What is a typical Trekking Day like?
You normally start your day early to enjoy the mountain peaks
which are bathing in the sun. After a hot breakfast and some wash
you typically carry with you a light sack containing your camera,
a lunch box and some of your clothes like a wind cheater.
Porters usually carry baggage and equipment - leaving you free
to enjoy the peace and beauty of the mountains and valleys.
By late afternoon you reach your destination where the tour operator
sets up your camp and prepares a dinner.
Evenings generally tend to be lively with some porter entertaining
you with regional songs while a friend improvises on a musical
instrument. Sometimes you will sit around the camp fire, have
a discussion or simply stay alone depending on your mood.
What happens if I get Sick?
Depending on the situation you will throw in a tablet helping
you to move on, have some days rest or being immediately repatriated
or brought to a hospital. Most tour operators carry first aid
box and basic medicines with them like pain killers. If you need
any special medicament like one against certain allergens, you
have to bring it from home and carry it with you.
A special case of illness is called "mountain sickness"
or "high altitude sickness". Typical symptoms include
headache, uneasiness or psychical stress symptoms. If you know
to be sensitive to high altitude sickness immediately move to
lower altitudes as soon as the first signs show up. Also try to
acclimatise properly before moving to higher altitudes. Stay for
longer periods at a base camp, drink lots of water or climb up
only 1,000 meters per week.
Are the Himalayan Trails Crowded?
to the enormous variety of tracks in the Himalayas, you may not
see another trekking group for days. Generally, the remoter the
area, the fewer the visitors.
What Equipment do I need for a Basic Mountain
You need a tent, high altitude sleeping bag, foam mattress, rucksack,
trekking shoes and clothes protecting you from sun, wind and storms,
such as hat, cap, gloves and sunglasses.
Your tour organiser can typically provide you with everything
from a GPS device to an oxygen tent, from a ceramic water filter
to kitchen equipment for a specific trip. Don't bring this stuff
with you. Hire it from your tour operator.
What Photo Equipment do you recommend?
If you are not used taking snaps, bring a lightweight, waterproof,
compact camera with you. If you're already a "semiprofessional"
a single reflex camera with interchangeable lenses is suitable
for most situations. Lenses should include wide angle (28 to 35
mm) for buildings and landscapes, a zoom (70 to 200 mm) for unobtrusive
portraits and close-ups of mountain peaks. Macro lens will allow
you to take snapshots of Himalayan flowers. Carry plenty of films
with you (or corresponding storage devices for your digital camera)
and make that the camera cover is waterproof. Also you will need
extra batteries and ultra violet and polarizing filters for high
altitudes. Films with adapted sensitivity are a must.
What Food is served?
Most tour operators serve hot meals along the trip. At times packed
lunches are served in places which do not permit to cook. If you
have special food needs like Vegetarian or South Indian, inform
your tour operator beforehand.
Where do I sleep?
Where possible most tour operators will offer you country side
hotels or Government rest houses. In remoter areas tents are the
rule. Bathrooms and sanitation facilities are often not provided
in the mountains but a bath in a mountain lake will compensate