Menstruation Cycle and Trekking

There is lot of wrong information about woman trekking in menstruation cycles. I am of the view that everyone is different and periods can be a serious factor, can become life threatening too.
I will divide my point of view in low level – easy trekking and high altitude -moderate to tough level of trekking.
Most important factor which effects female body while trekking is Hemoglobin and bleeding time. Hb [ Hemoglobin ] is vital component which provides iron to all vital organs of body and BT which is known as bleeding time is time when a cut / bleeding stops. If a woman trekkers has low Hb , she is very much prone to get trouble in periods- and main symptom is nausea, weakness, vomiting which in extreme cases, may cause trekker to collapse.
Low Hb can be due to many reasons, mal nutrition, radiation / chemotherapy, medicine induced, genetic issues are common reasons – and if proper treatment is avoided, strenuous exercise of trekking may cause severe pressure on vital organs of body. Bleeding time which can be effected by being diabetic, blood thinner medicines, alcohol can be deadly as bleeding once started takes too long to stop or don’t stop. This nonstop flow can be fatal in remote regions of Himalayas.
Now, we can well imagine what would happen to a female trekker who is in high altitudes. Rigorous exercise may prove fatal and in absence of correct diagnose and treatment – too much loss of blood can happen.
Everyone is different. Get your blood tests done and do meet your Gynecologist before you set foot out. If you are fine with your pathological reports, you are good to go.
There is one more serious condition which most urban woman suffer from, Pelvic Swellings. There could be many normal or serious complications one may have but most prominent factors are : ‎Endometriosis – ‎Ectopic Pregnancy – ‎Pelvic Inflammatory Disease – ‎Ovarian Cyst.
Gynecological analysis and understanding is very much important and selection of trek should be according to fitness and experience. Please keep in mind that Himalayas do not have rescue and medical services as developed countries have – thus a negligence or ignorance can be life threatening out there.
And if one lands up into circumstances where you yourself or any fellow trekkers suffers from weakness, bleeding or pelvic pain, evacuation and bringing the trekker to lower elevation is thumb rule.

Heavy rains lash Chandigarh, surrounding areas of Punjab and Haryana

Intermittent spells of moderate to heavy rain Saturday morning, accompanied by strong winds and thunder, brought welcome relief from summer heat to Chandigarh and its surrounding areas.

Heavy rains lashed Chandigarh and various parts of Punjab and Haryana Saturday morning, bringing down the mercury in this region.

Chandigarh recorded a minimum temperature of 22.2 degrees Celsius Saturday morning, which was five notches below normal. Besides, this centrally administered city recorded a rainfall of 36.2 mm in the last 24 hours.

‘We had light rainfall in various parts of this region Friday night and heavy showers this morning. This trend is going on for the last couple of days. Whenever mercury starts soaring, we have rainfall to bring it down. This is due to the movement of western disturbances over this region,’ a met official told IANS here.

‘We are expecting similar conditions to continue for the next four-five days. Though this is not unusual, the frequency of showers has increased in June this time. We are expecting the actual monsoon to arrive in this part of the country by the end of this month,’ he added.

Punjab’s Amritsar city recorded a minimum temperature of 23.4 degrees Celsius Saturday morning while Patiala (12.6 mm rainfall) and Ludhiana (27.6 mm rainfall) settled at a low of 23.3 and 21.7 degrees Celsius, respectively.

In Haryana, Ambala received heavy rainfall of 63.5 mm and recorded a minimum temperature of 22.8 degrees Celsius. On the other hand, Hisar recorded a minimum temperature of 27.1 degrees Celsius.

Heavy rains, broken roads, floods, landslides in North India

Certainly not a good time to be up there. Mountain states are going through rough patch of time where heavy rains have washed away bridges, created swelling in rivers- thus floods in lower areas.

Deaths and destruction is for those who got trapped and ater is running fast towards DELHI.

NOT a good time for trekking, climbing in Himalayas.

Weather in Himalayas and of plains of North India [ April 2010 ]

Plains of North India are burning. With Temp. rising above 40 Degree celcius- this is going to be long and tough summer for India. Even mountains are HOT as Shimla is undergoing HOT SUMMER and there is no feeling like a mountain retreat up there. Collers/ AC’s and FANS are IN and gone are the days when people used to visit SHIMLA for some coll air. Same way, there is no respite from heat upto MANDI and only after crossing MANDI- you feel little cool air coming inside. MET dept. is confused as British and Japanese have different views about monsoon predictions- based on EL NINO. CONCLUSION: Best time for trekking, climbing, camping

Malana- Kully Valley in Himachal Pradesh

* Do not touch people, some rocks & stones in this village. They are sacred and heavy fine from village head have to be paid instantly.

BACKGROUND: Situated in Kullu Distt. of Himachal Pradesh. Malana is famous for its unique history. Tribal people here find their roots with Alexandria. It is widely believed that people of Malana are direct descendant of Greeks,which visited India during one of their campaigns under Alexander the Great. The very features, language, religion and socioeconomic structure resembles with ancient Greek civilization. This is quite true that they manage their own judicial, social and religious lives- which is unique in its own way-and that’s major attraction for people to visit and witness a life style where certain stones are also sacred and in case someone touches them-have to be heavily fined. Malana is unique village where a tourist is told very clearly about his limits and its penelty.One can not touch certain stones and neither touching the residents is accepted.Accidents do happen and they draw very heavy penalty from trekkers/tourists. Although Indian Govt. knew very well about activities and drug culture going on,but strangely there have been no steps taken till date. Hence Malana is still considered one of the great mines of “high quality ” of Charas.And many locals have become millionaires within couple of years.

PHASE1 One can reach Bhuntar by air also,otherwise it is well connected by road and heavy traffic of buses and taxis is there to accommodate every one.Bhuntar is situated on Kullu-Manali highway.From Bhuntar one has to turn for Manikaran which is a religious place for Sikhs. Kasol is just on way to Manikaran,just a 45 min. drive from Bhuntar.One can smell the very air filled with western music and small eating joints serving different different dishes.I have seen many “Hippies” spending good time here,before starting climbing for Rashol.

PHASE2 Trek is very easy in first leg and well defined.One encounters many people from different countries ,enroute.So ,no confusion.Rashol is bit higher and last leg of the day may leave you bit tired.There are now well equipped eating joints which are also offering night stays,for very nominal prices.

PHASE3 Start early and within three Hrs., Malana shows its beautiful fields. Now they do not cultivate “smoking stuff” this side of the trek (Media attention) There is INSTRUCTION BOARD Rt. at enterence…study it very carefully. No police is going to come for your help in any case.They make and rule their own laws.This is Malana. Inquire before photography..there are certain stones/rocks/temples which are not allowed to be photographed.You can eat at many eating joints and boarding is also provided by them.Have a nice time.

NOTE: Our personal experience is that this region is not safe for solo trekkers and please do not go alone.