Things to Carry (Western Ghat Treks)

     Western Ghats or Plains hilly regions has a cool and generally humid climate. Much of Trail is above traversing hills, Under the canopy. Therefore, you can expect warm to hot days in the summer and coolnights. As the season advances toward fall expect cool days and chill nights . You will most likely encounter some precipitation either as rain in rainy season .Descending slopes , climbing hills and wading through bushes.

Things to carry on a weekend/Western Ghats trek.

  1. Backpack 30 ltrs. with Plastic liner.
  2. Torch or Headlamp.
  3. Dry fruits/Energy bars.
  4. Personal medicine if any and a basic first aid kit (though Summiters Adventures do carry a First aid kit, it is always recommended you too carry it)
  5. Toilet kit.
  6. Id proof. (Ex. Driver's License, PAN card etc), Medical Report Form
  7. Trekking shoes upto ankle well broken/used, Socks(3 pairs).
  8. Cap or Hat.
  9. Water bottle 32 Oz or 01 litre.
  10. Trekking pants (preferably Cargos/Track Pants).
  11. Full arm T- shirts.
  12. Glucose/ORS packs.
  13. Note book and pencil.
  14. Whistle.
  15. Sun screen SPF 15+
  16. Sweater and Raincoat
  17. Carry a towel which should be easily dryable after use.
  18. Carry a rucksack with broader straps which you fell better.

 

Note : Do not overpack, you will be carrying this bag over a period of days. A recommended weight range once all items are packed is about 5kg's. Also see to that you have about 20 % (by volume) empty to accomodate the sleeping bag (provided by Summiters Adventures)

Things to Carry (Himalayan Trek)

Essentials things to Carry for a Himalayan Trek

Himalayan region has a cool and generally dry mountain climate. Much of Trail is above 8,000 feet. Therefore, you can expect warm to hot days in the summer and cool nights. As the season advances toward fall expect cool days and cold nights (below freezing). You will most likely encounter some precipitation either as rain in summer or snow across the higher passes any time of the year, but mostly in the spring and fall. Wind can also be a significant factor in alpine terrain. Be prepared for high levels of ultraviolet (UV) light, due to the clean, high altitude air. Sunburn potential is high throughout the year.

On the trail:
Essentials in the pack:

  1. A Rucksack 50 ltrs capacity with plastic bag liner
  2. Well broken in trekking boots upto Ankle.
  3. Stream crossing sandals – e.g. Teva’s or reef runners
  4. A medium sized day pack, with plastic bag liner
  5. Water bottle(s),1 liter size – 2 bottles recommended
  6. MultiLayer ClothingGloves, wollen socks – insulating (to advoid frost bite)
    1. Insulating layer(s) – fleece jacket, wool sweater
    2. Wind/rain proof layer – Gortex type jacket
  7. Sunscreen – SPF 30, and lip salve
  8. Sunglasses (Sonow is one of the best reflectors of sunlight and the clear air too)
  9. Water purification – pills, drops, filter etc.
  10. Your regular medications (if any/required)
  11. Reading glasses (if required)
  12. Emergency First Aid kit including blister bandages (Summiters adventures does carry a First aid kit, but it is recommended that you to carry one)
  13. Toilet paper in a plastic Ziploc bag.
  14. Lighter, candles
  15. An alcohol based gel to sanitize your hands (e.g. Purell)
  16. Emergency trail food such as granola bars, chocolate bars, dry fruits etc.
  17. Raincoat.
  18. Hat / Sun Cap.

Essentials on the body:

  1. Long sleeve hiking shirt
  2. Long quick dry hiking pants
  3. Hat (sun), with retention cord for windy days

Optional Gear in the Pack:

  1. Camera and accessories
  2. Guidebook, maps
  3. Trekking poles
  4. Extra pair of hiking socks
  5. Light emergency tarp
  6. Drink mixes/Lelectrolytes to add to your water bottle  (Ex. Electral, ORS)
  7. Notebook and pencil
  8. Knife (Ex.Victorinox / Swiss knife)
  9. Torch or Head Lamp.
  10. ID Card (Ex. Passport, Drivers's Licence), Copy of Medical Report Form

 

 

 

Note : Do not overpack, you will be carrying this bacg over a period of days. A recommended weight range once all items are packed is about 8kg's. Also see to that you have about 10 % (by volume) empty to accomodate the sleeping bag (provided by us

Fitness Required

What are the requirements to undertake/participate in a Himalayan Trek

Minimum Age: 12 years 
Experience in trekking: Useful but not mandatory

Fitness required:

You need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. If you haven’t exercised in a long time and have gotten out of shape, mild interval training is a good way to rebuild endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Let’s say your exercise of choice is running. Maybe you can only manage to run a few minutes before your heart feels like it’s about to explode out of your chest and you’re forced to stop for fear of passing out. It’s going to take you a while to build up to 30 minutes if you simply run your maximum each day and then stop. You should be able to Jog about 5 kms in 30 minutes before commencement of the trekking expedition every day.

 

What are the requirements to undertake/participate in a Western Ghats Trek / Program

 

Minimum Age: 12 years 
Prior Experience : Useful but not necessary

 

Fitness required: 

Though Western Ghat treks are not as demanding as our Himalayan programs, you need to be in good physical condition before the start of the trek. Remember this is a tropical region and do keep your self very well hydrated a week prior to the program.

If you haven’t exercised in a long time and have gotten out of shape, mild interval training is a good way to rebuild endurance and cardiovascular fitness. Let’s say your exercise of choice is running. Maybe you can only manage to run a few minutes before your heart feels like it’s about to explode out of your chest and you’re forced to stop for fear of passing out. It’s going to take you a while to build up to 30 minutes if you simply run your maximum each day and then stop. You should be able to Jog about continiously for 20-30 mins before commencement of the program.

 

Suggested Reading

  1. Article on improving/building stamina

 

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