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PREPARATION BEFORE DEPARTURE

Official Documents
Foreign visitors to India must possess valid passports and visas. Be sure your ‘tourist visa’ covers the duration of your visit. Special permits are not required for trekking in the Indian Himalayas, with the exception of certain restricted areas. Should you chose one of our treks or safaris in these areas, we will send you the necessary application forms and obtain these permits for you. Permission takes at least 4 weeks, so please return the forms, photocopies of the relevant pages of your passport and photographs well in advance. It is mandatory to carry your passport with you at all times while in India. For mountaineering trips or expeditions, special permission must be applied for a minimum of 06 months in advance, through the Indian Mountaineering Foundation. Although customs officials rarely check tourist baggage, it is best to declare any special equipment such as expensive cameras, tape-recorders, computers, etc. because this can save many problems on departure.

Health
When planning your trip, it is advisable to have a medical check up explaining to your physician the altitude you hope to reach. Although not essential, you may prefer protection against cholera, typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepatitis. You may also wish to bring malaria suppressant tablets. Finally, it is most important to be as physically fit as possible and some form of fairly strenuous exercise should be engaged in daily for at least a month before leaving. Trekkers do occasionally suffer from coughs, colds, minor stomach upsets and, rarely, from mild altitude sickness. Do inform your trek manager or sherpa leader of any previous medical problems before you start your trek and, when on the trail, let him know if you feel ill or have severe headaches, dizziness, nausea, dysentery or just bad blisters. The trek equipment provided by India Insight Tours includes a standard medical kit stocked with basic medicines to cover the normal range of possible complaints. Serious illness is dealt with by immediate evacuation to lower altitudes and the nearest roadhead.

Equipments
High quality trekking gear is difficult, if not impossible, to buy in India, so check the equipment list before leaving home. Please bring all your equipment with you as it is not uncommon for unaccompanied gear to get lost en route. A list of the essential equipment you will require for an average India Insight Tours trek is given below. If you plan to do any climbing, you will have to supplement this equipment. Please sort out and divide your trekking equipment into three categories:
1.to wear on the trail
2.to carry in the day pack
3.to pack in the duffel bag

You will not have access to your duffel bag once you leave camp in the morning, as it will be carried by pack ponies or porters. Therefore, you must anticipate all your daytime needs and carry these items in your day pack. Your day pack should be large enough to accommodate your water bottle. personal first aid kit, sun cream, sweater or down jacket, rain parka and lunch box. Your duffel bag should not weigh more than 30 lb. (20 kg). If you have heavy equipment such as special cameras or scientific equipment, additional ponies or porters will have to be hired and you will be charged for this extra service.

Trekking Equipments List
>> trekking boots - well broken in and waterproofed
>> running or tennis shoes
>> down jacket or equivalent with hood
>> one heavy wool shirt or sweater
>> two cotton shirts
>> one pair cotton trousers or shorts
>> one pair woollen trousers
>> one pair shorts or calf-length skirt/culottes for women (skirts are more comfortable and
     culturally more acceptable)
>> three pairs of regular underwear
>> long underwear - thermal or wool
>> wind- and rain-gear with hood
>> sun hat with brim
>> woollen hat or balaclava
>> woollen mittens or gloves
>> woollen socks to wear with boots
>> cotton socks
>> personal first-aid kit including medication for common ailments such as headaches,
     dysentery etc., moleskin, antiseptic cream, surgical tape, band aids, sun cream (15% block
     out advised for Spiti and Ladakh), lip salve and medicines
>> water purification tablets
>> toilet kit - including extra toilet paper, towel and soap
>> flashlight with extra batteries
>> sunglasses or snow goggles (an extra pair is recommended)
>> water bottle, preferably wide mouthed, with at least one liter capacity
>> pocket knife
>> swimsuit
>> note book with pens and pencils
>> plastic bags - small size for books, film etc., larger bags for clothes, sleeping bags and duffel
     bag liners light
>> weight day pack
>> duffel bag - preferably waterproof

Optional Accessories
1.camera and film - bring plenty, as film is expensive and not easily available
2.binoculars
3.umbrella - available locally
4.repair kit with needle, thread, tape, glue, scissors, etc.
5.extra water bottle - recommended for Ladakh wind pants, gaiters and down booties - for high
   altitude treks small supply of personal energy snacks reading material, playing cars, lightweight
   chess board, Scrabble, etc.
6.give-aways such as pens, pencils, books, etc.

Permit For Filming
No permission is required for ordinary photography or video cameras. However, for movie filming in 16 mm/35 mm, a special permit is necessary. The procedures are fairly complex, so please apply at least a year in advance. The application should be made at the Indian Embassy or Mission in your country of residence. The Indian government requires complete details of the synopsis of the film, location, exact period of shooting schedules, bio-data and passport details of the crew members and a complete list of equipment to be imported.

Insurance
Please insure yourself against sickness, accident, helicopter evacuation, hospitalization and the like, as you would normally do before embarking on a wilderness vacation.
We do not insure our clients ourselves and we accept no responsibility for damages or expenses which may arise from mishaps to persons on India Insight Tours trips. Reservations are accepted only on this understanding.
Medical and evacuation expenses incurred as a result of accident during a India Insight Tours trek are chargeable in full to the clients involved. Actually you will be safer on your trek in the Indian Himalayas than on the roads of many parts of the world, but insurance does not cost much and is a worthwhile precaution. Coverage should include air flights, including charters.




Places of Interest
Zanskar Valley » Markha Valley » Nubra Valley » Tsomoriri Valley » Pangong Lake » Suru Valley

Discover Ladakh
Introduction » Cultural Ladakh » Climbing Peaks » Ladakh Tribal » Ladakh Factfile » Monasteries » Festivals in Ladakh
Wildlife in Ladakh » River Rafting in Ladakh » Weather

Trekking in Ladakh
Ladakh Zanskar Trek » Glimpses of Little Tibet » Lamayuru-Alchi Trek » Multi Aventura Himalaya Ladakh Combinado » Ladakh Culture FIT Program » Ladakh-Markha Valley Trek
Sandakphu Singalila Ridge Trek » Spiti to Ladakh

Ladakh Mountain Biking Tour
A Ride through Little Tibet » The Great Trans- Himalayan Biking Tour » Cycling in the Shadow of the Kanchenjunga Peak

Jeep Safari Tours
Leh Jeep Safari » Leh - Pangong Lake Jeep Safari

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