What should I carry in my medical kit?
Here is a list of medicines you should ideally have in your medical kit.:
- Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)
- Dexamethasone – one strip
- Nifedipine – 5 tablets
- Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)
- Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)
- Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)
- Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)
- Disprin – 6 tablets (headache)
- Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)
- Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)
- Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)
- Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters
- Gauze – 1 small roll
- Band aid – 10 strips
- Cotton – 1 small roll
- ORS – 10 packets
- Betadine or any antiseptic cream
- Moov spray (aches, & sprains)
You can usually find the list of medicines mentioned in Things to Take tab of your trek guide:
Why should I carry my own cutlery on the trek?
Carrying cutlery has become a natural practice among backpackers. Yet, there are a few trekkers who wonder why carry their own cutlery. While we can easily provide shared cutlery, here are two main reasons why carrying your own cutlery may be a blessing for your stomach’s health on a trek.
The first thing that one needs to consider is the overall hygiene. Trekkers’ personal cutlery includes a plate, a coffee mug, a spoon and a lunch box. Cleaning everyone’s cutlery takes a lot of time. The kitchen staff has a huge task in hand of cleaning the kitchen cutlery in bulk, in difficult weather conditions.
It keeps stomach upsets at bay
Sometimes, the cutlery cleaned by our staff comes out moderately cleaned and as a result, trekkers are prone to stomach issues. To solve this problem, we ask trekkers to take responsibility of cleaning their own plates and mugs. The results have been very encouraging, with fewer complaints of stomach upsets. It has been observed that trekkers are doing a better job in cleaning their personal cutlery.
Can I rent gear from Indiahikes?
You will be able to rent shoes, thick jackets and trek poles from us on select slopes. Write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Rental requests will be taken only online.
Is taking a poncho mandatory?
Up in the Himalayas the weather is very fickle. It need not be rainy season for it to rain up there. Very often, the heat of the day ends up causing showers late in the morning or afternoon. It’s also common to wake up to a cloudy day which means that your trek could be in light drizzle all day. To be ready for all these uncertainties, a poncho is an integral part of a trek.
Which shoes should I buy?
For a Himalayan trek, any shoe you buy would require this: a good grip, breathable uppers and ankle support. Ankle support is extremely crucial. You can watch this video to learn to choose the right trekking shoes. We recommend Forclaz 500 High from Decathlon. Check out our review of it here: https://indiahikes.com/forclaz-500-high-mens-hiking-shoe-review/
Do not get sport shoes. They will not be comfortable.
Is a trekking pole compulsory?
Trek poles are mandatory. It greatly helps in reducing effort required to trek and can save upto 40% of your energy if used properly. Trek poles also help in giving you balance and stability on tricky sections, especially during descents.
You can watch this video to understand why you need a trekking pole.
What should I take to keep warm on a Himalayan trek in summer?
First, check the highest altitude of the trek. That determines the woolens that you’ll carry. With Indiahikes most summer treks will go to around 15,000 feet.
Even in the peak of summer when Delhi is reeling at 45 ºC, temperatures at your highest camp can dip to 0ºC or even lower. At your mid altitude camps temperatures in the evening can be around 4 – 5 ºC. This can chill to your bones. The last thing you want to do on a trek is risk hypothermia.
Carry three layers of woolens on such treks. One sweater, one fleece jacket and finally a hollow fill jacket. Add on a balaclava, or a woolen cap that covers your ears (not both).
A weather proof gloves is required. You are going to spend a lot of time on snow.
Carry three pairs of sports socks. They are warmer than regular socks.