Do you enjoy a good walk? Then maybe you'll enjoy a good hiking experience within
the mountainous regions of India too. Hiking does not require an experienced walker.
You have to be fit and healthy and courageous enough to take up challenges. In India,
Hiking is not just restricted to Himalayan regions, the lower altitude regions of
the Western Ghats and Nilgri Hills also provide some pretty good options to enjoy
a nice hike.
Of course hiking involves walking, but there are certain things every hiker should
keep in mind, before taking up the next hiking trip. Firstly, the clothing should
be of a fabric that provides a breather to your skin and allows your body to shed
excess heat and sweat while feeling dry, so avoid cotton because it retains sweat
and doesn't release it to evaporate. For cold weather, look for polypropylene such
as Capilene, Thermion, Thermax and Thermastat or silk undershirt. For warm weather
- CoolMax, Supplex, or polyester microfiber are good choices for base covering.
Upon this you could wear a shirt and pants of wool, fleece, pile, or down. A windproof
and water-resistant jacket worn loosely also works as a good clothing option, which
can be removed when you start feeling warmer after walking.
The right hiking shoes for your feet can make all of the difference for walking
comfort and an enjoyable hike tour. A hiker should also have a variety of shoes
to meet different climates and surfaces. If your walks are taking up natural paths
and off-beaten tracks, you may want more rugged shoes. Look for the lighter weight
variety shoes for hike and those with some flexibility and are waterproof. The socks
should also be made from CoolMax, polypropylene, or other woven fabric as they wick
away the sweat to evaporate and help prevent blisters. Other things that a hiker
has to carry include hat, waist packs, hike backpacks, water bottles, sunscreen
and hike tour route maps.
One should drink water before, during, and after walking. Your comfort and stamina
depends on getting enough water while walking. A hiker needs to drink every half
hour if walking at a moderate pace, more often if you are sweating it. For some
maybe getting lost or wandering in the middle of nowhere becomes enjoyable and exciting,
but for most it's a frustrating and scary experience that's why carrying a route
map always helps. No hiker should set out on a hike tour without a trail map and
compass, and neither a walker should head out without having any idea about the