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 Dayara Bugyal, Kedarkantha and Brahmatal. All 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 gripTrekking 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 can 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 we use arctic tents that accommodate 8-10 people.

Are accommodation 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 civilisation or buildings on the treks. No concrete toilets are available. We have toilet tents. Being environment friendly and hygienic is important. All tissues need to be buried. Sanitary napkins need to be wrapped in newspaper and brought back in a zip lock pouch. No disposing them in the mountains.

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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17 thoughts on “The Himalayan Mountain Challenge Programme -FAQ

  1. My Name is Setu Das. I am a Bangladeshi citizen. I want to trek stok kangri in Ladakh. I want to get the permission of the trek from IMF. As a Bangladeshi can I get the permission for the trek from IMF?

    1. Hello Setu
      I would suggest you write to the IMF directly to inquire about this. They have a running website and do reply back to emails. If you need help writing to the IMF you could read this article.

    1. Hi Gurneet
      We do not have any batches as of now. But there is a slight possibility of us having a couple of batches in October. Please keep checking the website for more details.

  2. Hello there,

    Me and my wife from Sri Lanka would like to go on a trek with you guys. do you’ll have tents for couples? Many thanks

    1. Hi MoSaj,
      It is possible to stay two people in a tent as a couple. However, there will be an additional cost of Rs.2,400 per tent for the duration of the trek.

    1. Hi Navya,
      This is mandatory for difficult treks. For other treks, you will be required to submit fitness proofs at regular intervals before the trek start date.

    1. Hi Akhil,
      There are no cancellation charges for volunteers since there is no trek fee to be paid. However, we prefer if there is no cancellation to help us plan our volunteer requirement.

  3. Hi ! My son is of 8. I want to do trek with my son.
    pl suggest .
    i have done ” ROOP KUND ” through INDIA HIKES in 2012.

    1. Hi Kapildev,

      There are many treks you can go on with your sun. May I know what months are you looking at?

  4. Hello IndiaHikes Team,

    1. Do you send any reminders/updates to registered participants via email/text? For example, to share fitness certificate, workout snaps etc.
    2. Do you disclose or create any kind of group of trek participants before the start of trek?

    Thank You.