves well hydrated throughout the trek and everyday health checkups were conducted. This is my first trek but I think we couldn't have had better safety standards. It is very important for the trekkers to be physically fit to have a safe trek.
Indiahikes team is stringent about the fitness standards which is really good for the trekkers..also the green trail concept is really great..it feels good to trek in a clean and green environment and Indiahikes is contributing beautifully to it by educating the trekkers on green trail concept..they collect the waste on their trails which is segregated at the end and is even utilized to help locals economically.
It was by far most amazing journey and awesome experience I ever had in my life. The trek was very well planned and executed. I never felt I was away from home. Right from the trek leaders guidance & morale boosting, crew's ever smiling faces and all the positive energy made this 6 days trek a smooth journey for all of us. The team was always there to support us on each and every step. All the arrangements, be it food, travel, stay in tents, everything was great.
I loved this trek mainly because of the following:
1. It was nicely organised by Indiahikes
2. The trek leader was highly motivating
3. The entire team including the guide and co guide were are very good
4. Mesmerising beauty of the valleys and mountains made this trek even more enjoyable
Trek experience was awesome. I enjoyed the whole trek.
The arrangements done by Indiahikes were excellent, appropriate and of standard quality. The food was yummy and I enjoyed it, specially one day in the dinner it was GULAB JAMUN. Devang Thapliyal was too good, very helpful and supportive. I will miss himThe guide Farooq was amazing. Very sincere and dedicated person.
The tents were very good of very high quality. I did not feel anytime uncomfortable during nights. The sleeping bags were very good as well. Extremely happy with the core values on fitness followed by IH
Anand N S
The trek is one of the best organised event. India Hikes is best at it. Simple yet very neatly done. There are professional guides and also cooks who manage the treks. It is always a pleasure to be back with India hikes for any of their treks. The discipline they maintain and the important instructions which they provide us shows a lot about their commitment towards protecting the people, animals and also the mother nature. The safety standards are very good. Begining from the day u have registered for the trek, there are mails sent out to everyone to get fit and be ready for the trek. There is consistant monitoring done and also during the treks, the checkups and followups are done in a systematic way to ensure saftety all the way
The trek was phenomenal . This was my first trek to the Himalayas and I loved every moment of it. Gurudit was an amazing leader who made it possible that I enjoyed this trek. His people management skills are exceptional and it’s a lesson for corporates to learn from him how he manages people and situations. He is like a young bishmah pitamah - knows his stuff, matured decision making skills and professionally very high ethics! Javed the trek guide and Baldev the support king were masters and a fantastic combination with gurudit. The local staff were so warm and helpful and made this trek extremely memorable. I do suggest that apart from 5 km run you also add 100 squats everyday before people register.
Trek was awesome. Had really great time with everyone. Trek leader, guide , technical leader , everyone was very good at their work and they knew exactly what needs to be done at what time. This made our trek successful as it was difficult trek. All the team members worked really hard to get it done. kudos to all.. Fitness was necessary for the trek and IH initiative to follow fitness regime before trek is commendable. The treks like Bali pass you really need to be fit and that is why we were able to complete the trek. About green trail , this is very good initiative from IH because we have seen tons of trash in the beautiful mountains which was not good to see. Nature had given us so much and what we are returning is not acceptable. I made sure that I follow green trail in my daily life in various ways. Thanks for this initiative.
I had an enormously enjoyable trek. The first three days were quite easy and had me wondering whether the difficult billing is warranted.
However the climb to ABC and the pass crossing day were the challenging ones. The heavy weather made things more difficult. Thankfully, we all made it through safely.
I would like to appreciate the efforts of the kitchen staff and porters who kept us well fed and in comfort through their hardwork and diligence.
Good work done by the guides too in terms of navigating through the difficult weather situations.
Great job by trek lead in keeping up team morale, ensuring health checks and fitness.
I think Bali Pass should be on the regular trekking routes for IH!
I loved the trek. Group, trek lead, our guides and kitchen staff were simply amazing. We can see the efforts they put for the trek to be successful.
Not to mention our trek lead Vivek who made sure everyone is comfortable and we were a team. We had so much fun and no one left behind.
Vivek is a great lead with patience.
Binding everyone on trek is not an easy task.
Thanks to India Hikes for giving such an amazing experience
Everything was perfect. The trek leader, guides and team, they just made it the best experience. Safety standards were followed very well.
BALI PASS is the best trek I have done till now. It has everything to offer right from woods to snow capped mountains and yes the how to forget the amazing view of the might Mt Swargarohini. Our trek leader and technical guides did a great job in keeping us safe. Vivek our trek leader was very punctual in health checkups and following protocols. He literally was leading from the front. All the safety gears provided were perfectly suited for the particular situation. Vivek also was good at demonstrating how to use the gears appropriately . He was indeed the best trek leader I have ever trekked with.
Trek was organised amazingly well as usual. Kudos to you guys!
My sister couldn’t do so well on the trek. She was never tired or weak but her cardio wasn’t that good. I had 2 other friends whom I had to look after. Our TL vivek really helped my sister a lot. He personally helped her on the descent and I was extremely extremely grateful to him for that. That way I could take care of my other friends.
Special thanks to Vivek for that. Even the entire group dint really crib about our pace being slow for waiting for her at times. Really humbled by all this. Food as usual was amazing. It was raining and the IH staff served food in our tents! That’s nothing short of a luxury! Amazing effort by them to ensure our comfort.Overall really happy trekking with IH.
Trek was awesome, I enjoyed the trek to the fullest. Each and everyone from IH was very helpful. They motivated us from time to time as well as they were there whenever we needed any help/guidance.
Kavish, Vivek, Rameshji, Santoshji, and all the kitchen staff I m very thankful to them for everything they did for us. We met as strangers and left as family. Safety standards were good.
I have never been with any other organization for treks in the Himalayas bcoz I know IH is the best when it comes to safety standards.
Safety standards were good.
Oxymeter and pulse checking daily helped people to know the details.
The trek was beautiful and well organized.
For me, the trek was a little easier than I expected as we had a lot of rest time. It was the staff and group that really made the experience amazing. We really bonded well and had a great time together and the trek leaders and guides were always looking out for each one of us. Couldn't have asked for a better team. Overall it was a fantastic experience and I can't wait to do another trek
I just love to trek. Especially with India Hikes. They are so organized and the treks are so well planned. The trek leaders and the guides are fantastic. Safety standards are very good. The Technical staff are very well trained and give a through demo so that all trekkers are geared up with all the safety equipment. The Trek Leaders consider the safety of the trekkers very seriously and will never take any risks if the weather is even slightly inclement.
I loved Buran Ghati trek and I also want to say that Indiahikes makes this trek possible for people. The inspiration I got to keep fit, work on my stamina, breathing etc helped me complete this trek and enjoy it too.
The great food on the trek and personal attention to everyone by our trek leader and guides help us accomplish this trek which otherwise would have been beyond my imagination.
Trek leader Leo ensured our health is of top priority. The regular pulse check, updating heal cards and their availability for folks to discuss any symptoms is amazing. He used to conduct warm up exercises before we started the trek and stretch exercises after we completed the day's trek, which would help us a lot. The safety was also taken care of because we rappelled down the ice wall on buran pass and the harness and rope technique was very safe.
Buran Ghati was my first trek, ever. Yes, I know - this dodo straight up went to 15,000ft with no prior experience. But with full determination.
Being a first, I was definitely impressionable, and looking for a benchmark to set up. Boy, did the IH team set up that benchmark REALLY high! They say nothing compares to your first trek, and I can naively say nothing will match up to my first but the biggest contributor to my gala of time being India Hikes.
Talking to few other experienced trekkers who have dipped their toes in other companies, told me why they always come back to choose IH - safety, security, community belongingness, experience, sanitation, technical advancement etc. rates IH at the top of everyone’s list.
To add, I had been blessed by a team of the most amazing trekkers with me. I know this is out of the hands of IH but quality attracts quality and but the prestige of IH not only reflected in the members of their own team, but the trekkers too.
Sometimes some memories are made,
in such a way which are really hard to fade.
Thank you guys for those perfect mountain memories
Which became close to the heart, something to cherish.
Professionals at its best with required personal touch,
We get all, to ask for extra, there is nothing much.
IH has a very long term thought process- looking out for the future gens by getting and giving back from nature - which is highly appreciated.
The trek leaders fitness is through the charts but what i love about IH is how it promotes fitness in a enjoyable environment.
Green Trails is a BEAUTIFUL initiative and IH has been doing it right in every aspect they could.
Importance of fitness cannot be overemphasized. Situations can change quickly that demand higher fitness levels. At the same time, participants esp those over 40 often have their own challenges that need to be discussed and placed in the perspective of whether they might come in the way.
Green Trails is a great initiative and hope other trek companies follow suit.
A1 tent quality and gear. Neat and clean sanitary conditions. Definitely, attention was paid to how many layers or sleeping bags required in what temperature. Good work
About the safety standards, I always knew that 'We are in safe hand'. It was always in mind. We knew if required help is just two minutes to find.
Trek was superb. It was very well organized by trek guides, cooking staff, trek leader. All in all it was great learning experience for me. Cooking staff provided us the delicious food every day in the extreme temperatures. Kudos to them. Leo trek leader was simply amazing focused and dedicated to all the issues/problems of the members of his team
Team effort is much important rather than individual effort. To keep the mountains clean is our responsibility. Never take anything for granted in mountains
Yep these helped in keeping us cozy and warm inside the tents. Many thanks for providing us with high quality sleeping bags
Yep each and every member was monitored daily. On the basis of which Leo would take the call. Safety standards were top notch
Soundarya M S
The trek was amazing. So much so that I still have something that we may call a 'trek hangover'. We had our fair share of unpredictable climate, a snow avalanche and walking in 2-3 feet deep snow. But, I see all these as great personal and team learning experiences.
Soundarya M S
I've always been a clean crusader and having seen the initiatives and methods that Indiahikes have in place has only spurred me even more to make changes to my eating and waste disposing and segregation habits. Fitness, without doubt is a very important factor for any high altitude trek. I like that our fitness levels need to be approved. It helps us push ourselves to do better and keep tabs on progress.
Soundarya M S
Definitely. All the additional gear that was provided to us, right from micro spikes to harnesses to health cards/health checkups, everything was perfect. We had a trekker who had unfortunately twisted his ankle while we were running towards the mountain side during the mini avalanche. The trek lead and guides made sure he was well and he was also prescribed the right dosages of medicines to consume (he was a doctor himself, but it still helped having that care and advice).
Mukta Top was my first Himalayan trek, and I think this one’s going to stay with me forever.
The trail was beautiful and full of variety. More than the actual top, I enjoyed the process of getting there. Getting to Damini point was exhilarating. Looking at Bandarpoonch, Kala Nag, and the Gangotri. Everything everything everything. Something that I won’t be able to forget. Ever.
From the co-trekkers to the local staff, I am grateful for every being present there. The trek wouldn’t have been half as great without the company. Also, a big thank you to the entire IndiaHikes family and Nayana, our coordinator. She followed through with us before the beginning of the trek and after too!
As said by Izzat Yaganagi, Buran Ghati is truely a bridge between 2 world. There was not a single moment when I felt bored, and specially the forest section. I have never seen such beautiful forest section in any of treks.
The campsites are perfect with the grand mountains towering infront of us, perhaps the prettiest Dayara Meadows, perfect camping at Litham were truely the highlights of the trek.
Mountains does teach us a lot of things and learnt a lot. For me the most beautiful moment was when I got to know Gurkirit was my Trek Leader as I have trekked with him earlier and I cannot ask for more as he is the best Trek Leader with great communication skills and friendly nature.
He made sure everyone were doing fine and built up the confidence.
Trek was excellent. Excellent includes, Trek leader, team lead, the team itself. Gautam our trek leader was a balanced person. He knows where to be serious and when to be funny. His few tips helped lot of the team members. Basically he is good at his work.
Views were outstanding, we were lucky because the climate cooperated and weather was good all those 7 days. We saw snowing, sunrising, sunset, moon at night, greenery, flowers, drinking water from streams, watching and talking to local people. It was all different experience.
Continuous monitoring of basic health check up, making sure team following certain principles laid by indiahikes, healthy food and following hygiene aspects.
KIRAN KUMAR T K
1. About the Trek:
The trek was superb, awesome, extraordinary! All of us have enjoyed the Gaumukh and Tapovan visits amidst the difficulty of land slides and boulders.
2. About the trek Leader:
Kiranjeet Pathak is an awesome Trek Leader.
I personally liked the way he used to train the team before we started off the trek from Gangotri. He is extremely good on technical stuff related to trek and concentrates on every minute stuff which needs attention at times.
frankly speaking there s nothing to change it was perfect. everything was properly set right from our base camp to our summit it was perfect. The places where we camped, our food ( special mention - Mr.Harpaal ), trek leader and other staff were amazing and very generous. I'll definitely write more about the trek soon including every nuance.
Ravi Kirti Singh
Fitness requirement made me prepare well for the trek. Also the schedule prepared by India hikes for daily workout is helpful.
Really appreciate the green trails project, I was so happy to see the clean trails.
AMAZINGGGGG!!! Couldnt have asked for more honestly.
One of the best trek guides i could imagine, Syama was one hell of a leader and a complete personality to keep everyone together. The food was amazing and felt like home back there, hats off to the cooking staff who do it in those severe conditions.
Over all i would say as my first trek in the himalayas and also with your organisation, i am COMPLETELY SATISFIED AND OVERWHELMED by the experience i had.
Loved every moment of it.
I absolutely loved the trek and I cannot wait to get back. The India hikes team is super professional and I was highly impressed with the way things were organised for us. This being my first trek with India hikes, I had 0 expectations. But to my surprise, everything was planned beautifully. The campsites were clean, tents were clean, food was amazing and served hot every single time! I can't believe we got dessert too :)
And of course, our trek leader, Shyama was incredible, super friendly and knowledgable, I think we all had a great time with him on this trek and he certainly kept us entertained. Also, the trek guides were extremely helpful!
Trek leader - Syama Krishna
It's very difficult to name one activity by this guy.
He is a complete package of entertainment, knowledge and motivation. I guess he has that charismatic qualities which our required .
We couldn't ask for a better trek leader.
The kind of spirit and determination he had pumped us all.
In the meantime while not trekking he is a very interesting person to chat and discuss about a lot of things.
I would say he is really knowledgeable and understands to have a good conversation.
He taught us many games and was open to play our games . Always used to be the energetic one while playing.
We played football at dayara and even at litham when the campsite was completely covered in snow.
I would like to end by saying probably he is the best trek leader any group have desired.
Keeping it clean would be the best part.
Taking the no plastic challenge is also one big achievement i would say.
The fitness really helped me prep well as i didnt feel breathless untill the last day of the summit which was due to extreme efforts to step in deep snow.
I would say what you people do is great and keeping things organised at that level and in those environments is not everyone's cup of tea.
Extremely impressed with India hikes overall and their concern for the environment. Green trails is a great initiative to help keep the mountains clean, I would definitely recommend India hikes to all my friends. A few have already signed up for treks next month. Will be back soon for another trek!!!!
If buran ghati is a grand buffet of the greatest Himalayan treks then the team lead Venkat, IH ground staff, trekkers from different parts of the country and the world were the best of the desserts laid on that buffet. Couldn't have asked for a better first high altitude himalayan trek! I honestly get goosebumps thinking about how real this trek was and not one single imperfection or bad memory to spot even if i tried.
Definitely Gaumukh-Tapovan is amazing. It was not only trek for me but was a holy pilgrimage also as I keep deep faith in lord Shiva. Origin of River Bhadirathi and Tapovan was like we were in heaven. We were disappointed initially when you said that Tapovan is not possible due to heavy snow in that region. Thanks to Karan Singh (trek leader) and Baldev-Rana (local guides) for completing our trek successfully. Baldev was very active and quick to handle all situations especially in Gaumukh to Tapovan trek and back which was little risky, scary.
This was my 8th Himalayan trek with IH. Even my daughter was with me in this trek. (It was 4th Himalayan trek of my daughter Hasti Chande with IH. My wife also did 4 Himalayan treks with IH.) We become like Life members of IH. I prefer IH mainly for the Safety at high altitude which is very important. I feel peace of mind when I do trekking with IH that if anything goes wrong, IH will handle and take us all safely. 2nd thing is location of campsites. I noticed IH's campsite locations are at amazing places with great views and easy availability of water sources which is also very important. Food part which is also important at high altitude is always wonderful with IH
Green trails part of IH is also very appreciable. Providing Eco bag on first day and collecting waste from trails and lastly dumping in different bags is really very good job you encourage to trekkers.
The trek was excellent. It honestly surpassed all my expectations in every area - be it the sights, the climb or the food. I'd like to mention especially that the kitchen team was brilliant and all the food given to us at all the campsites was amazing. A special shout to our trek leaders Vijeet, Pralad and Guddu who helped us at every turn and it honestly would not have been the same experience without them. I cannot think of any drawbacks and even though this was my first trek and i have no prior experience, I think the organisation was impeccable.
The trek leader Vijeet was amazing. He had stories to tell at every turn of the trek. He helped us out a lot and was a huge support to some of us who felt like giving up. Vijeet made us play games at the campsite and also coaxed us into a dance off in the snow which was a lot of fun.
Pralad taught us a few local dance moves which again was very fun. He also introduced us to a kind of warm up dance called zikuza which was one of the highlights of the trek. Pralad also told us many interesting and scary stories about the campsites which were amazing.
Guddu was helpful throughout the trek. He always had a smile on his face and was encouraging throughout. He also had many stories to tell and was fun to be around while trekking.
The mountains taught me to adapt to my surroundings. Accustomed to city life and the luxuries that we take for granted (like running water, a soft bed, etc) this trek really taught me to push my boundaries and accept and be thankful for any kind of resources that I was given. It taught me to appreciate that there are forces in work that are much larger than us and we must be grateful for any kind of resources we utilise. Apart from this, the trek also taught me to believe in myself and not give up when faced with adversity.
I dont want to sound philosophical but the trip was enlightening in how life could be so joyful and minimal at the same time. The trek route was picturesque. There were a few lessons learnt as follows.
1. We need to proactively, consistently engage in any effort to clean up mountains
2. Life exists without Mobile Network, TV, Newspaper
3. Water is not unlimited, we should limit its use
Generally time spent on the trek helps me appreciate the things we have rather than the ones we dont.
Due to my past ill experience with some other trekking group, I was very tense and nervous at the very start. But since the website had all the information laid out crystal clear, I think it prepared me well. I really like the way your website is designed. And all the nervousness eased out when I met the team at Sankari.
Our Trek leader Meghna and our guides Santosh and Amin were helpful and supportive to each one of us at every step. It was evident that every person working there got joy out of it. And I cant appreciate the camp / kitchen staff enough for all the hard work they do in such tough conditions to make our experience a good one.
Absolutely loved the hot fresh food that was always served with love. They even got a gajar halwa cake for my birthday at 8,200 ft. It was surreal. This trek was a birthday gift I got for myself and I think I am going to make it a tradition now. The only downside remains that we could not reach the summit due to weather conditions. Hopefully, I will find myself up there the next time.
PS: your green trails initiative resonates with me. I make art out of discarded plastic bags .. who knows we may collaborate when I am well established as an artist ..!!
When one travels in the mountains like a tourist, passing by in the comfort of a car or living in a hotel room, the experience is limited to views to die for. The real sense of the majestic scale of mountains can only be experienced by something like this trek..I felt overwhelmed and exhilarated. the challenges we faced up in the mountains made us all come together like a family.
more importantly, the interaction with the camp staff and even some locals was very thought provoking.. it gave an insight into the everyday life of people who stay up in the mountains with limited resources without a hint of grievance. It really made me appreciate the little things that we take for granted back home. There is still alot more I have to learn from the mountains so will keep going back. fingers crossed...
Trek went off very well!!! Wouldn't be able to finish it without some very important people..
Our treck lead : Mukta, the All time inspiration! She was super fun, and also super helpful all the time!
Our Guides : Subhash and Pradeep, for literally going out of the way and helping us in every way possible!!
Our technical guide : Santosh, for pulling me up whenever I was in doubt about reaching the summit!
Hats off to these saviours, without whom, treck would have not been possible at all!!
The trek was super fun and very well organized. The entire trekking team was very warm and approachable. They were always smiling and rarely said no to any sort of demands from the trekkers. Food was excellent and copious. The green trails initiative taken by india hikes was also superb and i was very happy to help out. Lastly the best thing about india hikes was their attention to the small things like giving soap and vim at every campsite, regularly refreshing the sawdust stocks in the toilet tent, punctuality in serving food and tea and always making sure that the entire team is being involved and nobody is feeling left out.
Trek was awesome. It was an out of the world experience.
Indiahikes team, the camp sites, trek leader, guides, support staff were really helpful and caring. They knew their job perfectly!!
All other arrangements including food, safety and cleanliness were better than expected.
Rohan Stephen Luke
The trek was an awesome experience. It was wonderful. India hikes has catered to our needs really well.
The Food was extremely good. We were provided with delicious desert everyday. India hikes has also looked after our health during the trek. The initiative of introducing oxymeter is a good idea.
There were three reasons why I choose to do this trek.
The first one being my birthday. Every year I complain about how I never enjoy my birthday and I'm forced by peer pressure into those noisy bars , getting fully wasted and not remembering any of it. This year I choose to do something different, something for myself.
The second reason was an escape from everything that I hate about the city .
The third was that I had never experienced snow before. (yes I have seen snow but never snowfall and those white blindly landscapes you only see on desktop screen savers) So I had to pick Kedarkantha for that reason. I was also told by a fellow trekker on another trek that I did that the descend down from the summit was an exhilarating slide down the snow so it made my decision even easier.
Did this trek live up to all my expectations ? .... More than I ever imagined!
My first solo trip devoid of all connectivity to my social life, 12 hours away from what I understand as urbanization with 20 absolute strangers which lead to a whole bunch of apprehension. Though it all quickly vaporised , probably in the first couple of hours of meeting everyone. We got along like butter and jam , and the next couple of days our crew trekked together as a family. Obviously this had a lot to do with the people that helped us get there, the organisers , you guys.
Our trek leader, Deep, so friendly and easy going, we initially presumed he was part of the group. Fun was his agenda and he always made sure that everyone was having it besides all the arduous tasks of being a trek leader.
The guides were patient and understood everyone's stamina and capacity. They were happy to make a conversation, always telling us more about the mountains.
The staff was efficient, and never tardy. The food was exactly what we craved to eat and not to mention "my birthday cake" ... damn that was a good carrot cake. ( made it really special) .
So to summarise, I came with the expectation of a quiet birthday in the solitude of the mountains but I left with 20 new friends, great conversations, new perspectives and all the while being awestruck and encapsulated by the beauty of the mountains.
It's going to be hard to match up to my birthday next year.
The one thing that I take back from the mountains is the sense of consciousness that it leaves you with. Be it about the environment , your own body or mind.
It makes you aware of all the little things we take for granted in are consumer-driven lifestyle and the impacts it has on nature and our surroundings; be it buying a plastic bottled water or how we dispose our trash or the amount of things we consume which are packaged in plastic and other non bio degradable things. Where does all of it eventually end up? It's sad that we are the only species that can't contribute positively back to nature. Even the bare little traces of ourselves that we leave in the mountains makes you reflect on our everyday lifestyles.
The act of climbing itself engages both body and mind, you learn your own limitations , your weaknesses and your resilience to reach a goal . All these qualities manifest themselves when you face the magnitude of the mountains.
I gained a sense of spirituality being a not so spiritual person.
The trek was perfect, we were surprised by the extra ordinary quality of food and timely serving. We received care that most of us never expected. Really grateful to the crew members of India Hikes.
One change which is I would strongly recommend is about the food for the staff were often getting finished. Since the trekkers don't get to know how much food is left, crew members often go hungry as they take food after the trekkers. Please ensure that crew members receive complete diet along with the trekkers.
The Trek was wonderful. To be honest, I started with a blank mind, didn't think of what is coming, good or bad, whether I will be able to continue, whether my health will permit, nothing. But it came out to be outstanding experience. Indiahikes has the best of team. Special thanks to Meghna, our trek leader, always there for all of us, Santoshji, Technical Guide Santoshji, Robin as well as the staff in all the camps. Always be grateful to them to boost us, health checkups, helping while climbing or wherever i felt difficulty coming down. I To sum up, I am still living the trek. Thanks to all of you.
on 21st, at Posla camp, in the evening, we had a good session, where we discussed the trek, our experience, our feelings as well life stories of all us. Experiences shared by the Indiahikes team was wonderful. Then again in the base camp at Sankri, we had another session after tea, where all of us shared our thoughts, some even became emotional.
There are stark differences in a city life and the life in nature. We need to stay close to the nature to live a healthy, sustainable life. Minimizing use of gadgets, social networking can help to reduce anxiety, stress and more importantly save us some valuable time, that can instead be devoted to things which we really wanted to do.
The most important lesson that the mountain has taught me is Adaptation.
The climate in the mountains do change quickly from time to time and the key is to adapt to the changes to enjoy the treks to their full potential. The same rule can be applied to life. we need to adapt and overcome the situations.
To summarize.. its only love. I always loved to be with nature. Since this is my first long trek, I felt it is only love that I felt for the entire world. Himalayas has always been fascinating, but never realized how mesmerizing it can be. Love the nature, love the natural resources that the mountains provide, love for animals and love for people who were totally unknown to me. Respect what people give us, and more so I have learnt to respect food.
At 57, It was impossible to get myself started for this trek. But constant goading from Suhas and follow-ups on my fitness made by 60 day routine to fitness approved a big milestone.
On the trek, everything was well planned from lemon tea, to nutritious snacks/breakfast, to warm-up routines and constant tips from the Guides Rana and Subhash helped us ascend easily.
The tents were very clean and good to camp. The Evening snacks and games in the evening along with innumerable photoshoots gave us some lifelong memories and the desire to come back for more.
The food was also excellent and sincere thanks to the cooks who ensured it was ready as early as 4 AM.
The Early morning sunrise from the mountains, the glistening snow, the snowfall, the sunset and the starlit night-sky made it a wonderful experience.
Amazingly awesome. The food, the team, the people, plannings...everything was just perfect. Loved each and everything about the trek. The support provided by each member of IndiaHikes team, their nature, facilities, the food they prepared at such a high altitude is something I've not stopped praising to my friends and family about. Also the view and the experience was woww. Thankyou IndiaHikes!
The mission started by the IndiaHikes team to make mountains a cleaner and greener place has been continued by us even after coming to our places. Have been trying to reduce the unnecessary waste and packaged food usage we make.
This was my 2nd experience with Indiahikes and the best one as well. Everything was just perfect..the trek leaders, the staff, trek mates, climatic conditions and everything else were totally outstanding. The trek leader Mihir is one of the most humble and fun people. He made the trek a satisfying one.
Trek was amazing even though it was cut short just after a day of trekking.
The trek leader had looked after our safety and well being very well.
I also wanted to commend on Ajay (Transport coordinator) great work.
I need to arrange transport from Sankri to Raithal for another trek.
It wasn't as straight forward as there were multiple cancellations and rebookings due to weather changes in those area. Nonetheless, Ajay was there to assist me all the way.
Many thanks again.
It is something that is something difficult to put it words. Everything was just perfect. Our trek leader Mukta, our 2 guides- Manoj and labu bhaiya, the food, the tents, the snow, the trail, everything. This was my first Himalayan trek, and I'm so glad to have done it with you guys.
So there are times during the trek when you start feeling grateful of the small things that you have back in the city but do not really value much- something as basic as sanitation. Also, when you have no network for 7 days, is when you make the most amazing friends and most amazing memories. I'm so glad that I went for this trek. It's been a week today but the hangover is still at it's peak!
The trek was fantastic. The trail was beautiful. The views were magnificent.
The major contributing factor to this was the new trail by the Indiahikes team. We all loved it.
Our trek leader Guru and trek guides Dev and Sanju were superb.
Guru made sure everything(regarding high altitude) was explained thoroughly to all of us in a light-hearted manner. I also loved the warm-up activities and the games conducted by him.
Dev's words of encouragement echoing in the mountains I will simply never forget. The energy he brought into the team was outstanding. He shared a lot of stories too during dinner time.
Sanju was there right at the end of the group during the trek, making sure everyone reached the campsite safe and sound. One of my friends who was at the end of the group heard him singing and enjoyed it. I missed it though.
These 3 folks are fun to be around and I'd be more than happy to go with them for next treks.
The food served during the trek was delicious. It was too good. The best one was the gajar halwa cake on my birthday. Kudos to the kitchen staff for making such delicious food, those guys truly deserve a raise.
Although we couldn't make the summit because of heavy snowfall, I had an amazing time and I'm sure everyone shares the same feeling.
I made new friends on this trek and hopefully we will be coming back to see what nature looks like from 12500ft.
This was the first time I went on a high altitude trek and it certainly did teach me a lot of things. Our trek leader Guru taught us the importance of waste management and how to segregate waste.
The other thing that I learnt is to be grateful. I'm at my home right now and on a flip of a switch, I get hot water... on the mountains, it takes time and effort to fill one bucket. I realised this when I was brushing my teeth one morning with ice cold water. Good fun.
Dr komal Shah
The trek went fabulously well. We were lucky to have experienced the new route which was exclusive for India hikes and therefore much less crowded but equally beautiful.Awesome food. Great sporty team including young enthusiastic trek leader Himanshu and experienced local guides chamanbhai and Sandeep bhai. Really some of the best days of my life.
The trek was super awesome !!!
Many many thanks to IH team for exploring and coming up with the new trail for Kedarkantha trek. The route from Kothgaon to summit and descend to Sankri made a lot of difference. Really enjoyed all the camp sites. Cherry on the cake was snowfall at Talkhetra :)
sreevathsa B R
If there is any word which better than "Awesome!!" You can just replace it .
The New Trail was way wonderful with lots of undisturbed Fora and Fauna. There was NO disturbances from external Sources. The Food was something which I always going to remember even at that high altitude . I Like thanks again all the Kitchen Staff for providing us such wonderful food in that harsh weather condition. The Health Check up (i.e Oxygen Level) was conducted by trek leader everyday with out any miss made many people feel they are of good health . Trek leader was always motivating people which told they can't to make them to achieve the summit
Thanks again for New Trail !!
sreevathsa B R
Green Trail !!
I really Like to Appreciate here my Trek Lead Samkit , Anagha , And Jiggnesh (Intern : I don't know his Real name , This is his pet name ) for standing firmly with the Green trail objective of keeping mountain clean and communicating with the fellow trekkers about the problem which are caused by use of the Plastic and Non Bio degradable waste.
And Also i like to tell at this movement , they way they stick to the points are wonderful even after lot of trekkers asks for Bonfire they said NO is NO as it harms the nature . I love there commitment towards keeping mother earth safe.
Wonderfull life experince on this trek. Trek leader Samkit bhai , guide Prahlad bhai and labbu bhai were perfact combination of SWEET TEA IN NICE CUP. They were available at any time when we need any help. At the end of trek we experinced that they are part of our trek group not as guides. They were supportive, talented , well disciplined, friendly. If possible i wolud like to do my next trek with these leader and guides. The way Samkit bhai and Prahlad bhai cretated bonding amongs trekker from different places was appreciable.
Food at each base camp was fabulous. Food was same as like home food.
At the end , perfact office management with on site execution with proper planning were highly admirable. Definately i wolud like do my next summer trek with INDIA HIKES.
I couldn't have asked for a more well-organized trek! Kudos to the entire team at Indiahikes, both the on-ground team and the people back at the office sending us detailed emails about every little aspect of the trek preparation. This was my first official Himalayan trek and I am so glad I chose to do it with Indiahikes!
Our trek leaders Samkit, Prahlad and Labbu bhaiyya were the best combination of people ever; strict, professional but fun-loving and enthusiastic in the right amounts! They were all extremely encouraging, supportive and cared for each of us. I was travelling all by myself and never once did I feel alone; It literally felt like a family away from home!
It was an absolutely surreal experience! Loved every bit of it! One of the high points of my life!
Lots of cheers to the entire team!
Looking forward to doing every Himalayan trek henceforth with you guys!!
P.S: The food during the entire trek was absolutely delicious! It takes a lot to serve such great quality food at that altitude and temperature conditions!
The trek was amazing and it was a fabulous experience. There are no complains with the way indiahikes managed the whole process from the mails to the trek completion. I am sure I will be doing another trek with indiahikes soon.
Trekking with Indiahikes is really such a great experience, each and everything has been taken care of and you guys pampered us so well. I had done trek with other hiking community but experience and service you guys provide is the best one. I would definitely plan my treks only with Indiahikes in future.
I was preparing well for the trek but sadly I met with an accident, just a month before my trek. So I was under heavy medication. Antibiotics three times a day for four weeks and I did not get rid of those side effects. I really felt so bad to be the last before one in the group. I will definitely do this trek again with full energy mode.
I don't even have a single negative thing to pin point or give a comment. Everything was so well organized and executed. Right from the ECO bag, waste disposal, food to post trek warm ups.
Love you guys for everything, not even a single day we panicked.
I am at a loss of words to express what a wonderful experience it has been. I remember the morning we met all our trek mates and I was extremely happy to see everyone be so humble, full of life and enthusiastic. Then came the time we met our trek leaders and their friendly approach towards us was something that got us comfortable as a whole group in no time. Praladh, Samkit and Labhu have been extremely supportive and had gone out of their way to make us feel comfortable. One of our trek leaders, Praladh made us play some games to break the ice on day one of our trek which was one of the main reasons we all got to know each and everyone who had joined in for this trek even better. Our mid night group jamming sessions and stories are always going to remain very close to my heart. The support and encouragement each and everyone has shown, was commendable, which is also probably why we were all able to achieve the goal of climbing the summit before sunrise.
The stretching exercises and massaging sessions after reaching every campsite! Such a relief for sore muscles and a great mutual bonding experience between all the trekmates!
Each and every activity. Trek leaders cared much about our batch collaboration.
Samhith, Prahalad, Laboo and Santosh.
Samhith and Prahalad was so helpful and they both helped us to cross the slippery pace, like a father. We all fell down atleast once while walking on those frozen ice, even the trek leaders but these two guys were so amazing. Each and every step we take were completely under their guidance. They shared their trek experiences, about the places we pass by, pine forests, and on summit day, Prahalad was constantly motivating me to move up and see the sunrise from the summit but sadly I saw it few meters below the summit. He explained about the surrounding himalayan ranges.
Laboo was protecting us from the back, he was the last one in our group. He waited patiently till we take enough pictures whenever we stop by any beautiful scenaries.
Santosh helped us on summit day, he carved us steps on the snow and he as a leader lead the team on summit day.
Samhith and Prahalad made us to interact with the other people by conducting games, throwing snow at each other, dishkoom game, snow war, imaginary volley ball. I'm an introvert, I never thought I would talk with these many people but these guys made it happen. Please convey my gratitude to these guys, missing them a lot now.
I believe this trek has re-taught me the value of Humility in a big way. When you are stripped of all your urban add-ons and are forced to live almost like an animal, you realize where the definition of privilege actually starts! This made me feel very humbled and grateful for the life I have been blessed with back at home.
Secondly, I realized how the mountains remind you that irrespective of your degrees and titles back in your city life, you are essentially an insignificant dot in the universe; this trek made me give up whatever little inflated ego I might have had!
Finally, I realized that anything that you feel is beyond your capabilities is still ENTIRELY POSSIBLE if you have an iron will. It is all about mental fortitude and resilience. I think the mountains and the steep upward climbs on this trek were pretty much a metaphor for life itself; this trek has given me new hope and made me realize that my problems are not bigger than my ability to overcome them!
I've come to the understanding that solo travelling is actually an adventurous option as this was my first solo trip. i got to meet and mingle withe a lot of people and listen to their travel stories.
Trek experience was more like a summary of life in compressed form.
It teaches us that life/trek has no obligations to go as per our plans/wishes. i.e. execution of trek/life will not get adapted/adjusted to an individual preference rather individuals will have to be adapt quickly to the need of the hour by challenging one's own habits, preferences, comfort zones & physical & mental conditioning. At the end its all about being completely in present, trying to make most of the existing situations and be happy in the moment without worrying too much about the past or future (an ability we have completely lost leading busy city lives).
The stillness, yet the strength of the mountains is unbelievable. As I reached the summit, all the effort and tough times I went through while climbing was just forgotten. Living around nature is like you have entered a whole new world, the snow glittering in the moonlight and then shining in the sunlight adds on to the experience all together. I definitely take some wonderful memories back home from my first himalayan trek and it wasn't only the mountains that I learnt from but also the people who joined along, everyone being so humble and supportive.
The beauty of a trek such as ours does not lie only in the beautiful landscapes and the mind-boggling views but also in quite a lot of other things hidden from the naked eye. If given thought you might realise these things . As far as what I saw it made me realize the importance of a helping and all time active attitude towards everything doesn't matter how important it might be. The more active the mind the stronger is the body and the more helpful the nature the greater is the reception. All good deeds are appreciated though in the long run but definitely someday sometime .
The trek was amazing!! Starting from the daily emails which gave a perfect build up, the interactions with the trek leaders, the guides, the support staff and cooks who introduced themselves at each camp. I admired the professionalism that was reflecting in each and every aspect of the trek.
1. Life is full of fun only when you get out of your comfort zone.
2. Value of the very basic things in life, which is otherwise taken for granted
3. The importance of protecting the environment
I enjoyed the trek. It was easier than I expected and I was able to appreciate more the beauty of the mountains as well as the nature all around.
Kudos to India Hikes team Suhas, Madhu, Pragya, Chaman and Subhash for coordinating this trek. India Hikes does a great job of providing all the information and everything was well communicated and organized.
I was trekking with such a big group after almost 10 years so it was a bit of a challenge for me. Most of the people on the trek were young so at times it was a bit loud for me. There were very few moments of true silence on the trek which made it difficult to hear the sounds of nature - birds, streams, etc. I have been the young and loud person at some time so I understand, it's just that at this stage in life I prefer to have a quiet time in the mountains.
Mountains test you as an individual and has the ability to bring the worst / best in you. I spent almost a week in the mountains with a close friend and it really tested our friendship. There were times when we didn't agree on things and would have preferred to have it our own way, but we made it through and probably came out stronger as individuals as well as friends.
For me this trek with a big group just highlights the need to recognize that we are all different and yet want to achieve the same goal. Connecting with individuals and leveraging each others strengths is the key to success in a big group.
Actually i want to tell many things, to describe everything in details. But in short its amazing experience for me and My whole team on trek.
And one thing Indiahikes have to change is their emailing system. Because the guidance and information given through email is really don't followed by everyone because there are many peoples who do not check their mails daily. so for that i have suggestion of make ""Application of Indiahikes"" this is the best option for information training guidance details and everything. Because normally peoples check their apps daily like whatsapp or instagram.
So the application of Indiahikes is best option for trekkers, trekleaders as well as trek coordinator too.
Roji joseph Perayil
The trek went more beautiful than my expectations. Right from the beginning in sankri the villagers were welcoming us.The trek was never felt tiering because the trek leaders kept us engaged. The food that was provided was too good that i have no words to express my love. On the day of summit extremely it snowed and we never thought we would make it to the summit but the trek leaders courage and our spirit made it. Its something to be remembered for a lifetime.
There's so noise in cities,
Mountains taught me that "Peace" is everything. Those natural sounds, views, natural feeling is priceless.
Roji joseph Perayil
I really understood how important it is to conserve our mountains and leave it as it is without distroying its glory. The flora fauna and all other creatures create that ecosystem so its our duty to not disturb them while trespassing into their territory. We dont ever conquer a peak we just become humble after witnessing its might.
To be adequately prepared and respect the demands of a trek, whether easy, moderate or difficult. To appreciate the effort and time put in by the organization responsible. And the humility that comes from being in the midst of the mountains and the local dwellers, who show such kindness and consideration towards all the trekkers who temporarily visit their village and terrain.
I wasn't able to finish the trek, in fact I had to turn back less than halfway, because I made certain mistakes in my choice of clothing. But the stay back in Panthwari, at the house of the local guide Surinder bhaiya, was very productive. This was arranged by our trek leader Ashish and the hostess was very warm and welcoming, and made me feel very much at home. I was regaled with trek stories, roamed the countryside and also took part in a traditional dholak festival. Although it turned out to be very different from what I had expected, it was an enriching experience and I look forward to doing the Nag Tibba trek with Indiahikes again in January, this time successfully.
Our trek leader instructed us on the dos and don'ts and was very precise and professional on all points. The safety standards of Indiahikes is really top notch in my opinion, and this is something I researched extensively before choosing Indiahikes. It can only get better from here on out. And the Green trails and Eco bags initiative is a big, big thumbs up and an absolute need of the hour.
This trek was the perfect reprieve from my life in the city. It brought a sense of peace that is difficult to find amidst honking horns and busy workdays. I felt like I could just sit with my breathe and the stars and some good company and savor the beauty surrounding me.
I was reminded of my tendency to try to be the best. I realized I was trying to hike too fast, to lead the pack, and along the way I was missing valuable views! It's a lesson I can take back to my life even here in the city, to understand there are times to work in high gear, and other times to sit and soak in the world around me.
This was the biggest physical effort I have put into a 36 hour activity, in a location that was INCREDIBLY FAR outside my comfort zone, having not been to India for more than the 5 days prior (and even then, I was sheltered in a nice hotel in Cyber City, Gurgaon...). Happy to have made it to the top in good spirits.
To be more resilient and to keep on laughing and enjoying the good around you even when things get really tough. I realised how my problems are too little and unworthy of me giving them so much power.
Full marks to the Trek Leader, The guide and The support staff. I can easily say that the 4 days that we spend trekking were the best 4 days of my life.
Without any expectations and inhibitions, and yet with trust in IH team, the trek turned out to be a lifetime memory to be cherished forever.
It was a memorable trek where all the co-trekkers helped each other. The support staff were just outstanding! I got maximum support from our Trek leader Tannoy, Guide Chamanbhai and co-guide Saurav Bhai.i
On the 1st day when we reached Sankri, right when we were getting down out of our vehicles, Tanmay was there to shake hands and greet us. I never realized it before this that such a small gesture could ever have such a big leverage in making me feel welcomed and safe.Tanmay's method of instruction were very practical and theoretical. He always explained the rationale behind every small task or instruction. This helped me gain a lot of clarity in terms of what is expected from of me and why. Tanmay always went out of the way to tell us about things remotely related to the trek like, fitness tips, attitude towards trek and trekmates, how to care for trekking gear, how to tie shoe laces and use a high ankle shoes like loafers, etc. The trek was very high endurance for me as I never achieved my fitness goals. Ofcourse Tanmay recognized it immediately looking at my pace. However, he never discouraged me or made me feel insecure. He was always there for me to boast me up. On the day of the summit, he made a sequence and made me lead the team of 15 members. All of them were behind me trailing the hike. Because he made me hike in the beginning of the sequence, I could push myself for the summit in the given time. Or else I would have either given up long before summit or would never have reached the summit before time. So I dont know if all trek leaders follow a sequence and keep low performers at the beginning or not, but the only reason why I could make it to the summit in time was because Tanmay worked miracle with the sequence and put me 1st on it. When I reached the summit, again he was there to greet and congratulate me on reaching the summit. I loved everything about the trek. The part of certificate distribution on the last day took me totally by surprise because Indiahikes made sure by way of the certificate distribution that we believe and celebrate that, making to the summit was an achievement after all. To make it more memorable, Tanmay remembered each and every person's traits that he noticed from the whole trek and made an introductory welcome speech for each and every person before awarding the certificate. I was very touched by all the description be gave about me because it was all very true and spot on.
Tanmay was a motivator.
There are few things which makes the trek beautiful and successful. And those are, an experienced and capable trek leader, good bunch of support staff and a group of wonderful co trekkers. We were fortunate that we got the combination of all these. Special thanks to Tanmay! Being just 25 in age, he shows a great maturity, compassion and experience not only about mountains but people as well. He has positive attitude and he also made sure that no one gets bored by sharing intriguing stories and with his games. He was very well equipped to manage any kind of situation in entire journey.
I enjoyed each and every bit of this trek, whether it’s food, getting up early, trekking together with cotrekkers, with snow, without snow, singing along the way, the 70 degree ascend, the summit, the beautiful view of so many peaks in Himalayan range. It was a dream come true for me, as I wanted to enjoy snow in India.
1. Ice-breaking activity of Memory Game for Introduction of Members.
3. Sharing traveling experiences
Life is to be enjoyed one step at a time.
The present moment is all we have to live in.
The challenge is not to outdo others, but to undo our own limitations.
I am 59 years old! From this trek I learned the lesson that I have to work on my knees seriously! While ascending I had hardly any issues than while descending....
I learned from my experience on the mountains a simple lesson of 'life must go on'!
After tackling depression for years through innumerable therapy sessions, I have learnt that the best therapy that I could have possibly ever healed me was making it to the summit. In the process I have let gone innumerable reservations and insecurities about myself that was weighing me down all along.
Hopefully, I will henceforth live my life with a light heart.
Well, this was my first time of trekking in the Himalayas. When I reflect back on my trek then I realize it was a wonderful journey throughout, and it was very true in itself when they say “ journey is interesting than the destination “. I learned to survive in the extreme conditions, I learned that the human body can stretch the limits to adjust in the given situation. I learned to live without any luxuries of this world.
I really enjoyed the trek :) It's said that the weather in the mountains is unpredictable, so no faults there. It was too windy and it would get really cold during the night. The trek was great, we got a beautiful sight of the Kanchenjunga range from Tumling & Sandakphu. We also got to see Mt Everest, Lhotse & Makalu, but maybe for like half a minute, it was indeed a great feeling to stand there and view these majestic mountains. We had a great trek leader(Venkat), we did get to know and learn a lot from him about the mountains, the risks on mountains, all the precautions that need to be taken when on the mountains and he also shared with us a lot of his stories and experiences during his treks which definitely led us to a better understanding of how the various situations on treks could be dealt with. Our Guide(Sherin) was very helpful and looked after us really well, he made sure of our comfort throughout and was a great source of motivation.:) The food was good(as always:)). All the places we stayed at were well maintained and clean.
Adjustment in every situation and life is uncertain are the two best things I have learned from this trek.
I've always learnt something new in every trek of mine. The mountains this time taught me something that I'd want to take back with complete acceptance, about how anything you want to accomplish in life requires will power and a strong determination of wanting to do it no matter what. It's not just physical strength but mental toughness is equally important. I also learnt how the mountains teach us to live a more minimalist lifestyle and yet retains within us a sense of comfort and contentment.
Stay at the tea houses were good. All the tea houses we stayed at were well maintained, clean and provided us with good food and comfort.
Ansh Deep Ralh
The trek went very well, as expected. Kedarkantha was beautiful at this time of the year, and the views from the summit were breath-taking. Our trek leader, Madhu, was a highly knowledgeable, experienced, accessible and caring guy, and ensured that all of us gave our best during the trek. The patience and perseverance shown by him in taking even the last member to the summit need to be applauded. The food deserves a special mention, as it was really nice, and always served warm.
All in all a beautiful trek managed well by Indiahikes team.
Ansh Deep Ralh
The games, conducted at regular intervals was very important for breaking ice amongst all the group members, and as such, was the most important component, which made the trek enjoyable.
The trek was quite an experience. It was not very easy to begin with as we encountered unprecedented snow in the second day and were not quite prepared for it both mentally and equipment wise.But the most important part was the role of the trek leader, the leading guide and the sweeper guide and the entire support team.They were really good and experienced and the cooks despite the high altitudes and harsh conditions never had any let downs.
Being a local guy Dev, the trek leader made the right decision to descend from the second base after analyzing the situation and experience of the trekkers.To summarize even though we could not make the ridge because of uncontrollable reasons but I had a good learning from my first trek.
The best part was again the local guides and the trek leader.Being local people they knew the place inside out and made the trek interesting with their local folklore which wouldn't have been possible had these people been outsiders.
Trek went amazing!!
View at sabargram was breath taking
Every tea house stay was arranged beautifully.
Conversations and group games played were great
Learnt a lot from Akhil, trek lead.
This being my first trek I was very apprehensive about the physical toughness, as my fitness condition pre-trek was also not up to mark. Luckily the mails and the fitness proof target helped me focus to bring my fitness up. This was really helpful as I was able to finish the trails easily and also have energy left post the trek to play games each day.
About the actual trek I loved every part of it. I never expected that I will get to experience so many new things in this trek, be it playing mafia or football in the high altitudes, or learning how to pitch tents. or eating chow mein at 12,000 ft.
The views, the trail, the teahouses, and the people. The entire trek was done in a smooth fashion and there were no hiccups. Indiahikes team have done a brilliant job in organizing and this trek has definitely sparked the mountain lover in me.
The daily games/activities like which we played post evening or dinner time were a lot of fun and helped break the ice between trek members. Loved the fact that our trek lead was very enthusiastic in playing games and I learnt a lot of card games on this trek.
I loved the experience and made some good friends
Never give up attitude is what i take back from this trek
All the tea houses were lovely, and the hosts were warm and welcoming. This kind of luxury is rare when you are in the high altitudes. Listening to other's camping experiences I would say the tea houses were definitely like a royal treatment for us. No complaints with respect to the food/stay.
I was surprised that the trek leaders keep such close track of our health. The safety standards were being maintained at a very high level and that assured us peace of mind during the trek.
The trek went really good! This was my first trek ever and that too a solo one at that but the team was just so helpful and welcoming that it felt as if I have been there a thousand times before. The food was excellent and highly nutritious and that was just what we needed after trekking all day.
There is absolutely nothing I would like to change about the trek. This trek made me realize what I have been missing and is sure to be the first of many treks I am gonna do with Indiahikes.
The trek gave us some very good views on route. The trail though was not very enjoyable because of its rocky nature
The trek was awesome, especially the food. All along we felt taken care for very well.
The only thing that could be better was sleeping arrangements. 3 in a tent was fairly uncomfortable. We could do with a slightly bigger tent.
Our trek leader gave us so much information about all the peaks and so many small things about the trekking trail.
About cook & foods: Ankur Bhai and Munna Bhai provide us the all the awesome tasty foods even in that high altitude. I really amazed by these kinds of facilities.
About Staff members: Apart from our trek leaders and cooks all other staffs stayed there in the camp site are also very kind and good people.
Last but not the least I really appreciate the efforts of the Indiahikes management team for all the facilities and the information they provide us for the planning and successful accomplishment of this trek.
The safety standards were adequate and properly carried out. The trek leader did health checks regularly and advised necessary medication and followed up whenever there were any problems like someone having a headache, slight breathlessness etc. The no smoking and no alcoholic drinks rule also makes good sense.
I absolutely loved the trek. The trek was well planned and executed with a lot of exciting bits in the pieces. I would definitely make a special mention for the trek lead Akshay, he was supportive, encouraging and friendly. He took us to locations which were not in the itinerary which made the trek even more beautiful.
The trek was awesome. The trail was fantastic, Further trek leader Akshay along with the entire support team had done great job with utmost sincerity and professionalism.
Initially found it difficult because of lack of exercise but as time passed, the company and especially the trek leader Madhu, supported me and this made me complete the trek.
Trek was awesome. It's always great to trek with IH. It is well organized and trek leaders are also amazing.
The trek leader and the trek staff was commendable. We always felt comfortable having them around. Our trek leader was approachable friendly and most importantly he eased our entire journey. We had a wonderful time with Madhu. Cheers to him.
2. Saumitra was on and off our trek but it was good to share stories with him and he was also friendly and helpful throughout.
3. Dilipbhai , Vikas Bhai and kitchen staff have made a great team to arrange food, tent, and all the other basic requirements.
4 Overall this being my first trek, India hikes has left a lasting impression on me. Thanks for such a lovely team.
Overall trek was awesome.
Trek was really beautiful. Hats off to you for all the arrangements. We never felt any discomfort throughout the trek. Food was also superb and even in Jain, you made some amazing and healthy dishes. At such high altitude also you never missed to give us a dessert along with each meal. It was a really beautiful trek and the view from the summit was really awesome. We could see everything..forest, river, mountains, Himalayan peaks, meadows, birds, wildlife and even snowfall. Group was awesome and have made some good friends and would really like to come again for the trek.
Gouri Shankar Guddanti
Overall Trek went very well. It is very well planned and executed. All India Hikes team is really very good team with friend and caring all the time!
One biggest feedback is, For some reason most of the day team tries to rush us to reach the destination of that day. It would be great if we reduce that rush and have the trek team enjoy the trekking all day with stops to enjoy the nature and surroundings.
Somedays we reach destination at 2 or 3 and then nothing to do except sit int he tent and play some games. I am sure trekkers have not come that far to play games in the tent, rather enjoy the nature with little rush during the trekking would have been great.
This was my first trek and I went alone and I think this was the best decision that I took for myself.
I am not someone who can vegetarian food continuously for five days. I don't know how the cooks prepare such great food in such difficult conditions but every dish that they made was excellent.
Everything about this trek, the entire experience was so wonderful that it is very difficult to put into words. I could never have hoped for a better first trek and I can't wait to figure out when my next trek's going to be.
Hari Shankar S
Loved the trek. Indiahikes really takes care of you well, start to finish.
The Goechala trek was an amazing experience for me. It was my first trek of that type and first visit to the Himalayas. The scenery was spectacular and we were very lucky to have good weather for the whole trek.
I was very impressed with the organisation of the trek - the initial briefing, the welcome dinner and the way that the trek leader Bupenda kept us informed of all plans throughout the trek. I thought the itinerary was well planned and enabled time for acclimatisation and for appropriate balance of effort over the 10 days (i.e. alternate shorter and longer days walking).
I would like to make special mention of Bupi as I think his leadership and quiet authority was a key reason the trek went so well. He has an excellent ability to bring a group together and to listen to individuals and help them as required as well as keep everyone motivated. He was also very well supported by Mingu who was extremely conscientious and attentive and looked after all us trekkers so well while at the same time helped organise the kitchen staff and porters etc. Both Mingu and Bupi also have great patience which can only be admired. I am also especially grateful for the lovely efforts that the whole Indiahikes team made to help celebrate Jim’s birthday. I know he was very touched by all the birthday wishes and the cake was amazing!
Speaking of food it was excellent for the whole trip. The kitchen staff are remarkable in the what they can produce. I always felt very well fed!
Vidhya K Pai
The trek was really awesome.
We visited two lakes called Lakshmi Pokhri and Neel Pokhri on the rest day at Dzongri and before heading from Thansing to Lamuney. These two lakes were really beautiful and I believe that these should be included in the itinerary too. Our trek leader Bhupen was pro active and super organized all through the trek. His travel stories were super inspiring to listen to and his passion for the mountains clearly stands out when he strikes a conversation with you. Bhupen also had a lot of entertaining games and warm-ups up his sleeves that made it more fun for us while on the trek. The local guides, Mingo and Dhonbir were super caring and helpful as well. Major kudos to the kitchen staff who brave the cold and prepare luxurious food for us at various altitudes. The regular updates from Prathima was also helpful in knowing what to expect while on the trek. This is my fourth trek with Indiahikes and I'm really really impressed at how the organizing is top notch each time.
The trek was amazing. The support of all the member of the organization made it perfect. We could have done it a little bit quicker, but I understand it's conceived this way so anyone can achieve it safely.
I enjoyed the daily warm-ups. Also it was good to play the games on th first night to try and learn everyone’s names. I thought I never would be able to remember but in the end I did!
I also really enjoyed the optional extra walks we did to the two lakes.
Vidhya K Pai
Bhupen had super entertaining warm ups on each of the days. I believe that he had mastered the art of making boring warm ups fun by adding songs and activities to it. His warm up activities like Jacuzza, Penguin dance, Scott claps, sum sum rum sum sum were super entertaining and helpful in warming up and keeping the cold at bay. The best, however, was the trek anthem that Bhupen taught us and we sang it each day and for every occasion on the trek
I think the safety standards are very good. I felt safe and well looked after trekking with Indiahikes and having the oxygen and heart rate monitoring. The guides always made sure everyone was OK when we were walking and they helped those who were having trouble keeping up.
Vidhya K Pai
Yes, I really like the safety protocols that IH follows. The 3-time daily oxymeter reading along with BP checks when required are really helpful in letting me know that I'm coping up with with the altitude
The trek and everything about it was just perfect. Braham and the India Hikes crew was incredibly supportive, caring and left no stone unturned. We had a fantastic group that was fun-loving, displayed great teamwork and was truly inspiring. I would do it all over again, with India Hikes!
I loved the trek so much, it was an incredible experience that I will never forget.
And mostly, I'm thankful to Himanshu and the rest of the team who were absolutely amazing and made this adventure so special, thanks to their professionalism, their kindness, their stories, their friendship and everything you could ask for.
Here are a few suggestions that I can think of to make this experience even more amazing (they didn't have a negative impact on my experience in any way though):
- We are fed a LOT - between the breakfast, tea time, lunch, tea time #2, soup and dinner, I feel like I spent the most part of the trek eating, even when I wasn't hungry. The food was really delicious but I would skip some of it so we can really appreciate the meals (like the morning and afternoon biscuits).
The overall experience of the trek was amazing. Starting from trek Leader to all the other co-guide were really efficient and very supportive. The views were breathtaking, super supportive and dynamic group members, yummy food made this trek one of a kind. I don't think any changes to this trek is required as of now. My overall experience was so rewarding. This was a trek to find our inner peace. I am really happy and excited with the honest relationship that I now have with myself.
P.S.- Only sad part of the trek was, touristy people could reach the same height in their cars and could see the same views. For me, Trek has always meant to be something that others cannot reach until they put an effort to walk.
It went pretty well. The accommodation was very good and comfortable. It was just an awesome experience. The trek leader (Aashay) was very interactive and entertaining and he never let anyone feel bored. The fellow trekkers were very friendly and interactive. I was lucky to go in such group. I never felt any discomfort during the trek and yeah it was a 'paisa wasul' trek. Looking forward to more treks with IH!!!
Loved every moment! The drive to Sankri was gorgeous, driving along the river and through alpine forests was a treat. Sankri is a charming little village and the IH base camp was really cozy. The view from the camp was just breathtaking, the sound of the Tons river and the dazzling night sky adding to the ambience.
The trek, under the watchful eye of our guide Sunilji 'Superman' Rawat and our leader, the calm, collected and unshakable Krupa and the formidable, super efficient, master chef staff members, was truly unforgettable. The ascent though exerting, just kept getting better and better. The first camp at Juda ka Talab was a beautiful spot and to learn to pitch a tent was so rewarding. The walking on boulders, through massive alpine forests and vast meadows surely makes you feel humble.
The second camp near Dhunda ridge is one of the, if not the most picturesque places I have visited in my life. Words can't describe the absolute beauty of the sun setting on the meadows!
Then came the morning of mixed emotions, pure ecstasy to see snowfall, turning green to white and the sinking feeling that the ridge walk might be cut short due to bad weather. Nevertheless, after the weather cleared, a section of the ridge walk was done, which was stunning to say the least. The weather had cleared when we came near Pushtara ridge but there wasn't enough time to safely complete the trail. I learnt a valuable lesson, to truly respect the awesome power of nature!
The walk down was punishing (my stupid city bred legs are to blame!) but totally worth it to see India's very own Rivendell (I am not even exaggerating). The forests, the locals and the beauty of them both made the journey sweeter. Descend completed in the evening and spent the night at the coziest of guest houses (Gypsy child) in Soud. Everything was well coordinated and arranged and have no complaints, regrets or issues, none at all! If anything I felt a bit underprepared and hope to be much more prepared for the next trek.
This was my first high altitude trek with Indiahikes and I would say whenever I decide to go to the mountains I will choose Indiahikes only. Starting from the base camp at Sankri till the last day the team took care of us in such a way as if we were members of their family. All the arrangements made by them, starting from food to stay everything was perfect.
Now I would like to highlight a few points about the trek. I never imagined walking through the forest trails can be so beautiful. Although on the first day there was a steep ascent throughout a long stretch, the moment I looked around I was spell-bound and all my tiredness vanished. All the campsites were at perfect places from where we got awesome views of the Garwal Himalayan range. Also since it was a running camp, I got the opportunity to learn how to pitch a tent. And how can I not mention about the Phulara Ridge! The moment we started to walk on the ridge, adrenaline rush flushed through my veins. It might sound a little dramatic but that's the truth. As we were heading to the highest point, the scenery got better and better. Every turn around the corner of the ridge made us feel more alive. It was breathtaking. Last but not least the least the cherry on the cake was the snowfall. And since this was my first experience seeing the snowfall, it was more exciting and beautiful.
As the first time trekker, the experience and understanding what trekking really means, in one word....Awesome.
Looking for another one pretty soon.
It was a platform to test our limits and to probe how much further we can go.
Keep the good work going.
This was my first high altitude trek. My 14 year old son and niece accompanied me. My niece, Divya, has done Kedarkantha with you guys a few years back. The trek went as smoothly as I could possibly imagine.
Day 1 and Day 6: Dehradhun to Sankri and back - The tempos were well organized and very comfortable. We had really good breakfast, lunch and chai on the way. The driver was a sweetheart by stopping at a few picturesque spots so that we could take pictures.
On reaching Sankri, the accommodation was very well arranged. The rooms were very comfortable and loved their really cozy quilts! The IH team was very helpful and directed us to our rooms and ensured that we had hot hot chai and snacks. The food was very yummy! The briefing was interesting and it was exciting to meet our trek leads. Having read about them on #IHTrekLeaders, I was really looking forward to meeting them.
Day 2 - Day 5: Trek from Sankri and back - It was an amazing experience for me. We had Vivek, Ravi, Guddu and Arvind with us. The ascents were difficult in that I had to stop every few meters to catch my breath (which made me the last one in the pack). But, never once did any of the IH team make me feel like I was holding the rest of the team up. They were very encouraging and told me I was doing well and was only about 15-20 minutes behind, which was good compared to other teams. The IH team and the trek team were very very supportive on all 3 days of the ascent. The sights were amazing and the camping was so much fun. The tents and sleeping arrangement was very very comfortable. The toilet tents were totally functional as well. The food on all days of the trek was delicious. It was amazing how they were always on time and the food was always yummy. Big big thanks to the food team for everything! The gulab jamun in celebration of our ridge climb was the best way to celebrate!
Kudos to the entire IH team (operations and back office) for all their effort. I'm so glad to have done this with you guys.
First of all, I would like to thank IndiaHikes team for making this trek wonderful for me.
This was my first ever Himalayan trek. I was a bit afraid about this 9 days long trek. I was not sure about how IndiaHikes will manage our health, food and safety. But, IndiaHikes team managed everything smoothly and easy. IndiaHikes team was way beyond my expectation. Excellent+Superb+Amazing IndiaHikes. Now about the trek, in one word it was like HEAVEN to me. I was in heaven for 9 days with IndiaHikes and my trek mates. From day 1 itself, They managed out travel and food easily. Those 11 hours of journey in tempo traveller help us to interact with other trek-mates. On the arrival, the beautiful riverside base camp site stole my heart. Then we met our trek leader and trek guides. Trek leader gave us very nice information about the trek and all safety guidelines. From day 2, We were going through crystal clear water river, gigantic mountain and beautiful meadows. There were 2 homestays during out trek. It was luxurious stay and nice facilities. Cooking staff was always ready with hot tea and delicious snacks on our arrival. Throughout the 9 days trek, they were giving us nutritious food everytime tea, breakfast, lunch, hot soup, snacks in the evening, dinner with dessert. They were giving us different dishes all the time, I don't how they were managing this. Everyday new scenery was there for us. During our trek, we faced fresh snowfall at our campsite. It was really an awesome experience for us. On the summit day, It was fully covered with fresh snow everywhere. We have spent a good time with the team. Summit day was the most memorable day for me. I learnt so many things from this trek that helps me a lot in my life.
Overall, full trek nicely handled by the trek leader and two trek guides. Trek guide was the awesome person that I have ever met in my life. Throughout the 9 days, trek leader and trek guides treat us as our second parent. One thing, that I missed here is, before trek preparation guidelines given by our trek co-ordinator. I have been through all the emails and youtube videos provided by the IndiaHikes. Those emails and youtube videos help me a lot throughout the trek.
I am proud to be part of this group.
Thanks a lot, IndiaHikes team for having me in this wonderful journey.
I hope to see you soon :)
The trek was awesome. Being my first with Indiahikes, it was amazing. Geet, Tony, and Saurabh were at their best to help and guide us all. Kitchen staff was superb. They fed us at 14,000 ft with very tasty and delicious food and surprisingly with lots of variety. really commendable.
It was really a learning experience for me. To carry my own 14kg backpack gave me nice self-sufficiency type feeling. Pitching and Un-pitching of tent by our own was tremendous experience. Above all, carrying Eco Bags was a nice toddler step towards our environment.
RETURNING 3800/- IS REALLY A SWEET AND NICE GESTURE FROM INDIAHIKES :) :)
Full marks to Indiahikes on safety, safety gears, and health checkup front. Even physical fitness criteria is also good and it really helps to prepare for the trek better.
I am grateful to Vishnu for keeping a tab on my fitness regime before going :). It really helped me to complete the trek efficiently without any leg pain, shoulder pain (as I was carrying my 14kg backpack, thanks to a video by Shweta :) I took it seriously :) and didnt offload it :), and even without taking Diamox.
I absolutely love the trek. Too bad winter comes to soon and we did not get to camp in the lake . I had a backpain on the last day but the team, especially Tonny the French guy, had been incredibly absolutely hepful.
When I did KGL, Indiahikes provided us fruits such as apple and pear.but no fruit this time in Kedartal.
Only please pay the attention to the rice cooked in places with very low temperature. Many people the think the rice on the last two days were undercooked causing several people mild diarrhea.
Well, first of all I would like to thank Indiahikes, Akshay and team for organizing this trek. I loved every bit of it. I was accompanied by one crazy team. I had the best time and lot of fun. The trek went really well and a big thanks to Akshay, the trek leader who was brilliant in managing the team. The local guides Mingo and pass were very humble. Even the kitchen staff were good. This was my first trek with Indiahikes and I had an amazing experience.
The trek was wonderful & the trek leader, Himanshu was caring, alert and efficient. I really think that we should have ONE REST DAY (maybe at Gorkhey village). The daily schedule is quite hectic & we really miss out on really ENJOYING the beauty of the place and people due to the rushed routine. Gorkhey village is really ideal to just spend a day interacting with the local people, lounging around and just BEING with nature. This would also be a VALUE added as we really soak in the air & bond with all.
The trek was an amazing experience! While the beauty of the mountains is all Mother Nature's work, the thorough planning and smooth execution of your team made the trek through the lovely scenery memorable. Right from the first time I stumbled on the Indiahikes website, my experience with you has been top-notch. Be it the detailed documentation of the treks, the smooth registration process, the interactions with the trek coordinator weeks prior to the trek, the rental and purchasing experience from the website, the awesome team of guides on the trek, the equipment and tasty nutritious food provided, everything has been top-notch and extremely professional.
I would specifically like to call out a few people who made my experience truly memorable. First, Sreelakshmi, our trek coordinator, who effectively and patiently guided us through our preparation for the trek. I especially liked the idea of the WhatsApp group for the trek; that really helped us get to know each other before the trek and bond a lot better during the trek itself. The e-mails, WhatsApp posts and one-on-one clarifications from her leading up to the trek really helped me in my preparations and I would like to sincerely thank her for that.
Next, the team of guides on the trek: our trek leader Himanshu and the guides Buddha-ji and Gopal-da. What an awesome team! Himanshu is an excellent trek leader and a true ambassador of the mountains and India Hikes. His incredible knowledge about all aspects of the mountains, the flora and fauna was enriching and his anecdotes were both entertaining and instructive. His sessions at the tea-houses in the evenings went a long way in getting the group to gel and be more comfortable with one another and his creative games at the end of each day were very enjoyable. His offer to carry my water and packed lunch on the trek to Phalut was a personal morale booster for me. I am ever grateful for that and will never forget it. Too bad we had to cancel the push to Phalut due to weather. I could also see that he gave personal attention to each and every trekker keeping their condition in mind and ensuring that they complete the trek safely.
As for Buddha-ji and Gopal-da, their efforts to make every aspect of the trek go smoothly and safely are commendable. Here, I must appreciate the patience of Gopal-da which as the sweeper guide was tested by a few of us moving slowly and stopping every now and then for photographs :-) A big thanks to each and every one of them for their thoughtful
Yes. The trekkers safety is the top priority And I could see that. Our trek leader, Akshay made sure everyone was doing good and always kept the team motivated
It was fantastic! I loved every single bit of it. Since it was my first trek, I had no idea what to expect from it. And to my surprise it was a so well organized. Definitely doing another trek with you guys sometime soon hopefully! :)
Oh & most importantly, the food was delicious. Never thought that I would get such kind of delicacies in the mountains.
1. Campsites: Some of the most beautiful campsites I have come across. The lower waterfall was especially breathtaking with changing landscapes. When we arrived it was green grass and many waterfalls and flowing river. On Acclimatization Day, it was completely covered in snow and a completely different and wonderful to look at and enjoy.
2. Kitchen Staff: The kitchen staff was amazing. The variety of food we got to eat and the deliciousness of it was as pleasing as the landscaped we were crossing. A complete delight. It will take me a long time to forget the taste of the hot Samosa that we ate once we arrived in Udaknal. Truly amazing.
3. Guide and Co-Guide: Uttam and Pravin were exceptional and had a great attitude. They were always ready to help. Shared their stories and had fun all along. Pravin had the hard task of being the sweeper and did it patiently. Uttam helped me on more than one occasion when I had issues with equipment.
4. Green Trail Initiative: A responsible initiative. We picked a lot of garbage along the trail as a group.
5. Awards: Awards like the Green Trekker and Spirit of Trekking Award are also good initiatives.
6. Equipment: The equipments used were also top notch and ensured that we had a comfortable time overall.
My experience with IH for EBC Gokro Ri was incredible and simply flawless.
Firstly the trek was superbly planned and managed by your team. The local guides (Tula Ji and Deewani Ji) were amazing people. Our trek guide (Yash Choudhari) was very good, experienced and knowledgable. Guides and the trek leader together handled the trek in an extraordinary manner. The trek days and acclimatisation days were well planned as well. The accommodations at Tea houses was a nice experience, and the stay on all the days was very comfortable with nice food each day. The trek group was also full of amazing people, with great experiences of their own.
Doing the EBC Trek from the Gokyo side was a very pristine experience. The crowds of trekkers were very less compared to the Classic EBC route which made the experience better. And the views from Gokyo Ri of Mt Everest and Lhotse were better and clear. Thanks to the IndiaHikes' pre-requisite for Trekker fitness, it helped a lot, as every member of the team was fit and fine throughout the trek, and all of us making it to Gokyo Ri, Chola pass, Everest Base Camp as well as Kala Patthar. To describe the mesmerising views of the snow caped peaks, massifs, valleys, flora & fauna, etc which we saw would be difficult, but each moment felt like the most beautiful moment of the life, and a moment to cherish lifelong. Everest, Kumbhu Ice Fall, Nuptse, Lhotse, Lobuche, Cho Oyu, Makalu, Ama Dablam and our trek group will be engraved in my memories forever.
I look forward to doing more treks with IH in years to come.
This was my first trek and it was awesome!! From sharing the things what to do, what and what not to carry and how to prepare ourselves from one month back itself to till the last day of trek everything was perfect. Thanks to trek lead, helpers, porters, cook.
It was a great trek with amazing experience all through out. This being my first trek in Himalayan region, I was little apprehensive. But from day one the entire team got along really well. Special kudos the trek leader Himanshu Thapa. He made sure that everyone in the team was comfortable. He communicated well with the team, checking every ones oxymeter reading every day in the morning and evening, providing the info regarding trek route before the start on each day. This helped the team a lot. He also made sure that no one was left behind and would keep talking and encouraging each member of the team.
Apart from Himanshu, the Trek guide (DB Daa) and Sweeper guide (Peter Bhai) were equally helpful. They ensure that everyone was enjoying the trek and kept talking to the team, explaining them about the local weather, flora and fauna. Overall, it was a great experience.
The Trek has been amazing. The beauty and tranquility of the Himalayas bewildered me from the very moment I stepped on the Jaubari.Our trek leader and guides were extremely courteous and they managed it really well. Our team was full with positive vibes. Every other person had their own kind of amazing stories. Last but not the least, it was all about nature itself. From rustic valleys to Buddhist Stupa, from pasture and Meadows to deep Forest, from gushing streams to omnipresent Kanchenjhunga - It was a slice of memory that I will Cherish Forever. Kudos to Indiahikes for this wonderful trek.
Over all I liked the trek experience. I am a first time trekker. Karan did a good job.
Pathan & Deepu were of great help on the tapovan day since the path was very dangerous.
Regarding the kitchen team . Food was good. They were using a lot of sugar in all the hot beverages that they were preparing. I was finding it difficult to drink. I had suggested them to keep the sugar separate for people to mix. But they were failing to do the same.
There could have been hot soups every day. Packed lunch was rice on two different days. Rice was extremly cold due to the weather conditions there. My suggestion is to avoid rice & give rolls or sandwiches for packed food.
It was really very good. Thanks to your team. Our trek leader ensured that we were comfortable with others. Food was very good. The gulab jamuns at Sandakphu very delicious. The best I have had till date..!!!
The trek was a great experience for me. This was my first and since I don't have any reference, this definitely was more than perfect to me. The team. The places we stayed at. The food. Everything has left a happy memory in my head.
Organised. Just the way it should go.
One word. Perfect.
karthik reddy gali
Overall, it was a wonderful experience. This was my first trek ever, my basic reason on going for a trek was to get away from the daily hustle and bustle in the city. Rains put a dent on the begining of the trek when we were diverted to sankri but that gave all of us in the group to get to know each other a little better.
Our Trek Leader Akhil was very well versed with the mountains and he ensured that each one of us was briefed on high altitude related health issues, and the precautions which need to be taken.
He was vigilant about the any issues that were reported and he also made sure to took the oxymeter/BP readings everyday all throughout .
Both our guides Jairam and Praveen should be given due credit as the trek would not have been possible without either of them. Jairam would lead the trek and Praveen would be patient with people in the back walking slowly.
IndiaHikes really took a great care of fellow trekkers. It was raining constantly in Manali for 2 days and IndiaHikes arranged the accommodation for us which helped us to mingle with other fellow trekkers.
We couldn't go to Hampta Pass due to bad weather, but the 3 days of trek gave us infinite memories which will stay with us forever.
Out Trek Leader Gurukirit has a great Communication skills and made sure we are fit for trek and encouraged us.
Also special thanks to our Trek Guides Praveen ji and Tara ji and our cook Rahul ji for having great conversations
Next year will come back again to trek with IndiaHikes
Had a great experience, Learned what is AMS, whats the feel of high altitude and the slight sings of HAPE as well.
Want to appreciate the efforts done by the team, despite of the weather conditions, I belive Indiahikes had done the best. Food, accommodation at base camp, safety etc . Hats of to the professionalism you guys have shown.
Ashwini S Dev
The whole trek experience was awesome even though we had changes initially in our itenary and finally the destination. Just that we had no choice to decide in front of the mother nature.
Everything was managed and scheduled meticulously by our trek leader Mr Himanshu Singhla. Nevertheless to mention our heartfelt thanks to the local guides and the kitchen team.
Food was healthy as well as tasty. With all the services I must say we felt like home even in the mountains far away from home.
Thank you so much.
I think I need quite some time to list down all the wonderful experiences I had in Himalayas with Indiahikes team. First of all, this was my 1st time experience with the mighty Himalayas as well as Indiahikes.
Initial bookings were taken care by my friends and so we got to interact with Indiahikes team only after reaching the base camp. Though the weather didn't let us do Gaumukh-Tapovan trek, we somehow managed to do "Dayara-bugyal" trek successfully.
Yes, it was quite disappointing as nothing went as per our plan, but now I realize that Nature's plans are better than ours. Though it was not a part of the plan, we were destined to explore Gangotri for 1st 3 days.
Later we moved to Raithal from where we started our actual trek. The path didn't seem to be too tough as we were pretty well prepared. The view of the 1st campsite after almost 4.5 hours of trek was truly amazing.
We did a few relaxing exercises and later spent the evening, playing and chit chatting. Next day was the much-awaited summit day. We were all geared up, super excited and all set for it. Started our walk at around 7.20am and touched the dayara-bugyal top at the destined time.
Since the group proved their fitness level well, our trek lead was highly impressed and encouraged us to go further to the Bakharia top. The 360 degree view of the mighty snow covered mountains of the Himalayan range was absolutely divine.
We even flew our state(Karnataka) flag high at 12500 ft which was the icing on the cake.
We were actually spell bound by the beauty of the mountains. On the way, we did learn names of few peaks and listened to the experiences of our trek lead. The descend started at around 2 and we could all reach back the campsite by 5.20pm, a total of 20 kms trek in 10 hours. Though the descend took lesser time, all the joints seemed to be disjoint. That night we had the most undisturbed sleep.
Next day, further descent took about 3 hours and we reached the guest house from where we started. These are like once in a lifetime kind of experiences that we all had. The concept of dry toilets were new. Staying in tents with friends, trekking without bathing for days were the fun part of it. There are few things about Indiahikes which have to be highly appreciated.
1. The overall experience was simply superb. As I already mentioned, nothing went as per our plan, yet it was a beautiful experience with you, especially for first timers.
2. The cooking team and the local guides there, worked beyond our expectation.
3. Our trek lead, Mr. Himanshu Singla was an amazing person who always gave more than his 100% to drive the entire team up to the top and helped us achieve our dream of "Climbing the Himalayan mountain" without any causalties. We are happy and proud to say that none of us had any sort of medical problems and we were all super excited till we came back home.
Thanks a ton to the entire Indiahikes team for making this happen. Looking forward for my Next trek already!
Sangeeth Kumar Shanmugam
Mihir was a born leader. With Prahlad and Uttam as guides, there wasn't a moment of depression in the trek though the whole trek was inclement and dampening. Samosas on high altitude! I think only IndiaHikes cooks can accomplish that.
Dr komal Shah
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.
Hampta pass is exceptionally beautiful route to travel having huge mountains and soothing rivers acompaning us throughout the trek.
Every camp site is very beautiful and soothing. Special mention of sheaguru camp site which stole my heart. I never wanted to come back from there!!!
The local guides hired by Indiahikes are like 'superheros'. Especialy shyambhai (like hritik roshan of the movie Krish) could climb huge mountains in 3 easy steps. And pravinbhai would very patiently and polietly push all draggers from the back.
All 3 trek leaders saumitra, Fey and Madhu were super supportive and very friendly.
Food made by Rahul and team was beyond our imagination at that high altitude that too with limited resources. I was thrilled to see my surprise birthday cake being served there!!
We had super fun in dining tents playing games and sharing experiences. Got a huge bunch of new friends.
I am way too happy to have chosen Indiahikes as my trek partner. It was much more then expected. Thank you. I am definitely coming for many more treks in futue
The trek was fabulous. Trek leader and the technical guide were very friendly and co-operative. Loved the food that was cooked deliciously by cooking staff. Tents, sleeping bags gave very cozy feeling. I enjoyed the journey. Made some new friends. It was nice to sum up.
Thank you, Indiahikes, for such an awesome trek. The trek was wonderfully managed by trek leader, Gaurab Nandi, and the trek guide,
Gaurab also intelligently managed to merge two small trek groups for the glacier walk part - this enabled us to have more trek leaders and technical staff and have a more safe environment for the most difficult part of the trek.
Saurabh was pretty helpful on the difficult terrains and very informative about all the peaks, landscapes, and local culture. The cook with us, Raju bhaiya, was probably the best and we had awesome food.
Day 5 is Bhojbasa-Tapovan-Bhojbasa - this is extremely impractical in a day and we couldn't complete this in spite of having a fast team. We know Tapovan camping is restricted. Maybe you can consider modifying just this part of the itinerary and make it doable as well as enjoyable.
The Tarsar-marsar trek was wonderful. The camp sites at Lidderwat, by the side of Tarsar and Sundersar gave stunning views of the lake. The trek leader Devang and all other people were very helpful and made the trek an awesome experience. The food was also good and the games, discussions initiated by trek leader gave us an opportunity to know trek mates and help each other when needed.
Overall it was an adventurous, safe trek and spiritual to the soul!! Loved the trek and carrying lots of wonderful memories :)
I think this is the first time that I was actually amazed by the beauty of lake in a trek. Vishnu sar and Krishna Sar are both quite beautiful. The former being my personal favorite. Unfortunately we couldn't witness rest of the Lakes as we couldn't complete this trek due to safety reasons and it was a right decision not to continue further and I must thank our Trek leader Vignesh to make a good decision in tough times when there was enough pressure on him to continue from many of trekkers.
I recently participated in the Kedartal Trek of India Hikes. The overall experience was simply outstanding. The most outstanding thing was the totally dedicated friendly team: experienced trek leaders, a creative kitchen team and bear strong porters. The whole week there was delicious, abundant food. The high-quality, clean equipment of tents and sleeping bags left nothing to be desired. I really liked the concept of the Ecobags. All these things made the whole hike a wonderful memory.
I was also very impressed by the trekking preparation and all the safety measures. The regular emails I received before the hike prepared me thoroughly for the hike and increased my joyful anticipation every day. The safety precautions for measuring oxygen content, pulse and blood pressure were impressive. During the tour we had to cross a landslide area - the trek leaders managed this very well and I always felt safe.
1. We loved the food served. Simple but good taste, it was beyond expectation.
2. Our trek leader Mr. Ram Priya is an awesome guy with lot of maturity at this young age. Led the team sensibly, we thoroughly enjoyed the way he motivated the team, his keerthanas and small stories during our trek. We would recommend him for all future corporate treks.
The trek was simply amazing. Maybe amazing is an understatement for the experience I had in the mountains. The delicious food at high altitude shows how much effort the team puts into making it a beautiful experience. The highly experienced trek team and technical team help us crack the trek with great ease. Especially on this trek, the highlight for me was our trek leader. Whose leadership responsibility and alertness inspired me and urged me to make certain changes in my own lifestyle.
Yes the tents and sleeping bags were up-to the mark.
The trek went really well, Indiahikes made sure that we had an amazing 6 days in the mountains.
Everything was spot on, our's was a running batch, and the way the trek leads and all the staff went about their job, they should be given a big round of applause.
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.
Leo with his amazing work related to green trails and with a bunch of amazing hobbies kept us motivated and was really fun to spend time with him.
Pavan, well we call him pavan baba was just amazing throughout the trek, his energy, his enthusiasm, his passion towards mountains, the ability to engage with trekkers to have fun and at the same time strike a balance as a trek lead to convey the message bluntly to maintain discipline especially on pass crossing day was just amazing.
I could narrate many incidents where pavan went out of his way, beyond his duty as a trek lead to help the trekkers and also other trek leads.
Pavan's energy and passion are quite contagious, we were lucky to have met him on this trek.
I will remember the name selke sai pavan, I am sure he will reach great heights in his life!
I have saved the best for the last --> Hampta pass trekking trail.
The trail is so beautiful, green valleys, gushing water, Indrasan and deo tibba peaks, beautiful mountains of spiti valley and all the campsites are just amazing.
Kudos to Indiahikes for making this an unforgettable experience in our life, thank you very much!
Indeed a lifetime experience!
Just like to add that the last ascent for Tapovan has become so difficult that we couldn't make it, keeping the time constraint in mind (one has to come back till Bhojbasa since no camping at Tapovan site), because the trail till Tapovan has virtually disappeared because of natural activities. The loose rocks over the glacier and till Tapovan has made the climb treacherous. Better to be safe, we decided not to take the risk.
Thanks all members in the field for making the trek a success, despite adversities.
We had awesome experience. Everything was well coordinated and went according to plan. Food was very testy. Each day we enjoyed lot.
This was my first trek and had wonderful experience.I got to know the importance of small resources we get and ignore in our comfortable daily life.I really felt I should spend more time with nature and understand myself more. This one trekking has given me so many good memories and so many good friends.Life time experience
Trek leads-Pawan,Leo and Krupa always ensured our safety. Krupa regularly did health checkups and ensured we were safe.These 3 people really made our trek more memorable.Pawan made sure we followed proper timings and we didn't face any issues because of proper planning.
Hats off to the India Hikes team! I had a wonderful experience in the complete trek and surprisingly have no complain at all.
I'd like to shed light on very efficient and excellent team that was with us all along, I am referring to the trek leader Krupa Vyas and assisting her were Sai Pavan, Leo Saldanha and the whole cooking and shifting team. This team was on toes at all times and they didn't let us feel like anything was missing.
The food served was served hot and delicious...got a homely feeling. The food was always ready before time.
With this amazing experience I would love to trek again with this esteemed organisation and would highly recommend this organisation to my friends and family too.
Aravind Kamath K
Trek went well. I am really thankful to India hikes for planning well and organizing this even for a small team of six. Every staff in the trek was very helpful , accommodative and helping the trekkers. To start with to talk about the Trek leader Samkit - a great leader , keeps a eye on every trekker on physical fitness, constantly checks - if everything is okay , being helpful to the trekkers , when not feeling well, on few sites it was super cold and it was very hard to come out of tent and he was very helpful to reach out to trekkers directly into the tent for daily check up. His strategy of moving fast and leading by example - by keep moving ahead in the trial helped us to be more quick and he was very clear on the rest time - that we shouldnt exceed them/waste our time. He was also very supportive of people taking enough pictures :) I believe a leader must have some improvement points too :) - else he can become a hitler ( that was on a light note ) . On a serious note - Samkit could have engaged the participants in some fun games atleast twice or thrice in the entire trek time ( I know, it was a small group and he felt - we are very well connected, but with my last time KGL experience - I liked some of the unique nice games that you had palnned for trekkers, such kind of events/games will glorify the India hikes more and make it more unique ) .
Trek guide Harshid bhai , cooking staff and other supprotive staff were amazing , without their support - we couldnt have trekked in super hot, super cold, super rain, super windy and super snow weather..
I was really happy with the snow weather this time ( I felt sorry for our mule friends.. ). I would like to thank the nature god for it :)
Btw Kinshuk and Suhas were amazing in supporting the trek during roopkund to KGL shifting.. even though it’s not a Indiahikes problem – they ensured , all trekkers get a nice trek experience and supported in all the ways.. This is one of the biggest reason – people like me chose India hikes.. you are responsible, consider all trekkers as your responsibility and support on all matters.. Thanks to all of you !!!
The trek went on very well. Felt very happy trekking with IH , so professional yet sensitive towards the trekkers. Arrangements were very good and comfortable. Definitely makes me come back only to you guys for the rest of my treks.
Words will not do justice as to what I have felt after completing this trek.The views,the trek mates,the trek leaders,guides,cooks-all amazing.Also,since there was a fitness proof necessity,I felt like I was enjoying the trek more and wasn't panting for my breath every few minutes.
The sleeping bags were amazing-warm and snug.The idea of liners-superb.The tents were also warm and helped us stay dry even when it was raining heavily.
Checking oxygen saturation levels is an amazing idea.With your safety standards,I genuinely felt safe on the trek.
The trek went way better than my expectations. Rampriya was helpful and fun right from the start and the trekmates were fun. The first day was a bit of an inconvenience because of the rains but it only made me enjoy the consequent days which were mostly dry. The food was delicious. The organization from Indiahikes was good .
The safety instructions given to us we're very useful and reliable. Rampriya, our trek leader made sure everyone was comfortable and healthy throughout the trek.
The trek was amazing.
Honestly I wasn't looking forward to the trek. I remember being upset about packing lunch boxes/water bottles for a vacation [ I mean who wouldn't :) ]
But now I can't wait to go on, one of these again. Completely changes your outlook of life.
If I started writing it, it will never end, because i had the most amazing breathtaking trek seriously words will be too short to express what i saw and felt. So to keep it short, yes i had the most memorable trek, food was good, staff were good, trek leader and every person did great job by taking care of all the trekkers to all those who were left behind or stuck in mud or stony patches they were there every time.
This was my first high altitude trek to Great Kashmir Lakes , and no doubt now i understood why is Kashmir called Heaven on earth ...I just witnessed it and am glad I took Indiahikes for this.
They put lot of sugar in morning black tea....plz tell them to keep it less....HAHAH
No complaints its us who had to adjust with the situation there in mountains. Indiahikes were best with every part of it.
Yes Indiahikes follow every protocol.
To that extent our trek leader Braham was too supportive for every trekker.
He took our health checkups at regular intervals, our oxy meter reading BP check, people who were on medicines, he personally took special care for them as well, weather they are having medicine on time or not.
1. The 30 number team was led by a very capable Trek Leader. Braham did an execellent job in managing our huge batch ensuring that everyone completes the trek without any health hazard.
2. The Trek guide, Iqbal bhai, was another gem we were fortunate enough to trek with. True to his role, he guided the team very efficiently, ensuring no one is lost on the trail.
3. The amenities and hospitality rendered to us by Indiahikes made our stay in the freezing meadows very plesant.
SHREYA SURI CIRYAM
I'll take this opportunity to begin on a positive note.
The overall trek experience was Amazing!
Every bit of it was fun-filled exciting and breathtaking.
I'm glad I choose to trek with Indiahikes. The trek lead, Varun is a gem. The lead, sweep and tech guides were extremely helpful and kind and forever smiling.
The cook and his team made delicious timely feast for every meal. I'd have loved a bigger serving spoon for the sweets, but I understand the difficulty that comes with.
I loved the company of the team. The location is beautiful and well chosen.
The trek was fantastic. Guru and Roshan were excellent leaders. The trek was very well organised, safe and fun! Otherwise the equipment we rented was high quality and the food was great. Thanks for all the emails before the hike!
The trek was crazy good. One of the best experiences I've had. The whole arrangement from trekking crew to food and campsites were bang on. Sincerely enjoyed every day of my trek. I think, what helps is having a trek leader who made sure we had a good time and the support crew viz., Imtiaz bhai with his stories and Muzaffar for getting us a dessert for every dinner meal, at that altitude. Can't wait to trek again with Indiahikes.
The trek was awesome. I just don't have any words to express it. It rained alot but still every element of nature around us and everyone around made it jus wonderful. I wasn't too excited to see the Bhrigu lake but the journey itself was too good and unforgettable. I must say it's a lifetime experience.
First of all I'd like to take the opportunity to thank Indiahikes for one of the best treks of my life.
I have beed trekking from my school days only and it has been almost 8-9 years now and this was my 16th trek(greater than a day long).
And this trek certainly finished on podium for me.
This was my first time with a trekking company and I choose Indiahikes based on my online searches and friends recommendations.
I am very impressed with the way the trek was coordinates involving all parties.
Secondly, the food and all other services provided were too good considering the difficulties involved in managing such things up there.
I am certainly looking forward to more treks with Indiahikes.
The Trek was beyond our expectation. It is so beautiful that no words can imagine. I was personally not feeling well due to ankle and knee pain . I got a tendon issue and heel spur in March this year. Everyone advised me to stay at home and take full rest . I waited patiently for months to recover and the pain was only interested in playing a Peek a Boo. I had planned for one more trek this year and I couldn't sit idle at home when my friends started planning for KGL. So I decided to go ahead and booked. I managed to do my routine Zumba , Yoga , Walks and Jogging . But when the date was getting closer , I lost my confidence as my heel started giving me pain again. But my friends encouraged me to go . To be frank I had made alternate plans to do in Kashmir and I was thinking about cancelling KGL even when I was on my flight to Sri Nagar. But when I landed in Kashmir, I decided to give it a try.
I had severe headache on day 1 and I thought I'll have to return back .Our Trek Lead Vignesh is such a positive person and he was not ready to send me back . From day 2 on wards I felt much better . I could feel that mountains were healing me . I would like to thank our Guide Rahul. He was so helpful whenever I needed help. I am so happy to see Rahul lending his hand whenever I wanted a help. He was so friendly and true to his heart. I have seen how Rahul help the other trekkers who needed help to climb the boulders . Every other morning Rahul will come and ask if I am feeling fine. He is so empathetic . I am glad he is working with IH.
Apart from slight ankle and knee pain during decent , I had no other major issues . And after all it was worth all those pain. The trek was amazingly beautiful . Every day I could sense a positive energy coming in and it was unbelievable for me that I did it !
Interesting part is, after all those days of long walk and tiring, now I am back to city to a normal life but I have no signs of Ankle Pain at all ! I don't know what miracle mountains did to me . I am so happy that I did it ! Thanks to IH
Asha C V
The trek was awesome. Though rains weren't on our side, but it was an experience in itself trekking with ponchos on most of the days. The campsites were really good with beautiful natural settings around and meadows and mountains around were just spell bounded so does the Brigu lake. Both journey and destination as its own charm.
The trek leader and local guides were very helpful and made sure we could enjoy the nature more with all beautiful stories of there camaraderie with nature. With out the kitchen and supporting staff the trek wouldn't have been so smooth.. Serving hot gulab jamoons at 12500 ft was beyond expectation. All in all it was a beautiful trek..
Very well I would say.
Benchmarking the trek with my previous high altitude trek, Tarsar Marsar had many more experiences
Reasons why I liked the tarsar marsar trek
- greenery everywhere
- short trek time (we start in the morning, and are at our campsite by noon, giving a chance for us to explore the surrounding places)
- experiencing the white out and hailstorm
- delicious food
And of course
The TEAM of co trekkers and IndiaHikes
Anand Babu Arunagiri
During the trek I realised how simple life and enjoying nature is way more fun than a city life. We human always had destroyed nature to build something for entertainment, but never met the beauty that nature offers.
One thing I have taken from the trek is Respect nature and every human being have responsibilities to protect nature. Most importantly I am convinced that even in my old age I can be fit .... :))
I loved the arrangements and Ashish looked after us very well. Have no complaints
Important to know is i got the "trekfit" badge and a voucher for Rs.1000/-. it feels good and Indiahikes has good motivation ideas.
Our Trek conducted by Karan and his team ( Deboo, Manaoj, Ashish and later by Ashok) was great. Entire team deserves great appreciation. Ashish was so passionate and sincere about the Green and clean environment by picking up every plastic wrap (small or big) that came in contact to the eye. This is and will always remain an heartfelt efforts by Ashish. Manoj is a real asset to the team. Soft, pleasant and his excellent skills in communicating stories is mesmerizing. Deboo is a professional Trekker having a great stamina and knowledge of the Local people and mountains is indeed gratifying.
The food was just too good and made us feel at home with simple but clean and tasty food. Moreover they ensured that the food served was hot. My sincere appreciation to each and everyone behind this show. We were served with Hot Ginger Tea after Dinner. This was like an icing with cherry on the cake.
Such efforts makes us feel how genuine Indiahikes is towards it's trekkers welfare.
Kudos to all including Prathima. Her regular emails making me feel the importance of fitness did pay out. I quit smoking and was regular with my everyday walk of 4 to 6 kms daily with an average of 9.44 mts. per Kms.
Anil Shankar A P
The last day of the trek, when we were passing through the forest, made me very emotional. There was one point when I was far ahead of my group. The weather was beautiful- cold, not sunny. I could see the great mountains at a distance! And the forest was extremely beautiful. It was so beautiful that I hugged a nearby tree and was almost in tears! I felt sad that we humans consider ourselves to be the masters of this planet. So much so that our arrogance has caused the extinction of so many species and destruction of the forests and the habitats of countless animals. I mean we all read about it when we were small, but when you actually see it, you feel the emotion flowing in you! You feel as if you are the nature and empathize with it.
Even while passing through the beautiful forest I saw several plastic wastes strewn on the way. This is one thing I will try to tell my friends and colleagues; to make them aware that we share this world with other species and that we have to respect the forests .That a swanky car and big house shouldn't be ones primary goal in life and that ensuring our planet remains clean and being responsible beings should be on ones top priorities.
The trek was brilliant! Organized very well! No complaints at all. And adding to that the group was an amazing bunch of like minded people. We got along so well that we have become friends for life.
Mafia!!!! Even during my previous trek, Mafia game brought all of us together. This game actually makes us bond very well as a group! I am not sure if all the trek leads are instructed to ensure they make the group play this game because I have done two treks with Indiahikes and in both the treks (my first trek Pangarchulla and this one-KGL) I had the same trek lead - Aashay. And he ensured the game was introduced to the group. Once people started playing the game, Man o man! every one jumped in and the engagement was brilliant! I suggest India hikes make this a ritual in all their treks :D I can guarantee that this game can break the 'group-ism' which I have noticed during my treks. I feel group-ism is bad and that everyone should interact with everyone. And the game-Mafia is the best way :)
Firstly, a huge shout out to our trek leader on this trek Umesh, without whom I would not have completed this trek. Also, the entire crew, chefs, ghodawala, mules :D,trek guide and all in all Indiahikes.
Every single thing was organized so well right from the time we all met at the meeting point till the end.
Great trek mates who were in constant touch right from the time we were introduced over Whats app by our trek coordinator who motivated enough to get prepped for the trek, comfortable transportation to the base camp, clear instructions and guidance right from the beginning of the trek,cozy tent stay ,yummy food, clean toilets.
Oh, BTW the summit day was my Birthday and everybody wished me and made me feel really special. After reaching the base camp, we were given certificate for our achievement and lovely people at Indiahikes had prepared a cake for me and I celebrated my Birthday at 12000ft which was like a dream come true. Seriously, this was such a nice gesture .
I commend and thank every single person working at India Hikes who makes sure every single member on the trek is taken care well and is safe throughout the trek. You guys Rock!!
Bhrigu lake trek couldn't have been more beautiful than what I experienced. It felt so beautiful being there in the mountains with cool winds blowing all the way. My first trek ever and I will remember it forever. No matter how much I describe it won't suffice in appreciating the beauty of the place. A major credit goes to Indiahikes of course for making it possible for me. I felt safe throughout the trek in spite of being the only girl.
Brilliant! It was my first time trekking with IndiaHikes and I absolutely loved my experience. From the delicious food, cozy tents, gorgeous scenery to the beautiful campsites, I loved all of it.
Probably the fact that this trek begun with lush green meadows all around and with the view of Hanuman tibba at front was a sight to see. The lake I have been told looks more beautiful in snow makes me curious to do this trek again in winters. Biggest surprise was the quality of food prepared by indiahikes team , I was not expecting food for it to be this delicious as it turned out to be. All in all another memorable trek organized by Team IH!
The trail is unbelievably beautiful. Weather was on our side. And the trek leader, the guide and the other team was right on track- pumped up and there for us. Both Himanshu and Dolubhai were professional in their approach and yet very warm. This was really the best first Himalayan trek I could ask for.
Trek went well, everything was organized in a manner that met expectations. There were three trek guides guiding us through the process which made the experience very wholesome as each one of the leads had interesting information to share, and create an enriching experience in different domains. The local guides were also very helpful in ensuring it was comfortable.
I enjoyed the trek a lot. Considering the rocky terrain and the fact that the itinerary got altered a bit due to rains, there was an additional degree of challenge to the trek which I enjoyed. Way back from Sundarsar to Aru had some lovely views which made the whole experience worth it.
It was an amazing experience. We couldn't reach the summit owing to the bad weather yet it was time well spent. The staff and the trek guides/ leads are both very good - polite, fun, interactive..
A big shootout to Dorjee, Sonam, Lopsang, Subhash and Prahlad. And the others if I've missed the names. ( I remember all of them, but some names are difficult to remember :) )
Feedback : To have a buffer day or two to attempt the summit again. It's disheartening to be preparing for the trek, managing leaves and not be able to make it due to weather conditions. Also discourages in prepping and going for difficult treks. Extra charges would be fine, but need to have the option. Else it feels like we gave up easily.
Ansh Deep Ralh
The trek went off really well, be it in terms of planning and execution, weather or group fitness or camaraderie. We were lucky to have a really experienced Dushyant as our trek leader. He and the whole team, ensured that we had a real nice trek overall.
It was good...everything for me was perfect...
One request, do start more high altitude treks which is above 20000 FT which will be for only experienced trekkers of certain grade and experience. These treks should also be cost effective. To make it cost effective we can let the trekkers do some work and no need of so much convenience which you guys normally provide for other treks...Just safety is paramount.
Jaspal Singh Dhillon
The whole trekking experience was on another level, this time.
Dushyant, the TL, told us the first day itself , that this trek is all about acclimatisation and he was right throughout. I and my friends, had a bit of headache upon reaching Kibber but it subsided by the time we were ascending to Kanano Base Camp.
Upon reaching the base camp, we had to pitch the tents and it was another good learning experience for us. Everybody pitched in to help! Keeping the team size small meant that the staff (Bhupi, Prahlad, DorJ) and TL - Dushyant could watch out for all of us.
The acclimatisation walk in Kibber and KBC, were super helpful in gauging our own capacity to climb, to drink water regularly and to set our pace. Dushyant's tip about inhaling on one step and exhale on the other, was a pretty good one and I followed it to the summit. Dushyant I think, also took the right (maybe harsh) decisions to send back the unfit trekkers at the checkpoints.
There were two staff members, who came along with the last guy to reach the summit which again speaks of the dedication of the Indiahikes team. Way to go, guys, way to go !!! You've set some really high standards for other orgs, if they want to copy you. If I were to give you a one-line compliment, it would be, you are the Apple of Trekking in India :) Everything is smooth like hot butter on bread. On the way back to Kaza, we met Geet, who signed our certificates on the fly !! On the way back to Shimla, we got stuck in landslide near Changwo, and met couple of mountaineers. They asked if we trekked with Geet and Dushyant and had good words to speak for the two. You guys are famous !! (for the right reasons..)
The really good points:
1.Keeping the team size small and higher number of staff numbers
2.Excellent food throughout, I even got ginger-honey tea at KBC for my sore throat
3.The TL - Dushyant, vibrant , knowledgeable and disciplined
Maybe you could improve on this:
1.We (me and 4 friends of mine) came via Kinnaur route. We got stuck in a flash-flood near Schicling. The locals were ready to drop us in Kaza, but nobody knew IH and nobody know where to drop us at. Maybe, a helpline (BSNL number please!) in Kaza and name of homestay in Kaza, in the instructions itself would be helpful. We got hold of Kinshuk , the co-ordinator after a while but a local help is always welcome.
2.I had indicated online that no pickup is needed. I got called up at 5am in Pooh, asking where am I !! Thanks for your concern but it would be nice to either not ask online or confirm that the trekker is coming on his own beforehand 2-3 days ahead of trek.
3. Please do not ask trekkers to go for a run, take a screenshot and upload, just 2-3 days before the trek. It was a cause of some concern for my friends. Please remind or ask for the proof, 30 days, 15 days prior. Calling them up on phone and asking about physical activities, 3 days before a trek is to begin, is nothing short of an oral exam, reminds of the boards.
The trek was brilliant. Despite developing sprains and wheezing on the day of the pass, the motivation given by the trek leader and there local guides made me complete the trek with conviction!
The view was breathtaking and I lost appreciate the effort IH team took to not litter these beautiful places. Thank you so much!
This was my first high altitude trek and I must say India Hikes did everything right to make the best out of the vulnerable conditions during the course of the trek. Especially like the idea of green-trails which implants the basic common sense of keeping the country clean. Thanks for the initiative.
Awareness spread about AMS gave us heads up about the consequences that might be faced. Constant monitor of blood oxygen level helps in knowing how our body is adapting to the altitude changes.
The trek went well. Geet, our TL, Dorje and Bhupendar who were the lead and sweeper guides respectively and the entire staff(really sorry, I couldn't remember all names) were amazing.
The things that didn't go well were 3 of the trekkers were sent down from KBC to Kibber, this was obviously due to them not putting enough preparation before the trek. Geet had to go down along with them until Kibber and came back which would be exhausting for any person no matter how fit. I wish if IH had a weekly fitness tracker that tracks the fitness routine atleast 3 weeks prior the trek so that the trekkers are well prepared before trek, atleast for treks that are difficult. And having two TLs for a difficult trek is always good due for scenarios mentioned above.
Excellent. What an amazing crew from IndiaHikes. The trek leader Varun, the assistant Himanshu, the guides Subhash Bhai and the two leader and sweeper, Milan and Pawan were such an amazing team of interactive people. The food and every other provision was very well managed and provided. The trail was beautiful and thankfully challenging.
Suresh Kumar Goel
My trek and also whole team as per their sharing was wonderful, though I personally could not go to Hemkund Sahib. Trek guides both Manoj and Yash Pal were wonderful fellows and all helpful. We whole team was appreciating them. Canteen staff at Govind dham were also wonderful and helping. Trek leader Dham managed the trek very efficiently and professional.
Gagan Juneja Setia
Being my first trek, the experience was great and no words can describe, what experiences I have brought back home. Despite of spraining my foot, the punctuality, care, coordination of India Hikes that it provides to the group is commendable.
Purushotham V R
This was my first Himalayan trek and with IH. And it was really a Beautiful journey for me. I didn't just enjoyed the serene nature and trek but I also got to meet 20 different souls and could interact with them all and could make friends.
I did the Valley of flowers trek (22-27 July) with India hikes and I absolutely loved it. This was my first solo trek, it kicked off with conflicting nervousness and excitement and ended with a bit of despair of having to leave that place and its wonderful people behind.
It was really amazing to witness this journey unwind, to watch a group of complete strangers turn into friends and pour their hearts out to each other about their deepest concerns in just a matter of few days. I completely credit this to all the efforts made by the India hikes team be it the trek leader or the local staff, they kept uniting everyone and persistently instilled the importance of "team spirit" in us, following which many of us while on the trek were actually looking out and waiting for others to catch up and trek together as a team. This was one of the best things about our trek, and was one of the top factors which truly distinguished the India hikes team from the other dispersed teams along the trails (whom I rarely found trekking as a "team").
To state an instance many times we found ourselves so indulged in our profound conversations (with the fellow trekkers and the trek leader) during our trek that it actually diverted our minds from the tiresome trek and we actually paced up without even realizing or feeling it, this was one hell of a trick that I feel every trekker should exploit.
Furthermore, the trek leader and other staff members seemed really passionate about the Green Trails program and were educating others about it which was truly inspiring and the zeal was quite contagious (I felt like joining the green trails program hearing them, and am hoping to do so in the near future!). We tried to pick as much waste along the trails as we could find and I certainly feel that we left the mountains in a better condition than we found them in (but I do realize that there's still a long way to go, considering the amount of people trailing the mountains each day).
I greatly admire India Hikes for this initiative and wish you guys all the best for your future endeavors.
So in my experience India hikes (through their trek leaders and staff) doesn't just assist us in our treks but also helps every trekker be a better person by teaching them about caring for their environment as well as the people around them. These are really some great values that I learnt from my trek and will hope that I trek with India hikes soon again and learn many more worthy life lessons :)
Thanks for an unforgettable experience.
It was great! Appreciate India hikes for giving thought to every small detail and taking care of our safety through out the trek. The food was great too! The organisers even arranged hot water for some of us to take a bath after a tiring trek which was so refreshing (especially since we thought we will never be able to take a bath during the trek).
It was awesome! We were in a situation where the trek leads could have even cancelled the trek because of heavy rain and bad weather, but they decided not to and motivated us to explore a different side of the valley altogether. The new track was very beautiful and amazing, I did not even feel for a moment that the trek was redirected. Kudos to Braham, Gawahar and Jayaram for being very supportive and keeping up the enthusiasm within the group.
This was my first experience with India Hikes having been on trek to Himalayas with other trekking companies and it was a memorable experience.
As you would be aware that we were originally to go to Tarsar Marsar but it was raining very heavily at our lidderwat camp site and the route to Tarsar was diverted to Satlanjan from where we visited Hindalsar and bikewas lakes.
It was really very commendable for the team to spontaneously come up with an alternate itinerary rather that calling off the batch which was appreciated by everyone in the group.
I was really very delighted to see the other side of the valley which is unexplored by many trekkers and i believe we were the lucky ones as there may be thousands of people who would have seen Tarsar Marsar but only a select few who have been to other side of it. Having said that i would definitely come back with a hope of visiting Tarsar Marsar one day
Most of the things were really good and up to the mark such as food, tents, sleeping bags, trek lead and local guides.
Only one suggestion ice breaker activities on the very first day will help trekkers to know each other better and interact better on the trail rather that doing them on the second day at the camp site
The trek was simply amazing. IH team i.e Dushyant, Ashish, Pralad, Updesh, the kitchen staff, the porters etc. were extremely helpful. Dushyant & Ashish had great knowledge about the mountains, the trail, proper trekking gear etc and didn't hesitate to share all the knowledge with the trekkers. The food was amazing and all the preparation done by IH were superb. Overall it was a very nice and joyful experience. I would love to continue doing treks with IH and recommend it to all my friends.
My trek went well. It was tough, made more tough by all the unfavourable weather, but I have nothing but praise for how well-organised it was.
Dushyant was knowledgeable and professional throughout. He was quick to get a sense of how the group was doing and in reacting accordingly. After the first day, he suggested a few of the first-timers offload their backpacks to improve their experience. When one girl was struggling with what seemed like AMS symptoms, he immediately knew where he was needed most. All of his experience came to the fore when having to make difficult decisions like choosing to delay our start due to bad weather and choosing to stop while we were wet and cold because we had to eat. Dushyant's knowledge and ability to get the group to bond through games and songs elevated the overall experience.
It went off very well... as always this trek was also organised very nicely... right from the pick up to drop it was smoothly organised....Gautam, our trek leader was very professional and followed all disciplinary protocols every day like medical readings, hydration, etc..... he managed the batch very well and handled everything with care and concern... special mention of our guides Krishna and Deepu for their effort in making freshers complete the trek...
This was my best trek with India Hikes.
The route was breath taking, with a good mix of varied terrain.
The Trek lead, Ashay was a perfect leader firm and encouraging always, ensures that everybody got the best out of the Trek irrespective of the trekker's level
Assistant lead, Heera, was a like a mountain goat running up and down the retinue of trekkers, helping out. He also identified several flowers, plants and trees and told us about them.
The guide, Abdul chacha, was wise, knowledgeable and considerate. His ever smiling encouragement gave us a boost.
The kitchen staff were skilled and accommodating,. The food was delicious, and they cooked a special meal of gruel and kichdi for those experiencing a bout of delhi-belly
I would like to make a special mention of Roohi from sheikh tours. I had booked a late flight and consequently missed the slot for crossing the checkpost at Pahalgam,. She tried every possible contact to get us across on the same day, but when that turned futile, she put us up at a pretty neat and cosy homestay, reasonably priced and ensured that we were on the way at the crack of dawn the next day. We made it in time :)
My first trek with Indiahikes was the most memorable experience of my life ! i am very thankful to the entire team for making this so wonderful, enjoyable and most unforgettable.
1. Trek prep- i felt guided constantly by the emails from indiahikes. Mails, youtube videos with information about fitness and what to pack, how to pack etc was very helpful. It kept us motivated throughout in preparing for the trek. i downloaded the Nike run app and started my daily runs. It gave me a lot of information about my body, my fitness. i could feel the lack of stamina initially and with each week, i began to feel better...though there were also initial struggles with my calf muscles going sore and my knees hurting due to a fall etc. Overall, i could manage with it because i was happy and looking forward.
2. The trek - Arriving at Govind ghat and meeting the Indiahikes team and co- trekkers set our enthusiastic spirits soaring ! Rooms at Govind ghat were clean and satisfactory !
First day - Govind ghat to Ghangria - 10 kms - seemed wonderful and fun !
Second day - Ghangria to the valley of flowers - super fun !
Third day - Ghangria to hemkund - scenic, serene and overwhelming !
Last day - Ghangria to Govind Ghat- tiring but good. My toes were killing due to shoe bite so the last 2 kms i made it on bare foot.
The whole trek experience with all the co- trekkers and indiahikes team made us feel like a family. Our trek leader Abhishek Negi was amazing. His constant motivation and inspiration with a splash of humor and talent was admirable. Dhan Singh ji's support in helping us climb a big steep rock and letting us have our taste of adventure at valley of flowers is unforgettable. Pratap ji's patience to wait for the slow trekkers is indeed very moving. i am grateful to all of them for making this experience so wholesome and unforgettable !
Post trek experience: i have never felt this sad returning home after a trek. I sincerely hope to trek more in future with India hikes. Thank you
This was one of the most beautiful thing I have ever been to. Not only trek but place in general. Pin Bhabha is a trek which is so versatile that you would be awe from first till last day. And I was left agaped throughout. Had tears even when I had the first view of spiti after the pass. Though with some health issues which was handled by geet very appropriately, I completed my trek effortlessly and would love to trek more and more and witness the aura and beauty Himalaya and this earth possess. Thanks for making experience more wonderful with excellent food and care throughout !
The tents and sleeping bags were really nice. Temperature was quite low but I never felt cold. It was warm and cosy and we were able to manage space inside tent well.
Trek went awesome. Trek leader Geet and guide Subash done a wonderfull job. Their insights about each and every minute things were so helpful. They even risked their life when it came for saving our lives. Amazing food. Thanks to cook Mangal. Wonderfull team and awesome campsites.
The trek was amazing. This is my second time experience with Indiahikes. Both the times it was equally well. Our trek leader Geet was really friendly and supportive. He made the whole group together all the time. The kitchen staff and trek guide Subhas Ji was very good too. Food was really tasty and amazing. It was a luxury to get such tasty food at that much altitude. The whole Indiahikes team is doing a great job. I will really look forward to trek with them in future.
Tents and sleeping bags and the liners that Indiahikes provided in this trek was of good quality. I personally dint feel any issue with those. Even we have learnt how to pitch and unpitch the tents in this trek which was a n added advantage. :)
Yes, it is one of the safest organization compared to other trekking groups. And moreover, Pin Bhaba was a difficult trek, they had taken all kind of protective measure from beforehand and also during the trek.
The trek went very well. From the transport to the base camp till we reach Kaza, the operation was very smooth. Every camp site operation was very very good. Food, arrival of off loading bags, kitchen staff, especially out TL, ATL and guide they were awesome. Geet and Soumitra made our trip really special. They were really supportive and they were very knowledgeable. Even though the trek was a difficult grade trek most of the times I didn't feel it to be too tiring because of Geet. We used to talk and walk through the terrain which made it feel very easy. By far he is the best TL I've ever got. Also he gave us technical information on how to use an oxygen cylinder, what medicines to use at what time, how to sleep in sleeping bag and how to pitch and unpitch the tents. These things helped us a lot in the trek. Overall the trek was very good and hope to come again. :)
Tents were very good, only on one camp site the zip was torn which they immediately fixed it. The outer cover of the tent was very good and none of the tents had any leakages or seeping of water was not seen. Sleeping bags were up to the expectations and we were given liners which were very good, the only thing was the sleeping bag covers were torn in few places, except that everything was cool.
I'd say its more than safe. Everyday oxy reading and the first day BP reading was taken. TL used to ask everyone about their health and medications ( about diamox and BP medications ) everyday. Every gear we used, let it be a trekking stick or a micro-spike it was of very good quality. I can't enough about the practices Indiahikes does. I guess its a very good practice to continue what you guys are doing.
It was an excellent trek. Very professionally conducted. I would give 4.5 out of 5.
The safety gears and protocols were good.
I am a Doctor. Hence I felt the trek leaders could have been taught a little more regarding health issues like dehydration, antibiotic usage and injectable medicines. None the less Geet had good knowledge and experience of handling important cases in his earlier treks.
1. Pin Bhaba pass was very beautiful with noticeable change in landscapes everyday and the experience got better and better as we went towards Spiti.
2. Regular checking of our fitness levels and correct suggestions of what to expect and what to take for the trek was good.
3. TL- Geet was professional, extremely friendly, knowledgeable and funny. He was able to lift up all our spirits during the trek and at the camp site.
4. ATL- Saumithra was a perfect assistant to Geet. Friendly, witty, supportive and had great patience.
5. Guide- Subhash bhai was our superman and also our savior. He was great.
6. Food served was healthy, tasty and different everyday. One would never have expected to get gulab jamoon on one of the days.
7. Facilities like sleeping tents, toilet tents, dining tents were in good condition and camp sites were pitched in perfect location.
8. Attitude of all the trek mates was appreciable. 14 members in the group was perfect.
9. Concept of GT was good. It feels bad to see so many plastic wrappers and waste thrown in the mountains even in a trek which is not much explored.
10. Cost of the trek was reasonable.
11. The whole trek has been a motivation to me and also I would like to such similar treks frequently. I would also like to continue the fitness workout I was doing till now.
Cons: (very little)
1. Rental of trek shoes and bag was not done in spite of staying close to Indiahikes office. Hence had to spend some more money on them.
This was one of those treks where the positives overtake the negatives by a huge margin. Nothing actually went wrong with the trek. Everything went perfectly. The whole team was very understanding and patient. They made us feel at home. No regrets whatsoever. Would highly recommend others to go for it. This might have been my first trek but definitely won’t be my last.
I simply loved the trek. The saying that mountains call us to lose our mind and find our soul is absolutely apt.
The trek, leader, guides n staff are very good and supporting. They have good idea about the trail and can judge the weather to make sure the trekerrs are safe. They also went extra mile to show new place that weren't in the itinerary
The trek was really great. Things were done better than expected and there were some luxuries I wasn't expecting. There were no issues or complaints. Vignesh was especially an amazing trek leader and handled everything smoothly
Trek was wonderful - very relaxing- the pace was slow and steady . The trek leaders were excellent - the locations and the tents were wonderful .
Just one suggestion - though i didnt take part in the last leg which was to Chandratal - wanted to inform you that the best time to visit Chandratal is early morning at 530 to get the perfect reflections instead of afternoon or evening- i wil be sending you snaps to show the difference
In any trip the difference between a WOW and a nice- is marginal - but when you are ending a tiring trek and see something so wonderful as the early morning reflection of the snow capped mountains in the CHandratal lake - every single person would say - that Chandratal view in the early morning would be the highlight of the trip .
Absolutely loved everything about the trek: the trek leader, the briefing session, instructions given, the way the trek leaders never failed to look after each and every one of us, the food, the concept of green trails, the spirit of always being together and so many many more things to go on with. The trek on a personal level was absolutely an awesome experience with me.
There is one small concern however, if the number of solo travelers are a little less in number and of group travelers are more, chances are that the socialising aspect becomes a little difficult because people tend to remain in their own comfortable circles. I had initially planned on coming solo for the trek and I couldn’t thank my friend enough for accompanying me for this trek because the groups that had come along were not very social. This is my personal feedback and could vary with my other trek mates.
This issue hardly mattered towards the end since I was awestruck by the beauty of the trek itself.
Nireeksha K N
The trek was simply amazing!
We had expected heavy rains but to our surprise it didn’t rain throughout the trek.
The entire team was very sportive and enthusiastic.
The interaction sessions and the games that we were made to play was very fun and kept the trekkers entertained.
To sum it all up, id say it was a great experience.
I liked the trek a lot. Right from the co-ordination to the rentals, everything was great. I liked how meticulously planned the things were. Despite harsh weather conditions, things were handled by the trek leader very well.
It was an out of this world experience. This was my first trek. I had gone through the given fitness regime but somehow wasnt able to acclimatize with the weather on high altitude. Therefore I decided to stay back at Rola Kholi camp site and could not trek on the summit day. Inspite of all these situations it was just simply amazing experience! Gourab, Tirath, Dolubhai, Vijaybhai, Pravinbhai and entire staff at the camp site was extremely supportive, caring and also taught me what to do and not to do in difficult times at high altitude. I made a mistake of not renting the trekking pole, but I am thankful to Gourab and Tirath, they gave me their trekking poles when I needed it the most. So all in all it was a great experince. I was able to enjoy the mountains more coz of the entire team.
The trek is awesome. Especially we get to see all kinds of terrain, beautiful meadows, filled with trees grass flowers even strawberries also it had rocky areas mountains rivers and snowy areas too... it had chilling drizzle and foggy mountains too... it’s a total package... also indiahikes provides the best accommodation facilities even at altitude of more than 12000 feet which need special mentioning.
The trek went amazing, it had all the variety of trails and scenery. The arrangements and all were well in place.
This is my 3rd trek with India Hikes and the standards have only been going upwards.
Kudos to the whole IH team from the people working from offices and the people working at the mountains during the trek
Buran ghati probably the most beautiful trek and what makes it more beautiful is the support from the INDIANHIKES team. You guys are doing an awesome job in bringing the culture of trekking in india .The staff, trek leaders the cooks do an awesome job in maintaining our health and providing us with warm and nutritious food .Thanku so much for making us experience such beautiful side of mountain.
Best of the Best Experience. Amazing time in the Mountains. Had never thought that getting away from the world would be so peaceful. No calls, No work, Just chill!!. Thanks to India Hikes for a wonderful memory and an unforgettable experience. Will keep coming for other treks every year. This has motivated me so much that I cannot think of any other place to go than mountains. Each and every spot of the trek is wordless. "Its difficult to improve perfection" had read this many times but have felt it first time!
The trek went really well. It was well organised. Food was delicious! Hot drinks like ginger water and ajwine water were much needed. The trek leader was responsible and knew what he was doing with health check-ups. The two guides were awesome. They provided us with much needed information about sites and history. Overall we were taken care of very well.
To start with the trek was great. Had super fun with all the trek mates and my friends. Special thanks to Dr. Varun Sharma our trek leader, our guide Negi ji and Harish ji. They ensured that our trek was safe and enjoyable at the same time. Dr. Varun is an outstanding person and very helpful at the same time.
About the trek, this was my first Himalayan trek and I am glad I made the right choice by opting for Buran Ghati Trek. The trek is very beautiful right from the start point. Views on the way to Janglik are so beautiful and mesmerizing. The Buran Ghati trek has its share of peace, beauty, thrill and excitement. Base camps are setup at the most beautiful sites with river streams, snow-covered mountains, and greenery around. Hats off to India hikes team for providing us with a such thrilling and nerve cracking experience. The rappelling down experience from Buran Ghati pass was like a cherry on the top. The trek ends in an again a very beautiful village Barua. Awesome experience overall. Kudos to the entire Indiahikes team
The trek went very well!
This was the first time with India Hikes and I really appreciate their professionalism!
The trek lead Dr. Varun was very friendly, informative, and took good care during the whole time!
The lead guide Mr. Negi was amazing and always kept us on toes! He also enjoyed along with us by dancing and singing in the campsites!
Mr. Harish guided us at the rear end and was very patient and cooperative! Thanks to him for keeping with my pace at the very end!
All the support staff - cooks, porters, tech guys for rappelling, etc were just amazing human beings! Without them, it wouldn't have been possible!
All 21 of us completed the trek without any injury or sickness!
Right from the pickup till the end of the trek, everything was well organized. Special thanks to entire India Hikes team from local guides to cooks to technical team who made our stay possible and comfortable at such heights. The interactive sessions by our trek leaders were amazing. Shout out to our leaders who made sure we all made it to the summit and they were so patient and motivating.
This being my first ever trek what kind or so was wonderful, Every sight that I took around was mesmerizing and awe-strucking. Thanks for making this rare trek available to us.
I would like to take this moment to specially and most importantly give all the praises and BIG THANK YOU to our trek guides both who was leading and who was at behind all throughout the trek. Mr. Negi and Mr. Harish. They did an awesome job by taking their time out of own lives and ensuring everyone are together and completing the trek easily and comfortably. There was No Rush and No Force to complete the trek. They were very supporting. Please give our regards to both of them.
Also, I would like to thank all the kitchen staff at all the campsites, how wonderfully and heartfully they make great and awesome meals for us. Every day we were getting amazing food, hot water and what not by such hardworking and dedicating people in the kitchen. Dhaba's also don't give such food with all the facilities. And these guys are giving us such wonderful homemade food at such heights. AMAZING!!
And finally the trek leader and the porters who took our loads. Man, not an easy job what they do. The porters taking two bags on their backs and climbing up and down through rocks and snow without proper shoes and all, commendable. And the Trek leader, Varun for us. Thanks for giving him the opportunity to do this trek with us. Heard that it was also his first time trekking this Ghati or Pass. We were thankful for his presence so that we could share and have the experience for the first time. He did a really great job in handling the group and also he was never forceful or impatient on people. He was calm and waited on any health situation that occurred and handled it very well. All in all, very great journey with all the staff and guides in this trek throughout. The bond that was created so early with all of them was just wonderful. This group was really great, can't argue about it. We would love to do a trek again together as a group.
The trek was absolutely amazing. The organizers were very professional. Right from Janglik to Dayara to Lithum to Dunda to Riverside Camp, at every camp the food, the backpack offloading team, the technical guides at the higher altitudes they were impeccable. Astonished and amazed at the way Indiahikes have coordinated the trek so efficiently.
This was my first trek ever, so I might seem extra excited. But the trek was something you should get extra excited about. Right from the ride towards Janglik till Barua everything was so beautiful. You get to trek on almost all kinds of terrain. There were meadows, rocks, snow, rivers, lakes, waterfalls and what not. Rappelling & Snow slides were just the cherry on top. Fortunately, the weather was clear throughout the trek and a great group made the trek more enjoyable and comfortable. The campsites were beautiful as well as comfortable to live at. The food, tea and soup were very good and tasty. The desserts were exceptional and very delicious.( I literally kissed the hand of the cook Rahul).
Coming to the team, the team leader (Varun Sharma), guide (Negi ji) & co guide (Ashish I think) were very co operative, friendly as well as knowledgeable. I have been with all three of them as I trekked in front, back and middle. They had a lot of patience(which is rare) and they were personally looking after each member of the group. I had a blister but it was well treated in the beginning itself due to which there was no major problem during my trek.
So to summarise, my experience was better than what I was expecting before the trek for the trek as well as IH team.
P.S. - The Green Trails initiative is very much appreciated.
Yes the quality of tents and sleeing bags were really good
Both the tent and the sleeping bag was up to the mark. I had to remove my fleece jacket and socks as it was very warm inside during nights. Didn't use my warmers or the liners provided.
Every gear used during the trek was grade quality. Tents, mats, sleeping bags were sturdy and comfortable. Rappelling gear was reliable and strong which made the descent smooth.
Definetly. The tents, the sleeping bags, the liners everything was spot on for Buran Ghati. They were comfortable and warm.
The daily health checkup was carried out religiously by our trek leader. I would highly appreciate Indiahikes teams for setting up such protocols. It definitely helps in identifying early symptoms of any high altitude issues. Safety standards are really good as it ensures that every trek member makes it till the end and nobody has to leave the trek in between.
Your safety standards were really good! Kudos to that!
Still it's up to oneself to not be stupid and stay away from danger and risky situation. With all said, trekking in Himalayan mountain is an adventurous sport so those who sign up have to be prepared for any injury.
Every day our trek leader took oxy readings and gave us timely reminders to take medication. Everything was as scheduled. The team took great efforts and took really good care.
Everything was well taken care of. The regular health checkups were great, all safety gears on the rappelling day were pinpoint.
Your safety standards were the best I have witnessed in any trekking groups I have been with. I think if not for Indiahikes not all 21 people of our group would have made the summit. Varun Sharma, our trek leader is an amazing leader in making. A calm and a very responsible guide to have led us to this trek.Very happy to have been associated with Indiahikes and if I again trek in the himalayas, it will be and it has to be Indiahikes.
I believe the safety standards very good enough. The oxymeter check made sure that we are in good health. Varun was also looking personally to those who were having some health issues or were on course of Diamox. During the trek also, risky areas were dealt with ease due to the presence of Varun, Negi ji & Ashsih. Due to this the whole group made it to the end without any injury.
It was simply enjoyable. Good prelims, attention to details and competent trek leadership added much-required confidence. Food was always a sure plus point. Timely and accurate briefings ironed out potential apprehensions. Quiet, helpful and matured guide and sweeper inspired trust in care and safety. I tried but couldn't fault Indiahikes as a dependable trekking community organizer. Not the least, the group jelled well and never gave opportunities for reminders. In a nutshell, more or less a dream team combo.
It was a lovely trek. Unfortunately, I and Vidya had to turn back after three days as Vidya fell sick. But the descent back was taken care of very well. We could offload Vidya's backpack on the way back, we were provided food on the way, stay and the food was arranged at the base camp and even a vehicle was arranged to Rohru. Don't have words to thank the team. Hats off for your care!!
Buran Ghati was my first trek ever, and it was a full package. Beautiful views around every turn on the trail. The trails varied in texture and difficulty levels which made it full of surprises. I've never been on any treks before and Buran Ghati has set the standard high. Right from the beautiful mountains down to meeting people from all different walks of life who came together to cross that pass and be one with nature was a lovely experience and I enjoyed every bit of it. I was most impressed by the kitchen staff and the porters for their efficiency and hard work. They silently worked in the background and put in the work to make our trekking experience richer. Kudos to them and their commitment.
This was my second high altitude trek with IH and it was another great experience. Buran Ghati is a beautiful trek and IH definitely made it more memorable. From the breathtaking views of Janglik, lushes of Dayara Bugyal, surreal Chandranahan lakes to the climax of the trek - the pass - nothing is going to escape my mind for the longest of time. It's really commendable how IH made the whole trek comfortable and safe, especially on the passing day. The equipment we used to rappel down the pass was of good quality and all necessary safety measures were taken by the IH technical staff.
Our trek leader didn't just led us though that beautiful terrain, he always kept our spirits up. The acclimatization walk at the first camp proved really beneficial and it made us more comfortable as we went higher up.
It was a blissful experience to trek with IH which lived upto my experience and I look forward to have more of it.
Kashyap Murthy Sakalabhaktula
Yes, I loved it. All the folks from different spectra did a great job, rather more than what the job demanded. I felt at home in no time. The food was great, damn it did help me lose weight! The technical team did go the extra mile to ensure our safety. The porters did a great job never was our offloaded baggage late. You guys stand by your motto, true to every word! Thanks a lot and great job guys!
It was an amazing experience for a first-time trekker like me. All the trails were stunning and breathtaking. Carrying the backpack and trekking made it challenging but all the mesmerizing views made it worth it all. It was my first experience with snow and I could not have asked for a better way to have it. The most humbling of it all was to watch the porters swiftly walk by while we huffed and puffed through the mountains. I had a great time being surrounded by beautiful mountains and like-minded people.
Tents were adequate for three occupants, sturdy and comfortable enough. Sleeping bags were good sized and adequately warm for our experience.
The tents were of good quality. Being wind and waterproof they kept us warm and dry. The sleeping bags were also well maintained and comfortable. I only encountered one incident of damaged equipment at the river campsite. One of the toilet tent's zipper had broken and the tent was not usable because of that. It didn't make any difference to us and we didn't really face any issues because of that. I'm sure the technical staff has already tended to the problem, but just letting you know. :)
The tents and sleeping bags given by IH did live up to expectations. The sleeping bag liners were clean. We were pleased to see warm liners at the coldest camp site - Dhunda.
Yes, indeed. Tents and sleeping bags held really well through the weather and helped with staying warm.
I thought it was great that health check ups were a part of everyday routine on the trek. If not for anything else, it kept us motivated to stay hydrated and healthy just to see a higher score on the oxymeter :D .
The gear provided to us was also of good quality. In terms of safety on the trail, I never felt unsafe or worried about anything. The guides were always around to help us through difficult sections of the climbs or river crossings and were very motivating and encouraging.
The safety standards followed by IH were up to the mark. Our Oxymeter readings and pulse were taken regularly. Our health cards were updated without fail. One our trek mates had an accident while descending on the last day. The way she was taken care of and brought down to Barua was exceptionally efficient and well managed. We couldn't thank our trek leader, guide and sweeper enough for helping her and managing the situation properly.
Great emphasis was placed on safety. On two instances people weren't allowed to proceed further with the trek due to health reasons. Taking these difficult calls showed us that the safety protocol was high and the trekker's health and well being is greatly valued.
Prerna B k
Buran Ghati was my first trek with IH and the whole experience was definitely up to the expectation. The trek leader was well trained, well informed and had good decision making skills. The local guides were very motivating, helpful and courteous. The whole program was well thought of, organised and planned. Food was yummy and just what a trekker need at the right time! The facilities at the campsite were above expectation. The only one thing that was a little disappointing was the end day. The trek ended very abruptly and everyone just dispersed as soon as we reached the last point. This was the last day of the trek and I just hoped there was just one more day or at least few more hours where the entire group had just enough time to say Goodbyes! Overall, great experience. Will definitely recommend to friends and family!