Tips for Trekking

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What is Trekkin­ng? Trekking is a long jour­ney be under­tak­en on foot in areas where there are usu­al­ly no means of trans­port avail­able. Trekking is not nec­es­sar­i­ly moun­taineer­ing; it is walk­ing for a num­ber of days, usu­al­ly on unchart­ed paths, in chal­leng­ing envi­ron­ments which are like­ly to be hilly or moun­tain­ous.

Few peo­ple are always con­fused between terms Hik­ing and Trekking, but there is a big dif­fer­ence .

  • Hik­ing is an out­door activ­i­ty of walk­ing in beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral envi­ron­ments on pre-chart­ed paths called hik­ing trails. There are day hikes and overnight hikes.
  • Trekking is a long jour­ney be under­tak­en on foot in areas where there are usu­al­ly no means of trans­port avail­able. Trekking is not nec­es­sar­i­ly moun­taineer­ing; it is walk­ing for a num­ber of days, usu­al­ly on unchart­ed paths, in chal­leng­ing envi­ron­ments which are like­ly to be hilly or moun­tain­ous.

Once you have decid­ed to go on Trekking here comes few tips for my love­ly read­er to make this trekking more enjoy­able and mem­o­rable :

Some pre-trek prep:

  1. Walk walk walk: As trekking is all about walk­ing so, this is first prepa­ra­tion one should def­i­nite­ly do/  The best way to pre­pare for a long walk? Do long walks. Prefer­ably start­ing small and build­ing up slow­ly to the actu­al length you’ll be trekking on the trip. At the begin­ning, leave a day in between each walk. But as you improve, try to do back-to-back ses­sions each day – it’ll help you improve for the relent­less nature of a days trek, where you won’t have the lux­u­ry of rest days. Min­i­mum you should be able to walk 4–6 hours com­fort­ably before you leave.
  2. Leg-based car­dio: leg-based car­dio is going to help you pre­pare. Soc­cer, foot­ball, squash and swim­ming are all great, but cycling will help build your leg mus­cles faster. If you’re more of a gym junky, mix up cycling sets with weight­ed squats and lunges.
  3. Health is very impor­tant : When plan­ning your trip, it is advis­able to have a med­ical check up explain­ing to your physi­cian the alti­tude you hope to reach. Although not essen­tial, you may prefer pro­tec­tion again­st cholera, typhoid, tetanus, polio and hepati­tis. You may also wish to bring malar­ia sup­pres­sant tablets. Trekkers do occa­sion­al­ly suf­fer from coughs, colds, minor stom­ach upsets and, rarely, from mild alti­tude sick­ness. Do inform your trek man­ager of any pre­vi­ous med­ical prob­lems before you start your trekhiking-backpack.
  4. Your Back­pack is life­line: Don’ for­get to keep all essi­en­tial things in you back­pack. few things to list : » per­son­al first-aid kit includ­ing med­ica­tion for com­mon ail­ments such as headaches,dysentery etc.          trekking boots — well bro­ken in and water­proofed
    » run­ning or ten­nis shoes
    » down jack­et or equiv­a­lent with hood
    » one heavy wool shirt or sweater
    » two cot­ton shirts
    » one pair cot­ton trousers or shorts
    » one pair wool­len trousers
    » one pair shorts or calf-length skirt/culottes for wom­en (skirts are more com­fort­able and cul­tur­al­ly more accept­able)
    » three pairs of reg­u­lar under­wear
    » long under­wear — ther­mal or wool
    » wind- and rain-gear with hood
    » wool­len hat or bal­a­clava
    » wool­len mit­tens or gloves
    » wool­len socks to wear with boots
    » cot­ton socks
    » toi­let kit — includ­ing extra toi­let paper, tow­el and soap
    » flash­light with extra bat­ter­ies
    » sun­glass­es or snow gog­gles (an extra pair is rec­om­mend­ed)
    » water bot­tle, prefer­ably wide mouthed, with at least one liter capac­i­ty
    » pock­et knife
    » swim­suit

Just keep few tips men­tioned here in mind and make your trip most mem­o­rable.

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  1. my friends always said sto­ries about their trekking, I here I thought about hik­ing.. I could nev­er under­stand why they said I didn’t have the sta­mi­na to do it.. great tips.. I real­ly want to expe­ri­ence trekking some day.. 🙂

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