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Ready To Face These 8 Challenges While Trekking For The First Time

Consider these 8 challenges carefully if you are embarking on your maiden trekking trip.

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There are some who walk the path of pilgrimage, there are some who dive deep into the oceans and then, there are those few who climb against gravity to reach summits for the adventure of their lifetime. The art of trekking is ambitious and requires courage if one aspires to climb the extraordinary peaks of Mount Everest and several others. If trekking happens to be in your bucket list too, you’ve arrived at the right place. A sage beginner who simply wants to pack a few belongings and take the trail of unknown, it’s always advisable to get in touch with the patrons of climbing. Since, Nepal is the place where one of the most fascinating trekking trails of the world are, there are several established Nepal Trekking Tours that can help novice trekking enthusiasts enjoy their initial trekking adventures before they can be on their own. Mustang Trekking tours help several hundreds of trekkers reach the high altitude yet breathtaking beautiful province of Mustang in Nepal where beauty awaits every devoted climber.

The holy grail of all treks, the one that leads to Mount Everest seems to be an alluring although a bit daunting task for beginners. But one can always begin with the Everest base camp trekking that really is a climb to the foothills of the tallest mountain in the world.

Any summit to an aspiring climber is no less than that of Mount Everest’s which is why one can always start with a little bit of preparation. The promise of trekking is a phenomenal view at the summit, yet, as corny as this may sound, it’s the journey that matters. Any mountaineer is accustomed to the strife that climbing may bring as no walk towards the heavens aka high altitudes is ever easy. So, be ready to face these 8 challenges while trekking for the first time:     

  1. Hello Blisters! 
    Prepare yourself for a few blisters that your feet may encounter while you climb the mountain. Sore feet and the pain that comes with it will seem less of a challenge as one nears the summit. Yet, blisters are pretty much an indispensable part of climber’s journey.
  2. Altitude Sickness
    The higher the summit, the higher the altitude! It goes without saying that any mountaineer who hasn’t felt bouts of nausea while climbing hasn’t chosen a peak high enough. Altitude sickness is the most common challenge one faces while going far up into the hills & mountains. The oxygen availability gets low as one climbs against the sea levels. Our bodies take time to adjust to the change in air pressure that result in headache that can vary from mild to severe depending on how much resilience one has built over several climbs in the past.
  3. Falls
    Mild tumbling and tripping is experienced even while one is walking. If you brace yourself for a steep climb, just be prepared for falls as depending on the intensity, they can be as minor as a paper cut and as fatal as death. Trekking for the first time can be a bit challenging for a climber which is why precaution and safety are absolutely necessary.
  4. Nature’s Wrath
    The bounty of nature also holds a dangerous capacity for disasters. Before making arrangements for your first summit, always enquire about the weather and if summits are covered in snow, it’s better to be prepared for avalanches. Mount Everest is infamous for several such disasters that have claimed the lives of many mountaineers.
  5. Crevasses
    If climbing was an Ice Age movie, Crevasses would be the most frightening villains. These are the glacial cracks that, if went unnoticed, can swallow climbers in an instant. Unless you’re seeking an ambitious first summit such as that of Mount Everest, you can rest assured that this possibility is rare.
  6. Summit Fever
    This challenge may sound slightly demotivating to any first time climber who only aspires to reach the peak of the mountain. Yet, it is a common phenomenon that occurs generally when climbers push their limits and disobey their body’s signals to take rest. The moment one reaches the peak, the body is unprepared for changes in air pressure that often leads to altitude sickness followed by intense bouts of Summit Fever. So, take “time out” as often as you can while you do your first trek.
  7. Supply shortage
    Often, summits lack the privilege of necessities or supplies that we so easily find while living below. Hence, for any first time climber, it’s advised to start with a planned list of adequate amount of supplies. Planning is the key to reduce the challenges of trekking.
  8. The legs
    Ideally, no climber will ever set foot on something that requires leg muscles, without preparation! Some beginners have noticed how their legs suffer from sudden cramps due to inadequate leg exercises which is why it’s always advisable to building leg muscle strength before testing them directly on a summit. The best climbers are also the best caretakers of their bodies.