FAQs

WHY ONLY THE BACKWOODS HOLIDAY?
You are on holidays and our Trekking Team will do their best for your to enjoy it maximum! Whatever questions you may have – you are always welcomed to discuss all with the guide.

Camping Trek :
You will awaken up with a cup of tea brought to your tent at 6.00AM followed by a small bowl of hot water for you to wash. Before breakfast, you should pack up your gear, bearing in mind that your sleeping bag will also have to fit into the duffel bag. Roll up your mattress, put it in a stuff sack, and ensure your tent is free of rubbish and personal belongings.

Your duffel bag will be taken by your poters/ponies and tied up with other gear into a load, which heads off early with the porters. This will be available to you at the next camp. We usually hit the trail by 8 AM and stop for pack lunch around 01 O’clock. Lunch is usually about one hours. This allows sufficient time to have meal. The afternoon walk will be shorter and we camp around 3 to 4 PM. Please keep in mind that these times are general conditions – weather, availability of suitable camp-sites and water supply may effects them greatly at any time. The evening meal is served around 6.30 to 7.30 PM. A pressurized kerosene lantern lights our dinning tent. After dinner your guide will brief everyone on the next day’s trekking. Then you can retire to your comfortable sleeping tents, step out to watch the stars or socialize in the mess tent. Food on the trek is plentiful, hygienic, wholesome and varied. Enough staple products are carried for the entire outing. While fresh supplies of vegetables, eggs and meat will purchase locally if and whenever it’s possible. Every camp has a simple but hygienic toilet-tent and shower tent for longer treks.

Altitude :
Acclimatization is important for the trekking above 3500m. Our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to maximize your ability to acclimatize safely. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days. However, it is still possible for mountain sickness and your tour leader will be watching for symptoms with an experienced eye throughout the trip. These symptoms are commonly headache, nausea, lethargy and sometime breathlessness. If you or any of the group members display any of these symptoms he will be able to provide informed advice and ensure a proper course of action. Your tour leader will advise you more thoroughly regarding the altitude and most of the problems prior to starting on trail.

Food and Water during Trekking on the Himalayas:

Camping Treks:
Water
We highly advise to minimize use of plastic during the trek. Please always remember that there is no any plastic recycle facilities up in the Mountains. We advise to have your own water bottle with you for the whole trek which you can refill at the campsite in the evening and morning or at lunch break on the way.

Our trekking staff take maximum care with water hygiene. Water is boiled properly before preparing tea or coffee. We advise not to drink not boiled water from tea shops. Our camp staff will re-fill your water bottles during breakfast and dinner times with properly treated water.

Food
Food on camping treks is wholesome and freshly prepared for each meal. We rarely serve canned food, it is only used on long treks.

Altitude
Acclimatization is important for the trekking above 3500m. Our trekking schedules have been carefully designed to maximize your ability to acclimatize safely. We ascend slowly and ensure an adequate number of rest days. However, it is still possible for mountain sickness and your tour leader will be watching for symptoms with an experienced eye throughout the trip. These symptoms are commonly headache, nausea, lethargy and sometime breathlessness. If you or any of the group members display any of these symptoms he will be able to provide informed advice and ensure a proper course of action. Your tour leader will advise you more thoroughly regarding the altitude and most of the problems prior to starting on trail.

Comparative oxygen varied rates in different altitude level

List of Altitude Level and Oxygen Rate

  • 8,848m/ 29,028 feet : 33%
  • 8,000m/ 26,247 feet : 36%
  • 7,000m/ 22,966 feet : 41%
  • 6,000m/ 19,865 feet : 47%
  • 5,500m/ 18,045 feet : 50%
  • 5,200m/ 17,061 feet : 52%
  • 5,000m/ 16,404 feet : 53%
  • 4,500m/ 14,764 feet : 57%
  • 4,000m/ 13,123 feet : 60%
  • 3,500m/ 11,483 feet : 64%
  • 3,000m/ 9,843 feet : 68%
  • 2,500m/ 8,202 feet : 73%
  • 1,000m/ 3,281 feet : 88%
  • 760mmHg (Sea Level) : 100%

The above given oxygen varied percentage rates of different altitude level provide you least of an idea to know yourself for your trekking/climbing journey. Which is listed from the highest point of world Mt Everest (8,848m/ 29,028 feet) top and 760mmHg standard sea level.

What is the general duration of the treks?
The duration of the trek depends on the region of the trek and on interests which you have. Generally speaking, your trek can range from 2-3 days to 3 weeks if you wish. Even the same trek can be of a different duration for different trekkers depending on their wishes and interests on the route.

How difficult are the treks?
Difficulty of the treks depends on the region of the trek and duration of it. Shorter treks tend to be easier while longer ones require some physical fitness.

What is the best time for trekking/tours/Jeep safari?
Best time for trekking, tours or for jeep safari in Himachal region is April to June end and September to October end. For Leh –Ladakh and for Spiti region of Himachal best time is mid June to mid of September month.

What is the weather like?
You need to be prepared for sudden weather changes while trekking. That’s why trekking equipment should be chosen carefully before the trip. Sudden rain storms or snow are always a possibility which needs to be considered. The weather during the trekking season is somewhat more stable. ‘Backwoods Holiday pays big attention to weather forecast, so you will be told about weather prognosis and you will be given advises before trek.

What kind of clothes is needed for trekking?
Choosing the clothes for trekking is very important. Please, check our trekking equipment list for details.

Equipment Check List:

  • Jeans or slacks,
  • Towel and toilet kit,
  • Underwear,
  • Gloves or mittens,
  • Sleeping bag, warm to 20 degrees F, either down or fibrefill
  • Parka, down or fibrefill; a ski jacket is ok,
  • Sweater, wool shirt or acrylic pile jacket,
  • Duffel bag, canvas or nylon, without a frame (for porters to carry),
  • Daypack or rucksack, waterproof, for you to carry Water bottle 1 litre or 1 quart; be sure that it does not leak,
  • Flashlight or headlamp, Walking shoes: either boots, light hiking or running shoes, well broken in. As there may be rain, mud or snow; boots are sometimes necessary therefore you should bring them despite the extra hassle. Many times the entire trek can be done in tennis shoes, but if there is snow, you run the risk of frostbite, or at least cold feet if you do not have boots
  • Hats, one with a brim for sun; one wool for cold weather,
  • Sunglasses or goggles – very important for travel above 12,000 feet.
  • Shorts – it may be warm during the day.
  • Socks – two or three pairs thick wool or artificial fibre,
  • Shirts – three are recommended: two T shirts and one long sleeve shirt,
  • Pocket knife (Be sure this is packed in your checked baggage to avoid hassles with airport security),
  • Rainwear – a poncho; or you can buy an Indian umbrella in Manali/ Leh bazaar in 300INR.
  • Slippers or sandals for campsite wear. Rubber “shower shoes” are available in Kathmandu,

What type of shoes should I have?
For shorter treks comfortable tennis shoes or snickers is enough while longer treks require carefully chosen hiking boots which should be kind of strong, well-made but light boots. Shoes and boots are best to buy before arriving in Manali and Leh. Proper fit is a must for boots and we advise you to wear your new shoes for sometime before trek for your feet to feel absolutely comfortable during trekking.

Should we bring all trekking equipment with us?
It’s always preferable and more convenient to have your own equipment during trekking, so we advise you to bring equipment with you or to buy here as most of the outdoor equipment can be bought in Manali and Leh bazaar in one of the many outdoor gear shops.

What problems can arise on altitude?
Altitude sickness is a serious problem. ‘Backwoods Holiday’, having many years of experience in trekking and good knowledge of the problem, organizes treks very carefully. Extra day of acclimatization is included in all our high altitude treks. Our guides are trained to spot any signs of altitude sickness and know how to deal with it.

What happens in case of emergency?
‘Backwoods Holiday’ is prepared for any emergency situation and knows how to handle it. Our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and can deal with most of the basic ailments that occur during a trek and tours. Every client should have his own insurance before coming to India for case of emergency.

What sort of experience do your guides have?
Guides of ‘Backwoods Holiday’ have many years of guiding experience in regions of Himachal as well as in Leh Ladakh and Zanskar region. Most of them are local guides who have been knowing their region very well . Our guides are trained in wilderness first aid and know how to handle any situation. All our guides speak fluent English and happy to share their deep knowledge of the country and beauty of Himalaya with you. We believe in and follow the idea that it’s not enough to take visitors to special places or special cultures, we need to provide guides who can get people feel involved in what they are experiencing, explain it thoroughly and keep them entertained. Main concern of ‘Backwoods Holiday’ is to make your trip in western Himalaya safe, memorable and fun!

Do I need Insurance?
We suggest you to obtain insuarance for your trek back home. Please note that your medical insurance policy should cover helicopter evacuation, many policies leave this out so be sure to check yours.

Should I carry First aid kit?
We provide a first aid kit on our group treks. We suggest you bring the following supplementary items with you
Anti-diarrhea tablets, blister pads, sterile plain and crepe bandages, tube of antiseptic cream, decongestants/antihistamines, throat lozenges, paracetamol or aspirin and personal medicines as prescribed by your physician.

Do I need Trekking permit?
A valid permit is required for certain areas, which we will obtain upon your arrival. We will require two passports size photographs and photo copy of passport and visa.

What do you do for the Disposal of rubbish?
We recommend that each trekker have keep a small bag during the course of the trip. Each morning a small fire is lit for burnable rubbish. Any non-burnable or non-biodegradable rubbish are carried back to town and disposed appropriately.

How much Money should I carry during trek/tours?
Always carry Indian rupees in small bills on your trek. The amount to be cared depends on the area and the duration of the trek. A guideline for this will be presented during our trek briefing. Money will only be required for the purchase of soft/hard bottled drinks (or food as well depending on what your trekking plan includes), tips and souvenirs along the way. Other money and valuables should be kept in a safe deposit box in your hotel in Manali /Leh.

Will my mobile phone work? Will I get internet access?
Inquire with your operator to see if your contract includes international roaming in the countries you will travel. Your phone will work in the cities, such as the internet access, but will not always work in remote areas.

How do I make my payment for the trek / tours/ jeep safari?
Payments need to be50% in advance along with program confirmation. You could pay by DD in favor of ‘BACKWOODS HOLIDAY’ payable at Manali Or you can transfer the amount online. The bank details are:
Account Number 33149535171
Bank ‘State Bank of India’ Branch ‘MANALI’
The Mall Manali, Distt: Kullu Himachal Pradesh. 175131.
IFS CODE: SBIN0002416
Remaining payment can be made after your arrival.

What will be the cancellation charges?
– 30 days prior: No cancellation charge.
– 15 days before the trip begins 50%.
– less than 14 days before the trip begins or not present when trip begins, there will be no refund.
– There will be no refund for incomplete tour.

If you have question that is not addressed in FAQs kindly feel free to ask us: backwoodsholiday@gmail.com