Our Mother Earth has held so many extraordinary things for any human to discover; if only they could come out of their cubicles. Among several habitats produced by it, Western Ghats is one of the most beautiful biodiversity hotspots to explore.
If we look at the history of Western Ghats, it goes way beyond than the birth of the Himalaya Mountains. Spread over 1.6 lakh sq. km, this mountain range covers many states including Gujarat, Maharashtra, Goa, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. It provides habitation to 179 amphibian species, 290 freshwater fish species 6000 insect species and over 9000 species of plants.
With the fauna this rich, anyone must be intrigued to travel into this mysterious land and experience the amazing diversities of nature. You can paint quite a lovely picture of yourself galloping amidst the lush green jungle. On the other hand, there are inclined rocky paths were spanned over the area making a few Western Ghats Treks difficult to complete. Some of the best trekking destinations are Kumara Parvartha trek, Bramhagiri trek, Ombattu Gudda trek, Tadiandamol trek, Chembra Trekking, Agumbe trek, Kudremukh Trek and Mulliyangiri Trek.
If you are now looking at your feet and dreaming of travelling far in Western Ghats treks, you ought to read our some beforehand trekking tips:
1) Seasonally You Go
The changing seasons definitely affect our mood and behavior and not everyone likes to travel any time during the year. Western Ghats Treks are best to enjoy in summer (February to May) as well as in monsoon (June to September) season. There are some observable changes in these seasons. In summer, Western Ghats’ temperature lies between 25 to 34 degree Celsius with dried water sources and almost 8 hours sunshine. In the monsoon season, the temperature ranges from 21 to 27 degree Celsius with plenty of unexpected rain and foggy atmosphere.
Obviously, both the seasons will have its effect to the atmosphere of Western Ghats but it is you who gets to decide the month of your visit. You can either choose the favorite one, or look at some more trekking tips to determine the best season to visit.
2) Tag along with a group during Western Ghats Treks
As you are aware of the fact that the Western Ghats mountain series are covered with full of unexpected turns, wedged lines of passages, high-end waterfalls and dense terrains with tea plantations and large woody trees. Although, these settings are highly dependent on the area but the underlying statement is that going alone in any trek can never be a good idea. Better, we can set off our travel plans in groups.
If one has to be certain for their safety then our recommendation, as the trekking tips, is to get along an experienced guide who must be well aware of the routes and technical equipments. We, at Escape2Explore, provide the best training to our staffs before letting them lead the troop of trekkers and excursionists.
3) What do you wear? Probably, lots of clothes!
Irrespective of the seasons, every trekker must wear full sleeve cotton shirts and shorts (light coloured). The cotton clothes can soak the sweats easily and keep the body temperature in balance. Also, you must carry an extra pair of undergarments even if your tour is just for one day. If you are planning to set up a camp, please carry a few extra warm clothes for the night.
You always have one raincoat in your backpack to prevent yourself from getting drenched during the unexpected rain in Western Ghats. Never carry an umbrella in any of the Western Ghats Treks, period.
4) Water bottle please!
During your Western Ghats treks, your walk can be for longer hours with no water sources along the path which will be exhausting physically and mentally. The symptoms of dehydration will be inevitable. It is always advisable to carry two bottles of drinking water in your bag, even if it is a rainy day.
5) Get gripping shoes, never get blues
A few passages in Western Ghats Treks can be harsher and steeper than expected. Some may have rough and rocky patches or lots of pebbles and stones. In the rains, those inclined roads can become slippery; for example, Kumara Parvatha Trek.
Shoes with the grip can hold better on those wet and slippery trails. And also, high quality shoes can sustain for long in these excessive conditions.
6) Waterproof tents in Western Ghats Treks
With the magnificent wildness and opportunities to explore diverse species, it is understandable to extend your day outing by one or two days. You will surely be setting out a fun camp with tents for the group to stay and relax in the night. Make sure to bring waterproof tents to prevent from unexpected rain or foggy atmosphere in the morning.
Dudhsagar Waterfalls is one of the best destinations to set a camp. You will be sleeping with a noise of the falls in the background.
7) Joy must be your nature
Do not get stressed if you missed to follow a few trekking tips. After all, the entire journey is about having fun with friends or families. Talk to everyone in the group; help whenever someone is in need and ask for help if you are in need; annoy your favorite person; click some snaps of your group; Brush off your camera skills and take pictures of the beautiful mountains, panoramic landscapes, a few unique amphibians or birds or animals and create memories.
If you are into wildlife and nature photography, Agumbe Trek is the best destination for you unleash your hidden talent.
Book one of our Western Ghats Treks such as Kudremukh Trek, Kemmangundi Trek and many more to experience the enthralling walk amidst jungle and mountains.
Escape2Explore assistance team is highly trained and well-knowledge to help you learn the technical aspects of equipment and survival technique in jungle.