We don’t want to scare you but what should you know before even enrolling into a mountain trekking tour?
First, this isn’t going to be a nice walk in the park. You need to know your physical abilities and be sure about your general state of health. Wear waterproof trekking boots and some headwear.
No, it doesn’t work like this in the mountains. Mountain disease is real. Very real! So, if you want to go high in the mountains, plan a several days tour so that you could make stops as you’re ascending. Say, start with 800m, stay overnight at 1600m, the next stop may be 3000 m. No hurry! Your body needs time to get adapted to a lack of oxygen.
Be caring and loving to yourself! Mind changes in how you’re feeling, pay attention to your breath, heartbeat, and headache should you feel some. Do not run or jump too actively, keep your pace and walk steadily to keep your heartbeat and blood pressure normal.
Always have enough water with you. Drink a little at a time, just two or three swallows but increase water consumption up to 2 – 2.5 l per day while trekking.
Watch out for steep slopes. There is a danger of rockfall.
Never run down a mountain! When going down step your feet counter-slope (they should always be parallel to the mountain bottom line, not turned downwards!).
Do not pick unknown plants. Some of them may be protected by the law as endangered species, some may be poisonous and dangerous for your health.
Have warm clothes and a waterproof jacket/coat with you. The weather is very different up there from that one in the valley. The higher you go the more chances are that you’ll see the rain and even snow.
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