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Things you need to know before you trek

Trekking in remote areas has a certain amount of risk to body and life. The risk multiplies when you include high altitude to the mix. Over the years there have been many fatalities in the field of trekking and mountaineering. You should join a trek only if you and your family members are aware of the risks you are putting yourself into.

Fitness Required

Himalayan treks are tough. The terrain and the weather can get unforgiving. You should be mentally and physically prepared for this.
  • First and foremost, you need to be honest with yourself about your capabilities.
  • Secondly while on the trek, you need to keep your guide informed of any conditions affecting you.
  • Thirdly, The trekking guide is your leader while on the trek, you have to follow every instruction he/she gives. It is for your own safety.

Trekking in the Indian Himalayas needs a much higher level of physical and mental fitness. If this is your first trek then please talk to a friend or colleague who has trekked in the Himalayas before to understand if you are ready or not. You could also contact us and we will be pleased to talk to you.

If this is your first trek, please choose an easy one, even if isn’t your first one, while on the trek the guide could send you back at his discretion, if he feels your are physically unfit.

As a side note, running and cycling are two good sports to measure your current level of fitness, because they tests not only the strength of your legs and your endurance but also your heart and lung capacities. If you live in Bangalore, we can connect you to running coaches who can help you become fit in a couple of months, contact us and we can put you in touch.



What to expect on an Trek

Transportation

Vehicles used to reach the basecamp are usually Boleros or Tata Sumos.

Food

We all love food, at least most of us do, so ensure you have your fill of what you love before you embark for the trek. On any Himalayan trek expect food to be very simple its usually Maggi or Kichdi (plain rice and lentils), anything else is a luxury. The menu also depends on availability of raw material and then, sometimes even the best of cooks may not make the kind of food mom makes at home.

The raw material for food is carried by porters or mules, so a 5 day trek of 10 people would mean 5 x 10 x 3 (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) = 150 meals. This is quiet a lot of raw material. So if you feel, the quantity or nourishment was not as much as you are used to at home, you now know why!

Lunch is usually packed lunch, which is prepared in the morning.
You should carry some dry fruits/ORS/chocolates etc to munch along if you so feel, this may not be in the guides plan.

On the trek

Everyone has his reasons to trek, but we have strict rules for the guides listed on our platform. The following are the do’s and don’ts. Guides or Trekkers violating the rules, may not be allowed to use the platform if it comes to our notice.
  1. Alcohol, Tobacco or Drugs is strictly not allowed.
  2. Littering is not allowed, please carry all the plastic and paper back with you. If you come across any litter, collect it and take it down with you. Send us the picture of the litter you collected with a brief write up about you and we could feature you on our blog.
  3. We do not encourage any kind of loud noise on the trek, shouting or loud music is a no no as it could be disturbing to other trekkers.
  4. Be enthusiastic while on the trek, help your fellow trekkers and volunteer to help the guide for chores on the trek.

Tents and campsite chores.

On reaching the campsites, far from our cosy bedrooms on the loving laps of the mountains, you could savour the embrace of the mountains. In the meanwhile your guides would be busy setting up camp and preparing your food. The mountain feels more beautiful with teamwork, so do lend a hand to your guides in setting up the tents and helping them in other chores at the campsite.

The tents are usually 3 or more person tents. Which means you would have tent-mates for the night to share your stories. This is the norm.

Backpacks

A trekker has to carry his own backpack for the entire trek, so it goes without saying that you should carry a light backpack. Sometimes guides do help carry the backpack on extra payment. This would need to be discussed with the guide before hand. Here is a checklist of items you should consider to carry.
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