How can I pay the fees for the programme?

After registering on our Apply online section on website. You can deposit the fees as follows:

Payment for a programme can be done through cheque/ NEFT online transfer/cash payment at TSAF office.
Cheque to be made in favour of “Tata Steel Adventure Foundation Jamshedpur”.
The bank account details for the NEFT payment are as follows:

State Bank of India
Account No: 11008741869
IFSC Code: SBIN0000096
Once you make the payment, send a mail to tsaf@tatasteel.com and we will acknowledge the receipt of payment.

What type of shoes do I buy?

For any outdoor activity, having the correct shoes is very important. Ideally, one could use hiking or trek boots, basically shoes that support the ankle well to avoid any foot injury. The shoes should be usable across various terrains such as rocky, uneven landscapes.

It is advisable not to wear new shoes for the outbound activity since every pair has an average breaking time of 10-15 days till it becomes absolutely comfortable for the feet. For water-based activities, wear slippers or sandals that should not be very tight. The new sport shoe should be rubber soled and the cushion of the sole such that it protects the feet from feeling the rough terrain underneath.
Even though floaters would serve the purpose for basic activities around camp but closed shoes are a must such that the toe is protected.
Care of feet is very important, Bring at least 4 pairs of cotton socks & wear clean socks each day

Do I need any special clothing or gear?

Layering your clothing is a tried-and-true way to maximize your comfort in the outdoors. The beauty of this simple concept is that it allows you to make quick adjustments based on your activity level and changes in the weather.
Each layer has a function. The base layer (against your skin) manages moisture; the insulating layer protects you from the cold; the shell layer(outer layer) shields you from wind and rain. You simply add or subtract layers as needed.

For outdoor comfort, your base layer should be made of merino wool, synthetic fabrics such as polyesters. A base layer can be anything from briefs and sports bras to long underwear sets (tops and bottoms) to tights and T-shirts. It can be designed to fit snugly or loosely. For cool conditions, thermal underwear is available in light-, mid- and expedition-weights. Choose the weight that best matches your activity and the temperature.
The middle layer serves the purpose of insulation by trapping heat closer to the body. Natural fibers such as wool, goose and fleece garments work best in such situations.
The shell or outer layer protects you from wind, rain or snow. Shells range from pricey mountaineering jackets to simple windproof jackets. For monsoons, it is required that you carry a raincoat.

Is being overweight a hindrance to participation?

The outbound leadership activities are open to all and does not require a specific BMI to be eligible for participation. In fact, the purpose of the program is to test your physical and mental limit and help you identify your true potential.

What do we eat and drink on the expedition?

Basic, vegetarian meals are provided during the course keeping in mind the need for physical fitness through the program. Self-cooking may also be practiced as a part of the course for which ration shall be provided. Safety and health are taken into account at all times during the same.
It is advisable to keep yourself hydrated throughout. Alcohol, smoking or consumption of any harmful drugs is banned.

How concerned should I be about altitude?

Some of our trips will take you to higher altitudes, though we do not go beyond 13,000 ft in our outbound leadership courses. You’ll be accompanied on your trip by a very experienced guide and we’ll be taking all the recommended acclimatisation days to allow our bodies time to get used to the higher elevations. Most of the activities based out of Tumung or Uttarkashi do not happen on higher altitudes hence there is no need to worry.

What do I need to carry?

For Himalayan Programmes

  1. Hiking Books/ Shoes
  2. Long pants - Track pants/ Lowers
  3. T-shirts 3 (atleast 1 full sleeve)
  4. Underwear tops and bottoms, wool or synthetic.
  5. Socks (At least 3 pairs cotton & 1 pair woolen)
  6. Sun Hat
  7. Warm Hat
  8. Woolen Pullover
  9. Water bottle ( at least 2 lits)
  10. Sun screen lotion, Lip Balm
  11. Sunglasses
  12. Raincoats (for monsoon)/ Rain sheet
  13. Waterproof Rucksack cover to protect from rains
  14. Torch (with batteries)
  15. Shorts
  16. Writing Material (Pocket Diary)
  17. Spoon, Glass
  18. Personal medicine (if any)
  19. Camera (optional)

For Jamshedpur Programme

  1. T shirts 3( at least 1 full sleeve)
  2. Track suit lower/ long pants
  3. Socks - 3 pairs
  4. Durable sports shoes
  5. Water Bottle
  6. Sun cap
  7. Sun glasses
  8. Writing Material
  9. Woolen pull over (in winter)
  10. Raincoat (in Monsoon)
  11. Personal Medication (if any)
  12. Camera (optional)
  13. Torch (with batteries)

For water based activities:

  1. Swimming pants/ Shorts
  2. Tshirts
  3. Swimming Goggles/ cap (optional)
  4. Hawai Chappal

What type of accommodation shall be provided?

Accommodation is provided in tents which shall be self-constructed under the supervision of trained professionals. The resources required to construct the tent shall be provided taking into account the weather conditions.

It is not compulsory to know swimming to participate in the water-based activities.

Safety measures along with life jackets shall be provided. A team of experienced instructors and rescuers shall ensure safety at all points of time.