Here are 15 trekking tips for you: We asked. You replied. Thank you for sharing your favourite trekking tips with us.
We agree with all of these, particularly the ones about making it your trek and doing it your way. They’re in no specific order; no tip is better than the other.
I got a great tip while at Classic: Stop! Stand still. Take a step to the right, turn around and enjoy the view!
Plan a route that focuses on quality not quantity. It may be 5km or 15km, but the idea is to enjoy not ensure (for most of us anyway). That’s not to say it has to be easy; but remember why you trek – enjoyment.
My ultimate tip would be to learn to get wet.
Trekking poles are really important for me.
The best way to have an enjoyable trek is to get to know your gear before the trek starts and to listen to your instincts and your body.
Get the ultimate guide/Sherpa that’ll get you more than just a ‘trek’, but a life experience. I went trekking in Nepal and was unforgettable because I had an amazing Sherpa!
It’s not a race; go at your own pace. Slow is good because you see more. Make sure you stop, look around and listen.
Take less stuff with you.
Plan your trip. Know where to find water, where to take it slow and always bring a paper map and compass because you know that at some point your electronic equipment will break. And only bring what you really need but ensure that your gear choices fulfil more than just one purpose.
Carry as much gear you are comfortably able to carry. There is no point going lightweight only to be cold, wet and hungry. But at the same time, luxury stuff with aching shoulders and fatigue isn’t good either. So really think about what you pack.
Pack light, stay dry and eat well.
Prepare and plan your gear, your body and your mind.
Don’t be afraid to turn back if you’re unsure of the way or the weather swings against you. A wise man once said: the mountains will still be there.
Never forget toilet paper. Never!
Walk for yourself, not anyone else.