A Guide To Solo Trekking For Female Trekkers
Trekking has a myriad of benefits, so much so that the following entire article could be dedicated to the topic alone. It is not just about many physical health benefits it offers like cardiovascular strength, weight loss, strong bones, or agile muscles, but largely also about the mental peace and serenity it provides.
A lot of trekkers give adventure, break from a monotonous routine, and a place to rejuvenate the spirit as their prime reasons to trek and right so. However, Trekking with friends or family and Trekking alone are two completely different things, especially for female trekkers, given their safety and other concerns.
But, this does not to the slightest extent imply that females cannot trek or travel alone; instead, in recent years, the number of female trekkers has risen significantly, a major percentage of which prefer doing it solo.
The following article covers everything a solo female trekker must keep in mind before starting the adventure, along with some additional tips and tricks to make the experience exceptionally worthwhile.
Research, Plan, and then Execute
The importance and necessity to plan out a trek cannot be emphasized enough, whether it is about knowing the location or understanding the terrain. Trekking, unlike hiking, is not done on set trails or footpaths but on an uneven terrain amid the wild natural environment, needless to say, the uncertainty that brings along.
- Know what you expect from your trekking experience. Is it a walk among large trees or a mountain view that you crave? And choose the trekking location accordingly.
- After you are done choosing a location of your choice with the difficulty measure in mind, the next step is to research it well. It includes knowing the distance, the current trail situation, the weather condition depending on your plans to start a trek, how and where to start a trek, and where it ends, how to get there, etc.
The planning will not just help you execute a plan better but save you from unpleasant experiences, for e.g., unavailability or a limited number of ferries or bus rides on certain days, a river that you did not know had to be crossed, not enough drinking water, or no sunscreen under the scorching sun, and a plethora of more.
Tell someone about your plans
Though Trekking may be an escape from the world for a lot of individuals, including people in general, letting someone on your trekking plans, even a single person who is not on the trek with you, is of utmost importance. This person could be anyone you can rely on, be it a friend, a family member, or even your trekking insurance agent.
The person must be well informed on the itinerary of your entire trip and must know when to worry or call for help. As for avoiding any false alarms, work out the entire schedule such that it provides you with enough spare hours to adjust any unplanned event such as trail issues, beautiful sunset spotting mid-journey, or any other possible delay.
Carry necessary guiding and contacting equipment
Trekking is about exploring unfamiliar grounds and territories for most, which directly boosts up the chances of getting confused or lost in nature.
Therefore, guiding equipment such as a GPS, map, or compass, along with communication devices such as a mobile phone with backup batteries and portable charger, becomes a necessity, something every solo trekker must have with them at all times.
One must also very well know how to read a map and a compass, as many Trekking spots have a low range of network, and searching for a network in the wild will be the last thing you would want to experience as you trek, that being said, know your way around alternatives.
A waterproof case or a simple polybag to carry all the equipment is yet another thing you wouldn’t regret carrying whenever, and not just during treks.
Invest in good shoes
Though a good pair of shoes may or may not take one to great places, a good pair of trekking shoes can surely ensure that you complete your trek without blisters or any other foot injury. The importance of high-quality shoes that fit you well is not something that can be compromised with, especially on a trek, an activity that is solely based on exploring as you walk.
Furthermore, as said above, Trekking involves rough terrains and, therefore, unfit shoes or those not equipped with the right insoles as per your foot needs or any special health condition that you might be suffering from can further worsen the situation.
Trust you intuition
All women are born with a superpower known as intuition, i.e., if something does not feel good, it most certainly is not.
Be wary of your surroundings, always in the authority of what is happening around you, and trust your guts when it says something is odd or just not right about a certain thing, no matter how silly or trivial it may sound at the moment. You are going to thank yourself for this later on.
Many stories can be traced back to women listening to and believing in their instincts that have averted unpleasant happenings. Therefore, to say that the statement better safe than sorry must be practically applied to any and every trekking plan will not be wide of the mark.
Do not overshare on social media
Social media though a brilliant and useful platform in a number of ways, everyone can agree to the fact that it can equally well be manipulated for personal gains.
Since safety is a prime concern for most female solo travelers, thus it is definitely not a good idea to overshare details on social media, such as the current Trekking location, how many people one is with, the future plans, time and schedule, etc., especially for someone with a public profile and a substantial following.
Even if you plan on keeping your audience updated, which is a good thing given many people now know about your whereabouts in case anything goes haywire, make sure you limit the details to the extent that no one could make improper use of it, or alternatively delay the updates by a day or two such that they are not of much use.
Ensure that you are not the last one to leave
Unless you are trekking somewhere with no fellow trekkers, ensure that you stick close to other people on the trek, not necessarily along them but maintaining a reachable distance. Try not to be the last one to leave a camp or to lag far behind as others trek forward, as it increases the risk of being attacked by wild animals, among other safety concerns.
Being friendly with others just so that they remember your name or even your face is enough, as it assures that they will look for you or call for help in case you went missing.
Learn to say No and not being nice to people
Women are, in general, like being nice, and the thought of being impolite is not something that comes easy to most. Though, if one wants to make sure that they are safe, they need to be bold and outspoken on things that seem unpleasant, whether it is a conversation or a touch.
Say No when your guts tell you to, and even otherwise. Do not try to please people or fear hurting their sentiments, and remember that you are Trekking solo.
If you require to make a friend or two, choose other female solo trekkers (again, trust your guts). Nevertheless, this does not mean one cannot make friends or that there are no good people Trekking; on the contrary, Trekking is one the best ways to meet new people and make friends.
Whether it is carrying extra food and utilities in case of emergency or a quick first aid kit for when you are hurt, making sure that you are self-sufficient in any and every way during the entire trek, it is the best thing you could do for yourself.
Depending on other people or waiting for someone to arrive with help does little good when trekking solo. Being self-reliant for whatever comes your way will not only give you a sense of security and confidence but also increase the quality of experience, letting you explore to your heart’s content.
Although, do not overpack in the name of security, as it could make your backpack heavy, leading to a difficult and uneasy trekking experience.
Other tips and tricks
- Learn from someone with experience before exploring solo.
- Start with small and familiar trails.
- Choose popular trekking destinations for a safe and adventurous experience.
- Prepare yourself both psychologically and physically for the journey with pre-trekking exercises.
- Consider trekking insurance for difficult and long terrains.
- Equip well with proper and light gears.
- Carry minimal items for a lightweight and fun trek.
- Leave no traces in terms of food wrappers, garbage, etc.
- Do not forget the purpose of Trekking and make sure you enjoy the journey.
Trekking is as demanding outdoor activity as it is giving in nature, so make sure you are ready to face and handle everything that comes along the way, pleasant or not.
SoloTrekking for females can be a life-changing and confidence-building experience when done right, and nothing can stop a woman who has set her mind to it. Happy Scrolling!