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How to prepare for a snow trek

Planning for a snow trek? Here are tips to keep you warm on a snow trek

Trekking on a tranquil snowy landscape can never go wrong if have the right planning already done for you. Weather on the mountains is unpredictable which can undoubtedly make you regret the undone preparations of your trek. An enthralling trek may satisfy your adventure cravings but a snowy experience adds spice to your hike. It is important to keep a good balance of fun and safety in your trips so here are a few things that you must not miss out if you are planning a trek on snow:

  1. Layering to keep you warm

    It is a pre-requisite for you to keep your body well-layered while you are on a snow trek. A high altitude winter trek where snow is omnipresent can be super challenging if you avoid any of the layers that are required during a snow trek. Most prominently a three layering technique is practiced by the trekkers around the world to keep safe from brain-freezing cold weather. The three layers are the base layer, the middle layer, and the outer layer. All three layers have their specific purposes and significance in resisting the harsh weather.

    • The base layer:This is the very first layer and closest to your skin. The purpose of this layer is to extract the sweat out of your body so that it does not feel cold.
    • The middle layer: This is the very next layer after the base layer. The middle layer is important as it assists in maintaining the body temperature by ensuring that the heat of the body is not extracted. It ensures that the body remains warm during winters.
    • The outer layer:This layer is farthest from your skin and it is in direct contact with the cold wind. This layer acts as a shield as does not let wind to get inside the body.

     

  2. Keep yourself hydrated and energetic

    A snow trek undoubtedly involves excessive walking and climbing resulting in loss of water from the body in the form of sweat. However, due to cold weather, we do not realize the loss of water from the body and drink water less often which leads to dehydration. It is advisable to carry a water bottle in your backpack and keep sipping water in regular intervals to keep yourself hydrated. You may also run out of food in unforeseen situations, therefore, always keep chocolate bars or dry fruits to avoid fatigue.

  3. Stay equipped to resist the sun

    Trekking on snow does not mean that the scorching heat of the sun will always feel comfy rather it can give you severe sunburns if you do not keep yourself well equipped to combat rays of the sun. Applying sunscreen and lip balms with accurate SPF will help you avoid a skin tan or sunburn. Moreover, putting on good quality sunglasses of high UV resistance will protect your eyes and avoid much strain on the forehead. The sun-rays are stronger in hilly areas, therefore, never avoid wearing a cap or a hat while trekking.

     

    Wear sunglasses to prevent snow-blindness. Also, the heat of the sun melts the snow making your trek all the more slippery and challenging.

  4. A complete backpack with all the essentials but not burdensome

    Do not experience FOMO even once while trekking! Make a list of all the essentials that you would require on the trek, for that you need to research well about the trek you are undertaking, the highest altitude and the level of difficulty. Good research will make your packing much easy. The only challenge that arises is to maintain a bearable weight of the backpack and also keep all the things that you require. A medical kit, a personal kit, basic equipment, sleeping bag, layering clothes, waterproof gears, energy boosters, and water bottle and a compass can be your saviors on the go! Other miscellaneous gadgets like fitness trackers, camera, torchlights etc. can be considered but these are the secondary items. The weight of your backpack should not be more than 10-12 kilograms. A good quality backpack is easier to carry and feels less burdensome.

  5. Trekking shoes and trousers to keep your lower half insulated

    The snow treks are slippery and mountains require climbing which demands shoes that have a strong grip with good water resistance. It is advisable to look for a pair of shoes which is light in weight and tough.  A compromise with the right pair of shoes can make you regret later. Apart from shoes, it is also statutory to keep your lower half body properly layered. It is a myth that layering the upper half well will also keep the lower half warm! For this purpose make use of the perfect trekking trousers or cargos. During extreme winter conditions don’t forget to wear tights below the trousers. Several trekking trousers have inbuilt gaiters which are quite important to keep your legs safe from injuries and sprains. In a nutshell, keep your legs movable and free yet warm and safe.

    An adventure trek must always be detoured with a bucket full of memories and life-changing experiences and not with regrets. In a nutshell, smart planning before the trek is all you need to make your trek cherish able.

     

     

     

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