It’s been a while since my last trip to the mountains, and I still believe that it was the best experience of my life. From getting frostbites in the cold to eating throat burning Maggi, the memories can’t seem to escape me.
I don’t know if I will be able to hold my heart and not plan another impromptu visit to the heaven on earth, but I do want to share my experiences as a beginner while being on the trek.
As a newbie, I got a lot of things right, but I also got a lot of things wrong. If you pack for a pouch, you are dealt with a punch.
So, here are some of the things I wish I knew before my first trip to the Himalayas:
#1 Pack appropriately for the journey
Trekking Shoes, layers of clothes, trekking poles, basic medicines, sunscreen, and a water bottle are the musts for travel. You mustn’t ignore them and also, not go overboard with it. Stick to your conscience and always carry a list.
#2 Be careful about the food you ingest
I know. I know. No one wants to snack on veggies, but you must include some greenery in your diet while you are trekking. It is easy to get sick and ruin your health, and thus, make sure you have enough nutrients into your body.
#3 Choosing a trusted Guide
No matter how “confident” you are with your knowledge, do not skip out on getting a coach for the journey. Someone I knew of made this mistake, and they regretted it terribly.
#4 Keep buffer days and inform your itinerary to your loved ones
To save yourself from fatigue, make sure you have planned your trip in a fashion that allows rest and recharge. Keeping buffer days also ensures you are accommodating the real challenges you will face on the trip.
Be safe and have fun. I am rooting for you.
Toodles for now!