Trekking

Trekking

Have you ever wanted to go on a trek, but aren't sure where to start? How about this series of articles written by experts, on every subject including planning, venue choices, packing checklist, group management, safety issues, embassies, visas, flights, currency, health at altitude, innoculations and sanitation.

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How to minimise the effects of altitude

How to minimise the effects of altitude

by Ellie Dolbear

Trekking at altitude presents an added challenge, but with the right knowledge and preparation, it's possible to minimise the effects. The Altitude Centre's Ellie Dolbear explains how.

Starting out trekking

Starting out trekking

by Steve Razzetti

This introduction explains the basic concepts of fitness and mountain awareness, outlining some of the qualities differentiating the various destinations worldwide that attract both novice and veteran. It also provides preliminary pointers to treks suitable for first timers.

Trekking preparation

Trekking preparation

by Steve Razzetti

This section will help you start thinking about the type of trekking you might consider and gives you some handy pointers to help with your planning and preparation, including a useful 'before you go' checklist.

Trekking checklist

Trekking checklist

by Steve Razzetti

Getting organised before your trip can be a nightmare with the number of things you have to remember - but it doesn't need to be. This article provides advice on the choice of clothing and equipment you're likely to need and a checklist to ensure that your trek will be as smooth and as trouble-free as possible.

Group management for treks

Group management for treks

by Nigel Williams

Trekking is a term associated with multi-day walking trips through the mountains, usually overseas in a pleasant climate with food and accommodation provided, either at mountain huts or cooked by support staff. Generally, you might carry a small rucksack, the atmosphere is relaxed and there is an air of it being an adventure holiday.

Safety issues for trekking

Safety issues for trekking

by Steve Razzetti

Reading reports in our news media about trouble and strife abroad is often enough to instill complete paranoia in the minds of would-be travellers. It goes without saying that a few sensible measures and a bit of forethought will lessen your chances of running into trouble.

Embassies and visas

Embassies and visas

by Steve Razzetti

Embassies are a source of help and information for British nationals abroad. This article describes what you might expect from an Embassy or Overseas Mission and what they cannot do for you. For many countries outside the Commonwealth and Europe you will need a visa. Tips to bear in mind when applying for visas.

Flights for trekking

Flights for trekking

by Steve Razzetti

The internet has made finding flights very easy, but there are some nuances that trekkers should be aware of before they book. This article gives the information a trekker needs to know.

Currency

Currency

by Steve Razzetti

This article deals with the issues of obtaining foreign currency for your foreign trek both at home and abroad, and the security of your money when you are travelling.

Health and altitude when trekking

Health and altitude when trekking

by Chris Fenn

High altitude trekking brings its own rewards but your body may struggle to cope with the environment. Find out how your body adapts and how to prevent the symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS).

Inoculations for trekking

Inoculations for trekking

by Chris Fenn

Travel abroad exposes you to a range of diseases. To take preventative measures, you need information about the places you are travelling to. Inoculations can prevent some of these, but injections do not offer 100% protection. Find out how to prevent malaria, without taking tablets.

Sanitation when trekking

Sanitation when trekking

by Chris Fenn

Trekking in a foreign country provides the opportunity to sample new foods and a new culture and unfortunately possible exposure to new diseases. Many diseases are water borne and ensuring safe water is a priority. Find out how to keep well when trekking abroad.

Trekking venues

Trekking venues

by Steve Razzetti

Even the briefest outline of the attractions of the destinations possible for trekkers today would fill volumes. But of course, everyone has a different aspiration or goal, and each mountain region in the world rewards visitors in different ways. Within each country and continent are found an incredibly diverse range of terrains and peoples.

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