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How to choose the right partner or partners for a trekking vacation

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How to choose the right partner or partners for a trekking vacation. 

Trekking is an adventurous activity, and it can be memorable if the right trekking partner or partners accompany you. The right trekking partner can be an essential part of your trekking experience. It would be best if you definitely had a reliable, competent, and trustworthy trekking partner in a risky situation in the mountain environment. Here are some of the ways to find the right trekking partner and have an excellent trekking partnership. Ideally, if you have someone with whom you have been on extended hiking trips before and have gotten along well in the past, fantastic! However, you could still meet a new person with matching thoughts, ideas and end up having a partner in adventure for life.

1. Knowing Yourself

The first step is to understand yourself:

You need to know what you intend to achieve, your expectations, and your trekking partner; complete compatibility is important. Check to see if your personalities, expectations, preferred routes, and budget match. Get a feel for your trekking partner’s personality and ask yourself if you are comfortable with it. While doing so, put yourself in his/her shoes and see if you are an excellent trekking partner for him/her as well. This should help you understand what you are looking for in a partnership while trekking in a serene mountain environment.

2. What you seek in your trekking partner

It is critical to know your partner/s before going on the trek with them. One right way is to look at their social media pages to learn more about their activities, personalities, likes, etcetera before embarking on a trekking vacation.

i) Age and fitness

Well, age should not be a critical criterion to decide the compatibility of your trekking partnership. However, it would be best to consider this, their physical fitness, their hiking experience, and their expectations of the pace while trekking. The partner’s speed and physical fitness can be a factor that determines the trekking route and number of trekking days you choose. Having said this, trekking at your own comfortable pace alone can be a self-discovering experience. You can contemplate in silence while admiring the beauty of nature while hiking on your own. You could even do a meditative walk on your hiking vacation.

ii) Gender

Having the opposite sex as a trekking partner should not be too inconvenient, as long as you have mutual respect, personal space, and privacy to change clothes, etcetera in the room or tent. If you snore, inform your partner to invest in a couple of pairs of earplugs.

Group trek in Nepal

Group trek in Nepal

 iii) Hiking Experience

If your trekking partner is experienced, it can be advantageous for you, as he/she can provide you with guidance for trek preparation. Talk about each other’s experiences, strengths, and weaknesses.

d) Nature of your partner

What do you like doing, e.g., do you want to have a quiet read or listen to music in your free time while taking in the surrounding mountains’ beautiful scenery? What if your partner is a party animal and loves hanging out late every night during the trek? Well, everyone is different, and that should not be too much of a problem as long as he/she does not disturb you when they return to the room. Invest in earplugs, as some people tend to snore after a few drinks, and the walls of the lodges can be paper-thin.

e) Trekking Partner’s expectation

Ask and understand what he/she expects from you and check to see if it is compatible with your plans and expectations. If the expectations match, then this could be the beginning of a great partnership in the adventure.

3. Communication

Excellent communication is an essential factor in all good alliances. Do communicate your plans and expectations with your trekking partner before and during the trek. Get an understanding of what he/she expects from you – go on and see if it matches yours. Inform your partner in advance if you have an existing medical condition or ask if he/she has one and if they have life-threatening allergies and if they are on medication. It is good to meet your partner and go on hikes in your home country a few times before going for the extended trekking vacation overseas. It is quite common to make some parties’ adjustments, so be flexible and prepared for compromises.

4. Set up an understanding 

It is always good to have clear, predetermined matters with your partner about various critical issues that can take place during the trek. Discuss things like,

How you will split your trek costs and have a plan of action in case of an emergency. Inform your partner where your insurance papers are, whom to call in case of an emergency, etcetera.

Share the responsibilities and appoint roles precisely, so you do not need to decide everything by yourself.

In conclusion

Once you have used the tips given above, you have found your ideal trekking partner, and be planning your extended trekking holiday as an essential part of choosing a partner is out of the way. All the best for a great trek and many more adventures to follow with your new-found trekking partner or partners in the future.