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How To Choose Your Campsite

 

 

Mountains and Camping are two words of great importance in any one's mind who is planning to venture out into the mountains for a multi-day activity. Camping is fun and is a very important aspect in any activities in the Himalayas. However, you cannot just camp anywhere and the selection of your campsite is guided by lot of factors. In this article, we will talk about the various factors involved in a campsite selection.

 

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Safety:

Safety should be your primary concern when selecting a campsite. Stay away from rock fall and avalanche zone. Do not camp on river bed or other low land area having the fear of a flash flood. Do not camp under a single tall tree as it attracts lightening strike.  Stay away from camping under broken trees hanging or landed on other trees

 

Water Source:

Water source is the most important factor in choosing a campsite. You need water - to drink and to cook food. Always choose a campsite near to clean fresh water source, but camp at a safe distance from the water source. Ensure you do not pollute it. Remember not to use the water directly.

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Campsite Location:

The location of a campsite is mostly guided by your itinerary and your choice. What we mean by this factor is the vicinity of your campsite to a Village, river, temples, etc. Decency is to keep your campsite away from these. Camp a bit away from the village and its temples. Sometimes, a village does not have a physical temple but a place which is considered pious. You should be well aware of these places. If not, your guide is the best help. Keep your campsites away from the river or the water source in the area. In the Himalayas remember, everything is considered Holy. So do not disrespect the belief by your actions. Keep safety factors in mind while choosing the campsite.

 

Well Drained Area:

Your campsite should not accumulate water. Its easy to imagine what would happen if it suddenly rains and you find water accumulating beneath your tent and surrounding. Choose a elevated land if available which will drain water quickly. If not, use your axe to cut a drain around your tent to drain out the water.   

 

Level Surface:

A level surface is desired, but not always available. Minor leveling can be done using your ice axe. If you are camping on a snow surface, you need to do a minor beating of the snow to make it flat and hard. Usually, a campsite is marked and designated. So its expected to be level unless you are camping in a new unmarked campsite or less frequently used campsites.However, a well marked campsite can turn out to be in chaos after a natural calamity or a heavy rainfall.  

 

 

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Wind Factor:

Usually a campsite should be located in a wind safe area. However, its not always possible. In a windy area, always make sure your tents are streamlined to the flow of the wind and is not blocking its flow. The door of your tent should not be facing the wind. If you are unable to find the direction of wind, use a scarf. Remember, valley winds change their directions in evening and flows in opposite direction to that of afternoon. If there is a natural huge rock blocking the wind, use it.

 

Scenic Beauty:

Finally, the scenic beauty come into factor after all the above conditions are assessed properly and all are  fulfilled. 

 
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    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5250m
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    • 👍 Best Time: May End - June, Sep - Early October
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    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6476m
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    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
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    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
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    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Everest
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    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Solukhumbhu
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    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
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    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Everest
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    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Tenzing–Hillary Airport, Lukla, Solukhumbhu
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    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
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    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Yuksom
    • 🚩 Ends In: Yuksom
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
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    • 👍 Best Time: May June, Sep Oct Nov, Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
    • 🚩 Starts From: Joshimath
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    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
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    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
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    Sandakphu 4 Day Trek
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    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Oct - Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Srikhola
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
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    Mentok Kangri Climbing Expedition
    Mentok Kangri Climbing Expedition
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    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6230m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
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    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 Climbing Expedition
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 Climbing Expedition
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    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6401m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • 🚩 Starts From: Leh
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Ladakh
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 3 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu Phalut In Land Rover
    Sandakphu Phalut In Land Rover
    • 📅 Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, 8 nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4200m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪  Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    Treks On Offer
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Every day I keep learning new things, but as of now, I think I can describe myself as a Loyal Himalayan Lover, Avid Trekker, Student Of Mountaineering, Amateur Photographer and an Enthusiastic Anthropologist. I am a Computer Science Engineer by education and previously worked as a Software Developer for premium IT companies. However, I quit the luxury of a high-earning corporate job and left behind the herd to walk towards the spiritual path laid down by the Godly Himalayas. At the age of 27 with no savings at all and being the only son from a lower-middle-class family, it was too young to fight against the family who in turn had to fight against the rules laid down by society. However, with my determination and perseverance, everything became smooth by passing time.

It wasn't easy for me as I learnt the hard way from mistakes - my own and by observing others. I fought 2 major road accidents that broke my right tibia and femur. I underwent 7 surgeries that kept me away from the mountains, but I patiently fought them all to get back to trekking again in the Himalayas with rods and plates in my bones. Despite doctors saying I cannot walk properly ever again to getting back to trekking on the difficult routes again, Life made me understand very clearly what it wants out of me in this World. It wants me to serve the Himalayas and its community, live a peaceful, content and simple life. That's what I have dedicated my this life to. I am not religious, but spiritual. The Himalayas define my road.

The Himalayas today is spammed by mushrooming trek agencies and big companies who take pride in being India's Largest, biggest, oldest, etc. They are exploiting everything for the sake of profit. It is in dire need of regulation by credible Government authorities, Sustainable Tourism Practices needs to be forced upon every organisation, Small Group Sizes needs to be mandated, Fixed camping should be restricted in alpine zones and Negative Ecological Impact Trekking Protocols should be laid down immediately by governing bodies. With all these objectives, I founded Himalayan High in the year 2015. Learn more about Himalayan High on About Himalayan High

Posted by Suman Chowdhury Sunday, March 20, 2016 5:01:00 AM

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