- Please carry a valid passport (Indians can carry a valid government photo ID card such as Voter ID, Driving License, Passport, Pan Card, etc.) as it may be required while traveling or at the hotel.
- Smoking and/or drinking alcoholic beverages is strictly prohibited for the entire duration of the program.
How to Prepare Yourself
The journey involves trekking at an altitude of 13,000 feet, over distances of up to 17 kilometers at a stretch. To make the most of Himalayan sacred walks, we strongly recommend that you start an exercise regime at least a month prior to the trip which includes:
- Daily brisk walking or jogging for 5 km.
- Isha meditators are advised to do their daily practices.
- Physical and mental fitness is required, since at times participants may face difficulties due to limited facilities and extreme weather conditions. Horses are available for hire during the trek to Kedarnath and can serve as a welcome assistant either for carrying baggage or an extremely weary participant. Helicopter services to Kedarnath are available subject to weather conditions; interested participants can make use of this service.
As we will be traveling by bus, it is advisable to pack as light as possible. A trekking bag with waterproof cover is needed for the treks and also to carry the daily requirements and frequently used items inside the bus. Due to space restraints, all other items must be packed in one suitcase or bag. Sometimes it is necessary to keep luggage on the bus roof as well; therefore it is advised to bring luggage that is rainproof and durable.
We advise you to pack the following items
- Regular clothing (please avoid saris /dhotis) – 6 sets
- T-shirts / sweatshirts and pants – 2 each
- Fleece / Down Jacket
- Rain-proof jacket with hood
- Rain-proof pant
- Thermal inner wear – 2 pairs
- Woolen cap and scarf – 1 each
- Woolen gloves – 1 pair
- Woolen socks – 2 pairs
- Cotton socks – 2 pairs
- Wide rim hat
- Water-proof trekking shoes with a good tread /grip– 1 pair (available at Decathlon stores in all major cities in India)
- Camera (optional). Please note that Professional video cameras are not permitted
Other essential items
- Personal clothing
- Small flask for hot beverages
- Sunscreen lotion (50 SPF or more)
- Regular prescribed medicines
- Toilet paper
- Water bottle
- Hand sanitizer
- Powerful flashlight (with extra batteries)
- General footwear
- It is important to carry a personal medical kit with electrolyte packs, painkillers, muscle relaxant cream, band-aids, knee-cap, medicines for fever, common cold, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, indigestion, and any other medication necessary.
BSNL cell phones work fairly well in the Himalayan region.
Temperature and Weather Conditions
Weather conditions from May to September can be expected to be dry and sunny, with precipitation in July and August. Daytime temperatures can be as high as 20 to 25 degrees centigrade. Night-time temperatures can drop as low as 0 to -5° Celsius.
Isha offers this program not as a tour, but as a possibility for deep spiritual transformation. Imbibing the overwhelming power, energy and grace of the Himalayas opens one up to higher dimensions of life, more so when the guidance of a realized master illuminates every step.