FAQs on BASCOOL Membership

Frequently Asked Questions
Membership Benefits

What are the Benefits of becoming a BASCOOL Member?

  • Unlimited free treks for 1 year!
  • Curated treks to pristine locations.
  • Tents for camping during multi-day treks.
  • Qualified Trek Leaders / Instructors graduated from premium trekking or mountaineering institutes.
  • Instructors / leads trained in CPR, Basic Life Support and Wilderness First-Aid.
  • First Aid kit for the group.
  • Planning and arranging the treks.
  • A company of like minded individuals who treks not just for leisure but for learning as well.
  • Gear rental facility for BASCOOL members.

Why are you providing free treks?

We believe, all hills, mountains, rocks, rivers etc. belong to all residents of the country. It is the right of every resident to get fresh air and to live a healthy life. There should not be any fee to hike or trek a hill (yes, there could be fee for trail maintenance and trekker safety). So, if you have your own transportation and if you can arrange your own food for the trek (pack and bring), your trek should be free.

What do you mean by unlimited? How many treks will be conducted in a year

A minimum of 30 treks will be scheduled in a year ( 52 weeks ). This means an average of 2.5 treks in a month.

Membership Fees

How much is the Membership Fee?

3999 is the fee for one calendar year.

Any discount for WTC Graduates of BASCOOL?

All WTC folks, will get one year free membership ( at the least).
That is,

  • Those who’ve joined WTC in 2019, will get free membership till end of 2020.
  • Those who’ve joined WTC in 2018 or earlier, can get free membership till end of 2020, if they register for WBC (Wilderness Backpacking Course).
  • Those who join WTC in 2020 will get free membership till end of 2021.
  • Those who join WTC in 2021 will get free membership till end of 2022.
  • and so on.

What is the validity period of the membership?

Membership is valid from January 01 till December 31 of the same calendar year.
Even if you join in the middle of the year or leave in the middle of the year, the validity is for the entire calendar year. There is no part-year membership

If I am joining in the middle of the calendar year, will I get any reduction in membership fee?

No.
However, at the end of the year if you are not able to attend the minimum guaranteed number of treks, you are eligible for that refund in accordance to the money back guarantee.

During the middle of year I might have to move to another city or country. In that case, will I be able to get any reduction in membership fee?

No.
However, at the end of the year if you are not able to attend the minimum gauranteed number of treks, you are eligible for that refund in accordance to the money back guarantee.

Money-back Guarantee

What is the money back guarantee?

BASCOOL guarantees to arrange a minimum of 30 treks in a year. If we fail to provide 30 treks, we will refund the entire membership fee after the year end.

Apart from that, we also guarantee that you will be able to attend at-least a minimum of 3 treks in a year. If you are not able to attend 3 treks a year, you are eligible to get a partial refund of your membership fee.

How much will I get in refund as part of the money-back guarantee?

You are eligible for part refund depending on how many treks you were able to attend.
0 trek(s) – 1500
1 trek(s) – 1000
2 trek(s) – 500
3+ treks – No refund

What is Included

What all are Included?

  • Curated treks to pristine locations.
  • Tents for camping during multi-day treks.
  • Qualified Trek Leaders / Instructors graduated from premium trekking or mountaineering institutes.
  • Instructors / leads trained in CPR, Basic Life Support and Wilderness First-Aid.
  • First Aid kit for the group.
  • Planning and arranging the treks.
  • A company of like minded individuals who treks not just for leisure but for learning as well.
  • Gear rental facility for BASCOOL members.

Can Non-Members participate for individual treks?

No, the member treks are NOT open to the public.
However, members are allowed to bring guests but, there will be a trek fee for the guests.

Can I bring a friend for a hike?

Member treks are NOT open to the public.
However, members are allowed to bring guests but, there will be a trek fee for the guests.

What's Not Included

Transportation?

If you are coming in own transportation, you need not pay anything. If 5 friends want to join for a trek, it will be cheaper if you guys come in your own vehicle. You will not have to pay anything to BASCOOL.
If anybody bringing their vehicle has empty seats in their vehicle, you may join them and you will not have to pay anything to BASCOOL.
If you opt to avail BASCOOL transportation for the trek, there will be a fee ONLY for transportation. For 1 day treks, the fee will be 700 per head and for weekend treks (2 days), the fees will be 2000 per head

Food?

We believe different people have different food choices. Some people like to spend a lot for food while others like to pack and bring their own food. Because of that, we will not charge anything for food. While travelling, we will stop for food but, it will be self sponsored.

Stay?

  • If we are camping, BASCOOL will provide tents FREE of cost.
  • If we have to stay in a homestay, hotel or dormitory, BASCOOL will get you the best deal available in that area with decent facilities. We have a network of service provider partners. Those expenses will have to be borne by individual participants.

Entry Fee?

If there is an entry fee for a particular national park or region or peak, individuals will have to pay them on actual.

Trek Details

How long will each trek be?

Majority of the treks will be one day trek within 200 km of Bangalore. Few multi-day treks will also be arranged.

What are various trek destinations?

As of now, we have identified at-least 30 treks in and around Bangalore. Every year, we explore and add new treks to the arsenal. We don’t reveal most of our trek destinations to the public; only members will be informed about “on what date?”, “which destination we are heading to”, etc.

Can I attend any trek / event organised by BASCOOL?

No. You can (only) attend treks marked as Member Treks.

Apart from Member treks, BASCOOL will conduct training programs, practice sessions and trips exclusively for graduates of our courses. Those are not included in the Membership program. You will have to pay and register separately for those events.

Will there be any water activities, rope activities etc. during the treks.

Nope. These are purely trek events. However, if there are safe water bodies near our treks, we may take a stop to take a dip.

I am working M-F and is free only during weekends. Will there be treks over weekends?

Yes, in fact majority of our events are planned for the weekends.

I cannot get leave on weekends. Will there be treks during the weekdays?

Yes, there will be treks during the weekdays as well.

Will the hikes/treks be strenuous?

Majority of the treks will be beginner to intermediate level. At the same time, we will also have some strenuous treks as well. Such treks will be specifically mentioned as strenuous.

Membership Eligibility

How fit do I need to be to attend this?

All of the treks will be graded as H1, H2, H3, H4 etc. in increasing order of difficulty. This grading will help you make an informed decision whether to attend, prepare to attend or not to attend at all. Please refer to this list for trek grades.

However if you have any heart conditions, allergies and any other condition that could potentially be a hazard, please consult your doctor or physician before you enrol. We also request that you let us know of any condition that you think we need to be aware of. .

What is the age limit to enroll?

10 – 15 years old: Must come with an adult
15 & above: Can come on their own.

Safety

Are these treks safe for girls?

Yes.

First Aid, Emergency and Safety Policy?

At BASCOOL we give supreme interest to safety. BASCOOL’s all trek leaders are Graduates of Wilderness Trekking Course (WTC) and/or Trek Leader Course (TLC). They are also certified first responders trained in Basic Life Support and Wilderness First Aid.

Can I bring my pet?

Sorry, we can’t allow pets.

Equipments

Do I need to buy any equipment for this program?

No, you will just need the general trekking attire. Refer this page for more information.

If I need to buy or rent any equipment, will I get any guidance from BASCOOL?

Yes, the trek leaders and instructors of BASCOOL are always available to help you choose the best equipment for your needs.

Location

What is the location of the program?

All the 1 day treks/hikes will be within 200 kilometers of Bangalore. Multi-day treks could be beyond 200 km.

Can a non-resident of Bangalore participate in this program?

Yes, you may, but please note, as of now, this member hikes are planned keeping Bangalore in mind.

Transportation

Will Bangalore Adventure School provide transportation for the hikes?

Bangalore Adventure School will be providing very limited transportation for a fee. However, BASCOOL encourages everybody to arrange their own transportation.
You may also discuss in the FB Event page or WhatsApp group and find carpool options. If you have a vehicle and can take more passengers, please post in the FB event page and help a fellow participant.

Is Transportation Expenses also free?

If you are coming in own transportation, you need not pay anything to BASCOOL. If 5 friends want to join for a trek, it will be cheaper if you guys come in your own vehicle. You will not have to pay anything to BASCOOL
If anybody bringing their vehicle has empty seats in their vehicle, you may join them and you will not have to pay anything to BASCOOL.
If you opt to avail BASCOOL transportation for the trek, there will be a fee ONLY for transportation.

What will be the fee for BASCOOL Transportation?

For 1 day treks, the fee will be 700 per head and for weekend treks (2 days), the fees will be 2000 per head.
For out of state trips, the fees will be 2500 per head due to the road tax that we need to pay at the state border.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Will I get a refund if I want to leave the membership midway?

No.
However, If you haven’t attended the minimum number of treks, you are eligible to get the refund as guaranteed by the money back guarantee. Also for that, you will have to wait till the membership period ends.

Have More Questions. Can I talk to someone?

WhatsApp group to ask queries :
BASCOOL Membership – Interested

Facebook group to ask queries : Friends of BASCOOL

Or Fill the form below. We will contact you.

Related pages

Please visit the following pages
1. Difference b/w Hiking, Trekking, Backpacking & Mountaineering
2. Wilderness Trekking Course (WTC) 
3. Wilderness Backpacking Course
4. Mountaineering Course
5. Trek Leader Course

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