How we work

How we select destinations?

This is the easiest part. You can literally place a pin randomly on the map of Indian Himalaya and that place will turn out to be a ‘perfect destination’. We do however a bit more than that.

The trips are selected so as to have a perfect mix of:
  • Activities: Trekking, camping, skiing, rafting, paragliding, mountain biking or just chilling-out.
  • Duration: From 5 day short vacations to 12 day treks.
  • Time of the year: Every month there is atleast one trip. The intention is to take advantage of the ‘best season to travel’ in a particular region.

How we decide the people/ organizations to work with?

From own experience with them and through recommendations. The criteria being:
  1. Nativity. We hire locals to work in their region only. What this means is that a Kumaoni porter, no matter how good he is, will be hired only for treks there and not, lets say, in Garhwal. This applies more to Organizations like a local NGO or a rural co-operative.
  2. Their core competency. In case of more than one organization operating in a region, we will pick the one whose core competency matches our requirement.
  3. Training. Obviously wherever possible we prefer trained staff. E.g. Guides trained from Mountaineering institutes.
  4. Any organization promoting women in the tourism industry is highly preferred. E.g. In Darma valley our trekking party had 3 girls as assistant cooks/ guides. A first in Himalayan treks.
  5. Their experience in the field.

How cost is calculated?

A holiday in the Himalaya is first divided into the following components:
  1. Transportation
  2. Stay and food
  3. Adventure activities
  4. Trekking equipment, guides and porters
For each of these components, quotes from all available choices are listed. E.g.
Component Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3 Choice 4
Transportation A B C D
Stay A B C D
Adventure A B C D
Trekking A B C D
The 'best possible' choice for each of the component is then selected based on the following:
  • Prior experience with the establishment.
  • Inputs from experts in Himalayan travel.
  • Books and magazine articles and reviews.
  • Online travel forums and blogs.
Best possible = Credentials + best service quality + Max contribution to local economy
For example:
Component Choice 1 Choice 2 Choice 3 Choice 4
Transportation A B C D
Stay A B C D
Adventure A B C D
Trekking A B C D
The final optimized plan = Transportation (B) + Stay & Food (C) + Adventure (A) + Trekking (D)

How it helps?

I spoke about vested interests earlier. The biggest advantage when you travel with CWH is that we don’t have any vested interests when it comes to going to a particular location, associating with a particular organization or staying at a particular place. The entire Himalaya is open for us. We pick and chose locations, organizations, places of stay based on a very transparent method. The idea is to work with the best in that particular location.