Trekking is a long journey that teaches you many important life lessons, energizes your spirit & lets you observe the beauty of nature closely. Far from your busy life, you discover the new existence of spiritual land when trekking.
At the point when your feet get heavier and you need to slow down – you learn the meaning of patience in life. So, trekking is much more than just a race, it’s a happiness that you take with you.
If you are planning to take your first trek then there are a few things you really need to ensure a pleasant and safe trekking experience. From planning the date to planning the gears, every novice or experienced trekkers follow these top tips for their trekking.
So, here are the top “7 trekking tips for Beginners in 2022” for you to help with your trekking.
1) Pick your Trek & Train for it:
Trekking in Nepal is categorized into three different types of trekking levels i.e., easy, moderate, and hard. Easy treks are those which are below 2,500m elevation and consist of 3-4 hours of walk. Check our “10 best short treks in Nepal” if you haven’t seen it yet. You will know why they are called easy treks.
Moderate treks are below 3,500m/4,000m elevation and consist of 5-7 hours of walk. As for hard-level treks, these are above 4,000m and consist of more than 5-8 hours of walk. Most of the Everest Region treks are moderate to hard level treks.
Basically, what this confirms is that you should train your body according to the level of trek you are wanting to go. Training implies building your stamina in this circumstance not building your muscle. There are many benefits of training for trekking. The most effective way to begin is to reduce your smoking and drinking consumption. Some training programs like hiking, cycling, and yoga also benefit you to build your stamina for trekking. Check our complete fitness for trekking if your want a detailed guide.
2) Wisely choose your Agent and Guide
There are lots of good trekking agencies in Nepal and finding the right one is not so hard. With varieties of services and prices, you can find the best one that you desire. However, checking the legal documents of that company and checking the background of the company can be a smart way to plan the trek.
The only common mistake that trekkers do after booking a trek is neglecting to pick their guide wisely which can sometimes ruin the trek. A face-to-face conversation with the guide allows for a better exchange of information and allows a strong bond. The main thing that you need to seek inside the guide is honesty. He / She also should understand and communicate with you. You don’t want to end up with a silent guide who doesn’t understand what you are saying.
3) Check the Itinerary & Cost inclusion/exclusion:
Trekking packages are displayed to attract customers but don’t let them trick you. You may miss some vital information just by looking at the price and discounts only. So always have a curiosity while booking with an agent. The main point to watch out for in a package is itinerary and costs inclusions/exclusions.
The itinerary is displayed as an outline itinerary and detailed itinerary. So, don’t simply read the outline itinerary and plan your trek. You should always read the detailed itinerary and cost inclusion-exclusion carefully. What’s more, remember to print out the itinerary and all other details for future reasons too. If you are satisfied with what you read then contact the agent and proceed. Similarly, the itinerary can be customized as you desire too.
4) Prepare Extra Cash & Utilize it well:
Bringing extra cash with you is compulsory when trekking in any region of Nepal. Even though you have paid for your trek, you will still need money to buy water in trekking regions. What’s more, you will need money for charging your gadgets, Wi-Fi and for taking a hot shower too. Similarly, if you need to buy any souvenirs then you will need cash.
The hot water costs from $2-$5 per bottle, $5 for Wi-Fi, and $5 for taking a hot shower which is a fundamental need when trekking. Among these choices, you can exclude Wi-Fi because most of the time the Wi-Fi will not work due to poor signal. You can take a hot shower only when you need it but not daily. 1 bottle of hot water can be made into 2 bottles of warm water. And you will have a water purifier too for safety reasons.
5) Don’t forget to do your Travel Insurance:
Travel insurance is mandatory because it covers all your loss during travel & trekking in Nepal such as accidents, sickness, evacuation, or any stolen/damage to your baggage. However, don’t be confused about the trekking insurance in Nepal. The insurance of Nepal only covers guides and porters, not foreign people while trekking. This is why you will need to do travel insurance by yourself.
When you are making your travel insurance, please do read if it covers up to 6000m altitude or not. Only then you are ready to trek in Nepal.
6) Pack what you need & Wear for success:
When it comes to packing, your backpack should be light and have some space left. Fold your clothes efficiently, heavy stuff at the bottom, toiletries at the top, and daily usable items in pockets where you can reach easily. These things are very essential for beginners to professionals.
If you are confused about what to pack then it might help you “What to pack for Everest Base Camp”. You can also rent some of the mandatory things in the Nepal market before trekking to your destinations.
Similarly, the key to wearing comfortably during trekking is to avoid cotton clothes. A base layer with insulating properties like wool or synthetic material such as nylon or polyester is good to go. Depending on the trails of trekking regions, you will need a hat, sunglass, gloves, and raincoat compulsory. Similarly, you will have a porter which will carry up to 25kg of your load when trekking.
7) Listen to your Guide & Plan Ahead:
“Listen to your Guide” sounds a basic hint however very valuable all the time when trekking in Nepal. In fact, this is one of the important tips for you.
Guides are like a guardian for you and they only think about what might work best for you while trekking. From serving you food to managing your accommodations, everything is done by your guide. Every day they will explain the following destinations beforehand which is very crucial to plan ahead.
A good guide will always assist you, explain cultures, plan, and make your trek successful. Being able to adapt to any situation is one of the abilities of an experienced guide. Thus, always listen to your guide. Besides that, you need to be careful when trekking. Change your walking pace according to the time to reach the destinations.
Thus, this concludes our “Top 7 trekking tips for beginners for 2022”. I hope from these tips you will get better at trekking and share your story with us. If you have any questions then you can contact us or speak to one of our professional guides at +977 9860152876.