Backpacking South America

 

South America, perhaps more than any other continent, genuinely does offer a taste of pretty much every natural phenomenon: from the harsh frigid landscapes of Patagonia, to the world’s largest tropical rainforest – and taking in deserts and record-breaking waterfalls along the way. South America really does have it all.

But it’s not just the physical that draws backpackers to the continent – South America has a cultural depth and historical significance that sets it apart as well. From the contemporary wonders of the markets of Ecuador and the carnivals of Brazil, to the other worldly historical wonders of Machu Picchu, South America has more than its fair share of blow-your-mind ‘must-do’s’ for backpackers too.

Backpackers do have some concerns about the safety of some parts of the continent and, although these are not necessarily misplaced, providing you are sensible and leave your Rolex and ‘I’m a rich tourist’ t-shirt at home you should be fine.

In terms of where to go: South America is massive. To genuinely experience the entire continent would take much longer than most backpackers are able to commit. The best advice is to ensure you allow enough time in the places you elect to visit. Spending three weeks trying to cover 6 countries will leave you travel weary and, well, probably quite unfulfilled. Have a read through the destination guides, work out where you most want to spend time and plan accordingly.

There is something of a ‘recognised route’ for backpackers that takes in many of the highlights of the continent, and there are plenty of hostels and like-minded backpackers around these areas. The great thing about South America, however, is that you can easily get away from this ‘well trodden’ path if you want to get a bit further under the skin of the continent.

Where is it and what’s there?

South America is attached to the rest of the Americas by the narrow southerly point of Panama. The continent is only about one-fifth smaller than the whole of North America. South America lies across the equator – with Ecuador, Peru, Colombia and Brazil all being equatorial.

There are two significant geographical features of the continent. The first of these is the Andes mountain range. The Andes are the longest continental mountain range in the world (4,300 miles), and run along the western coast of the entire continent. They are a major feature of all countries along this coast and have a significant climactic as well as geographic impact. The almost equatorial Venezuelan capital of Caracas, for example, is elevated by the Andes and has a pleasant year round temperature in the mid 20s: more Mediterranean than equatorial.

The second major feature of the continent is the Amazon Rainforest. The largest in the world, the rainforest takes up most of the River Amazon’s basin, which covers 1.7 billion acres. One of the most important ecological environments on the planet, the effect of deforestation is well documented. In terms of where it lies, 60% of the rainforest is in the northern half of Brazil (the 5th largest country in the world), 17% in Peru, and the rest shared by the 7 other countries which border it.

Aside from these monumental features, the continent also has the Salar de Uyani – the largest salt flat in the world, some amazing skiing and mountainous regions, and some perfect Caribbean beaches.

Countries of South America:- 

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Falkland Islands (UK), French Guiana (France, Guyana, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Uruguay,Venezuela,

Climate

The size and nature of the topography does mean, of course, that it is impossible to generalise about South America’s climate. A good indication of the nature of the climate throughout the continent is that one country – Argentina – holds the record for the highest (48.9°C) and the lowest (-33°C) temperatures on the continent!

This said, if you always bear in mind that the Andes are mountainous, hence colder the higher up you go, and that the continent – although equatorial in the north – does go a long way south (so becomes very much seasonal (and cold!) as you head south), then you can get a broad understanding of what the climate is likely to be like. Have a look at the individual country guides for a more detailed explanation for specific countries.

 

Getting there and visas

Nowadays South America is very well served by international air carriers, and you can get to at least one main airport from most European and North American cities. Getting to the larger hubs is straightforward, and then it is generally pretty easy to arrange an internal flight if you want to begin your travels elsewhere.

You may be arriving from Central America for your backpacking South America trip. If this is the case then you can catch a boat from Colon (Panama) to Cartagena or Barranquilla in Colombia, or from Panama City to Buenaventura (Colombia) or Guayaquil (Ecuador).

There are no direct rail or road links into the continent.

In terms of visas, if you have a European or North American passport, then you don’t have to worry about sorting out any visas in advance. Pretty much all countries offer a free visa on arrival, with the option to extend if you’ve found your perfect spot. This said, do check advice for individual countries as some require you to have a certain amount of time left on your passport.

Getting around

If you know anyone who has been backpacking South America to sum up their memories of the continent, one word would be sure to crop up: buses! Buses are the primary mode of transport for (by South American standards) short/medium journeys. They are a good way to get around and – assuming you’re on a backpacking budget – the only way to get around a lot of time, but they can become something of a ‘groundog day’ curse. Although you can’t generalise completely as there are exceptions, as a rule: don’t expect highly efficient, on time buses, don’t expect the most direct route, and do allow yourself some leeway if you’ve got anything important lined up at the other end!  ?   Too find ou t why a hiking watch click here

You will almost certainly undertake some long (probably very long) journeys by bus too, so it’s very much a case of finding your inner ‘Zen’, having a good book on the go, and just going with it! And there are some very good bus and road networks in the more developed parts of the continent: so savour these when you have the chance!

If you’re planning on seeing a lot of the continent, or are short on time, then you’ll need to make use of the internal air network. This is generally excellent, and a great way to get around (especially as you look down on the buses below!). There are now several low-cost carriers too, so it needn’t be too expensive. Websites generally have an English language option, so it’s worth going direct for the best prices.

Rail travel is a non-starter. There are some lines, but these are generally aimed at tourist trails (such as getting to Macchu Picchu), and not at travelling longer distances.

Things to do when backpacking South America

It’s impossible not to continue mentioning South America’s size in relation to any backpacking South American experience there (it is over twice the size of the entire European continent). Consequently any trip will need to be very carefully planned if there are certain activities that you have at the top of your backpacking South America ‘must do’ list. If you want to chill out on a Brazilian beach waiting for carnival season and you want to do cycle Death Road in Bolivia, then you’ll need to work out the best way of getting from east to west, for example. Sticking to Peru, Ecuador and Bolivia is a popular option and there are plenty of amazing experiences to be had in that area, but equally heading up to Venezuela or down to Chile offer plenty of more unique rewards. A combination of the ‘must do’s’ which are – of course – pretty touristy, and trying to get yourself well off the beaten track seems to be the best way of getting a true sense of both the history, and the modern reality of the continent.

The Amazon Rainforest. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by the statistics relating to the rainforest and the Amazonian basin, but to get an understanding of the sheer magnitude of this remarkable environment you really do need to spend some time there. You can enter the rainforest from several South American countries and by several means – trekking and canoeing being the most popular. Suffice to say that the longer you can allow the better – you need a week or so to really get a sense of ‘jungle life’.

Machu Picchu. World renowned for a reason, the staggering complexity and beauty of the ruins really will stay with you. The region is quite strictly regulated nowadays – which is essentially a good thing – but does mean that it may take a while to sort your trek out. For the most solitary and magical experience, try to get there for sunrise.

Rio de Janeiro. An impossibly manic city, with a truly unique atmosphere, staggeringly beautiful beaches (populated by staggeringly beautiful people!) and a world renowned nightlife. And, of course, home to the most famous carnival – or even the most famous party – on the entire planet. Although it may not be worth planning your entire trip around, definitely worth tweaking your itinerary to try and get there if you can.

Death Road. Maybe one to tell your parents about afterwards, death road was officially the world’s most dangerous road (graded on the number of vehicles not to make it…). It is now closed to everyday traffic, but is open to backpackers on mountain bikes. Although it sounds like it may be a 400ft drop too far, it is ridden daily by avid mountain bikers, and by those who want to go at a more sedate pace just to say they’ve done it. There have been a few fatalities, but none have been with the larger and more reputable companies who will organise everything for you (and give you a lift back up!).

Galapagos Islands. Unless you’ve spent a long time saving up, heading to the Galapagos may be one of those trips that you have to weigh up against others – as it isn’t cheap. But if you have even a passing interest in nature and want to feel like you genuinely have stepped back in time (think Jurassic Park) then a trip is money very well spent. There are various ways of getting to the islands more cheaply too (see the Ecuador page), so it needn’t mean flying home straight afterwards because you’ve run out of cash.

Colombia. With a bad reputation, Colombia’s not the kind of place to be taken lightly – but if you’re sensible and follow travel advice then it is a unique destination, and truly will repay you. Try a coffee plantation, or skateboarding around the highways in the capital on a Sunday: when cars are banned from the roads.

Skiing in Chile. You may think your travels are all about perfect beaches and not having to pack much more than a bikini or boardies, but for more intrepid backpackers, there is some of the best skiing and snowboarding on the planet in Chile. With several resorts within an hour or two of the capital too, and plenty of places to hire kit, you could maybe think about treating yourself…!

Venezuelan beaches. They’re on the Caribbean Sea – what more do you need to know! Plus you could head over to Margarita Island, home of – you’ve guessed it – The Margarita. Definitely a cool place to watch the sun go down, and plenty of options for watersports too.

Salur de Uyuni. Chile’s epic salt flight is about as off-the-planet as you can get without leaving terra firma. It truly is a remarkable place with a thick crust of completely smooth salt that varies in altitude by only one meter over the entire 4000 square mile area! Definitely a spot to 1) get some amazing pictures, and 2) sit back, take a few deep breath and take it all in. Awesome.

However long you commit to backpacking South America, it won’t be long enough to ‘see it all’ (unless you’re working in years rather than months). So be sensible when planning your backpacking itinerary. What do you really want to do – see how the Inca’s lived, or live it up in Buenos Aires? Don’t take too much on and give yourself a chance to get a real sense of the continent. In reality, you’ll probably enjoy it so much that you’ll be back with your backpack before too long anyway..! Happy Hiking Adventure

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How to survive in the wilderness

Sometimes when in a survive in the wilderness, you are likely to be faced with stress which affects your thinking as well as decision making. It is important to clear your mind and relax since survival is the ability to withstand stress. You need to decide on the best survival course of action you will take and have the will to survive in the wilderness.Here are a few skills worth learning:Building a shelterDifferent shelters suit different areas. Build a shelter according to the environment you are in. For instance, a shelter with branches and a rope can protect you from wind and weather while an underground shelter can hide you from the hot sun when you are in a desert.Making a fireMaking of a fire is essential. It’s important for warmth and for keeping wild animals away. With the use of sticks and dry wood, you can start a fire by use of a lens or by rubbing them together. It is a good idea to always carry a lighter though.Finding waterWater is essential since it draws the line between life and death. You might be feeling a burning tongue, a dry throat or emitting dark brown urine. Ensure that the first days you dedicate yourself into finding water. Note that you cannot go 3 days without water.Finding food in the wildIn the wilderness there are animals and food being an essential factor for survival, you need to look for ways to get it. You can go hunting for an animal in the woods, set a trap for them or go out to a nearby river to hunt for fish or simple turn vegetarian but eat only what you know for sure is harmless.Signaling for helpGather wet pine branches to start a fire. They always produce a lot of smoke. This smoke can be used as a signal for help. Also when you happen to hear some people in the woods, to capture their attention, blow your whistle and call for help.NavigationWhen lacking a compass, you can use your watch. Just point the hour hand in the direction of the sun drawing an imaginary line between it and the 12 o’clock point. Create an angle between the two lines and bisect it. The line pointing away from the sun is north since the sun sets in the west.Basic wilderness first aidAt times you might be prone to injuries. Therefore, having a survival technique that works is essential. Beware of your environment and look for plants that can aid. For instance, bark of trees that can help support a fractured bone.Predicting the weatherBe able to tell what the weather is going to be or likely to be, by looking at the atmosphere.It is really important to practice these skills because it is upon you to be conversant with them in case you find yourself in the wilderness with needs for survival.Still thinking only beasts and savages belong to the wild? We too can be part of their world.

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Best Outdoor Survival Gear: Why You Need Them

What are some of the Best Outdoor Survival Gear? Do you have any idea? In an urban area, just what are the readily available outdoor survival gear as well as devices that you will require that will be useful in an unexpected emergency situation? While in the process of conceptualizing the components of your kit with each other, you need to put emphasis on security products.

Consider additionally where you are functioning, is it huge city or merely a little one. Assess where you live and also furnish yourself with the appropriate safety and security things to bring. Best Outdoor Survival Gear can be of great use when you practise first hand how to use them.If you are staying in a geographically earthquake prone zone, you have to gather devices that will certainly protect you in case structure collapse or to assist in others with security in case quakes happen.

Prepare safety glasses and breathing device to maintain your lungs providing with breathable air. A little crowbar as well as pliers can also be helpful in case you obtain trapped.And also if you are on your way to a city and you require water and also your energy breaks down, exactly what is the best strategy for you to do? As part of your outdoor survival kit, you will certainly require water. You could make use of ponds and also lakes that can be discovered on the city park.A water filter will additionally be practical. There are mobile water filters that you should conveniently bring with you. Now why a hiking watch?

There are also water purification tablets that can be really effective for you.You likewise have to have a device that can fix taps that had actually lost its handle. You could buy it at hardware and also shops. This will enable you to have water supply in buildings where the faucet is damaged. Simply be guaranteed that if you are drinking the water, ascertain its safety and security as well as ensure it is indeed safe and clean.In an urbanized living, an outdoor survival pack is crucial. Water as well as food is an universal demand that you have this prepared.

You will certainly require external light, protective gloves, as well as approaches that will certainly guarantee that are dry.Plan on the best ways to lug all your things, remain in a car or a knapsack. It should be portable and also lightweight. You could have it all in one bag or you might have various packages. You might have one for your vehicle as well as another for your home. It could resemble a problem or a concern, but you will never recognize when you will need it.

Best Outdoor Survival Gear needs to be constantly checked to see if there are things you could add later on.Guarantee that the components of your outdoor survival gear that is for emergency purposes stay within the confines of its own container or package. What is indicated by that is, do not make use of a few of the contents for camping trips and also various other sprees since you may fail to return them as well as you will not have them when you most need them.

Examine periodically also for expiry date of the food and medication that you saved. Check likewise the capability of your batteries as well as flashlights within your outdoor survival gear pack. Happy Hiking Adventure

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Mount Everest Base Camp Trek

Everest Base Camp – one of the most historical, spectacular and inspirational journeys that exist in the world. Considered as one of the most famous locations on the planet, the Everest Base Camp lies in the close proximity to the four of the world’s tallest peaks – Mt. Everest, Mt. Lhotse, Mt. Makalu and Cho Oyu. More than just beautiful views of the Himalayan range, the Base Camp is also known for its dynamic cultural exchange and spiritual haven, thanks to the thriving Buddhist presence visible in the countless Buddhist flags that color the area and the diverse international community of mountaineers and mountain aficionados. With colorful prayer flags adorning the campsite and stunning views of the Himalaya mountain range, the atmosphere is both majestic and magical in this sublime natural haven.This well-known trek begins with a scenic short flight from Kathmandu to the Tenzing – Hillary Airport at Lukla. Upon arrival, group members will begin their expedition to Everest Base Camp by traveling through Sagarmatha National Park, a rugged and breathtaking landscape that showcases the deep rivers and massive glaciers carved into the terrain.After a steep climb, travelers will be greeted by the friendly faces of the Sherpas in Namche Bazaar, the capital of the Sherpas and a quaint oasis in this stunning landscape. Situated at roughly 3,440 metres, this vibrant community hosts several lodging facilities for trekkers, as well as stores where extra provisions can be purchased. With one day of rest before the climb resumes, visitors are given the opportunity to explore the rich cultural heritage of the Sherpas and the diverse landscape of surrounding areas while giving their bodies the time needed to properly compensate for higher altitudes.Following this brief period of relaxation and acclimatization, the trek will resume, passing verdant alpine forests, roaring glacial rivers and sacred Buddhist temples en route to the next location of interest, Kala Patthar. From this vantage point, it’s easy to understand why Mt. Everest and Sagarmatha National Park have gained massive international appeal. This is more than just an adventurous trek – it’s truly an unforgettable life experience.After arriving at Everest Base Camp, group members will have the opportunity to explore their new surroundings and relish their achievements before traveling back to Lukla and embarking upon a return flight to Kathmandu.The Everest Base Camp trek is highly recommended for those looking to explore new vistas and cultures in one of the world’s most captivating natural settings. This unforgettable trip will leave you with a lifetime of memories.Itinerary:Day 1 :Arrive Kathmandu Airport and meet our airport representative then transfer to Hotel. Overnight at HotelDay 2 :Fly to Lukla (2804 meters) from Kathmandu, trek to Phakding (2610 meters) 3 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 3 :Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 4 :Namche Bazaar Acclimatization day. Or Hike to Syangboche Everest View hotel to observe close view of Mt. Everest, Amadablam, Thamserku, Lhotse and back to Guest House. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 5 :Trek to Tengboche Monastery (3860 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 6 :Trek to Dingboche (4350 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 7 :Day hike to Chhukung valley (4710 meters) and trek back to Dingboche. 4 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 8 :Trek to Lobuche (4910 meters) 5 hours. Overnight at GuesthouseDay 9 :Trek to Everest Base Camp (5365 meters) then back to Gorak Shep. 8 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 10 :Hike up to Kalapatthar (5555 meters) early in the morning then trek down to Phiriche (4200 meters). 7 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 11 :Trek to Namche Bazaar (3441 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 12 :Trek to Lukla (2804 meters) 6 hours. Overnight at Guesthouse.Day 13 :Morning Flight from Lukla to Kathmandu in the morning. Overnight at hotel.Day 14 :Leisure day in Kathmandu or this spare day is necessary incase flight cancel from Lukla to Kathmandu. Overnight at HotelDay 15 :Transfer to airport and back to your onward destination.Price in USD: 1316/PersonThe Trip Cost IncludesAirport pick up and drop off by private tourist vehicle.Round way flight to Lukla from Kathmandu ( fare in USD$ 328 per person)3 nights accommodation in Kathmandu at 3 star hotel inclusive of breakfast and government taxGuide’s Flight fareSagarmatha National Park Permit feeTrekkers information Management system (TIMS) cardDaily meal ( breakfast, lunch & dinner) during the trekHot Drinks such as Tea, Coffee & Hot Chocolate during the trekTwin Sharing Accommodation during your stay in the Mountain1 experience trek guide and his daily wage, food and accommodation1 porter/carrier for the group of 2 persons and his daily wage, food and accommodationTrekking equipment supplied from Asian Journey such as down jacket, sleeping bagService charge and value added taxThe Trip Cost ExcludesInsurance: you must have insurance that coverage personal accidents, medical and Helicopter EvacuationMeals in Kathmandu ( Lunch & Dinner)Nepal visa fee, international flightsItems of a personal nature such as alcoholic drinks, Hot Shower, Dessert, cold drinks, laundry, Internet, phone callExpenses occurred due to unavoidable Events i.e. road wrecks, flight delays etc.Any extra expenses such as Camera battery charging cost, hot shower, shopping during the trek,Tips for the guide & portersFor any queries and booking eMail Us, we will reply you within 24 hours.

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Hiking Trails in Thailand, Best Places to Hike in Thailand

Many people think that Thailand is place where we can have relax in the beach, enjoy local market,shopping. First time visitors to Thailand just assume that Chiang Mai is where it’s at when it comes to trekking. Today it’s possible to go trekking from over a dozen different locations throughout Thailand and there’s all manner of add ons, from elephant riding and rafting through to language and cooking tuition. While it’s easy to think all treks are made equal, that’s rarely the case and different locations offer different pros and cons. Hiking Trails Near Me suggested the following hiking trails based in Thailand.Chiang DaoWhile costs are a bit higher than what you may pay in Chiang Mai, this is a far less-trekked area. Chiang Dao is also convenient to two large national parks, with Chiang Dao National Park being particularly noteworthy. Excellent accommodation is available in Chiang Dao.SoppongEasily the best source of information is the long-running Cave Lodge, which runs all manner of trips and excursions — and is also just a great place to hang out. This is a good option if you want to see a bit of Thai wilderness but find the whole “hilltribe trekking scene” a bit jading. The neighbouring traveller hot-spots of Pai and Mae Hong Son each have their own heaving trekking scenes.Mae SalongMae Salong was one of the towns the KMT nationalists escaped to from China and it retains to this day an overpowering Chinese vibe — the tea is excellent too. While the scenery isn’t as tremendous as at some of the other locations, it still is pleasant — and interesting nevertheless.Kamphaeng PhetSet in the southern reaches of northern Thailand, Kamphaeng Phet is best known for its ancient ruins — similar to those that can be found in Ayutthaya and Sukhothai — though don’t be surprised if you’re the only farang in town. That said, courtesy of the sole guesthouse in town, Three J Guesthouse, there’s some trekking potential — sort of. They’ve set up a small homestay about 40km west of town near Khlong Lan National Park. From there there’s minority villages within a few kilometres’ walk, and, well, it’s just a really pretty spot!SangkhlaburiThe scenery is simply stunning and for the truly independent, with a spare bit of cash, there are some pretty amazing trekking options out of here.Phu Lang KaAnother remote, in-the-middle-of-nowhere destination, Phu Lang Ka is set in the shadow of Tham Sakoen National Park and boasts some tremendous scenery of limestone karsts dotted across a mist-soaked valley. The trekking takes in the national park and the immediate surrounds of the solitary guesthouse in this part of the world. Minorities are mostly Yao and Hmong, but unlike other areas there’s little in the way of “added extras”: No rafting or elephant riding in these parts. You’ll also need to bring your own group.Mae SariangThe minorities in this area are predominantly Karen. The main issue with trying to trek out of Mae Sariang is that because few people stop here, you’ll have problems rustling up a group. Of course you can just bite the bullet and pay more to trek solo, but if you’re trying to keep the budget under control, perhaps try and get together a group in Mae Hong Son or Chiang Mai and then head here. The riverside scenery is spectacular.NanNan has a large Hmong population and is also one of the few homes remaining of the M’labri people. Rafting is also an easy add on here — especially in the wet season when the rivers are positively raging. While Nan isn’t on any tourist highway, it gets a steady enough trade that you shouldn’t have to wait too long to get a group together.Chiang RaiChiang Rai is the second busiest trekking centre in Thailand, so there’s a wide variety of trips available with day trips along with one-, two- and three-night treks available throughout town. The longer treks should include a rafting segment. There’s a mix of minority groups in the area — predominantly Akha, Lahu, Sham and some Karen — and the longer the trip, the wider the variety of villages you’re likely to visit and stay at.UmphangOne of the most unexplored towns in Thailand.A typical three-day, two-night tour will encompass Umphang’s famed Tee Lor Su waterfalls where you may camp the first day, and should include an elephant ride, rafting, visiting and sleeping in a Karen village. Trekking in the Umphang area is quite hard work and you will need to be relatively fit and healthy. Solo travellers may have to wait a day or two to rustle up a group.

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Annapurna Trekking Trails Nepal, Annapurna Hiking Trails

Annapurna Trekking Trails Nepal one of the major trekking destination in Nepal. In this area, you can find the trails from easy level hiking to strenuous hikes from 850 meters to 5416 meters.  The Annapurna Trekking Trails is a part of Himalayan Trekking. The Popular Hiking Trails of this region is shortly brief below.1. Annapurna Base Camp TrekAnnapurna Base Camp trek features some of the most spectacular mountain scenery in the region, providing a fascinating insight into the diverse geography and terrain of Nepal. This unique trek incorporates a variety of local trails, wandering through forests, villages and terraced farmland.2.Ghorepani Poonhill TrekThis is a trek for everyone. The Ghorepani Poonhill Trek is fun-filled and easy trek bursting with some of the most beautiful sceneries seen nowhere else in the world. It is considered as one of the most popular treks in the Nepal’s Himalayas.3.Complete Annapurna TrekAnnapurna Complete Trek goes through breathtaking natural landscapes. The trek provides wildlife fauna and flora, waterfalls, rivers, typical villages and beautiful Himalayan peaks. Is said that is one of a fascinating trek in the world. It offers a full immersion in the Himalayan nature and culture.4.Annapurna Circuit TrekThe Annapurna Circuit trek is a classic trek in the Himalayas of Nepal. Combing all the elements that make it a classic trek, the Annapurna Circuit trek is epic as you’ll be able to witness stunning high mountain scenery, beautiful lowland farms and villages, cultural diversity and on top of that a stimulating pass crossing for all the adventure seekers, the Annapurna Circuit trek is an exceptional adventure for ambitious travelers.5.Nar Phu Valley Trek with Annapurna CircuitThe Narphu Valley trek is an adventurous trek with an opportunity to learn more about the culture of the natives. The Nar Phu valley is a stunning valley. It features soaring snow-capped mountains and a rich cultural heritage.The inhabitants of the valley are of the Tibetan ethnicity.6. Mardi Himal to Annapurna Base Camp TrekThe Mardi Himal trek is a relatively new and hence, a less explored trekking route in Nepal. The trail lies on the east of the other more popular trekking routes in the Annapurna region. Away from the busier and more crowded trekking routes, the trek is an ideal getaway for those interested in trekking and also as well for the beginners as prior experience isn’t needed.7. Annapurna Off the beaten path trekAnnapurna Off The Beaten Path Trek is an ideal complete trek through breathtaking natural landscapes. The trek provides wildlife fauna and flora, waterfalls, rivers, typical villages and beautiful Himalayan peaks. Is said that is one of a fascinating trek in the world. It offers a full immersion in the Himalayan nature and culture. Throughout the trek, you will be amazed by the natural landscapes providing by the Annapurna range.8. Dhampus Sarangkot short TrekThis is a short and a sweet trip in the Annapurna district. It might be a short trek however it figures out how to showcase a large number of the highlights of the locale. The trek is loaded with rich ethnic cultural towns, staggering scene of mountains, Buddhist religious communities, and cleared staircases are one of the numerous things you will experience in the journey.

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Wow, I Hurt from Backpacking! – Hiking Hustle

You’ve likely heard and said those words many times after a backpacking trip. The unpleasant feeling of soreness. It can come from just carrying a backpack (sometimes with too much weight in it or not properly fitted) to the harsh terrain covered that day on muscles not used to such rigors.First, make sure you are carrying the right backpack for you. Make sure the backpack is right with proper backpack fitting. There are also techniques for how to pack a backpack. to minimize the unpleasantness of weight bearing on tender shoulders. But do expect some pain the first few days. After all, you are doing something you have never done before. It will take time for you to adjust. So be patient with yourself.The best way to minimize such effects after a long day of hiking is to try and preempt them.Make sure you are not overpacking. Take only what you need. There are ways to cut back on pack weight, simply by reducing ounces (that can quickly add up to pounds). While this may not be that critical on a weekend venture, over long distances, it can attribute to lots of aches and pains. Look over your gear to see what your need and what you don’t. Have other hikers peruse your list online at trail forums to maybe help you reduce weight. Check out this gear list for backpacking for what you need on a long trip. See the Related Blogs below for other ideas in cut in food, specialty gear, etc.While hiking, be sure you are drinking plenty of water. Our body is composed mostly of water, and water keeps joints lubricated and less likely to hurt. Carry the means to safely filter your water and bottles to carry it. Eat the right foods also. While enjoying a candy bar might be a good pick-me-up, it won’t help mend the tiny tears in your muscles that is the soreness you feel. You need proteins and vitamins to mend.Make sure you are getting enough sleep. I tend to crash for at least ten hours, resting myself because I know during that time, the body is repairing. It helps reduce pain.If your need to, take some pain medicine but don’t overdo it. Advil products can cause wear and tear on your stomach, leading to ulcers. Preventing pain is better than trusting to drugs. If oyu do need then, try the lesser one, Tylenol. Don’t rely on narcotics for pain. If you need that much relief, you need to get off the trail and have your affected limb or issue looked at by a professional.Limit your mileage. Don’t try to be cool and do lots of miles you are not ready for. Take your time to adjust to the rigors of hiking. Stop often to rest, eat a snack, and enjoy a view or a flower.Yes, aches and pains can come, but the joy of the trail, the views, the woods, and times with new friends can make it all worth it!

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The Hiker Medicine Chest – Hiking Hustle

So what do you bear on an exploring trip with respect to supplements and different meds? I’ve addressed this quickly in my blog on first help, yet I needed to include a couple of additional thoughts that I discovered supportive on climbs.SupplementsWhile it is decent to get all our nourishment actually from what we eat, as hikers it’s uncommon we can do as such. Extra supplements enables the body to recoup snappier from the harm caused by climbing and give more vitality and less issues with wellbeing. Herbs can likewise help with aggravation and agony. Try not to belittle water utilization. Water is your best barrier against pain-filled joints.These are supplements worth taking (some will be distinctive with men and ladies)A Multi Vitamin-some like to convey a chewable kind, however in the event that you do, they for the most part have sugar on them. All vitamins ought to be hung then in your bear sack. I take only the plain pill frame. Ladies, ensure yours contains satisfactory iron.For Inflammation � I convey Turmeric in pill frame. Additionally Boswellia Serrata. Ginger has additionally been utilized for mitigating issues and the central segment in Cayenne pepper, capsaicin. Green Tea enables battle to torment, which you can get pill frame or as teas to drink.Joint supplement � this can differ, however to help with joints and knees particularly, glucosamine sulfate, no less than 500 mg and up to 1000 mg a day functions admirably. So does Eggshell layer that contains MSM and chondroitin.For ladies, I profoundly suggest conveying calcium carbonate, additional Vitamin D 3 (retains the calcium), and cranberry tablets to control urinary tract issuesDifferent MedicationsNow and again other agony relievers are required. On the off chance that you don’t have ulcer issues, you can bring a portion of the standard Vitamin I � usually known as Advil, to help with aggravation and torment. I more often than not endeavor to control container with plain Tylenol however and utilize the other natural supplements to help with aggravation. Try not to plan to bring different sorts of opiate torment relievers with you. In the event that you feel the requirement for an opiate, at that point the torment you are having is NOT typical and you ought to get off the trail and to a specialist.Doxycycline � 200 mg of this, taken when you initially find a deer tick nibble, can help against the improvement of Lyme infection. Converse with your specialist about having this solution in your medical aid pack. What’s more, convey a tick key too for tick expulsion. Utilize permethrin to treat your attire, shoes and socks (don’t have any significant bearing to your skin!).Stomach Aids � I don’t prescribe any sort of stomach helps for the runs, for example, lomotil. The runs is the system the body uses to flush out unsafe microorganisms and infections. In the event that you are encountering steady the runs for possibly 14 days that does not leave, you may have gotten the water borne illness giardia, and afterward, you require a remedy anti-infection to cure it. In the event that you all of a sudden build up a beginning of the runs and heaving, you may have contracted norovirus. No stomach help can help with this, yet just time as it is an infection. Make certain when you are capable, drink electrolyte arrangements, (for example, Gatorade) to supplant the liquids lost. Coconut water, if accessible, is useful moreover. Attempt likewise soups and bananas. Convey with you a decent hand sanitizer, for example, Purell with no less than 70% liquor substance, and utilize it openly to help counteract pollution.On the off chance that you intend to be on the trail long haul and are on doctor prescribed solution, use mail drops to mail the meds to your stops. Having a dependable individual at home to cause send them to you is a smart thought. You can likewise get an excursion refill from your drug store so a few drops can be set aside a few minutes. Drops can be sent to a large group of areas, for example, suppliers, inns, motels and so forth other than simply post workplaces. Check late manuals for where to mail them. What’s more, dependably send your bundles Priority Mail.

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Preventing Heat-Related Ilnesses while Backpacking and Hiking – Hiking Hustle

Reposting this after seeing an article about a hiker with failing organs due to sunstroke. Be careful out there, esp with the humidity also!!It’s the height of summer and time for great hikes. But it’s also time that heat-related illness can affect you while exerting yourself in hot temperatures.The two heat-related illnesses one needs to look out for are heat exhaustion and sunstroke. Heat exhaustion can be managed on the trail, but sunstroke is a life-threatening emergency where the hiker must get to a hospital.Heat Exhaustion can occur in hot, humid temperatures when the body becomes depleted of fluids necessary to cool itself – (severe dehydration). There may be heat cramps involved. The skin may be pale, cool, clammy, the hiker slightly anxious, pulse and breathing are basically normal. However, if the hiker is not cooled down, it can advance to the life threatening sunstroke as the core body temperature begins to rise. Seek rest in a shady, cool spot. Sometimes resting on rocks that are in the shade or beside stream beds are cool. Or find an area next to water or in a wet environment. Breezes can also help you cool down by allowing convection to happen. Drink! – Especially replace lost salt and water. Having an electrolyte type mix in your hiker bag is crucial to helping replace sodium and potassium lost during sweating. When you get to town, eating a banana helps with heat and muscle cramping due to imbalances.Sunstroke occurs when the mechanism to keep yourself cool begins to fail and your internal body temperature rises. Your skin becomes red, hot and dry. You can become disoriented, confused, and irritable. Your heart rate is rapid and there may be a seizure. Cool immediately by immersing into a cold stream or river or pouring water over the body. Give fluids if still awake and you can massage limbs to draw out the heat. Call for help. Sunstroke can kill!How to prevent heat-related illnesses from happening on a hike:Take frequent rest breaks in cool, shady areasDrink plenty of water and eat salty foods. Carry electrolyte replacement (like Nuun)  to add to water. Be sure to carry plenty of water in desert environments. You can also over-drink and deplete your sodium levels, leading to other potentially harmful conditions. When you drink, don’t overdo it either! Do NOT drink Alcohol which can lead to quicker dehydration as it pulls water from your body.Wear lightweight clothing and light colors. Wear a lightweight hat. Use sunscreen to prevent sunburn.Carry maps and guidebooks so you know where the water sources are. If you pass a source, no matter what, fill up. You can also collect water off your tent, etc. during storms. Check for areas too where you can take a dip and cool off.Never go off on a hike, no matter how short it is, without water.Use common sense, if you are prone to heat related illness, choose a different location or wait for a better time to hike (such as early AM or late PM)Carry a phone for emergencies and hike with a buddy.If you feel hot, dry, your urine output is low, that means you are severely dehydrated and your core body temp is rising. Especially if you STOP sweating when you should be. That means DANGER. Stop immediately, rest, and rehydrate.

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Campfire Talk – Hiking Hustle

Okay, let’s talk campfire lingo. Snap. Spark. Heat. Glow. Entertainment. S’mores. People-pleaser.Fires seem to be the mainstay of an evening sojourn in the woods. Done properly and with care, they can add to an evening. Who doesn’t like to share tales around the embers? Or roast marshmellows? Or take the chill out of a cool evening?Unfortunately, more often than not, campfires are tools of abuse. There are an overabundance of campfire pits and rings built in the woods.

Sometimes they scar the beauty of rocks at an overlook or are scattered all over the forest floor. They surround a single tent platform at such close proximity, I often wonder why the occupants’ tent hasn’t burned. I’ve seen woods totally devoid of downed limbs used to replenish the soil of the woods because it’s used to feed the hungry flames of a large fire.But more often than not, campfire rings are used as garbage containers in the wild. As a ridgerunner, I have cleaned out burnt cans, paper, numerous “hobo” meal wrappers – IE foil, from the pits. Some just leave whole garbage bags in them.

Some have tried to burn their trash, only to have the burnt remains littering the pit and sinking in ash. I see lots of tn cans left in there. Why do folks think a tin can burns? Others toss used toilet paper and other unsavory items into the ring. And fire pits consistently used as an ashtray where hikers leave their cigarette butts.So if we are to salvage anything good out of having a campfire – please do the following:– Do NOT burn any garbage!! Not a scrap. Pack it all out. If you can carry in the food wrappers, you can pack out the empty ones!! That includes the foil from the “hobo” campfire meals.  But Why a hiking watch?

Pack it ALL out.– Don’t build new campfire rings. There are plenty to be found in preexisting campfire rings out there. Share a ring with a neighbor. Or gather around the principle campfire ring at the shelters or established campsites. Who knows – you may develop friendships for life and save the woods from another scarred campfire ring.– When you have a campfire, keep it small.

Huge bonfires risk the vegetation, can cause a forest fire if they get out of hand, sterilize and damage the surrounding soil, and eat more of the wood in the area needed to replenish the soil. Huge fires also cast annoying light and smoke on other fellow hikers and campers who may want to sleep or who don’t care to light a fire. Respect your neighbors.– Some like campfire cooking. I’m not sure I like the idea of a blackened pot to stow away in my pack. I find a canister stove works very well.

I’ve used a pocket rocket for 7,000 miles of hiking. But if it works for you, go for it.– The flames of a fire can be entertaining but I’ve seen hikers use other methods. Like a candle lantern. I saw two hikers do it and were perfectly content.If you choose a campfire, please be responsible so others can enjoy the beauty of our woods. And be sure to put out the fire completely.

DO not leave it smoldering when you go to bed at night or leave in the AM.With care and consideration campfires can be an enjoyable part of the hiking experience. Enjoy your Hiking Adventure

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