FAQ

Fixed Departures

  1. What are Fixed Departures?

    They are listed departures that we organize on a fixed date and with a fixed number of seats.
  2. What are the minimum and maximum seats required for a Synapses Adventures Fixed Departure to operate?

    Maximum – 15 pax
    Minimum – 4 pax
  3. What are the advantages of a fixed departure?

    1. A fixed departure helps you plan well in advance, in terms of applying for a leave at the office or for even preparing yourself physically for any demanding events.

    2. Many a times, it so happens that friends / family are unable to accompany you because of prior commitments. A fixed departure allows you to travel individually, yet be part of a larger group.

    3. The most obvious plus side of a fixed departure is because of the group size, the cost of the overall program works out fairly easy on the pocket.
  4. Any other notes on fixed departures?

    Yes. Plan well in advance, for the seats are also limited. Should the be seats are taken; you then miss out on a great opportunity.

High Altitude

High altitude terrain starts above the height of 9,000ft. Typical features are a receding tree line (which eventually disappears), extensive presence of moraine and snow and a progressively thinning air cover. With a rarified air cover in the atmosphere, associated with High Altitude are various levels of altitude sickness that one encounters. To overcome the same listed are a few pointers -

  1. Drink lots of water (minimum 3 litres a day)
    You may not feel dehydrated, but with the dry atmosphere prevalent in high altitude, the loss of moisture from your body is hardly noticeable. Common symptoms of dehydration are dry lips, a dry tongue and the urine changing color from light yellow to dark yellow. Should you notice any of these, grab the nearest bottle of water and drink!
  2. Avoid Alcohol and Cigarettes
    A common thought is that drinking a few pegs of rum (or any alcohol) will help you ease in to the night and sleep comfortably. WRONG! Alcohol dehydrates you. Ever thought why after a night of heavy drinking, do you wake up with a headache, a hangover? It is because your body has lost it’s moisture content and the salt balance. You may not indulge in heavy drinking in high altitude, but the effects are the same. Drinking alcohol will dehydrate you and eventually give you a headache. So what about the sleep? It won’t last beyond 2-3hrs. After that you will find yourself tossing and turning around in the bed. Instead, before you sleep, have a glass of water. And of course, in an atmosphere with thin air, you really want to make sure your body gets as much oxygen as possible, so choose well between smoke and fresh air.
  3. Take ample rest
    Don’t rush, don’t run, breathe comfortably. One of the best ways to acclimatize yourself is to take as much rest as you can and ease yourself slowly and steadily in to the high altitude environment.

Bring Along - General

  1. Hat / Cap 01 nos.
  2. Woolen cap / Balaclava 01 nos.
  3. Warm Scarf 01 nos.
  4. Pair of Woolen Gloves
  5. Round neck T-shirt, min 03 nos.
  6. Fleece Sweatshirt / Sweater min 01 nos.
  7. Windproof Jacket 01 nos.
  8. Leggings from a Track-suit, min 01pair
  9. Shorts min 01 pair
  10. Pair of sturdy sports shoes with rubber sole
  11. Cotton Socks, min 03 pairs
  12. Woolen Socks, min 02 pairs
  13. Thermal Inners, Lower & Upper, min 01 pair
  14. Raincoat / Poncho 01 nos.
  15. Hand / Face Towel min 01 nos.
  16. Full Body Towel min 01 nos.
  17. Torch with spare batteries, 01 set
  18. Umbrella 01 nos.
  19. Sunscreen lotion, min 30 SPF
  20. A pair of eye shades
  21. Medicines as specified by doctor
  22. Toiletries
  23. Extra Pair of shoe laces
  24. A duffel bag / suitcase
  25. A small day pack

Please Note:
# It is very important that you line the inside of your duffel bags with a big polythene sheet. Doing so will ensure, that in in the event of rain, even though your bag may get wet, your clothes will still remain dry! Your bags will be loaded on the vehicle’s roof while traveling by road.

# Batteries in High Altitude and cold weather drain out rather fast. Carry enough spares for your cameras.

Bring Along - Rafting

  1. Cap/ Hat/Balaclava(winters)
  2. Eye wear that protects against UV rays.
  3. T-Shirts Cotton/Dry Fits
  4. Shorts Cotton/Dry Fits & a pair of long leggings/tracks/pajamas
  5. Rafting Sandals (commonly known as “Floaters”)
  6. A pair of sneakers/sports shoes
  7. A wind cheater (winters)
  8. A jacket/woolen sweater (winters)
  9. A pair of thermal inners (winters)
  10. Sun screen lotion with a good SPF strength (20-25)
  11. Any special medication that you are on
  12. Toiletries
  13. A Torch with extra batteries
  14. All of the above goes into an overnight bag ( a 30-40lts back pack)
Dress Code for Rafting:

Shorts, T-shirts, Floaters. A cap over this gear is optional.

Dress Code during the day at the camp:

Shorts, T-shirts, Floaters and a Cap

Dress Code for the evening

Payjamas/leggings with a T-shirt and a jacket or sweater for the winters. Footwear could be floaters or shoes.