Yatra Chardham is a one of the wish of a Sanatan Hindu to undertake at least once in life time, one is to prepare well in advance to undertake this journey which is in high Himalayas covered with snow and thin air, less in oxygen. Travelling at this height certain precautions and preparations are required to make the body capable to face the harsh weather, biting cold, thin air less in oxygen and able to climb the steep trek in the month of September and October when there is less crowed of pilgrims.
The trek to Yamunotri Dahm is the small but tough trek of 6 km from Janki Chatti there are two three dharamsala in case you want to stay a night but most of the pilgrims return same day .
All four Dhams are situated at a height , Yamunotri 3235 meters , Gangotri 3042 meters, Sri Kedarnath 3581 meters and Sri Badrinath 3133 meters all these places are covered under the snow in the winters, rain and strong winds are very cold, there are few shelters which become over crowded or unable to accommodate the pilgrims . Treks are well maintained but when it rains the mud from the slops make it slippery .
People planing for pilgrimage Yatra Chardham in September and October must prepare them self to under take a 12 days journey on bumpy mountain roads, drastic change in temperature and height, acclimatization to this weather and atmosphere is required before leaving for this journey .
Must wear Warm woolen clothes , woolen socks , woolen cap, goggles , water proof jacket and trouser, keep yourself as light as possible while walking up in the Himalayas .
Hot water bottle is required at Sri Kedarnath and Sri Badrinath to keep the body warm at night where fire or heaters are not allowed in the rooms. pilgrims are advised to carry some biscuits, dry fruits etc. those carrying battery operated instruments i.e. camera , mobile phone etc. must carry additional batteries, have a BSNL SIM card in your phone as it works in these places.
When walking try to make slow walk taking short breaks and keep drinking liquids and have deep breaths .
One is to take care of Mules and Palki carried by porters at Yamunotri and Sri Kedarnath .
Try to save yourself from getting wet in rain water .
Carry your personal medicines in a small bag, if advised by your doctor you may purchase small Oxygen cylinder at Hardwar or Rishikesh.
Must carry your photo ID proof . From the year 2014 the Yatra Registration is made compulsory .
Select your accommodations in good hotels with attached private facilities with availability of hot water for bath, The Puja and Priority Darshan charges are displayed at all places and Administration issues official receipt for the money paid.
If you take above mentioned precautions, you will enjoy more and not only have darshan of Lords but also the beautiful landscapes of Himalayas will keep you refreshed through out your journey.
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