Trekking is undertaking a long journey on foot in areas where there usually are no means of transport available.
Climbing long and snowy or rocky slopes is a tedious task. It is necessary to start with a slow and rhythmic pace that can be sustained for a long time. As in all phases of mountain trekking, accurate judgment is important; the length of the climb, the weather, the effect of the sun’s heat on any mountain type, and the potential danger must all be considered. And if you’ve figured out what you should bring, this blog has a few suggested locations you might want to challenge yourself to go to. Read on for some information about mountain trekking that you need to know.
One could say that hiking was developed as an outdoor activity during the Stone Age, half a million years ago, just around the time mankind learned how to stand upright and walk. Hiking and walking were once means of hunting and surviving, but today, they’re for fun and recreation.
Mountain trekking history stretches back to the year 1760 when Horace-Bénédict de Saussure, on his first visit to Chamonix, viewed Mont Blanc (at 15,771 feet, the tallest peak in Europe) and determined that he would climb to the top of it. Being unable to, he decided to offer prize money for the first ascent of Mont Blanc. It was not until 1786, more than 25 years later, that his money was claimed by a Chamonix doctor, Michel-Gabriel Paccard, and his porter, Jacques Balmat.
That was over 200 years ago. Since then, hiking accomplishments just got grander, such as the first ascents on mountains like the K2, McKinley, and Everest.
Like any other trip, going on mountain treks requires careful planning. One must make sure to pack the necessary mountain trekking clothes, equipment, and other essentials for a safe adventure. Here are a few must-haves:
Mountain trekking trousers
These have to be weatherproof, durable and ultra-lightweight. If you’re going to be wearing them all day long in changing conditions and terrains, they need to be comfy and sturdy, and ready to take on whatever the trek throws at them.
Mountain trekking boots
The main factors to consider when choosing trek footwear are shock absorption, fit and breathability. For obvious reasons, a pair of hiking boots can make or break a hiking trip—everyone knows that a blister in the wrong spot can make it near impossible to walk at all. Go into a good hiking store and find out what kind of boot is right for you. When buying a pair, always remember to check the size with and without a decent pair of hiking socks on. Boots that fit perfectly in the shop can suddenly rub on the mountain when you’re rocking thick technical socks.
Another mountain trekking essential is a proper torch that will work no matter what the circumstances are. There’s a good chance for zero-visibility situations—like when it’s nighttime, or when in heavyshaded parts of the mountain. Choose your torch carefully. Battery-operated, heavy power torches are ideal, as well as wind-up torches for back up when the batteries die. Solar-powered ones are good options too, for if your trek lasts longer than expected. They won’t be as bright as heavy-duty torches, but they sure will add up to the mountain trekking experience
On to knowing the right food for mountain trekking! A good meal is not only prepared during the trek. A sound body with the right amount of nutrients is necessary prior to starting. Pre-trek day food ideas include whole-wheat toast, low-fat yogurt, whole grain pasta, brown rice, fruits, and vegetables. When thinking about how to get fit for mountain trekking, crackers, granola, or spoon-sized Shredded Wheat are other great options.
Meals in plastic containers like pasta dishes are typically discouraged as these can be high in fat and therefore won’t be effective energy sources. The containers take up more space in your pack too. Also, if your hike is a long one, pre-cooked meals that need refrigeration won’t be very nice. When planning your snacks, think compact, nutrient-dense, high-carb foods for instant energy—and don’t forget water bottles! Take frequent, small sips of water as you trek, or about half a cup (125 mL) every 20 minutes.
If you’ve set your bags and all ready to trek, getting to know the mountain you’re climbing is the next step. The key to being a great mountain trekker is flexibility. You don’t have to be physically flexible—although that’d be bonus!—but you should be when it comes to your essentials. Here’s a few personal choices and a few tips for each mountain.
Kalalau Trail Kauai, Hawaii
The area is known for spontaneous rain, so be sure to prepare waterproof essentials. Raging flash floods can happen so try to schedule your mountain trekking for the relatively dry season. Just remember that in order to leave the Na Pali coast as beautiful as you found it, you have to pack light enough so that you can carry your gear—and any trash you produce along the way—in and out of the Kalalau Trail.
At 19,340 ft. (5,895m), Africa’s highest mountain is a beast to conquer. Climbing Kilimanjaro takes you through virtually every ecosystem possible—glacier, snowfields, deserts, savannah, and tropical jungle—so make sure you’re prepared for the change in climate and terrain. The diversity in the landscapes is what makes this one of the best locations for mountain treks in the world.
Banking on advices for mental and physical preparation is essential. Read lots of fitness programs and recommended mountain trekking gear for climbing Kilimanjaro.
Mount Roraima, Venezuela
Many of the species found on Roraima are unique to the plateau. Various types of forests grow on top of the mountain, with a wide variety of plant and animal species. I read that the book The Lost World (1912) was inspired by it.
Mount Roraima looks almost ethereal and other-worldly. Described as a “floating plateau”, it is without a doubt one of the most beautiful mountains in the world. The Mount Roraima trek offers a plethora of options based on your experience. The 400m cliff walls are scalable only by experienced mountaineers.
Mountain trekkers will find a ramp-like trail which leads to the top. It takes you past stunning natural waterfalls, the lush greenery of Canaima National Park, and along the Guyana mountain range. You’ll need to be mindful of the indigenous tribes in the area as they have occupied the region for centuries.
Mountain trekking is one of my favorite summer activities. There’s nothing more satisfying than conquering a huge mountain or trekking miles through the forest. Any mountain trekking experience gives you a sense of accomplishment and can sometimes make you feel literally on top of the world. Mountain trekking differs from other outdoor sports in that nature alone provides the field of action—and just about all of the challenges—for the participant. Climbing mountains embodies the thrills produced by testing one’s courage, resourcefulness, cunning, strength, ability, and stamina to the utmost in a situation of inherent risk. Trekking is a popular hobby for sport enthusiasts all over the world. Not only are there various mountain trekking benefits, it’s also an excellent choice of recreation.