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The Himalayas besides being a vast range of mountains are also enigmatic and mysterious. They are one of the most happening places to pick for your treks. You can experience the most naked form of wilderness here. The Himalayas are an exceptionally raw, real, and pure range of mountains that separate the Indian subcontinent from the Tibetan Plateau. Interestingly, the Himalayas are home to the 14 highest mountains in the whole wide world. They also include more than a hundred peaks that stand as tall as 7200m or an average of 23,600 ft. The diversity that the country India holds is mind-blowing and we can not be enough proud to belong to this wonderful country. Anyhow, apparently a couple of successful treks to the Himalayas has made the region really vulnerable to almost anyone and everyone. Yes, you shouldn't be surprised to learn that people do actually travel to these mountains without a professional company or guide. Though it's a personal choice, we recommend otherwise and here is why you should trek with a company. In fact not just with any random company but with a highly professional company.
Professional companies are undoubtedly reliable. Of course, the cost may make a little hole in your pocket but considering your safety, it shouldn't be a problem. You don't want to ruin your experience by constantly fearing the possible dangers that you may come across in the wild. Cheap companies can be disappointing in this case, they usually remain unreliable and comparatively less prepared for sudden, uncertain, and unpredictable situations. The unrest and unsatisfying emotion that may arise upon encountering lower quality of security can be a huge spoiler during your trek and you would certainly not want to witness it. Planning a trek is easy but ruining it is easier, so if you want to remain on the safer side, it is ideal for you to select a professional company that is absolutely reliable, just so you can move freely with a light and carefree mind and with a heart exposed to the calm and beauty of nature instead of fear and the jarring "what ifs". Here is certainly not where you would want to look for saving a little penny.
While professional companies charge you quite some bucks, they also provide services that make these charges worthy enough. Emergency medication is one strong reason why we suggest you opt for a professional company. They build a team of experienced members that are knowledgeable enough to handle emergency medical situations. From practical methods to effective medicines, they have it all covered. The best part about trekking with a professional company is that you come across relatively lesser issues simply because of the intensive care and security provided by them but just in case you encounter any medical disability, they make sure you are treated rightly and quickly to avoid the possibility of descending to lower altitudes since that can really de-structure your entire trek. Additionally, a plus point that adds value to professional companies is the availability of enough members that are sufficient for individual attention. You are important to them and they make just about enough efforts to prove this statement. From oxygen cylinders to prescribed and certified medicines, these companies make sure the necessary medication is made available to you as and when necessary.
We were unsure if placing "quality" at the third position was a safe step to follow, we certainly do not advocate accepting a low-quality experience but primarily reliability and quick emergency medication should remain your first and second priorities respectively. Coming down to the third supportive point to opting a professional company we are hands down to the services provided by them. They are simply unavoidable and you can not afford to miss out on them. The last thing you want when you return drained and exhausted back to your camp is stinky or smelly sleeping bags or even low-quality sleeping bags for that matter. They are not only uncomfortable but also affect your sleep and hence your energy subsequently reduces the next day making you feel dizzy and inactive. Non-sturdy tents are also a pain that reduces the quality of your sleep or rest and is certainly something you would absolutely want to avoid. Professional companies know your needs and provide remarkable care and quality to ensure you have a good sleep and rest time.
So while you trek you are likely to question the many varied aspects of the wilderness that you may encounter and nothing can be more disappointing than a guide you opted for who turns out to be incapable of answering your doubts or interests. Professional companies hire a crew of members who have a passion and interest in trekking. These members are exceptionally learned and tend to be capable enough of answering your queries. In fact, they also provide detailed information on the different aspects of nature, it's heart-warming to learn. Their knowledge of the different geographical areas and tricks of successfully trekking across them is interesting and fascinating. Professional companies prove that trekking and learning can not only go hand in hand but is also an enthralling experience. These guides also warn you of danger prone areas and reduce the possibility of accidents.
We love how professional companies maintain their professionalism by providing a detailed and planned diet to their trekkers. This is absolutely important. Not only does this maintain your energy and activity during the trek but also relatively reduces the possibility of acquiring altitude sickness. If you don't already know, your diet does play a huge role in the acquisition of altitude sickness, and professional companies simply save you the trouble of planning and preparing your meals. We serve you a 2500 calorie carbohydrate-rich nutritionally-balanced warm diet. These planned meals also prove to facilitate your trekking experience by keeping you energized and active throughout the trek.
These major 5 reasons should most likely convince you to opt for a professional company for your trek to the Himalayas. It is absolutely important to not fall for scams that cheap companies usually carry out. The reduced costs can be really tempting and distracting but trust us, you are sure to feel disappointed with their security and services at the end of your trek. So chose wisely while you still have time and look up on the internet to gain a better, concise, and clear knowledge regarding the same. Regret is really not a happy place to be in. Besides, reviews and ratings can also be helpful when you chose to decide your trekking company. Lastly, professional trekking companies usually curate relative blogs that can be helpful to their customers and you can also consider the quality of their content to judge their professionalism. It is your trek and your money so you certainly need to research enough before making the last call.
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Harshit Patel : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. A certified Mountaineer, Skiier, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Engineer by profession but a traveler 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 and has covered 185,000+ km on Motorcycle. A Poet, Drone Pilot and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.