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Trekking During Periods

Published On 01 Mar 2020 by Oshank Soni

Thinking about canceling your trek because your bleeding dates clash with the batch dates? You were not raised with adventure in your heart to scare away from such a petty issue!

You might think enduring exertion will lead you to have worse cramps but on the contrary, the more you exercise, the less painful your periods are. The thought of being physically active during your periods might feel like a punch in your uterus but believe us, the more you move it the less you will feel it.

How to handle your periods while you are trekking? Don't worry we got everything you need.


Come on now, as much as we don't want men to know about it, *News Flash* ? THEY KNOW ALL ABOUT IT, and when it comes to the trek leaders, they probably know more about the problems faced during treks, about the aspirin you should take. ( Meftal Spas is our savior girls). So shut the opposing voices in your head, walk up to your trek leader, ask and you shall be served with the solution.


Sanitary pads and tampons are made of non-biodegradable material. So it is a big no-no to throw them away in the wild because all they will do is pollute nature and lay there forever. The solution for this is to carry ziplock pouches with you, stuff your used absorbents in them, carry it to the nearest town and respectfully dispose of them in a bin. Yes, the thought is a little gross and might feel like the vein of your nose is just being pulled out, but hey, we have some duties towards our mother nature (but yes it is totally gross).


Blooper alert', you are more prone to urinary tract infections during your periods. So to be of the safer side, carry enough sanitary pads and change them at regular intervals. Carry hand sanitizer, tissues, extra bottom layer (just in case) and you are suited up my 'SUPERWOMEN'.

  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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Neha Gore

Hey, I trek often and once I was trekking to Bhrigu Lake, my dates came early like a rainy day in summers to spoil my happy mood and glowing face. I had no choice but to keep walking because nowhere in my mind I wanted to return from a place where I might not visit again. However, I am being honest when I say that I didn't enjoy Bhrigu lakes as much as any other trek when I am usually not bleeding. I couldn't monkey around as I always did because after reaching the basecamp, I just wished to sit down, convince my legs to stop shivering and give my abdomen some rest. But here is a thing I'd like to share, every person is biologically different. Some might not fae too much pain whereas some are even barely able to walk with a ghost face on(I am one of those). Mountains are extremely unpredictable so we don't know when it might rain or snow. Walking uphill with a pad between your legs gets really uncomfortable if it rains. All the rashes, wetness and the increased weight of the pads make it worse. Here is a tip for all the ladies who wish to trek while they are chumming, please try menstrual cups. It is the best way to spread ZERO waste, no stains, no odour and no rashes at all. Shifing from hazardous pads to menstrual cups is one of the best decisions of my life! Please give it a try now that you are mostly at home. Let's make ec-friendly choices. PS: This is not a promotional comment. I really wish to see more women choosing cups. Lots of love, Neha- The girl you'll meet on offbeat trials

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