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What do I need to carry for the trek?

You will have to carry only your personal gear and essentials for the trek. Protrek recommends carrying your personal rucksack by yourself; but if you wish to offload your luggage, you can do so by letting us know during the booking process. All the camping gear like tents, sleeping bags, liners, mats and other technical gear will be carried by Protrek. For a detailed list of what to carry follow this link Trek Essentials

What is the fitness level required to join a trek?

Anyone with reasonably good fitness can participate. A basic level of fitness is required before you commence any trek. Good physical strength, fitness and endurance is always a plus during treks and expeditions. Activities such as walking, hiking, running, biking, swimming and lifting weights are all great ways to prepare for your trip. Protrek advises participants suffering from either of chest / heart related medical conditions, asthma and breathing and/or blood pressure related issues to avoid joining any of the treks.

What do we eat and drink while on trek?

Simple, nutritious and hygienic vegetarian food is provided in our treks. Additionally, plenty of fluids (soup, juices, tea, coffee, refreshing drinks) are provided through the day so that trekkers are hydrated properly, which is very important in high altitudes. The menu is carefully prepared to include sufficient proteins and carbohydrates.The bulk of our lunch and dinner meals while on trek are based on the local diet. In the Himalayan regions, this will consist of rice, vegetables and fruit. Breakfast items will include tea, coffee, milk, cornflakes, poha, pancake, toast, eggs, porridge, etc.

Are smoking and drinking allowed on treks?

Smoking and drinking are strictly prohibited on the trek. Smoking hampers your climbing and cardio- vascular abilities. At high altitude you exhale and perspire twice as much moisture as you do at sea level and alcohol further dehydrates the body. People believe that alcohol might keep you warmer but alcohol is dangerous in extreme cold, especially at high altitudes.

Do we require a trekking pole?

A good trekking pole provides you a third point of balance. It helps share the load of the backpack and gives you propulsion. We suggest that you carry at least one trekking pole for the trek.

How many people will share a tent?

Tents will be shared by 2 people in most cases and occasionally it can be shared by 3 people in higher camps depending on the particular trek.

Do you provide toilet tents?

As you reach higher altitudes, there is very less civilization or buildings and hence one cannot find concrete toilets. Protrek will provide toilet tents for the trekkers. Being environment friendly and hygienic is very important.

Do we get mobile signal on the trek?

You will not get mobile signal in most days of the trek and in higher camps. You may get intermittent signals at some camps and trek regions.

Are there any age restrictions to join a trek?

Participants of age 10 to 16 should be accompanied by an adult. Participants below the age of 18 are also required to submit a letter of consent from a parent / legal guardian, stating their permission to participate in the trek. There is no upper age limit, provided you are physically fit.

How many days in advance should I join a trek?

At the earliest possible, for this gives you more time to plan and prepare yourself – to make travel arrangements, to check and purchase your personal trekking gear and to work on your physical fitness. If you are joining a trek less than a month before the start date, please call or email us to confirm availability on a trek group.

How do I choose a trek? Which trek is best suited for me?

Treks are classified as easy, medium and difficult. It is recommended that beginners or first-time trekkers should start with an easy or medium grade trek and attempt difficult grade treks once they gain in experience and confidence. Joining a difficult grade trek for your first trek in the Himalayas is not advised. Physical fitness and endurance levels also play a very important role on a trek. It is essential that you put in adequate effort to prepare for the trek and improve your fitness levels – irrespective of your trekking experience and the grade of the trek.

How many hours per day do you walk?

This depends on the trek but is usually no more than six. Once you reach higher than 3000 metres, it’s not safe to climb more than 300-400 metres in one day, so the higher you walk, the shorter the walking days are likely to be.

Will a doctor accompany us on the trek?

There are no doctors on the trek but our trek leaders are trained first aiders. A complete first aid kit will always be available with our team.

Where will I stay?

You will either stay in lodges (teahouses) or, in the more remote areas, tents. Most lodge accommodation are simple but clean and comfortable. Luxury and homestay options are available on some routes.

What is camping trek?

Camping treks are treks in which you spend your night in tents. Tents are pitched in a location which meets the basic requirements of a camping ground like source of water, safety from rockfall, flash floods, etc, good views to mention a few.

What is a tea house trek?

Tea houses are a style of trek in which you rest for the night in a commercial lodge made on the trek route to accommodate the trekkers. In this kind of arrangements, rather than sleeping in tents, you will sleep on a cushioned bed, in a room or dormitory provided to you. The tea house will also provide clean quilts or blankets, pillow and a clean bed sheet. Some tea houses also provide room eaters. The facilities of a tea house vary from place to place.

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