Guided backpacking and multi-day hiking trips can be a lot of fun, whether you go with a group of people you know or you take the trip alone. In some areas, the only way to safely go backpacking is with a guide.
The guides are certified, are trained in wilderness first aid, and have extensive experience on the trails. They not only know how to get you from one location to the next, but also have in-depth knowledge of the history, geology, flora and fauna of the area you are hiking in. Ask him or her any questions you might have, and you will get more out of your trip then you thought you would.
Your guide will let you know everything you need to bring along for any of the guided backpacking trips you may take. He or she may make recommendations concerning specific brands of equipment such as hiking shoes, jackets and pants, rucksacks, and more.
These guides aren’t getting any kickbacks for these recommendations; they just know the kind of quality each brand offers and they have used equipment in the outdoors extensively over the years.
When you meet your guide, ask any questions you have before you take off. This allows you to address any issues you have before you get started. Make sure your hiking guide is certified, as many people are not aware that, especially in Europe, hiking and backpacking guides have to hold certain diplomas to be able to guide people on hiking and adventure travel trips.
It’s important to pay attention to what your guide says. You are backpacking because you are in a wilderness area. The rules are different from what you are used to at home, and that is the reason why you hire a guide in the first place: He or she will teach you about cultural differences, where the water is safe to drink, and any other specifics you need to pay attention to.
Your guide is familiar with the area you are visiting, and will enhance your hiking experience in many ways, and keep you safe at the same time.