You’ve been thinking about doing this for years, but something has finally come to spur you into action. You’ve booked your ticket to Lima, Peru and you’re over the moon.
Now, the day has arrived. But a wave of anxiety sweeps over you as you start thinking negative thoughts:
“Will it be hard?”
“Will I survive?”
“What should I pack?”
Read on, because we’re about to give you the run-down on what you need to survive this monumental activity in your life
Pack water, and lots of it
Possibly the most important piece of advice, and the easiest one to forget.
You will dehydrate more than you could ever imagine! So whatever the amount of water that you thought you were going to take, make sure you take three times that amount. Yes, THREE TIMES that amount you were initally thinking.
The high altitude is tough, I’m not going to lie. And you will feel it. It’s very difficult to get used to and in some instances, it can take a few days. So spend a few days in the city BEFORE you go on the trek.
Pack a spare change of clothes
Your hiking gear will be dripping with sweat, so in case you have a hot date afterward, you want to make sure you have a spare change of clothes that you can get into.
Pack some sports supplements
It’s going to be hot and difficult out there. So much so that you may need some extra supplementation to get you through. Niacin will increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles so will definitely help you get over the line. Here’s a guide to the best niacin supplement to help you make your decision
Remember that it’s okay to get help
There are millions of people in the world who wouldn’t even think of going for a trek through the inca trail. Just remember that. So it’s okay to partner up with a hiking buddy and get help and motivation from each other along the way.
Listen to your body
Probably the most important tip you’ll ever receive. If your body is telling you that you need more breaks, LISTEN TO IT! Don’t overstrain yourself, otherwise you run the risk of fainting and suffering from heat exhaustion.
While many people would never dream of taking the hike, there are many people who have completed the hike, and you can too. Just take it one small step at a time, and keep giving yourself the reassuring words that you can do this!
Most importantly, have fun, and remember the experience!
It takes a brave person to trek the inca trail, so credit ought to be given where it is due. You will learn a lot about yourself, as well as your grit and your determination.
Make sure you enjoy the amazing views, and let us know what your trekking experience is like!