Can we have a bath on the trek?
Well, no. On most treks there are no bathrooms. There are only toilet tents, where you have to go to the loo and step out.
So you have to go geared with wet tissues and give yourself a thorough wiping at the end of a day’s trek. (Remember to bring the tissues back with you. Don’t dispose of them there.)
If you’re staying at Joshimath, Lohajung or Sankri, there are rooms with bathrooms. If you’re lucky and get hot water, then take a shower. But don’t depend on it. Go geared for six days of no showering.
On another note, you won’t find the need to shower on your trek. Within half an hour after you stop trekking, the cool air usually makes you feel cold and all thoughts of a bath disappear. Not showering is an experience by itself. Make the best of it. 🙂
What do we do if we have to answer nature’s call during the trek?
While on the trek, there are several times when you may have to go to the loo, especially if you’re well hydrated. So we stop the whole group, you go a little up trail and answer nature’s call.
If you have to do the big job, dig a small pit, finish your business and cover it up with mud. From our experience, such instances are few.
What kind of toilets do you have on treks?
We have toilet tents on our treks. These are basically cat holes dug deep into the earth, where you use the toilet and cover it up with cocopeat. These are dry toilets without water, so you have to use toilet paper. This might take some getting used to. So start practicing at home. 🙂
On some of our slopes, where there is a possibility, we have Indian toilets with water as well. You’ll have a choice of either kinds of toilets.
Both toilets require you to squat. So make sure you’ll flexible!