Am
not talking about solo, group, nor am I talking about mountains, beaches or
nature.. Am asking if you are the well informed, do some research before you
head to a destination or just get there and figure things out kind of
traveller? Don’t tell me you don’t know, ‘cos I wont accept that!! 😀
The
reason I started writing this post is what I witnessed during my recent trip to
Sikkim. Yes, that is where I was for 10days, completely disconnected and lost
in the hills [Sikkim diaries shall follow soon,I promise]


In
this post, I wanna share some thoughts with those who think the hills are just
another destination to go chill in… They are, but then they also teach us
lessons about ourselves… So be prepared~!

  1. For those escaping to the hills just ‘cos they are cool/cold,
    go with warm clothes. Do not think just ‘cos you are from a warm/hot region,
    the cold weather symbolizes wearing skimpy outfits.
  2. Be aware of your surroundings… always! If you are in the
    hills, especially if the altitude is above 8000ft, you need to listen to your
    body extra carefully.
  3. Oxygen levels up there is lesser than what it is in your
    home/base, and so you might feel tightening of chest, breathing difficulty,
    dizziness or any other unusual sensations.
  4. For those headed to The Himalayas Leh, Spiti, Sikkim or other
    high altitude places for a family holiday, it is advisable to carry Diamox [ a
    tablet] and pop it a day ahead.. Carry warm wear and do take something to cover
    your ears.
  5. At Lachen [North Sikkim], when we were buying snacks and some
    essentials, a man next to me came asking for “chingam”[ chewing gum] and picked
    up a kilo of it. When I looked at him, he said they were headed to Gurdongmar
    Lake, and since the oxygen levels were low, chewing gum would help them deal
    with it. Friend & I were stumped, we then told him to buy the pill and pop
    it at night and maybe one next day.
  6. During the Sikkim trip, a fellow traveller told me she
    suffered partial facial paralysis ‘cos of cold wind in her ears. So, a woolen
    cap + muffler/shawl is best.
  7. Do not take small children or elderly people to high altitude
    places, unless they have gotten clearance from doctor /physically fit. We saw
    so many families with babies and the babies were bawling their brains out [guessing
    ‘cos of ear ache due to cold winds] and the families had no clues how to deal
    with it. Make sure to also carry extra warm clothing for these two categories…
    No harm layering up and feeling warm in such places- remember the saying
    “better safe than sorry”.
  8. Drink more than the usual amount of water you consume. Also
    carry ORS or electrolytes, cos sometimes when you feel light headed or dizzy
    this will help restore sugar in the system…  
  9. Do not waste water- be it drinking water or otherwise. Since
    my USA trip, am a fan of the toilet paper and learnt to restrict use to one
    sheet for every toilet visit. [Yes Yes, trees are felled etc, but then am not
    killing a fresh tree or depleting new resources. You can also use newspaper as
    well.] #We have been reading news about how there is severe water scarcity in
    Shimla and Spiti…locals are getting drinking water supply once a week or lesser
    only.
  10.  Do not trash, do not
    throw litter wherever you go. We get that you were hungry and so munched away
    on million snacks and drinks, but do carry an extra bag or use the bag these
    packets came in to chuck trash in. Carry them with you till you find a trash-can
    and empty them. Also, reduce use of plastic as much as possible…

Well,
do add on if you can think of other points…