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10 essential trekking tips for beginners

Ritam Dutta
21 Aug 2016
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10 essential trekking tips for beginners

Trekking is the most thrilling experience to every adventurist.  Many treks are strenuous and strictly not for novices. As an amateur trekker, you might feel a bit nervous. Just because you are a beginner does not at all mean that you cannot carry out an exciting and memorable trekking tour. All you need to do is follow some basic tips and guidelines.

Know your trekking essentials

Being well equipped with essentials is mandatory for a pleasant and enthralling trekking tour. Here is the list of items you must carry with you on your trekking tour:
A rucksack bag that can carry all the necessary items

  • Few cotton shirts
  • A sweater in chilled weather
  • A pair of woolen trousers
  • Three pairs of underwear as you may wash it on tour
  • Wind-gear and rain-gear having a hood
  • Sun hat
  • Woolen hat
  • Woolen gloves
  • Cotton socks
  • Woolen socks
  • Raincoat
  • Waterproofed trekking boots
  • Hood Jackets
  • Personal first-aid kit for headaches, dysentery etc.
  • Essential medicines like antiseptic cream, surgical tape, band aids, sun cream, odomos etc.
  • Tablets to purify the water
  • Toilet kit that includes extra towel, toilet paper and soap
  • Torches with extra cells
  • Two pair of Sunglasses
  • Water bottle
  • Pocketknife
  • Plastic bags
  • Weight daypack
  • Waterproof Duffel bag

Choose an Easy Trek First

Being a beginner, you should not go for the tough treks as they are generally meant for the experts and veterans. Choosing an easy trek first will be a wise move as you will get experience, enjoy the thrill and can relish a wonderful tour on such trek as an amateur. A tough trek may prove hazardous for you.

Be sure of your medical fitness

Medical checkup should be the first and foremost priority before planning to trek. While trekking, many trekkers suffer from breathing, cold, cough, stomach malfunction, etc. It is your responsibility to inform the trek manager if you have any medical problems. Moreover, while on the trail, you must tell him if you are suffering from dysentery, bad blisters or headache.

Make thorough study of the location

The planning and research for the trek should be done very carefully. A thorough study is very essential for a beginner. Only after proper research on the location and climate, you may encounter during the trek. You can do further planning of your excursion.

Must follow proper scheduling

Make a comprehensive schedule when you are planning for your adventure; the schedule should be designed as per the climate and situation of the destination. You should make sure that you have informed a relative or a friend about your schedule, as they can come to your aid if you get into any problem.

Must aware of your budget

Important factors of the tour such as expenses of food, accommodation, etc. should be given enough consideration while planning a budget. The money you are carrying should be a little more than what has been estimated, as there are many unforeseen expenses that may come up during the trekking trip.

You must be familiar with your limitations

If you have no habit of walking very long distances then you should try covering short distances at a go. Fatigue is a general problem that the beginners usually face while on an excursion. You must be aware of your physical strength and endurance, so instead of letting others to decide for you make your own decisions. Keep your limitations in consideration. You should keep up your confidence while trekking. As a beginner, you will feel the ultimate thrill on the trekking tour. If you follow all the tips and guidelines properly, you will complete a memorable tour that you will never forget in your entire life!

Recheck after packing all essentials

As you are a beginner, you must know that the foodstuffs and clothes are something that may not be available during the trek. Hence, you must carry food and clothes in sufficient amount. You must recheck the quality of the clothes that should be good as during the trail, there is a possibility of clothes being torn. Moreover, it is not easy to wash clothes while on a tour.
While packing your rucksack, you must divide the equipments according to following sub-divisions:

  • What you are going to wear on the trail
  • What you have to carry in the daypack
  • What you are going to pack in the duffel bag

Take extra care of your camera

  • Camera and film – bring plenty of them, as film is expensive and not easily available
  • Camera with many fully charged batteries
  • Binoculars for distance viewing

Additional Info: Permission for Filming

If you are planning to shoot a movie (with 16mm/35mm camera) during the trek, you must take permission from the Government officials. However, there is no requirement of any permits for ordinary video shooting or photography anywhere in the world.

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Authored By Ritam Dutta

Ritam Dutta is an official partner of "Day On My Plate". He is an entrepreneur in mind and passionate blogger by heart. Moreover, he is also an academician, author, public speaker, investor, and internet personality.


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