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Trekking Tips for Beginners

Posted on: 02/11/2017

Your first foray into the outdoors always makes you a bit nervous. But there’re always those who have been there and done that. From whom we can learn a lot. So here are a few pointers you can keep in mind when starting out:

Choose your first trek wisely

First of all, trek difficulty and trek are to be considered. Start with short weekend hikes around your city before heading into the Himalayas. You will learn many things from shorter, easier treks that will make it much easier for that long

Select a trek keeping your specific interests in mind and what you want to experience. All treks are not made equal – some have more wildlife while others have spectacular waterfalls. Simply joining a trek because that’s where most of your friends have been before is not the right way to go about it. For you may simply want to relax and hike through forests rather than trek up a challenging mountain pass.

Know your trekking style
Decide if you want to trek independently or with a trek organizing company. For beginners it might be more reassuring to get the logistics sorted out by the trek organizers even for the shortest of treks. Customizing a trek to suit your needs can be a slightly expensive affair though, if you’re not in a group of 4-5 trekkers or more. Alternatively, there are the fixed departure treks where you can simply sign up for a trek starting on a particular date and join other trekkers who have also signed up the same trek.

You can also trek independently though this will definitely require more grit and determination. You will have plan and arrange the trek logistics by yourself. This should only be opted for by experienced trekkers though, or when accompanied by an experienced partner / team.

Go along with an experienced partner 
Solo treks can be extremely rewarding but resist the urge to venture out on your own, especially when you’re new to the outdoors. Unless you are a seasoned trekker with plenty of experience, avoid heading out alone. Join like-minded adventurers and head out along with a group. Accompany someone who knows their way around and can get you out of tricky situations, so that you don’t find yourself completely over your head if anything goes wrong.

Inform someone
Your trekking plans and expected date of return must be communicated to someone. A family member, friend or any other responsible person must know about this. It helps to sound an alarm if your return is delayed for whatever reason. It also helps rescue teams to plan their search & rescue properly based on the information you have passed on to someone before leaving.

Carry appropriate gear
Gear to be carried depends on the region that you’re heading out in and the season you are trekking in. Your gear should cover all probable incidents that you might face.

The ten essential pieces of gear to carry to be prepared for emergency situations has evolved over the year and is now referred to as these ten systems:

  1. Navigation (map and compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses and sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candles)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10.  Emergency Shelter
Keep these things in mind and your first trek should go well. You will surely make mistakes and learn from them. We all do, even experienced trekkers go wrong every now and then. But trust the outdoors to teach you in its own style, slowly but surely. Eventually you will understand your own body, its shortcomings; your trekking style and how you need to prepare for the tougher treks you always dreamed of.

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