Important Information


The following travel documents for India are a must:

  • International travel passport (valid up to min. 6 months before expiry date).

  • Tourist visa for India. Please contact the Indian Embassy in your home country to obtain a tourist visa. Or ask your travel agent for assistance.

  • Personal health & travel insurance.

It is advisable to get insurance cover in your home country before joining the tour. A call to your insurance agent is usually enough to obtain such coverage (interruption, personal accident, health and medical, hospitalization, property loss, evacuation, etc.).

To find out about required vaccinations for India, please contact a vaccination authority in your area to get the latest recommendations. The chances however of contacting an infectious disease while on tour are generally very low as we take the utmost care of cleanliness and hygiene. Throughout our tours, we will be staying in good upmarket hotels, we travel in our own luxury taxis and we will dine only in clean restaurants. We provide safe water for consumption.

We take care of special inner line permits whenever we visit areas where special permits need to be obtained. The areas we go to however are absolutely safe and the people are friendly and peaceful. Nor is there political turmoil of any kind. You will be safe at any time.


If you join a trek

Equipment

We provide all-season trekking tents (twin share basis), sleeping mats and sleeping bags. If you wish, you can bring your own sleeping bag. We can provide extra blankets on request.

Good hiking boots, warm clothes (light but warm for example thermal underwear) should be brought with you. Please consult our checklist below with useful items to bring.

Porters (and horses depending on the trek) will carry your luggage and all equipment, except for your day pack ( containing packed lunch, personal (refill) water-bottle, sunscreen, camera and wind-/water proof jacket).

Food on a trek

Our day starts with a nice cup of coffee or tea. After refreshing, breakfast is served. This usually consists of chapattis or paranthas (freshly cooked local bread), cereals, muesli, porridge, eggs, cheese, jams,juices and fruits.

We then provide a packed lunch for the day and snacks for the breaks.

After pitching up camp late afternoon, dinner will be served around the campfire. The food is wholesome and nutritious, a balanced variety of Indian and Western dishes. Let us know your special requirements such as vegetarian meals or other specific diets.

Physical fitness

Anyone in good health, no matter how old they are, can come on a trek with us as the treks are not too demanding physically and are by no means expeditions. Every one is looked after and can hike at their own pace.

As a general guideline, it is always a good idea to prepare yourself and improve your fitness before you go on any active trip.


If you join a Jeep Tour

Joining a Jeep Tour is not that physically demanding. However, we do take gradual acclimatisation very seriously as our Jeep Tours bring us to higher altitudes.

Our English speaking guides love being on the road. They look forward to sharing their knowledge and appreciation of the area with you. The local drivers are careful and well experienced and the kitchen team make everyday a feast.

After arrival, the first two days will be spent at a slow pace. Adequate hydration is important in the prevention of altitude illness. Our advice is to drink two or three times more water or fluid than usual, limit alcohol consumption for two or three days and minimize caffeine intake.

It is advisable to consult your personal physician should you doubt your ability to visit higher regions (for example if you suffer from asthma, high blood pressure, etc…).


If you join a motorbike tour

MOTORCYCLE DAMAGE
Normal wear and tear on the bikes id accepted. However if a rider breaks items like mirrors, foot pegs, turn signals, lights, cracked plastic, etc., out of negligence or due to a fall, the price of a replacement part will be charged.

Our motorcycles are fully insured for third party damage only.

PERSONAL INSURANCE
All participants must cover themselves in their home countries before the tour. There is no medical insurance coverage for injury to the rider and/or pillion available for purchase in India for visiting foreigners. 

THE RISKS
As avid bikers, you are all familiar with assuming and managing risk. Every time you climb onto a bike you are accepting some element of danger. The same holds true on our motorcycle tour. Our biggest safety hazards are the other drivers. No one ever described them as disciplined. Driving regulation and enforcement in India is lax.

We try to minimize this road-sharing problem on our routes, and we purposely avoid commercial arteries. In many places we won't see more than a few cars every hour. Some sections are nearly deserted––the whole road feels like it's ours alone.

Above all else we drive safe and under control at all times. We keep enough distance and expect the unexpected at all times.

If you join our tour, we ride in a convoy and the group must stick together. Solo riding is not possible except on certain segments that are specifically spelled out during day tour's morning briefing. This is for your own protection. We want all potential participants informed about all aspects of a Bike adventure tour before you sign up so there will be no surprises or disappointments after our trip begins.


If you join a Wellness/Culture Tour

These tours are designed for people of all ages who enjoy all aspects of nature, culture, spirituality and local traditions.

Useful items to bring on a tour

  • A personal day backpack
  • Personal medication if required

We do carry a first aid box and medicines with us but it is recommendable to bring your own should you require any special medicines.

  • Unbreakable water-bottle
  • Muesli bars, energy bars, dextrose energy. We provide wholesome and complete meals, however you might like an extra snack along the way
  • Camera (+ film) and spare batteries as there will be no electric charging facilities outside the hotels on the tour
  • Pocket-knife (for ex. Swiss army knife) on a trek
  • Sunscreen, sun-glasses, sun-hat
  • Walking-stick on a trek
  • Warm clothes (light but warm), thermal underwear
  • Sleeping-bag if you prefer to bring your own (we do provide them).
  • Wind- and waterproof jacket
  • Torch and spare batteries for trekking: a head mounted torch (“Miner's Lamp") is very good
  • Binoculars