"If India was the Jewel in the Crown of the British Empire, the remote North East of that country is its Hidden Jewel" …Tony Howard …Tony Howard
Northeast of India have deep valleys covered with rich and luxuriant undergrowth filled with a vast variety of flora and fauna. Trekking here is simply unforgettable.!
Trekking is all about setting oneself a challenging pace or a strolly one, to enjoy the landscape of wild flowers, grand scenery, local people, breaking up when you please, conversing and dancing, forgetting all worldly troubles and losing your mind and soul to forging new, uncomplicated memories.
There are trails, which ascend steeply, and paths, which go around local villages, passing through forests of rhododendron which gives way to fragrant stands of Juniper and conifers. It is this very splendour that captivates and invites the spiritual joy that trekkers have found to be alluring.
Himalayas affords trekkers with special interests such as Flora and Fauna, photography, geology or anthropology at all. Trekking have immense possibility of stretching the Trekkers walking hours into an even more rich experience.
1) Wind and waterproof jacket:
This is a very necessary item on the agenda. The ones made from the expensive goretex fabric are the best in the market for not only are they waterproof but they are also 'breathable', which helps to avoid the wet and clammy feeling of normal waterproof. If not there is the inexpensive waterproof nylon jacket.
2) A Rucksack:
Again this is an essential item for trekking. A good-sized, waterproof, nylon, rucksack is a must. An internal frame system is required. This is good to the shoulders. Make sure that all the buckles are of the 'quick release' type. But remember that no rucksack is totally waterproof so make sure that you line it with of polythene bag .
3) A Sleeping Bag:
Avoid a nightmare by choosing a sleeping bag carefully. There might be snow on the trek. There might be stones under your tent, so sleeping bag becomes an item of survival used Holofil bags to retain the trapped body heat in the loft even when wet. Avoid zippered bags. Try a slide-bag. It is good and warm even in temperature of 0 to 5 C. Do not forget to spread a mat under your bag.
4) A Tent:
Take a strong tent to protect you from strong wind. They come in two basic shapes. The 'A' shaped with aluminium alloy poles and the dome shaped with aluminium or fibre glass rods The 'A' shaped tent with an inner layer of 'breathable' cotton and the outer (fly sheet) of waterproof nylon fabric, is the best for low altitude treks. Check the tent for strength and resilence. Take care never to pack wet or damp tents in their bags as they tend to mildew and rot.
5) A Woollen Balaclava(monkey cap) PEAK cap.
6) Sun Glares (preferably ones that block ultra violet rays)
7) Sun Screen Lotion.
8) T-shirts and Shorts for the day.
9) Socks, stockings and Gloves that are 20 percent acrylic and the rest wool. Hundred percent wool often shrinks if wet.
10) Also wear a pair of cotton socks under woollen socks. This allows perspiration to be soaked up by the first layer thus avoiding 'matting' of the socks.
11) Many layers of clothing. The more layers you have, the more air you trap. Air, as you know, is a bad conductor of heat and retains body warmth.
12) A Swiss army Knife
13) Pen Light.
14) A Whistle and Cord.
Ashok Watika, Queen's Road Crossing,
Ajmer Road, Jaipur 302 019
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