A Comprehensive Guide to Trek in the Himalayas

Have you been wanting to explore the formidable peaks of the Indian Himalaya, but not known where to start? These guidelines & tips from our travel experts will help you avoid the newbie mistakes and make sure the journey exceeds all your expectations.

Planning and Research:

Planning to trek the Himalayas

Planning to trek the Himalayas

The Himalayas is the highest mountain range with 9 of the 10 highest peaks in the world. This mountain range also stretches wide for 2400 km across 5 countries: India, Nepal, Bhutan, China & Pakistan with the first 3 having the most sovereignity over the range. Understanding the Himalaya would take lifetimes to achieve, so prior decisions about the trekking level, budget, the place and the time of the journey. Plenty of maps and guide books in addition to the expansive online information are available to know more about these mountains.

It is better to know more about the region of the trek and aclimate oneself to the local conditions. The terrain is challenging and it is always advisable to trek with an expert or a local guide to ensure a smooth journey. There are various kinds of trekking accommodations like camp stays, lodge stays, home stays or even luxury stays to provide a comfortable rest through the journey. The walk itself is not as challenging as the sickness from increasing altitude or the fear of hygiene. Mental and physical fitness is absolutely necessary for the moderate to hard trekking routes. Thousands of people from world over visit this region and thus trekking equipments, facilities and safety have drastically improved.

List out your needs and requirements for trekking in the Himalyas & India tours and Travel can help you find the best package within your budget.

Packing the Backpack:

Packing for a Himalayan Trek

Packing for a Himalayan Trek

The key to a comfortable journey is travelling as light as one can. But this does not mean cutting down on clothing or the protection gears needed while travelling. It is absolutely necessary to carry enough clothes and jackets to keep us warm during the trek. There is no one to impress at such high altitudes, so safety and comfort is first priority.

Begin by choosing the right backpack to carry along with you. You might either have to carry it yourself or you could hire a porter or mules to carry them for you. Whichever the situation is, it is wise to pack well in a compact and sturdy backpack. The essentials for a Himalayan trek are –

  • Clothing to keep you warm – Woolen socks, Thermal wears, Fleece pants & shirts, Down Jackets, Gloves and Head gears if needed.
  • Comfortable trekking shoes with Gaiters for protection. Covered light weight shoes for the nights are optional.
  • Trekking equipments – Trekking poles, Sunglass (UV Protection), Insulated water bottle, Sleeping bag, Pocket knife, Head torch
  • Medical kit depending on your needs. Mosturizers, Lip balms, pain killers, bandaids, sanitizers and sunscreens are a must.
  • Carry plenty of high-calorie food items like chocolate bars, Nuts, Energy drinks, Vitamin tablets and dehydrated fruits & vegetables. Also repackage food items to avoid carrying garbage labelling

Carry a daypack with the essentials that you might need during the trek. A water proof Duffel bag might also come in handy.

During the Trek:

Trekking the Himalayas

Trekking the Himalayas

Primary requirement before we begin the trek is to make sure you are medically fit. Get a doctor’s check-up before the start of the journey to check for ailments.

Hike in a group with an experienced guide to avoid wandering away from the trekking track. Also travelling in a group helps us in case of emergency and for safety purposes also. The Himalayan trek is very challenging and beginners can have a memorable journey if they have the right preparations. Unless we have enough experience with the terrain, it is always advisable to follow the instructions of the lead guide to keep us warm, safe and healthy through the trek.

Ascend gradually with no more than 300m a day after crossing 3000m. Also, begin the trek below 3000m to acclimate to the region & avoid Acute Mountain Sickness. Use the Trek poles to aid in climbing up and keep yourself hydrated all the time. Bring tablets or a purifier to filter water before you consume it. In case you have mild headache or fatigue or light-headedness immediately contact the tour guide and stop ascending immediately. Proceed only after the sympoms have gone.

These mountain regions are very rich in eco-diversity and a strict no-trace policy is followed in all the trek routes. Ensure to clean the camp area before you proceed further every morning and carry all garbage with you till you reach a proper place to dispose them. A pristine view with stark, naturally breath-taking landscape is made possible only with the combined contribution of all the travellers.

Water-proof everything with plastic covers and keep yourself dry. Carry your id cards with you and leave a copy with someone you can contact in case of an emergency or email youself a digital copy. Create a schedule and stick to it in case you are travelling by yourself or if travelling with a guided travel group have a copy of the itinerary and leave a copy behind at home so that people know where to contact you.

The Himalayan region is one of the most adventurous and engaging with views of snow capped, rugged mountain peaks worth all the effort. Numerous travellers flock this 2000km stretch all round the year for an experience of their lifetime. Book your trip to this magnificent region with India Tours and Travel soon and get the best offers for you trek to the Himalayas.

 

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