How To Enjoy Your Trekking In India?
Few things can be as exhilarating as walking in the midst of nature, and feasting on the amazing sights and sounds of a country. India is a land of diverse natural beauties, and you can get everything from forests to streams and rivers, snow capped mountains to seas and green valleys. The majestic Himalayan, Zanskar, Karakoram and various other mountain ranges are famous for trekking tours, and people from all parts of India as well as from other countries come to the mountainous areas for trekking purposes. If you are interested in Trekking in India, here are some useful tips on how to prepare yourself.
Pack the essentials
Always put a first aid kit into your travel bag, which has to consist of all essential first aid medicines, any special medicines that you take every day, and bandages. You should also carry a travel map, a compass wristband, sleeping bag, umbrella or waterproof jacket, foam mattress, water bottles, matchboxes, torch — all packed into a rucksack consisting of broad, strong straps. You would also need water purifier tablets, to avoid diarrhea and dysentery which are common problems from trekkers, as well as sunscreen lotion to keep your skin safe from UV radiation from extended exposure to harsh sun rays.
Take a stove along
Although natural water resources on trekking paths such as ponds, streams and rivers look tempting, they are not safe to drink from. It is a better idea to carry a stove along, so that you can boil water while on the trip and prevent health problems.
Get the permits
You do not need any permission for treks up to a distance of 4,900 m in India, and undertake these trips simply on tourist visas. However, for treks over 4,900 m, you need to get a permit from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF) beforehand. You will also need camera permit, if you want to capture or record photos and videos.
Get a local guide
Other than the essentials and permits, you would also need a local guide to assist you. It might be tempting to hit the road alone. However, it is always a safer option to travel with experienced guides who know the trekking routes like the palm of their hand. They can assist you in case of any emergency, and also show you the best attractions close to your Trekking route which would be left unexplored if you travel alone.
If you would be travelling in changing weather conditions, you would need both cold and warm clothes. One of more porters are necessary, in order to carry your belongings. Carrying them all on your own can be tiring, and you will miss out on the fun. It is a good idea to hand over a strong bin liner or Camel Bak back packs to your porter, to ensure that your precious outfits do not get damaged due to water or cold.
Following these tips will ensure a safe and fun-filled trekking & Cycling Trip for you in India, and know the country, its traditions, culture and people from up close.