Trekking is one way to take a break from all the hustle and bustle of your daily life.Go into the nature,have an adrenaline rush and create a happier you. Here, we bring you some ideas to keep in mind if you are planning one:-
Trekking to Larke Pass, Mt. Manaslu Circuit 5106M Altitude, Nepal
1. Be informed
Trekking is all about thrill and excitement.Make sure you gather as much information as you can about the trail.Trekking agencies get you informed if you’re going with them but when trekking on your own,it’s advisable to do a little bit of research yourself regarding the geography, topography, social life and the availability of infastructures.Well, it doesn’t hurt to google abit more.
2. Physical fitness
You don’t need a sculptous body and ripped muscles to head on for trekking. You need to be reasonably fit and should have a good stamina.It is advisable to build your leg strength and walk training at the gym as not to suffer during the adventure. Good physical condition adds to the enjoyment. Try and include either leg presses,squats,lunges and weighted squats at the gym to strengthen your legs.
3. Choose the correct footwear and socks
Good and comfortable footwear is a must for a fruitful trek. Go for the walking shoes or hiking boots with ankle protection.Walk in them prior to your trek to make sure that they fit you well.You don’t want blisters later during the trek,do you?Also, when you’re buying the shoes, try making it in the afternoon when your feets are expanded to know your correct size. Similarly, you need to get the right pair of socks. Right boots with the wrong socks will invite a nightmare during the trek.While selecting your socks, choose the material that wick your sweat and are also waterproof. When trekking during the winter, get the best woollen socks.
4. Equipments you need
*Bag-pack – Select the ones with adjustable chest and waist strap. Make sure you practise your bag-pack before your trek to be familiar to
weight and balance.
*Lightweight walking boots.
*A pair of lightweight/heavyweight trousers are useful higher up in the mountains in the morning and at night.
*2-4 cotton T-shirts.
*1 lightweight long sleeved-shirt for avoiding sun burn.
*A sunhat and a pair of sunglasses.
*2 pairs of thin and 2 pairs of thick woolen socks.
*Inner wears and thermals
*Toiletries with large and small towels.Try to keep your toilet paper and your handwash in a zipbag so that it is easier and you are germ-free. Not necessary you’ll get to shit on well-equipped loo on every trek.
*Small headlamp and/or flashlight/torch with spare batteries
*Personal medical supplies which includes band-aids, bru-fen tables, twizzers, antiseptic cream, aspirin
*Army-knife and duck tape
*Sun-screen, sunblock, sun-tan lotion
*Cereal bars and nuts as to fuel your diet during the trek. You might get a stop after a long interval of walk.It is advisable to fuel yourself at particular time to avoid exhaustion.
* A slip on to replace your walking shoes when wet and also while going to the toilet.
PARTICULARS FOR WINTER
*Warm jacket. Fiberfill or down to keep yourself warm in winter
*Sleeping bag to -15 C
*Woolen shirts and thick sweaters when trekking in winter.
*Thermal underwear to sleep wearing at night.
*A woolen hat/cap and a pair of warm gloves.
*Snow Glasses and strap,snow gaiters
These are particular requirements and you can also have your own add-ons like camera to capture your moments.Well, just a camera not your laptop. I don’t think you want to work even when being at the top of the mountain.
5. Altitude sickness
Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) means the effect of altitude on those who ascend too rapidly to elevations above 3,000 meters. Anyone may be
effected by AMS reguardless of strength or physical fitness. Nausea/vomiting, insomnia, persistent headache, dizziness, disorientation, weakness, swelling of hands and legs, breathelessness and breathing irregularity are some of its symptoms.
AMS is a serious problem and incase of occurance,you should descend to lower elevations immediately.When you ascend further despite the sickness, you might have serious troubles and can even result to death sometimes.
6.During the trek
*Hydrate yourself during the trek as the losses from the sweat and breathe reduces the blood volumes which forces the heart to work faster. Try and drink small volume of water at regular intervals.
*Fuel yourself on the trek to avoid exhaustion. Aim to eat small, frequent meals and snacks on the go to maintain energy levels.
*Use walking poles as they ease the load on knees and thighs on descents and give you ‘two extra legs’ on steep climbs.
*At drink stops and lunch stops, take off your shoes and socks, take out your insoles from your shoes/boots and dry them in the sun.
*Take little steps while ascending at altitude.You’re not on a marathon race so don’t hurry. Keep calm and walk on.
*Avoid dispute with local people, most particularly when you are alone. Avoid drunkards and lunatics.
*Take half an aspirin a couple of times a day, it will help to thin your blood.
*Cover up yourself using sunblock.
*Monitor your pulse rate frequently to know that you are acclimatised.
Ok, these are some tips for the adventure junkies out there. If you think you can do it, yes! you can.With the rest of the needs to be considered, there’s one thing you shouldn’t forget i.e. to enjoy!