Hampta Pass Trek – Reality Check

Acclimatization:

All my life so far, I was told to cover my ears and keep the feet warm if it’s terribly cold weather. On this trek, for the purpose of getting accustomed to the higher altitudes, I learned otherwise about covering ears. Our trek leader insisted that we cover our head (with skull cap/ sun cap/ bandana) but keep the ears open, as that helps us in getting acclimatize. Nothing specific about feet (shoes/ just socks/ open sandals/ flip flops, all were accepted).

Also, no afternoon naps. We stopped around 3pm or so on Day 2 because terrain was tough that day; a mix of steep ascents, boulders, crossing a water stream of freezing temperature, etc. We were obviously tired and the idea of getting into the tent and lying down was simply irresistible. However, that was against the acclimatization. So, he kept us occupied with snacks, tea, card games and stuff but did not allow to doze off even for a minute.

I had a mild headache two days in a row because of altitude change. Trek leader said that’s perfectly normal and advised to walk it off, but I preferred a normal headache pill to be active and move around. A nap works fine for mild headache but as that was in the not-to-do list, I had to swallow some mild medication.

6 Replies to “Hampta Pass Trek – Reality Check”

  1. Hey,

    I need a small help, Me and my friends are planning on a trek with “Trek the himalayas”.
    I was just wondering if you could mail me your experience with regard to the way the trek was organized? i am asking specifically coz the price seems much lesser than the other places. hence the small doubt.
    my mail id is: [xxxxx]@gmail.com

    It would be a great help if you can let me know how you felt the trek was organized.

    Thanks in advance

    1. Hi,

      We had a wonderful experience with this company. It is a very small team, less than a handful really; and yet the trek was organized very well. We called them and asked questions in email numerous times before we even started for the trek, and every single time the response was very nice. We are very happy we chose this team and I’m positive we will get in touch with this company for our subsequent treks too, if any! 🙂

      Throughout the trek, we had personal attention. That was more important for us as we were first time trekkers, and they understood and accommodated our needs perfectly. By the end of the trek, we became good friends! 🙂

      Let me know if you need information about any other aspects.

  2. Good post on your adventurous Trek and think its once in a life time moment ‘ Kodak Moments’…Ooops.. ‘ IPhone Moments’ 🙂

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