What is trekking?

Every once in a while, we need an escape from our professional lives. It is a must to relax and release all the stress caused by our busy schedule. Travelling always seems to be one of the best option to take a break from our monotonous lives. And trekking is one of the travel option. But what is trekking?

Trekking is a type of walking vacation. It is an adventurous trip to explore the beauties of nature and aspects of different human culture on foot. No form of modern transportation is used while trekking.

Trekking can be done to hills or mountains. Nepal is the perfect place for mountain trekking. Known as the land of the Himalayas, Nepal has eight among the ten highest peaks in the world. It is visited every year by thousands of people all over the world only for adventure sports.

Trekking mostly involves high altitudes and natural sites. As difficult as it may sound, on the contrary, trekking is indeed relaxing. It spiritually connects you to the nature brining you closure to the elements that physically make you.  Some routes however can be strenuous and requires a certain level of skills and prior experience.

What is trekking cannot be encompassed within the idea of it being a walking vacation. The journey is so much more than simply walking to a destination. This is a subjective aspect of trekking and cannot be escribed in words. Therefore it must be experience for oneself.

Safety measures while trekking

Everest Kalapatter Trekking VI

Trekking is one of the extreme sport. It involves risks that cannot really be avoided. But buy taking certain safety measures, you can overcome most of the problems associated with trekking. Some of the trekking safety guides and tips are:

1.  Physical Preparations

Trekking is an activity that requires a lot of body muscles to move and function smoothly. Train your body before-hand for even the easiest trek. This will avoid muscles soreness and joint strains.

You need not be athletic to trek. Just averagely fit. Involve in cardio exercises like running, long brisk walking, jogging, cycling, and swimming. Do not overly do it.

2. Precautionary measures against AMS

Among all the various risks involved in trekking, Acute Mountain Sickness is one of them. The chances of it happening to anyone of very high regardless of the physical fitness or age.

This sickness occurs when the body, upon exposure to high altitudes, fails to accommodate itself with the atmospheric pressure. The sickness is fatal and cause death if not attended to on time. There isn’t any way you can train your body for it. However you can take some measure to avoid it. They are-

  1. Gradually attain height
  2. Keep yourself hydrated. Drink lots of water, at least 2-3 liters a day
  3. Abstain from alcohol and smoking
  4. Eat high caloric food
  5. Rest well

3. Packing Backpack

You will be walking for hours with a backpack. To enjoy the walk, you must ensure that the bag is light. By that, you do not have to exclude the things you might need. Try to cut down on the number of clothes you will carry.

The experience you derive is also largely influenced by the equipment you carry. Do not compromise on the quality of any of the requirement, especially trekking shoes and clothes.

There is a long list of things you will need while trekking. For further information, refer to the following link- Trekking Equipment

4. Guide and a porter

As tempting as trekking solo sounds, it is best not to go for it. You never know what might befall along the journey and you will need someone to help you during times of such emergency.

Hire a guide who will help you with navigation. The guide known the place better than you and hence will be able to take you through better routes. The guide will also help you with negotiations.

A porter is someone who will carry your load for you. Hiring one will help you enjoy a burden-less walk.

5. Health insurance

Accidents can happens to anyone. It is always safer to be prepared for it. One of the way to do it is buy purchasing all the necessary heath insurances that will cover up the cost of treatment if you might happen to need any.

You must also purchase a special insurance that covers up the cost of helicopter deportation in case you might suffer from acute mountain sickness and might need one

Conclusion

A lot of factors in the article must have discouraged you to go trekking. You need to know that the worst case possibilities are mentioned just so that you are aware and cautions. Millions of peoples have trekked leaving none of them unsatisfied or disappointed. The risks involved is totally worth the experience gained from it.

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About Author

Mukti is is the founder and CEO of Himalayas on Foot. He started Himalayas on Foot in 2008 after working as a trekking porter, guide and then a sales manager for a decade.

He has done most of the treks in Nepal such as Everest Base Camp, Annapurna Base Camp, Manaslu Circuit Trek, Poon Hill, Langtang Trek, Annapurna Circuit, etc. Apart from Nepal, he has also travelled to Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Hong Kong, China, Finland, Norway, Germany, Belgium, France and USA.

Mukti was also secretary of Trekking Agency Association of Nepal (TAAN) for the year 2015-2017. TAAN is an umbrella association of trekking agencies in the Nepal.

He speaks fluent English, Japanese and Nepali.

Mukti is friendly and he is the one who answers most of your trip questions. So if you have any inquiry about our trip, don't be shy. Write to us.

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