If you are here, it is because you are interested in delving into the world of hiking and mountains . It is a fascinating activity that will allow you to discover impressive landscapes, overcome your own limits and disconnect from urban life. However, like any sport, trekking requires prior preparation and some guidelines to follow so that the experience is safe and satisfactory.
Therefore, in this article we are going to give you some tips for beginners in trekking that will help you enjoy this activity to the fullest. Ready to start?
Plan your route well and study the terrain
The first thing you should do before leaving home is to plan the route you are going to follow. Research on the internet, talk to friends or go to a specialized agency such as Sm Experiences to guide you in choosing your first tour. It is important that you choose a route that suits your level of experience and physical condition. It is also essential that you study the terrain through which you are going to walk, so that you get an idea of the difficulties and challenges that you are going to encounter. If possible, get a map or a guide to the area so you don’t get lost.
Equip yourself properly: clothing, footwear and accessories
The choice of equipment is essential in any sport, and trekking is no exception. You must choose suitable clothing and footwear for the activity, which allow you to move easily and protect you from the cold, rain or sun. Also, don’t forget to bring important accessories such as a comfortable backpack, a water bottle, a hat, a compass and a basic first aid kit. If you don’t know what equipment you need, ask an expert in the field like Sm Experiences.
Learn to read a map and compass
If you want to enter the world of trekking, you must learn to read a map and a compass. It is essential that you know how to interpret the different symbols and signs that appear on the map, and that you learn to orient yourself with a compass. These abilities will allow you to move confidently on any terrain and in any situation.
Do not forget to bring enough water and food
Another key point in any hiking activity is hydration and nutrition. You must bring enough water for the whole day, as well as energy foods such as fruits, bars, nuts or sandwiches. Also, if you are going to spend several hours walking, it is important that you bring a hot meal, such as a stew or a soup, to recharge your batteries.
Protect yourself from the sun and bring insect repellent
The sun and insects can be your enemies on a trekking day. Therefore, you should protect yourself adequately with a high protection sunscreen and carry an insect repellent. Also, if you are going to walk through areas with a lot of vegetation, it is important that you protect yourself with long-sleeved clothing and long pants to avoid bites and chafing.
Be respectful of the environment and other hikers
Trekking is an activity that is carried out in contact with nature, so it is essential that you be respectful of the environment and other hikers. Respect the rules of the natural park or the area in which you are, do not leave garbage or food scraps, do not make fires in places that are not allowed and respect the fauna and flora that you find on your way. It is also important that you are friendly and respectful of other hikers, and that you do not make excessive noise that might disturb the animals and other hikers.
Start with easy routes and gradually increase the difficulty
If you are a beginner in trekking, it is best to start with simple routes that adapt to your level of experience and physical condition. Do not embark on a difficult route without having gained previous experience, since you could put your safety at risk. Go increasing the difficulty of the routes progressively, once you have gained experience and feel more comfortable on the ground.
Control your rhythm and do not overexert yourself
In trekking, it is not about reaching the goal first, but about enjoying the path. Control your walking pace and don’t push yourself, as you could end up exhausted or suffer an injury. It is better to go slowly and enjoy the landscapes and contact with nature. If you need to rest, do it without problems. Listen to your body and don’t push yourself beyond your limits.
Learn basic first aid techniques
It is important that you know how to act in an emergency. Learn basic first aid techniques to be able to act in case of injuries, cuts, sprains, bites or burns. It is also important that you carry a basic first aid kit in your backpack, in case you need it.
Find out about the weather and terrain conditions
Before leaving home, find out about the weather and the conditions of the terrain where you are going to walk. If there is a forecast of rain, take appropriate clothing and a backpack cover. If it is very hot, take enough water and protect yourself from the sun. If there is snow or ice on the route, take crampons or ice axes and be extremely careful. If you have questions, ask an expert in the field like Sm Experiences.
Make sure you bring a mobile phone and a portable charger
In an emergency, it is essential that you carry a mobile phone with sufficient battery. If you are going to walk through areas without coverage, be sure to bring a portable charger to recharge the battery in case of need. If you have a problem, you can contact the emergency services or a family member or friend.
Enjoy nature and disconnect from the urban world
Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, enjoy nature and disconnect from the urban world. Trekking is an activity that allows you to get away from the noise and stress of the city, and connect with the natural beauty that surrounds us. Take your time to observe the landscapes, animals and plants that you find on your way. Take a deep breath and enjoy the silence and peace that the mountains offer you.
In conclusion, trekking is a fascinating activity that will allow you to connect with nature and overcome your own limits. But to enjoy it safely, it is important that you follow these tips for beginners in trekking. Plan your route well, equip yourself properly, learn to read a map and a compass, don’t forget to bring enough water and food, protect yourself from the sun and insects, be respectful of the environment and other hikers, start with simple routes , control your pace, learn basic first aid techniques, find out about the weather and terrain conditions, make sure you bring a mobile phone and a portable charger, and above all, enjoy nature and disconnect from the urban world.
And if you need more help or want to live a unique experience in the mountains, do not hesitate to contact Sm Experiences, an agency specialized in hiking and mountain activities that will offer you a personalized service adapted to your needs. Good trekking!