Trekking tips for beginners
We've got 32 great tips for beginner trekkers in this post. These are tips around planning, your physical prep, clothing and gear, actually walking the trail, and also trekking etiquette. It's everything you need to know to become a seasoned trekker!
Hiking vs trekking
1. Pick an introductory route
Choose a route with minimal elevation gain, which is to say choose one that’s reasonably flat so you don’t freak out your body and mind by tackling something overwhelming Don’t go for a route that takes you into extreme weather - not only will this require possible very expensive equipment that you don’t yet have, but it will also tax you physically and mentally in a way that you should perhaps build towards Don’t go for extreme terrain, like a very rocky path or one with tons of scree.
2. Choose your season carefully
Check the weather forecast just before heading out.
Research any water crossings
3. Tell someone when and where you’re going
4. Try slackpacking before trekking with a rucksack
Use the services of a porter
5. Research national and park permits
6. Choose your fellow trekkers carefully
7. Make a checklist
8. Do some preparation hikes
Ideally, start your preparation hikes at least two months before the trek.
9. Train with your backpack
10. Train in your hiking boots
11. Hike on back-to-back days
Clothing and gear
12. Wear broken in shoes and socks
13. Bring gaiters
keeping dirt and small stones out of your socks and shoes Keeping water and mud at bay (if waterproof) protecting you from cuts and rashes caused by thorns, serrated plants and other nasties protecting you from snake bites
If you’re worried about snakes, try to remember this saying: “First one wakes it. Second one annoys it. Third one gets it.” So it’s best to not walk third in line. 😃
14. Pack waterproof gear
15. Wear layers
An inner layer (think thermal long-sleeved vest and leggings) A middle layer (this would be your short and shorts or trousers) An outer layer (like a fleece jacket, beanie and gloves) A waterproof layer