Trekking To-Do: 5 Tips for a Safe Trek This Monsoon
“When life throws you a rainy day, play in a puddle!”
Pun apart it is always fun to enjoy the rains & monsoons to the fullest. And what better way than to go trekking with your buddies while the rain badgers on & the mud splashes all over your shoes! Monsoons are indeed the perfect timing for a tryst with nature, to enjoy the bountiful flower baskets on the hinterlands & laze around on the lust green heather.
Maharashtra is blessed with many trekking hot-spots on which you can happily tread for a memorable outing. However, monsoons also invariably have more slippery terrains, gushing waterfalls & moss covered gorges. It is thus equally important to be safe when in the outdoors. Here are top five tips for a safe trek this monsoon:
1.Start Your Day Early:
An early start means you have all the time to stop by at scenic locales to get a dozen selfies before moving ahead. During monsoons, the roads could be in bad condition & it is advisable not to rush while driving. Starting early also gives you ample of time to find an ideal spot to set up your camp if staying outdoors overnight. An early start allows you to relax whenever desired & thus enjoy the trek to the fullest.
2.Follow the Trekking Expert’s Instructions:
When trekking with a large group, it is important to follow the advice of the expert to avoid any pitfalls. Do not wander away from the group in search of adventure. Always follow the instructions of the guide especially when climbing steep cliffs or descending a narrow gorge. Do pay attention to where you step as any inadvertent slip may result in a cascade effect for the whole group, especially on slippery surfaces.
3.Stick to the Well-trodden Path:
When on a new hike or trail always follow the well-trodden path instead of going after unknown frail pathways leading into the forest or along the mountain sides. Although these may seem as shortcuts, many times they can lead to more dangerous or slippery terrains especially after rains. It is best to stick to broad roads or pathways formed by the usual tourists & villager’s footsteps. Another danger of wandering may expose you to wildlife such as reptiles & big cats which may be on the prowl.
4.Make a Checklist
Always ensure that you have taken essentials items for trekking with you before venturing out for a trek. Some of the important items include drinking water, food items, raincoat, cap, an extra pair of socks, mosquito repellent cream, torch & matchsticks, and some hiking gear like ropes if going for difficult hikes. Keeping a check list will make sure you don’t miss out on the essentials. Carrying an extra pair of dry clothing along is also advisable in the monsoons.
5.Blend in, in Every Possible Way
Trekkers should avoid wearing bright color clothes, especially if visiting a wildlife zone or national park. The wild animals may react violently to anything which stands out of their usual surroundings. Also, trekkers should leave the place exactly as clean as it was when they got there. Littering & leaving plastic wrappers behind is a complete taboo when going for a nature trail or a trek. Always carry an extra carry bag to bring back any waste from the trek.
These simple tips when followed ensure that you have a safe & happy trek. The memories created with the loved ones or newly made friends on a trek last long when your trip doesn’t lead to any misadventures. Of course, the spirit of adventure still remains intact & you are well prepared to face & expect the unexpected. So enjoy the hinterlands this monsoon with the spirit of youth & adventure intact while being responsible for the well-being for yourself & your companions.
After all, it is said that “Sometimes you just have to jump in a mud puddle because it is there; don’t get so old that you forget how it was to be young!”
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