Intl. Mini Fellowship Tour to KYRGYZSTAN

    1st May 2018 @ 5:10 am – 6th May 2018 @ 8:30 pm
    +91 98410 26263

    Welcome to RCME International Mini Fellowship Tour


    Silky Mountains, Kyrgy Meadows !

    Main Tour Dates: Tuesday, 1st May 2018 to Sunday, 6th May 2018
    Extended Tour Dates: Sunday, 29th April 2018 to Sunday, 6th May 2018

    Tour Co-ordinator:

    Rtn. U. Balashanmugham, Club Admin. Director 2017-18

    About Kyrgyzstan:

    The Kyrgyz Republic is a sovereign state in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country with mountainous terrain. It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west and southwest, Tajikistan to the southwest and China to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.

    Kyrgyzstan’s recorded history spans over 2,000 years, encompassing a variety of cultures and empires. Although geographically isolated by its highly mountainous terrain, which has helped preserve its ancient culture, Kyrgyzstan has been at the crossroads of several great civilizations as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes. Though long inhabited by a succession of independent tribes and clans, Kyrgyzstan has periodically fallen under foreign domination and attained sovereignty as a nation-state only after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

    Since independence, Kyrgyzstan has officially been a unitary parliamentary republic, although it continues to endure ethnic conflicts, revolts, economic troubles transitional governments and political conflict. Kyrgyzstan is a member of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Collective Security Treaty Organization, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, the Turkic Council, the TÜRKSOY community and the United Nations.

    Ethnic Kyrgyz make up the majority of the country’s 5.7 million people, followed by significant minorities of Uzbeks and Russians. Kyrgyz is closely related to other Turkic languages, although Russian remains widely spoken and is an official language, a legacy of a century of Russification. The majority of the population are non-denominational Muslims. In addition to its Turkic origins, Kyrgyz culture bears elements of Persian, Mongolian, and Russian influence.


    Climate & Weather Averages at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    The climate in Bishkek during May can be summarized as mild and reasonably dry.

    May is in the spring in Bishkek and is typically the 5th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around a comfortable 23°C (74°F), whilst at night 11°C (51°F) is normal.

    Daytime temperature 23.3°C
    Nightly temperature 10.7°C
    Average temperature 17°C
    Daily sunshine 9.3 hrs
    Avg rainfall 60 mm
    Rainy days 11 days
    Sea temperature 15.3°C
    Humidity 54%
    Windspeed 7.6kph


    Climate & Weather Averages at Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul Lake, Kyrgyzstan

    The climate in Cholpon-Ata during May can be summarized as mild and reasonably dry.

    May is in the spring in Cholpon-Ata and is typically the 5th warmest month of the year. Daytime maximum temperatures average around 19°C (67°F), whilst at night 7°C (45°F) is normal.

    Daytime temperature 19.2°C
    Nightly temperature 7.3°C
    Average temperature 13.2°C
    Daily sunshine 8.8 hrs
    Avg rainfall 35 mm
    Rainy days 14 days
    Sea temperature 15.3°C
    Humidity 50%
    Windspeed 6.5kph



    Bishkek – Hotel Golden Tulip (4 Star)

    Issyk Kul – Akmaral Resort


    Total package price per person:
    Twin/Triple sharing:                      INR 75,000/
    Child rate (under 12 – With Bed):   INR 65,000/
    Child rate (under 12 – W/o Bed):   INR 50,000/
    Single Room Supplement:             INR 15,000/

    NOTE: This Mini International Tour is open for RCMEian family and their close friends.

    Registration Closed !

    51 Persons are travelling on this RCME – Mini International Fellowship Tour to Kyrgyzstan


    • Paragliding near Bishkek : 250m , 7-10 mins @ USD 20 per person // 1000m, 40mins-1hr @ USD 55 per person
    • River rafting at Boom Gorge on 03rd May en-route to Issyk-Kul from Bishkek:  USD 30 per person
      Hydro Suits, Helmets and Boots will be provided by the company
    • Horse riding at Chon Kemin on 05th May en-route to Bishkek from Issyk Kul: USD 10 per person
    • Local Dinner  at traditional Yurt Restaurant , Bishkek on 05th  May: USD 15 per person.

    (5% govt. service tax extra for the above optional tours/services)


    TOUR OPERATORTravel Masters India Pvt Ltd


    Registration: Rs.25,000/ plus 1st & 2nd instalments of Rs.25,000/ each

    The Balance can be paid in two instalments:
    Rs.25,000 before 15th February 2018 &
    Rs.25,000 before 15th March 2018

    Payments can be made by Cheque, NEFT, IMPS, Credit Card* or Cash.
    * 2% Service Charge will apply for Credit Card payments.


    Please make all payments to:
    M/s Travel Masters India Pvt. Ltd.
    Account No. : 3511439710
    Account Type: Current
    Bank: Kotak Mahindra Bank Ltd.
    Branch: Capitale, Anna Salai, Teynampet, Chennai
    IFS Code: KKBK0000462

    Postal Address:
    M/s Travel Masters India Pvt. Ltd.
    ‘Wood Head Centre’
    1st floor,
    #23 Siva Ganga Road,
    Chennai 600 034.

    Contact at Travel Masters:
    Ms. Punitha (Accounts): 044 4289 9924

    NOTE: Please send the details of your payment(s) made to M/s. Travel Masters to Rtn. Bala, by email: or by WhatsApp @ +91 98410 26263


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    • Roundtrip airfare in economy class on Jet Airways and Pegasus / Asthana Airlines
    • 5 Nights hotel accommodation with breakfast.
    • English speaking guide.
    • Traditional Music Performance during dinner on 01st May’18
    • Full day private guided tour of Bishkek and Ala Archa National Park on 02nd May’18
    • Private transfer from Hotel to Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul and en-route guided tour of Burana Tower on 03rd May’18
    • Full day private guided tour of  Issyk Kul region visiting open air museums of Rukh Ordo and  Petrogliphs  followed by Guided Cruise along the lake  on 04th May’18
    • Private transfer from  Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul Hotel to Bishkek and en-route visit to Chon Kemin for National Horse Games Show on 05th May’18
    • Bottled water during the tour
    • Indian Lunches and Dinners in Bishkek
    • Local Lunches and Dinners in Issyk Kul
    • Indian Gala Dinner on 02nd May 2018
    • Air-Conditioned Bus, 50 – seated
    • Private transfer from Hotel to Airport for departure flight to Delhi on 06th  May’18
    • Visa support service and Visa fee
    • International and Domestic Fare on Economy Class
    • Health Insurance up to age 59 years
    • 5% Govt. Service Tax


    • Personal expenses
    • Any other thing which are not mentioned on the package
    • Hotel room services, viz. laundry, phone, mini bar and etc
    • Tipping Guide & Driver
    • Optional Tours / Activities
      (5% govt. service tax extra for the optional tours/services)


    Jet Airways (Domestic)

    9W-822   01-MAY    MAA – DEL   06:30   09:25

    9W-845   06-MAY    DEL – MAA   17:35   20:30
    and few persons on
    9W-832   06-MAY    DEL – MAA   16:10   18:55

    Air Manas (International)

    ZM-1026   01-MAY   DEL – FRU    13:10   17:30

    ZM-1025   06-MAY   FRU – DEL    09:20    12:10

    ITINERARY for the Main Group (Final)

    Day 1: 01 MAY 2018, Tuesday: (Chennai – Bishkek)

    05:00 Assemble at Chennai International Airport – Domestic Terminal (Jet Airways)

    05:15 Check-in at Jet Airways counter (9W-822)

    05:45 Board Jet Airways flight to Delhi

    06:30 Flight Take-off

    09:25 Reach Delhi International Airport T3 Terminal.

    Collect Baggage

    10.30 Check-in at Air Manas counter (ZM-1026) at the same T3 Terminal

    11:15 Quick Lunch or Packed Food

    12:20 Board Air Manas flight to Bishkek (FRU), Kyrgyzstan

    13:10 Flight Take-off

    17:30 Upon arrival at Manas International Airport, Bishkek, meet & greet by your Guide and Private Transfer to Golden Tulip Hotel (4 Star)

    Immediate check-in & have a quick freshen up

    20:30 Transfer to the restaurant for an Indian Dinner.

    During dinner you will be entertained by the traditional folklore “Manasgroup exclusively arranged for Rotary Group.

    Return transfer to Golden Tulip Hotel

    Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel

    (Those interested can go for a club visit, but please come back to the Hotel before 1.00 am)

    Day 2: 02 MAY 2018, Wednesday: (Bishkek)

    07.00 to 08.15   : Breakfast at the Hotel (Continental)

    08:30 Start your morning with City tour of Bishkek: visit to Manas Monument dedicated to the main national hero of Kyrgyzstan, the State History Museum, walking around the Ala Too Square to watch the ceremony of changing the Guard of Honor, Oak Park, Parliament House, Lenin’s Monument, Victory Square.

    Quick Shopping at the Osh Market for Nuts & Dry Fruits.

    13:00 Lunch at Indian city restaurant.

    14:00 After lunch drive to Ala Archa national nature park (40 km), a popular place for hiking, skiing and mountaineering. The area is full of forested valleys, waterfalls and rivers.

    (As of 22nd April, there are residual snow in some place in the mountains)

    18:30 Return to the Hotel for a quick freshen up

    20:00 In the evening enjoy your Gala Dinner at an Indian restaurant.

    Return transfer to the Golden Tulip hotel.

    Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel

    (Those interested can go for a club visit, but please come back to the Hotel before 1.00 am)

    Day 3: 03 MAY 2018, Thursday: (Bishkek – Cholpon Ata, Issyk Kul)

    07.00-08.00   : Breakfast at the Hotel (Continental)

    08:00 (Sharp) This morning after breakfast start your day with a tour to Issyk Kul Lake (280 km, 3.5hrs-4hrs ), the second largest alpine lake in the world.

    It means “the hot lake” in the Turkic languages and appeared as a result of volcanic activity. It is heated from below by thermal activity and never freezes even in the depths of winter. With diverse flora and fauna Issyk Kul Lake and its surrounding are rightly considered to be one of Central Asia most remarkable locations.

    On the way visit the Burana Tower (11th century) (80 km,1.5hrs) – there you will see the ruins of the Karakhanide city – Balasagun and the balbals (stone warriors), a collection of about VI-XI century. From the top of the tower (25 m high) you can see a beautiful view of this region.

    10:30 Depart from Burana Tower

    11:00 People who are going for White Water Rafting at Boom Gorge (duration about 1.20 hrs) will be dropped and picked-up again in 2 hrs at a point 20kms away.
    (optional extra cost of USD 30)
    They are requested to wear swimwear below their dress before they depart from the hotel in the morning. This way they can easily change into Hydro Suits provided by the company, inside mini vans parked there.
    Helmet and Boots will also be provided by the company.

    11:05 Others will continue for the Red Canyon “Konorchek” for a hiking.

    (As of 22nd April, there are residual snow in some place in the mountains)

    13:30 Packed Indian Lunch en-route in a picnic style

    15:00 On arrival, check-in to the Ak Maral Resort hotel.
    After freshen up and enjoy the facilities of the resort and beauty of Issyk-Kul Lake. Transparent water of the lake, fresh air of mountains and friendly faces of Kyrgyz people.

    20:00 Dinner at local city restaurant

    Overnight at Ak Maral Resort hotel.

    Day 4: 04 MAY 2018, Friday: (Issyk Kul)

    07.00-08.30   : Breakfast at the Hotel (Continental)

    09:00 In the morning after breakfast  we’ll start your day with a visit of Grigoriev Gorge (70km). Enjoying the beauty of the mountain slopes, covered with red poppy and sound of mountain water, here you can also see beautiful Tien-Shan spruce.

    (As of 22nd April, there are residual snow in some place in the mountains)

    There are three beautiful lakes with crystal clear water in the valley. Lower Lake is located at the lower part of the gorge, Middle Lake is at pasture At-Djailoo, and the most beautiful of the three lakes – Upper Lake is located 6 km from the Middle Lake. Horse lovers can ride on horseback (at extra cost), enjoying the beauty of the mountain landscape.

    12:30 After the walk we will leave for the local restaurant in the Bus.

    13:30 Lunch at local restaurant, you can taste the Kyrgyz national cuisine.

    14:30 Continue your day to a place called Petroglyphs where there are ancient pictures on the stones . These petroglyphs were made more than 2,000 years ago by shamans. All these stones are still at the same place as they were at that ancient time. From this place you can see a panoramic view of the whole Issyk Kul Lake. In ancient times people thought that it was the middle of the world.

    15:30pm Continue the tour towards the cultural centre Ruh-Ordo” (Spiritual Place) – the large, attractive, parkland incorporates Buddhist, Christian and Islamic places of worship.

    17:30pm Afterwards we welcome you on boat of the Cruise along Issyk –Kul Lake (45mins)

    20:00 Dinner at local city restaurant

    Overnight at Ak Maral Resort hotel.

    Day 5: 05 MAY 2018, Saturday: (Issyk Kul – Chon Kemin – Bishkek)

    08:00am Breakfast

    09:00am In the morning after breakfast you will enjoy the facilities of the resort and proceed to check out.

    13:00pm Depart the resort and proceed to the restaurant for local Lunch.

    14:00 pm Continue our way to Bishkek via Chon Kemin Gorge.

    The nature in Kemin (150km,2.30hrs) is unique by its own beauty, rich with thermal and mineral springs. We would be glad to welcome you at the land of brave Shabdan Baatyr (Shabdan Hero).

    During the tour one can see rare species of flora and fauna of Central Tien-Shan, learn more about local inhabitant’s culture and take part in many other interesting activities. You can also enjoy a horse riding with experienced instructor (extra cost).

    16:30pm Enjoy National Horse Games Show (1 hr)

    In life of nomads there were lots of holidays and entertainments. National games were closely connected to the nomadic way of life. They improved their qualities and the necessary for their everyday life strength, endurance, horse riding skills. The main national horse games are: Ulak-Tartysh (pulling a goat carcass), Tyiyn Engmei (picking up the coin at a full gallop), Er-Enish or Oodarysh (wrestling on a horse), Kyz-Kuumai (run down the girl).

    There are a lot of interesting national games as chuke, toguz-korgool, arkan-tartmai, tebetei-tepmei, kez-tanmai, ak-chelmok, etc.

    20:30 Local Dinner at traditional Yurt 5 Star Restaurant*, traditional anсient home of Kyrgyz people (Optional at extra cost)
    (on 22nd April 2018, pre-departure meeting, it was decided, all will go for the Yurt Dinner at an extra cost of USD 15 per person)


    20:00 Come back to Bishkek for the evening dinner at Indian restaurant.

    *Yurts are the traditional dwellings of the Kyrgyz people, made of boiled wool, or felt, and tarpaulins strapped on a round frame. Hidden in a small valley and protected from the elements you’ll find Tash Rabat, a beautifully preserved 15th-century caravanserai. You can rent a horse (at extra cost) and take the ride in the great outdoors. Enjoy the hospitality of your local hosts with good Kyrgyz food, mainly mutton, chicken and soupy, with vegetables that are small and flavourful.

    After dinner transfer to Golden Tulip Hotel and check-in to the hotel.

    Overnight at Golden Tulip Hotel

    Day 6: 06 MAY 2018, Sunday:

    05:00 Assemble at the Hotel Lobby

    05:15 Private transfer with your local guide towards Manas International Airport for your very early morning flight to Delhi by Air Manas

    06:15 Assemble at Manas International Airport

    06:30 Check-in at Air Manas counter (ZM 1025)

    08:40 Board the flight for Delhi

    09:20 Flight Take-off

    12:10 Reach Delhi International Airport T3 Terminal.

    Collect Baggage

    01:15 Lunch at the Airport

    15.00 Check-in at Jet Airways counter (9W-845) at the same T3 Terminal

    16:55 Board Jet Airways flight to Chennai

    17:35 Flight Take-off

    (some have flight at 16.10, Check your tickets please)

    20:30 Reach Chennai International Airport (Domestic Terminal)

    End of Tour with Happy Images of the Trip embedded in your mind.



    Climate:  Although Indonesia is hot and humid throughout the year, the official we The climate in Kyrgyzstan is continental with very cold winters and particularly hot summers. There are an average of 247 sunny days a year but being a mountainous region there is snow the year round on the high peaks. During summer, in the mountains, the mornings are generally fine and the afternoons hazy with occasional rain. Once you leave the mountains the temperature becomes much warmer. Kyrgyzstan has relatively little rainfall most of which falls in Bishkek from September to Mid-October. Overall the best time to visit is between May and October.

    Customs and Local Laws : On entry to Kyrgyzstan, each adult is allowed to bring in tax-free a maximum of two litres of alcoholic beverages and 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 100 grams of tobacco.

    There is no restriction on the movement of foreign currencies in and out of the country. On entry or departure, however, you may only carry a maximum of 10,000 USD , the amount which is more than this should be declared.

    Kyrgyzstan has a secular constitution. Most Kyrgyz people are Muslims. You should respect local traditions, customs, laws and religions at all times and be aware of your actions to ensure that they do not offend other cultures or religious beliefs, especially during the holy month of Ramadan or if you intend to visit religious areas.In 2018, the holy month of Ramadan is expected to start on 15 May and finish on 14 June.

    Possession and use of drugs is illegal. If you are found guilty, you could face a lengthy prison sentence in basic conditions.

    Taking photos of anything that could be perceived as being of military or security interest may result in problems with the authorities.

    You must carry your passport, or a notarised copy of it, at all times. The police can arrest you if you do not carry ID.

    Food and drink: The influences of nomadic life flavour Kyrgyz food heavily. Mutton is a staple, as are bread, milk products and noodles. Food can have a Russian twist, particularly in the north, but Bishkek has the global variety expected in a capital. Traditional dishes include besh barmak, meat with noodles, shashlyk, skewered chunks of mutton barbecued over charcoal, and lipioshka, round unleavened bread – all of which can be found sold on the streets in markets. Plov, rice fried with shredded turnip and scraps of mutton, served with bread, is a Central Asian staple and laghman, a noodle soup with mutton and vegetables, was originally imported from Chinese Turkestan. Koumys, fermented mares’ milk, which is slightly alcoholic, tea, beer and vodka are all popular.

    Holidays, festivals and celebrations: Like the country’s cuisine, festivals also reflect the Kyrgyz nomadic lifestyle. The Navroz Spring Festival is an ancient event that celebrates post-winter renewal around the spring equinox. Expect markets, traditional games, music and a lot of fun. The National Horse Festival, held in late July and August, features competitions ranging from straightforward races to wrestling on horseback whilst the Kyrgyz Kochu Festival, marking the annual migration of nomadic herders from summer pastures, has featuring horse racing, folk music, food and drink. Also worth experiencing in August are the Birds of Prey Festival and Independence Day parade.

    Shopping: Bishkek offers interesting shopping options. It is possible to find a range of products around the capital, such as quirguiz’s patterns rugs, ceramic, jewelry and local handcrafted products like the typical felt fabric hat – Kalpak – initially worn by the nomads.

    Handicrafts abound in Kyrgyzstan with a range of embroidered costumes, leather goods, rugs and pottery. In Bishkek, it is also worth visiting the state-run department store, ZUM, a remnant of the Soviet era, and full of postcards and other souvenirs. All cities in Kyrgyzstan have markets and bazaars. Particularly popular are embroidered Kyrgyz felt hats, or kalpak, felt carpets and chess sets with traditional Kyrgyz figures.

    If you want to go shopping in Bishkek, check it out the list that we prepared for you:

    Tumar Art Salon: 

    This beautiful store in the centre of Bishkek is a “must go” for those looking for refined handcraft. It is possible to find bracelets, rings, handcraft clothes, dolls and puppets. The prices can be higher sometimes, but the store is worth the visit.

    36-2, Togoloka Moldo St. / Chui Av.intersection
    Tel.: (+996 312) 21 26 53

    Zum Department Store

    A huge department store, which sells from electronics to souvenirs – on the last floor. The store accepts credit cards and have a good food court.

    Address: 155 Chuy Ave, Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
    Hours: 10 am – 8 pm
    Phone: +996 312 909 279


    One of the best souvenir shops in Bishkek. You can find a lot of handcrafted art, traditional costumes and soviet medal in this shop located in Chui Street.

    128, Chui Av.
    Tel.: (+996 312) 21 24 05
    Asahi Ecological Art and Handicraft

    Located in the centre of Bishkek, this shop offers you a lot of rugs option with very typical quirguiz patterns and embroidery.

    9am-9pm in summer, 9 am-8pm year-round
    136, Chui Prospect
    Tel./fax: (+996 312) 66 57 10

    Bishkek Park

    Kyrgystan is not the ideal country for shopping european fashion, but if you are looking for western shops, Bishkek Park is the place. With a lot of international stores, for example Mango, it’s a good place to refresh you wardrobe.

    10:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

    Address: Kiyevskaya St.,
    148, Bishkek 720000,

    Tel: +996 312 312 012

    Communications: Long-distance telephone calls within Kyrgyzstan are by direct dialing. International direct dialing (IDD) is available throughout the country. For the business traveler facsimile and telex services are available in most hotels and at service outlets.

    GSM SIM Cards: (available on pre-booking with Passport copy)

    Sim Card: “O” is the recommended operator.
    The cost for Sim Card is USD 5, it is including internet package.
    GPRS: 6 GB for day and 6 GB for night usage
    Free Calls within the Group
    20 mins free calls within Kyrgyzstan
    You can call by WhatsApp with this Sim

    Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS) Currency Exchange Rate: 

    INR 1 = KGS 1.04 (approx)

    USD 1 = KGS 68.59 (approx)

    Credit Card, Debit Card and Travel Cards are not accepted at many places.
    Please carry money in US Dollar Bills and can be convert at Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

    Time Difference:  30 minutes ahead of India

    Electricity: 50 Hz at 220 volts (2 Pin European Type Plug C & F)

    Baggage Allowance: 
      Check In Baggage Cabin Baggage
    Jet Airways (Domestic) 15 Kg 7 Kg
    Air Asthana (international) 20 Kg 7 Kg



    Items NOT to be carried in Cabin Baggage in the Flights:

    • Knives of any sharp kind, Types, shape or size
    • Razor Blades
    • Scissors
    • Laser Pointers
    • Hypodermic needles and Syringes
    • Tradesmen’s Tool


    • Shop around for the best money exchange rates.
    • Wear lots of sunscreen when travelling around or swimming.
    • Drink a lot of water.
    • Take care of your belongings at all times. It is better to leave your valuables in your hotel safe and wear your bag across your shoulder.
    • Avoid stepping on ceremonial offerings in the street.
    • Bargain when shopping except on fixed price tagged goods.
    • Make sure that you have personal or travel insurance that will cover any accidents.
    • Please inform Bala if you have any Medical Conditioankn and or Allergic to any medication like Sulfa or any such medicine, to keep in record.
    • Please share your Blood Group for the record.
    • Check-in Baggage weight, not to exceed 15 kgs
    • Cabin Baggage weight, not to exceed 7 kgs
    • Please keep the Power Banks (Phone Chargers) in the Cabin Baggage Only and Not in the Checked-in Luggage.


    • If you are taking photo of any individual, please seek their permission befor taking the photo and respect their answer. In general people like it and they even ask you to take a photo of them.
    • Wear shoes when you go inside a Yurt or a house.
    • Don’t refuse If somebody invites you to eat with them, at least take a piece of something from the plate, so that you don’t insult them.
    • Enter a church or a mosque without covering heads – for Women


    Ms. Irina Maleeva:  +996 772 875 670 



    Extract from Rtn. Krishnan Naganathan’s Guide on Trek Essentials

    Trek Gear is an important element of trekking. Remember that mountain weather is not predictable; a wonderful sunny day can have a thunderstorm in the afternoon. On my first trek, my woodland trek shoe became completely wet on day 1 and the rest of the trek was a nightmare. Here are my recommendations.

    1. Shoes are your top priority. Go and buy a proper trekking shoes. Decathlon has number of shoes that are reasonably priced and are water resistant / water proof.

    If you intend to trek regularly, buy a Rs.5000  shoes; you will never regret the buy or a if it is a one time use, buy in the range of Rs. 2500. There are other brands available as well. But don’t go without proper trek shoes. Plenty of people will advise you to get local gear or use good running shoes. I have seen expensive reebok and nike shoe soles coming off on day 1 of trek. Never walk in a new shoe; break them by walking regularly in them for a few weeks.

    2. Never trek in jeans and cotton wear. Despite the cold, the body sweats and the cotton absorbs the moisture to become wet. Unfortunately, it doesn’t dry fast enough and you will be cold as well as stink. Dry Fit / breathable clothing are cheap and plenty. Once again, Decathlon will provide you such clothing at ridiculously cheap prices. There are plenty of other options as well.

    3. It is a good idea to get full sleeved non-cotton T shirts; they prevent sun burns as well as better protection from cold.

    4. Get a proper backpack with a rain cover.

    5. Depending on the trek and season you may need trekking poles, gaiters and crampons.

    Here is a checklist for you.

    1. A small day pack to carry water bottle, snacks, a sweater, poncho etc

    2. A back pack

    3. A sweater

    4. A jacket (preferably wind proof, breathable)

    5. Non cotton T shirts (full sleeves will prevent sun burn)

    6. Quick dry pants

    7. Socks and adequate inner wear

    8. Thermals (based on your need)

    9. Comfort wear for use in camp

    10. Proper trekking shoes & one flip flop / sandal for camp use

    11. Hats and sunglasses

    12. Beanie / muffler

    13. Gloves

    14. Poncho or rain jacket + rain pants

    15. Torch

    16. Tissues

    17. Lip balm, UV protection cream (50 spf+) & cold cream

    18. Personal toiletries

    19. Personal medicines