Venturing in the magical, mystical and heavenly beautiful High Altitude remote and rough terrains of the Himalayas gives immense satisfaction to the anxiousness of thrill, the spiritual sense of the soul and curiosity itch of the human race. However, its very easy to understand that it involves immense risks and might cause fatal consequences as well, on occasions. While few things are not under our control like access to a cost-effective, easy-to-use emergency rescue system, high altitude medical facilities in the roadhead or the nearest villages, etc. While working with the stake holders regarding those aspects, which is time consuming, we are more keen to devote ourselves to take care of the things which are well within our control and work with the best intentions towards it.
High Altitude Seriousness
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Dizziness Headache Stomach Problems Nausea AMS Loss of Appetite HAPE Cough Confusions Ataxia Cold
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To ensue maximum possible safety on the treks, we have set up a protocol Himalayan High Maximum Safety Assurance Protocol. Our protocol is ensured and enforced by our clients themselves, and we do not mind taking those extra careful steps to strengthen our safety measures, which benefits us all. The flow and implementation of this protocol starts much before the word 'Client' can even be used. It starts with a initial telephonic discussion to check the physical fitness level and mental attitude required for the trek and thereafter, the protocol works through each steps of planing and communication ensuring planning for safety is well taken care of. Our clients themselves cross checks our safety equipment to be carried on the trek, the quality and knowledge of our trek leaders and local staffs too. After verification of our team and logistics that we are well equipped in terms of logistics and planning for mountain safety, they thereby certifies our team safe by themselves on the trek, before starting of the trek.
Not just that ! It is also seen through that the safety norms are followed on the trek as well and then a final 'Certificate of Safety' is issued to us by our clients after the trek completion.
We believe that by following this protocol and also engaging our clients in planing and certifying for safety will make them more knowledgeable and give them more confidence in undertaking the adventure. We also need our clients to understand the safety concerns and cooperate with us in these terms by providing few important information before registration, few after registration but before reporting to our base camp and then few just before leaving for the trek. This protocol is a 'Transparent Safety Protocol' which is beneficial to all of us and in the long will set new standards of 'Safe Treks' in the Himalayas.
We do understand that putting this protocol in place will consume our time a bit and demand more promptness and responsible actions from both our clients, trek leaders and base camp managers, but that is what we exactly want from our entire team. We have always followed this protocol and now we have put it on our website to make it more transparent. Trekking with 'uneducated, unaware and insensitive' trekkers is not why we are here for.
We also understand that ensuring all these safety measures make our trips expensive compared to other organizations, but we believe that increasing the cost by a little margin is far better than a sad and uneventful experience on the trek.
Before Registration / Confirmation of Participation:
- Designing the itinerary best suitable to manage the altitude problems and also to have more time to experience more of the Himalayan journey, as we understand that it's not always that you come here. Photos will just capture your moment but an experience will make your life worth living.
- A call with one of our team members to enquire about the availability of the slot, the physical and mental demands of the trek and finally, previous high altitude multi-day trek experiences. We will suggest and question as per the trek requested.
- Our registration process will ask for the previous experiences of the team members participating in the trek which is to be filled correctly for each team members. This is not a step to reject your participation, but for us to manage a better support team depending upon the team composition. Based upon the treks, we may or may not mandate previous high altitude experiences. Good Physical fitness level and Correct Mental attitude are a must for undertaking even physically less demanding treks with us.
- Small group size ; Tailor-made trek itineraries. We limit our team size to 15 members for fixed departure treks. Our average bat size is about 10. We mostly run private groups with tailor-made itineraries suitable for the team
Immediately After Registration/ Confirmation:
- Medical Certificate to be provided to us soon after the registration and atleast 1 month prior to the trek start date. This alerts us well in time and enables us to be confident of the team we trek with. We will either advice you few things based upon the report or might also reject you for the trek by interpreting the report. The medical certificate needs to be signed by a registered doctor. In case you yourself are a doctor, you need to get it signed by another doctor. We will NOT verify the authenticity of the medical certificate and accept it as a valid medical certificate for all future references in case of emergency. This is a very important process for us and as of now we have rejected quite a few trekkers based on medical grounds.
- Signed Travel disclaimer and risk undertaking certificate to be sent to us with the medical certificates.
- Find the medical certificate and travel disclaimer on this Link - Medical Certificate and Travel Disclaimer
- Grooming, Preparation, Planning at personal levels. All our clients will be given preparation tips, checklist of list of things to carry for the trek and reminders by one of our experts to ensure you come well prepared for the trek. The grooming and expectation settings will be communicated over Whatsapp group, Emails telephonic conversations.
After Reporting But Before Starting The Trek:
- Giving the hard copies of the signed medical certificate and travel disclaimer to our trek leader or base camp manager along with valid photo Ids.
- Re-verifying the emergency information sheet.
- Placing a letter with all information to the respective government departments like police, national parks and local mountaineering bodies.
- Checking, Validating and Certifying Us that we are carrying all the mandatory safety equipment on the trek, as per the safety checklist and signing the certificate as a team. Find the certificate here for a look
- Verifying the mountaineering certificates and related experiences of our trek leaders.
- A special session with our team of trek leaders and local guides on Safety Practices and planned Evacuation strategy for the trek. Ascertaining that our trek leaders are knowledgeable and safe, and that we are taking extra helpers or horses for evacuation, in case of emergency. Read more about High Altitude Seriousness which will be discussed on this session.
- Checking you gears. Trek leader will also check your clothes and other required personal equipment to ensure that you are well prepared.
On The Trek:
- A guide to trekker ratio of 1:6 will be maintained on the trail.
- Blood Oxygen Saturation to be checked every evening and morning above 3500 meters.
- Short Acclimatization Walks in the evening above 4000 meters to follow acclimatization rule of Climb High Sleep Low.
- Re-hydrating drinks and foods good for high altitude to be served more like dal, garlic soup, tang juice, etc
- Providing safe boiled water
- No alcohol. If you are found violating, we will send you back then and there itself. We party hard after the trek.
- High Quality camping equipment, specially tents, high insulating mattresses, sub-zero sleeping bags and fleece sleeping bag liners a must.
After Finishing The Trek:
- Certifying our safety practices by signing on the Certificate of Safety, reviewing and providing your valuable feed back on the Himalayan High Maximum Safety Assurance Protocol to make it even better, effective and stronger.
We are a transparent organisation working towards safe Himalayan treks and we do not mind others organizations following our practices and protocols to make the Himalayas safer and provide enriching experiences to those who venture into. We would rather like others to follow good safety measures on treks.