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Trek Preparation - Back to Nature Trips



Wear appropriate dress for each season and dress in layers for maximum comfort. Your trekking will be as comfortable as your boots. Make sure they are sturdy (with good ankle support and sturdy soles) and broken-in (new boots can often cause hot spots or blisters). Rain gear and sunscreen are essential. A warm hat, scarf, and gloves must also be part of your dress. Additional clothing items should include:

(1) down or insulated vest/jacket, (2) rain-proof parka, (3) socks and sock liners, (4) sun hat, (5) T-shirts, (6) slippers or sandals for inside tent, (7) thermal under-wear, (8) sunglasses, (9) down sleeping bag.

Other Items

(1) adjustable walking stick, (2) water bottle, (3) high-grade water filter, (4) Multi-blade knife. Over-night stays have additional requirements, including, tents, sleeping bags, insulated mats, cooking utensils, food, etc. GHNP requires entry permits for treks. Society for Scientific Advancement of Hill and Rural Areas (SAHARA) is a non-governmental group organized by local village people and provides full logistic trek support. SAHARA offers guides, porters, tents, cooks, and coordinates different trek tours with GHNP staff.

This is not a fully comprehensive gear list and you should consult with knowledgeable individuals or appropriate trekking books (e.g., Trekking in the Indian Himalayas, Lonely Planet) if you are planning a multi-day trek to ensure you are properly equipped and informed.

Trek Preparation
A trekker to the GHNP should be in good physical condition and the choice of the trekking route should match the levels of one's physical fitness. A trekker in good health can easily go up to 4000 m. Some trekking routes are strenuous to very strenuous and are indicated as such. For example, crossing of the Pin Parvati Pass (5319 m.) demands excellent physical health and stamina, basic mountaineering skills, serious trekking experience, snow-walking, and orientation (see Personal Impressions, Dr. G.S. Rawat).

The trekker is expected to respect both the mountain environment and local village customs. As you trek, it is important to do one thing at a time. When you're going up and down the steep trails, your attention has to be on the next step (see Personal Impressions, Arnold Lippin). Periodic rest stops provide opportunities to appreciate the environment. It is essential to find the next overnight camping site well before the sunsets.

There are a few designated camping sites in high altitude pastures. Your local guide will be of help in selecting a place to camp, which is close to water and safe for the night rest.

Failure to set careful limits for oneself can result in tragedy. Know your limits--don't endanger yourself or others!

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