What Is An Eco Hiking Programme For Schools Like?

The Eco Hiking Programme is an experiential learning programme. At its core, it is the interaction of three things: the trek itself, the Green Trails activities and reflection time.

A typical Eco Hiking Programme lasts from 3 to 5 nights where the students are taken on a life changing journey to the Himalayas. The duration of the programme can be discussed beforehand.

What To Expect?

Himalayan treks are the best way to make the most out of the Eco Hiking Programme.

These Himalayan treks test the true spirit of the students. The physical challenge of the harsh environment strengthens the body and mind by pushing it to its limits.

This is a fulfilling experience for students. The learnings in cooperation, leadership, teamwork and self confidence tend to stay with them for a lifetime.

The students get to see for themselves the impact of  human activities on the environment. These treks are are an excellent test of one’s courage, character and strength.

How Do We Go About It?

The Trek

A typical Himalayan trek begins with a spectacular road journey to the base camp. This is usually a 7-8 hour drive through breathtaking mountain sceneries, green alpine forests and meandering river valleys.

The students reach the base camp in the evening.

The first activity is pitching the tent. This a team effort where the students are divided into group. After receiving instructions from the Trek Leader, the students begin to set up their own tents.

Note that boys and girls sleep in separate tents.

The students are taken on a village visit near the base camp the following morning. Here they get to interact with the locals, observe their lifestyles and discuss matters regarding Green Trails.

The trek begins early next morning. The Trek Leader briefs the students on what to do and what to expect before moving. The students spend the next 3 to 4 days trekking to the summit and coming back down. All nights are spent in tents and each camp has its own set of camping activities.

Green Trails Activities

All Eco Hiking Programmes are heavily influenced by Indiahikes’ sustainable trekking initiative, Green Trails.

Green Trails activities are specifically designed to make students rethink they lifestyle choices and make them aware of alternate solutions to live greener lives.

One Green Trails activity that is consistent throughout all Eco Hiking Programmes as well as all Indiahikes treks is garbage collection.

Each student is handed an Eco-bag at the beginning of the trek. The students are encouraged to collect any garbage that they may come across on the trail and put it in the Eco- bag.

At the end of the trek, the collected garbage is segregated. The students then discuss how they can implement the learnings of this exercise in their personal lives.

The students may also be involved with other Green Trails activities if their base camp as at one of Indiahikes’ established trekking sites.

Reflection Time

Reflection time is the most important aspect of the Eco Hiking Program. The students are exposed to so much new information that they require that quiet time to look back and reflect on their experience.

At the end of each day, the students come together with the Trek Leader and have an introspection session. They discuss their thoughts and idea and what they have learnt from the trek. This is an extremely important part of the experiential learning process. Only after reflecting on their actions do the students gain the wisdom of a better person.

 


What you should do now

1) If you would like to read more articles on Experiential Learning, click here.

2) If you are interested in signing up for this programme, then contact us here.

3) If you ended up here by chance and were actually looking for treks to do, then head over to our upcoming treks page. You’ll find all our Himalayan treks there.

4) If you want to see the 13 best treks of India, then get our free guide book here.

Lavanya Pangtey

Lavanya Pangtey

Lavanya shares a strong bond with the mountains and coming from Uttarakhand, she has seen their face change over time. Though a law graduate, she works at Indiahikes as a Content Manager. Through this platform, she hopes to help people become more aware about sustainable trekking.

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