FOOD AND NUTRITION ON OUR TREKKING HOLIDAYS
Responsible Adventures provides the most varied menu in the Himalayas. 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. Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is a wellness activity that helps in detoxification. To provide an enhanced wellness experience, we also create meals that include superfoods as part of the ingredients to ensure better nourishment and assist 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, Tibet, and Ladakh in India. Often our clients say that the food on our treks is even better than meals in the city hotels.
There is plenty of this nutritious food available on our adventure holidays as it is essential to eat and drink as much as possible during the trek, due to the amount of calories used each day. The menu varies according to your personal preferences and availability, but a typical daily meal plan would be as follows:
Ayurvedic drink – Your wake-up call will include a warm Ayurvedic beverage brewed using our secret ingredients to help you cope with a day of rigorous trekking.
Breakfast – Cereal or porridge and eggs to order (usually scrambled or fried). Toast or Indian flatbread made of whole wheat flour (chapati), served with honey or peanut butter. 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 which may consist of the following: bread and jam sandwiches, chapatis, chicken, boiled eggs, fruit, chocolate, cartons of juice. When we arrive at a camp there will usually be tea and biscuits and if available, cake.
Evening meal – Appetizers of popcorn or poppadum and occasionally there will be treats such as Danish blue cheese, olives, salami, tuna pate, hummus, etc. Soup and the main course follow appetizers. Sometimes a glass or two of imported wine is offered. Meals vary from typical 'trekking food' to Thai green/red curry, yak/buff rendang curry, pasta carbonara, tuna pizza with a sprinkle of Himalayan oregano and yak/buff steak 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.
We highly recommend that trekkers bring a small supply of their favorite ‘goodies.' Responsible Adventures also provides a variety of ‘goodies' 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.
Some photos of our trekking food.