Before we discuss further, let’s clear that trekking is different than mountaineering, it is a long journey undertaken on foot in areas where common means of transport is generally not available. So in case one is planning to hire cabs and reach to a place and start climbing a mountain it is not trekking.
Some of the basic guidelines which one must follow while trekking is as follows
Never go trekking for trekking alone always have a registered guide with you. Because if you are not familiar with the areas, and most important of all, the cultures of different tribe groups around you, it can create a major issue. Although many tribes welcome tourists, there are some tribes who will not entertain the strangers into their locality without the prior-permission of their leaders.
Always make sure that you reach your destination well before sunset. So for that leave your home early and reach nearest place to the destination early morning via renting a car and then start trekking early. Lack of light at night can create hurdles while trekking and can even be dangerous.
Wear proper dress while trekking.
- Cotton shirts of dull color like forest-green or mud-brown.
- Comfortable cotton trousers /pants /salwar khameez of earthy color.
- Dhoti, Saree, etc are not allowed.
- Trekking shoes of good quality.
- Hat / cap to ward off sunlight. Sweaters in winter. Wind cheater / rain coat during the rainy season.
One must carry only a small daypack for their essentials. One must restrict themselves to maximum baggage of five kg on the trek. Unnecessary items should be avoided. Heavy baggage can create unnecessary fatigue to the individual.
In case if someone is lost in between the trekking from the group, then the person should remain at the unchanged spot and keep blowing the whistle at regular intervals. This will make it easy to find the person.
Hunting of animals or birds should be strictly prohibited. Do not harm plants or trees while trekking. Do not collect any memento like plants or animal parts from the place you visit.
Last but not the least, always hire cabs to reach your home once the trekking has been completed. It is very much essential to rest your body once the whole journey is done. Hiring a cab is the most relaxing way to reach home. Car rental services in cities like Mumbai and Delhi is easily available online.
Follow all the guidelines it will surely help you to have a safe and better trekking, because it is always important to be alert while having fun.