So I am a girl living in a big city , working through the day (or rather, evenings and nights 😅) in the IT industry, seldom having a one to one with mother nature.You all know what it does to you.
I am no lesser victim of this regular city life.
So one fine day, after so many “No”s and “Will See” from my lazy doubtful brain, the heart finally won with it’s loud “YES” ! And I took no time to book the tickets to Manali.
The plan was to meet a certain group of trekkers from all over India to go on a 6 day Lower Himalayan Trek starting from Prini till Chattru via Hampta Pass.
After months of sedentary and well equipped city life , when you plan a High Altitude Trek through the mountains and passes , there are certain things you must prepare yourself for.
This is the first and foremost requirement when you are going to trek for days in the mountains on a high altitude.
Hey, nobody wants to suffer from fatigue, joint pain and backaches at the end of the day.Plan your trek at least two months ahead.
Set up a strict fitness regimen starting from day Your fitness plan should contain 70% Cardio and 30% of Strength Training (it may vary from person to person).
With time you may increase the intensity of your workouts. Cardio is required to built stamina of the lungs as it is going to be difficult breathing in the thin air on high altitudes.
Running up and down the floors using stairways of your building will do the trick.
For Strength Training try to include more exercise which focus on leg muscles and joints such as Squats and Lunges. This will help you maintain a constant pace when you are going up the mountains , carrying your 6-8 kg rucksack.
Remember, it’s never about completing the trek. It’s about enjoying every single bit of it!
2. Untamed Weather
You never know when Zeus experiences boredom and decides to shower you with rains or even hailstorms when you are in the middle of your trek. One moment it will be clear sky, the next it will be raining all dogs and dogs (came across Zero cats there 😋).
So it is advised to keep your rucksack always covered in rain cover and your rain coat handy.Avoid those well promoted “ponchos”. They are very unmanageable specially in strong winds and while decending a mountain.
Best is to keep a three in one jacket which works as Windcheater , Raincoat as well as Warmer (you can find one in Decathlon). You can wear trek pants made of water resistant material.
Also go for waterproof trekking shoes , though they are expensive.
Believe me, you don’t want your toes and foot be all numb when you are in that precarious position on a mountain side. You don’t want any infections to develop either.
Keep your cap on your head. It may seem pleasant but the sun shines real bright. For winter treks you may need goggles/shades to save your eyes from snow glare.
3. Eco Friendly Mindset
This is the mindset that our mother nature expects from all of us, irrespective of the place we are.
In cities, there are systems set up to manage the biodegradable and non-biodegradable, toxic and non-toxic garbage. You don’t think about it when throwing something in the dumpster.
But in the mountains (or anywhere in nature) , there is no system to manage artificial/man-made garbage. Even a small wrapper of toffee harms the eco system.You can do below things to show your appreciation and love to mother nature.
A. Keep handy a separate small bag to put any kind of mettalic, plastic, unnatural thing you pick up while on your trek. Dispose it off when you reach the city.
Below is the picture of plastic bottle filled with all compressed plastic wrappers found on the way while trekking. This also can be used as an “upcycled brick” for small constructions.
B. Avoid using wet wipes. They are non-biodegradable. Yes I know it’s tedious to get your business done in a dry toilet. But please use soft toilet paper to seal the deal.
Women please use a separate ziplock bag to collect your used sanitary pads wrapped in a paper and dispose them off in the city after the trek.
C. Avoid having any chocolates ,toffees, energy bars or packaged processed foods.
The best alternative is to have dry fruits, peanuts , dates, almonds, glucose water which provide more energy and do not pollute the environment.
D. Last but not the least (and this is an unsaid rule in the mountains) – Please don’t do your business anywhere near the water streams . People drink that water and even you will fill your bottle from that.
Go Clean, Go Green! 😊
4. Medical Emergencies
Prepare your medical kit with all the medicines that you currently intake as well as meds which are for nausea, diarrhea, dysentery, allergies, AMS etc. Keep ORS packets.Keep a crepe bandage as sprains are common while trekking.
Always keep your medical kit handy, and never neglect any smallest of the symptoms such as headache, not feeling hungry, nausea etc. AMS (Acute Mountain Sickness) or Altitude Sickness is fatal.Read more about it here – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Altitude_sickness
5. Explore and have fun!
Like someone has said – It’s not about the destination , it’s about the journey!
You have used your vacations, done bookings , prepared for this , putting yourself to challenges of the trek. So every single nano-second is worth having fun!
Maybe you will feel tired, maybe you will get a momentary low, maybe sometimes you will feel why you even came here. But before opening your mouth to crib, take a deep breath and look around! You are in the best possible place you can be! 😊
Have the spirit to explore more! Wake up a little earlier and roam around your campsite, take pictures ,listen to the song of streams, bees and birds. Breathe in.
Take the paths less taken and be alive every single moment. Because once you are back to your place, you are going to miss those moments like anything.
This post was created with our nice and easy submission form. Create your post!