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A one week immersive learning in the mountains on independent hiking – map reading & navigation, Himalayan terrains, lightweight gears, traverse planning, topography, food & shelter, etc.
Participants will check into a beautiful basecamp in the mountains where above topics will be taught through theory, practical assignments on mobile and hands-on field assignments in the surrounding forests and meadows. They will plan and execute multiple day and overnight hikes to master the art of independent hiking.
Spring 2023 (Apr-May) – All batches are full
- Batch 1: Apr 16-22 – full
- Batch 2: Apr 23-29 – full
- Batch 3: May 7-13 – full
- Batch 4: May 14-20 – full
- Batch 5: May 28-Jun 3 – full
Autumn 2023 (Sep-Oct)
Individual batch dates will be fixed 3 months prior (June) and confirmations will start after that so participants can make advance travel arrangements. Register below to get notified.
Each batch (8 people) runs for 7 days: Sunday till Saturday. 5 weekdays (take leave) + 2 weekends covers travel & participation. Previous Sat / Following Sun can be used for to / from travel. People usually travel through Delhi (train/flight) and take overnight bus to Manali.
Interested participants for upcoming editions register here. Confirmation / payment will happen 3 months prior to the start date. Do not re-register if you already signed up earlier but did not attend.
Cost = 25K INR. This includes 7-day packed course condensing years of valuable field experience, comfortable stay and delicious food in a beautiful, remote basecamp in the mountains and personalized guidance on your future alpine hikes. This amount equals cost of 1 commercial hike and gives free lifetime independent hiking.
- Pre-joining Fitness – participants will initiate a 2-3 months “Get fit routine” to ready themselves for the field assignments in mountains
- Himalayan Geography – understanding the geography of the Indian Western Himalayas, main ranges, valleys and rivers
- Map reading & Route planning – topographic maps, Open Street Maps, Survey of India, Satellite maps
- Navigation & Trail finding – master different techniques to navigate – GPS based, geo-referenced maps, pre-recorded routes, terrain reference, contours, compass
- Planning your journey – understand elevation profiles, acclimatization
- Weather & Seasons – importance of weather and seasons to plan your journey
- Night stay & Shelter – identifying suitable campsites, different types of shelters, how to pitch up tent, sleeping bag
- Food planning & Hydration – choose the right nutrition and planning food ration, cooking, identifying water points
- Fast-hiking & Minimalist gears – benefits of lightweight hiking, clothing, shoes, backpack, electronics & managing power, technical gears
- Himalayan Terrains – understanding valleys & streams, human settlements, high ranges & passes, forest & meadows, rock & ice, snow
- Managing Wildlife – precautions, avoiding surprise encounters
- Mapping Routes – map your own hiking routes in Open Street Maps for the international outdoor community
- Future Hikes – organizer will provide guidance in planning future self supported hiking
- Economical – one bootcamp equals the cost of one single commercial trek and gives you a lifetime free hiking
- Sustainability – independent hiking (solo or small group) leaves a smaller footprint on the environment vs. large organized groups
- Hospitality – experience unseen humanity in unexplored regions vs. frequented touristic places
- Gratification – of planning and executing your own independent hikes is immense
- Freedom – make your own way, chose your own destination, pace and schedule
- Knowledge/Learnings – gain insight in route planning, navigation, terrain study, weather & season planning
- Peacefulness – experience inner peace while exploring the lesser known paths far away from the crowded commercial locations
- Accomplishment – sense of accomplishment is far greater than an organized trek where everything is pre-arranged
- Decision making – your decision making and planning skills are tested every day
- Prioritize – between want to have (comfort) vs. need to have (essentials)
Ultra-runner, explorer, alpinist and minimalist. Born in Belgium, settled in India since 1998. Quit the corporate world in 2017 and since then into full-time exploration of the Indian Himalayas. Founder of the Chennai Trekking Club, a 40 thousand member volunteer based non-profit outdoor community. Explored the South Indian jungles for over a decade. An accomplished ultra-runner having ran self-supported ultras over thousands of kms across the Indian Himalayas
In recent years I have explored (mostly solo) over 10 thousand kms across the Western Himalayas (Uttarakhand, Ladakh, J&K, Himachal) alpine style, self planned and navigated. I have been teaching independent hiking to the outdoor community for the past 10 years. I strongly believe in independent hiking as a more sustainable way of exploring the mountains. In the same spirit I GIS mapped the Indian Himalayas in detail to support the International outdoor community.
My motto “Die with memories, not dreams”.
Web site – ultrajourneys.org
Profile – instagram.com/petervangeit
|Alpine Style Hiking||Organized Group Hiking|
|Environmentally sustainable||Environmentally deteriorative|
|Plan own route and understand terrain||Guide shows you the way|
|Differentiate between needs vs. wants||Porters carry luggage, comfort|
|Hospitality in untouched places||Crowded commercial campsites|
|Sense of accomplishment||Everything taken care of|
|Discover yourself – push your limits||–|
|Total freedom||Fixed schedule, group, pace|
|Pre-trek preparation & fitness||–|
|Peacefulness||Crowded touristic places|
Advanced Field Bootcamp
Schedule: Autumn 2023, 1 week
Agenda: planning and execution of a one week long OSM traverse with Peter Van Geit across a challenging (notch above above basecamp) non-touristic passes in Himalayas traversing glaciers, snow, moraines, streams providing full experiential learning on becoming an experienced independent hiker traversing the lesser known trails
Expert Field Bootcamp
Schedule: Winter/Summer 2024, 1 week
Agenda: planning and execution of a one week long exploration journey with Peter Van Geit exploring a yet unmapped route through legacy maps in remote corners of the Himalayas. This will teach expert traverse planning and trail finding skills.