">

FAQ`s

  1. THINKING ABOUT BOOKING Know More
    WHY SHOULD I TRAVEL WITH INDIAN SUMMITS?
    What we offer is specific - unforgettable trekking vacations - but our focus is broad in terms of destinations and trip styles. We have a tour that fits nearly anyone who loves to hike in world-renowned, breathtaking landscapes of Himalayas. For people seeking solitude, wildness and adventure, a backpacking trip is a sure choice.
    Our aim is to remain a friendly organisation that caters to small groups of discerning adventure travellers, who respect local culture and prefer to travel the less travelled path. The Trekking Company is a licensed travel agency to operate in India.
    WHAT'S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE OF THE TREK?

    Will provide hotel accommodation . On the other nights, camping is arranged.

    • Vegetarian meals will be provided while on trek.
    • Generic Trek equipment, sleeping bag, mattress, kitchen tent, toilet tent, sleeping tent will be provided.
    • First aid medical kits and oxygen cylinder will be available throughout the trek for emergency.
    • Qualified & experienced trek leader, Assistant guide, helpers and cook will be part of the team.
    • Transport to and fro from trip start and end points will be arranged.
    • Charges for camping are covered.
    • Trek Completion Certificate
    THERE ANY AGE RESTRICTIONS?
    Our Indian Summits tours are designed specifically for passengers aged between 18 to 55.
    IS IT CHEAPER TO TRAVEL INDEPENDENTLY?
    The costs of independent travel can really start to add up. Once you consider everything such as accommodation, food, entrance fees, excursions, road tolls, bus passes and local taxis or car hire and fuel, you'll soon see that travelling Trek style is great value for money. Plus if you do it alone you don't get the experience of a local tour guide who knows those great little tricky-to-find 'secret spots', or the hassle free experience where everything is planned and organised for you. Plus we can negotiate great group rates on optional activities too. Not at all! A great mix of young people with a passion for travel and sense of fun is enough.
    I AM TRAVELLING ON MY OWN. WILL I BE THE ONLY ONE?
    No, far from it. The majority of the people travelling with us join their trips as solo travellers. Our trips are a great way to travel safely and meet other like-minded, adventurous people from all over the world and we do not charge single supplements.
    HOW MANY PEOPLE WILL BE ON MY TOUR?
    Our Original tours are based on travelling in small groups of up to 15-20 like-minded individuals from around the world to get to know en route, providing the security of group travel while maintaining the flexibility of independent discovery.
    DO COUPLES TRAVEL WITH TREK?
    Yes, every trip is made of a mixture of people travelling alone, as pairs or groups of friends or couples. If you travel as a couple you will be able to share a tent, if your tour includes cabin, hostel, hotel and other budget lodging accommodation then we will try to accommodate we will try to accommodate couples, however twin rooms cannot be guaranteed.
    ARE FLIGHTS INCLUDED IN THE PRICE?
    No, however we can help you out to book flights.
    HOW FIT SHOULD I BE?
    Anyone in reasonably good health can join our trips. Many activities do not require previous experience and are not fitness related.
    WHAT IS THE MINIMUM NUMBER OF TRAVELLERS ON A TREK?
    The minimum number of travellers can be much lower, however, this is uncommon. The type of vehicle may vary depending on the group size.
  2. BOOKING YOUR TREK Know More
    HOW DO I BOOK MY TREK?
    Indian Summits tours can be booked from anywhere in the world. Bookings can be made online or by contacting our worldwide sales office by phone, email or via our social channels. We can hold you a no-obligation provisional seat (option) for up to 3 days while you decide. Please phone or email us if you need any help or have any questions.
    WHEN SHOULD I BOOK MY TREK?
    Book early! Many tours fill quickly so you should contact us as soon as possible. We would be happy to help you choose the Trek that is right for you. All of our sales team have first-hand knowledge and information about our tours. Call us anytime to check availability or hold a seat on option for up to three days with no obligation.
    DO YOU CHARGE BOOKING OR CREDIT CARD FEES?
    No, we don’t like credit card charges and we’re pretty sure you don’t either! For that reason, we won’t pass any fees on to you if you choose to pay by credit card. That’s more cash for you to splash on souvenirs!
    WHEN DO THE TRIPS BEGIN AND END?
    Most Treks depart from our gateway hotels at 7:30am on the day of departure and generally end between 5:00pm and 6:00pm on the final day of the tour. Exact start times will be shown on your trip voucher.
    DO I NEED TO BOOK A HOTEL ROOM THE NIGHT BEFORE AND AFTER MY TREK?
    We provide hotel a day before and after the trek, but in certain treks we don't provide (to be checked according to the trek inclusions, we suggest you book the pre night hotel in our gateway hotel. You can also arrange the final night in our gateway hotel where the tour will finish. If you must leave that evening, we recommend that you to book a flight departing no earlier than 9:00pm to allow enough time to transfer to the airport.
    HOW AND WHEN DO I RECEIVE MY CONFIRMATION AND DOCUMENTS?
    If you book directly with us we will email you a confirmation, invoice and Trek Tips within 24 hours of receiving your booking. Final documents are resent around 6 weeks before departure. If you book with a travel agent you should receive all documents and information directly from your agent.
  3. PREPARING FOR YOUR SUMMIT Know More
    HOW MUCH LUGGAGE CAN I BRING?
    One suitcase or rucksack with a maximum weight of 20 KG (plus your sleeping bag on our camping trips). Be sure to check the weight allowance of your luggage with your airline as well.(the lighter you carry the lesser you suffer)
    WHICH IS BEST TO TAKE, A RUCKSACK, SOFT HOLDALL OR SUITCASE?
    For camping trips a soft holdall or rucksack is generally better. There may be a few occasions where you will need to carry your bag short distances and a soft bag would be beneficial. When storing luggage in your tent it also works out better having a soft bag. Suitcases will however suffice. For budget lodging and hotel trips any type of bag would work and certainly not worth going to buy a new bag specially.
    WHERE CAN I CHARGE THINGS DURING MY TRIP?
    On camping tours it is often difficult to find a safe and secure wall outlet to recharge mobile phones, camera batteries and other electrical devices. Although remember you will have to take it in turns to use these so it's always worth bringing a spare camera battery! For nights spent in hotels your room will have an electrical outlet (don't forget your travel plug adaptor).
    WILL MY MOBILE PHONE WORK WHILST I AM AWAY?
    You'll need to check with your network provider as to whether your mobile phone will work in that location you are visiting.
    DO I NEED A PASSPORT & VISA?
    It’s your responsibility to ensure you have a valid passport and any necessary visas for your tour.For India, you’ll need a passport with at least six months validity following the end of your trip. The visa requirements for your trip may vary depending on where you’re going and your nationality. It’s important that you check and apply for each of the visas you need whilst in your home country and you should consult the relevant embassy if you need more information. Please bear in mind that some tours may spend time in more than one country.
    DO I NEED TRAVEL INSURANCE?
    Yes. Insurance is advisable on all Indian Summits tours.
    WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK?

    You know what the trekkers say... BE PREPARED! Himalayas are huge, and you’re likely to encounter lots of different climates during your trip. Check the weather averages for the time of year you’re travelling and pack accordingly. Here are some of the things that should be in your case as well as your general clothes.

    • Rucksack/Day pack
    • Duffel back with personal gear
    • Garbage bag (preferably micro-polythene disposable bags)
    • Sleeping bag
    • Waterproof, high ankle hiking boots or gumboots to wear over hiking/trekking shoes
    • Trekking pole
    • Seven pairs of thermal, thick wool and synthetic socks and seven pairs of liner socks
    • Fleece pants/Inner thermals/Quick-dries/Waterproof outer pants
    • Fleece jacket/Windproof jacket
    • Raincoat/poncho
    • Thermal inners, both lower and upper
    • Good waterproof outers
    • Wool hat that covers the ears
    • Long-sleeved thermal shirts/light fleece shirts for trekking
    • Two pairs of fleece/woolen inner gloves
    • Outer synthetic water-proof gloves
    • Bandanna/Scarf
    • Sunglasses with UV protection
    • Lip protection + Moisturizer with high SPF
    • Two water bottles, preferably with insulated cover
    • Headlamp/flashlight with spare batteries - cold kills batteries
    • Camera with spare batteries and memory cards - cold kills batteries
    • Lightweight toiletries, including hand sanitizer
    • Thermos
    • Ear plugs
    • Personal first aid kit, including medicines for high altitude sickness
    DO I NEED A SLEEPING BAG? WHAT KIND OF SLEEPING BAG DO I NEED?
    We provide sleeping bag for all our camping based trips. Incase you wish to bring your'e own, we recommend a ‘three season’ bag during the summer months and a ‘four season’ bag the rest of the year, as some nights can be cool to cold, especially in mountainous and desert areas. We supply a foam pad to sleep on, but if you prefer added comfort, you are encouraged to bring your own self-inflating sleeping pad and pillow.
    DO I REALLY NEED WALKING BOOTS OR WILL TRAINERS BE OK?
    Comfortable shoes will make all walking more enjoyable, so we do recommend walking shoes or boots that will provide a more sturdy grip as well as good ankle support. A pair trainers will be ok, but be prepared for these to get dirty and make sure they do offer some grip. A nice, solid and comfortable pair of trainers (sneakers) is best, not your favourite pair of pumps.
    HOW MUCH MONEY DO I NEED TO BRING ON TOUR?
    Ideally zero! We provide tours from airport to airport, which include hotel charges and food. It is customary tip porters, helpers, cooks, taxi drivers, local guides and any person who provides a service for you. Your tour leader will work long and hard for you during your tour and we recommend tipping, if the leader's performance meets or exceeds your expectations
    HOW SHOULD I TAKE MY SPENDING MONEY?
    Cash machines (ATMs) are usually hard to find throughout the trek. We recommend getting cash from the destination you have started for the whole trip.
    DO I NEED TO TIP?
    Although it may not be customary in your country, it’s normal and expected in India to tip local guides, porters, helpers, cooks, taxi drivers and anyone who provides a service for you.
    WHAT IF I DON'T WANT TO CARRY MY RUGSACK?
    Wanna trek hands-free? We got that covered! Our porters will carry the rug-sack at a specific charge according to the trek (check trek exclusions for charges according to the trek). We request you to confirm this option prior to the trek to arrange this service.
  4. ON THE SUMMIT Know More
    WHAT IS THE JOINING POINT OF THE TOUR?
    Our departure hotels are conveniently located and serve as your trek's start and end points, Most of our tours start in the lobby of the departure hotel a day before. If you want to stay at these hotels for the night before and after your trip we can book this for you (for the treks we don't provide). Once you have booked we will email your tour vouchers detailing the joining point and time of your trip, and our Trek Tips with hotel details and transfer advice.
    DO YOU ORGANISE TRANSFERS TO THE TOUR JOINING POINT?
    Yes we do arrange transfers from the airport to our gateway hotels. Usually there are quick, easy and more cost effective transfer options available directly from the airport to the gateway hotels. Although charges apply.
    WHAT TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION TO USED ON treks?
    Accommodation will be arranged on a multi share or twin share basis, usually single sex. Where possible we’ll keep the group together but this cannot be guaranteed. We’ll also try to accommodate couples, however double rooms cannot be guaranteed. It may be possible to arrange this locally for an additional cost.
    WHAT TO EXPECT ON THE TOUR?
    We bet you'll experience rush, as that is what we stand for. Right from amazing food, travel equipments, trek leaders we assure you that what we provide is the best you can find. We hold a unique way of treating the trekkers, we will ensure the trek is lively and full of energy with assurance of safety. Bonfire's, local cultural dances, music, food will enlighten your'e tiresome day.
    HOW DOES THE FOOD WORK ON trekking TOURS?
    Eat for the trail. We understand that good quality, tasty food is what one waits for after the tiresome trekking and we will ensure that you are not let down in this concern for sure. With our amazing cooks we assure that you'll not be left hungry. Our cooks are professionally trained and will do their best to provide good food.
    LAVATORY ARRANGERMENT
    There are separate bathroom tents provided usually domed shaped. We recommend you to carry sanitary wipes. Pits are made and are to be covered after usage.
    WHAT WILL MY TOUR LEADER BE LIKE?
    It’s our belief that the most important ingredient for the success of any tour is the tour leader and we are extremely proud of the high professional standards of our tour leaders . Our training programme begins with recruiting the right people and developing their natural talents via substantial training in all areas, with special attention paid to group dynamics and leadership. In addition, our tour leaders receive various forms of instruction from our training and operations teams including first-aid and emergency procedures. Once leaders complete their initial training, they receive hands-on education in the field from managers and senior tour leaders who can relay years of experience and knowledge. Your leader will provide you with the best information required to enjoy each trip day safely and to its fullest.
    ITINERARY CHANGES
    We endeavour to run all tours as they are published in this brochure however, it’s sometimes necessary to alter itineraries to adapt to local conditions and regulations. We will notify you in case of any major alterations to your tour. In most cases, your tour leader will provide a more detailed trip outline at the beginning of your particular tour.
  5. ACUTE MOUNTAIN SICKNESS (AMS) Know More
    Where does acute mountain sickness happen?
    Most people remain well at altitudes of up to 2500m, the equivalent barometric pressure to which aeroplane cabins are pressurised. However, even at around 1500m above sea level you may notice more breathlessness than normal on exercise and night vision may be impaired. Above 2500m, the symptoms of altitude sickness become more noticeable.
    What are the other names for acute mountain sickness?
    Acute mountain sickness is sometimes colloquially referred to as altitude sickness or mountain sickness.
    How are the symptoms of altitude sickness measured?
    The most prominent symptom is usually headache, and most people also experience nausea and even vomiting, lethargy, dizziness and poor sleep. Symptoms are very similar to a really bad hangover. If you have recently ascended to over 2500m, and experience such problem then you have acute mountain sickness.
    Who gets acute mountain sickness?
    Anyone who travels to altitudes of over 2500m is at risk of acute mountain sickness. Normally it does't become noticeable until you have been at that altitude for a few hours. Part of the mystery of acute mountain sickness is that it is difficult to predict who will be affected. There are many stories of fit and healthy people being badly limited by symptoms of acute mountain sickness, while their older companions have felt fine. There are a number of factors that are linked to a higher risk of developing the condition. The higher the altitude you reach and the faster your rate of ascent, the more likely you are to get acute mountain sickness. If you have a previous history of suffering from acute mountain sickness, then you are probably more likely to get it again. Older people tend to get less acute mountain sickness – but this could be because they have more common sense and ascend less quickly.
    What causes altitude sickness?
    There is so much less oxygen in the high mountains that it is not surprising that travelling to high altitude causes people to feel unwell, but how this shortage of oxygen actually leads to altitude sickness is still not fully understood. Some scientists believe that it is due to swelling of the brain but the evidence for this hypothesis is not conclusive. The theory is that in susceptible individuals, swelling could cause a small increase in the pressure inside the skull and lead to symptoms of acute mountain sickness. The swelling may be due to increased blood flow to the brain or leakiness of blood vessels in the brain.
    What are the treatments for altitude sickness (mountain sickness)?
    The only reliable treatment, and in many cases the only option available, is to descend. Attempts to treat or stabilise the patient but are dangerous unless highly controlled and with good medical facilities. However, the following treatments have been used when the patient's location and circumstances permit.
    • Oxygen may be used for mild to moderate AMS below 3,700 metres (12,000 ft) and is commonly provided by physicians at mountain resorts. Symptoms abate in 12 to 36 hours without the need to descend.
    • For more serious cases of AMS, or where rapid descent is impractical, a Gamow bag, a portable plastic hyperbaric chamber inflated with a foot pump, can be used to reduce the effective altitude by as much as 1,500 m (5,000 ft). A Gamow bag is generally used only as an aid to evacuate severe AMS patients, not to treat them at altitude.
    • Acetazolamide 250 mg twice daily dosing assists in AMS treatment by quickening altitude acclimatisation.
    • Steroids can be used to treat the symptoms of pulmonary or cerebral edema, but do not treat the underlying AMS.
    What are the symptoms of HAPE?
    HAPE usually develops after 2 or 3 days at altitudes above 2500 m. Typically the sufferer will be more breathless compared to those around them, especially on exertion. Most will have symptoms of acute mountain sickness. Often, they will have a cough and this may produce white or pink frothy sputum. The breathlessness will progress and soon they will be breathless even at rest. Heart rate may be fast, the lips may turn blue and body temperature may be elevated. It is easy to confuse symptoms of HAPE with a chest infection, but at altitude HAPE must be suspected and the affected individual must be evacuated to a lower altitude. If you think you have had HAPE, register on the HAPE database.
    Who gets HAPE?
    Unfortunately, it is currently impossible to predict who will get HAPE. This is one of the reasons why we have established the HAPE database. People who have had HAPE before are much more likely to get it again. Therefore, there must be some factor that puts certain individuals at high risk of the condition. However, just like acute mountain sickness, there are some known risk factors. A fast rate of ascent and the altitude attained will make HAPE more likely. Vigorous exercise is also thought to make HAPE more likely and anecdotal evidence suggests that people with chest infections or symptoms of the common cold before ascent may be at higher risk.
    What causes HAPE?
    Despite years of careful research the exact causes of HAPE remain poorly understood. Fluid has been shown to fill up the air pockets in the lungs preventing oxygen getting into the blood and causing the vicious circle of events that can kill people with HAPE. As with many biological processes many factors play a role in the disease and there is good evidence to support a number of theories about how this fluid gets there. Normally, oxygen gets into your blood and is supplied to the body from your lungs. Each time you take a breath in, air rushes into the tiny air pockets at the end of all the airway branches in your lungs. At the same time, blood from your heart is brought close to these thin-walled air pockets, so that oxygen can move into your blood while waste products move out. Oxygen-rich blood then returns to the heart and is supplied to the body. If, by accident, you inhaled a small object into your lungs, it would become stuck in one of the airways branches. Little oxygen would get to the downstream air pockets. To prevent this area of lung supplying blood starved of oxygen back to the heart (and therefore the rest of body), blood vessels in the area closed down or constrict. This is normally a very good thing and is an example of the body protecting itself. At altitude however, this same process is a cause of the disease HAPE. Because the whole lung is starved of oxygen, the whole lung reacts in the same way – blood vessels constricting all over the place and not just in small areas. The blood in these vessels is squeezed and the pressure goes up forcing fluid out of blood and into air pockets. Very dangerous and reactive substances are formed in your blood when you are starved of oxygen and these can directly damage the special membrane between air and blood in your lungs causing further fluid leak and worsening HAPE.
    How is HAPE treated?
    The most important treatment for HAPE is descent. Providing extra oxygen and/or raising the air pressure around a victim with a Gamow bag can reverse the underlying process, lack of oxygen, but these measures are really no substitute however for rapid descent down the mountain. Nifedipine is a drug that helps to open up the blood vessels in the lungs. By doing so, it reduces the high pressure in those vessels that is forcing fluid out into the lungs. Sildenafil, by a different mechanism, also opens up the blood vessels in the lung and may be a useful treatment for HAPE.
    What are the symptoms of HACE?
    HACE is thought to be a severe form of acute mountain sickness. A severe headache, vomiting and lethargy will progress to unsteadiness, confusion, drowsiness and ultimately coma. HACE can kill in only a few hours. A person with HACE will find it difficult to walk heel-to-toe in a straight line – this is a useful test to perform in someone with severe symptoms of acute mountain sickness. HACE should also be suspected if a companion starts to behave irrationally or bizarrely.
    Who gets HACE?
    About 1% of people of ascend to above 3000m get HACE. The lowest altitude at which a case of HACE has been reported was 2100m. HACE can also occur in people with HAPE and vice versa. Factors that increase the risk of HACE are similar to those for acute mountain sickness and HAPE. The faster the rate of ascent and the higher the altitude, the more likely it is that HACE will develop. HACE is thought to occur mainly in trekkers or climbers who have ignored symptoms of acute mountain sickness and climbed higher rather than staying at the same altitude or descending.
    What causes HACE?
    The cause of HACE remains unknown. Several factors may play a role including increased blood flow to the brain. An increase in blood flow is a normal response to low oxygen levels as the body needs to maintain a constant supply of oxygen to the brain. However, if the blood vessels in the brain are damaged, fluid may leak out and result in HACE. Although we know that reactive chemicals are released when oxygen levels are low and that these chemicals can damage blood vessel walls, it still hasn’t been proven that the blood vessels in the brain are actually more leaky.
    How is HACE treated?
    Descent is the most effective treatment of HACE and should not be delayed if HACE is suspected. A Gamow bag, or portable altitude chamber, can be used as a temporary measure and, if available, oxygen and a drug called dexamethasone should be given.
  6. CANCELLATION Know More
    Cancellation 2 months before the start of the trek
    Get 100% refund
    Cancellation before 1 month before the start of the trek
    Get 90% refund
    Cancellation between 1 month and 2 weeks to the start of the trek
    Get 50% refund
    Cancellation less than 10 days to the start of the trek
    Transfer your trek (same trek, same batch) to your friend. No cash refund.
    Note:-
    Change of trek batch is dependent on the availability of seats in the batch. In case of transferring a trek to a friend, he/she should should contact us and share her profile. Indian Summits holds the right to change/cancel the policies, without prior notice.

    Cancellation is processed only by email intimation. Please email any cancellation requests to :- requests@indiansummits.com or call us @ 9168475775. Itineraries are based on information available at the time of planning and are subject to change. Indian Summits reserves the right to change expedition dates, people or itineraries as conditions warrant. If a trip must be delayed or the itinerary changed due to bad weather, road conditions, transportation delays, government intervention, airline schedules, sickness, or other contingency for which Indian Summits or its agents cannot make provision, the cost of delays and/or other changes are the responsibility of the participant. Indian Summits reserves the right to decline, or accept, any individual as a trip member for any reason.