This is the third and the last post discussing Indian Basic Minimum Standards (BMS) for climbing tours in the Indian Himalayas. Today I will list the three remaining standards.
The adventure tour operator must have the following documents:
- Complete curriculum vitae (CVs) of guides and instructors
- Feedback from the clients about guides and instructors
- Copies of permissions and permits obtained for current expeditions
- Copies of identity cards, insurance policies, and address of next of kin of all guides, instructors, and clients
- The client insurance document must be accompanied by a contact address in India. The address that can be contacted if an emergency situation arises.
- A copy of standard operation procedures (SOPs)
- Updated list of emergency phone numbers
2. Emergencies and rescues
- The operator must provide sufficient medical equipment for onsite first aid.
- All team members should know possible evacuation routes.
- Emergency / evacuation procedure must be documented in details. This document must be easily accessible at the base camp and the office of the nearest emergency service provider.
3. Risk mitigation
To minimize high altitude related risks, the BMS advises:
- All team members of the expedition must undergo complete medical examination before hitting the road.
- At least one or two members should have experience of climbing in high altitude.
- Rent wireless sets for communicating between the base camp and higher camps on the mountain. The operators can rent the sets from the Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).
- Carry radio receiving sets for listening weather reports broadcasted on the All India Radio. IMF may provide these sets.
- Follow environment and hygiene guidelines so that the expedition areas remain clean and in natural state.