Trekking may be an exploration for the new tribe, but a craving for the existing trekkers. There is one thing which is common between a beginner and an experienced trekker, which is the will-power to take action by listening to their calling, their pounding heart. Other than the fact that social media has given trekking a new platform, strong recognition, and a trending impact to be proud of, trekking was/is/will be a constant desire for the ones who are not naive, who loves taking challenges, whose hearts are ready to see beyond what they are capable of, and who believe that there is more to the story.
Nowadays there are several reasons why people go for intermediate to advanced level treks, many of which are done in some of the highlighted parts of India. One of such reasons is to break the monotony of life, to gain a new outlook, and to become self-motivated. Unknowingly, people get drawn back to such outdoor fitness activities because even in exhaustion one learns more than what is expected. The instant relief from stress, anxiety, tensions in the natural healing process is done by the exploration of the true beauty of nature, and its forces.
Now, to ensure that your journey is what you are expecting, you must avoid some common mistakes done by the new-trekkers, and look closely on the tips given below:
- Make an Itinerary
Like any other place, India also has easy, moderate, and hard level treks. If you are a beginner, then without any doubt the first suggestion would be to start with easy treks. Don’t be too ambitious in a foreign country as you are unaware of the geographical boundaries or the topographical changes. Therefore, avoid going for a solo trip (without a guide), and instead make a proper itinerary so that the dense forests, wildlife, foreign faces, and huge mountains don’t scare you into getting lost in the woods before you could start enjoying the beauty.
- Learn basic Hindi language words
You might know the meaning of ‘Namaste’ which is ‘hello’, but you may not know the meaning of many other basic words. Even though India is a secular country, but that doesn’t overshadow the fact that it is religious, have regional ethnicities, and multiple regional identities. In case of any disruption or even a friendly argument, one must be aware of the basic things that the person is conversing about or trying to communicate. Always a perk to learn any language, never a drawback! So, try doing that wherever you are going for your next trek.
(Pretty sure your friends back home would be impressed too).
- Decide your Budget
Sure, India is a cheap country, but making a budget is still important. Treks can be very uncertain sometimes, so pre-plan your expenses on food, accommodation, and other miscellaneous expenditures like shopping. The need for tents is pretty obvious if you plan to go on a long trek, and the prices are not fixed at such remote areas so planning your budget will only make your life easier and trip memorable!
- Trekking Essentials
Carry the right gear to protect your trekking essentials like keep waterproof jackets, windcheaters, trekking boots, waterproof cover for your backpack, hat, sunglasses and so on. The campsites in India are going to allure you with the panoramic views of nature, so it’s understood that you might want to capture the moment, therefore be one step ahead of your game, and keep your camera gear protected.
- Safety measures
Being in a foreign country can be a little daunting, even though very exciting. It’s always better to take precautions for the challenges which are thrown your way. Be it any country, the chances of a foreigner getting robbed, looted is always a possibility if not a certainty. You will get to hear that local people are all very friendly rather respectful towards outsiders in India since they believe in treating their guests as God. No doubt they go out of their way to help the people in need, but corruption exists everywhere in the world. So, keep your safety mode on by keeping your money safe, and helpline numbers handy.
- Medical First-Aid, and a Guide
There are necessary steps you need to follow and take precautions before starting your trek. Keeping your first-aid box is a must in order to be prepared for any minor or major injuries along the way, to avoid deadly infections, as you will not find any medical support during your trek.
- Check weather updates
Nature does not give you a date to start your trek; it has its own mood-swings. So, the climatic changes affect the weather conditions dramatically. In India, if you are seeing sunshine today, tomorrow may be full of clouds and heavy showers. One cannot figure out, especially if you are going to the top of the mountain where the frequency of weather change is very high.