Trekking is a popular choice for those visiting the South American region of Patagonia, but what can new trekkers expect? For those who have never been trekking before it is difficult to know what to expect.All good treks will have experienced guides who are trained in first aid and have a deep knowledge of the area and its perils. A lot of trekkers enjoy not having the responsibility of choosing a route and how quickly to traverse it and having their accommodation provided for them at stops along the way.
Of course, all treks vary, but the general rule is that you will be on your feet for quite a while! Most treks entail 5-8 hours of walking a day. You can also expect to be taken off the main roads for a truly wild experience not achievable by motor vehicle. Many treks focus on wildlife watching and this is certainly true in Patagonia, where there are vast numbers of different species to be spotted in the national parks. Of course, there are the magnificent views of the mountains and forest to be taken in along the way and a sense of achievement when you realise how far you have gone.
An Intensely Natural Experience
A lot of people who trek are keen walkers and hikers at home and are keen to get acquainted with the natural surroundings of another country. It is rare that people get the time or opportunity to participate in a walk that takes more than a day when they are at home, and this is why so many people find intense joy in being immersed in a natural landscape for so long. The calming effects of nature are amplified when they are not stripped away for a few days and this is a big draw for many trekkers. There are one day hikes available in this region but for a trek to be a trek, it needs to last for more than a day.
A Safe venture Into The Wilderness
Hikers usually have no problem organising their own trips in their home country but find it more difficult abroad for a longer stretch. This is usually from the lack of local knowledge about the dangers of the terrain and the impracticality of bringing all your own equipment on a plane to a destination. All good treks will have experienced guides who are trained in first aid and have a deep knowledge of the area and its perils. A lot of trekkers enjoy not having the responsibility of choosing a route and how quickly to traverse it and having their accommodation provided for them at stops along the way. This can turn trekking into more of a relaxing experience knowing that everything has been taken care of. The National Parks of Patagonia are part of a truly an untouched wilderness so civilisation will feel very far away.
A Unique Trip
Nature-lovers will know that truly amazing experiences do not happen under roofs but under the sky and stars. Trekking can be a great way to spend quality time with loved ones whilst sharing a collective outdoors experience you will remember for years to come.