Day Hike

What is Day hiking?

Day hiking or simply hiking is another popular outdoor activity among people where you walk individually or in groups on trails during the day without setting up camp for overnight stays. The hiking trip usually lasts for a day where you access more trails and parks by walking during the day. Since excessive heat and glare from the sun is an issue in day hiking, heavy load like sleeping bags and tents are eliminated from the packing list.

You are generally allowed to day hike, walking miles in a park without limitations. However, there are some regions of national parks and other trails that either do not allow hiking or have a limited access to ensure safety. During your trip over an unknown terrain, you may encounter insects, spiders, and animals along trails that can pose danger. But during your day hiking you can observe nature at its best.

Equipment used

The packing list or the gear used for hiking includes a first-aid kit, insect repellent , sun glasses, sunscreen, and a hand sanitizer. Other things to carry depend on length of walk and weather. These include, your clothes, umbrella, and a water bottle.

Sites in North India that offers the sport

  • Ladakh and Sonamarg in Jammu and Kashmir
  • Kullu, Manali, Dharamshala and Shimla in Himachal Pradesh
  • Garhwal and Kumaon in Uttarakhand


  • You need to stay hydrated during the excursion. So always carry a water bottle with you.
  • Since you will be hiking over a mountain range, the temperature will be relatively lower even if you are tripping in summers. So it is always better to wear clothing in which you stay warm.
  • Pack your essentials in a rucksack.
  • Since you will want to return before its dark, make sure you start your expedition early.
  • If you are hiking on an isolated hill or remote area, then you must ensure to hire a local guide or porter who takes his pony along to carry your essentials during the trip.

Medical concerns

You have to be in a good shape and health for hiking, Make sure to carry the necessary prescribed medication if you suffer with same kind of medical condition.

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Subhash Verma

Mountaineering Instructor

Subhash Verma

Mountaineering Instructor