Planning (or lack of it) can make or break a trip, so take the time to master your budget, assemble the perfect itinerary and most importantly, time your trek. Whether you’re a seasoned trekker or a first-timer, it’s always good to know the great time for the adventure. In India, March until June are often considered peak trekking season. The Himalaya are subject to a complex weather pattern so it’s mandatory to be weather-aware. Regions like Himachal, Uttaranchal, Darjeeling and Sikkim are subject to heavy monsoon rains so avoid trekking in July and August. It also experiences a long and cold winter from mid November until March – during which period, it’s best to head to Nepal for some adventure. Also Read - Himalayan Bonanza For Tourists Visting India: Govt Reduces Visa Fee For Foreigners, Expands Tourism Package
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If your interests lie in centuries-old culture, remote mountain passes, or ancient monasteries, then Ladakh or Little Tibet are the places to go. If you want to trek through dense forests then consider exploring Sikkim. For spectacular mountain views, the little-trekked trails of Garhwal in Uttarakhand are the best. Don’t be too hasty when you plan the trip: allow plenty of buffer days for acclimatisation, inclement weather conditions, village celebrations, or a last minute camping plan at a stunning campsite.
Check and protect your gear
Make sure your gear is sturdy enough to withstand the changeable mountain weather, because that is the most important. It’s futile to invest in all the latest outdoor gear, if your trekking gear isn’t in good shape. When in doubt bring your own sleeping bag and sleeping mat and even your favourite (lightweight) tent. Use a sturdy kitbag for your trekking gear: protect your rucksack from coming in contact with thorn bushes, jagged rocks and dusty campsites. That hols true for your camera as well. Make sure you’ve bought real sturdy camera bag because a slip on the trail could result in untold damage to your gear.
Respect the environment
The best way to travel is to travel responsibly. Don’t litter on land or pollute water sources – you might be thousands of miles from home, but the smallest careless actions can be disastrous for local ecosystems and people. Plan to leave with the rest of the trek crew to ensure that your campsite is cleaned up and garbage carried out. That way you’re both eco-conscious, and avoid the possibility of any of your belonging being accidentally discarded.
Don’t neglect safety or medical matters
Trekking is a specialist activity so read up on acclimatisation before you start and don’t assume you can rely heavily on your GPS when you’re out there. Even the most detailed contour maps tend to be unreliable in some remote areas, so don’t hesitate before hiring an experienced local guide. Also bring along essential medication. Many brands can be purchased without prescription in India. But whatever your medical background, do not treat local people. But don’t mindlessly pop pills without knowing the cause of your worry. They do more harm than good in the long term. Taking antibiotics may seem helpful, but it may discourage you from seeking long-term advice from a local medical practitioner.