A trek is a great option for a holiday. But it’s hard to do a proper trek on one’s own, so you probably rely on companies that do all the arrangements for you. (Which is a great option!) But, treks can quickly become very uncomfortable if you don’t consider the following:
Q1: What is the road travelling time and trekking time?
Try to keep the duration of the road journey to a minimum. Don’t fall for an itinerary that has half a dozen trekking sites but you have to take 10 hour journeys to get there. And similarly, ask about how many kilometers you would be moving in a day. Unless you’re a professional, be skeptical of anything over 10Kms.
Q2: How many to a tent?
We’ve heard horror stories of treks sold at very attractive prices, where the trekkers are bundled 4 into a tent. Make sure that it is no more than 2 per tent. Wherever settlements are permanent for a season, ask for luxury tents. A good nights sleep is critical!
Q3: What are the food arrangements?
Ask about the food. Is there variety? Is there a portable kitchen going along with the group? If you have watery daal-rice every single meal, those 10 Kms / day will soon start to feel like 20 😉
Q4: How many guides are accompanying you on the trek?
A common way to economize on a group is to only send one guide. This is a bad idea for several reasons. Often a group will have the ones who are walking leisurely. And those who are walking fast. Having more than one guide makes sure that all walking styles are accounted for.
Q5: What are the toilets like?
Ask if there is a proper WC with dry-pits, or is it just going to be going out into the fields. After a day of trekking, you would want a proper toilet
Q6: Are there porters?
If it is a trek any longer than a couple of days, you would have a decent amount of luggage. While you should always pack light, do ask if there will be porters to carry your luggage. It will make a HUGE difference to your level of enjoyment on your trip
WOW Trip to Tirund
Take that trip. Go out and trek. It is possibly the best way to see the lay of the land. Understand nature. Follow the curves of rivers and streams. And most of all, its a great way to meet amazing travelling companions.