The pleasure of trekking and camping increases manifold if the following simple points of Do’s and Don’ts are taken into consideration. These points, apparently simple, can prove to be a lifesaver.

DO’s :-

•   To be well acclimatized at around 3000 meters and well equipped to start with

•   To keep well hydrated by drinking over 3 liters of fluids per day

•   To think about the effects of wind cold and make camps and caves as snug as possible

•   To descend if unwell without expecting to recover from even apparently minor illness at high altitudes

•   Leave word of your route and proposed time of return. Always report your return.

•   Ensure that your equipment is in good condition

•   Dig a hole to make a latrine and replace the turf

•   Remember the danger of starting a fire

•   Know rescue facilities available in the area and procedure in case of accidents

•   Wear clothes loose and in many layers with an outer wind-proof covering

•   Keep your feet dry. Use dusting/ foot powder before wearing socks. Change into dry socks as soon as you reach camp

•   Keep your boots from freezing at night

•   Use well-fitting gloves/ mittens to protect your hands and fingers. Use suitable tinted snow glasses to protect against snow blindness

•   Get prompt treatment for minor cuts, blisters and ulcers. Don’t ignore them

•   Move your fingers, toes and facial muscles and exercise your limbs during periods of immobility by wriggling the toes and fingers and wrinkling the face muscles at intervals. Watch each other for early signs of frostbite. If the tip of nose of one is affected, the other should draw his attention to it and render first aid

•   Take liberal quantity of hot, sweetened fluids and enough nourishment to provide energy for your laid down task

•   Know the local weather. Weather conditions change rapidly. Be prepared to turn back in the interest of overall safety

•   Follow the words of your guide – they are local people and have much better knowledge on the terrain and weather condition than us

•   Use plastic to wrap your sleeping bag, so that, even if, your sack gets wet, your sleeping bag doesn’t

•   Always carry an emergency pack of food and water and first aid with you – don’t handover everything to your porter or friends

DONT’s :-

•   Do not tackle what is beyond your training and experience.

•   Don’t make loud voices and use radios as these disturb others

•   Do not throw stones and dislodge boulders

•   Do not pollute water or dispose plastics here and there

•   Do not remove the plants, flowers and trees or damage them. Don’t disturb wildlife

•   Do not wear climbing boots that leak or are tight

•   Do not touch cold metal. Touching cold metal with bare hands peels off a thin layer of skin, especially when the hands are damp

•   Do not carry too heavy a load. Do not over-exert. Fatigue predisposes to effects of cold

•   Do not consume alcohol at heights

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