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Do-It-Your self Treks Re-launched! – Indiahikes


“DIY will not be new in our nation. Actually, DIY was the one method we might trek 15-20 years in the past. That doesn’t imply DIY has change into simpler over time,” says Arjun Majumdar, Founder-CEO, Indiahikes.

Whereas trekking with an organisation like Indiahikes is nice — trekking DIY is a pure type of trekking.

Nonetheless, trekkers in our nation haven’t taken a lot to DIY trekking for the easy cause that numerous problem surrounds it.

The most important subject with DIY trekking is that it’s not simple to get light-weight tents, sleeping baggage, cooking gear and meals collectively. You are likely to visualise trekkers carrying heavy backpacks like they’re occurring a mountaineering expedition.

One other hidden constraint is that individuals have no idea which treks are good to start out as DIY.

In actuality, DIY trekking may be as light-weight as trekking with an organisation. A backpack doesn’t must weigh greater than 10-12 kg. Actually on my DIY trek I had it right down to 9 kg.

So how did we clear up the issue of DIY trekking?

Introducing KITs that allow DIY trekking:

Now we have made additional mild tenting, cooking, and meals kits. Utilizing these kits, you are able to do any DIY trek by yourself. You’ve got the pliability to trek the best way you need to. These kits took us over a 12 months of analysis and growth, however they’re lastly prepared for use.

Listed here are the essential particulars:

New Gentle-Weight Sleeping Luggage:

“It has at all times been troublesome for us to cut back the burden by even 200g for our sleeping baggage. It could at all times find yourself compromising on the heat. However this time, we moved mountains to search out new materials and new expertise to cut back the burden of our sleeping baggage. Now, we’ve got made a sleeping bag that’s lower than half the burden, with out decreasing the heat of the sleeping bag. The sleeping bag now weighs simply 1.4 kilos!” says Manish Pasad, the pinnacle of our R&D staff.

We had been in a position to scale back the burden by bringing in a brand new poly-wading expertise from the USA. This introduced down the burden of the sleeping baggage dramatically with out affecting its efficiency.

New Gentle-Weight Tents:

We even have new lightweight tents for DIY Trekkers. “Our expedition tents are robust and durable. Our problem was to make one thing as sturdy and powerful at practically half the burden and quantity. Along with our producers, we’ve got been in a position to engineer a tent that isn’t simply mild, however as heat as our expedition tents, and spacious sufficient for 2 trekkers to sleep inside with their backpacks included. It weighs simply 2.4 kilos and anybody can carry it and trek comfortably,” says Manish. Named Crosstrek Lite, these are the tents that our DIY trekkers might be utilizing (what you see within the image beneath).

How did the tents change into mild? That’s as a result of we moved to the lighter nylon material over the polyester material. We reworked each inch of the tent to cut back weight with out compromising on the roominess or efficiency.

Our new Crosstrek Lite tents, which weighed as much less as 2.4 kilos, labored splendidly in temperatures as much as -10 levels. Image shot on the Gidara Bugyal trek

Extremely environment friendly cooking gear:

One of many largest issues of trekking is the provision of light-weight cooking gear. This consists of the range, the cooking gasoline, and vessels. We’ve been compelled to make use of cumbersome butane burners or small LPG cylinders. These usually are not good for DIY trekking.

However Sree LPG (one of many largest non-public gasoline firms in India), after numerous analysis, was in a position to make a extremely environment friendly butane gasoline canister weighing simply 220g. The gasoline. mixed with a super-efficient cooking range (which additionally weighs simply 225g). has modified how we cook dinner on our treks. A piping sizzling cup of chai for a staff of 4 now takes 6 minutes to make. With the premixed meals kits, a meal for 4 will take you about 18-20 minutes to make.

Talking from private expertise:

Two weeks in the past, we experimented with all this gear on a brand new route of the Gidara Bugyal trek. It was a 5 day trek, the place my staff and I carried these sleeping baggage, tents, gasoline canisters, stoves and meals. We cooked for ourselves, pitched our personal tents and navigated on our personal. Regardless of the excessive altitudes, excessive chilly and unsure terrain, all the gears labored brilliantly.

Any ardent trekker on this planet would give an arm and a leg to get such premium lightweight gear.

Our co-founder Sandhya cooking with our DIY burners on the Gidara Bugyal trek.

Having stated that, let’s transfer on to the paths that we’re opening up for DIY trekkers.

Trekking trails open to DIY trekkers:

To be frank, not each trek is appropriate for DIY. The terrain, security and navigation play a giant function on this. Now we have opened solely six treks in Uttarakhand as DIY treks —

– Ali Bedni Bugyal
– Kuari Move
– Kedarkantha
– Brahmatal
– Dayara Bugyal
– Deoriatal-Chandrashila.

These treks have a few of the best sceneries of our nation, however may also maintain you secure. We are going to add extra treks to this portfolio as DIY trekking grows.

The best way to go about it:

We’ve made a easy course of so that you can plan a DIY trek.

  1. Select a trek out of the above 6 primarily based in your health and expertise (notice that they’ll all have snow between January and mid-April)
  2. Select the gear you want from us
  3. Accumulate your kits from our workplace in Dehradun
  4. When you accumulate the kits, meet our Slope Supervisor on the base camp of your trek. He/she provides you with an in depth information and any help earlier than the beginning of the trek.

On the trek, you’ll be trekking by yourself, utilizing a GPX file to navigate. You’ll be cooking and tenting by yourself too. If you’re attempting DIY for the primary time, don’t fear. The navigation package has the route put down intimately. You’ll not get misplaced.

A notice of warning: Don’t attempt DIY trekking you probably have not trekked earlier than.

Our DIY treks will open from January fifteenth, however registrations have begun.

Plan your trek anytime after January 15. We do have restricted DIY kits, so register in your DIY trek quickly.

The web page beneath has a type you can fill to precise your curiosity. A member from our DIY staff will get in contact with you when you fill it up. We are going to speak to you as soon as to see in case you are able to handle a DIY trek by yourself.

The above web page additionally offers you all details about what’s included within the kits, how we’ll help you and the way a lot it might price.

I hope you get an opportunity to expertise treks DIY type, Sandhya. As a result of having simply returned from one, I can let you know it’s mountains other than an organised trek!

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