Glad you’re joining us for the Auli
February 2022 mountain magic! While we eagerly look forward to our fun in the, it is also important to be well prepared to keep ourselves absolutely warm for our trip.
1. Covid-19 RT PCR negative certificate: As mentioned before, each individual joining us for this trip will have to undergo a Covid-19 RT PCR test. The negative result of the test, dated not earlier than 72 hours before the trip start date shall have to be carried along for the trip (Digital Copy). We recommend booking a slot and confirming with your local lab in advance about how long they’d take. This report has to be emailed to us asap on email@example.com. It’s a must, and no one will be allowed to join the trip if they have not submitted the certificate.
2. Double Vaccination Certificates: In case you have had both doses of your vaccine, you can send that to us and will not need to send across a covid negative test result. However, if you have had only one vaccine dose then you will still have to get the covid test done for the safety of the entire group and this is compulsory. Kindly, email these double vaccination certificates to us at the earliest in case you haven’t sent them across already.
3.Carry a Covid Preventive Kit: A personal sanitizer, face masks and gloves. Do carry a small first aid kit. I will be carrying a first aid kit myself, but it helps if you are carrying one too. It is also advisable to invest in a PPE kit if you are taking a flight. A surface disinfectant is recommended too.
In Auli and Chopta, temperatures are predicted to range from 4 to 6 degrees during the day and will dip to as low as -3 to -5 degrees at night. Rishikesh will be a little warmer with temperatures ranging from 20 to 24 degrees during the day and at night it will be around 10-12 degrees.
Here is a check-list and how to be well prepared for the trip.
1) Wear layers. It’s always better than wearing one thick jacket.
Please make sure you get a couple of thermals (both lower and upper). These will serve as your innermost layers.
Sweaters that will serve as the middle layer. Carry minimum 2-3 for the trip, more if you want to be fashionable 😉
Waterproof/windproof down/fleece jackets that will serve as the outer shell to protect from cold winds.
2) Winter caps to cover your ears, and scarves to cover the neck
3) Gloves and lots of woolen socks. These two things will be your best friends for keeping warm!
4) Chapstick, sunscreen lotion and sunglasses
5) Snow shoes – During the treks and whenever you move around in the snow, snow might enter your regular shoes, drench them and make it difficult for you to move around. In order for you to comfortably enjoy experiencing the snow, trekking and playing in it, we highly recommend you get a good pair of snow shoes.
The above points are musts for the trip. Also sharing some things to carry that aren’t musts but will help you out on the trip if you carry them.
6) Shawls – These will help you stay warm, especially when we are travelling in the minibus
7) Neoprene covers if you are getting any bottles or flasks. These covers will keep them warm.
8) We are trying our bit to make the planet a better place so we do not encourage people carrying or buying plastic bottles. It will be nice if you could each get your own bottle, and we can keep filling it up wherever we stay or visit.
9) Girls, we would recommend you carry sanitary pads/tampons considering how many women have irregular period cycles during travel.
10) A trekking pole can come in handy during snow treks. Note that this isn’t necessary, you can still trek even without one. However, should you feel that a pole or a stick may make you more comfortable during the trek you can easily get one online or at Decathalon.
11) A small backpack that you can carry during the treks with your basic essentials – gloves, cap, water, snacks, etc.
12) Personal Medical Kit – medicines that you need on a regular basis, while travelling, band aids, anti-diarrhoea medicines, ORS, etc. If you have a tendency of motion sickness during long bus commutes, make sure to keep that too.
13) In case, some of you would like to opt for rentals for trekking gear you can check out the website www.sharepal.com
. They are based out of Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. However, please note that I for one have not opted for rentals or used their services, so, I cannot vouch for the quality or wear and tear of the products. I’m only sharing the link so that if you wish to you can have a look, completely your call.
14) A hack – make sure to carry thick polythenes individually. Even if you buy a good trekking shoes nothing is waterproof it is simply water resistant. So, over your socks you can wrap each foot in a thick polythene and then wear your shoe. It may sound funny but it helps resist getting your feet cold for a good amount of time.
15) Gum boots can be rented locally for Rs.100-200 approximately. However, gum boots have flat soles and are in our experience not ideal for getting a good grip during treks. They’re also wide open at the top and can get snow inside as well. In Chopta you can even get snow trekking shoes on rent as well as the trekking pole before the trek starting point. However, they have limited availability so its simply a matter of till when the stock lasts during your visit. In Auli only gum boots are available for rent.
16) Get any games you want to such as playing cards, Uno cards, balls, Frisbee.
17) If anyone has a pair of speakers, please get them. Will be fun to play music in the bus and rooms when we are partying!
Points to Remember:
a. If the above list sounds exhaustive, remember you might not have all of these. But we have shared these with you, because we want to take no chances when it comes to staying warm, staying fit, and not falling sick. And we recommend you carry these.
b. As mentioned time and again, weather will play a role in this trip. As of now, we predict that things will go perfectly, but in case the weather holds us up somewhere or some of the sights get closed down, we expect you to understand the same. We shall go to the mountains and tackle whatever comes our way with a smile.
Kindly, email your OHOT waiver form in time too. This form is mandatory to join the trip.
Any other queries, feel free to reach out. See you soon! 🙂