Frequently Asked Questions

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What is trekking?

Trekking is nothing more than walking for pleasure in the wilderness, carrying all the things you require to survive in the wild.


Does one need to be extremely fit in order to trek?

Not at all. One just needs to be reasonably healthy and have a liking for walking in the wilderness with a sack on your back. This basic level of fitness can be easily achieved by moderate exercise for about 15 minutes on a regular basis. That’s all it takes! Being moderately fit also means that you will enjoy the trek more.


How many hours of walking does a typical day of trekking involve?

There is no ‘average’ value which can be given. It depends on the kind of trek, viz Himalayan, Sahyadri or a Nature Camp. In Himalayan treks, usually 4-5 hours walking is involved. In Sahyadris, it can be stretch to about 6-7 hours. Nature camps generally involve very less walking.


What do you mean by grading of Treks?

For your convenience we have given the gradation to Treks

Easy Grade treks – Ideal to start with. We always recommend First Timers to start with easy graded treks but if you are physically fit you can even opt for Medium Grade treks where the level of physical fitness required is little higher.

Tough graded treks is only meant for trekkers with previous trekking experience of at least 2-3 medium graded treks & one need to be physically fit.

Apart from this, in few treks Endurance level (Low, Medium, and High) is also mentioned. This information will ease the selection of treks.


How you define / allocate a rating on them? What are the parameters of Difficulty / Endurance level

Difficulty grade deals with the actual climbing difficulty.Endurance Grade deals with the stamina requirement and total physical strength required. 

Parameters considered while deciding Difficulty level

Parameters on which this is decided are as follows

1. Season and climbing route (some route might be easy is summer/winter but difficult in rains or vice versa) 

2. Difficulty level is always medium or above if we are going to encounter any rock patch

3. Difficulty rating of rock patches depends upon the height of rock patch, available holds, risk involved

4. Some places there might not be rock patches but slippery scree or steep mud route which might be risky then that adds to the difficulty level.

Please note that difficulty level doesn’t reflect climbing conditions 

1. Total straight distance walk involved.

2. Total height climb involved.

3. Number of hours required to climb the mountain.

4. Water availability on the trek route. 

5. Available resting time.

There isn’t any fixed scale on which we can rate the trek route but our experience and above parameters decide the ultimate rating.

However do not compare these ratings with the ratings of hardcore climbing activity. They have entirely different and little bit complicated system for the difficulty ratings.


What kind of clothes should one wear on treks?

Cotton garments, which are not very tight, nor so loose that you end up getting entangled in them while walking, are preferred. Avoid synthetic garments as they will not absorb sweat and not allow your skin to breathe. Avoid jeans as they can be a nightmare to carry around in case they become wet.

Nowadays in the market you can find very breathable, stretchable hiking garments. You can buy them.

We always recommend wearing full length clothes.


Does one need to purchase expensive shoes for trekking?

No. What you need are shoes with good grip on dry and wet surfaces. While most shoes will have good grip on dry surfaces, they can be extremely slippery on wet ones. You will get such shoes for about Rs. 800-900 in any multi-brand shoe-shop. Avoid buying shoes just before the trek. Use the shoes at least for a week or so before the trek. This will avoid sores and blisters during the trek. We recommend Action Trekking Shoes for Sahyadri terrain. 

Avoid running shoes, sports shoes or old shoes as they won’t give you proper grip & can give up at any point of time. Imagine yourself on the trek with shoes failure.

Carry extra shoelace & Shoe in-sole on long treks. Also carry floaters but use it before and after the trek.


What does one need to carry during a trek?

We will provide a list of the necessary items required when you register for our programs..


What about protection from the cold?

It is advisable to use a sleeping bag during a trek. In case you do not have sleeping bag, you can use lightweight carry mat & warm shawls. 

For all Himalayan treks, due to the extremely low temperatures, we will provide you with high quality sleeping bags  for use in sub-zero temperatures. This cost is included in the trek fees for Himalayan treks..


Why don't you provide sleeping bags for the Sahyadri treks too?

Simply because in the Sahyadri, sleeping bags, while preferable, are not a must. So we leave the option of using one to you.


What about protection from the rain or snow?

You need to carry good quality rain proof clothing to protect yourself from the rain. While trekking, it is more important to protect your sack and its contents than yourself from rain. This is because if all of your clothes get wet, the rest of the trek will be a nightmare. A simple solution to keep yourself AND your sack dry is to use a ‘poncho’. These basically comprise of sheets of plastic which are large enough to cover yourself and your sack at the same time. They also make you look mighty funny in photographs! They are also great to slide on the snow during Himalayan treks without getting a very cold and wet rear end..


What about accommodation during the treks?

This again depends on the type of program. For Sahyadri programs, accommodation is either in high quality imported tents, or in caves (yes, you read it right!) or in temples or villager’s home.  No, don’t picture yourself sleeping in a temple with hundreds of devotees streaming in and out! These temples are all small, obscure ones, which we usually end up having all to ourselves. All our camping locations will be in places where there will be very less human activity other than us. After visiting our camping locations, you will prefer using the caves / temples rather than the tents! 

In Himalayan treks, accommodation will always be in tents. In nature camps, it will usually be in a dormitory in the sanctuary.


What are the dangers that could come in way during treks about which I should be aware of?

First and foremost danger is that if you are not paying proper attention to the route and your walking you might slip. The surfaces over which you walk could be of many types solid rock, fractured rocks, grassy, sandy, tar, dry mud, wet mud, forest litter etc. You need to pay attention to your steps carefully and walk otherwise losing your grip over the ground might lead to injuries ranging from minor scratch to fracture and if you are exposed to high heights then you may have fatal falls. All these problems could be avoided by just paying attention to the road and tackling it confidently and intelligently.


When you are trekking outdoors you must be aware of various types of insects and animals that could cause you pain.

While walking quiet frequently trekker comes across a hornet, wasp, and honeybee or bumble bee nest/honeycombs. These insects can get disturbed with smoke, sudden and fast motions or loud sound and the one who disturbs these insects pays its price dearly. So best is to avoid such acts and keep a lookout on such things in outdoors so that you do not make any mistake in ignorance

While peeping or putting hand in any rocky crack or a crack in wood just look carefully before you touch it. Also while sitting on any stray rock, while stopping to drink water in any natural water source you must look around. Snakes and Scorpions are two threats in such acts. In India we have wide variety of snakes and scorpions. Very small percentage of total species in India is actually venomous snakes but they occur in pretty good numbers and hence we must be careful. Most of the scorpion species are venomous and its bite could be potent for human beings. It is not necessary that every time you come across a snake or scorpion who are venomous but it is better to be cautious. Taking care of these factors is also important while selecting camping spot. It should be away from activity area of reptiles. Spraying strong odor chemicals around your campsite would prevent at least 90% chances of reptile penetration in your campsite.

When you walk in jungles where there are good mammal sightings you must be cautious against variety of animals. In India you must take precautions from solitary Indian Gaur (wrongly known as bison) or Gaur flock with fawns, Elephants, Sloth bear, Leopard, Tiger, wild buffalos, domestic buffalos but which are not used to human presence except their owners. Among these I would say herbivorous animals are more dangerous than carnivorous animals. You must take more precautions against elephants, gaurs, bears than any other animals. It is best to be alert from all these animals and keep safe distance even if you have a direct encounter.


What’s the average age of the group?

Usually trekkers of all age groups come with us. To be specific, for Treks and Adventure activities it ranges from 16 yrs – 45 yrs (it may vary from activity to activity).


I am travelling alone? Do I need a group to accompany me?

Our name itself suggests that we are carrying the friendliest environment. Do not worry; you will make great friends here.


What things are required to be carried?

Every trek has a different ‘things to carry list’ which is mentioned in ton event page itself on the website. So you are requested go through it before registering for the trek.y).


Will there be mobile network available on the Trek?

Generally we don’t get network on treks, as these places are untouched and are far away from human habitation/disturbance. But there are a few treks where you get may get network, so you can consider a few exceptions.


How many Female Trekkers will be accompanying?

Normally Male to Female ratio in the group is 60:40.


Can we have private group treks or event?

Surely, we can arrange private group trek or event. Please drop us a query at info@trekmatesindia.com.


I am Jain, so will you be able to arrange Jain food for me?

Yes, many hotels provide Jain food. But where treks are concerned, we need to confirm with the locals at the base village first.


Can we carry/drink alcohol on treks?

Alcohol is strictly prohibited on our treks.


What type of bus will be provided?

For all our tours we provide Non Ac private luxury buses..


I can’t bring packed lunch so can I get lunch on the trek from any hotel?

Normally we arrange treks to remote areas so don’t expect any hotels in that area, but in a few treks locals can help you with lunch or dinner at an extra cost. ons.


Will there be any changing/ Washroom facility available on treks?

One can change clothes in a local villager’s house, but there are exceptions – while trekking, where we don’t get any facilities, it’s always out in woods.


Can I pay on spot for the treks?

We are so sorry. We strictly don’t accept cash on the trek; you need to pay in advance.


What if my question is not answered here?

Great! We would like to make this list as comprehensive as possible. So drop us a mail at info@trekmatesindia.com. We will surely revert with the satisfying answer.