Cold Climbing How To Prep For A Winter Trek

If you are planning a trek to the mountains in the winter months, a lot of prep goes into packing the essentials and also in preparing mentally
The secret to enjoying a trek this season is planning well in advance. Credit Shutterstock
The secret to enjoying a trek this season is planning well in advance. Credit Shutterstock

With unpredictable weather during winters, venturing into the mountains when it's cold can be tricky. Besides all the essential hiking gear, packing snacks, skincare products and power-saving gadgets are also some of the things that come in handy. The secret to enjoying a trek this season is planning well in advance. With the aid of our winter trekking guide, you can be well-guarded against the bite of the snow.

Cross-Check Your Travel Belongings

You must double-check your packing list to ensure you have remembered everything. Leaving anything behind can be a trip ruiner. With hiking, packing the appropriate winter hiking kit is crucial. Start by choosing the appropriate footwear, bag, jacket, pants, gloves, cap, socks, and woollens for a comfortable trip. 

Pack The Absolute Essentials

A compass, fire starter, first aid kit, pocket knife, torch, extra layers and blanket, waterproof matches, and a water-resistant backpack are some items you can bring with you on the trek. Getting additional trekking gear is always a good idea and will help you continue your trip comfortably, even in adverse weather.

Carry Along Some Snacks

Trekking is one of the most efficient ways of burning away calories you normally accumulate on vacations. While it's good exercise, it will also make you hungry by the time you finish your day's quote of climbing mountains. Keep some highly nutritious and protein-rich snacks.

Check The Weather Forecast 

Keeping a tab on the weather should be a priority when travelling to the hills. Mountain weather is the most unpredictable, and it is better to check before you make your plans. Heavy snowfall and constant rain make hiking and trekking a dangerous task, with strong winds and low visibility impeding progress efforts. It would be best if you kept a flexible itinerary.

Make Sure Your Skin Is Winter Ready

The intense winter sun can leave you with tanning and painful sunburns. It is crucial to protect your skin at high elevations against harmful UV radiation. A good sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or above, a hydrating lip balm, moisturiser, lotion, and eyewear are a few essentials that one must carry on priority.

Keep Yourself Hydrated

During winter treks, always carry an insulated bottle or a thermos. The bottle will help prevent the water from freezing in severely cold weather. You can even use a spare sock or wrap the water bottle in warm fabric to keep the water warm for extended periods.

Start An Early Trek

Any snow-related walking should be done as early in the day as possible, preferably far before sunrise. The snow hardens and crystallises during the night in frigid temperatures, making the path extremely slippery and dangerous to navigate.

Protect Your Tech Gadgets

Keep extra SD cards and some spare batteries for your camera and smartphone. The performance of batteries dips considerably at lower temperatures, so keep your gadgets near your body to keep them at the ideal temperature. 

Start Exercising

Start exercising regularly to increase your energy and stamina for a seamless experience. Just keep a check on these pre-trek preparations, and you're good to go.

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