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If the government officially announces a country-wide lockdown, we will suspend our treks until the lockdown ends. You may be worried about the trek fee that you paid. We understand your concern and we don’t want you to lose out.
So here’s what happens.
In case we cancel your trek, Vagabond will issue a voucher of the complete trek fee that you have paid. You can use this voucher on any other trek over the next one year. (If the lockdown extends, we will extend your voucher too).
If there’s no lockdown, our treks will run as scheduled and our regular cancellation policy applies for trekkers.
We have been operating smoothly since July 2021, after the second lockdown. We have not faced any issues related to Covid on our treks. So you can plan your trek safely without worrying.
In winter, the temperatures drop to around -10°C during the night. During the day, it remains between 8°C and 12°C. There might be snow or wind at campsites, which adds to the coldness.
For those who have never trekked in such temperatures before, it might seem very intimidating.
But even beginners can tackle these temperatures with good layering. You need a minimum of five warm layers to tackle the winter. For your upper body, you need thermals, a sweater, two fleece jackets and a padded jacket. For your lower half, you need thermals and trekking pants. You also need a woolen cap, a neck warmer, a pair of gloves and woolen socks as must-have accessories.
Layer up as soon as you reach the next camp to keep yourself warm. Don’t wait for sun down.
With just these simple layers and tips, you’ll be able to tackle the cold temperatures of winter. (Click here for more hacks from our experienced trek leaders)
It’s wonderful that you’re planning to start trekking in the Himalayas. You’d be happy to know that around 70% of our trekkers are beginners and always get hooked to trekking after their first trek!
Having said that, you must choose your trek wisely — something that is not too difficult, yet will allow you to experience the grand settings of the Himalayas.
From a decade of experience, these are the treks we find best suited for beginners:
Even though these treks are considered good for beginners, they need at least 30-45 days of preparation on your part. Ensure you go for the trek only after physically preparing for it.
We take around 21-23 trekkers in each of our trekking groups. The size varies for different treks. For our tougher treks, we take slightly smaller groups of around 16-18 members.
Many people make the mistake of considering just December as winter. But winter lasts throughout December, January, February and even the first half of March. It has become not only the most popular trekking season in India, but also the longest.
Throughout all these months, you get to camp and trek in snow, experiencing a true winter trek.
Here are the best treks to do in December, January and February
Yes, we do have a “Repeat my trek” policy, and trekkers love it. This is because there are some thoughts and ideologies that we hold close to our hearts.
1. As trekkers, there are times when we have to let go of a trek midway. Sometimes we fall ill, or get hit by AMS or at times simply fatigue pulls us down. At other times bad weather plays spoilsport, or the trail is blocked. It can happen that your Trek Leader sends you down due to a safety or health issue.
At vagabond holidays we feel terrible when such an event happens.
Should such a situation occur that you have to drop out from this trek, we want you to know that we feel as bad as you do. You can always come back another time and finish your adventure. For this you do not have to pay vagabond holidays any money.
Yes, absolutely. Many solo trekkers join our teams and have wonderful experiences. They end up meeting like-minded people on the trek and don’t feel like they have come alone on the trek any more.
Our pre-trek experience team ensures that you know your entire team well much before you actually head out on the trek.
Additionally, we have several women trekkers who join us solo as well because of the safety they get with the Vagabond team. You’re welcome to join us as a solo trekker too.
Many people are intimidated by the idea of a Himalayan trek. It’s true that there are very real risks and challenges.
However, almost everyone can participate in a Himalayan, if they are physically fit and mentally prepared for their trek. Around 75% of our trekkers are beginners and they trek comfortably.
What will really help you is that after you register your trek, the Indiahikes Pre-Trek Experience Team will guide you on how to prepare for the trek. They will give you a fitness routine to follow and guidance on what to bring for the trek. They will also put you in touch with the rest of your trekking team, so that you know your trek mates well in advance.
Given that we have been introducing Himalayan treks to beginners since 2013, you’re in safe hands.
If you would like to work with vagabond holidays, just simply do email at mktg. email@example.com .
Our registration process is simple and completely online. You’ll be able to do it in a few simple steps.
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