THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO!
As trekking in mountains involves days of continuous walking on unfamiliar terrains, so you should prepare yourself by walking/ running before going for a trek. The trek might start with a warm climate but it generally ends on a cold mountaintop where temperature dropping to extreme level is common so you need to carry warm clothes and essential trekking kit (eg. sleeping bags, wind and waterproof outer layers, trousers, shorts along with other goodies is a wise option). But, make sure that your backpack is light (10 kg max.) so that you find it easier to carry while you walk.
The acclimatization makes or breaks your trekking experience. If you move slowly from lower to higher altitude, you are less likely to suffer from high altitude sickness. Take a day off to rest and relax, it will buy some time for your body to get used to atmospheric pressure and lack of oxygen. The altitude varies drastically during the trek! If you travel rapidly without proper acclimatization, you can suffer from thumping headache and acute mountain sickness (AMS). This would affect you and your journey immensely. You don’t want to take a flight out, do you? So remember, stay slow and stay safe.
Local guides and porters
Local guides can add a sense of connectedness and understanding to an area and by using porters you will only need to carry a day pack of around 12 to 15 pounds. If going on your first trek in Nepal it may be worthwhile to have the assistance of these experienced locals and, relative to the hard work they do, the extra cost is minimal.
when you don’t drink enough water during a day-long walk, you increase your chances of suffering from dehydration. So, I suggest you to have few sips of water every half an hour, at least 3 litres of water throughout a 4- 5-hour trek, to keep your body hydrated. But always drink boiled/ filtered/ treated/ bottled water unless you’ve got a really tough immune system.
Other must-have items for a trek
- First aid kit.
- Personal medications.
- Antibiotics for upper respiratory and stomach illness.
- Headlamp with extra bulb and batteries.
- Toilet paper.
- Hand sanitizer and plenty of it. Be an obsessive hand cleaner!
- Down jacket. At some point you’ll wish you had it!
- Digital camera