Your crew will comprise of a trekking guide, Cook, Kitchen helpers and Sherpas. Depending on the region you are trekking, luggage would be carried by pack animals / porters. In Sikkim a combination of pack animals and porters are used.
Breakfast : Tea / Coffee, breads (chapatis, breads) Chowmin, Thukpa, Noodells.
Lunch / Dinner : Rice, Dal, Sabji,
TREK GEAR :
It is important to travel as light as possible and take only essentials. Domestic carriers allow up to 25 kg of luggage but on the trek there are limitations as your duffle is carried by a porter or pack animal so your trekking bag should weigh up to 25kgs (including sleeping bag). While on trek your city clothes can be safely stored at the hotel (if you are returning) or handed over to agent to store until return from trek.
Duffle for trek gear :
Sturdy and water proof duffle bag – large enough to hold sleeping bag plus trekking clothes and gear. The bag can get dusty and can get tears as sometimes trails are narrow and pack animals, porters can scrape against cliffs hence the duffle should be sturdy.
Day pack :
Should have a capacity of 1500 to 2000cubic inches to carry camera, water bottle, light jacket and packed lunch. Can double up as carry bag on flight.
Spare roll up duffel: You should consider bringing a small, roll up nylon duffle (lockable) to store city clothes while on trip.
This should be comfortable to protect you from cold (and possibly wet) weather. Synthetic clothing like polypropylene, capilene, pile are light in weight, wick away perspiration, dry quickly if wet and provide the best insulation against cold. Wool /synthetic blends are also suitable. Use of cotton in cold, wet mountain conditions is not recommended.
When layering in cold weather conditions, the innermost layer should be long thermals, the middle layer can be synthetic wool, fleece, outer layer can be down / synthetic jacket and in extreme conditions, good quality Gore-Tex wind / rain parkas over this.
Even though villagers in well trekked routes are used to seeing individual foreign trekkers in skimpy wear we would request our clients to be dress modestly. Women and men can both wear long, baggy hiking shorts, long trousers. Women should avoid "sports bra" tops.
Quantities for clothing are not included so you have to use your own judgment based on duration of trek, expected weather conditions and overall weight restrictions.
Regular underwear. Synthetics are easier to wash and dry
Thermal long underwear's. Lightweight and medium weight tops and bottoms.
Short sleeved T shirts (synthetic is best)
Long sleeved synthetic T shirts (especially Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Garhwal autumn trips where you have to walk through forests and shaded areas)
Sweater /Jacket :
Heavy Down for autumn groups going to Garhwal, Sikkim, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet
Medium weight fleece jacket, sweat shirt.
Medium weight / heavy weight down / synthetic filled jacket.
Baggy hiking shorts
Long baggy trekking trousers / sweat pants
Lightweight / medium fleece pants to wear at higher camps.
We recommend 3 / 4 pairs of inner and outer socks
Athletic running socks
Synthetic inner socks
Mid weight hiking socks
Sturdy, properly fitting footwear. If you are buying new boots, please break them in by wearing as much as possible before the trip.
Medium weight trekking boots (preferably water proof leather) with padded high ankle, good arch support. These should be good quality for prolonged walking on rocks, screes, boulders, snow.
Tennis shoes (serves as good spares) to be worn around camp – optional
Other Items :
Hiking sticks – very helpful for the steep descents and ascents.
Water bottle – 1.5 litre capacities x 2 (especially for Ladakh). Make sure these are leak proof, heavy duty plastic (Nalgene).
Toileteries: biodegradable soap, toothbrush, paste. Women should bring any feminine products or buy them at the last city before trek.
Small towel / gym washcloth is light, folds small so more practical
Sunscreen – min 25 SPF
Personal medical kit
Money belt or neck pouch to store cash / passport.
Spare reading glasses, prescription glasses. (Contact lens not recommended for dusty trekking conditions)
Headlamp /flashlight with spare batteries
Disposable towelettes / baby wipes / hand sanitizers
Lighter (to burn toilet paper / paper napkins)
Plastic bag / zip lock bags of various sizes.
Heavy weight garbage bags to use as waterproof liner inside duffle.
Camera and film
Repair kit with needle, thread, safety pins
Reading, writing material
Swiss army pocket knife
Powdered mixes such as Gatorade to flavor water.
Medical checklist :
Small hand towel
Broad-spectrum antibiotics (We normally use Ciprofloxacin, Azythromycin and these are readily available over the counter in India)
Cetrizine (anti allergy)
Diamox (if going above 3,000metres)
Personal medication, if any
Common aliments :
Diarrhea, constipation, cough, cold, stomach infections.
Medicines are easily available over the counter at all chemist shops in India.
Please check with you physician for the appropriate dosage.
Emergency Information :
1. On booking a trek with us you must be able to understand the risks and hazards which are involved in adventure trips. You must be physically and mentally prepared for the same. Any existing medical problems should be mentioned at the time of enquiry so that we can give the necessary guidance for a suitable trip.
2. It is important that you are adequately insured for the full duration of your trip and should cover medical expenses, injury, death, cost of repatriation. All baggage and belongings are entirely at your own risk at all times and we will not take responsibility of loss, damage or accident to any luggage or property.
3. On confirmation of traveling with us, you will need to complete the booking / registration 50% trip deposit. Bank details will be sent when trip is finalized. On receipt of the trip deposit, the detailed itinerary alongwith briefing notes and equipment checklist will be sent.
Balance of payment to be made after 1 weeks before arrival.
(Please note that on payments made by bank transfer, bank charges will have to be borne by the clients)
4. Should you wish to cancel; the following scale of charges will apply:
|Cancellation 30 days to 2 months||40% of trip cost|
|Cancellation 15-30 days before departure||60% of trip cost|
|Cancellation 15 days before departure||100% of trip cost|
SIKKIM Trekking in Western Sikkim (For International Tourist) :(Applications to be routed through Sherpa Tours and Treks. – min 3 weeks in advance)