When you’re out on a trek for the first time, it’s obvious that you might commit a few harmless mistakes in excitement. While most of them are trivial enough to be let go, some of them can prove to be expensive for you. Going on a trekking trip is not a cakewalk as it seems to be from the pictures shared by hikers. It takes immense physical and mental strength apart from firm determination. It won’t always be a bed of roses. Sometimes it might get too cold while other times it’s hot. Before venturing out on a trek, make sure that you know about the risks involved with it beforehand.
This way, you won’t make silly mistakes during the trip. In this blog, we have collated all the common mistakes first-time trekkers tend to make. Make sure that you’re not one of them.
1. Going too fast
If you want to complete a round trip in just a couple of hours, take our advice and go by a chopper. Trekking means patience and perseverance. You cannot make haste and expect yourself to be safe. Going too fast can cause injuries apart from taking a toll on your health. In case of high altitude treks, going too fast can speed up your heartbeat causing serious health concerns.
2. Packing heavy
Be it trekking or a regular sightseeing trip, never pack heavy. Many trekkers pack extra clothes thinking that they might need them in case of emergency. But most of them end up carrying them on their shoulders for no reason.
3. Not carrying the trekking stick
You believe that your knees are strong enough to get you through the trekking, then let us correct you. Most of the trekkers skip carrying the trekking pole. But to maintain stability especially while descending, a trekking stick is important. So save your energy and carry a trekking pole.
4. Heading out without a guide
There are some simple treks that don’t need you to use a trekking guide. But some are complex enough to make you lose your way. Don’t be careless to head out on a trek without a guide. The well experienced guides will not only guide you way but will also help you in finding an accommodation up there. They might also know some beautiful places that are not very popular among the tourists.
5. Carrying a DSLR
If you’re going on a trek just to put pictures on your social media, then pick those easy ones which require only a couple of hours of ascend. Carrying a heavy DSLR on your shoulders with a heavy backpack will only make your experience worse. If you have a smartphone, it is suffice to click decent pictures.
6. Not carrying sunscreen and sunglasses
Maybe you don’t get tan when roaming out in sunlight but in case of mountain sun, the tan is not something trivial. If you want to avoid the painful sun tan, carry a strong sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses with you. The harmful UV rays can do more damage than you can imagine.
7. Going without warm clothes
Even if it is summer back in your plain region, temperatures in mountains can be drastically extreme. In night, the mountains can go very cold. Carry a good quality thermal, jacket, socks and gloves to protect yourself from the cold winds.
8. Not studying enough about the trek
Most of the people are overconfident that they can trek the steepest mountains without any help. But trust the experience globetrotters, going a trek without doing proper homework can ruin your entire trip. The internet is full of personal blogs and articles by people who have gone on the same trek before. Learn from their experience and don’t repeat the same mistakes they did.
9. Wear proper trekking shoes
There’s a difference between a regular sport shoe and a trekking shoe. The trekking shoes have hedgehog sole that are hard enough to absorb any rough or sharp terrain. Also, trekking shoes are lighter than the regular walking shoes. After all, you don’t have to walk a thousand steps on an inclined surface with your walking shoes.
10. Not carrying a first aid kit
No matter how strong you are, you never know what circumstances you might face there. Carry a proper first aid kit with you. Also, carry a small sewing kit to repair those end moment clothes rip off. They can also be used to repair the tent that might leak through the rain. Also carry a duct tape to repair the backpack in case it tears off.