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Travelling Safe 101: Opt for Offbeat and Customised Private Trek Batches

Published On 09 Aug 2020 by Oshank Soni

COVID-19 has left us all weary. With the country shutting down for months it's no surprise that everyone is missing going out to different places. People are going jobless and there's no assurance to when this pandemic is going to get over. This has not only left us craving to travel but also the health risks remain the same. WHO suggests, ?Avoid going to crowded places. Why? Where people come together in crowds, you are more likely to come into close contact with someone that has COIVD-19 and it is more difficult to maintain a physical distance of 1 metre (3 feet).?

In such troubled times, it's necessary that we stay close to people who we trust to be responsible enough to take care of the necessary safety measures for themselves. It's always better to be in the company of people we know and trust and who we know to be responsible, instead of being alone or being with a group whose habits we have no idea of. What could be better than being with careful folks so that we can ease off for a while instead of constantly worrying about whether or not someone's hands are clean? It could be a nightmare to be stuck on a trip with a stranger whose habits you do not find healthy enough. Plus, there's an added risk of catching the virus. We cannot afford to be careless in such matters, especially in times like these. Moreover, what's the fun in travelling when all that you keep thinking about is did Mr X sanitized the camera he let you borrow. Imagine being at the Himalayas, with the blue sky above you, winds blowing, white snow underneath your feet and all that's running in your head is the person who just sneezed without a napkin. Thus, travelling becomes safer and more enjoyable when done with the right people.

Here are ways to travel safely with Trekmunk while keeping your budget in check.

Customized Trek Batches

Happiness is spending time with the people we love but happiness is exploring the breath-taking beauty of the Himalayas too. What if we could combine them both, given there won't be anyone additional, whom we do not know, to stress us out about our safety? Customized Trek Batches bring us the pleasure of both. It offers to let the traveller choose their own personalized batch, where they can invite their close ones to travel with them. Each batch is complete of the traveller's own preference. It doesn't matter if you have a small friend circle or a big one if you live in a family of ten or away from home because Customized Trek Batches have decided not to set any limit to the sizes of its batches. Each batch can have any number of travellers in it, as wished by the customer. As it's suggested by the medical professionals that in order to stay safe from COVID-19 we should frequently wash our hands, maintain at least 1 meter of distance from others, cover our mouth and nose with a napkin or our elbow while we cough or sneeze and do not come in contact with metals and other virus carriers without sanitizing them, it's always easier to follow these rules when we're with the people close to us because there's constant alertness, plus if you're travelling with family then they'll keep reminding you to take care of the habits. This sense of carefulness is the primary benefit of choosing Customized Trek Batches from the pandemic point of view. You must be wondering, ?To travel with our close ones is fine but how do we know if the staff is safe to travel with?? Here's how - the staff members in a customized batch ensure complete precautions to be taken before, during and after the journey. Alcohol-based sanitizers, proper use of masks, social distancing are few of the things that are bound to be maintained and taken care of in the group. The staff regularly checks for high temperatures, cough & cold and other COVID symptoms. When cleared through the above checks, then and only then they proceed with the trip.

Off-Beat Trek Batches

Off-Beat Trek Batches are non-commercial batches offered by Trekmunk. Before we get into it let's first know what non-commercial treks are. So, a non- commercial trek means a fewer number of organizations are pitching in on the same grounds. This means that the grounds have been used a fewer number of times. In commercial treks, the grounds are used back to back a large number of times by comparatively a larger number of organizations. This not only exhausts the ground but also it's hygiene is compromised. In the midst of a pandemic when social distancing is the primal safety measure to take Off-beat Trek Batches are a fine call for trekkers. As mentioned, a fewer number of organizations pitch into the same grounds; it could happen that we might face a clash where two organizations are pitching in at the same time. In this case, we use different campsites which are far away from each other on the same grounds. This prevents crowdedness and risks of spreading the virus. Even though these are tough times but there's always something we can do to make it better for us. Trekmunk is offering Customized Trek Batches and Off-beat Trek Batches to make these times a little more fun for you, your friends and your family.

Happy Trekking!

  1. Oshank Soni : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. Has travelled to 28 Indian States, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Investment Banker by profession but a traveller by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder. Chasing the sun is his full-time job, a Storyteller, Travel photographer and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

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