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A Short History Of Trekking In The Indian Himalayas

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HISTORY OF TREKKING IN THE INDIAN HIMALAYAS DURING THE BRITISH RAJ
While armies,traders and pilgrims had for many centuries explored the Himalayas, organised trekking was closely associated with the pursuit of hunting for game that gained popularity in India in the later part of the 19th century. Maharajas along with their hunting parties used to go on long expeditions to hunt tigers,bears,leapards etc.This was the major reason for the dwindling number of many wild species at the turn of the 20th century. It was also not uncommon for the British to undertake a trek from Srinagar to Leh as part of their annual leave during the British Raj. Agencies were established in Shimla(The summer capital of the British empire) and Srinagar to specialise in sport-related activities – trekking, hunting and fishing.

 


In 1933 Ernest Neve revised the 15th edition of The Tourist’s Guide to Kashmir, Ladakh & Skardo to reflect the increasing interest in travelling to higher and more remote valleys. Crossing huge distances was no longer deemed to be extraordinary. Consider the case of Robert Fleming, who trekked for seven months from Peking to Kashmir and received not so much as a nod of acknowledgment from the reservations clerk when he finally checked into Nedou’s Hotel in September 1935 !!

In the 1930s a more modest style of exploration and climbing evolved in the Himalaya, typified by Eric Shipton, HW Tilman and Frank Smythe. Their expeditions in the Garhwal Himalaya were typified by travelling light, without complicated logistics, and often in the company of just a climbing Sherpa or two. Frank Smythe while returning from the famous Valley Of Flowers was discovered by Smythe in 1931, while returning after climbing Mt Kamet(7756m).

HISTORY OF TREKKING IN THE INDIAN HIMALAYAS POST 1947

The India/Pakistan partition meant it was no longer possible to trek from Kashmir to Baltistan(a region in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir). To the north, much of India’s border with China was restricted. After the war in 1962  travel was restricted in India’s sensitive border regions with Pakistan and China.

In 1974 the gradual lifting of restrictions allowed trekkers to visit Ladakh, Zanskar and Lahaul while permits were no longer necessary to trek in many of the northern regions of Uttarakhand.

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Tips For High Altitude Trekking

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Tips For High Altitude Trekking

  • Drink a lot of water:

This is the most important Tips For High Altitude Trekking best way to combat altitude sickness during high altitude trekking is to consume a lot of fluids(the right kind!!). At altitude due to the dry air your body loses more water then in similar conditions in the plains. So always keep a bottle by your side and drink water after regular intervals during your trek.

  • Take Deep Breaths:

This seems counter intuitive. However,  your body absorbs more oxygen when we take long breaths compared to when breathing fast. So during high altitude trekking try taking rhythmic deep breaths especially when going uphill.

  • Slow Down:

Try observing village women in mountainous areas climbing a steep path. They stroll slowly. Try doing the same.You will realise that it’s better to go at a pace you can maintain for a really long time than to have to stop constantly to catch your breath.

  • Small Step Going Uphill 

The steeper the incline, the smaller the steps. This tip reduces the effort needed to climb.

Tips For High Altitude Trekking

 

  • Keep Your Head Covered:

During high altitude trekking it is essential to keep your forehead covered with a bandana,cap etc. to protect yourself from chilly winds.  Leave your head uncovered and chances are you’ll end up with a really bad headache.

  • Climb High Sleep Low:

Tips For High Altitude Trekking: As a general rule of thumb whenever possible try to climb to a higher altitude by day and sleep at a lower altitude by night. This always helps you acclimatise during a high altitude trek. A fantastic High Altitude trek we recommend for beginners is the Kuari Pass Trek which gives takes you into the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve  read here for the 10 BEST SUMMER TREKS IN INDIA FOR BEGINNERS

Things you need to know before your first Himalayan Trek

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Things you need to know before your first Himalayan Trek

Your first Himalayan Trek is one of the most exciting adventures you can take. There is so much to  discover. Probably the biggest mysteries you unlock will come from within yourself. Indeed, many who embark on Roopkund, Dodital or the Kuari Pass trek return with a completely different view of their place on this planet.From narrow paths traversing deep gorges, to ice bridges, to the altitude adjustments in your body, there are real mental and physical feats you will have to face.  When you return home after your first Himalayan trek, you will be a new person and want to celebrate and reflect.

Things you need to know before your first himalayan trek

Things you need to know before your first Himalayan Trek

1. Good Quality Trekking Shoes

 An old proverb says, “Your feet carry you forward in life, take good care of them.” Get a pair of trekking shoes. If you need help read our blog finding the best trekking shoes.

How to buy Good Trekking Shoes 

2. A Light Backpack

Every gram of weight you carry will feel like ten times more than you think after 2-3 days of trekking in the Indian Himalayas. It’s not just the climb, it’s also the lessening of oxygen as you get higher each day. So, start with a backpack that does not weigh much itself, and then pack as light as you can. We can take a look at this nice info graphic to guide you getting the correct backpack

How to Pack your Backpack 

3. Multi-Function Clothing

Wear your pants, shirts and socks as many days in a row as you can. Nobody really cares what you look like. Showers are or non-existent, but there are streams and small water bodies on most Himalayan treks, so use them and just keep your body as clean as possible. This will keep your clothes a little fresher. Avoid jeans or denim jackets. They are heavy, dry slowly, and not very flexible. Take neoprene or nylon clothes and be sure to have a fleece and some warm layers for underneath. Himalayan passes are freezing. You can go from extremely hot to extremely cold in the same day.Try to wear clothes in layers. To know how you can read our blog dressing in layers.

Read more about How to Dress in Layers

4. A Few Electronics for First Himalayan Trek 

You need a flashlight (small), a camera, spare batteries, and that’s about it. Electricity is sparse on the rooftop of the world. Some villages do not have any electricity at all, and the ones that do are subjected to load shedding.Make you have charged back-up batteries for everything.

Things to carry on your first Hialayant Trek 

5.Never Trek Alone.

As great as it seems to be out there experiencing nature in a meditative,quiet way too many people have gone missing in the last few years.If you don’t have a trekking partner go with a trekking company or reliable guide.

6. Get some cultural Information before you leave.

The various people of the Himalayas represent beautiful ancient cultures. Read up a bit on them so that your experience is more enriching.