Trekking in Kerala- Tips for Monsoon
Monsoon is the best time for trekking in Kerala as it is the best way to relax one’s soul amidst a world that is dressed in fresh green after the rains especially if you are trekking in the Tourist Places in Munnar. However Monsoons are a dangerous time to trek as well because the rocks and plains become slippery. The slushy and muddy trails, the slippery rocks, the pelting rain and the poor visibility will also cause the ideal concoction for accidents during treks in Kerala.
However the monsoon trekking is for those who are adventurous. The lush greenery of forest rivers and waterfalls attains scenic beauty during monsoon. Here are some precautionary tips if you are planning for a trek during monsoon.
Beware of leeches. Prior to the journey apply the mixture of tobacco leaves and mustard oil over legs and shoes. Keep tobacco and salt with you.Don’t try to forcibly remove if leech bite you. If one forcibly removes the creature, apply mixture of salt and mustard oil before bathing to avoid itching.If there is moist causing problem from having a better view, continue trekking only after it clears.Don’t go alone for trekking. Accommodate guides who are well versed with the route. Begin the trekking early morning and rest during noon.Follow the instruction of guides and don’t get separate from the team.A bag with many pockets and which can carry all the needed goods for trekking must be used. The bags must have cushioned shoulders straps. Carry sleeping bags, tent, trekking rope with at least 50-meter length, rain coat.Carry torch, cigarette lighter, knifes small and sharp, blanket, water bottle, cap, candles, and torch batteries in extra.Avoid wearing dark colored outfits. Full sleeve shirts, which can cover the neck and cargo pants, are the best.Use trekking shoes only with good grip. The canvas shoe covering the entire foot are good, but it would create problems if gets wet.Soaks with good quality must be used and carry another 2 to 3 pairs.Carry foods rich in carbohydrates. Don’t use liquor and cigarette.Before trekking ensure that you are medically fit. Those who are affected with high BP, heart diseases should not go for trekking. Carry painkillers, first aid kit, sunscreen lotion and the medicines prescribed by doctor for headache, cough, medicines to curb accidental decline of body temperature.
Equipment checklist for trekking only
The following basic equipment checklist should help you with your packing. Please remember that you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum. At the start of the trek your packed trek bag should weigh no more than 15 Kilos.
HeadSun hat or scarfLight balaclava or warm fleece hatSunglasses with UV protectionUpper Body T-shirts (2)Light and expedition weight thermal topsFleece jacket or pulloverFleece Wind-Stopper jacket (optional)Waterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell jacket Down vest and/or jacket (optional)
HandsLightweight glovesHeavyweight gloves or mittens with a waterproof shell outerLower Body Underwear (4)Hiking shorts (2)Lightweight cotton long pantsLight and expedition weight thermal bottomsFleece or wool pantsWaterproof (preferably breathable fabric) shell pants
FeetThin, lightweight inner socks (3)Thick, warm wool hiking socks (3)Hiking boots with spare lacesCamp shoes (sneakers and/or sandals)Gaiters