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Trekking & Adventure

Trekking

Trekking in India is one of the most exhilarating, rewarding and unforgettable experiences for keen adventurers.  
The vast wonderland, and the trekking routes throughout, will bring you closer to nature than you thought possible.  
India as a whole, and the Himalayas in particular, offers breathtaking scenery and enthralling trekking routes.  
There is something magical about exploring the relatively unexplored, and conquering it for yourself.

The Himalayas, synonymous with trekking and adventure, offer limitless possibilities for walking, climbing, mountaineering, skiing, and river rafting.  They provide excellent opportunities for energetic outdoor people that are looking for thrills and adventure. 


Don’t be persuaded that Nepal is the only country that boasts the ability to provide trekking adventures in the Himalayas, India also has an abundance of treks for all abilities. 
The most popular routes are in the states of Himachal Pradesh, Uttaranchal, Sikkim, and the Tea Country in West Bengal. Himachal Pradesh offers the most rewarding and challenging treks.

The trekking season in India roughly runs from April to November, in the slightly cooler but dry months which offer the ideal climate for walkers.  However, you should make sure that you check the route that you are wishing to trek, as some only open for a couple of months a year.

The joy of trekking in India is that it offers a completely different worldly activity when compared with the daily routine of normal life.  Your heartbeat will increase and the adrenaline will flow as you face fresh uncertainties with courage and determination.  The exhilarating thrill of trekking is a rewarding experience; however you should not attempt it unprepared.

Below is a list of important tips:

  • Complete a medical check up to make sure that you are in full health.
  • Asthma and Diabetes sufferers should refrain from climbing above 3000m.
  • Make sure you bring adequate clothes and equipment to protect your body from all weathers.
  • Use proper walking boots that are comfortable and have been worn in.
  • Make sure that you carry a first aid kit with you at all times.
  • Thoroughly research the route you want to trek.
  • Make sure that you leave the camp as you found it, disposing of waste, to preserve the natural beauty of the area.
  • Never camp under trees, and try to camp near a source of water.


Below is a list of equipment that you will need:

  • A large kit bag that porters can carry in between your locations
  • A small backpack to carry water and daily supplies
  • An all seasons sleeping bag, preferably 4*
  • Waking boots (worn in)
  • A warm jumper
  • Fleece jacket
  • Walking trousers
  • Gloves and sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Cream
  • Water carrier
  • Walking stick (optional) 


Following in the names of the great mountaineers such as Tenzing Norgay and Sir Edmund Hillary, who first conquered Everest, is the first trekking image that comes to mind. However, adventures such as the Dharamsala Trek or the Curzon Trail offers challenging yet easily ‘doable’ treks that reward the pursuer with panoramic views.

The ‘Valley of the Flowers’ offers the most exciting and rewarding possibilities for the keen walker, who wishes to divulge in a spot of botanical pleasure.  After the monsoon the whole valley is covered in thousands of different plants, sights and smells.  This is a truly wondrous opportunity for the avid fan of trekking and nature, and should not be missed.

Adventure

Trekking aside, India offers a multitude of other adrenaline fuelled activities. In particular, the Himalayas are regarded as one of the best places in the world for the participation in extreme and adventurous sports.  The serene environment offers a wondrous backdrop to some of the most exhilarating activities.

White water rafting is available in regions spanning the vast mountainous area. Perhaps Ledakh offers the most exciting prospect, rafting down the Indus River and its major tributaries.  This is an excellent spot to learn, however further down the river the water becomes dangerous, providing an exhilarating challenge to even the most highly skilled.  It is carefully organised so that you do not exceed your capacity and put yourself in too great a danger.

Across India there are opportunities for serene mountain biking.  The Terai region of Uttaranchal is particularly grand, as you cycle around the outskirts of the Corbett Park, whilst not taxing yourself too heavily so that you can enjoy the enchanting scenery.  Regions in Kerala offer enjoyable and scenic routes also.

The Himalayas offers the most exhilarating and wondrous environment for keen or novice rock climbers.  The Mountaineering Institute has centres at Dharamshala, Bharmour, Narkanda and Jispa, where both training and activities are offered.