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Things to carry with you

Basic necessities

1. Trekking shoes: Since the trek consists of icy patches where you might slip and fall, you need to wear trekking shoes that have a good grip. Do not wear sports shoes as they will be uncomfortable and there is always the fear of slipping because of their weak grip.

2. Backpack (30 to 60 litres): Carry a backpack with sturdy straps and a supporting frame so that it does not break when you have extra weight in it. Also, make sure that the backpack has a cover that will protect the contents in your bag in case it rains or snows along the way.

Clothes

1. Two warm layers: When you are at the campsites, especially the higher ones where the temperature after sundown drops to around 2-6 degrees, you will need to keep yourself warm. Carry at least three warm layers (two lights layers such as fleece and woollen clothing and one padded jacket) for this trek.

2. Trek pants and t-shirts: Although, you will probably not need a change of clothes, you should always carry an extra pair of pants. You should also carry light, full sleeved t-shirts since you are prone to get sun burnt on the neck and arms. The weather unexpectedly changes (rain or snow) and if the clothes you are wearing get wet, you will need to change into a dry pair of clothes.

3. Thermals: Since it can get quite cold at night and the temperature can fall at any time, carry thermals to wear, especially those who are more susceptible to cold.

Accessories

1. Sunglasses: Sunglasses are helpful when it comes to blocking the sun rays and protecting your precious eyes. They also prevent snow blindness as there might be snow closer to the lake.

2. Hand gloves and Scarf: Carry a pair of woolen gloves, a pair of water proof/resistant, wind proof gloves, and a scarf for when it gets cold.

3. Socks: Carry an additional pair of woolen socks for the night, especially when it rains and the pair that you are wearing get wet.

4. Headlamp/LED torch with spare batteries: It is important to carry a torch with spare batteries and a head lamp since the weather is unpredictable. If it gets dark and visibility diminishes, you will need a torch to see where you are going. You need to carry a torch especially when you are trekking at night or early dawn.

5. Trekking pole or stick: Those who find it difficult to walk long distances should carry a trekking stick as it will help you immensely. It will not only provide you with balance but also will assist you with your rhythm and provide stability on rough terrain.

6. Sleeping Bag: It is always handy to carry a sleeping bag when you are trekking because you never know when you might need to rest. When you are selecting a sleeping bag, there are a few things you need to note. You should purchase one that will withstand cool temperatures and keep you warm. Also, watch out for their weight since you do not want to be carrying a heavy sleeping bag.

7. Raincoat: Since it can rain or snow while you are on your way to Srikhand Mahadev, you would not want to get wet. Carrying an umbrella is not a good idea at a time like this because you already have so many things. A raincoat will not only protect you from the rain but also will keep you from catching a cold so as to prevent you from continuing the trek.

Others

1. Daypack (20 to 30 litres): If you are offloading your backpack, you will need a smaller backpack to carry water and a basic medical kit in case of an emergency.

2. Toiletries: Sunscreen, towel, lip balm, toilet paper, moisturiser, toothbrush, toothpaste, insect repellent, hand sanitiser, wet wipes, paper bags.

3. Cutlery and Snacks: Carry a spoon, mug, instant noodles, soup, and other snacks to munch on along the way. It is advisable that trekkers carry their own cutlery for hygiene reasons.

4. Two water bottles: Always carry a water bottle with you when you are traveling because when you are on a trek, there are chances that you will not come across drinking water. Before you start your trek, fill up on water as it will keep you hydrated but do not drink too much as you might need to relieve yourself.

5. Plastic covers: While packing, you should use plastic bags to compartmentalise things. Carry a few extra plastic bags to keep your wet clothes.

Mandatory Personal Medical Kit

Diamox – 10 tablets (to prevent AMS)

Sports injury tape – 2 rolls

Crocin and Paracetamol – 6 tablets (fever)

Avomine – 4 tablets (motion sickness)

Combiflam – 4 tablets (Pain killer)

Afrin – 1 bottle (nasal decongestant)

Pepcid or Zantac – 5 tablets (heartburn)

Disprin or Aspirin – 5 tablets (headache)

Norflox TZ or Lomofen– 5 tablets each (diarrhea)

Digene – 10 tablets (acidity)

Rantadine – 10 tablets (antacids)

Crepe bandage – 3 to 5 meters

Blister Kit

Iodine Tablets – 10 tablets

Gauze – 1 small roll

Band aid – 10 to 15 strips

Cotton – 1 small roll

ORS – 10 packets (dehydration)

Betadine or any antiseptic cream

Strepsils or Vicks – 2 to 3 strips (sore throat)

Savlon or Dettol

Moov or Volini (ache or sprain)

Mandatory Documents

Please carry an original and photocopy of any government photo identity card like Driving License, Voters ID, Aadhar Card or PAN Card.

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