activity does not
require prior training or practice, except that the
trekker should be in good physical condition, there
are certain dos and don'ts which should be adhered to. Routes should be carefully chosen, as some treks may
be more difficult, or may involve high altitude trekking.
It is generally advisable to be accompanied by a local
guide. Ensure that the pace of the trek is not too rapid,
since this could result in exhaustion, and would in
any case not be enjoyable.
adventure season, which till recently, was confined
to the summer months, now covers almost the entire year,
including winter. This has been made possible by improved
equipment and transportation, and the availability of
year-round bookings in areas, hitherto, considered inaccessible.
Moreover, winter treks are gaining popularity as a means
of 'getting away' to relatively lower altitudes.
It is advisable to be medically examined before starting
a trek. The first aid kit for the trek, should include
basic medicines and bandages for cuts, burns, headache,
nausea, constipation, diarrhoea, and sore throat. Running
water should be used for washing, and washing should
be done well downstream of campsites. Keep a map handy,
and set a comfortable pace. Allow for time to enjoy
the panoramic and magnificent sites of the awesome mountains,
rivers, flora and fauna.
Permits: Indian nationals need no permission for trekking in any area,
outside the Inner Line. For routes inside the Inner Line,
the local District Magistrate's permission, or that of the
Central Home Ministry is necessary. For foreigners, crossing
the Inner Line is not permitted. Treks upto 4900 mts need
no permission, and can be undertaken on tourist visas. For
treks above 4900 mts, prior permission is to be taken from
the IMF. Camera permits are also necessary.
Equipment: A firm rucksack with broad straps, sleeping bag, foam mattress,
comfortable walking shoes, raincoat, torch, matchboxes, umbrella,
and water bottles are essential. Personal clothing including
woollen shirts, pullovers, T-shirts, feather jacket, longjohns,
toilet items, camera and film, should be included to suit
the duration and altitude of the trek, while keeping the overall
weight to the minimum.
Insurance: This is possible through the standard insurance
companies. The IMF, Indian Air Force, and local authorities
should, as far as possible, be kept informed of the route.
of Treks The treks described have been graded according to
their level of difficulty.
Grade 1: Soft trek, round the year
Grade 2: Seasonal / mild trek (April - November)
Grade 3: Tough, high altitude trek (seasonal)