Working with Indiahikes
Working at a start-up can be extremely rewarding and equally frustrating. In our organization everyone seems to be doing everything! There’s always a perpetual chaos. Yet, people seem to like what they are doing.
We are looking for people to join us. We think you’ll love our world of treks.
But first a bit about Indiahikes. Indiahikes is primarily a trek documentation organization. We explore, write and document treks. We do this in great detail so that everyone can organize their own treks. Ideally no one must need an organization like Indiahikes to take them on treks. This is our philosophy.
To fund our documentation process we also organize treks. The participation on our treks has grown. People like our treks and love trekking with us. This is contrary to our philosophy about documenting treks where we want people to be able to trek on their own. Yet, in this contrarian world we are setting new standards and ways of trekking in India.
Indiahikes has now become a community platform for people to meet and interact on treks.
In this context read our work requirement below.
A: Indiahikes Team Member (Trek Administrators): Trek administrators need to interact with our trek team and ensure treks are run observing the philosophies that we have about trekking. Will get chance to visit our trek slopes. Willing to be Bangalore based. Salary: Rs 20,000 – 25,000 per month, plus opportunity to go on Indiahikes treks.
B: Indiahikes Team Member (Office Administrators): Office administrators run the Indiahikes trek management office. Work involves advising trekkers and managing their treks. Will get chance to visit our trek slopes. Willing to be Bangalore based. Salary: Rs 15,000 – 25,000 per month, plus opportunity to go on Indiahikes treks.
C: Trek Leaders: This role is for those who love the outdoors and want to stay there. Trek leaders lead the Indiahikes teams in the mountains. Work involves being in some of the greatest trek slopes of our country. On the flip side trek leaders spend months in the mountains away from family and friends. Need experience of being on treks, preferably Himalayan. Salary: Rs 20,000 – 25,000 per month plus all expenses covered.
D. Assistant Trek Leaders: Would you like to learn to lead one of the Indiahikes trek team? You can hone your leadership skills and earn a certificate from Indiahikes. You need experience of being on treks. All expense of the trek will be borne by Indiahikes. You will need to devote at least 15 days for the internship.
2. Explorer: Would you like to explore trails around your home region and write about them? These treks can be done on weekends and extended weekends. Indiahikes will fund your expedition expenses. Volunteers may join your explorations too. Writing task would involve writing, photographing and collecting trail data about the trek. Explorations are open to documentation in the following regions:
2a. Trek Guru: If you have done a trek and would like to share your experience, write to us. Our team will interview you and feature your trek on our website. The interview is just like being interviewed for a newspaper and will take at least two hours with perhaps extended follow up sessions. Trek Gurus get Indiahikes trek vouchers as a gesture of recognition of their contribution to the trek documentation process.
2b. Documenter: Work involves interviewing trekkers about their experience, capturing the data and uploading them on our website. Need to be able to write good English. Can be based anywhere in India. Will need internet connection. Documenters get Indiahikes trek vouchers as a gesture of recognition of their contribution to the trek documentation process.
4. Specialist Team Member: Specialists are skilled with something. They cannot work full time but want to contribute their time on and off in exchange for treks or fee or both. Specialists are required in the following areas:
per person (Lohajung to Lohajung)
Book for 3 and get free pick up from Delhi to Kathgodam (3 A/C train)
Book for 5 and get free pick up from Delhi to Kathgodam and return (3 A/C train)
Note: Service Tax of 3.09 % applicable on Trek Fees
May/Jun Trek Batches
Central government employees can avail special casual leave for trekking the Roopkund trek,
write to firstname.lastname@example.org for the application kit.
Dated : 18/5/13
Bright and sunny day at Lohajung, Our first batch of Trekkers left Kathgodam this morning to base camp Lohajung...
Sept/Oct Trek Batches
Roopkund Trek Itinerary
Day 1: Pick up from Kathgodam Railway station at 7.00 am. Drive to Lohajung base camp. Apprx arrival time at Lohajung 6-7 pm.
Day 2: Trek starts. Lohajung to Didina. Homestay at Didina.
Day 3: Didina to Bedni Bugyal (via Ali Bugyal).
Day 4: Bedni Bugyal to Bhagwabhasa.
Day 5: Bhagwabhasa to Roopkund to Patar Nachauni.
Day 6: Patar Nachauni to Ghairoli Patal.
Day 7: Ghairoli Patal to Lohajung via wan.
Day 8: Depart for Kathgodam. Approximate arrival time at Kathgodam: 6-7 pm.
Note: Pick up on Day 1 is linked with the Ranikhet Express. The pick up transport will wait until the train arrives at Kathgodam.
Moderate-Difficult. See link for details.
Circular; returns to base camp.
Roopkund: 15,750 feet (4,800 mts). Junargali 16,000 ft (4,878 mts, highest point)
Kathgodam. You can reach Kathgodam by an overnight journey from Delhi. Ranikhet express leaves Old Delhi station at 10.40 in the night to get to Kathgodam by 6.30 in the morning. Indiahikes pick up is lined up with the Ranikhet Express.
Village Lohajung (Chamoli District, Uttarakhand)
May 3rd week to June end; Mid September to October end.
Temperature in May, Jun.
Day: 15° to 20°C. Night: 4° to 7°C. Temp at highest camp, Bhagwabasa: Day 5°C to 10°C. Night: 3° to -2°C.
Rainy season is from the second week of July to mid September. May/June is not the rainy season but afternoon showers are very common in the mountains. These are not the monsoon rains.
Temperature in Sept and Oct.
Day: 13° to 20°C. Night: 2° to 7°C. Temp at highest camp, Bhagwabasa: Day 3°C to 10°C. Night: 3° to -4°C.
High snow in May from Kalu Vinayak onwards. Decreases in June. Comfortable snow during the last half of June. September has little snow. In the first week of October, the first winter snow is likely to fall in the upper reaches. Usually melts in a few days.
Physical preparation mandatory. See link for more details.
Click on the chart to see a bigger picture.
Download pdf here: Season Trek Guide