THINGS TO DO/GET BEFORE LEAVING!
Apply for Visa to Indian Consulate at least 6
weeks prior to trip (see www.indiaconsulate.com
Get travelers checks
Buy travel insurance (recommended: Travelex Travel
Plus Plan. Customer Service #1-800-228-9792. Be sure insurance includes
emergency evacuation. I recommend including trip cancellation, interruption,
delay or missed connection, itinerary change, emergency medical benefits/evacuation
AND repatriation, baggage, baggage delay, common carrier AD &
D, 24 Hour A D & D and Travel Assistance).
Vaccinations and medications
Plane ticket – try to buy at least 2-3 months
in advance to get cheapest available tickets during summer high fly
season. I used Air Consolidators (recommended by Payson Stevens who
travels frequently to India and now lives there). Andy Bhat, Air Consolidators,
5150 Candlewood Street, Suite 21-C, Lakewood, CA 90712. Phone number
Make a copy of passport and pack separately from
actual passport in case you lose passport
For your consideration: depressing but a good
idea to have done – make a Living Will which states that you
do or do not want to be kept alive in case something happens to you
by extraordinary means if you are not brain functioning. Also along
these lines – consider creating a Durable Power of Attorney
for similar reasons. (I am attaching copies of such documents as examples).
Most importantly as well – be sure to be
in excellent physical condition for the trek. This includes (in my
opinion) – doing as much hiking as possible before the trek,
getting or staying in good cardiovascular condition and lifting weights.
It is also helpful to remain flexible and practice something like
yoga or other stretching exercises to prevent injury.