Safe Trekking Tips for Trekkers
Trekking is fun but also risky at the same time, mishaps can occur anytime but it is upto us how we reduce the chances by taking right safety measures.
Make Your Treks Safe and Better
Here, I am going to share some steps for safe trekking –
First, Choose the Organisation Wisely
Before going on a trek, you should have proper answers of these questions –
Are they experienced? What is their credibility? What others say about them? Are the trek leaders skilled and qualified? What safety do they provide? Is their itinerary good enough for you? How would they handle any emergency situation?
It is very important to ask all these questions, before you choose the organisation.
Mistake which trekkers commit
They prefer to go with local guides because they think, the local guides know better. But, it’s just an assumption!
Yes, they know the mountain trails but not everyone of them is trained to tackle the emergencies. Only few of them are reliable but it’s better to prepare yourself.
How to stay safe?
Choose organisations wisely and trek leaders play a great role in this. In case of any emergency situation, they would be the one helping you and saving your life.
Everytime, Completing a Trek at Any Cost is not Important
The truth is, there are certain risks in the mountains on every trek which includes heavy snowfall, mini avalanche, landslides, avalanche, rockfall etc.
But it is your decision to choose the extent of risk you want to take. If there is danger ahead then safely returning is the best option. And, if you take the decision of completing your trek at any cost then it is only being foolish.
The trials can be made anytime but risking your life just because you want to complete the trek is not OK. Always remember, there is nothing more important than your life.
Are You Fit Enough?
Category 1 –
Some trekkers go on a trek with no preparation at all and they are the ones facing problems.
Category 2 –
Then there are trekkers who struggle in completing the trek but make it to the summit. (Most of the trekkers comes in second category.)
Category 3 –
In this category are those trekkers who are fit and enjoy the trek to the fullest. Their body allows them to observe the stunning nature and be at peace.
Category 4 –
Very few trekkers comes in this category. They are perfectly fit to handle bad weather conditions and trek in them through snow and rain.
Mistake which trekkers commit –
They choose hard treks which are tougher than their capability and then face problems.
Problems may also arise in the easier treks too but your good fitness level will help you overcome them.
Examine carefully in which category you fit in and then try to enhance the fitness and choose right treks according to the capability.
You are Main and Have Major Roles to Play on Your Trek
Choosing an organisation or a guide and totally depending on them is not wise.
You are the main person of your trek and there are major roles to play. What if any emergency arises or you get lost? Who is going to help you then? Remember, then you have to help yourself!
So you should know – Where the trek is located and what type of trail is there? How high is the altitude? How to help yourself, if there are AMS (Altitude Motion Sickness) symptoms? Are you carrying required medicines? How will you leave to the closest road head?
It is very hard to know everything but put some efforts to learn and understand the basics. This will surely help you in being safe on a trek.
Check Your Safety Equipment
Safety equipment plays a great role in making your treks safe and they can be a life saviour. Basic equipment are – Gaiters, crampons, ice axe, ropes oxygen cylinders etc.
But many organisations neglect their use which is very disheartening. These basic things should be carried to avoid the risks. The team “Himalayan Hikers” keep proper focus on the safety equipment and provides safety measures for all their trekkers.
Hope, you all read the article thoroughly and will surely follow these safety steps for better and safe treks.
Written by: – Tulika Negi