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Get ready for trekking

Trekking is an enjoyable way to experience nature and access remote terrain.

india Updated: Mar 26, 2010 02:07 IST

Trekking is an enjoyable way to experience nature and access remote terrain. Here are a few things one should keep in mind when setting out for a trek:

Study a map or guide to know the terrain you’ll be hiking. Use a compass.

Obtain necessary permits, reserve camp sites in advance, and check local regulations to avoid fines.

Try to understand the area’s weather patterns and accommodate for the special time of the year. Always be prepared for the worst weather.

It’s easy to perspire, even in the winter, so dress appropriately in layers and be prepared for changing conditions. Use a cotton inner inside your sleeping bag.

Avoid wearing jeans or cotton clothing. Wear polypropylene, wool or other materials that wick moisture away and dry quickly. Always wear and carry extra pair of sturdy shoes. On a snowy terrain, always carry an ice axe with you, as there may be a possibility that the terrain is blocked by ice, and you have to cut it through.

Always carry matches in water-resistant zip lock bags.

Before packing your knapsack, weigh your baggage and figure out how long you can carry it without straining yourself.