What to Pack for Weekend Trek
Weekend Trek / Long Weekend Trek – Generally the trek that you can accomplish within the 2 days that you have off from your 9 to 5 jobs. Easy in nature. Sometime touching the “moderate” class as well. Nothing to write home about however a lot of “digital free bliss”. Time to rejuvenate. Examples around Delhi – Prashar Lake, Kheergana Trek, Kasol, Triund etc.
Planning for the trek –
1. At most of these places (weekend treks) you will find 1) Local eateries. 2) Local guides with equipment etc. You won’t have to look too much. You can land up at the base (camp) and then look for locals who conduct these treks. If you are someone like us who want to plan, you can give us a call and we will share the local contacts we have for you. No worries at all.
2. Before you start the journey, READ UP about the trek on internet. Call friends and gather some info. Ensure you are well informed. Don’t even up on a trek in a season when it is not supposed to trekked without supervision. It can become life threatening, quickly.
3. Ensure that your friends and family know where you are going and when you will return. Most of these places do not have good network coverage and you don’t want your folks be worried about you.
4. Must plan your travel in such a manner that you either reach the base camp (from where you will start the trek) early in the morning or late evening.
a) If you plan and reach early morning, then you can have breakfast and quickly set off for the trek. You should be at the top post lunch and then can take rest for the next few hours and enjoy.
b) If you plan to reach in the evening, then you must book a plan for dinner and night stay. Please remember to call in advance and confirm before you start your journey.
5. Personal stuff to carry – like shoes clothes etc. Yeah that needs to be planned. So, follow the thumb rule –
a) A good rucksack. Buy the 55 liters one and it will take care of all your needs. You can pack effectively for about a 5 day trek in that capacity.
b) Pack a set of clothes more than you might need. You never know when you need it. Weekend trek means 2 nights and you could carry 3 pairs of clothes.
c) Always check weather before you pack and if there is 0.0001% chance of rain, pack rain covers always. Barely would way 50 grms for upper and lower put together but would save you a lot of hassle if it pours. Rains in mountains can get very dicey if not prepared.
d) A set of proper hiking shoes. Very important to ensure your feet are always safe. Buy rather invest in a good pair of high ankle, water proof trekking shoes. Will last you at least 10 good moderate treks without any problems. Yes, we all it investment.
e) Water bottles. Always have 2 bottles, one liter each. No compromise on this. Fill this up from
every mountain stream you cross.
f) Basic equipment – Torch, Knife (to cut ropes, food packets etc), lighter matchbox.
g) Toilet Rolls – You would basic infrastructure related to washrooms hence it is a must to carry your own toilet rolls.
h) Medicines – if you regularly take some medicine then you must take them along. You might not get them in small medical shops in the hills hence better to carry them always.
i) Personal hygiene materials. Must pack. You never know what you might need and if you are attached to a certain brand, then this is most important for you.
j) Some packed food. Some dry fruits, energy bars, glucose etc. Keep them packed and use them in case of emergency ration, if required.
6. Tents Sleeping Bags Sleeping Mat – you will generally get this from the local guide that you hire or stay with for food. If you want to go all out and take your own stuff, you can always find these for hire in your city or you can buy them at the local outdoor equipment store. Keep in mind –
a) Buy 2 men tent. While 3 men are more spacious, but they are big and their size become an issue when you encounter winds at high speed.
b) Sleeping mat is something that most trekkers ignore however at a lot of places it is very important. It supports your back on an uneven ground and ensure you wake up fresh.
c) Sleeping bag – depending on the trek you are doing, you would need to choose between something that work from 0C to 20C and above.
7. Food – if you plan to eat at the local joints you should still carry some ready to eat meals with you in case of emergency. If you pan to cook your own food, then –
a) Must buy a camping stove. Do not reply on campfire as the area would most probably be under the forest reserve area and lighting a bonfire would be illegal.
b) Along with stove, you should carry a few extra cans of gas. Just in case you need.
c) Camping utensils.
d) Carry basic ready to eat for such treks. Nothing to elaborate.
e) Extra water.
8. Garbage Bags – Always carry garbage disposal bags. Whatever waste you have, please dispose them in bag and bring the bags down with you. Dispose them in proper dustbins. Very important that we do not pollute the hills.