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How to Prepare for a Trek

by Madhav Srinivasan 3 year, 29 days ago

Treks are challenging and hard, but for the adventurous at heart, they can be equally exciting and exhilarating. Walking through thick forests, jetting streams and wild vegetation can be amazing – here’s how you should prepare.


If you’re the kind of person who wants to experience nature’s beauty firsthand without going on package tours, going on a trekking trip can be the right choice for you. But before packing up, you’ll need to familiarize yourself with the facilities available and what you might need in order to enjoy a safe and fun filled vacation before you set off.


Setting Up the Base

If you want to independently explore an area and don’t want to carry around your luggage at all times, then a home-stay is the best option. You can stay in someone’s house for a nominal charge and leave most of your gear with them while you go on short treks in the surrounding areas.


If you don’t want to rough it, you can hire a guide and porters to help you carry your gear for a trekking experience with all amenities. There are also lodges that offer bed-and-breakfast facilities to those who are interested in trekking but not in sleeping under the stars.


Planning Out the Trek

There a few essentials you have to consider before setting off on your trekking trip.

 

  • The Number of Travelers – There is always safety in numbers, and you are likely to have more fun with a group of friends or your family when compared to traveling alone.
  • Structuring the Luggage – It is better to identify the different categories of luggage and assign a category to each person so that no one is burdened too much.
  •  The Need for a Guide – You have to consider hiring a guide if you are planning to go for a longer trip or into a dense forest area so that you don’t get lost. If not a guide, then a person skilled in reading maps and equipped with a compass should be nominated to decide on the trail to follow. Though it might seem trivial, it can make a huge difference when you are lost in an unfamiliar and isolated area.


Packing for the Trek 

  • You will need to pack adequate clothes that are appropriate to the place that you’re planning to visit and the climate there.
  • Carry an extra pair of walking or hiking boots that are comfortable, and enough socks to keep your feet dry.

  • Lights snacks, water, a first aid kit, altitude sickness drugs, and propane stoves like Primus are essential. 

  • Carrying a walking stick might also prove to be very handy while climbing or going down steep slopes.

  • If you are planning on sleeping under the stars, then a sleeping bag or tent is also necessary.


Take the time to read up on the area that you’re planning to trek in, the weather and the facilities there so that you have an enjoyable holiday with no unpleasant surprises.


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