What to expect on a camping trip
What to expect on a camping trek
When the areas you are trekking or touring lack proper lodging facilities then we provide them by carrying it all with us and providing a fully servced tented camp facility. The equipments include generally four different types of tents. One kitchen tent, a dining tent, toilet tents and member tents. The tents you will have as your quarters are 3 man dome tents used for twin sharing and so you have a reasonable amount of space for you and your kit!
A troop of staff accompanies the team – porters to carry the equipments, four kitchen staff including the cook to carry the kitchen equipments and produce the food, assistant guides to assist trekkers on trail and pitch tents and pack camp, a sirdar in charge of all the logistics and finally a trip leader to ensure the wellbeing of the members and make sure that everything runs smoothly.
Day begins with wake up tea in bed, a member of the kitchen team will come around with a pot of tea and mugs. How civilised!
This is shortly followed by a bowl of washing water.
Breakfast is ready and served an hour after being woken up by which time members should have packed the bags and the assistant guides will have started packing up camp.
Soon after breakfast the trek of the day begins. The kitchen crew pack up and run ahead to prepare lunch en-route. About four hours later we break for lunch which is usually a hot picnic. On occasions especially long days when going over high passes the kitchen will prepare pack lunches for the members to carry with them.
The afternoon leg of trek is usually shorter, two to three hours, and when we arrive at camp afternoon tea and biscuits should be waiting. Served outside to enjoy the surroundings or in the dining tent depending on conditions. In the meantime the assistant guides pitch the member’s tents for the night.
Dinner is usually around seven in the evening. The dining tent is lit by kerosene lamps or candles. Candle light dinner! How romantic!
Toilet tent is pitched a little way from the camp and washing water in a tapped bucked is placed outside the dining tent.
Tea or coffee is brought to the tents as wake up drinks.
Breakfast consist of cereals (porridge, muesli, cornflakes) or rice pudding to begin with. Then is followed by bread, chapatti, Tibetan bread or pancake with eggs (fried, poach, omelette or boiled). Jam, honey, and tea, coffee or hot chocolate to complement the breakfast table.
Lunch: Depending on the day lunch will be hot (whereby the staff run ahead and prepare) or if a long day you carry packed lunch prepared by the kitchen.
Hot lunch is usually light: Juice on arrival at site, then fried rice, Sautéed potatos, macaroni, or fried noodles, with luncheon meat or tuna, salad ….. and cheese, followed by black tea.
Packed lunch will normally consist – Bread or sandwich, slice of cheese, boiled egg, biscuits, chocolate bar and fruit juice.
In Tibet and Ladakh it is normally packed lunch every day,
Afternoon tea, coffee or hot chocolate with biscuits.
Dinner is usually three course. To begin with you are served soup of the day with papadum, prawn crackers or popcorns. Then the main course will follow. This will be different each day. One of these meals could be Dhal Bhat set (Nepali set), pizza, momo, pasta, fried noodles, fried rice, egg and chips…….. with boiled or sautéed vegetables & sauce. This then is followed by fruits, custard, jelly or even resourcefully prepared cakes with tea, coffee or hot chocolate.
On climbing expeditions, on high camps dinner could just be simple one course with canned fruits or dehydrated food packs which are prepared on a gas stove.
Equipments, food and member baggage make up a lot of loads to be lugging around and depending on where you are someone or something different is employed to do it!
In Nepal we normally employ porters and wherever available animals such as yaks (Everest) and mules (Annapurna) or Horses (Mustang) are used. However, if the trip involves high passes and icy terrain, then porters are exclusively employed as these terrains are impassable for all animals.
In Ladakh we use mainly horse, mules or donkeys or even jeeps (on Sham Trek) where they accessable for this purpose.
Trucks are used in Tibet when cycling the Friendship Highway or yaks maybe used on remote treks.
And in Bhutan yaks are used throughout the country for all treks.