How to Prepare for a Trek
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
- 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.
snacks, water, a first aid kit, altitude sickness drugs, and propane stoves
like Primus are essential.
a walking stick might also prove to be very handy while climbing or going down
- If you
are planning on sleeping under the stars, then a sleeping bag or tent is also
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
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