At a reflex level, trekking is a physical
challenge: a simple desire to pick a path and
measure up to the terrain and the elements. The
adventure component adds the spice of uncertainty,
raising the stakes for you to test yourself in
On a deeper level, trekking is a bridge between
ancient lifestyles: the fixed vision of a settler
counterbalanced by the transient motion of a nomad. As
an evolution from a simple walk into a more self
sufficient venture, trekking requires simplification, a
reduction to portable basics, and implicit trust in your
ability to define what you need to live.
Because of the vastness of the terrain and altitude
difference, trekking trips can be undertaken the whole
year round. Treks range from low altitude treks in
winter to the crossing of high passes in summer when the
snowline recedes, It is also possible to combine all
three-river running, trekking and mountaineering. The
conventional trekking periods preferred are mid-April to
May-June before monsoon and after the rains in the
months of September-October-November.
Team Size & Precautions :
Trekking is best enjoyed in small groups not
exceeding eight or ten. This also allows the hillside to
regenerate. Larger parties create administrative
problems and pollute the hillside. It is advisable to be
medically examined before starting, hence narrowing down
the possibility of altitude sickness. The first-aid kit
should include basic medicines and bandages foe cuts and
burns, headache, nausea, constipation, diarrhea, sore
throat, eye lotion and diuretics. Cold Cream should be
applied liberally before the day's walk. Running water
from a stream should be used and washing done well
downstream of camp-sites. Above all it is essential to
acclimatize and keep one's own comfortable pace; allow
for time to 'stand & stare' and heighten one's
perception by some prior reading on the area.
Essential Equipments :
Personal clothing, including woolen shirts,
pullovers, T-shirt, shorts, leather jacket, long-johns,
socks, personal toilet items, camers and film, should be
included to suit the duration and altitude bags to
collect and carry away garbage.
Trip Grading (Grade Description) :
- Low altitude excursion, with or without trekking
is appropriate for anyone in good health.
- Trekking below 5250m. upto six hours a day
requires some trekking experience, through not
essential. It would facilitate orientation.
- Trekking routes going above 5250m. thereby
require greater physical activity, including
sustained periods above the tree line. So, previous
trekking experience is preferable.
- Good physical condition and basic mountaineering
skills are essential.