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What is trekking?

Trekking is nothing more than walking for pleasure in the wilderness, carrying all the things you require to survive in the wild.

Does one need to be extremely fit in order to trek?

Not at all. One just needs to be reasonably healthy and have a liking for walking in the wilderness with a sack on your back. This basic level of fitness can be easily achieved by moderate exercise for about 15 minutes on a regular basis. That’s all it takes! Being moderately fit also means that you will enjoy the trek more.

How many hours of walking does a typical day of trekking involve?

There is no ‘average’ value which can be given. It depends on the kind of trek, viz Himalayan, Sahyadri or a Nature Camp. In Himalayan treks, usually 4-5 hours walking is involved. In Sahyadris, it can be stretch to about 6-7 hours. Nature camps generally involve very less walking.

What do you mean by grading of Treks?

For your convenience we have given the gradation to Treks
Easy Grade treks – Ideal to start with. We always recommend First Timers to start with easy graded treks but if you are physically fit you can even opt for Medium Grade treks where the level of physical fitness required is little higher.
Tough graded treks is only meant for trekkers with previous trekking experience of at least 2-3 medium graded treks & one need to be physically fit.

Apart from this, in few treks Endurance level (Low, Medium, and High) is also mentioned. This information will ease the selection of treks.

How you define / allocate a rating on them? What are the parameters of Difficulty / Endurance level


Difficulty grade deals with the actual climbing difficulty.
Endurance Grade deals with the stamina requirement and total physical strength required. 

One might have to walk 10 Km on straight road in a trek then its difficulty will be (1 easy) but endurance required will be higher (3 medium to high). That’s the difference between Difficulty and endurance

Parameters considered while deciding Difficulty level
Parameters on which this is decided are as follows
1. Season and climbing route (some route might be easy is summer/winter but difficult in rains or vice versa)
2. Difficulty level is always medium or above if we are going to encounter any rock patch
3. Difficulty rating of rock patches depends upon the height of rock patch, available holds, risk involved
4. Some places there might not be rock patches but slippery scree or steep mud route which might be risky then that adds to the difficulty level.

Please note that difficulty level doesn’t reflect climbing conditions 
At some treks we might make free climb on an easy rock patch
At some treks we might climb very hard rock patch with the help of trekking equipments.
Then second case is more difficult than first case but still first case is risky than second case. So the ratings don’t indicate these conditions. Anyway we always carry safety equipments with us but do not use it until required. 

Parameters considered while deciding Endurance level
1. Total straight distance walk involved.
2. Total height climb involved.
3. Number of hours required to climb the mountain.
4. Water availability on the trek route. 
5. Available resting time.

There isn’t any fixed scale on which we can rate the trek route but our experience and above parameters decide the ultimate rating.

However do not compare these ratings with the ratings of hardcore climbing activity. They have entirely different and little bit complicated system for the difficulty ratings.

What kind of clothes should one wear on treks?

Cotton garments, which are not very tight, nor so loose that you end up getting entangled in them while walking, are preferred. Avoid synthetic garments as they will not absorb sweat and not allow your skin to breathe. Avoid jeans as they can be a nightmare to carry around in case they become wet.

Nowadays in the market you can find very breathable, stretchable hiking garments. You can buy them.
We always recommend wearing full length clothes.

Does one need to purchase expensive shoes for trekking?

No. What you need are shoes with good grip on dry and wet surfaces. While most shoes will have good grip on dry surfaces, they can be extremely slippery on wet ones. You will get such shoes for about Rs. 800-900 in any multi-brand shoe-shop. Avoid buying shoes just before the trek. Use the shoes at least for a week or so before the trek. This will avoid sores and blisters during the trek. We recommend Action Trekking Shoes for Sahyadri terrain.

Avoid running shoes, sports shoes or old shoes as they won’t give you proper grip & can give up at any point of time. Imagine yourself on the trek with shoes failure.
Carry extra shoelace & Shoe in-sole on long treks. Also carry floaters but use it before and after the trek.

What does one need to carry during a trek?

We will provide a list of the necessary items required when you register for our programs..

What about protection from the cold?

It is advisable to use a sleeping bag during a trek. In case you do not have sleeping bag, you can use lightweight carry mat & warm shawls.

For all Himalayan treks, due to the extremely low temperatures, we will provide you with high quality sleeping bags  for use in sub-zero temperatures. This cost is included in the trek fees for Himalayan treks..

Why don't you provide sleeping bags for the Sahyadri treks too?

Simply because in the Sahyadri, sleeping bags, while preferable, are not a must. So we leave the option of using one to you.

What about protection from the rain or snow?

You need to carry good quality rain proof clothing to protect yourself from the rain. While trekking, it is more important to protect your sack and its contents than yourself from rain. This is because if all of your clothes get wet, the rest of the trek will be a nightmare. A simple solution to keep yourself AND your sack dry is to use a ‘poncho’. These basically comprise of sheets of plastic which are large enough to cover yourself and your sack at the same time. They also make you look mighty funny in photographs! They are also great to slide on the snow during Himalayan treks without getting a very cold and wet rear end..

What about accommodation during the treks?

This again depends on the type of program. For Sahyadri programs, accommodation is either in high quality imported tents, or in caves (yes, you read it right!) or in temples or villager’s home.  No, don’t picture yourself sleeping in a temple with hundreds of devotees streaming in and out! These temples are all small, obscure ones, which we usually end up having all to ourselves. All our camping locations will be in places where there will be very less human activity other than us. After visiting our camping locations, you will prefer using the caves / temples rather than the tents!

In Himalayan treks, accommodation will always be in tents. In nature camps, it will usually be in a dormitory in the sanctuary.

What are the dangers that could come in way during treks about which I should be aware of?

First and foremost danger is that if you are not paying proper attention to the route and your walking you might slip. The surfaces over which you walk could be of many types solid rock, fractured rocks, grassy, sandy, tar, dry mud, wet mud, forest litter etc. You need to pay attention to your steps carefully and walk otherwise losing your grip over the ground might lead to injuries ranging from minor scratch to fracture and if you are exposed to high heights then you may have fatal falls. All these problems could be avoided by just paying attention to the road and tackling it confidently and intelligently.

When you are trekking outdoors you must be aware of various types of insects and animals that could cause you pain.

While walking quiet frequently trekker comes across a hornet, wasp, and honeybee or bumble bee nest/honeycombs. These insects can get disturbed with smoke, sudden and fast motions or loud sound and the one who disturbs these insects pays its price dearly. So best is to avoid such acts and keep a lookout on such things in outdoors so that you do not make any mistake in ignorance
While peeping or putting hand in any rocky crack or a crack in wood just look carefully before you touch it. Also while sitting on any stray rock, while stopping to drink water in any natural water source you must look around. Snakes and Scorpions are two threats in such acts. In India we have wide variety of snakes and scorpions. Very small percentage of total species in India is actually venomous snakes but they occur in pretty good numbers and hence we must be careful. Most of the scorpion species are venomous and its bite could be potent for human beings. It is not necessary that every time you come across a snake or scorpion who are venomous but it is better to be cautious. Taking care of these factors is also important while selecting camping spot. It should be away from activity area of reptiles. Spraying strong odor chemicals around your campsite would prevent at least 90% chances of reptile penetration in your campsite.

When you walk in jungles where there are good mammal sightings you must be cautious against variety of animals. In India you must take precautions from solitary Indian Gaur (wrongly known as bison) or Gaur flock with fawns, Elephants, Sloth bear, Leopard, Tiger, wild buffalos, domestic buffalos but which are not used to human presence except their owners. Among these I would say herbivorous animals are more dangerous than carnivorous animals. You must take more precautions against elephants, gaurs, bears than any other animals. It is best to be alert from all these animals and keep safe distance even if you have a direct encounter.

What’s the average age of the group?

Usually trekkers of all age groups come with us. To be specific, for Treks and Adventure activities it ranges from 16 yrs – 45 yrs (it may vary from activity to activity).

I am travelling alone? Do I need a group to accompany me?

Our name itself suggests that we are carrying the friendliest environment. Do not worry; you will make great friends here.

What things are required to be carried?

Every trek has a different ‘things to carry list’ which is mentioned in ton event page itself on the website. So you are requested go through it before registering for the trek.y).

How many Female Trekkers will be accompanying?

Normally Male to Female ratio in the group is 60:40.

Can we have private group treks or event?

Surely, we can arrange private group trek or event. Please drop us a query at info@trekmatesindia.com.

Will there be mobile network available on the Trek?

Generally we don’t get network on treks, as these places are untouched and are far away from human habitation/disturbance. But there are a few treks where you get may get network, so you can consider a few exceptions.

I am Jain, so will you be able to arrange Jain food for me?

Yes, many hotels provide Jain food. But where treks are concerned, we need to confirm with the locals at the base village first.

Can we carry/drink alcohol on treks?

Alcohol is strictly prohibited on our treks.

What type of bus will be provided?

For all our tours we provide Non Ac private luxury buses..

I can’t bring packed lunch so can I get lunch on the trek from any hotel?

Normally we arrange treks to remote areas so don’t expect any hotels in that area, but in a few treks locals can help you with lunch or dinner at an extra cost. ons.

Will there be any changing/ Washroom facility available on treks?

One can change clothes in a local villager’s house, but there are exceptions – while trekking, where we don’t get any facilities, it’s always out in woods.

Can I pay on spot for the treks?

We are so sorry. We strictly don’t accept cash on the trek; you need to pay in advance.

What if my question is not answered here?

Great! We would like to make this list as comprehensive as possible. So drop us a mail at info@trekmatesindia.com. We will surely revert with the satisfying answer.

What is generally the size of a tour group ?

Generally the number of guest traveling varies depending on the destination. The average group size (guests) for World tour is between 20 to 30. However, if a particular tour gets an overwhelming response then the group size may go beyond the aforesaid group size.

Who would be my co-travelers ?

Your co-travelers can be any individual, right from a professional C.A or Doctor to a teacher, a teenager, an artist, a politician, businessman, people of any religion, from any region, any language etc. When you return from your dream holiday, we assure you that there will be additions to your friends list.

Will it be possible to extend my stay at a destination ?

You can extend your stay provided you intimate us of such extension at the time of your booking. Additional charges will be applicable. No extensions/alterations can be done when the tour is in progress.

Can I avail just a part of the tour?

It is not advisable to do tours partly as you won’t be able to experience your dream destinations completely. TMI offers you a wide range of products that suit your requirements. Our travel consultants will guide you on the same.

Can I incorporate any changes in my travel plan once the booking is done?

Yes, you can modify your booking or travel plan. There may be certain charges for modifications or for canceling the old booking and making new arrangements. We can will assist you for the same.

Is there any refund against cancellation?

Cancellation of tour will attract certain cancellation charges. Check the cancellation and refund policy HERE

What are my options in the event that a tour receives less response ?

Generally, we operate all the tours that we launch, however in some cases the total number of bookings fall below our prescribed minimum operating capacity, in such cases we give you options and then accommodate or merge your tour with other available tours. You may also opt for our customized packages in such cases, but the services like group games, group activities, meals, tour leader etc may or may not be provided.

What does the tour price include ?

The Indian tour price generally is inclusive of your accommodation, all meals, sightseeing, entrance
charges, Tour Leader services,etc but does not include your to and fro journey tickets. However we do have Airport to Airport tours which is all inclusive tours by Air. For more information on inclusion of tour price kindly refer tour inclusion section on the respective tour itinerary page on our website. www.trekmatesindia.com

Can I avail any early booking benefit ?

Yes, you get an advance booking discount for all tours on paying full registration amount at the time of booking. Discounts are slab wise and are given on first cum first serve basis. They are valid for limited seats, limited period, limited tours and vary depending on the tour and region, so book early and save thousands. We also offers full payment discount if you pay the entire tour price 90 – 300 days prior to the tour departure .

What benefits can Repeat Travelers expect ?

We does have repeat guest and it varies as per the tour. They are offered in terms of loyalty points. Please check our Loyalty Point Scheme HERE.

What are the benefits of group bookings?

Yes, you are eligible for group discount if you book for a group of more than 8 guests on the same day. 

Is there any age criteria for discounts? Do children also get discount?

Discounts are applicable for all guests who are or above 2 years of age for our tours

What is the difference between Child and Infant?

Infant is any guest who is below 2 years of age whereas child is guest who is or above 2 years of age and below 12 years of age. 

What are the modes of travel on tour?

The modes of travel depend upon the tour which you book. Generally, we travel by Flight, Coach, Train, Bus etc as mentioned in the itinerary. For more information refer respective tour itinerary page.

Are there any night journeys on tour?

We normally avoid night journeys on tour as far as possible. Sometimes it comes as a part of compulsion. 
 

What is Triple or Quadruple sharing?

Quadruple sharing means 4 pax will be staying in one room and triple means 3 pax in one room, extra mattress will be provided accordingly.

How many Female Trekkers will be accompanying?

Normally Male to Female ration in the group is 60:40.

Will you assist us with train/flight bookings?

We don’t assist with such bookings but we have a very professional Ticketing agent who can help you with any mode of transport bookings. You can get in touch with him directly : Alok Singh – 08097327743

Can I join the leader before the meeting point and get his/her company till meeting point?

Yes, you can definitely do that. Leader details will be mailed to you so you can get in touch with the leader and take his/her company. It will be a great fun as you can enjoy stories about his old experiences.

How hectic is the pace of the tours ?

We have a wide range of products which are designed as leisurely paced to medium paced to fast. Most of the tours are medium to fast pace as we cover maximum must see sight-seeings, we do not have optional sightseeing.

Do we have to walk a lot on tours ?

Generally, we have to walk at sightseeing places, amusement parks and at the airports sometimes for a long distance, however the same will be timely instructed by the Tour Leader.

Do we have to wake up early on tours ?

Unless otherwise specified by the Tour Leader for world tour, we normally follow 6-7-8 schedule i.e wake up at 6 am, breakfast at 7 am and departure at 8 am However, the schedule may change as per the situation.

Can I take a wheelchair on tour? Will it be difficult while visiting places?

Yes, you can bring your own wheelchair and move at most of the sightseeing places but a qualified companion must accompany guest who are traveling on wheelchair.

What if I reach late and miss a part of the tour ?

Punctuality is of utmost importance when traveling in group. We do not want you to miss any part of the tour so please be on time and always follow the Tour Leader’s instructions. In case, you miss any part of the tour, we are not responsible/liable and no refund shall be given to you in this regard.

What assistance is provided to a disabled person or a senior citizen, who needs special assistance on tour?

A qualified companion must accompany the guest who needs such special assistance as individual assistance cannot be given to such guest by the Tour Leader considering he has to manage the entire group.

Will I get some time for myself on the tour?

Group Tour Itineraries are designed and planned in such a way that you should get to see maximum places, so you will get time only when you are back at the hotel. However, if you wish to skip any sightseeing, then you have to inform the Tour Leader accordingly, but you shall not get any refund for such services which you have not availed at your own discretion.

At a particular destination, can my relative join me on the tour?

Yes, your relative is always welcome. S/he can join us on tour subject to your intimation to us at the time of your booking and payment of prescribed charges to make him / her eligible to join our tour and avail our services on tour.

Will you recommend me where to shop on a tour ?

Our Tour Leader will provide information about the shopping areas on tour, however s/he will not suggest/recommend / promote any particular shop, area etc. to you.

What assistance is provided, if I discontinue the scheduled tour, on account of illness?


If you fall sick on tour, kindly inform the Tour Leader immediately. The Tour Leader will assist you in making all arrangements for the medical aid, doctor on call etc. However, the expenses will have to be borne by you. Here, Insurance plays a major role hence we highly recommend that you should get yourself and your family insured adequately before travel.

Can I get medicine on a tour?

We highly recommend you to carry sufficient medicines along with you on tour. While packing, distribute them evenly in different bags to ensure that you have some medicine with you incase there is any delay in getting baggage or loss. However you do get medicines on tour but your doctor’s prescription for the same is a must.

Will you recommend me where to shop on a tour ?

Our Tour Leader will provide information about the shopping areas on tour, however s/he will not suggest/recommend / promote any particular shop, area etc. to you.

Will you assist for one way journey tickets?

We will assist you with one way tickets for regular tours but for Air to Air packages guest has to take to and fro ticket. They cannot opt for only one way ticket as the to & fro ticket fare is included in the tour price.

How much baggage is allowed per ticket ?

At present, depending upon the airline, most of the airlines are allowing 15 Kgs of Cargo bags per ticket and 07 Kgs of Handbag per ticket. In addition to hand baggage, one personal item like Laptop or ladies purse is allowed. However, due to security reasons for Jammu and Srinagar flights the hand baggage also goes along with the check in baggage and only laptop or digital camera is permitted inside the aircraft.

Do I need to carry any ID proof while traveling ?

Yes, all tourists traveling by air / rail for Indian tours have to carry photo identification proof in the form of AADHAR card, driving license, election ID card, PAN card, passport and for students their school / college ID card. Also, at certain sightseeing places in India any Identity proof (except PAN card) is a must which is mentioned on the respective tour itinerary page.

I am just a learner can I still join photography special tours?

All the photography tours are perfect for the learners, as you will get to learn from an Expert about photography, generally our photography tours are accompanied by 2 experts who can  also share their experience. So don’t hesitate, just go for it.

How many people will be there in each Gypsy for a Tiger safari tour ?

All wildlife safaris will have 6 pax in one gypsy.

Can I get a Safari on 4 sharing basis ?

Definitely yes, but it will be at an extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.

Can I get room on twin sharing ?

Definitely yes, but it will be at an extra cost and you need to inform us well in advance.

What if my question is not answered here ?

Great! We would like to make this list as comprehensive as possible. So drop us a mail at info@trekmatesindia.com. We will surely revert with the satisfying answer.

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