Trekking trips are spread over multiple days and involve overnight stays at camp. Hiking on the other hand is just a affair. You could walk for as long as 6-8 hours in a day but if your trip is completed the same day, then it’s considered a hike. Both trekking and hiking can be enjoyed by first-timers and don’t require any special skills or training.

It depends on the type of trip you want to take. On many short and easy treks an open mind and a love of new places is more important than high level of physical fitness. Many easy itineraries usually do not require much physical effort and can be undertaken by almost anyone. That said a basic physical fitness and a strong mindset are required most of the treks even if they are classified as easy. As the difficulty level of the trek increases the need for a better fitness, strong willpower and positive attitude increases. The need to stay physically strong and fit lies in the aim to keep you going on your feet most of the day, with your luggage on the shoulder, for several days. You are likely to enjoy your trip much more if you train yourself ahead of travel. Depending on how well you prepare yourself, your trip can be a vacation or a challenge.

To travel independently in an open group adventure the minimum age required is 18 years. When accompanied by adults in private groups/family trips the minimum age for camping is 8years while that for rafting is 14 years. Some of our trek routes are open to children aged 12. There is no upper age limit on our trips, however guests over 65 years of age may be required to supply additional medical information for some of our trips.

Each Rewild itinerary has been carefully graded for the ease of selecting the adventure or taking the trek that suits your interest or physical fitness level. We suggest you familiarise yourself with the physical requirements of your trip before deciding on a trek. Treks are graded based on their difficulty level from easy to moderate, difficult and strenuous/challenging. The challenge increases technically and geographically as you move higher up on the grades:

There is a grading system that classifies the difficulty of trekking trails. There are four categories: Easy, moderate, difficult and strenuous-. The challenge both technicality and geographically increases as you move higher through the scale. Easy trekking could be suitable for all people while strenuous and difficult treks are meant only for those who have previous experience. The reason we have categories is to help our client’s choose a trek or climb in the Himalaya that is suitable for their level.

Easy: Meant for fit beginners who are not looking for a difficult physical challenge. These treks usually vary from 2-5 days and take you to an altitude of 2000m- 3000m. These treks are usually on well marked even paths and trails. They typically involve walking up to 5 hours a day. 

Moderate: Suitable for trekkers with a good fitness level who are looking for something more challenging than a simple hike. These trips usually take you to a maximum elevation of about 4200m. Trekking would vary from a week to 10 days in the mountain areas walking for upto 6 hours each day with steep climbs or descents. 

Difficult: Difficult level treks are recommended for trekkers with previous experience on easy and moderate trails. These treks require high fitness levels basic knowledge of trekking systems on remote. Difficult treks include walking through uneven trails for 7-8 hours each day and crossing high passes. Some of the difficult treks include camping at an altitude of 5200m where the air gets thin and night temperatures could be negative. Weather is also unpredictable with chances of snow/ rain at anytime. On these you may also experience trekking on snow/ice and glacier/crevasse crossings. Proper acclimatization is required on such treks as there are chances of altitude sickness. 

Challenging: High passes, peaks above 5500m-6200m with rough terrains are considered challenging. These treks are on isolated and remote routes with certain technical sections which may require technical equipments. These are expeditions on real sense with very basic facilities where high level of fitness combined with previous experience and climbing skills is required.

At lower elevations up to 3000m daytime weather is usually more stable and warmer from end of March to June and from end of September to November. Evenings and nights, however, are generally cooler and might require a warm layer. Elevations above 3000m are colder and you would need to pack winter clothes.  At 5000m you can expect temperatures to be around 10-15°C during days and 0° to -15°C at nights. 

Weather in the mountains is difficult to predict especially during monsoons and winters (July, August and December- February). If you are trekking in these months it is important to keep yourself warm and dry in just about any conditions. Due to unpredictable weather conditions in these months there are also chances of change in the itinerary or route during the trip keeping in mind the safety of guests.

Positive and Flexible attitude and Energy- lots of it!! Besides, your Rucksack/backpack while on a trip to the Himalayas would essentially contain the following.

  • Personal clothing (based on the day and night temperature on the trek)
  • Windproof/Waterproof/Rain gear
  • Sleeping Bag- If you have one, bring your own. Else we provide sleeping bags at a nominal cost.
  • Trekking boots that have been used a few times
  • Sun glasses (avoid blue tinted glasses as they do not fully protect against UV radiation)
  • Accessories (personal toiletries, sunscreen etc.) 
  • First-Aid/medicine kit
  • Dry instant edible food items to sustain a day in emergency conditions.
  • Bottle of water that can be refilled on the way

Keep it minimal and try to avoid unnecessary toiletries. Pack light that you are comfortable during trek. Rain/Snowfall is common and varies from one trek to another in different seasons. Always make sure to wrap your clothing/non waterproof stuff inside waterproof poly bag (polythene/plastic packet) while packing in your backpack. Use additional waterproofing even if you have a rain cover for your backpack.

You are expected to carry your personal rucksack/backpack. Camp equipments such ration, tents etc. are carried by mules / porters. If packed wisely, your personal rucksack should not weigh more than 10-12 kg. In case you are not able/willing to carry your personal luggage we can arrange mules/porters to carry that too for additional charges. However you would still need to carry a small backpack to carry water, dry food, rain poncho / water-wind proof jackets etc while hiking.

On backpacking/ alpine trips the trekkers carry everything from tents to stove. But that is recommended for experienced and very fit trekkers only.

Minimum 4 and maximum 12. Our small and close-knit groups offer a great sense of camaraderie which helps in smooth transition and ensures coordination and punctuality essential for the success of any trip. A small group size also gives the opportunity of building strong bonds with known/ unknown teammates that mostly become great friends. 

It depends up on the physical fitness and interest of the guest. Normally we trek about 5 to 7 hours per day or walk 9 km to 14 km per day depending on the altitude gain and condition of the way.

Yes we do hike in the rain, snow, wind and any other weather conditions that add adventure to the trip. Rain-jackets/ponchos etc. protect you from rain and snow. However, if the weather is unsafe during the trip, for any reasons, the itinerary/ trek route is changed keeping safety of the group in mind. If the weather changes before the trip starts we would  change/postpone the trip and you will be notified.

Our rafting trips run in all weather conditions, though cancelled in case of high water level in the river.

Accommodation can be in a hotel/homestay/lodge/guesthouse/tents etc, depending on the location of the stay overnight. Wherever possible we try to provide accommodation in homestays and lodges to provide livelihood to the locals. It also helps you feel the life in mountains and know about the villagers in close proximity. On remote trekking trips overnight stay happens in camps. We provide all camping gear and equipment like all season tents (on twin share basis), and sleeping mattresses. Separate tents for kitchen, dining and toilets are provided wherever possible. The planned accommodation for your trip can be found on the trip page on our website.

There are concrete washrooms available on some of the accommodations/stay options during treks. On most of the remote trails nature’s call has to be answered in the open. Wherever possible we provide separate toilet tents for ladies and gents on the campsites. Usually a cat hole needs to be dug in the ground to be covered after the job is done.

We serve nutritious and simple yet plentiful vegetarian meals with occasional eggs for breakfast, lunch & dinner. The meals served are simple and nutritious to keep you fit and healthy on your trek. Our accompanying cooks prepare fresh, hearty meals at the campsite which is served hot at the campsite or packed depending on how long you trek for the day. 

Tea-coffee/snacks/soup will be provided in between the proper meals. On our more remote adventures, you may need to get more involved in the camp set up and food preparation as part of the team

Yes, you will get safe drinking water at all the campsites, collected from a nearby stream or source. Normally these sources are well known and free of any contamination. We DO NOT carry any bottled/packaged water on treks with us.

Boiled water can be served at campsites wherever possible. You are advised to carry adequate water along with you during the trek. Don’t forget to ask your guide about the option of refilling your bottle during the walk. For additional precaution you may bring water purification tablets/portable pouch etc, though not really required.

River rafting has different grades of difficulty, so you can choose a trip based on your level of experience and interest.

  • Easy: An average level of fitness required. You may have to paddle for 2-3 hours daily through class I-II rapids.
  • Moderate: Includes more demanding river rafting trips with Class III-IV rapids. Your lodging and camping accommodations may be primitive and in remote locations.
  • Demanding: Includes more demanding rafting trips with 5-6 hours paddling a through Class IV+ rapids
  • Challenging: Extreme fitness and previous experience and understanding of river running is required. Involves 5-7 hours paddling a day with Class IV-V rapids

There is an inherent element of risk in every outdoor adventure. That said paddling down the waves of a river with our professional guides under our stringent safety procedures should not be considered dangerous. Trained rafting instructors accompany you on every trip and they brief you about the instructions to be followed and safety protocol on the trip. Carefully follow the instructions as given by your rafting instructor for a safe and fun ride down the river. Every rafting trip is accompanied by safety kayaks with professional guides. Our guides and instructors are thoroughly trained in First Aid and CPR to deal with any medical situations. 

On most of the trips anyone above the age of 14 who has a reasonably good health and has no major physical disabilities can go. Children, however need to be accompanied by adults. On certain trips with challenging rapids children are not allowed. Physically fit senior citizens too can enjoy river rafting though we cannot take more than 60 year old on any river stretch as per Govt rafting rules. If it’s their first time rafting, then a Grade II or II+ trip may be a good way of easing into things after which they can progress to the higher grade trips.

An adventurous attitude along with sunscreen! Besides, wear quick drying shorts/board shorts, swimsuits on a rafting trip. Avoid cotton clothes in the river if possible; cotton WILL NOT keep you warm when it is wet and it would take a lot of time drying up. On cold days a polypro or thermal undergarments would help you to stay warm. We provide full body wet suits, splash gear and neoprene booties wherever required for trips. For multi-day trips, we would send you a full packing list after registration.

Dry clothes and a towel will be required after the trip for your ride home. Please do NOT bring anything that you do not want to get wet or to lose in the river.

Keeping up with standard safety guidelines we discourage cameras or any video recording devices on the raft. We carry waterproof cameras to capture some of the memorable moments of you and your companions from your trip. These photographs can be collected at the end of the trip for an added fee. 

Prior rafting experience is not required. The majority of people who join our expeditions are first time rafters. You will receive a detailed safety talk before getting on the river, and it will cover every aspect of your river adventure. Once trained, an oar or paddle crew can work in harmony with their guide to maneuver a raft in the most challenging rapids. It’s only natural for you to be apprehensive about running rivers, however our staff is specially trained to address your concerns and prepare you for an experience you will never forget.

Yes anybody who doesn’t swim can go rafting. All rafters are required to wear life jackets that keep them afloat even if they find themselves in the water. Your rafting instructors give you a detailed brief about safety guidelines and what to do in case of a capsize at the begining of each trip. Rafts are accompanied by safety kayaks to ensure your safety on the water.

All our rafting instructors and kayakers are professionally trained and seasoned. They are fully trained and IRF (International Rafting Federation) certified for Rescue 3 courses. They are also trained and equipped to give CPR and First Aid in case of medical emergencies. Our instructors have in-depth knowledge of the wilderness and are trained in conservation, camp cooking. 

Our trip leaders are certified and trained to deal with medical emergencies during the trip. They will provide every possible help and will try to pull you out of the situation as quickly as possible. If there is need to send trekker back then for their safety a helper will go along. The health conditions can be minor and major and the trip leader decides on rest/ hault or return/descend the concerned trekker based on the severity of their health condition.

If you are compelled to drop out of the journey due to illness or injury, our local offices will inform someone from your home about your condition and will arrange your medical care and onward journey.

After your payment is completed and your booking is confirmed, if you cancel your booking 45 or more days before the departure, you will get a 50% refund.  If your trip is departing in less than 45 days, the amount is non-refundable. So we highly recommend taking an all-inclusive insurance policy, so you know your investment is secure! For further information regarding cancellation and refund, please refer to our terms and conditions.

  • In the event of cancellation of any trek/adventure activity due to any reasons, it is compulsory to notify us in writing. Cancellation charges will only be effective from the date we receive your request in writing.
  • If the trek is cancelled by us due to any reason (heavy snowfall, rainfall, natural disaster etc.) then the refund would not be initiated but you can go on the same trek another year.
  • The cancellation charges are as follows –(No bank charges deducted will be Refundable)Up to 30 Days – 90% cost is Refundable

Between 21 to 30 Days – 50% cost is Refundable

Less than 20 Days – No Refund