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Advance Planning and Preparation
If you are planning to walking
or trekking in Himalaya so demands a degree of physical fitness in which muscles
are conditioned to take the rigors of ascent and descent in long marches. A trek
is enjoyed more if you are not particularly tired on reaching the camp after a
day's march. Even if you are only moderately conditioned at the outset, it will
not take more than 2 to 3 days to become almost fully conditioned after a week
you will either be perfectly tuned or completely fed up, depending upon your
mental and physical responses.
Mental preparation is more
complex than physical condoning. The Indian experience is likely to be a
cultural shock which you must learn to absorb. You need to adjust your mental
attitude, at least temporarily, to the ways and responses of the people and
sights encountered wherever you happen to travel. Not only that, read few books
about the Indian Himalaya and acquaint yourself with India from authentic
sources. Most Europeans who have never visited India before have wrong ideas and
notions about the country.
Information on trekking
Today's Styles of Trekking -
Make sure you like hiking in the first place! Then consider some short hikes
nearer home to develop basic fitness. Consider carrying a backpack, camping for
days together, walking on rough trails, the different foods, the language
barrier, and the time you can allot to trekking. This will help you to select
the trek best suited to you.
Walking alone or with a few
friends can be wonderful, though it is easier for the young as you need to put
more than walking into your day. If you plan to camp out and cook, develop
stamina. If you plan to stay in local homes or teahouses, than you must know the
language a little. Be prepared for smoky rooms, lice and fleas, and crying
babies. Also to be considered are difficult to find trails.
Carrying all your gear can be
the most tiring way to walk in the mountains, so you could make arrangements
with a local porter or a guide who will help you find your way and procure food
and shelter. Making your own arrangements can be approach a local tour operator
for the tasks and the trekking tips according to the news of climate to be very
honestly. Most operators also provide equipment, making it unnecessary to carry
or buy large tents and sleeping bags.
Preparation for the Trip
There are various factor to
consider, both mental and physical, in preparation for the trip. : -
Physical conditioning of the cardiovascular system
with aerobic exercise.
Background reading, maps etc.
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Camping and Cooking Equipment
This depends on the style of trekking, but if you
are totally equipping yourself then you could consider the following:
Sleeping bag with liner and foam mattress.
Sturdy rain-proof tent.
Backpack, day pack and probably a duffel bag to
keep in storage in hotels while on trek.
A kerosene stove that can be
cleaned easily, a leak-proof fuel container. Lightweight pots, pans and cutlery.
Favorite food items.
Food and Fitness
First rule for anyone
interested in trekking in the Himalayan region is that one must be good in
physical and mental condition. Good food is essential part of the trekking and
here good food does not refer to costly delicacies but wholesome and nutritious
diet. Choice of food is limited once you leave the town and head for wilderness.
In many villages there is no dhaba and the trekkers have to be on their own for
However freshly cooked food has
no substitute as tinned food losses its taste after some time. Ready to eat
packets are not available in most of the villages. Roadside dhaba or small
hotels in town and villages offer simple but wholesome meal. Rice chapatti
pulses and seasonal vegetables are the best choice.
Basic dry ration like rice
sugar flour pulses powder milk tea leaves and vet oil are available in most of
the village shops.
Trekkers should carry dry
fruits chocolates sweets soup packets coffee powder biscuits butter cheese
noodles etc. form the town market.
Trekking in Himalayas is means
one must be free form any type illnesses. Mentally and physically. In case of
felling of uneasiness or minor illness it is better to delay the trip as medical
facilities may not be available in the interior areas. Though there is a vast
network of primary health centers and community health centers in the state
.many times doctors don't join their services in far flung places and these
centers remain without a doctor. Elementary medicines may be available in far
off places but one should be self sufficient as far the medicines are concerned.
No other mountains deserve the
kind of respect the Himalaya do in terms of altitude. As the Himalayan Rescue
Association likes to point out : 'The Himalaya start where other mountains leave
off.' Remember it is the sleeping altitude that is critical. Acclimatization
susceptibility to altitude sickness. Men and women are equally susceptible and
children more so.
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