Himalayan Trek FAQ

FAQ – frequently asked questions regarding Himalayan treks

How difficult is the trek?
Unless otherwise specified the treks over all are moderate. Final Summint  day of the trek is little bit difficult. trekkers can face much other adventure activity like river crossing and weather changes in minutes .

How cold does it really get on the trek?
In early and later days of the trek at altitudes below 8000ft temperature is normal and easily bearable but in-between days at higher altitudes the temperature fall. During the day time temperature is hot and during the night time 10 to -6 degree.

How long do we walk each day?
Generally every day trek distance is not long. Average walking distance is 10-12 km an each day and trekkers complete in 5-7 hrs.

Is diamox is advisable?
NO, but in case you are having so please consult your doctor because there are lots of MYTHS about Diamox. Read our section on Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) for more info

Who will lead and who all will go along with us?
Always trek is led by an experienced Girivihar member and may be assisted by a local guide, cook, helper, and porter and other staff.

How big are the groups?
For some difficult treks we may restrict the number to 20 but for normal treks we can go upto 40. We try to bring the group together and give the members a memorable. experience

Is it safe for girls? What if I am the only girl on the trek?
Yes definitely, Security and safety of girls on the trek is extremely important for us. We always create friendly environment on trek. All our guides and other support crew are carefully chosen for your trips. They are very honest and reliable. We also advise that the group meets and gets to know each other in Mumbai before beginning the trek.

What thing we need to carry?
The detailed list of things to carry is given in the information sheet along with the application form. However if you need to know anything specific, do feel free to contact the leader of the trek

I can’t carry my bag can anyone carry it for me?
Normally trekkers are expected to carry their personal belongings themselves. However Sleeping bags, tents and other common stuff shall be carried by porters and shall be made available at the night halt camp sites. In case you require a personal porter you should intimate us 15 days in advance, so that we will arrange the porter or mule accordingly.

Which type of shoes should I buy?
Good trekking shoes are the most important part of the trek, so you have to be very careful before buying it.

How many trekkers will be in one tent?
Whenever we put up camps in tents we ensure comfort of our participants. The number of trekkers in a tent will depend on the specified capacity of the tent. The accommodation shall not be crammed and we will also provide separate arrangement for boys and girls.

 What is the level of fitness expected from the participants?
Optimum level of fitness is always required in any trek so that you can enjoy your trek. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy the trek!!

What type of food is served during a trek?
We always serve Indian vegetarian food and eggs during our trek. Non Veg food can also be made available at the base camp

How to get safe drinking water on the trek?
Himalayan water is consider as a clean and mineral water but for safe side we use boil water and chlorine tablet in our camps, during the trek ask once to trek leader or guide from where to fill water bottles.

Will a Doctor accompany us on the trek?
No, but our trek leaders are certified in Wilderness first-aid and are aware of high attitude problems, and we carry whole first-aid kit and necessary medicines with us. Make sure you are medically fit for a trek or take professional advice if you feel you are unable to judge yourself.

Do you think I should bring some medicines with me?
Yes, it is always advisable that in any trek carry your own medication weather organizers carrying it or not.

How do I book a trek with you?

After choosing the trip you wish to join, the first step is to fill up the form available here a deposit has to be made in order to confirm the reservation. All details will be emailed to you to make it easy for you to book. Contact us for more details.

Can we change the itinerary?
Depending on the prevailing situation some last minute changes may have to be made. You should keep in mind that this is an adventure trip into the remotest region, where many unforeseen events may contribute to the need for a change in itinerary. In such cases, we or your trek leader will suggest the best alternative similar to your original itinerary. However the date of trek completion should always coincide with the original itinerary.

Can you customize a trip?
Yes, if you would like to travel independently, you are invited to choose any of the trips at your convenient time frame for any number of people. Cost for private trip is fixed on the basis of group size, trek area, duration and trek style.

Who pays for emergency medicines or hospitalization? 
Emergency medicines and Hospitalization expenses are to be borne by the participant. In case if the participant does not have sufficient cash and finds himself in a situation of a medical emergency, the group leader can arrange for such amounts either by his own or by asking other participants to contribute. Any such expenses must be reimbursed by the participant who received it on reaching back home.

Can participants become group / camp leaders?
Girivihar is a voluntary organization. It runs by the voluntary participation of such persons who were themselves participants earlier, and because they liked our activities they approached us and started leading batches. Anyone who wishes to join us as volunteers, can approach Girivihar office and start.

How much cash should a participant carry for a trek?
Most of the things have been covered in the fees paid. Generally, an amount of Rs.5,000/- ( five thousand only) shall be sufficient to cater to the meals en-route and emergencies. However, if the participant thinks that he / she would be required to hire a porter, or has plans to purchase a few things, the amount can be anywhere between Rs.8,000/- and Rs. 10,000/-

Will Girivihar conduct a pre trek meeting?
Yes, we do organize a pre-trek meeting for every batch. The details of the venue, time etc. is communicated to each participant well in advance. All minute information about the travel, risks involved, dos and don’ts, inclusions etc. are discussed in this meeting. Kindly note that attendance to this meeting is compulsory for all the participants, and in case if some participant does not turn up, it shall be deemed that all the rules and regulations are understood and accepted by these participants. Minors shall attend this meeting accompanied by their parent

What is the minimum and maximum age to participate in Himalayan treks
For the Himalayan treks, the minimum age is 14 years, if the participant is travelling alone, and it is 9 years if the participant is accompanied by at least one of his parents / guardians. There is no maximum age limit. The only condition is that he / she should be physically fit to undertake a trek of an average of 12 to 15 km. per day.

What special precaution should we take for participating in the Himalayan Treks?
A great effort goes on the basic preparations of these treks. The safety aspects, logistics etc. gets priority and our representatives keep visiting these places frequently to check and fix any sudden problems.
Participants must understand that they are undertaking an adventure outing, not a luxury tour. There is every possibility that there might be a change in the schedule or something might go wrong due to a sudden, unexpected problem. Participating in our camps needs a different mentality. You have to realize that the places that you are visiting are exotic, untouched, unpolluted, and peaceful ones where no commercial activities are conducted. To visit such places one must expect only very basic arrangements. Those who are used to luxurious lifestyle and expect the same everywhere must stay away from joining the trek.