Frequently Asked Questions
Trekking is walking for long distances, unlike hiking which is always a multi-day affair. Treks have substantial infrastructure of wide trails, guest houses, and food stops. Hiking is
wilderness experiences, whereas trekking is defined by infrastructure on the trail. Most
treks are easier to organize and beginner friendly due to the fact that carrying all your life
isn’t necessary, and having snack stops along makes the experience a little less strenuous.
With that said many famous treks are high altitudes which make them more physically
Almost anyone in reasonable physical condition can go trekking.
Some exercise like walking or even jogging may help you for a trek. Individuals/ Elders with
respiratory and cardiac ailments must avoid the more demanding trails.
One must wear shoes with thick soles and enough grip to tackle the terrain. The best pair is
one that has been broken-in much before one embarks on a trail. Avoid wearing new shoes
that may turn your pleasure trip into agony. Sneakers should do fine unless they are ill
fitting. Hunter shoes with canvas are also a good bet for any season. For monsoon, avoid
wearing shoes that have little or no grip.
The terrain, weather, and light conditions affect the rate of climb. The more adverse the
conditions are, the slower the pace. Moving too fast, even under ideal conditions, produces
early fatigue, requires more rest halts, and results in loss of climbing time. Breaks are kept
to a minimum and helps in the journey.
Trekking is one of the best ways to get in touch with nature and enjoy the beautiful world
around you. Trekking is an adventure sports which involves some kind of risk. One need to
take proper precautions or it could be fatal.
It is advisable to stick with the group and follow your guide, you won’t get lost. The guide
will be carrying a whistle, be attentive to it. Remember the trail you go by.
There will be a first aid kit with each tour guide for your safety. The guide will be having
professional knowledge of the risks.
Drink lots of Water. Consumption of water to maintain 70% water level in your body.
Wear clothes that will absorb sweat and let it evaporate easily. Replenish your liquid intake
often. You may add some salts to the water to replace the ones lost by sweating.
Do not disturb wild life/insects as they may cause you harm. Do not leave the main trekking
trail, and do not walk alone. Walk with the group for your safety, so animals will get
Try using several thin layers rather than just one or two thick layers. This allows you to peel
layers off or put them on depending on the weather and the time of day. For your base-
layer choose a fabric that ‘wicks' moisture away from your skin and dries quickly. Take
cloths that are fully wind and rain proof, even if you're trekking in a normally dry climate.
We provide them on trek basis is and when required: please see individual trip notes for
details. If you are using your own sleeping bag we suggest you to play safe and bring a
warmer bag than you think you need: it is better to be too warm than too cold. A sleeping
bag liner adds warmth too. The most effective mattresses are self-inflating air mattresses
and a lightweight self-inflating pillow can also help you sleep more comfortably.
This is personal preference. Some people need them, especially on treks with long ascents
and descents, others find they get in the way and prefer to manage without it. It is up to you
If you have weak hips, knees or ankles they are an effective way to reduce the strain.
This depends on the trek. In warm weather and on easy terrain you can get away with
walking shoes but more often you'll need good quality leather walking boots with decent
grip and secure ankle support. Boots that you carry must be fully waterproof. Please see
individual trip notes for details.
You should carry a hat with wide brim and advisable to have a neck protection; lightweight
shirt and quick-drying fabric; shorts (2 pairs); sunglasses; sun-cream and – most importantly
of all – plenty of water. Check individual trip notes for more specific information.
Take several thin layers to wear as they are more effective than just one or two thick layers.
There should be a windproof outer layer to combat wind-chill. Choose a thermal base-layer,
and fabrics that take sweat away from your skin to avoid getting wet and cold. You need to
protect your hands and feet with high quality thermal gloves and socks, also a hat to protect
We would suggest that you only embark on family treks (short treks) if your kid is between
the age group of 6 to 15. Moderate treks are advisable for the age group of 15-18. For all
other treks we recommend a minimum age of 18 years.
It is advisable to start with walking 2 weeks before the actual trek start. You should try to
choose similar distances that you will experience on the trek. Training sessions at the gym
helps too, but there are no substitute for simply walking for several hours at a stretch daily for
two weeks (minimum).
We will provide you the list of trekking equipment also it must be checked that clothing and
footwear – are all comfortable and works OK.
All you need to carry is what you need during the day, for example water bottle, camera,
extra clothing, sun-cream and a small personal first aid kit. We recommend a 10 to 20 litre
of day pack for most of our trips and larger pack for the handful of treks where you are
supposed to carry gear for an overnight stay.
Acclimatize slowly and prepare yourself for the trekking .We have planned our trek
itineraries such that we do gradual acclimatisation once we climb above 2,500 metres.
Altitude sickness is easily phenomenon and can affect the fittest trekkers just as easily as
the less fit. Just keep your fluid intake up and stay hydrated.
We will carry a first aid kit. But this is intended for emergencies only, so it is advisable for
you to have a small personal kit of your own to deal with any cuts, scrapes or blisters you
may pick up along the way. The more remote you trek the more comprehensive you should
have personal first aid kit.
On a lodging based trek this is no issue, however imagine a scenario in which you're in a
remote or mountainous area. Each trek is diverse so please check the important outing
notes. In remote parts of the Himalayas for instance you can charge batteries from town
power supplies. But Keep in mind that your camera batteries rundown more rapidly in the
extreme conditions. Its a smart thought to have couple of batteries in the event that
something goes wrong.
It completely depends on which trek you're doing. There are some campsites which have
showers but more often you will be in the wild and water may be limited. There may ne
times such that you will have a bowl of water for washing each morning and evening, other
times not even that – see individual trip notes for details. You should carry a lightweight
travel towel, also a good supply of wet wipes and hand sanitizer.