The trekking journey to the mountainous area requires not only physique but also survival skills, weather adaptation. The mountainous terrain is very complicated and changed or varied clearly in each season, especially in rainy season, therefore, trekking in the rainy season is not a fun game. The below are the experiences of some backpackers which can be applied for the trekking Ta Nang – Phan Dzung.
Be ready for a severe weather adaptation
Hot dry weather or heavy rain, even flood are the weather which maybe occurs when you are in the forest. Before starting, you need to prepare all necessary things, food and some strategies to cope with specific situations. Especially, when it is rainy, you need to have waterproof things as well as some cookwares in the tent, chang the place for camping and avoid large windy areas. One of the immutable principles of the backpacker Hoang Le Giang who has conquered North Pole yet, is always having a contingency plan or even 2-3 backup plans for some specific situations.
Experienced team leader who is fluent in the terrain of destination
At present, many backpackers are willing to lead and manager a group, however, not anyone is really expert and practiced in the terrain of hills and mountains as well as dealing with emerging situations. Unlike some normal backpacking groups, a group of trekking in the forest needs to have a good physique and collective skills under the guidance and organization of an experienced leader.
The backpacker Ngo Huy Hoa, who has trekked the high mountains in the north region, said he always asks the locals living right in the area for the guidance, called porter because they knows more about forests than anyone else. Once time, Mr Hoa on the way to Pha Luong encountered a heavy rain, he decided to go back although other members in the groups wanted to continue or in other time, when climbing Lao Than mountain in Lao Cai, he caught a cold and fed some forest roots by porter A Ho to recover.
Do not go to the stream or waterfall if you do not have experiences and skills
Mr Nguyen in Ho Chi Minh city has trekked in Ta Nang – Phan Dzung many times. He said the area of Yavly waterfall, only 400 meter above the sea level, is the lowland of Phan Dzung forest, where the flood water comes in when it rains. Even when Phan Dzung is not rainy but rainy only in Ta Nang, the waterfall area still has large, fast flowing water.
When the water is strong and not clear enough, do not try to cross because the water is falling fast and it is very dangerous (in some minutes, it can be up from the foot to the belly). Prepare a good wire to help all members in your group cling to each other when crossing the stream. Absolutely not to climb the creek or slide waterfall in the wilderness. The backpacking group often go from Ta Nang and cross 2 streams to come to the top of the waterfall, then come back to the foot of the fall to swim and take photographs.
In the dry season, the terrain of this area is not easy for trekking, especially for the first time backpackers, because there are many slippery and rough stones lying in the water. Moreover, the backpackers often wear heavy backpacks on the shoulder, so if they are slipped, it is not easy for them to keep the balance and deal with the situation.
If you are not an experienced backpacker, you can choose another way in which you have not to cross the waterfall or give up the plan for trekking in the rainy season. In Mr Hoa’s opinion, the dry season is suitable for trekking because in the dry season, the weather is substainable, the backpackers do not waste much energy and easily see the beautiful landscapes.
Have an offline map, GPS and tracklog about the routes you will go
All the members in the group should know about the detailed itinerary and the land they will come. The leader needs to inform to all members to save an offline map, how to use a compass in case of getting lost or being seperated from the group. If the members do not know clearly about the route they are going, when they are lost and lagged behind, they will feel scared and nervous.
Know some important survival skills: making tent, fire or using medical instruments and cooking utensils
Taking care of yourself, finding a place to sleep and bandaging wound by yourself are the important principles in trekking. Not depended on other members or the collective. Quang Tran (27 years old in Ninh Thuan) who has trekked many times in the south region said he always has a backpack with full of foods and tools, but not too bulky. If getting lost, you have to stay in the forest for a long time and run out of food, you can eat forest vegetables and stream fish but you need to have an exact knowledge about fauna and flora in this region.
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