No one predicted the lockdown. Life can be so spontaneous. With each passing day of the lockdown, we started appreciating the freedom to roam outside and climbing on the mountains which were always a click away, now it seems like a luxury.
What can be our take away from the whole pandemic and lockdown scenario? To each will be it's own. Life is quite unpredictable and that is what the pandemic made everyone realize. This realization is a daily feeling for people who stay close to the mountains. One day spent on a mountain can have unbearable heat and splashes of rain in the next moment. Mountains need only preparation and that is why we always send a reminder email for 'things to carry'. Preparation can only make you a better trekker.
What has happened has happened and what will happen in the future can be avoided with all precautionary measures. As an organization, we are in touch with all our homestays, local guides, forest department and transport team. Well, they all are missing you. There is not much of a life for them without the excitement that we all bring in their work and personal lives.
GROUND SITUATION IN KARNATAKA
In Karnataka, the hospitality sector can resume after 8th June 2020 but we want to be sure that all the components which make a great weekend departure are 100% safe before we start our departures in any form. Get Beyond Limits has and always will prioritize the safety of everyone who joins the Get Beyond Limits family and will only conduct trekking, camping and corporate events when the safety of the participants will not be compromised regardless of fact that Get Beyond Limits hasn't conducted a single departure one week before the first lockdown in March. We are here for your safe arrangements either outdoors or pandemic driven. There is still a lot of confusion happening in various districts where these beautiful mountains and homestays are located in Karnataka. Hospitality can resume in Bangalore but homestays living in the midst of wilderness may not resume soon and the treks also seem to be on a halt for some time.
We are here to find and create COVID 19 repulsive solutions for the outdoor community who look forward to treks in South of India.
Get Beyond Limits will also follow the norms of social distancing right from when we leave Bangalore till the time we come back. Here are some changes we have done or are in the process of doing for safe outdoor departures.
When we have a green signal from the homestay, forest departments and other relevant authorities, we might ask you to carry small things which will make you more comfortable and contribute to personal hygiene like your bed sheets or pillow covers. The homestays are also adapting and are waiting for official statements to make infrastructural changes if any required.
- From the transportation side, our busses will carry only limited people in the vehicle which will go as per the norms.
- Our team will also make sure that everything gets sanitized before you step in the GBL vehicles.
- We will also be taking smaller group sizes.
12 seater Bus: 8 Passengers (including the outdoor leaders)
21 Seater Bus: 14 Passengers (including the outdoor leaders)
These are numbers in accordance with social distancing and we will be more than happy to change them in accordance to the latest guidelines.
All this is going to be a big change for the tiny outdoor fraternity of South India. Since several new measures will have to be taken at every step of the event there will also be a marginal price hike without which it wouldn't be possible for anyone to maintain these safety standards.
HOW WILL SOUTH INDIA TREKKING, CAMPING BE AFTER 08th JUNE 2020 (Unlock 1.0)?
We will be opening our departures in phases too. For a fixed departure to be executed, we would require approvals from several departments like forest, transportation, hospitality for homestays, permissions from districts just to name a few. As and when we will be confident that all the collective efforts have made a place COVID proof and the respective departments start giving the permission, we will be opening them for you in the safest ways.
- Other than making COVID-19 repulsive measures for our existing initiatives, we have also worked on some new initiatives by Get Beyond Limits which will make it even easier, more convenient and safer for people to experience the outdoors in these current circumstances. We would like to tell you that they are close to completion.
- Something from Get Beyond Limits will be available for you to experience in the near future in the safest possible ways.
Conclusion: World has changed as of now and Get Beyond Limits has taken it as a challenge to incorporate this change and bring back the opportunity for all of us to connect with the mighty mountains and the endless oceans and get you back in a safe, socially accepted manner.
Stay healthy, stay safe and keep washing hands.
May you always, 'know no limits'