Why trekking is important for every traveler?
For mind blowing views
Meeting fellow travelers
A break from usual schedule
Trekking Help to increase stamina to keep body more fit .(Dont trekk you are not 100% fit for it)
List of Things to Carry on Hiking or Trekking Trip
Water Bottle: A savior in many ways
No need to stress the fact that a water bottle is nothing but a very precious thing to have on any hiking or trekking trip. When you are hiking, your body dehydrates but most times due to cold or cool temperature, you do not realize you are sweating. Hence, sipping water from your bottle frequently will keep you hydrated.
Munching Items: Trail Mix, Dry Fruits, Chocolates or Energy Bars
When you are hiking or trekking, you lose energy much faster than you anticipate. Munching few things every now and then will keep your energy level optimum. I always carry a mix of items such as a pack of trail mix, some dry fruits or nuts, few chocolates like Snickers or you can carry some energy bars too. The advantage of carrying these munching items is that they take less space and easier to carry than too much of real food without worry about spillovers.
Daypack or Backpack – Travel Light & Organized
A good daypack or a backpack always helps you keep your things well organized on any hike or a trek. There is a wide variety of backpacks available.
I will recommend investing in a good backpack or a daypack which will help you feel light and less sweaty on the back. A good backpack or daypack must protect your gear or items from at least light rain/snow and also provide easy access or organization of your items.
Trekking Shoes or Hiking Boots – Walk the talk on your Hike or Trek
We believe the quality, comfort, and protection offered by a good pair of trekking shoes or hiking boots far outweighs any other trekking or hiking gear you may have
ever purchased. If you have started hiking or trekking or looking forward to it, I will highly recommend saving and investing money in a comfortable, lightweight,
sturdy, warm and waterproof pair of hiking shoes providing good ankle protection and a firm grip on slippery surfaces. The waterproof factor shall not be ignored while
purchasing a good pair of hiking boots as it can essentially prove an important factor in successful completion of your trek.
Swiss Knife – A multi-purpose toolset
Well, you will be surprised to know that this little piece of handy toolset called Swiss Knife has proven to be handy in more situations than I remember now. It has proved very helpful in not just my hiking or trekking trips but for all kinds of trips.
Torchlight or Flashlight – Find the way in dark
In case it gets late or dark while coming back from the day’s hike, a torchlight or flashlight can prove to be a lifesaver.
Medical Kit or First-aid Kit – Helps patch up basic health issues
Last but not the least, you must carry basic medical kit with creams for burns, bruises, antiseptic lotions, bandages, bandaids etc.. You never know when small medical first-aid kits may help you or a fellow hiker or trekker with minors health issues including burns, cuts or bruises…
Sunglasses – Save those eyes
TREKKING TIPS, TREKKING TIPS FOR BEGINNERS
We have been on a number of treks in the Sahyadris and hence thought of putting some tips that might be useful for fellow trekkers.
These are some real basic trekking tips that will be helpful for any trekker. You do not want to end up messing up your entire trek because you did not follow the basics.
Start with Easy Treks
If you have not been on treks before then you should definitely start with easy treks which require less time for hiking. Also ensure that your group members are at
your level so that you can learn together. We remember starting with easy forts like Sinhagad or Lohgad near Pune and then going for tough treks like Torna and the Mighty Salher.
Get the Right Gear-Shoes, Clothing, backpacks, water containers, everything is important on treks. Ensure that you have the right gear for both one day and multiple
day treks. Never go unprepared.
Always keep a checklist of items that you need to carry and ensure that you pack stuff the night before your trek. If you have no idea what trekking gear is required,
you can check our Trekking Equipment page for more details.
Packing stuff effectively is also an important step while preparing for a trek. Most people, pack their backpack in a hurry and end up not taking the essentials.
Ranger Rolling clothes can help you save upto 40% of space in your backpack. Here is a video of how you can Ranger Roll a T-Shirt.
Do Not OVERDO Things -Keep a check on each others activity while trekking.
Do not try random things beyond your limits like climbing extreme rock patches, crossing waterfalls, standing on
the edge for clicking selfies, etc. There have been incidents with us where a few members were stuck on rock patches while trying to go through shortcuts.
Time shouldn't be a factor in Trekking. Short cuts are a strict NO.
Whether to go with an Organizer?
If you have been on 5+ treks then we think you do not need an Organizer, given that you can take care of group members who might not have enough trekking
experience. For beginners, we would recommend that you go with trekking groups at first and then try doing things alone. The only con with going with an Organizer is
that they have a very strict schedule and you have to stick to it. it Can be a bit annoying sometimes when you want time on your own for photos or whatever personal.
If there are kids with you, then definitely go with an Organizer.
They have ample of safety equipment and have experienced staff who can help you with almost everything on a trek.
Women in your Group?If there are females in your group, its highly recommended that your group size should be large.
There should be atleast 8-9 males in the group. The crime rate is definitely going high these days and you do not want unwanted trouble on your treks.
Also ensure that you avoid going to very isolated locations for trekking. Rural Police do not have enough manpower to keep a watch on everything.