Trek has entered the English language as one of few words derived from Afrikaans.
It means a long, hard journey.
Me being a great lover of trekking would like to spread this passion to many more.
Trekking is a recreational, educational and conservation-oriented outdoor activity consisting of walking along designated marked trails. The rich bio-diversity of various classes of flora and fauna, mountains, landscapes, remains of forts and our culture and history could be seen and experienced during this activity. Trekking may be a day-trip, or involve night halts at designated camping sites.

How to get the most out of your trek

If  you are planning for a Holidays then why not experiencing a different type of holiday
or perhaps planning a challenging trekking trip.

There are various trekking parameters :-  daily distances, ascent/descent and altitude,etc
Here are few tips which will help you getting maximum of your trek.

Start your trekking warm-up early (Morning Walk,Jogging,Regular Exercise)
Before any trek build your strength and fitness gradually.
Let your body adapt the trekking demands.
This way you can enjoy your training and avoid risking injury.

Correct footwear for your trek
Find a good quality and appropriate footwear for your trek. Make sure you don’t wear brand new shoes. It is very essential that you have a walk training with your shoes.A hiking shoe with ankle protection is important but see to that ankle cuffs that are too high dont irritate your skin. Look for an ankle cuff that is When purchasing your shoes,shop in the afternoon when your feet have expanded slightly so that you get the correct size.

Best Socks
Just focusing on good trekking shoe doesn’t mean forgot about socks. Right shoe & wrong Socks will ruin your trek. Wear the same socks that you intend to use for your trek. Look for materials that wick sweat away but are also waterproof.

Gym to build Leg Strength
Gymnasium exercises such as leg presses and weighted squats, or lunges and bodyweight squats will help to build you Leg strength. Leg Strength is the most important thing for a trek.

Mimic the trekking conditions
Walking practice will be the is important to build your stamina and help to sorts of distances that you will be doing on your trek. Try and mimic the conditions that you will experience as closely as you can. Always practice in the same footwear and clothes and practice with a loaded rucksack – it makes a big difference to your speed over the ground.

Select your rucksack
You will be carrying items such as clothes, food, drink, water, first aid kit, defensive spray, Torch, Rope,sleeping Bag ,etc. So it is very important to select  a best rucksack as per your need.
RuckSack are available in Liters. For 1-2 day trek small rucksack will do.But if trek is from 4-8 days you should have rucksack of minimum 50 liters.Different models of rucksack is available in market.Please select as per your need and comfort. Look for models with adjustable chest and waist straps so that you can position it correctly on your back and also with external compression straps so that the load doesn’t shift. Practice using your rucksack (loaded) as part of your praqctice so that you are used to the weight and position.

Guidelines / Instructions

1.      It is preferable that the members of a trekking group keep same level of physical fitness.  If someone falls behind due   to lack of physical fitness, etc, it is the responsibility of the entire group to ensure that the person is somehow brought to  the camp or base.
2.      Be independent. Carry one's own pack. Pack should not exceed 15 kg.
3.     The trekking should be planned in advance along with the work out of the pace of the trek from point to point. This will enable reaching the destination well before dark, as trekking is dangerous after sunset.
4.     Carry water containers. Fill many bottles with drinking water. Expect some fresh water brooks. You may boil the water for consumption. It works out well. But, be careful in analyzing the brook. Look around for live healthy insects/fish to confirm if the water is consumable. Healthy insects means the water is consumable.
5.     Do not leave the fire that you setup unattended. Put the fire off in the end. Clear the fire area off the dry twigs and grass.
6.      It is expected that the trekkers behave civilly, show respect and cooperate with each other.
7.      Avoid littering, shouting, spitting, singing or using transistors and music systems during the trek.
8.      If a trekker is lost, he should stay at the same spot and keep blowing the whistle at regular interval.  A search party will be organized to find him. He should never react in panic.
9.      Never throw en-route or at camp anything you have brought. Follow Leave No Trace' principle. Collect all waste in the garbage bag & bring it back. If you find any left behind by others, be good enough to collect that too.
10.   Everyone has to follow the instructions of Camp In-charge & instructors
11.  No shortcut in trek
12.  Smoking & Drinking are strictly prohibited.
13.  Anyone found smoking or consuming alcohol will be expelled from trek there and then itself.
14.  Keep the campsite clean
15.  Do carry your Mobile Phones.


Prachi said...

very informative

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