Adventure trips are amazing and it takes you close to nature. Forget your gadgets for few days and enjoy the nature and surroundings. Trekking is delightful and a great activity for every weather but in India, Winter trekking has its own craze and people love to trek during the winters in the snow clad mountains and in minus degree temperature. Winter trekking is special as you can experience the best weather conditions, relax and enjoy the snow and frosting cold breeze.
Whether you are a beginner or experience trekker, when you plan your winter trekking, you need to be cautious and careful with the surrounding, the weather conditions as it can be extremely cold. If you are not ready with the right gear, you’ll not have much fun during your winter trekking trail.
Here are the basic tips that will prepare you for a safe and comfortable for a winter trekking
Dress like a cabbage or onion
Oh! Just! Of course, you are not going for a fancy-dress competition and we know! Onions and cabbages have many layers and likewise, you need to dress up with proper clothes that would keep you warm throughout your journey. In cold winter, the temperature can low as low as possible and you need to wear sweaters and jackets to keep you safe from extreme cold and shivers. When you are trekking on a mountain, you may start with a moderate temperature but as you move towards higher altitude the temperature will drop down. Wear shirts that absorb moisture and prefer thermal layer clothing, fleece jacket, hats, gloves, waterproof boots, socks and googles for better protection.
You can wear woolen layer of clothing that will protect you from itching and on top the wool, you can wear a fleece jacket that’s water and windproof. Carry along mufflers and shawls for extra protection.
Don’t hurry! You can complete the Winter trekking trial slowly
Plan your winter trekking only when you have ample time. If you are running short of time, you can opt for a short trail. Winter trekking cannot be completed in a hurry. You need to be slow, steady and enjoy the nature while you walk along the snow-capped mountains and ice-filled rivers. Start early and try to finish few kilometers and take good rest. Cover short distances and take a longer break. Wear the best boots that will help you walk on snow and jump on the ice.
The days are shorter during winters so it is better to start your trek early in the morning. The nights are longer during winter so it gets dark soon during winters which become difficult to navigate in the evening. You need to find a proper place to rest before sunset. Start early, walk steadily, take breaks in between and make your tent before it gets dark.
Whether you are experienced or a beginner, you need to pay attention to your trekking guide and listen to their instructions carefully. Guides and trainers have more experience and they have good knowledge on various trekking trials. They will be able to predict the weather and the situation easily. If you are new to a location, you need to rely on the information given by your guide and trainer. Ensure you follow their instruction so that you can be safe.
Gadgets would be very helpful during winter trekking trials. You can get updates on the weather condition and predictable changes of avalanche or other hazards that are on your way. Keep your GPS ON so that others can track your location easily and ensure you reach back home safely.
Understand and learn about the trail
Once you finalize the destination, you need to start learning about it. Find out the best spots to enjoy and read experiences of someone who have already traveled the same route. You should also monitor the weather conditions for a week so that you’ll know what kind of food and clothes you must carry. You must pack based on the destination and the weather conditions there. Understand the flora and fauna which can excite you while you are trekking.
You can also choose the safety gadgets according to the place. Find out if the place is too dry, slippery, snowy or cold. Find out multiple routes for your trek so that you can choose the best route. If you are aware of the place, you can be safe and also enjoy the trekking without any difficulties.
Food and water for Survival
You cannot avoid food and water during your winter trekking. You need to carry an adequate amount of water to keep yourself hydrated. If you prefer to drink hot water during cold winter trek, you need to carry a thermos or insulated water bottles that would provide your hot or warm water. Forget your plastic bottles as the water might freeze due to extreme cold weather. Apart from water carry other energy drinks like coffee, tea, soups and energy bars.
When it comes to food, you can carry easy to cook or already cooked and packed meals that are easy to just munch on. Carry fruits that would give you some stamina while you are on trekking. You can also take light snacks, biscuits and other items that would keep you energized throughout the journey. Avoid heavy meals and oily food as it can make you lazy.
Travel in groups or with friends
When it comes to winter trekking, we advise you not to go alone! Go with your friends or travel in a group so that you can manage any unavoidable circumstances like heavy snowfall or cold breeze. Going with your friends will add a lot of excitement and while you trek in a group, you will learn a lot to socialize and enjoy the nature.
Before you plan for a winter trek, talk to your friend who has a lot of experience in trekking and picks up the right gear that would make your trip the most memorable one. You can also consult experts who can give some ideas on weather condition and help you to protect from any unexpected situations.
So, want to add some thrill to your adventurous activity? Plan a winter trekking and make memories with your friends or family members as you adore the snow-white surroundings.