A BEGIN­NER’S GUIDE TO TREKKING

Are you plan­ning an ex­cit­ing hik­ing trip this mon­soon? If yes, here is a list of what you need to keep in mind to make such tours mem­o­rable

Hindustan Times (Patna) - Live - - Lifestyle - An­jali Shetty an­jali.shetty@htlive.com

Does the idea of hik­ing and trekking dur­ing mon­soon ex­cite you? How­ever, are you won­der­ing how to go about it? Well, here are a few prac­ti­cal and es­sen­tial tips to pre­pare you for your trek.

Shri­pad Sap­kal, an ad­ven­ture junkie and the founder of a pop­u­lar ad­ven­ture sports equip­ment store, says that one should be aware of their phys­i­cal fit­ness lev­els be­fore plan­ning a trip. He says, “You should con­sult a physi­cian be­fore an ad­ven­ture trip. Your doc­tor should de­clare you med­i­cally fit to go ahead with the travel you have planned.”

WORK ON YOUR PHYS­I­CAL FIT­NESS

Depend­ing on the grade and du­ra­tion of the trek, one should ex­er­cise reg­u­larly to build the re­quired phys­i­cal and men­tal fit­ness lev­els. Sap­kal says, “Start with some ba­sic ex­er­cises such as jog­ging, cy­cling and swim­ming to im­prove your flex­i­bil­ity, strength and to in­crease your stamina.” These ac­tiv­i­ties, clubbed with some breath­ing ex­er­cises, will be ben­e­fi­cial for your trekking trip.

BE WELL-PRE­PARED

Apart from fit­ness lev­els, one should also be aware of the other things re­lated to the trip. Pratik Shir­sath, a civil en­gi­neer and trekking en­thu­si­ast, says it is im­por­tant that you have the right in­for­ma­tion about the place you are vis­it­ing.

Shir­sath says, “You should know about the place in de­tail and its weather con­di­tions. Keep in mind the du­ra­tion of your hol­i­day while pack­ing your bags. Make sure you carry good trekking shoes, proper clothes (rain­proof or wind­proof jack­ets, depend­ing on the tem­per­a­ture and weather con­di­tions), re­quired equip­ment, per­sonal toi­letries, a torch, ID proofs and med­i­cal kit. Don’t for­get to pack a good amount of food, wa­ter and en­ergy drinks.” Such trips are thrilling but one should not ex­pect them to be com­fort­able. Ac­cord­ingly pre­pare your­self.

OVERNIGHT TREKS

Opt­ing for an overnight trek can be a good idea, says Sap­kal, adding, “An overnight trek gives a com­pre­hen­sive experience of the out­doors and not just trekking. They of­fer a unique experience. How­ever, one should keep in mind the fa­cil­i­ties or re­sources avail­able for it. Also, en­sure that the cho­sen place is safe. Go for it only when the group you are trav­el­ling with has ex­perts who can en­sure your safety and has a fair idea about the place.”

SHOULD YOU GO SOLO?

It is not prefer­able to go for a solo trek if you are a first­time trekker. At times, things might turn out to be dif­fer­ent from what you had ex­pected, so it’s best that you travel with ex­pe­ri­enced trekkers. Rahul Shendge en­joys his solo treks and says, “Al­ways let your fam­ily and friends know about your lo­ca­tion and where­abouts while you are on a trek. It helps in times of cri­sis. Trav­el­ling solo is an en­joy­able experience; how­ever, it should only be done by sea­soned trekkers.”

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