Tips While Going on the Trek Alone

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Trekking refers to a long and arduous journey to the areas where means of transportation are not easily available. It is done typically on foot. Although you should try to trek in a group, but if you are doing it alone, then there are some certain tips that you must follow:

Include all the important aspects while planning: Planning should be done thoroughly before going on a trek. There are some points to follow while planning:
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Decide the Place and Research Facts: You are going to trek alone so decide the place carefully. You should do proper research upon exact location and climate of the place where you are going to trek. Then only you can proceed to plan further.

Design Schedule: You should design the itinerary properly while planning. Design the schedule according to the climatic conditions. Travel only when the climate is clear.

Budgeting: While setting the budget you should never forget to include important points like accommodation expenses, food expenses, etc. Double the budget what you have estimated as there can be many unforeseen expenses.

Do fail-Proof packing: As you are trekking alone, you should remember that there will be no one to help you with the clothes or food stuffs in the trek. You should set up your gear with the clothes enough in quantity to cope up with the climatic conditions. Food should be sufficient in quantity according to the time you will be on the trek. Keep good quantity of clothes with you. There can be a problem of washing or drying clothes, so you should be well-prepared. If the climate is cold, wear two socks in a leg- One thin inner sock and then a woolen one. It keeps your leg-skin away from the marks caused of friction.

Start with positive frame of mind: Make sure that you are starting with a positive frame of mind. You are trekking alone, so being in right frame of mind is as important as the physical preparation. You are not allowed to get frightened on the high altitudes as it will harm you only. So if t any moment is frustrating, keep yourself calm. Leave enough leeway in your itinerary that you won’t feel upset if your plans go twisted. Never try to cross rivers or swift flowing streams barefoot: your boots will always dry out, but sprained ankles will result into the end of trek. So never lose faith in yourself during the trek.

Read the Weather Report Before Starting: Safety always comes first. You should know about how the weather is going to be today. If the weather does not suit trekking, never try to be adventurous. Trek only when the climate is suitable.

Carry the GPS and the Guidebooks of Destination: Graphical Positioning system is something that you must carry with you while trekking. It indicates your current position, your initial position and the path you have taken. If you lose your way, you may take its help and get the right directions. But you cannot rely on the GPS completely as there is the risk of battery being empty. For this, you should carry the guidebooks of the place you are trekking. In the end what you will rely on mainly to find the way is your own “trail sense.” If you do locate yourself of a trail that doesn’t appear to be right don’t be too obstinate and go back over your steps to where you went wrong.  For instance, if you are trekking a mountain, Trails across glaciers and rocky areas are often marked with cairns (stone heaps) they can be difficult to find in some cases, but with practice you will learn to pick them out.  The most important part of navigation on the trail is if you meet somebody on the trail,  then ask him / her and  make sure you get reliable directions.  You can also speak to and confirm with multiple people if available. Basically trail navigation is a mix of analysis of maps, common sense, and a good sense of direction.

Tell someone of your whereabouts: For the sake of your own security, make any of your friend or family members aware of your location. Call them when you reach back too. Keeping them informed will help you as whenever you are in trouble, they can come as your aide.

Carry all the important gear including a medical kit: You are on the trek alone so you have to take medical care yourself. Carry a first aid box. Try to be as safe as possible. Never try to be over-daring. You may lose your path and go far away from the place where you have started, so extra cloth and eatables with help you cope up with these situations.

Problems that may arise: Trekking experience can be daunting as well as thrilling. There are some challenges for the un-warned- the first is the physical effort required.   The second one is sickness. No matter how careful you are, count on some usually trivial bowel problems or even a day you wish to forget. Luckily, these seem trifling compared to the whole fantastic experience.

Know your Limitations: Your limitations are something that you should always keep in mind when you are trekking. Always remember that fatigue can creep up to you so never go very long if you rarely work out. You should know your physical strength. You should also take care of the amount of food you have taken with you. If it is not enough to continue, you must go back. One very important aspect you should take into account is the dark. If there is not enough light, go back else you will lose your way.

One should take proper care of himself while being on the trek alone. Trekking if done with proper planning and concern, results into a safe as well as enthralling adventure at the same time.

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Having an experience of more than 16 yrs in the Himalayas, Arun is the main driving force & mentor at the Peak Adventure Tours, a leading adventure travel agency in India offers trekking tours in Indian Himalayas including Nepal, Bhutan & Tibet. A long history with exceptional experiences he is the “Marathon Man” in the field of adventure. Today Arun looks after the Peak Adventure and shapes & designs the venture of the organization. He is contributing to this blog as a regular guest author.


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