What happens if there is a medical emergency?

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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!

Is it safe for children to trek?

Yes, it is. You must understand that there is a certain age to get children start trekking and only certain kind of treks they can do. We will detail them.

By the time kids are 6-7 years old, they are ready for a day trek. You can take them on a day trek around the city and see how they fare.  When kids are eight or nine they are strong enough for a four/five day Himalayan trek. However, they cannot do treks that have long hours of trekking. Children have short bursts of energy and difficult treks are just going to tire them out. This article has listed out the best Himalayan treks you can do with your children: https://indiahikes.com/top-5-treks-children/

Is it safe for those above 60 to trek?

This depends on your fitness, prior trek experience and your lifestyle. We would be able to guide you personally. Please give us a call on 9343831803 before registering.

I’m a solo woman trekker. Is it safe for me to trek?

Absolutely! Around 33 per cent of Indiahikes trekkers are women and a lot of them come solo. None of them have faced any issues on the trek. In fact many of them say they feel safest when they’re on a trek.

There will surely be other women on the trek. And our tents are usually separate for men and women. You’re sure to find some like minded women on the trek.

This article will help ease your mind: https://indiahikes.com/i-have-never-safer-than-when-on-a-trek/

How does Indiahikes ensure my safety?

At Indiahikes, we aim at taking safety levels to a global standard. We have worked on it over the past seven years. By now, it is safe to say that Indiahikes is the safest trekking organisation.

We look at safety through three aspects: 1. The processes we follow 2. The equipment we carry and 3. The people we work with. Indiahikes is the leading trekking organisation in India. We have been perfecting our safety operations over years to adhere to international processes.

Our Trek Leaders are certified mountaineers who are trained repeatedly on safety issues. They are all also NOLS certified Wilderness Safety Responders. NOLS is a non profit global wilderness school. This is not a certification you get easily.

Like our Trek Leaders, our mountain staff are also trained in safety processes. We do not outsource our work. Our mountain staff have been working with us for years and imbibing the safety processes of Indiahikes.

We carry equipment to take precautions and also ensure safety. Microspikes make it safe to trek on slippery surfaces. Pulse oximeters are used to keep track of your oxygen saturation.

We check your Blood Pressure at the base to see it is within the medically accepted level. Oxygen cylinders and gamow bags are carried for extreme circumstances.

You will find this article to be of utmost help: https://indiahikes.com/indiahikes-trek-safety/

Our founder Arjun Majumdar details the all what we do as an organisation for a safe trek.

What is the average age group of the people who trek with Indiahikes?

Our trekkers are a mixed bunch. From the corners or the world to either ends of the timeline. Our youngest trekker is 6 years old and oldest is 65 years. The average age of our trekkers is 18-35. Most of them are from metro cities.

There is a steady increase in the number of women who are trekking with us. Nearly 33 percent of our trekkers are women.  

If you are going on a difficult trek, you are likely to be accompanied by seasoned trekkers as well.

How many IH staff members will be there for a batch of 25 people?

There are four staff members for a group of 25 trekkers. Good question. You’ll be accompanied by a Trek Leader, who is an experienced trekker in the Himalayas and is proficient in handling medical emergencies if any. He will speak English and tie the team together. There will also be an Assistant Trek Leader with him – someone who is training to be a future trek leader.

Along with a Trek Leader will be two guides – one at the beginning of the group while trekking and one as the sweeper in the end.

Apart from these three main people, there will be cooks and helpers at every campsite that will manage your food, tents, equipment, etc.

I’m trekking solo. Is it ok?

Of course. Solo trekking is one of the most liberating activities. You meet new people and also enjoy some much needed solitude.

It is completely safe to trek solo. Our tents are separate for men and women, so you have nothing to worry about.

Your Trek Leader will play a number of games to break the ice between you and your trek mates. By the end of the trek, we guarantee that you will have a friend who has gone beyond a Facebook friend request.

You can read this article about one of our trekkers who trekked solo – https://indiahikes.com/i-cant-wait-for-my-next-solo-trek/

Who from Indiahikes will accompany me on the trek?

Good question. On your trek, you’ll be accompanied by a Trek Leader, who is an experienced trekker in the Himalayas and is proficient in handling medical emergencies if any. He will speak English and tie the team together. There will also be an assistant trek leader with him – someone who is training to be a future trek leader.

We pride ourselves for the quality of our trek leaders. They are knowledgeable, intensively trained, are certified mountaineers and wilderness first responders. Frankly, they alone are enough reason to trek with Indiahikes.

Along with a Trek Leader will be two guides – one at the beginning of the group while trekking and one as the sweeper in the end. These guides are seasoned trekkers and are also trained in basic life support.

Apart from these four people, there will be cooks and helpers at every campsite that will manage your food, tents, equipment, etc.

Oh! And you’ll also see many mule men along with their mules.

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