How To Treat Drinking Water On A Trek

 

 

While on a trek, you are in the wild to enjoy the nature and the thrill of it. Its very important that you stay healthy and do not take ill on the trek to have a joyful experience in the wild. 

Diarrhea is by far the most common problem we encounter on any trek. On an average, 1 out of 4 trekkers are affected by it. If not well handled, the same diarrhea can become a nightmare forcing one to retire from the trek itself !!  Mountaineers have died on Everest by slipping and falling to answer the call. 

Water is a common cause of stomach problems on a trek. On the other hand you need to drink lots of water to stay hydrated and also keep AMS away !! So it very important that you drink it right and hence treat your water before you drink.

Below are the ways to treat your water on a Himalayan trek while not making it too complicated and making it a research subject.

 


 

 

What Are The Threats From Drinking Water On A Trek

Bacteria: E. coli is the most common cause of stomach infection on a trek. Other bacteria like Dysentary are common as well. Water can easily contain bacteria which when consumed causes stomach infection.

Viruses: Water might contain virus which causes harm to us humans. However, there is very less chances that water in the hills may contain viruses, specially in high altitudes, cold conditions of the Himalayas. If you are trekking in hot conditions, then there are chances your water might contain virus.

Protozoa: These are by far the most feared and most common causes of water borne infection in a trek. These are single celled organism which has high resistance to cold water and other water treatment methods. Some of them for a cyst which protects them from water treatment.

Particulate Matters: These are particles that you can see floating on the water and are easy to filter them out. Not usually very harmful, but still you would not like to consume a rotten leaf or a dead insect !

 

 


 

 

MYTH BREAKER: Water In The Himalayas Are Better Than Packaged Drinking Water And Are Safe To Drink Directly

It is usually considered that the water in the Himalayas are clean and you can drink it directly. While it is not 100% wrong, it is not 100% correct as well. Water in the hills are also the source of water for animals on the higher area. The high altitude region in the Himalayas are also used for grazing domestic animals and sees lot of sheep, cattle and yaks. These animals poop anywhere !!

Sometimes the same stream water is used by the higher camps. This gives lot of opportunity to contaminate the water with human waste and animal poops. A stream running through the forest might contain lots of particulate matter like rotten leaf, dead insects, etc.

Spring water in the high altitude terrain are safe for drinking directly as there are less chances of it to be contaminated by particles.  Water coming out of melting snow are safe as the microorganisms cannot grow in that cold.

 

 


 

 

Chose Proper Water Source

The first and most important step is to choose a proper water source. So what can be a "proper water source" ?

Always fetch water from running streams. The faster the better. Stagnant water has high risk of bearing pathogens, irrespective of the cold surrounding. Whereas, as fast gushing water has very low chances of bearing pathogens in it. It even has less particulate materials.

If you can source water from natural springs, its the best as it acts as a natural filter and has very less chances of having particles in it.

 

 


 

 

Different Ways To Treat Your Water On Your Treks

There are several ways to treat your water but the first steps is to fill a clean particle-free water into your bottle. To do that use a filter or a clean handkerchief to keep away the particles entering the water bottle. After you fill your water bottle with clean particle-free water, follow the any of the next steps to get it free of any pathogens.

 

Boiling Your Water: Boiling is one of the best way to clean your water of the pathogens like bacteria, virus and protozoa. However, it requires stove, utensils and fuel and is limited to camps. When you are on the trail and have finished the boiled water you filled from the camp, the only option you have are the natural sources.  When you are boiling the water, make sure you bring it to boil. Water usually boils quickly in high altitude due to low atmospheric pressure. So its important to cover it by a lid and boil it for good time to increase the temperature. How much time you should boil the water for is guided by the quantity of the water your are boiling. Mostly, all of the pathogens are killed at a temperature of over 70 ° C

PROS: 

  • Kills almost all of the pathogens
  • Also protect against cold

CONS

  • Needs a system. Not Portable
  • Requires more fuel

Using Chlorine Tablets: Free Chlorine Ions are known to clean water and these Chlorine Tablets are great rescue for hikers and outdoor people as it is very convenient to carry and provides a defense to the deadliest of the pathogens. It acts less time to make pure water available for drinking. It usually comes in strips. It is used by dropping a tablet into your water bottle and giving it some time before drinking it.

chlorine tablets as water disinfector

Hind Pharma produces tablets usable for campers and in emergencies: https://www.hindpharma.com/water.html a product of Hind Pharma declares that 

"Ef-Chlor (NaDCC tablet), it is a broad spectrum fast acting sanitizer and water sterilizer , rapidly effective against BACTERIA, VIRUSES, FUNGI and PROTOZOA. Total spectrum of activity i.e. effective against hydro hypophilic viruses, gram positive & gram negative bacteria, fungi mould, yeast, mycoplasmas & protozoa."
 
 

PROS:

  • Convenient to use
  • Light Weight
  • Effective against deadliest of the pathogens

CONS

  • Some tablets make water taste bit odd.  ( add TANG to flavour the water in this case )

 

Using Iodine Drops:

Iodine is good but not the best way to treat drinking water in high altitude. It is known to kill water borne pathogens, but takes some time to make the clean water ready to drink. It is also ineffective against some protozoan cyst which causes deadly stomach problems. There are iodine solutions which are available in market. Most chances are that you will be carrying Betadine ( 10% Iodine solution ) in your medical kit. Use 4 - 5 drops in 1 liter of water and let it rest. You also get  " Tetraglycine hydroperiodide"  tablets in medical stores. Usage - 8mg per liter of water

 

betadine as water purifier

 

PROS:

  • Most chances are you will be carrying betadine ( 10% Iodine solution ) in your medical kit. 
  • Kills most pathogens but for few protozoan cyst

CONS:

  • Takes time and at cold temperature, takes more time to clean the water ( 30 minutes to 1 hour )
  • ineffective against some protozoan cyst which causes deadly stomach problems
  • It should not be used by persons with allergy to iodine, persons with active thyroid disease, or pregnant women
  • Some tablets make water taste bit odd.  ( add TANG to flavour the water in this case )

 

Ultra Violet Purifying:

camelbak UV water purifier  steripen UV water purifier

 

CamelBak® has come up with a innovative solution of using UV to clean the water instantly. It is also a water bottle so can be consumed directly within a minute.

read more about it here : https://shop.camelbak.com/all-clear-bottle/d/1208

 

SteriPEN Adventurer Opti

"Lightweight water purification for peak performance in the outdoors! SteriPEN Adventurer Opti was built for the toughest mountains and rivers in the world. Backpacker Magazine gave it their Editor’s Choice Award in 2011 for changing the face of portable water purification. Recipient of a 2012 Desnivel Award … one of the 15 best new products. When camping, backpacking & hiking, if you won’t have access to the power grid for several days a time, this is the water purification system for you."

read more here https://www.steripen.com/adventurer-opti/

 

PROS:

  • Instant pure water available for drinking

CONS:

  • Dependency on batteries and power system
  • Too much to take care of
  • Fragile and not suited for high altitude longer treks

 


Final Conclusion

  1. Boil you water when you are at camps.
  2. Use chlorine tablets for the trail.
  3. Use TANG  or Vitamin C tablets to flavour the water to taste better.
  4. The locals and few others who trek frequently generally appears to be immune to the natural water. So by default they think that the water is safe.
  5. While it is the responsibility of the Trek Guides and Leader to provide you with clean water, the first responsibility is of the Trekker himself. You yourself need to take proper precaution on this matter and purify the water before drinking it everytime as you yourself are the best person to monitor yourself.
  6. You must make it a habbit of a 'must-do' check on the water each time you drink it. Asking the leader or the guide the methods they have used to purify the water or carrying a chlorine tablets yourself is the best practice 
 
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    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5000m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, rocky
    • 🚩 Starts From: Yuksom
    • 🚩 Ends In: Yuksom
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Yuksom
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, Jio and BSNL till Yuksom. Jio till Tsokha
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Yuksom
    • 🌞 Temperatures:
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Nepalese
    Treks On Offer
    Phoktey Dara Trek
    Phoktey Dara Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 8 days/ 7 nights Hilley to Sepi
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, rocky
    • 🚩 Starts From: Hilley
    • 🚩 Ends In: Bhareng
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Hilley
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL, sparsely
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g and 3g on trekking roadheads. No signal on trek
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 10 during summers. Upper reaches are colder. Lower reaches are warm
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Dzongri La Trek
    Dzongri La Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 8 Days, 7 nights Bagdogra to Bagdogra
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4170m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, rocky
    • 🚩 Starts From: Yuksom
    • 🚩 Ends In: Yuksom
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Yuksom
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, Jio and BSNL till Yuksom. Jio till Tsokha
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Yuksom
    • 🌞 Temperatures: 5 to -5
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian,Nepalese,Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Borasu Pass Trek
    Borasu Pass Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 10 Days, 9 Nights, Sankri to Chitkul
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5450m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mid May, June, Sep, Mid Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: meadows, moraine, scree, glacier
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Chitkul
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL signals in Sankri. Rare unguaranteed BSNL signals while on trek and pass top
    • 🌐 Internet Option: No
    • 🌞 Temperatures: Campsites are cold and night temperature goes below 0 on higher camps.
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Neplese
    Treks On Offer
    Buran Ghati Trek
    Buran Ghati Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 days, 6 nights Shimla to Shimla
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4550m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May June Sep Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, Snow, Forest
    • 🚩 Starts From: Janglik
    • 🚩 Ends In: Barua
    • 🌏 Region: India - Himachal
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jubbarhatti Airport, Shimla, Himachal Pradesh
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Kalka, Himachal Pradesh
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Janglik
    • 📶 Mobile Network: 3G Airtel in Chirgaon, Janglik and BSNL. Airtel from Munirang and Barua Village
    • 🌐 Internet Option: No
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -2 tp 14 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Garhwali, Himachali, Nepali, Indian
    Treks On Offer
    Dhumdhar Kandi Pass Trek
    Dhumdhar Kandi Pass Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 13 Days, Dehadun to Dehradun
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude:
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May - Jun, Sep - Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rocky, Glacial Moraine, Glacier Crossing, Crevasses, Snow Field, Hard Ice
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Uttarkashi
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Taluka. BSNL, Airtel, Vodafone from Gangnani
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri.
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 16 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Parang La Trek
    Parang La Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 14 Days, 13 Nights, 9 Trek Days, Manali to Leh
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 5572m
    • 🛑 Grade: Strenuous ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: July, August, September
    • 🌄 Terrain: snow field, ravine, meadow,
    • 🚩 Starts From: Manali
    • 🚩 Ends In: Leh
    • 🌏 Region: India - Himachal
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bhuntar Airport (KUU), Kullu, Himachal Pradesh
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Chandigarh
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Manali
    • 📶 Mobile Network: All popular mobile networks in Manali and Leh. Limited BSNL in Kaza. None on trek route.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: Not on trek route. Good connections available in Manali, Kaza and Leh on WiFi and all popular mobile networks
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -6 to 20 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Kashmir Lakes Trek
    Kashmir Lakes Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, Srinagar to Srinagar
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4180m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: July, August, September
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows
    • 🚩 Starts From: Shitkadi
    • 🚩 Ends In: Chatragul
    • 🌏 Region: India - Kashmir
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Srinagar
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Shitkadi
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL, Airtel on pass tops.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: No
    • 🌞 Temperatures:
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Kashmiri
    Treks On Offer
    Pangarchula Peak Trek
    Pangarchula Peak Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 days/ 6 nights, Joshimath to Joshimath
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4575m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May June, Sep Oct Nov, Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow field
    • 🚩 Starts From: Joshimath
    • 🚩 Ends In: Joshimath
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehraoon, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Rishikesh, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Joshimath
    • 📶 Mobile Network: A;l major network untill Joshimath. Partially available ion trek.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: None after Joshimath
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 8 degrees in the winters. 5 - 18 degrees in the summers
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu 4 Day Trek
    Sandakphu 4 Day Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 4 nights, 4 Trek Days, Maneybhanjyang to Sepi
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Oct - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows, rocky
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Srikhola
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Maneybhanjyang
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL in Entry and Exit points and its vicinity. Rare signals on trek. Ask your guide for better locations for signals.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3g in Siliguri, 2g in Maneybhanjyang, Bhareng, Gorkhey and onwards.
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 10 during summers. Upper reaches are colder. Lower reaches are warm
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Nag Tibba Trek
    Nag Tibba Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 2 Days, Dehradoon to Dehradoon
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3000m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - Jun, Sep - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: forest, meadow, snow in winters
    • 🚩 Starts From: Pantwari
    • 🚩 Ends In: Pantwari
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Pantwari
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL
    • 🌐 Internet Option: No
    • 🌞 Temperatures:
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali
    Treks On Offer
    Tarsar Marsar Sundarsar Trek
    Tarsar Marsar Sundarsar Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 7 Days, Srinagar to Srinagar
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4000m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: July to October mid
    • 🌄 Terrain: Alpine Meadows, forest
    • 🚩 Starts From: Aru
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sumbal
    • 🌏 Region: India - Kashmir
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Srinagar
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Aru
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Postpaid BSNL, Airtel and Vodafone. Sparsely on treks
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 2G near towns, 3G in Srinagar
    • 🌞 Temperatures:
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Kashmiri
    Treks On Offer
    Kang Yatse 1
    Kang Yatse 1
    • 📅 Duration: 12 Days, Leh to Leh
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6401m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jul, Aug, Sep
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, rocky, scree, hard ice, soft snow, broken ridge
    • 🚩 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)
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from the summit
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Leh and vicinity
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 on higher camps
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
    Treks On Offer
    Annapurna Base Camp Trek
    Annapurna Base Camp Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, Pokhara to Pokhara
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4140m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Forest, Meadows, Rocky, Scree, Glacial Moraine
    • 🚩 Starts From: Pokhara
    • 🚩 Ends In: Pokhara
    • 🌏 Region: Nepal - Annapurna
    • 🎌 Country: Nepal
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Pokhara Airport, Nepal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Jainagar or Gorakhpur or New Jalpaiguri, India
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Pokhara
    • 📶 Mobile Network: NCell, NTC
    • 🌐 Internet Option: Available
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 15
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 Climbing Expedition
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 Climbing Expedition
    • 📅 Duration: 16 Days, Leh to Leh
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6401m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: June, July, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, rocky, scree, hard ice, soft snow, broken ridge
    • 🚩 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)
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL and Airtel postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from the summit
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Leh on BSNL and Airtel. 4G in Airtel on high points
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 on higher camps
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
    Treks On Offer
    Kalanag Climbing Expedition
    Kalanag Climbing Expedition
    • 📅 Duration: 18 days/ 17 nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 6387m
    • 🛑 Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May - Jun, Sep - Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rocky, Glacial Moraine, Glacier Crossing, Crevasses, Snow Field, Hard Ice
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Taluka
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 16 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha & Har Ki Dun Circuit Trek
    Kedarkantha & Har Ki Dun Circuit Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4126m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: April. May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov
    • 🌄 Terrain: Alpine Meadows, Rhododendron forests
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and higher points
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 during winters, 2 to 15 in summers
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan and South Indian
    Treks On Offer
    Kalanag Base Camp Trek
    Kalanag Base Camp Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: May - Jun, Sep - Oct
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, Forest, Rocky, Glacial Moraine
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Taluka
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 16 degrees
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: India, Garhwali, Nepali
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 3 nights, 2 Trek Days, Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3800m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow in winter
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Summit
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -10 to 10 during winters, 2 to 15 in summers
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan and South Indian
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu In Land Rover
    Sandakphu In Land Rover
    • 📅 Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows
    • 🚩 Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🚩 Ends In: Maneybhanjyang
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Maneybhanjyang
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL in Siliguri, Maneybhanjyang and Srikhola. On the trek trail, Vodafone and BSNL works on some locations like Chitre, Tonglu, Kayakatta, Molley.
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4g in Siliguri, Maneybhanjyang and Srikhola. Limited 2G on the trail. Almost None.
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 10 during summers. Upper reaches are colder. Lower reaches are warm
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 9 Days, 8 nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 4200m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL & Vodafone
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4G till Purola. 3g Till Mori. No Internet Sankri Onwards
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -3 to 15 deg C
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Himachali
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun 4 Day Trek
    Har Ki Dun 4 Day Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 5 days, 4 nights including 2 nights at Sankri
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3600m
    • 🛑 Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • 🌄 Terrain: Meadows, Conifer Forest, Snow, River valley, Lakes
    • 🚩 Starts From: Sankri
    • 🚩 Ends In: Sankri
    • 🌏 Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • 📶 Mobile Network: BSNL, Vodafone at Sankri, Jio in Mori
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4G till Mori. No Internet at Sankri.
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -3 to 15 deg Celsius
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Himachali
    Treks On Offer
    Phalut Trek
    Phalut Trek
    • 📅 Duration: 5 Days 4 nights, Sepi to Sepi
    • 🔼 Highest Altitude: 3600m
    • 🛑 Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • 👍 Best Time: Oct - May
    • 🌄 Terrain: Rhododendron forest, Alpine meadows, Mid Altitude Coniferous Forest
    • 🚩 Starts From: Srikhola
    • 🚩 Ends In: Srikhola
    • 🌏 Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • 🎌 Country: India
    • 🛪 Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • 🚉 Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • 🙏 Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Srikhola
    • 📶 Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL in Siliguri, Srikhola. On the trek trail, Airtel. Vodafone and BSNL works on some locations
    • 🌐 Internet Option: 4G in Sepi. No internet in other locations
    • 🌞 Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 16 during summers
    • 🔒 Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • 🍵 Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
    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 Saturday, March 26, 2016 8:14:00 AM