Essentitals Hiking Tips for Beginners

Hike a bit like life- the more you take a stride, the more you get the opportunity to witness all the beauty of nature. Allowing yourself to present throughout the entirety of a hike can give you the best moment. And if you are someone new to such exploration, then you will need to do a lot of homework before you step on the field of hiking. But don’t worry! As you have already got yourself here, you will get some basic hiking tips so that you can have a wonderful walking tour.

Hiking tips for beginners

Tip 1: Short hike vs. Long hike

Since you are a hiking newbie, it will be clever to go for a hike below 5 miles with minimum climbing. Because shorter hike is considered to be ideal if it’s going to be your first experience ever. However, if you wish to go for a longer one, you will need to have a training plan beforehand. You can allow 30 minutes every mile for easy and flat terrain. Later you can include steep terrains and weather challenges gradually which will help you get ready for longer hikes. Do remember that a hike of a 5-mile flat will be quite different than a hike of 5-mile straight uphill. So, always keep in mind to note down how far you went, how long it took without the timeout and what you felt.

Tip 2: The trail for tyros

Trails for beginners is well-marked as you can assure yourself that you won’t get lost. You can do some homework on maps which outline all the different directions and routes that you can take. There are some mainstream trail types that are just super cool for new hikers. A few of them have been highlighted here:

  • Loop: It brings you back to the same place where you started without repeating the route around the area.
  • Out and back: Same as the loop since it begins and ends at the same point but follows a linear path to the half-way before you do a 180 and return to the same point you came.
  • Point to point: It starts and ends in different locations and these spots are quite far from one another.
  • Interpretive: One of the interesting types which refer to short and stress-free nature hikes which can give you ideas regarding history, flora, and wildlife of the area.

 

Hiking Difficulties

 

 

Tip 3 Dealing with difficulties

You will have to chew over a lot of difficult factors while you make yourself ready for hiking.

Elevation changes: Do your homework on elevation gain. If you have any injury, it might make ascents and descents more challenging. While you will have to check the elevation changes over the total distance of your hike, you will also need to check how fast the changes happen. If you aren’t in top shape, opt for trails having minimum elevation gain.

Obstacles: Mud, fallen trees, slick broken rock, water crossings: these are some of the most common trail obstacles you can encounter. But since you are a beginner, avoid such trails that have a chance of having these obstacles. Because you don’t want to fall in any danger as a result of such bravery act right?

Weather challenges: The weather can significantly affect the condition of landscape banking on the place you are planning to hike. You will have less daylight during winter and fall so avoid your hiking plan in such duration. Meanwhile, the summer or dry season is the best catch for your hike. The smartest thing you can do is to check the weather forecast because that will give you the idea of present or upcoming weather condition. If it’s raining or snowing, even a little, better to avoid for the first few series of your hikes.

Tip 4: Essentials to ensure

Because, without these kinds of stuff, you are surely going to ruin the mood of your hike!

Backpack: Take a small backpack so you can carry your other essentials. Make sure the bag has straps so they can help distribute the weight of the bag while you will be carrying it on your back. Also, do check if the bag has a pocket or compartment for a water bottle for easy drinking access.

Water bottle: You literally need to keep yourself hydrated as that gives you boost to enjoy the adventure. So, make sure you carry a water bottle of 2 to 3 liters since you are expected to hike during the hot and dry season as a beginner. You can also carry a hydration bladder that makes it more convenient to drink water. However, make sure you drink 1 liter of water for every two-hour hike to stay hydrated, but that too depends on your pace and weight, hike trails and weather conditions.

Safety items: You have no idea when you might need this. So, always take a first aid kit that will have all the necessary stuff like bandages, alcohol wipes, Polysporin ointment, gauze, ibuprofen, and Benadryl. These items will help you deal with the most common incidents which can happen during a hike. Not just that, it will also save you from an emergency.

Communication device: If you get to a place where you will be absolutely out of the cellphone network, then carry a GPS transponder and communication device so you can use it to communicate. Such a device will let you send messages and locations to your family, friends or emergency responders.

Wears: If it’s your first hike, settle on your clothing by weather condition. As it will be worked out in summer, bring proper layers so that you can adjust it when required. But it’s better you avert bringing cotton as it will retain moisture or sweat. When it comes to shoes, it’s easy what to choose. You can wear your favorite pair of sneakers for the first few rounds of hikes. If you think you are ready for a more challenging hike such as an advanced trail, then you can switch to a light boot or a trail shoe.  As for the socks, you will have to avert cotton again. In such cases, a good wool pair of the sock can be the best option to pick.

Snacks: Do carry some healthy snacks. The amount does depend on how far you will be hiking. However, the food might include some fruits, trail mix or any bar that you like to have.

Extra essentials: If you want more convenience, then you can also carry some other items such as a hat, umbrella, bug spray or repellant cream, sunscreen, and sunglasses.

Best Hiking Destination In The World

If you are travel person, there’s just so much that you can see in the world that only accessible by foot over the mountain, through canyons and gorges. Yes, Of course, I had not been in all place, but I did huge research and talked to some experienced for reviewing these places.

It is not really easy to find the best hiking destination in the world. all of the places has its own identity, difficulty, and adventure which will blow your mind. There are so many places in this world that you can not cover by writing in a certain blog. In this Article, I tried to bring some hiking destinations that I like personally and some of my friends already had been there and shared their experience with me.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand

The Tongariro National Park is New Zealand’s oldest national park which has been listed as a World Heritage Site. It is no preferred! But remember, it’s amazing. It is located on the North Island of New Zealand where you will find lush and green scenery that is widespread in this country. All three volcanoes exploded in recent times. If you want to complete the 19.4 Km hiking journey, you have to keep in mind that climbs can be steep and the weather is unpredictable. Therefore, prepare all the essentials before starting.

Best Hiking Destination

Puez-Odle Natural Park, Italy

The Puez-Odle Natural Park is a part of Dolomite’s world Heritage which spreads across the municipalities on Corvara and Badia. From the geographical perspective, Puez-Odle Natural Park is exciting as all the rock strata typical for the Dolomites can be found here. There is no specific source to tell about the distance, but some sources say it’s 14KM, and some say 22 Km.  Those go here, forget to track the distance by enjoying the beauty. But, you can feel it closer to 20 than to 14.

Hiking in the Puez-Odle will be the best experience for you as it’s long and involves a lot of climbing but remember, it is worth of effort as well. You can have a bird’s eye view from the mountains of the Dolomites.

Hiking in Europe

Trek to Petra, Jordan

Petra requires no introduction. This legendary city was one time capital of the Nabataean empire where you should visit. Long last of local Bedouin people is an archaeological destination that tracks the curious around the world. Most people take bus ticket there, but hiking towards the ancient city is a more memorable approach. Hiking over Dana to Petra can take 5 to 6 days depending on your fitness level and guide. The temperature is more than 30 degree Celsius. So, fill your bag with water, some food, and sunscreen cream. In winter there will be cold under the shade and chilly under the sun. (Remember, the sun is sun, and it will burn you)

Dana to Petra follows an old Caravan route and entrance in the city of Petra.  Along the way, you will see the gorgeous marvel in the history of the world. Every day you will see the evidence of civilizations past. A Christian monastery crumbling into the rock it was built from 2000 years ago, green-lipped caves where Romans mined copper about 350BC, an Islamic military lookout (Islam came to Jordan in 636AD) – pieces of a historical jigsaw.

Trek to Petra, Jordan

Cerro Tronador, Argentina

Carro Tronador is an exciting place for hiking experience which is located along the border between Argentina and Chile. It is near the Argentine city of Bariloche. The easiest way to enter in Carro Tronador is by using the Argentine border. Chilean is pretty hard to access due to the glaciers condition. The ideal time to climb here is from September to December/January with skis, perfect by foot through March. In summer it is challenging to hike because of little ice (slippery) and lots of rock fall.

You should keep two days in your hand to complete this hike and the night experience is incredible. If you want to conquer whole Cerro Tronador (I don’t know if it is possible), you have to hike for 32 Km.  You can camp at the top at night, and I am pretty much sure, you will enjoy the scenery.

Cerro Tronador, Argentina

Kungsleden Gällivare, Sweden

Kungsleden is Sweden’s most popular hiking route. There are some dramatic changes along the way between alpine terrain and low-lying mountain birch forest.  kungsleden passes through four national parks: Abisko, Stora Sjofallet, Sarek and Pieljekaise. The most common locations to start or end a hike along Kungsleden are Abisko, Vakkotavare, Saltoluokta, Kvikkjokk, Ammarnäs, and Hemavan.

The place between Ammarnas and Nikkaluokta is less crowded. But between Jackvick and Kvikkjokk you won’t find any cabins to take rest and therefore, you must carry a tent. If you want to hike in the Swedish Lapland, you should go at the end of June to mid-July. During this period of summer, the last snow patches on the highest mountain passes are still melting. The sun doesn’t set during this part of summer so hiking addicts can push on through the night and have the trail lit by the midnight sun.

Kungsleden Gällivare, Sweden

Torres Del Paine w circuit, Chile

Torres Del Paine W Circuit is situated in Patagonia, Chile. Quarter millions of visitors visit Torres Del Paine every year. Though there are day hike is available for casual tourists, five to seven days of W route is most popular without any doubt. It is easy to understand why!

The track which frequently appears on the bucket list of hikers the world overtakes you past lakes, glaciers mountains, and rivers. As well as a stunning picture of Flora and Fauna, It’s roughly 15 miles of hiking a day. Therefore, it is not for the inexperienced but it’s certainly a trip for training.

Torres Del Paine w circuit, Chile

Tour Du Mont Blanc, France and Switzerland

Mont Blanc is one of the best-hiking destinations that you should ever try before you die. It is one of the most popular long distance in Europe which passes through parts of Italy, France, and Switzerland. The hike begins and ends in Chamonix which is the most popular ski resort in France.  It takes almost 11 to 14 days to complete the 177 Km of distance. The cumulative ascent and descent of Mount Blanc are close to 9000m which is equivalent to climb Mount Everest.  From any point of the trail, you will see the million-dollar worth of natural beauty, (you might finish the charge of your camera).

The best time to hike on Mont Blanc is from Mid-June until Mid-September though the weather is unpredictable on Mont Blanc. Anyone want to hike on Mont Blanc must need to have learned about high skills as climbing is not comfortable there.

Tour Du Mont Blanc

Trolltunga, Norway

Trolltunga is one of the most spectacular rock formations in Norway. Its located 1.100 meters above sea level and about 700 meters above Lake Ringedalsvatnet. This hike is rapidly growing in popularity. This place is not known as other geological wonders but it is really beautiful. You should be careful and keep an eye on your feet as there is no safety rail here

Trolltunga, Norway

Yosemite Grand Travers, United States

Yosemite Grand Travers is known for some of the best hiking places in the world. This is situated in California, the United States and the distance is around 96 Km. Yosemite National Park is famous for its natural glamour and huge sequoia trees. You will really like the waterfalls, green mountaintops, and meadows on its surreal trail. The best time to hike in Yosemite Grand Traverse is from July to September and it requires at least 6-8 days.

Yosemite Grand Traverse

Snowman Trek, Bhutan

This place is located in Bhutan known as one of the most difficult high altitude treks in the world which is 350 Km long and it takes almost 3-4 weeks to conquer the area. The best time to go there is October-November. It will definitely be an adventure to remember if you finish it. Head into one of the most remote valleys in Bhutan as you traverse nine passes higher than 4,500 meters. There are six mountains above 7,000 meters and the Paro Chhu river valley which is fabulous. During the trek, you’ll pass small villages and Buddhist monasteries, and you can even learn more about Buddhist traditions and the cultural heritage of Bhutan.

Snowmen Trek

Mount Everest:

Everest is, without doubt, one of the most renowned hiking destinations in the world. This is the highest mountain in the world which lied on the border between Nepal and China. Most of the people who climb Mount Everest, use oxygen tube on their backpack as the Everest is 8000 meters high from the sea level. The difficulty of Everest trekking depends on the route that you have chosen with the main trekking trails. Gokyo Lake trek is one of the most popular treks in the Everest region which will take you to the Gokyo Valley and you can enjoy the panoramic views. If you want to follow the footsteps of legendary mountaineers, then you have to choose the route “ Everest Base Camp Classic Trek”. This trek begins from Salleri and starts following the place of Nunthala and Bupsa.

Mount Everest

Things To Do Before Hiking

Preparing to fix up for your hiking is exciting. When looking for beginner advice on hiking, you may feel overwhelmed by all the information available on the web. From our experience, we can recommend before going to hike; you have to focus on three specific points like planning, health & safety, and what to pack.

Planning:

Do some research to find the best hiking place that suits you. For ideas, check out the magazine or search on the web. Websites and forums are also a great place to have some research. It is an enjoyable way to meet people with similar interest. You can also check out local hiking clubs, online forums or other sites like Facebook.com or MeetUp.com to find hiking clubs.

 

Health and Safety:

From our childhood, we are getting advice from our elders to take care of our health. It is not a new topic but sensible. When you are on hiking or trekking, it is really important to think about health and safety so that in adventure, you will not face any danger.

You have to drink water often, even before you feel thirsty. Dehydration can make you more vulnerable to altitude sickness. It is really essential to bring navigation and learn how to use them. You will find the portable navigation or good hiking GPS on our website (Accessories). Sun protection is really important and try to keep sunglass, hat, and sunblock in your backpack. You should carry emergency dry food in you hiking backpack. Don’t forget to let someone know where you are going. Otherwise, when you are back, you might see an advertisement in the newspaper that you are missing! (ha ha ha)

What to pack?

First, you have to take the best hiking backpack where you can put all of your necessaries. Try to practice using your gear at home. Setup your tent in the yard and light up your stove. It will help you set up camp easily. You should carry hiking poles which will help you to walk when you are tired. Always try to keep your feet happy. You can have a look at our Best hiking poles. It is not a bad idea to carry a hunting knife with you (I know you will not miss using the knife). Fill the water bottles and grab some dry food in your beg.

The most important thing is lighter. Always keep a lighter in your backpack. It will help you in different situations. You may know that some wild animals afraid of fire and you will not feel bad at night while camping as well.

Keep your backpack packed with the essentials and don’t make it overweighted so you won’t have any problem while walking.

Comparison between Hiking and Trekking

It is essential to know the difference between hiking and trekking so that you can choose the right adventure for yourself. Safety is also very important, and you need to select an activity from these two that suits both your physical and psychological abilities.

Hiking:

Hiking is an outdoor activity which means to walk in a natural environment, often in mountain or terrain. This is usually half-day to one-day tour like the German Alps. The terrain varies from relatively flat to sleep. Hiking can be along with a coastline like hiking the Cinque Terre in Italy or Camino de Santiago in Spain.

Most of the hiking tours finish in the same place that you have started. It can be either from Hiking a loop or returning the same way. Most of the people hike usually range between 6 to 12 hours. But. You can also hike as long as you want.

Trekking:

Trekking is similar to hiking, but the difference is treks are longer than hikes. When I say longer, it does not mean they can take a couple of hours. These trips usually take two or more days. It means you have to set up camp (bring all of your food and equipment).

Best thing in trekking is adventure and difficulties. You have to start from one point, and you may not end it at the same spot.

If you want to have the best trekking experience, then it is must have a basic knowledge of camp craft, map reading and first aid are essential before you go trekking.

Trekking is one of the best adventure activity in many terms. You will have a very good physical exercise, and unique learning experience as mountains will teach you a lot about life. By being open and excepting of new experiences, you allow yourselves to enhance your knowledge and further your understanding of the world and yourself.

When you are on trekking or hiking for a whole day, you are burning a lot of calories throughout the day. At the time of Trekking or Hiking, a normal person carries around 20 pounds in his/her backpack, and when you trek for a long time, you burn more than 500 calories every hour.

The Stress is a part of everyone’s daily life nowadays and when you go for trekking or hiking, you are exposed to the beauty of nature which helps you to get relieved from all of your stress.

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