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You’ve heard a lot from your friends and collegues about their trekking experiences and how they changed their life. You’ve browsed through millions of pictures on the internet and hoped that someday you would get a chance to go too. You long to experience nature’s raw beauty and yet how dangerously adventurous it can be.
If the above description defines you, you do not have to wait any longer. It’s about time you set out on your first trek and experienced the joy of conquering the top of the mountain. Especially with monsoons on our head, it’s the best time for your first trek.
So, here are 7 tips to keep in mind before setting out for your most adventurous outing yet!
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Always make sure that you read up A LOT about the place you’re planning to go to. Go on the internet, check out blogs, get in depth information about the possible routes, check out pictures, make sure that you would be able to complete the trek, it’s your first time after all. Try to gather first hand information from people who have already been there too.
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After you have finalised a spot, make sure you list down the trekking essentials you are going to need. The essentials will depend on the nature of your trek. You might not need a lot of stuff if it’s a one-day trek, but if it’s an overnight one, make sure you carry essentials like a torch, enough cash, mosquito repellant creams and other things that you might need. Also, make sure your trekking shoes have enough grip.
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After you’re done packing, go through your backpack one more time. Never forget that you are the only one who has to carry your backpack throughout the climb and the descend. So pack accordingly, because only you know how much you can handle.
Since it’s your first trek, go with a bunch of people who are already experienced. Because you are going to need help while passing through steep areas, muddy slopes and rocky patches. The only way to successfully complete a trek is by helping each other out.
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As much as research is important, it’s not enough in the practical sense of trekking. Make sure to get in touch with the locals. They are very experienced, friendly and will definitely help you with the route and might accompany you as well for your safety. Make sure you get their contact information too, they will definitely help you out the next time you come around.
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Whether you choose to go during the monsoons, winters or summers, ALWAYS make sure that you carry enough water. You might hestiate to drink up because you wouldn’t want to relieve your bladder amidst nature. However, not drinking water while you’re performing exerting activities can cause cramps which are so not welcome amidst the mountains. So don’t be ashamed when nature calls, just keep yourself hydrated and relieve yourself whenever you feel like it. Nature doesn’t mind. *winks*
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Before you start the trek, make sure you have everything you need. Don’t eat a lot but don’t go empty stomach either. Start with some stretching expercises so that your body doesn’t get a surprise when you start the trek.
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Apart from all the above points, the most important one is to make sure that you’re having the time of your life! Happy Trekking!