A marathon requires long time, whereas a sprint needs short time. Trekking in the Himalayas is more like a marathon than a sprint for nine reasons: 1. Trekking devours energy Trekking requires more energy than simple walking. If you go for a sprint that itself a high impact activity, …
You can trek anytime. However, remember that the Himalayan weather is a complex system that can even trick experienced trekkers. Each season throws different challenges and offers variety of sights to cherish. If trekking is an adventure, season-specific problems actually enhance the adventure quotient. The most suitable trekking season therefore …
As a result of wide altitudinal, latitudinal, and longitudinal diversity and extent, the Himalayas is a home to an assortment of physical and cultural landscapes. Many of these landscapes are challenging and unique due to remoteness and lack of modern infrastructure. These “backward” or, I should say, non-urbanized areas offer …
Nepal issues Trekkers’ Information Management System (TIMS) cards to ensure safety and security of the tourists trekking outside the controlled/restricted areas. Moreover, Nepal follows a different trekking permit system and fee structure for the tourists visiting trekking areas located in the controlled/restricted regions.
If you are planning to trek along a popular route in any of the Indian Himalayan states like Himachal Pradesh (HP) and Uttarakhand, you can savor hot Maggi (instant noodles), omelets and tea, and / or ready to eat snacks, including biscuits, chips…, because locals build temporary tea stalls along these routes during trekking season. In en route villages, you may also get lassi, mattha (buttermilk) and /or milk in these makeshift open-air stalls. So, you can save some cooking time.
1. Trekking shoes with good ankle support are a necessity for trekking in rough terrain and wilderness, as the support significantly reduces the chances of the ankle injury.
2. The shoes with ankle support are a boon for hikers / trekkers with poor balance and / or weak ankles.
3. The ankle-high shoes prevent mud and sand from entering into the shoe. Thus, you are protected against irritants that cause blisters, bruises and discomfort.
4. The ankle support has another advantage. It provides back and knee support to trekkers carrying heavy backpacks.
Intelligent Planning Can Prevent PTD
I remember, in one of my treks to the Himalayas, a team member openly confessed that “hangovers” of these trips always last for a few days after reaching home. And you may also be experiencing the same after a nice winter holiday. These post travel depression (PTD) or post vacation blues- nostalgic feelings, loss of appetite and tiredness- are generally proportional to the length of the trip. But nothing to worry! They will disappear gradually. Sharing holiday experiences and photographs may reduce the blues.
But to prevent PTD, don’t plan something very hectic for the next vacations, take short vacations instead of one long one and return from vacation on Fridays. Do not forget that tourism / vacationing / holidaying connotes relaxation, rejuvenation, having fun instead of trying to see and do as much as possible in a short duration.