FOOD AND NUTRITION ON TREKKING HOLIDAYS

Responsible Adventures is a pioneer in Wellness and gourmet trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.

Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients, to keep you fit and healthy, while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete wellness adventure. The specially designed meals are available on our trekking holidays in Nepal, Darjeeling, Sikkim, Ladakh in India and Tibet. Often our clients say that the food on our treks is even better than meals in the city.

We don’t skimp either, we make sure there is plenty of food and drink for you and your trekking companions – when exerting yourself on the trail, nutrition is paramount. Don’t fear too, if you’re not a fan of certain foods, we provide plenty of variety and will take all preferences into account!

A typical day’s eating could be:

Ayurvedic drink – Your daily wake-up call will include a warm Ayurvedic beverage (a secret recipe) to help you cope with a day of rigorous trekking.

BREAKFAST: Cereal or porridge, and eggs to order (usually scrambled or fried). Toast or whole wheat chapati (Indian flatbread), served with honey or good peanut butter. We also have waffles served with goji berries or raisins, and honey! Tea or freshly ground Himalayan organic coffee.

LUNCH: In many regions, the chef will provide a simple but nutritious hot meal for lunch. Meals will usually consist of noodles/potatoes, curry, salad, rice and dhal, fried meat and vegetables, chapatis or bread, fruit juice, tea, or fresh Himalayan organic coffee.

When crossing high passes or drier regions, a packed lunch will sometimes be provided. It may consist of the following: jam sandwiches, chapatis, chicken, boiled eggs, fruit, chocolate, and cartons of juice. When we arrive at a camp there will usually be tea and biscuits and if available, cake.

DINNER:  We usually start by grazing on popcorn or poppadums, and sometimes we will have treats such as Danish blue cheese, olives, salami, tuna pate, and hummus. Soup and the main course follows. Meals vary from typical ‘trekking food’ to Thai curries, rendang curry with local proteins like buffalo and yak, pasta carbonara, tuna pizza with a Himalayan twist or local steaks with cream and mustard sauce. We are looking to add even more gourmet dishes to our menu, according to availability. It is incredible what our chefs can produce despite the basic equipment available on the trek: excellent iced cakes, apple tarts, pizza, fried chips, spaghetti, pasta, and even jelly! Our chefs are trained to produce a variety of menus and will usually be able to accommodate specific requests.

Did we mention wine? Occasionally we might crack open a bottle of the good stuff and enjoy a glass or two, following a hard day’s trek. There’s nothing like a glass of wine over the Himalayas!

We highly recommend trekkers bring some of their favorite “goodies.” Responsible Adventures also provides a variety, such as granola bars, fruit bars, nuts, and raisins.

WILL I GET AN UPSET STOMACH?

We provide hand sanitizers to clean your hands before each meal, drinking water is filtered, and all meals are prepared hygienically. There is more risk of an upset stomach when eating and drinking in the cities, with untreated water being the primary cause of stomach problems. When in a city only drink water, you know to be safe or carry bottles of mineral water; do not brush your teeth with tap water and keep your mouth closed while taking a shower. Our chefs are trained to prepare all food hygienically, and hand sanitizer is provided to trekkers before each meal. We use a Sawyer filter to provide you with safe drinking water throughout the trek.

Our latest pioneering addition is providing Alkaline water with more Hydrogen to de-acidify your body.

According to WebMD

Alkaline water enthusiasts claim that its increased hydrogen provides greater hydration than regular water, especially after a hard workout.

  • Improves metabolism
  • Increases energy
  • Slows aging
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces bone loss

Backers of high-pH water say it also has the power to starve cancer cells.

Some photos of our trekking food.