Jungle Trekking

What Is Jungle Trekking?

Jungle trekking is an exciting and adventurous activity of walking or trekking through mangroves, mountains, and rain forests to explore and enjoy the lush greenery, wildlife and scenery. Jungles make up only 6 percent of the earth’s land surface most of which are in the form of ecological reserves and protected forests. However, what is consistent throughout all jungles is their ability to speak to your soul and make you connect with nature.

“The journey only requires you to put one foot in front of the other…again and again and again. And if you allow yourself the opportunity to be present throughout the entirety of the trek, you will witness beauty every step of the way, not just at the summit” Unknown

I am going to wager with you.

By the end of this article, I can convince you to say “Damn, I’m gonna have to plan for Jungle Trekking. Soon.”

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What Do I Need To Know About Jungle Trekking?

  • Whilst allowing yourself to become immersed, nature will feed you spiritually, it is very easy to become disorientated and lost. Ensure you entrust in a guide or a good map and compass!
  • It is good to go, look and experience but do not leave your mark on the land. Take your rubbish with you, be respectful of the wildlife and be as discreet as possible.
  • Jungle trekking activities are mostly based around nature parks and forest reserves, that include, mangrove, rain and mountain forests with a variety of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species. So again, keep in mind that those areas need minimum human impact than ever.
  • Jungle trekking can bring families closer together, promote physical fitness, and encourage children to appreciate and enjoy the beauty of nature.

What Makes Jungle Trekking So Special And Unique?

  • The most beautiful and remote places in the world are not always easily accessible. In order to see them, you will have to invest some effort and this often means trekking to those areas of untouched wilderness. But allowing yourself to embark on a challenge and see new habitats you will likely also meet a new version of yourself
  • The climate of the jungle is very different to any you may have encountered before. Often with very high humidity and incredibly wet conditions, you will probably experience everything that mother nature’s weather capabilities have to offer within the space of a short trek – but the experience is the spice of life
  • Even if you do not see an actual animal during your jungle trek you will likely see evidence of their living habitats and remnants of their whereabouts. This will still leave a mark on your memory as it will be a rare and unique experience to be that close to nature
  • Trekking often involves looking up. So much time is spent either aimlessly walking forwards, or with our faces in our phones. Trekking can allow you to connect with nature simply by paying it your full attention.

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  • Often when we are out and about we can still be distracted. The sound of day-to-day life and thoughts about routine can ruin any prospect of proper detachment and a connection to our surroundings.

Perhaps when we do take a walk in a natural environment we do so while listening to music or with our phones in our hands. Jungle trekking involves deep immersion within the activity with no electric or reception.

This will enforce you to surrender your needs for comfort and control which will calm your mind and allow you to experience the beauty of silence and stillness.

  • Doing something for you, that will allow you to disconnect within a quiet and unusual environment will nourish you in ways you may not expect.

By the method of intentionally connecting with nature, you will be able to spend time re-evaluating your priorities and self.

  • It may not sound initially ideal but jungle trekking means compromising your comfort but, in doing so, you can take time away from looking in mirrors which can help you re-evaluate your position within nature, social perception, and ideas about image.

If you want to find out more about some of the best places for Jungle Trekking, check out this article for places to explore and discover some of the natures beautiful mangroves, rain, and mountain forests.

What are the best destinations for Jungle Trekking?

1. Nepal

Nepal can offer you experiences that you will never be able to find anywhere else – but only if you are willing to explore by foot.

The remote nature of Nepal means that some effort is required, but what you will experience will be unmatched anywhere else in the world.

Eight out of the ten top highest summits are in Nepal so if you are looking to be challenged, cross items off your bucket list or embark on life-changing experiences then an adventure towards Asia may be on the cards for you.

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Nepal Trekking: What Can Nepal Offer?

Aside from housing the vast majority of the top ten highest summits in the world, Nepal has a lot to offer for trekking lovers. Perhaps consider the following when planning your Nepal trekking holiday:

  • The vast diversity of walking options within Nepal results in it having something for people of all ages, experiences and abilities.
  • Nepal’s communities are set up perfectly for trekkers. With periodically spaced settlements and tea houses, walkers can spend time recovering, resting or sleeping as well as immersing themselves within the culture.
  • With the Nepalese people gearing their marketplaces towards trekking, you can not only find a bargain but also support their financial well-being by feeding into the local economy. It is possible to purchase or rent anything you need at varying stops, especially throughout Kathmandu and Pokhara.
  • If you don’t want to go-it-alone then Nepal can offer your company in the form of arranged group events and trips. So, you could embark on activities such as camping in distant places, trekking trips and overnight stays in Nepalese villages all whilst having a new company and making new trekking friends.
  • The beauty of Nepal is insurmountable – with much of the region only being accessible by foot, the relatively untouched nature of the eco-climate makes it like nowhere else in the world.
  • You cannot write about Nepal trekking without mentioning Everest! Reaching the summit is an adventure that only a few have the stamina to withstand but a trek to base camp is much more accessible and, in some ways, more enjoyable than aiming for the summit. Walking to base camp has its own difficulties but the exceptional close-up views of Everest should be enough to make those aching legs worthwhile! Seeing or being close to Everest is a must for any Nepal trekking holiday!
  • The history of Nepal, the ancient pathways, Buddhist monasteries, primal traditions and cultures as well as being immersed in the heroic and celebrated region where so many mountaineers have fought, been beaten and come away as heroes – Nepal is a place of emotion and virtue.
  • Annapurna may be a less known trek route than Everest, but it should not be overlooked when in Nepal. A little kinder and more temperate than Everest, the Annapurna Circuit will take you through all that you will need to see of the topography of Nepal – the highs and lows, the peaks and troughs, the extreme jungle heat to the mountainous snowy peaks.

So, whether you are new to trekking or a seasoned climber, Nepal has something for everyone regardless of your experience, intention or purpose. With a well-thought-out plan for your Nepal trekking holiday, you can come away enriched physically, mentally and spiritually.

2. Borneo

Borneo is a magical place as it fully encompasses all that you would want for a trekking holiday within one place.

With colourful coastal regions, magnificent mountains and jaw-dropping jungles – it is certainly a destination consideration for any trekking enthusiasts.

Borneo Trekking: The Benefits of Borneo

  • Diverse terrain

Whether you want to take a walk on the wild side in the rainforest, test your stamina with extensive mountain trekking or have a little breather on the beach – Borneo features all the diversity of terrain to suit any needs.

  • Wildlife

Borneo is the ideal go-to for any wildlife enthusiast. With it being a close runner-up to the Amazon Rainforest in terms of biodiversity, you are likely to uncover species of plant and animal that you will never be able to see anywhere else in the world.

  • Natural Nature

The relatively untouched nature of Borneo is ideal for any budding Ecotourist or philanthropist who wants to become immersed in the culture of the local tribal villages.

Vistas To Visit On Your Borneo Trekking

Wildlife Walking
  • Tabin Wildlife Reserve

Situated within Borneo’s northern region, Tabin Wildlife Reserve was set up to preserve Borneo’s innate wildlife. With a vast variety of wide-ranging trek routes, you can immerse yourself within the nature of the jungle and you may be lucky enough to see elephants, rhinos and monkeys in their natural habitats.

  • Maliau Basin

The Maliau Basin is another dedicated conversation area, it is also dubbed as ‘The Lost World’ due to the extensive and untouched natural ecosystem. Extraordinary plants (some of which eat insects!) clouded leopards, proboscis and orangutans can be seen, but the vast area of the basin can make animal-spotting a little unreliable.

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  • Deer Cave – Mulu National Park

Named after the deer who were believed to visit the caves to lick salt from the rocks, the Deer Cave is now more famous for its extensive bat collection.

When visiting around dusk you should be lucky enough to see the renowned ‘bat exodus’ from the viewing deck. A dozen different varieties of bat are thought to inhabit the caves. Aside from the bats, you may also be lucky enough to see deer, gibbons, the honey bear and tropical birds.

Harder Hiking
  • Mount Kinabalu

The highest mountain in Malaysia and the 20th most prominent mountain in the world – Mount Kinabalu is a must for those who like to hike and are looking for something a little more challenging on their Borneo trekking holiday. It is not an overly demanding trek, but it is a long one. You have the option of completing all or part of the walk – with the full walk taking around 8 hours to finish. A climbing guide is obligatory as some of the mountains is only accessible by ladders, ropes and walkways.

  • Mulu National Park

Only accessible by air, Mulu National Park is unsurprisingly extremely remote but a wonderful way to see the natural ecosystem of Borneo.

  • Maliau Basin

A trek for more experienced adventurers, the Basin is ideal if you’re after a more remote and isolated experience.

Educational Excursions
  • Danum Valley

Here you will see Coffin Cliff which was the customary burial method of the Sugpan Tribe who would embed the bodies of their dead within the cliff face.

  • The Headhunter’s Trail, Mulu National Park

With experiences featuring Kayan and Iban tribes, you can either become involved in their activities or watch from a distance as they go about their business. This trek will enable you to witness traditional canoes, longhouses and long boats.

So, whether you are after a more relaxed holiday or you want to put your trekking boots to good use – Borneo has something for everyone all packaged within this one wonderful place.

3. Europe

With the current political situation in Europe – now is as good a time as any to consider taking in the vistas of Europe by foot.

Trekking holidays allow for lots of free movement within a region, immersion into nature and really seeing a place very close up.

Interestingly the trekking paths that have been carved through the landscape over time may outlive Europe’s borders themselves.

So maybe consider putting on your trekking boots and experience the vast eclectic nature and beauty of free-movement by embarking on a trekking holiday through Europe.

Here is everything you need to know about trekking holidays in Europe:

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Trekking Holidays In Europe: Beginner Level

Trekking isn’t just for the older generation. It is a great and worthwhile activity for all ages and you can get out what you put in!

It can be a hugely economical hobby with great mental, physical and educational benefits. But you need to start somewhere. If you are a newbie it may be worth starting small and building up.

Consider:

  • The wine trails of the Priorat, Bordeaux, Tuscany Chianti or the Loire Valley as these couple trekking with lots of intermittent rest and coiffing of the local grape-based delicacies!
  • Trekking doesn’t always mean uphill so consider starting out on the flat. Coastal based trekking holidays usually offer this so try the pink granite coastline of Brittany, the Salzburg lakes, the Catalan or the Amalfi coast

Trekking Holidays In Europe: Expert Level

If you are hardened walker then Europe really is your oyster! Try mixing up your destination choices a little more – consider trekking trails in different climates and weather conditions.

Consider:

  • The beautiful snow-capped Alps can enable you to try something a little different if you are not used to trekking in snowy conditions. You could also consider the Carpathian Mountains or the Pyrenees.
  • The remote coastal trails of Portugal may be worth a consideration for something different. With dramatic rocky coastal paths and exceptional views, the climate means that this is a walk you can attempt all year round.
  • If you haven’t already then, a European must is Corsica’s GR20 which is allegedly Europe’s most arduous trek!

To Guide or Not To Guide

Depending on what you want to get out of your trekking holiday – you may want to consider opting for a guided trek or going it alone.

  • A self-guided holiday allows you to embrace the concept of it being more of a ‘holiday’. With no set itinerary, you can be as flexible as you want. There is endless information, tips and maps available on the internet so you can choose to be as organised or easy-going as suits you.
  • Guided trips will often involve small groups of other people, so if you are not one for mixing with strangers then this may not be a great option for you. Often a guided tour will provide you with more local insights, and a more personalized explanation of the region which you wouldn’t necessarily get from a travel book.
  • Bear in mind that some walks can only be done with a guide, but this tends to be the more difficult, dangerous or remote types of trekking.

Tent Or Top Notch

After several hours on your feet, you may not mind where you rest your head at the end of the day!

However, just because you are embarking on a more rigorous type of holiday, it doesn’t mean that you should forego some sort of luxury!

  • Some of the more popular routes have huts and hostels along the way which are suited to simply getting your head down for the night.
  • More remote places may not have any amenities at all and therefore you will have no option but to pitch a tent – it is vital however that you investigate this before you go so you know what to expect, have the relevant resources and most importantly ensure that you are safe!
  • Guided trips will often arrange for your luggage to be moved from one location to another, so you can simply enjoy your day of trekking without the concern of toting your bags around or the worry of where you will sleep at the end of the day.
  • Do what suits you and your budget – if you really want to immerse yourself within the culture, wilderness and the local communities then look into staying in mountain refuges on your trip. Failing that if you want a more carefree, cared-for event then you may want to book a guided excursion and put in your order for a glass of cold wine on arrival at your daily destination!

Jungle Trekking Kit List

Jungle trekking is always an exciting activity that helps you connect with mother nature in a unique way.

Before you go on for the next trip to the jungle, either you are planning to go solo or with family, here is a checklist to help you prepare and stay safe from the challenges mother nature will pose to you.

  • Insect Repellent – Do not forget to bring this item because there is an army of insects waiting for you in any kind of jungle you want to visit. You can find it at any drug store or pharmacy near you. Bugs hate them, but you’ll love them!
  • First Aid Kit – When you are out there in a jungle, the nearest pharmacy is probably several miles away. Therefore, it is advised that you should have adequate medical supplies including prescriptions depending on the duration of your trip. These should include anti-malaria drugs and pain relievers that are mostly sold at the counter.
  • Toiletries – It is a good idea to take some toiletries such as Soap, Hand Sanitizer, and wet wipes as you will need to wash your hands or keep your gadgets clean. Whenever you make use of any disposable item such as wet wipes, always remember to dispose properly in order to leave less of your ecological footprint in the jungle.
  • Clothing – A jungle can be very hot and humid so your choice of clothing shouldn’t be tight and the colours
    should be light and breathable. Preferably, your clothing should include long sleeve hats or headwear, shirts, and pants to protect you from the scorching heat and more importantly, the insects. Moreover, it is a good idea to get a pair of socks and rubber boots although some agencies offer so you may want to check with them ahead of time. Remember, cloth won’t dry quickly in the jungle so be sure to bring at least an extra pair.
  • Gadgets – You surely don’t want to miss the captivating view in a jungle, do you? There are abundant flora and fauna which will present many opportunities for great photos so be sure take with you a waterproof camera, headlamp or flashlight, and binoculars. Yes, you will sometimes need binoculars to spot within the canopy of a jungle. If your gadgets are not waterproof, you may want to check you this plastic sleeve which can be found on Amazon to protect your precious gadgets.

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Other items to help make a better jungle trekking kit include:

  • GPS/ Navigational devices
  • Utility knife
  • Slepping Bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
  • Tent and Stake
  • Water Bottle
  • Mosquito Net
  • Hammock
  • Umbrella
  • Back Pack – of course. Where else will you fit all the supplies?

Checklist of things NOT to include in your Jungle Trekking Kit List

  • No Make-Up – The weather is simply not conducive as it can be very hot, humid and rainy.
  • Jewellery – It isn’t a good idea to take valuable or expensive jewellery with as you can easily miss them in the jungle. Also, jewellery can be uncomfortable due to the weather condition.
  • Tight or Black Clothing – Jungles are often hot and sweaty so sight clothing can be very uncomfortable and black clothing are more likely to attract insects and expose you the scorching heat. 

What do I need to know about staying safe on Jungle Trekking Trails?

While going for a Jungle Trekking activity offers feelings of relaxation, stress relief, and even freedom, there are sometimes mishaps that are associated with such outdoor activities. The consequence of such incidents which include fire, assault, theft, and physical injury etc. in an unknown or remote location can be dire.

Here are some helpful tips to stay safe and effectively deal with the security concerns.

  • Prepare for the Trekking

First things first. Whenever you decide to go for a jungle trekking activity, whether alone or with your family, you must as a matter of safety and security plan and prepare adequately for the activity. Do a little bit of research online or by contacting local authorities about the place you want to visit. This will give you some knowledge about the area, terrain, weather and the do’s and don’ts. Ensure that it is safe for your family especially if you are going with children under the age of 12.

  • Trek with a Local Guide

You don’t want to be by yourself in case of an emergency. Make sure you book your trekking activity with a registered agency that provides well-trained guides. They will ensure that you follow the procedures and safety guidelines. Their experience will help guide you to the prime spots in and around the forests and make you stay away from the treacherous terrain and difficult paths. In addition, you should provide your details including itinerary to the registered agent in case of an emergency.

  • Be in good physical condition

Jungle trekking comes with great physical demand such as walking for several hours often with a heavy backpack full of supplies. You need to prepare and train your body ahead of time in order to perform at optimum efficiency. You can do that by hitting the gym or engaging in the good old-fashioned walking around your neighbourhood.

Finally, it is important to bring along a complete set of supplies such as boots, drinks, first aid, and insect repellent. You can check out this article about the things to bring for Jungle Trekking.

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