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Hiking (Spend Some Time in Mountains)

Upload By: Kabir Ansari on Jan 01, 2021
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Overview: Hiking

Being a soft-adventure sport, almost anyone in reasonable physical condition can go hiking. To get initiated into hiking begin with day hikes, returning to your starting point in the evening. Move on to a multi-day hike which is relatively easy, in order to get to know your ability and aptitude. You can venture into the mountains with an experienced hiker, join an adventure club, or go with a reputed adventure travel company. It is not a good idea to venture out into the mountains alone – unless you happen to be a distant relative of the mythical Himalayan yeti (or an aspiring Reinhold Messner, the first person in the world to have climbed all fourteen 8000m peaks, including the first oxygen-less ascent and later the first solo ascent of Everest).

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A basic knowledge of camp craft, map reading and first aid is essential before you go hiking. It’s a good idea to do an adventure course from one of the mountaineering/ adventure institutes in India. A basic course in mountaineering and a first-aid course are recommended if you decide to take it up more seriously and hike to remote/high-altitude areas. Get as much information about the hiking area as possible – the people, their culture, the geography, terrain, medical/rescue facilities and weather conditions – before you go.

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Hiking History:

Hiking in India started when the land was inhabited in prehistoric times. There are perhaps as many hiking routes in India as there are Indians. It was in the 1970’s and 1980’s that hiking started gaining in popularity as a recreational/adventure sport. A number of religious sites and shrines across the country, especially in Jammu and Kashmir, and in the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand – such as Badrinath, Amarnath, Gangotri, Hemkund, Joshimath, Kedarnath, Vaishno Devi and Yamunotri – entail hiking for a couple of days in the mountains. Hiking in India has grown in leaps and bounds and the current hiking scenario is very promising, with thousands of Indians and foreigners hitting hiking trails each year.

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What India can boast of is some of the most stunning hiking routes in the world – many of the mountain passes in the Ladakh and Zanskar Himalayas are above 5000m. But there are plenty of gentler and smaller trails, at different altitudes, both in the mountains and in the forests. If you’re looking for less arduous hikes, you’ll find plenty in in the Western Ghats and the Nilgiri Hills of south India (Munnar and Wayanad in Kerala, Coorg in Karnataka, and around Ooty in Tamil Nadu).

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Hiking In India:

Skydiving seems like an extreme activity to many people, in good weather conditions the risks are very low. When weather conditions change, risks are compounded. That is why these daredevils must be very aware of the currents and conditions of this ocean of air.

Wind Conditions and Skydivers The factor that is most important to skydivers is wind conditions. Modern square parachutes have approximately a twenty mile per hour forward speed. This forward speed affords the skydiver great maneuverability.

On a day with no wind, a parachutist can go twenty miles per hour in whatever direction they prefer. When the wind is blowing, the wind speed and direction must be taken into consideration in order to land in the designated landing area. Just like a boat on a river, the currents of air will push a parachute in the direction that it is flowing.

There are three ways to figure out the best spot for the jump: Skydivers may use the winds aloft forecast provided by the National Weather Service. The skydiver may simply look at the movement of the clouds aloft for the upper winds. Looking at the wind socks and flags on the drop zone for surface wind speed and direction also works.

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Best season for Hiking in India:

May/June and September/October for Garhwal, Kumaon (Uttarakhand), Sikkim and Himachal Pradesh

June/July and August/September for Ladakh and Zanskar (Jammu and Kashmir)

One can hike in the foothills of the Himalayas from October through till March

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Hiking sites in India:

Jammu and Kashmir (Ladakh, Zanskar)
Himachal Pradesh
Uttarakhand (Garhwal, Kumaon)
Sikkim and Darjeeling
Northeast states (Arunachal Pradesh)
Western Ghats
South India (Nilgiris, Coorg)

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Hiking TIPS:

  • Hydration
  • Clothing / staying warm (‘Cover your head if your feet are cold gentlemen’ is an old English saying)
  • Packing a rucksack
  • Pacing yourself on a hike
  • Timing – ‘Start early and arrive early’ is the cardinal rule of hiking
  • Porters and guides – A guide, or guide-cum-cook, is important on routes that are remote, tougher and relatively less trodden. Porters, with the option of ponies, will come in extremely handy on longer trips, especially if you’re carrying lots of provisions.
  • Mules and horses on the trail

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Medical Concerns:

If you have a previous medical condition, do remember to carry the necessary prescribed medication.

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It is possible to rent/buy hiking equipment all over India from clubs and adventure- gear manufacturers. Do thoroughly check all gear before venturing out into the mountains.

  • Small rucksack / knapsack
  • Sleeping bag
  • Lockable duffel bag
  • Karrimat / Therm-a-Rest
  • Tent
  • Personal toiletries
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litres)
  • First-aid kit
  • Camera with spare batteries and film (carry more film than you think you will need!)
  • Headlamp/torch with spare cells
  • Maps
  • Diary/pen/reading material
  • Sewing kit
  • Swiss Army knife
  • Whistle
  • Sunscreen – with high SPF (at least 30, to better protect you from harmful UV rays)
  • Lip salve/ChapStick
  • Sunglasses with retainers/spare prescription glasses
  • Lighter
  • Emergency rations/goodies
  • Parachute cord
  • Ski-stick/ice-axe
  • Rope (for high-altitude hikes)
  • Plastic bags and Ziplocs for packing gear

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Ecological concerns:

The contribution of hiking in developing a basic understanding of the environment and its problems could result in feelings of concern that lead to active involvement in resolving environmental issues. A qualitative investigation was carried out which involved the completion of three 5 day trails by the same five subjects. Each hiker was required to make daily notes on each hike, which were subsequently analysed. The purpose of the investigation was to ascertain what people notice in the environment during hikes and whether this could influence environmental education. Four themes were identified on analysis of the daily responses, namely the natural and physical environment, trail aspects, each hiker's physical and psychological preparedness and cognitive development and social aspects ranging from group interaction to human impact on the environment. Each of these themes is described and supplemented with appropriate quotations from the daily responses.

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What's to Carry when you go for Hiking?

Must carry some water with you
Must Carry some cash because there are limited network and Banking Facility
Carry some food items
Carry extra warm cloths
Not to travel alone

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Ideal Conditions for Hiking

 If any sport can be said to favour brawn over brain (though it’s best not to ignore the latter), it is off-roading. It can be done in any ground and atmospheric conditions – the tougher, the better. It’s an activity that places an emphasis on intrepidness, resilience and quick reactions.

What Should Wear

 Rough-and-ready dress as if you're going into action (as befits an adventure activity that owes much of it provenance to surplus WW2 jeeps)! You (and your machine) will go through plenty of wear and tear, so come fitted in appropriate , outdoorsy clothing - a lived-in pair of jeans and a pair of hardy boots!

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FAQs about

When is the best time to hike in India?

The best time to trek in India varies by region and by trekking route. Generally speaking, the late Spring and Summer period (June-August) are good times to trek in the Ladakh region, as it falls in the rain-shadow of the Himalayas and is therefore not impacted by the monsoon rains that batter the sub-continent in July and August.

For treks in Zanskar, like the Chadar Trek, the best time is in the heart of winter (January or February), as this is when the lake is frozen and allows for trekkers to traverse.

May and June, along with September and October are the best times to visit Himachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

The Autumn (September, October and November) makes for great trekking in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh region.

Is hiking safe in India?

Hiking in India can be safe if appropriate precautions are taken. It is important to choose a reputable hiking company, stay on established routes, and take measures to prevent altitude sickness and other health risks.

What should I do to take care of my safety?

Know your trail before planning the hiking.

Where can I keep my luggage during the hiking trek?

Carry your backpack and if due to any reason you are unable to carry it, then porters go along with you. Extra charges are applicable for offloading.

Where I can take a shower during the trek?

Hotels and guesthouses with bathroom facility in remote region use solar system or gas to heat water so it depends if you get hot water or not. During the trek the water sources are less and the weather remains cold so you would not even think of taking a shower.

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