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When there are risks, good management always work

Last few weeks had been really hard for mountain lovers, be it Everest mishaps or Buran and Rupin pass accidents. The weather played an important role proving that we cannot ever rule the mountain world. High altitude trekking is a mini trailer of the scary mountain world. One gets to enjoy the mind-blowing beauty of the Himalayas and experience raw life. But, that does not mean, the danger of the snowy slopes are not there. Of course, in the trailer also there are minor yet frightful versions of some dangers. And that is what even trekking makes it thrilling!

Buran Ghati and Rupin pass had been in the news for its unsafe conditions even before it was opened for the season. Unlike every other speculation, we proved this wrong by giving back to back successful batches. We do not say the harsh whether causing so many accidents and 2 deaths did not affect us. It did, yet we managed to keep all our trekkers safe by simply following some rules. They are,

While hiking, the pace of all the trekkers is never the same. 3 members at service make it easy to manage the different walking pace. Basically, we have a big happy family to solve the problems.

Apart from that, we carry Oximeter to check Oxygen levels and pulse rate of the trekkers. We also carry an oxygen cylinder in case of emergency situations. We strictly follow the rule of oxygen, If it falls for anyone we immediately take that trekker down.

We used this immense knowledge of our local guides for Gomukh Tapovan trek which was recently flooded with rock fall. The rockfall was due to animals roaming at the top. With prior information, we took immediate actions like sending someone ahead to watch out the rock fall, finding out the time when the animals are active etc. All these prevented our team and trekkers from being injured.

We are not boasting ourselves nor are we trying to say everybody must choose us. Our point is, mountains are unpredictable but good management makes it predictable to a limit. With good knowledge, skills, experience and communication the dangers can be avoided. We should take calculated risks. Surprisingly, in the same weather conditions where many faced problems, we overcame them. Most importantly, we kept our trekkers safe. We are sure our trekkers have a huge memory of coming out of the bad weather conditions victoriously.

Having said that, some points to remember before you venture out on any trek.

  1. Choose your organisation wisely. Money really does not matter. You may save a few thousand in trek cost, but can that save your life? Also, do not invest in cheap and poor quality gear.
  2. Study about high altitude trekking. In case of bad weather, ask your trek coordinator or trek leaders about the precautions
  3. Be mentally prepared that the summit is not everything. Remember, coming home is mandatory
  4. Be physically prepared. Try to achieve the best out of your body to enjoy the trek to the fullest.
  5. Obey your Trek Leaders. Whether it is going back or moving ahead, whatever the Trek Leaders decide is for your safety, so obey them.

Written BY
Nutan Shinde
TTH Offical Content Writer