Last summer, I went for my very first high-altitude trek. Even though I had done some cursory trekking in my school days, I figured that serious high-altitude trekking is no cakewalk. It requires some serious grit, determination and readiness—of both mind and body. The idea of not having a bath for seven whole days was freaking me out a little—but as I was to find out, that was going to be the smallest of my worries! So if you’re planning to embark into this exciting and challenging world, then make sure you’re adequately prepared! I decided to be super-careful and follow all the instructions from the trek leaders and guides to a T—and it surely helped me come out as a winner!
So, here are some tips and pointers that helped me before, during, and after the trek:
Before the trek:
1. You need to really prepare your body for a high-altitude trek. At least a month before, make sure you jog four kilometres for half an hour daily. This will help improve your stamina once you are on the move.
2. The right trekking shoes are an absolute essential for a high-altitude trek. The Forclaz 100 or 500 is the perfect choice—it protects your ankles, and you feel weightless when you walk over any kind of terrain—be it hills, water or snow. These sturdy shoes are available at all Decathlon stores across the country.