FOR THE TREK

Bare necessities

  1. Trekking shoes: The climb to Hemkund Sahib is especially steep and you need shoes with ankle support. Sport shoes won’t be comfortable enough.

  2. Backpack (40-60 litres): A backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame. Rain cover for backpack is essential.

  3. Daypack (20 litres): You will need a smaller backpack to carry water, medical kit and some light snacks for your trek to Valley of Flowers and Hemkund Sahib. 

The Valley of Flowers trek happens during monsoons so make sure you take a poncho for this trek.

Clothes

On a trek, carry fewer clothes than you would normally need. Do not pack for ‘what if situations’. That will only add to the weight of your backpack and not be used on the trek. Once your clothes get warmed up on a trek, you will not feel like changing. Just maintain personal hygiene.

  1. Three  Warm Layers: You will be trekking and staying at high altitudes. So make sure you have the apt clothes for the climatic conditions. It will be cold at the higher altitudes so make sure you have at least three layers of warm clothes to protect yourself.

  2. Two trek pants: Wear one pair and carry the other. Denim/jeans and shorts are not suitable for trekking.

  3. Three collared t-shirts: Carry light, full sleeved t-shirts that prevent sun burns on the neck and arms. Again, wear one and carry one. Let one of these be a dri-fit t-shirt. It will dry quickly in case you are trekking on a rainy day. A common mistake that trekkers make is not changing their tshirts often enough. Regardless of how cold it is, the body tends to sweat a lot. Trekkers who don’t change to fresh clothes after reaching the campsite fall ill due to wet clothes and are often unable to complete their trek. 

  4. Thermals (Optional): Those who are more susceptible to cold can carry thermals to wear at night.

Accessories

  1. Sunglasses: Mandatory

  2. Suncap: The sun is more harsh at high altitudes so wear a suncap to protect your face and neck.

  3. Synthetic hand gloves: One pair of fleece or woolen hand gloves. One pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves.

  4. Balaclava: You may use woollen scarves instead as well.

  5. Socks (2 pairs): Apart from two sports socks, you can take a pair of woollen socks for the night.

  6. Headlamp/LED torch: Mandatory

  7. Trekking pole

Others

  1. Toiletries: Sunscreen, moisturiser, light towel, lip balm, toilet paper, toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitiser. Do not carry wet wipes since these are not biodegradable. If you do happen to use wet wipes to clean up after a trek, make sure you bring them back with you. The same holds for used sanitary napkins. Carry a zip lock bag to put used wet tissues and napkins. Bring this ziplock bag back with you to the city and do not dispose wet tissues and sanitary napkins in the mountains. 

  2. Cutlery: Carry a spoon, coffee mug and a lunch box. We insist on trekkers getting their own cutlery for hygiene reasons. 

  3. Two water bottles: 1 litre each

  4. Plastic covers: While packing, use plastic bags to compartmentalise things and carry few extra plastic bags for wet clothes.

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Personal Medical Kit (we will carry it for you)

  1. Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)

  2. Dexamethasone – one strip

  3. Nifedipine – 5 tablets

  4. Crocin – 6 tablets (fever)

  5. Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)

  6. Avil 25mg – 4 tablets (allergies)

  7. Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)

  8. Norflox TZ & Lomofen– 6 tablets each (diarrhea)

  9. Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)

  10. Omez/ Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)

  11. Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters

  12. Gauze – 1 small roll

  13. Band aid – 10 strips

  14. Cotton – 1 small roll

  15. ORS – 10 packets

  16. Betadine or any antiseptic cream

  17. Moov spray (aches, & sprains)

  18. Knee cap, if you are prone to knee injury

  19. Anti fungal powder

Mandatory Documents

Please carry the below documents. Document two and three need to be downloaded (PDF), filled in, signed and handed over to the trek leader at the base camp. 

  • Original and photocopy of government photo identity card- (driving license, voters ID, etc.)

  • Medical Certificate – Download PDF

  • Disclaimer- Download PDF


STANDARD PACKING LIST


CLOTHES

* one-two pairs of long thin comfy pants (preferably loose fit) - same as trek pants

* one pair every-day shorts
* T-shirt x4 - same as trek T-Shirts
* tank top x1
* jogging/ yoga pants x1
* cardigan (TIP: wear layers on the plane and choose an insulating but light-weight sweater)
* sunglasses
* underwear
* socks x3
* bras x2  
* bathing suit/ bikini

*thin scarf to cover up if necessary

* rubber flip-flops or comfortable sandals that can get cleaned easily in the rain, mud (no delicate materials or light colors, your shoes will get dirty!)

STATIONARY

* journal
* pencil and multi-coloured pen

DOCUMENTS

* sturdy document holder containing
* photocopy of passport and IDs
* extra passport photos for visa runs
* travel insurance card
* flight info


CELL PHONE

* cell phone case

WALLET

* passport
* American currency
* IDs and debit/credit card (TIP: speak with your bank before you go and change to an account type that does not charge you for withdrawing money from ATMs)


TOILETRIES

* natural shampoo, soap, moisturizer, toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant, lipbalm, natural sun screen, mosquito repellent (please don't pack blow dryers, straightening irons, hair styling products, makeup- if you need very limited : concealer& mascara, You are beautiful just the way you are! And there will be hardly time for 27 step daily beauty routines)
* toiletries bag
* zipper bags to compartmentalize (protects from spillage)
* female products (a couple pads and tampons, DIVA cup)
* nail filer and tweezers
* a few hair elastics and bobby pins
* tissue paper

* travel size towel


FOOD


* dried fruit (or nuts) for the plane or on the road
* portable sturdy travel cutlery (fork and knife only as airports will take away and knives if your bag is a carry-on)
* water bottle
* psyllium husks to keep bowel movements normal (stir 1 Tbsp in water twice a day - highly recommended!)


MISCELLANEOUS

* earplugs ( and sleep mask if needed)
* chewing gum

* thin bedsheet + pillow cover

* Umbrella

 

ADDITIONAL:

ELECTRONIC GADGETS

* electronics bag
* headphones
* laptop + phone +tablet chargers
* external hard drive plus cable (keep extra at home!!)
* JETech battery bank with 2 charging outlets (life saver!!!)
* extra ziplock bags for compartmentalizing
* tripod or mini tripod (or selfie-stick)
* CAMERA (or go-pro)
* camera case (TIP: invest in a water-proof camera case!)
* SD card for camera (TIP: take an extra SD card… the last thing you want is for it to get full or damaged and you can't capture precious moments)
* LAPTOP
* laptop case (TIP: do not bring a new computer… it will surely get knocked around. If you can, don't bring one at all)
*TABLET (or e-reader)

OTHER TIPS

* don't be scared to pack light! Everything you could possibly need you can buy while travelling and it's super affordable to buy in India.
* … most importantly: have fun!!