Leisure And Travel
Two girls meet on a Himalayan trek and that is how it all starts, both leave their jobs to start a company together to curate experiences for groups and families. Two years later, from being an amateur to becoming a pro, The Great Escape has become one of the most sought after travel companions for outdoor enthusiasts, family and groups. They are one of the few travel startups to be wholly owned by females. Over the years they have specialized in organizing leisure trips and group outdoors to give local experience without losing the professional touch.
We are people working extensively to add experience to your excursion and travels. We wish to promote a healthier life by bringing people closer to nature and away from gadgets, we are the Escape key that you have always been wanting to press from a long time.
"Jammy" as we fondly call her has been trekking and backpacking all over India and neighboring countries for more than 10 years. Her favorite drink is tea, her most comfortable bed is under the stars and the mountains are her second home. Working earlier as an Interior designer, Jammy found her calling in the mountains and now she has been successfully leading and guiding teams on treks and expeditions for 8 years . If you are up for some tuneless karaoke and lots of singing, reach out to her
Try to catch up to her pace on an uphill climb, I dare you, I double dare you. An accomplished mountaineer, Reetu's love for trekking and travelling started 8 years ago. From then onwards, she left her lucrative career as an electronic engineer and pursued her dream of travelling around the world. A good book, a campsite by the river and lots of dogs and puppies is what keeps her going. Don't forget to ask her to make a cup of masala chai and Maggi for you, it's delicious. 😃
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The experience made me thankful for the weather conditions that forced us to shift the trek from rupin pass to har ko doon. The service (or the complete lack of it) has made me wary of trusting budding "passionate" trek organisers(?) Basic facilities starting from hot water at first base village, communication (too much when unnecessary and surprisingly scarce when required) food, transport & "certified" Trek leaders..nothing was done right. For us, they turned out to be a third party who charged us for a job they did not do. One illogical response in a patronising tone after a medical emergency has left me with nothing nice to say. It's like the paper they make you sign..' Go at your own risk! '
5 months, 1 week ago
Had there been an option of negative feedback, I would have given it. Few reasons follow: 1) A lady in our group was bitten by a dog. The first people to get their first aid kits out, were three of our own, not the trek guides. The dressing was done by one of our own, not the trek guides. The trek guides appeared as if they had no clue about whats to be done for a dog bite (suggestions from them included applying roasted chilli powder to the wound) and thanks to that, she missed the RIG injection and keeps living in a dilemma of whether or not being susceptible to rabies. So much for the grandly certified 'trek leads'. 2) They talked to each of us on phone and had a lot of discussions before we left from Pune. Whats the point of all these calls, if none of our requirements had reached the trek guides. That clearly shows a grand lack of communication in their team. The trek guides had no clue of our itinerary. Whats worst is, one of the guides (among the two) didn't even know the name of the two ladies, and the other had never talked to them. 3) Our food preferences and the quantity of food required was communicated multiple times for over one and a half months before the trek. After this, every trekker in our group had been underfed for the first few days. One of our trekkers was lactose intolerant and had to leave his lunch for three days (after repeated requests) as they kept using ghee for rotis. After a day's trek, they kept feeding maggi, pasta and practically anything and everything that was made of maida in the name of snacks. So much for health. 4) The dry pits dug were initially some 8 inches in height (for those who do not have a hang of it, you can feel your shit touching you). When asked to dig a deeper pit, we were told that its our mistake that we filled it up. Out of the 11 people, 6 went outside (and of-course buried it). So, the organizers were trying to tell us that two dry pits (there were two) filled up because of 5 people going in it in a single day. By this rate, I wonder what excuses India Hikes or YHAI would have to give considering there large batch sizes. 5) Absolutely no clue about choosing camping locations. Our camp on second day was made after leveling grazing fields of cattle. For those who cannot understand what it would lead to, we were in between some 50 kg of dung by about a dozen cows which refused to let go off there sacred space. As if this was not enough, a fire was lit near it and we had to sit on the dirt. The only respite was that the two trek guides (please notice the difference, not 'trek leads', as the great escapes might make you believe) were really nice people and understood when we explained what we wanted. They never had any communication about a thing from the two ladies running the show.
5 months, 1 week ago
"The Great Escape" upholds its name, literally! Among the couple of trekking organisations that I have hiked with in Himalayas, TGE is one of the best. They plan the trek very well, adapting the route and camping locations to factors like weather and the footfall. The support staff is experienced and deft, food great, and trekking practices "green". The organisers themselves are friendly and look after the group well. At the same time, they are firm, decisive, and in a mode of continuous improvement! It is a pleasure trekking with TGE, and I would highly recommend them! Good luck Reetu & Jamila...and keep rocking !
The review is long due. I went with the organizers of The Great Escape multiple times and it was a very memorable experience. Well organized and curated treks with attention given to the minutest details. The organizers Reetu and Jamila are the best and I would recommend them to any
Here from the past few trek experiences organised by The Great Escape are GREAT 👍 Professionally a well organised and friendly team, you guys (Reetu & Jamila) have built a great team (on & off the field) Almost this team is very good in all stages like the accommodation, food, travel, guidance & instant decision making. They value the time & money spent by their customers. This unique experience – it is much and seriously appreciated. Continue delivering the same 👏 Hope to join more trekking/trips in future with The Great Escape 😊 Best wishes to grow big & bigger 👍
Joined the Spiti Valley trek ...Very well organized in every aspect ( Travelling by Road , Homestays , Trekking ) ..Reetu & Jamila you both are super girls, good knowledge about the terrain, always ready to help & take care of every team member...I would recommend everyone to go with these guys ...
Very well organized treks. I know the organizers personally and can vouch for fun filled events that they organize. I have already done three Himalaya treks and taken multiple trips with them. They're my go to travel companions
I have attended only one trip/event with TGE as of now and I loved it. It was well organized, the organizer was really cooperative and helped everyone in the team to make the trip a memorable one. I'd highly recommend this group to all friends and family and would love to attend their future events. Thank you.
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