There are numerous things to remember while heading out to woods trails or going out for camping, lots of that I discovered the hard way. But for first timers, here are some tips to remember , a guide to look through when you decide to get away from all the chaos and cacophony of city life into a enlivening trek in the excellent outdoors!
Where to go?
It's wise to first look up on the web for information around places that you want to go or to discover new places. Even though it is'cool' to say'Let's just go for it', it can help to research on the place and get general information on the route (becoming lost there then is fun also!) Locate a location appropriate to you and your group's fitness levels and expertise. Choose popular trails initially so that you get comfy. You then can be more adventurous on your escapades and chart out new trails! And being physically healthy for your Trekking in Nepal is always good. That way you are able to enjoy the climb, not get bogged down by sheer exhaustion of walking. Easier said than done, it takes training and getting used to carrying a backpack on ascent and descent. A good way to begin is jogging short distances and increasing the tempo steadily to build endurance. A good trekker going on important ascents needs not only strong legs but good core strength with back, ab and joint muscles educated. Perhaps run errands to your regional stores using a back pack on? Or hit that health club you have always been paying for but avoiding? There are no short-cuts for this and a little jogging never murdered anybody. Keep in mind that different treks (like Kilimanjaro or Everest) may require different training regimes.
When you are in the hills, every day is Friday!
Here's a guideline - If starting off in your flirting affair with hiking, wear too much instead of too little. It's always better being too hot and be able to take off a layer than being too cold and not having anything to wear top. I had a shivering experience after when climbing a hillock in my first days. We had intended to camp atop the hill but had to return midway. I wasn't prepared and the chilly winds which began abruptly froze my bones. So always carry a change of clothing which could help in the rain and also as an excess layer on top, an excess pair of socks and a windcheater/poncho to protect in the event of rains.
Avoid cotton clothing as it doesn't dry and doesn't stay warm from the rains. Go for fleece or wool instead.
Never wear cotton socks . Thick synthetic or woolen socks can help prevent blisters if moist or sweaty.
Wear a cap/hat to protect from sunlight and keep you warm in the cold.
Wear comfortable hard-soled trekking/walking shoes for off-road. And this is another thing that I learnt - Attempt these shoes with the socks you will wear while purchasing - horrible surprise could be in shop otherwise! Best trekking shoes are those that maintain your ankles secure. Divide those shoes in if they are new so shoe snacks don't ruin your trek. Additionally, sneakers are not recommended. For river crossings, water shoes or hiking shoes really are good, one can remove socks and just wear boots too, but this is bad in chilly weather.
What to pack?
(Certainly not these - 8 wacky things NOT to deliver to a trek! ). People have different perspectives on this and it does depend on how long and where you are going. My favorite style is to package the less required heavy stuff such as the health apparel or change of clothing in the bottom, food at the center and quick energy bites and water on very top. Kinda makes sense to me whatever suits your goal.
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