Just visited your friend’s social media page/timeline and you are awestruck by his photographs from last weekend?Planning to try something similar? Planning first trek can be tricky. I have chalked out some of the basics.
Here is the list of the things you need to take care of.
Firstly know your fitness level. You are the best person to understand you body more than anyone else. If required visit an doctor. Remember there is difference between trek and tour. Tourists go out for picnic and is relatively safer. Trekking requires discipline and endurance.
Deciding the location:
- Never plan to go for trek just because someone else is and are posting some breathtaking photographs.
- Always start with easier treks first. (Karnala is beginner’s paradise)
- It’s advisable to go for someplace closer to the city as a beginner.
Deciding on the Company:
- Incase you are going with a trekking group, make sure you get all the info about them and share their info with your family members.
- Ask questions like, number of participants, number of trek leads, difficulty levels etc. Avoid going with groups who have more than 30 participants per group. Also make sure the participant trek leads is 10:1 at the most.
- Incase you are going with a group of friends, its always advisable to hire a guide and always stick together.
(In most of my treks I have come across lost group of friends. They are either without guides or their other friends where too fast and left with the guide)
Things to be carried:
- Lunch and Some ready to eat food. Plum cakes, Biscuits etc
- A bottle of water (atleast 2 Ltrs)
- Towel, a napkin, Extra Pair of clothes
- Wind cheater, blankets
- Good trekking shoes & Torch (compulsory)
- Haversack to put all your things, so that your hands are free (avoid sling bags)
- Camera (Optional)
- First Aid Kit
- Electral/Tang powder/Glucone-D
- Wear good shoes with grip. ( I have seen people losing sole of their shoes every other trek)
- Carry Extra chappals
- Always wear comfortable clothes as per the season.
- Dont be shy of sun hats, caps, glasses, windcheater etc.
- There are places with biting insects, avoid shorts in those places.
- Avoid wearing Gold and other ornaments
- Avoid Drinking and Smoking or any kind of intoxication
- Avoid going alone.
- Avoid tight clothes and lose shoes.
- Avoid trying risky patches.
Remember, trekking is not a race so never compete. The accomplishment is completing the trek safely and not early.