SUBJECT : Here are some important things to remember while going on an adventurous winter trek. 

Chadar trek in Ladakh

By Dilip Merala

November 25, 2017: The mornings are beginning to get chilly in India and the afternoons have never been more pleasant. It means that the winter season is here. Winter is a great time to travel across India. When it comes to vacations, different kinds of travelers prefer different types of vacations. Some like pleasant, quiet holidays while others like adventurous vacations full of thrilling adrenaline rushes. Winter is the best time to embark upon several winter treks which attract trekking enthusiasts from all over the world. Be it the Frozen Chadar trek in Ladakh or the numerous snow treks in Uttarakhand, India has abundant winter trekking options. However, if you do actually plan to go on one of these winter treks, here are a few things you must remember.

1.  Pick the right trekking Shoes

Your shoes are your best friends when it comes to treks. They can make or break your journey. Make sure you pick the right shoes for your snow trek. A store like Decathlon should have all that you will need for your trek.

2.  Do not forget your thermal Inner wear

While people always remember to carry a thick, warm winter jacket, they forget about thermal inner wear are are real life-savers in cold temperatures. Even in the confines of your room or tent, your inner thermal wear will keep you warm and comfy.

3.  Do it in a group

It is imperative, especially if you’re a beginner that you embark upon these adventurous winter treks in a group and in the presence of a trained guide or Sherpa. Many winter treks in India are dangerous and have difficult trails. Doing such treks in groups means that you have assistance and guidance.

4. Health check up

Before you get ready for a high-altitude winter trek, make sure you go through a thorough medical check up to see if you are fit to go. It is true that life is an adventure but health is wealth. You can always do the trek after you get fit but trying it under flimsy health circumstances is imprudent.

5. Plan well in advance and build up your stamina

It takes a lot of strength, courage and stamina to complete these challenging winter treks. You cannot just wake up one day and set off to scale these peaks if you are not physically fit enough to do so. You need to practice carrying a heavy backpack, walk and run for several minutes without a break to build up your stamina so that when the time comes, you are able to keep up.

Keep these basic things in mind and prepare well before you go on an adventurous winter trek. If you do so, it will be a memorable experience for you and may encourage you to do many more in the future.