- It is not about the destination, it is about the journey.
- Know your limitations.
- Concept of hygiene is overrated. No germs can withhold this cold.
- It is very important to be fit but the altitude could hit even the fittest.
- Group treks are fun, you make friends for life.
- Solo travel is also fun, you meet new people. Humans are social animals.
- Two trekking poles are better than one. Though, pro people might not need any.
- Hydration pack / water bladder is better than a bottle. In sub-zero temperatures, bottle is better. Remember science, water freezes below 0°.
- Carry enough socks that finding a dry sock never becomes a problem. A wet shoe could be more dangerous than an improper shoe. Keep it dry.
- Layering is the key when you pack for a colder climate. Forget heavy. Stay light.
- If you feel some headache when you reach the summit, don’t panic. It could just be the headlamp that you forgot to remove.
- [Photography] Be determined if you want to take good shots. Night could be cold, but across the other end of it lies your reward.
- [Photography] Don’t take pictures only, be in the moment. Live your experience.
- There is no race, don’t rush ahead, but don’t walk slow as a sloth either. Again, it is not about the destination, it is about the journey.
- When you reach the summit on a trek, take a deep breath. You would not be the same person after this point.
- Stay happy, the most precious things in life are free.
- Try disconnecting yourself. People live without electricity.
- Be grateful that 5 meters from your house there is a road. Good roads are luxury not cars.
- Mornings are always beautiful, wake up early and go out.
- Sunrise and sunset are overrated, moonrise is an ignored natural phenomena. Nobody knows what moonset is.
And the things that I wanted to add in the list above
- Reach the starting point early, acclimatization is always good.
- Drink enough water that there is never a confusion between AMS and dehydration. AMS kills. Follow this in normal life routine as well.
- While training, prepare for cardio, strength and flexibility. Cardio is very important. One and a half month with a proper schedule is enough to get fit again.
- Travel cheap, public transport is the best medium of travel.
- Eat everything, don’t waste food.
- Anyone can trek, believe in yourself.
- Understand directions. The sun and the moon, both rise in the east.
- Don’t go unprepared, don’t leave things for the end to buy / plan.
- A comfortable bed is a luxury. Good sleep is a reward of your hard work.
- Nokia 1280 is the best thing made for a traveler. The battery can last till a week, it has FM radio, flashlight and a good alarm. It can make calls.
I recently came back from a trek to Kedarkantha peak in the Indian Himalayas. I published a photo-essay on it. Read it here:
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