Medical - From Jan 2019 it is mandatory for trekker to undergo medical test even if anyone has medical certificate from any doctor. The government has also introduced a mandate insurance policy for trekker keeping in mind the safety issue of trekker. Every person is issued a insurance card which is valid for 10 days and any medical emergency during the trek is covered under it. Even doctors are available at camp site during the trek and any casualty during the trek can be addressed. They have been given satellite phones and at utmost emergency the evacuation process is carried out by helicopter. A great iniative by the government keeping in mind the safety of the trekkers.
After medical clearance the excitement level was at different level. Finally my wishlist was going to be full filled. I and my fellow members were given green signal and for the next 5 days we would be in Chadar. I was super excited.
On returning to hotel we were congratulated by our trek leaders and guide on clearing the medicals and to have some feeling of chadar we were given tents at our hotel premises. We were given briefing about our sleeping bags and tents. After the final briefing we had a group dinner and went to our respective tents.
It was altogether a different experience and I was surprised that staying in tent was sleeping bag was much more comfortable than hotel rooms.
The main challenge is temperature - so before taking this trek you must be well prepared to bear the chilling wind and adverse temperature.
Be smart while shopping. You must have proper thermals and a pair of fleece and one down jacket. Wind Cheater is a must. Don't go for expensive down jacket. Up to -10 will do.