part of their life. You do
not want you to be led by oratory machines but establish a communication
exchange between you and the region you are in. All leaders are trained
in first aid and group dynamics. Also you will appreciate the difference
between foreign leaders and the educated locals who give you the opportunity
to interact and learn more about the place.
Will I get sick?
Tour provides you some basic medical assistance.
A doctor in all entry points in India would take of minor complaints
if you have any during your stay there. ABVIMAS carry comprehensive medical
kits in case of emergency. Their expert cooks provide hygienically
prepared meals. Also ensure that besides everything they may provide,
the participant’s health, hygiene and food is of prime concern
to all travelers. Ensure that adequate facilities and options are
made available to you.
Is the country politically
stable and safe?
is one of the largest democratic countries in the world. As such there
might be some disturbances in some parts of the country. The sheer
largeness of the country does not effect the daily life of the residents
in other parts. Life moves on as usual, unperturbed.
the trails crowded?
There is so much to see in India that all tourists who go there get
distributed and move out to different parts of the country in their
search of new destinations. For those who choose the Himalayas, get
further disintegrated and move out to the enormous variety of treks
and climbs available. As such you may find no other foreigners apart
from your group for days on end. At the peak season, you may probably
see some other trekkers. Even then there will be far less people than
you would see on a normal walking trail at home.
Should I purchase a
lot of expensive gear to go on a trek?
ABVIMAS provide free the most expensive items - a sleeping bag, warm
jacket and sleeping mat. You have to provide the other personal clothing
items you need. This will involve some expense, although you will
be amazed, by how much use you will be able to make out of clothing
you already own. It is preferable to bring your own sleeping bags
What photographic equipment
should I take?
Most trekkers would like to record their trip on film. Himalayan treks
offer a wealth of photographic possibilities and carrying a little
extra photography equipment can be worth its weight. Single reflex
cameras with interchangeable lenses are most suitable for the situations
that you will encounter. Lenses should include a wide angle (28-35
mm) for buildings and landscapes, a tele-photo (70-200 mm) for un-obtrusive
portraits and close-ups of mountain peaks. A macro lens will help
you photograph flowers of Himalaya. Carry plenty of film as you will
probably end up taking more photographs than you planned (a roll a
day should suffice). Make sure you have waterproof covering for your
camera, equipment and extra batteries. You will need an ultra violet
and polarising filter for high altitudes.
Will I get altitude
It depends from person to person, while one may get sick at a lower
altitude, the other might not get affected even at a much higher altitude.
The operators normally carefully plan your tour in stages to make
you acclimatise during the trip. Leaders keep a personal check and
take all possible precautions. In case of a problem, you should inform
your group leaders.
type of food is served on a trek?
Normally hot meals are served all along the trip, though
at times packed lunches may be given when distances between stops
do not permit cooking. A variety of Indian and continental dishes
are prepared with fresh meat and vegetables. Most tour operators arrange
for the food and also have an accompanying cook to take care of the
details. Make sure the tour operator you plan to go with takes care
of these details.
about overnight accommodation?
Where possible most operators prefer to organise the stay in countryside
hotels or rest houses. For the major part of the trek, the accommodation
would however be tend to be in tents on twin sharing basis. Bathroom
and sanitation facilities are improvised and made as comfortable as