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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To ensure 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 start much before the word 'Client' can even be used. It starts with an initial telephonic discussion to check the physical fitness level and mental attitude required for the trek sp that we can build a competitive team with similar strengths. Thereafter, the protocol works through each step of planning and communication ensuring planning for safety is well taken care of. We brief the team about our Safety Measures and Emergency Evacuation plan, equipment that we would be carrying with us on the trek and introduce our team during the first Team briefing. We also give a demonstration of our safety equipment on the first day of the trek so that all of us are well versed with the safety protocol and Emergency Evacuation plan.
We believe that following this protocol and also keeping our clients well informed on the safety measures and contingency plans will make them more knowledgeable, alert 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 a few important information before registration. 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 such that it is best suitable to tackle the altitude and acclimatization problems and makes a perfect balance between enjoying the ultimate Himalayan Experience and a safe trek without any unwanted incidences. Photos will just capture your moment but the experiences will make your life worth living.
- The next key step is to have a call with one of our team members to understand the physical and mental demands of the trek, sharing your previous exposure to high altitude and multi-day camping experiences in extreme weather. This helps us understand you better and suggest accordingly. It helps us build a uniform and competitive team.
- We keep our group size very small to give a better and safe experience on the Trek. Our itinerary is designed very cautiously keeping safety and experience building in mind. Our average bat size is about 10 and our maximum team size is 12 - 13 members. We mostly run private groups with tailor-made itineraries suitable for the team for a richer and safe trek experience.
Immediately After Registration/ Confirmation:
- Emergency Information and contact details needs to be uploaded for all the team members on our TIMS portal.
- Medical Certificate needs to be uploaded to our TIMS portal soon after the registration. The medical certificate will be accepted as a consent certificate provided by you for all future references in case of an emergency.
- Signed Travel disclaimer and risk undertaking certificate to be uploaded to our TIMS portal soon after the registration.
- Find the blank 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, a preparation checklist, and a list of things to carry for the trek, 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, and 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 a xerox copy of a valid photo Id. Passport and visa is mandatory for foreigners.
- Re-verifying the emergency information sheet.
- Working out all necessary permits for the trek with Government Authorities ( would have been done in advance)
- Team introduction and 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 in this session.
- Checking that you are well equipped with your gears. Our Trek leader will also check your clothes and other required personal equipment to ensure that you are well prepared for the trek.
On The Trek:
- The Guide to trekker ratio which we maintain is 1:6 for easier treks, and 1:2 for all treks that go beyond 6000 meters.
- Blood Oxygen Saturation will be checked every evening and morning above 3500 meters.
- The Team will be taken for Short Acclimatization Walks in the evening above 4000 meters to follow the acclimatization rule of Climb High Sleep Low.
- Mandatory stretching exercises will be done prior to the trek start and cooling down session after reaching the campsite.
- Re-hydrating drinks and foods suitable for high altitude to be served more like dal, garlic soup, tang juice, etc
- We would be providing safe boiled water treated with chlorine tablets.
- Absolutely No alcohol. If you are found violating, we will send you back then and there itself. Though we party hard, but only after the trek.
- High-Quality camping equipment, especially tents, high insulating mattresses, sub-zero sleeping bags, and fleece sleeping bag liners a must.
- Oxygen cylinders and stretchers will be kept on standby for emergency use.
- Our trek leader will carry an emergency medicine kit and will contain all necessary High Altitude Medicines in it.
- Our team will be maintaining communication within the team by wireless sets. They will call and keep the office informed whenever possible through fixed satellite phones or mobile networks.
- Extra helpers or assistant-guides will be taken in the team for handling unplanned return from the trek.
We are a transparent organization working towards safe Himalayan treks and we do not mind other 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.