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 unfamiliar territory.
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 &
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
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.
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
Good physical condition and basic
mountaineering skills are essential.