Is it safe to trek in India during COVID?

Trekking is allowed in India and some guidelines have been announced for the trekkers

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Trekking in Ladakh, India (image source: wikimedia commons)

The Indian Mountaineering Foundation has announced some guidelines for all travelers who wish to trek or climb the Himalayas in India.

Most popular states which receive most of the trekking crowd are Himachal Pradesh, Sikkim, and Uttarakhand. These states are slowly opening up to all sorts of travel options for the incoming domestic tourists.

During this unlocking phase, the IMF (Indian Mountaineering Foundation) has issued some guidelines which will help the trekkers. Along with the COVID negative certification, a minimum hotel booking of 7 days is mandatory for Uttarakhand, and a minimum of 5-day stay is mandatory in Himachal Pradesh.

Some hotels have also started providing day-long treks for the guests so they can return back in the evening. The IMF has emphasized on maintaining social distancing while trekking and the hygiene and adhering to the local law. Also, considering the interests of local villages are also expected from the trekkers. It is advised not the enter any village without prior permission from the village head.

The complete list of safety guidelines has been published by the Indian Mountaineering Foundation on their website ( 

Some of the basic trekking guidelines are as follows:

  1. Preparation: It is recommended that trekkers should choose a less difficult route in order to avoid accidents. Since medical help during this time could be difficult and risky.


  1. Inform Yourself: Stay up to date with the news regarding restrictions and curfew measures.


  1. Group Size: It is recommended to travel in small groups. The minimum large group size would be around 15 people.


  1. Fitness: Trekkers are expected to have some physical fitness to sustain the journey. Also, trekkers above 50 should consult their doctor before taking the trip.


  1. Sustenance: It is recommended to carry food, medicine, water, toiletries, and camping equipment. It is advised to keep eating at Dhabas and restaurants at a minimum.


  1. Camping: Not sharing a tent with a lot of people is recommended. And a small toilet tent shared by too many people might also increase the risk of COVID transmission.


These were some of the guidelines for the trekkers planning to visit the mountains within India. The website of the Indian Mountaineering Foundation will update the rules frequently. 


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