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· General Info
·  Prerequisites
·  The Terrain
·  Trekking Methods
·  Physical Conditioning

·  Acclimatization
·  High Altitude Sickness
·  Food and Water
·  Exchange of Currency
·  Trekking Permits

The Himalayas - where earth meets sky

Preparations for Trekking
Whenever an individual or a group decides to undertake a trekking trip in the Himalayas, he has to start mental and physical preparations for the trip to make it more enjoyable and pleasant. In the beginning, it should be decided whether it is a low altitude trek or a long and difficult high altitude trek.

Trusty bridge over a river. Credit: KOA
Trusty bridge over a river.
Credit: KOA

This choice will affect the entire preparation for the trek as the two types of treks require completely different approaches, preparation and physical stamina. Those who have no experience of out door activities like camping and hiking, should start with the low altitude treks for which very simple physical as well as mental preparation is required. Normally the low altitude trekking upto 10,000 ft. is done in inhabited areas where food and shelter is easily available and help of any kind can be availed of from the local people.

This kind of treks are recommended for youngsters and tourists in the Himalayas who are visiting for the first time.

Trekking between 10,000 ft to 20,000 ft is considered high altitude trekking and requires special preparation both mental as well as physical. One should have sufficient knowledge of high altitude problems, mountain hazards and in some cases, basic knowledge of mountaineering and snow craft is required.

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