The Himalayan Mountain Challenge Programme -FAQ

 What is the fitness level required for the trek and how hard are the treks?
The treks locations we have for the programme are Ali and Bedni Bugyal, Dayara Bugyal, Deoriatal-Chandrashila and Kedarkantha. All four treks are graded as moderate treks by Indiahikes. You need to be able to jog for 20-25 minutes and cover  4 kms to do the trek comfortably. You can watch the video below for preparation.

Do I need to carry any trekking equipment ?
Indiahikes will carry sleeping bags, liners, mats , tents and other equipment. You need to carry your personal gear. Check this video for things to get.

What is the source of drinking water?  Is it safe to drink?
Water source is natural streams, rivers and water springs in the mountains and it is safe to drink.

Do we require a trekking pole?
What you need a trek pole for is third point of balance. It helps share the load of the backpack and gives you propulsion. Carry a trekking pole if you have one, otherwise you can pick up a sturdy fallen branch on the trail and use it for support.

 Are trekking shoes mandatory? Can I use floaters to trek?
Floaters are not recommended for treks- you need a shoe with a good grip and high ankle support. Have a pair of comfortable shoes with good grip. Trekking shoes will make the trek comfortable but are not mandatory. If you are buying a pair if trekking shoes, make sure you wear and walk around in it before you come on the trek!

 What will the daytime and night temperature be?
On the slopes, day time temperature will be around 15-18 C and night times will fall as low as -2° to -4°C.

How many people will share a tent?
Tents will be shared by 3 people. In some locations arctic tents may be used. Then 8-10 members may share one tent (one team).

Are accomodation for men and women separate?
Yes, men and women will not be sharing tents, unless in arctic tents.

Can we expect rains during the trek?
Sudden showers are expected, always carry a light rain coat or water proof windcheater/poncho.

What kind of food do you provide?
Indiahikes uses a well planned menu suitable for high altitude treks. Breakfast varies from bread and butter, semia, poha to sandwiches and cornflakes. Lunch mainly comprises of roti or puri with sabzi. Dinner is complete with Dal, rice, roti and dessert. Dry ration of biscuits and chikki will be provided as well. You may carry nuts and dry fruits if necessary.

Do I need to carry any documents with me?
Carry an original ID card and a photograph.

Is there a doctor accompanying us on the trek?
There are no doctors on the trek but your trek leaders are trained first aiders. A full fledged first aid kit will always be with the team.

Do you provide toilet tents? Is it necessary to dig catholes?
There is no civilization or buildings on the treks. No concrete toilets are available. Women will have toilet tents. Being environment friendly and hygenic, going outside for nature calls and making cat holes is encouraged .

Is there any provisions for taking bath?
There is no provision for bath at the base camps or on the trek.

Do we get mobile signal on the trek?
On most days of the trek, you won’t be getting any signal. You may get intermittent signals at some points. Idea, Airtel, BSNL work best.

Are smoking and drinking permitted on the trek?
Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited on the trek. You can watch this video to understand why alcohol is a big NO at high altitude.

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Sandhya UC

Sandhya UC

Sandhya is a partner at Indiahikes. Over the past ten years, she has explored and put on the map few of the greatest Himalayan treks in India, including Kashmir Great Lakes and Kedarkantha. She believes in sustainable living just as she believes in sustainable trekking.

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