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About our Programs

Our programs are designed for three different target clientele: The Corporates-for designed Adventure Learning and Experienced Hikers-for Pioneering Treks and Passionate beginners – for Introductory Theme Treks.

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    Adventure Leadership Program (ALP): Is aimed at such corporates who truly believe in Leadership education and grooming leaders from within the system. The format is based on many popular programs that are offered in the West for Outdoor Leadership Training. We believe that in today’s world the dollars spent on sending employees outdoor has a very high fun quotient, which with experienced design and facilitation can also be a method of great internal education. When props of the modern life like money and cell phone are no longer present and one is in the laps of nature and under its mercy, one’s innate abilities come through. If such experiences can be designed well, one can discover one’s own inner attitudes and abilities about planning, organizing, decision-making, conflict resolution, teaming and influencing. Such experiences redefine the perceptions one has about oneself and the world around. When nature teaches things, the realizations are likely to be genuine, long lasting and one that will initiate change for the better as we have already experienced in many of our programs. We believe, designed explorations are much more probable to initiate an attitude building journey compared to classroom teaching, intermittent coaching, or psychometric tests. (Watch the AV explaining the concept)
  2. Introductory Theme Treks : These are aimed at introducing aspiring and beginner trekkers into theme based expeditions. We have currently handpicked about 10 interesting routes we discovered during our SFex expeditions which are listed in the “Theme Routes” page on this site. Such treks are usually centered around interesting and informative themes on the mountains. Executives and professionals wanting a break into the laps of nature for taking some time out find these interesting. People with reasonable fitness, passion for mountains and nature and in the age group between 25 to 55 can come in these treks.  These are usually supported with the same logistics, technology and experts that we put together for more sophisticated and difficult expeditions so that participants can have a glimpse of the expedition. To enhance these aspects, routes are carefully and deliberately chosen- routes that are not usual and off the beaten track so that the experience is such, one can write home about. One such example can be found on our news page here.
  3. programs-01 Snowscapes Flagship Expeditions (SFEX): These are designed for experienced mountain travellers who have already done the beaten path in the Himalayas. They would be people who do not have much time in their worklife to plan for explorations as documented in the British Era and yet want to explore completely unexplored or rarely explored nooks and crannies of the Himalayas. While serving these customers we aim to reproduce and perhaps emulate the experiences that we design for ourselves. This involves diligent effort for finding out possible pioneering routes, feasibility study of the routes, detailed mapping and route digitization, government permissions, planning the logistics, preparation of contingency exit plans, organizing trained and experienced resources, execution of the expedition, documentation and finally promotion of the expedition. We believe with each one of these expeditions we are adding tremendous value to topographical research and documentation of the greatest mountain range on earth. (See more details here)

What do our programs offer to the clients which others won’t

The Outcome of the Program Design

We are NOT in the business of organizing cheap tours to difficult destinations. The way the programs are designed enables our participants to achieve the following at the end of the trek under the guidance and control of a highly experienced team of coaches. The aim is not just to enjoy nature but also learn how to enjoy “Adventure” in the true sense. It is not about just having fun but also about setting off on a journey inward to explore oneself.

  • Exploration of extremely beautiful and rare valleys in the Garhwal Himalayas
  • Pioneering or rare trails, experiences to “write home about” in the true sense
  • Basic navigation and hiking skills including map reading
  • Basics of trail walking, ascent, descent, Glacier Traversing
  • Sequenced obstacles and tasks with predesigned constructs
  • Customised terrain and difficulty levels
  • Independent planning of expedition tasks (Navigation/ Logistics)
  • Expedition documentation
  • Completion certificate of a scientifically calculated difficulty rating method. (Another pioneering effort by Snowscapes)
  • Graphically documented memories in both still and video formats
  • Ability to personally plan and lead easy expeditions
  • Personal feedback and reflections

This will happen through the following stages of the planned expedition.

Pre- Expedition Briefing and Tasks

Sub Teams shall be created, Roles identified in them and expedition-planning tasks shall be assigned. This may involve spending few hours on the Internet and perhaps a pre-travel meeting within the team. This process will be essential to forming the team and getting prepared mentally for the experience.

Expedition Execution

The expedition shall be executed according to the itinerary or with few variations. Each evening there shall be a discussion and briefing session preferably around a campfire. Teams shall be assigned tasks to complete which can be comparatively more a challenge for the mind than the body depending on what time of the day the task is assigned. Tasks may involve map reading, documentation, film shoots, kitchen assistance, foraging for water, collecting firewood and setting up the camp etc.

Post Expedition Briefings and Memorabilia

This may involve individual discussion sessions with team members to document their experience and personal feedback if any. The team shall be gifted a Photo/Video documentation of the team experience.

Ten Things That Others Won’t Do/Have

  1. Learning Outcome The itinerary is created keeping in mind the need to create a “Designed Experience” in a controlled environment. It is true that in these routes one may not face all the challenges that we face when we travel above the permanent snowline in extreme snow conditions. However, with a team of experienced guides and facilitators, difficulties can be simulated without compromising safety which can heighten and accelerate the learning to deal with difficult situations in the mountains and in real life. Detailed flow chart of activity can be provided on request to few people from client’s side (so that the design is not compromised).
  2. The Team :Trek leaders that are experienced in ensuring the learning and development outcomes. The trek leaders are also experienced facilitators who would have a briefing and debriefing session every evening that would be a mixture of information, day’s reflection and task assignments for the next day. An individualized feedback and reflection session is also done at the end of the event.
  3. Gadgets and Electronics : Our treks are reputed to be the very few in Indian Himalayas that use hi-Tech gadgets in the form of Navigation/ Weather Information, Communication Equipment and safety devices.
  4. Technical Gear and Welcome Kit: Although the technical grade of a trek can be predicted with a fair degree of accuracy, weather and dynamic topography of Himalayas sometimes upset the best laid plans. Our teams are equipped with high-grade equipment for the above. The welcome kit supplied free of charge contains basic camping essentials that can be instrumental in starting the adventure fever in subsequent years as well.
  5. Medical Support : We do carry fully equipped medical gear in the trek to handle unforeseen and difficult circumstances so that first aid can be given in case of any exigencies. One paramedic goes with the team to provide medical support to team members in case of emergency. In the view of overall safety, a medical briefing is given to the team before the start of the trek and a medical health check of the entire team is done every evening. In case of any emergency or discomfort on part of any team member, the camp leaders decision is final about returning the said members back to safety. Each expedition route is designed to have emergency evacuation options. Details about medical allergies are sought before the commencement of the expedition.
  6. Variety of Cuisine : We believe that team members deserve a good meal after ending a hard day’s work. We therefore believe in providing a choice of cuisine, which is planned beforehand with the team. But while designing the menu, the camp leader’s decision is final in case one has to avoid certain kinds of food that is not suitable for high altitudes.
  7. Accurate and educative information about Topography, Flora, Fauna and Eco-Sensitivity.
  8. Weather predictions on a daily basis. The one factor- weather can make a huge difference in either achieving or not achieving the adventure objectives. Although the world has not yet seen the most accurate weather prediction mechanism, we have experienced that many of the resources that we have referred to in the past for weather have been most reliable in many trying circumstances and thereby sometimes saving us from very tight situations during the SFEX expeditions.
  9. Team Colors- Photo and Video Documentation of the trip. We take our own still and video cameras to shoot high quality footage to be stored as memory later. We have our own custom-made movie format that enables us to quickly produce high quality MP4 movies that the participants can take back home with. Some examples of such short films can be seen on the video page. The team T Shirt and Caps that’s custom-designed for each trek, containing a brief graphical sketch of the area, also serves as a good memorabilia to show to friends and families.
  10. A completion certificate from Snowscapes that relies on calculating the dynamic rating of a trek on 11 different factors. Some of these factors are static and some dynamic which causes a trek to have different difficulty grades in different times of the year. Discussions are currently underway with some of the reputed operators to standardize this rating system under the guidance of IMF.

Are people looking for above features? May not be. At least not today, but we believe if a corporate is spending money for its employees, it should be for the above and perhaps in that order if possible.

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