ARE YOU READY FOR YOUR FIRST SNOW TREK?
Where would you like to go in this sizzling hot summer for a vacation?
To the coolest chilly mountains of Himalayas and to the boat house of Kashmir or the tropical Malabar coast of Kerala and to the rush white waters of Karnataka?
If you want to chase the angels or flee from the demons then you have to skip to the snow tipped glaciers. Rudyard Kipling once said “This is the place of Gods; there is no place for common man”.
Trekking is not an exercise. It’s an experience and a guide to an open mind. Don’t depend on Google maps for your trek, your conscious and love for nature will lead you to your destination. A trek can teach you more than a book on tourism; with each page filled with enthusiasm, suspense and trill.
How do you choose your first snow trek?
Though you have completed 10 successful treks in your life, you still have to be well prepared for your 11th trek. You will need both physical and mental training to achieve great heights. There are few things to consider while choosing your first snow trek.
Temperature: The first of the things to consider is temperature. In the snow clad mountains temperature varies from 6° C to -60° C where as water becomes ice at 0° C. Our body’s thermostat helps in regulating body temperature and avoids blood clotting at this teeth chattering temperature.
Difficulty level: Through it is mentioned that the difficulty level is low in the trekking websites that doesn’t mean that any commoner can do it. Even a low difficulty level trek can be life threatening for an inexperienced person. When it is your first time it is advisable to choose a trek with a lower difficulty level.
Physical Training: Though you are mentally determined it is also important to be physically dedicated. You need to have minimum few weeks of rigorous physical training for hiking and trekking. Even regular exercised body can collapse due to hiker’s knee. Start physical training from walking to steps climbing increasing relatively every day. When you hike to such high altitudes oxygen level becomes low, so it is very important to increase your lung capacity by working out, yoga and quit smoking.
Duration of Trek: Along with the location it’s quite important to have an eye on the total time duration of trek. When you are at the beginner level and deciding between two treks of the same difficulty level, go for the one with fewer days.
When to trek: After you have decided which is the trek you want to start wit; let’s consider when to start. Different treks are better off in their own seasons. Obviously you cannot have your first snow trek after the mid summer when all the snow is melted and for that matter even a rain disturbs your clam and smooth trek. Even though trekkers enjoy a summer trek as much as a winter one, it is always advisable to choose one in winter for your first snow trek.
Packing and clothing: When on to a trek to high altitudes its best to carry less luggage because it will be easier to climb up with your own weight instead of double. Clothes should be selected based on temperature of your trekking location. If you are going for a snow trek then go for a full winter secured woolen temperature control clothing. Snow boots are mandatory and hiking poles acting as your third leg reduce lot of your extra effort.
We will let you know more on packing your rucksack right in our upcoming blogs.