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Tips for Newbies on Trekking and Mountain Climbing

Updated on April 5, 2012

Below are some most valuable tips for trekking and mountaineering newbies. These tips mentioned below put light on several aspects of mountain climbing and trekking including most essential trekking gear to be taken with you and some important steps to be taken by a trekker before planning for a trekking trip.

  1. Carry a windsheeter or a raincoat to avoid extreme climatic conditions.
  2. Carry a few plastic bags on your trip.
  3. Always carry a small hunting knife or an army knife.
  4. Don't ever lit fire when it is not necessary.
  5. To preventing insects and mosquito bites, always wear long trek pants and full sleeves T-shirts.
  6. Try always to leave a permanent mark on the places while trekking where you think the person following you can get lost.
  7. Carry a 50-meter long trekking rope with you.
  8. Carry a topographical compass and map for trekking in higher altitudes.
  9. Must remember to carry carbohydrate rich food products to get energy.
  10. Before planning your trekking trip, you should always go through the weather forecast very carefully. Also, don't forget to check temperatures (approximate) you will face while on a trekking trip. Also don't forget to buy a very good sleeping bag.
  11. Try to read information from guidebooks and communicate with the local people around your trekking spot.
  12. Always prepare a first-aid box for yourself and your team.
  13. If are planning to trek on a snowy terrain, don't forget to carry an ice ax with yourself. Also remember to never share your ice ax with anybody else during the trekking trip as your axe is very very important for your safety.
  14. If planning to discover an unknown area for trekking, inform the local tourist office about your planned trip before leaving.
  15. Always carry enough match boxes in water resistant bags (zip lock).
  16. Always buy at least two good pair of trekking shoes before the trip.
  17. Most important tip to remember is that you should save your environment by leaving no trace of garbage or trash, except your footprints in nature.

Above were a few mountain climbing and trekking tips for newbies. Least not last, you must never buy a sleeping bag without a install a cotton liner inside it. The inside cotton liner will not irritate your skin and will provide you comfort when you are sleeping. Also always prepare your trekking bag by laying clothes one on one. The most frequently used items must be kept on the top. Also, laying clothes on one another will make your bag as a thermos device which will keep you warm in extremely cold conditions on the mountains.


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    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      6 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hey trekking in Nepal. Stop spamming this web page with your useless self promotions or I will report your IP addresses to the admin.

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      Samson Godson 

      7 years ago

      I've real appreciating you guys' the way you climb those mountains....would like to join you one day. We have Mt Kilimanjaro and Meru here in Tanzania but I would like to come there one time.

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      Suhail Zubaid aka Clark Kent 

      7 years ago from Mississauga, ON

      I trek with my dogs and all of your tips are very helpful indeed. I totally agree with your terrain marker (tip # 6). I have found that sometimes one can get easily lost in the event of snowfalls, because the tracks can get easily covered by snow or the terrain takes a suspiciously stranger look. The lightweight flag staffs that I carry and keep hammering in the ground where there are no visible tracks have saved my life on two occasions. This technique has also been recommended by renowned mountaineer Ed Viesturs, albeit for mountain climbing.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks a lot Chan.

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      8 years ago

      Good work...

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      @James, I think you can learn more about Annapurna Trekking via the link provided.

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      8 years ago

      Nice photos hey.

      Have you been in trekking around himalayas of nepal? I am thinking about going on annapurna trekking( ) Anyone has experience on that?

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      8 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Hi scott, I am really glad that you read this article with great interest. Tip no. 6 does not contradict tip no. 17 because over there I am talking about something different, leave no trace means don't throw garbage and love nature. If tip #7, 8, and 12 are useless, how a person will do trekking and mountain climbing. I agree with Tip #9. Need to revise that one. Feedbacks let us improve. Thanks a lot for the feedback Scott.

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      Scott Mandrake 

      8 years ago from Alberta, Canada

      Nice tips, but out of context like this are silly if not borderline dangerous.

      some things I noticed: tip #6 contradicts tip #17

      tips #7,8&12 are useless to those untrained in their use. Tip #9 is downright dangerous as only eating carb rich foods while trekking/mountain climbing will result in energy peaks and crashes. You need to balance carbs and protein for a safe enjoyable trip.

      Other than that, decent quick tips. keep hubbing


    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I am glad that you found my tips interesting enough to leave a comment. Thanks Nathan.

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      9 years ago from Akron, Ohio

      Great Tips and something any outdoorsman should follow.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      9 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Thanks caming Dan for your visit and remarks.

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      Camping Dan 

      9 years ago

      Great tips!! I lived in the Rockies for years and ran mtn passes. It can be easy to leave with perfect weather and end up with a rain that is extremely cold. After some hard lessons I learned how to pack what I needed.

    • soni2006 profile imageAUTHOR

      Rajinder Soni 

      10 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Yes quicksand trekking and mountaineering is a great hobby and adventurous sport to take up. Best of luck to you.

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      10 years ago

      Hi Raj!

      I am already "over the hill" and thus need not take up trekking and mountaineering as a hobby !!!


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