With great adventure comes great risk, and when you are venturing in the Himalayas, you have to be extra careful. Regardless of all the thrill Himalayan trail brings, it is one of the most dangerous parts of the world, where one mistake can cost your life. Therefore, proper planning and professional guidance are always recommended during the journey.
If you are someone who is planning to travel for the first time in the Himalayas, then there are few things that you have to keep in mind before signing up for any trip. The first one is making sure you are healthy and fit enough to join the particular package. Not all the trails carry the same level of difficulty, therefore there is something for everyone. New trekkers are always recommended to do exercise that includes core body strength and jogging. Likewise, make sure to visit your doctor and discuss all the issues you may have to face in the Himalayas, as everybody is distinct.
Weather can change any minute in the Himalayas from bright sunny day to gloomy, windy day, or worse the hailstorm. Therefore, you have to keep you and your team safe and sound. Traveling in the Himalayas is more like a team game. You have to take all the steps together or you might fall behind. Every decision should be made keeping everyone's safety on hand, which our professional Sherpa guides are trained for.
High altitude sickness or acute mountain sickness is the major issue trekkers have to face during trekking in the Himalayas. Symptoms like difficulty in sleeping, breathing, headache, vomiting, etc are seen in the early stage. If you think you are getting these signs, then first and foremost inform your team leader, and if possible descend to lower altitude. Take a break until your symptoms disappear and move forward with the journey. Do not rush and take your time. Nothing is more important than your life.
Safety checklist for the Himalayas
Always carry a day kit with you. It should include first aid, sunscreen, a fleece, sun hat, bars, and waterproofs
Carry reusable water bottles that can hold at least 1.5 to 2 liters of water
Keep yourself hydrated. This is will keep you away from altitude sickness
Make sure to drink 2 to 3 liters of water every day
Make sure your itinerary includes a constant increase in the elevation and has ample acclimatization days
While walking along the side of the cliff, be aware of the yaks and other animals. Always walk on the safe side, do not take a risk and walk on the edge