We at inditramp are unashamed proponents of independent trekking. However, at inditramp HQ we do receive a lot of emails from commercial trekking operators, guides and trekkers that claim independent trekking is a foolhardy endeavour and it is irresponsible to promote it via our magazine. We can safely ignore the arguments of organised trekking operators who promote a “sahib” style trek because it is their business model. Nevertheless, we realise that different people perceive “independent trekking” in different ways. Thus, it is only fair that we give try to define what independent trekking means, and how it fits in the broader spectrum of trekking and hiking as a whole.