You're undoubtedly excited about your adventure and have a lot of questions about where to go, what to do and what to bring. Our pre-tour info have been prepared to provide you with the most essential details that you need to know about travelling with IBEX OUTDOORS.
Q1. How is it traveling in India ?
India is a vast country with the Himalayan Range forming its northern boundary. Its climate and geography are complex, so when considering your trip you need to plan carefully where to go, when to go and what your budget is. The initial experience of India - the heat, the noise and the street life, the vibrant colours and the multitudes of people - may bewilder and exhaust the first - time visitor, but the country and its people are friendly and hospitable. Once you have spent some time here everything will fall into place, and you will be amply rewarded with your first glimpse of the Himalayan peaks, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world.
Q2. Do I need to be fit for these adventure activities ?
These adventure activities does not require very high levels of fitness .Nearly anybody over 14 years of age can undertake any trek and run nearly all rivers .Of-course, good health conditions are necessary.
Q3. Do I need to know swimming to undertake a rafting expedition ?
All our guided trips are open for non-swimmers as well. A comprehensive safety briefing is given before each trip and moreover, the ability to swim is not a consideration when you go down a whitewater . All our trips are guided by competent and experienced guides .In addition, all safety gear like lifejackets, helmets, footbraces etc. are provided for. River guides are trained in First Aid and C.P.R and can handle minor injuries.
Q4. How long do we Trek / Ride each day ?
Trekking programs are in three different categories: Easy / Moderate / Tough. Accordingly, you will trek for 4- 5 Hrs / 6- 7 Hrs / 8-9 Hrs. Similarly, for other activities depending on your choice and fitness.
Q5. What to bring with us ?
All the participants are required to carry only the essentials and items of personal nature , to make their movement easy and swift.
The list is as follows-
Bags - One rucksack and a daybag.
Clothes - Preferably Cotton, T-Shirts, Shorts etc (easy to dry apparels). Avoid jeans and synthetic garments. Socks and underwear 4-5 that can be easily washed and dried on daily basis.light sweater, a wind proof jacket or lightly padded jacket, down jacket, umbrella, sun hat etc.
Poncho (an irla) – This is basically a sheet of plastic , large enough to cover yourself and your sack at the same time.
Foot Wears : Trekking- Hiking boots with some ankle support. If you buy a new pair of shoes or boots for your tour, remember to break them in before you leave home to avoid blisters.
Rafting – waterproof sandals or booties. And a pair of sleepers for use around camp.
Medical kit - Things which could be handy during the trips : iodine tablets, tincture or crystals for water purification, analgesics, antidiarrhoeal , intestinal disinfectants, antibiotics, antiseptic, eye drops, bandages, cutaneous antiseptics, waterproof tape, adhesive pads, cotton swabs, skin applications (burn, sunburn, bites or stings), acetazolamide (Diamox) for acute mountain sickness.
Other - UV protection cream and a pair of sunglasses.
In a supported trek, porters carry heavy personal items and the trekkers are required to carry minimum items only to make their walk easy. They carry what they might need during the daytime. So, they are briefed to pack their items in two different bags before the commencement of the journey.
Q6. What type of lodging would we get ?
On treks (except in cities) you will sleep in 2 men tents .You will be accompanied by a guide and a cook who will prepare your meals. Your equipment, camping gear and food will generally be carried by horses/ponies/porters. Complete camping equipment is provided. On rafting trips all gear is carried on rafts and tents are pitched on secluded beaches. In cities you will mostly sleep in comfortable hotels and sometimes in guest-houses as per options taken.
Q7. What is the weather & temperature like ?
Weather in the mountains is notoriously difficult and hard to predict. Of course, it is generally cold at night, and in winter, the days can be quite beautiful if the sun is out. There can be snow or rain storms any time of the year. Trekking in spring (March - April) is particularly lovely and beautiful as the rhododendrons are in full bloom. The mountains still have plenty of high snow to snap your photos.
You need to be aware that it can get pretty hot and sunstroke can be a risk. Good polarizing sunglasses or glacier glasses (not trendy fashion ones) for high altitudes/winter treks, and a large brimmed hat are a necessity. It is also important to make sure that you can stay warm and dry in just about any conditions. Expect the unexpected! Between 1000m and 3500m the temperature could be as high as 20 deg C to 5 deg C low. At higher altitude, the temperature ranges from 20 deg C to -10 deg C. During winter it is around 10 deg colder.
Q8. What happens if I get sick ?
The most important thing is “Don’t Panic”, you should always ensure that you have a well-stocked and appropriate medical kit as well as sufficient insurance just in case, you should have to be evacuated by Helicopter. A slight case of diarrhea is some times expected, as well as sprains and muscle aches - all a part of walking in the hills. Altitude sickness is extremely dangerous but mostly avoidable if you follow a few simple rules: trek high and sleep low, drink at least 2 liters of water per day (not including beer or soft drinks!), and be sensible.
If you feel shortness of breath, a slight headache or dizziness, tell your guide for safety. Lie down, drink water as much as possible. If you still feel unwell- consider going down a few hundred meters. Do not pretend you are all right, and do not go down alone. A descent of a few hundred meters overnight may be enough to make you fully able to start trekking again next day. For more information, please visit at www.high-altitude-medicine.com. This excellent site will inform you all you need to know, and also include a phonetic Mountain porter questionnaire for your porter. Porters are just as prone to altitude sickness as everyone else is.
Q9. What arrangements for drinking water are made while on trips?
You should bring water bottles with you on the trek. We prefer that you filter water yourself using iodine in order to save scarce fuel. We also provide a limited amount of boiled water that you can use to fill your water bottle in the evening for next day’s journey.
Q10. Do I have to help out on a trip ?
Although, you are not required to help out on these trips , you can participate in as much as you'd like to. The more you and your fellow aenthusiasts put into your trip, the more entertaining, enlightening and fulfilling your holiday will be - so be adventurous, join in wherever possible and make the most of each and every opportunity as it arises, be a team.
Q11. What type toilets are used in these trips ?
On muti-day trips we dig pits for toilets . On treks we provide toilet tents while on rafting trips the great outdoors are the toilets , one has to dig a small hole and burn their toilet papers.
Q12. Are there any do’s and don’ts ?
Our guides are aware of do’s and don’ts of the areas we operate and make guests aware about it. The company actively follows the principles of responsible tourism and hence, points travelers in the right direction, by giving necessary guidelines to everyone before the trip. These guidelines aim to help minimize the impact on a destination and avoid any embarrassment based on behaviour, dress and conduct.
Q13 .What are the price bands based on ?
The prices are based on the “land only” price of a holiday .This doesn’t include airfares.
Q14. Does the charges vary with the increasing / decreasing number of heads ?
Cost always comes down with the increasing number of heads.
Q15. What are your payment terms?
We prefer 25% advance deposit of total price of a tour in order to conform your reservation . And rest of the payment can be made after your arrival.