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Why Trekking is the Safest form of Travel amidst Covid-19 Pandemic ?

Published On 20 Jul 2020 by Oshank Soni

Now who would want to deny travelling to the ravishing beauty of the Himalayas, the calm winds of Ladakh or beyond the border somewhere in the alluring Mount Elbrus in Russia. Unfortunately during this global panic, it has become necessary to say 'no' to such appealing travel ideas, mainly because often there lacks sincerity when it comes to taking care of our own self while travelling. However, it's not impossible. 

Keeping in mind the sincerity of safety measures and taking care to comply with all the precautions necessary, Trekmunk has made it not only possible but also fun and refreshing to backpack across the Himalayas, over hundred other exotic places spread across over seven states prioritizing traveller's safety.

We know that COVID-19 has impacted our awareness towards health and it's very important to take safety measures to keep off the disease as well as boost our immunity to fight the virus in case we catch it. Taking care of our physical health and hygiene is of primal importance in such times. WHO has stated on its website "Regular physical activity benefits both the body and mind. It can reduce high blood pressure, help manage weight and reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and various cancers - all conditions that can increase susceptibility to COVID-19."  Thus, it's evident that besides taking care of the precautionary measures it is also important to keep our bodies physically fit. This makes trekking a smarter choice of travel, plus the fun is guaranteed.

Here's how trekking is the safest choice to travel amidst COVID-19 pandemic

Since trekking is an outdoor sport where a small group of people go on exploring beautiful natural locations, there is no question about both the excitement and relaxation it will offer. And in this pandemic, being closed off in our homes for months, this is something we all definitely need. There is no better remedy to cure months-long boredom than to go on trekking, exploring nature. Like mentioned above, in trekking a small group is formed, that is, the number of people included in any group is very less, usually lesser than 16 which reduces the risk of coming in contact with others to a large extent as well as makes it easier for all to maintain and manage social distancing. As it's said, precaution is always better than cure.

The destinations that fall under a good choice for trekking are often mountains, valleys or other elevated sites. These places do not allow luxury trains, airplanes or cars to proceed through the deeper parts of them which mean vehicles are of minimal use. This doesn't mean we won't be required to take rides, we sure will but the amount of travelling through them and the number of vehicles as well will be quite low. Trekmunk makes sure that the vehicles are properly sanitized from inside and out. The staff takes care that no part is left unclean. Distance is maintained within the vehicles as well. Thus, without giving in to the fact that vehicles are not much of a means to really travel in these destinations, walking is to the rescue. To explore the true beauty of these natural sites one has to drop all comfort and get ready to stretch some muscles. Be it the snow-covered mountains or the rocky paths in between, a large part of trekking involves walking, climbing and mildly challenging our muscle strength. It is scientifically proven that people with good immune systems have lower risks of being affected by the coronavirus.  This right here makes trekking even more of a pick worthy option to travel. How? Here's how, as all the physical activities involved in trekking not only build muscle strength or increase stamina but also improve blood flow which in turn helps boost immunity. A travelling choice that lets us have both fun and allows us to improve our system. Now, this is something the classy travels to Europe won't offer.

Trekking can go as long as a week which means one will be needing to take breaks before continuing on with the journey. It is obvious that the locations involved in trekking won't have hotels or rest houses on the way for the travellers to take their breaks in. On the brighter side, it's good that staying in hotels and rest houses has eliminated themselves as options for trekkers to have their ease off because the beds, sofas, tables, water taps and other furniture expose higher risks of transmitting the virus. Moreover, it's difficult to sanitize above-mentioned items. Take doors, for instance, they must be used, we cannot deny using them in hotels, the larger surface area of the door just increases the number of spots one can touch while opening or closing them which makes it more prone to transmitting the virus. Thus, overall it's better to stay off rest houses and hotels. Now, what proves both useful and safe are tents. Tents are easy to sanitize and fun to rest in. They ensure the safety of fellow trekkers. This is another factor why trekking is a safe choice.

With this much circumspection, travellers need not worry about their safety. For sure, they need to be careful. However, this time there's someone else prioritizing their safety as well, that is Trekmunk. So, the only thing they need to worry about is which pair of shoes they're going to put on to embark on their next frolicsome trip!

  1. Oshank Soni : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. Has travelled to 28 Indian States, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Investment Banker by profession but a traveller by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder. Chasing the sun is his full-time job, a Storyteller, Travel photographer and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

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