Mal D'Estmac Bay, Trinidad

there and back

safely

At NTITT we believe in getting started the right way. The following are hiking protocols, etiquette, techniques, personal safety, responsibilities and emergency procedures that Participants taking part in NTITT’s activities need to consider. The information given here is for general reference purposes only and it's up to you to do further research. For further information see our Disclaimer.

trek grading

introductory trek

Anyone in good health and fit enough to walk will be able to handle this trek. At this level, experience is not necessary. Expect the duration to be between 1-4 hours.

moderate trek

Moderate Trek

These adventures involve uneven trails with some moderate climbs and descent. Paths are generally in good condition and usually marked. More suited for fit and active persons. You can expect to be walking from 3-6 hours.

challenge trek

Challenge Trek

If you wish to push yourself a bit further, harmonise your physical fitness and mental well-being, then this adventure will appeal to you. Trails can be expected to be in good condition, however, expect steep inclines and declines and uneven terrain. Best suited for persons in good physical condition. An Adventurer should be able trek between 4-8 hours.

epic trek

Epic Trek

When you have a strong desire to explore the remote areas of Trinidad and Tobago, where trails can be steep, exposed and uneven, then this adventure is reserved for you. It requires a high level of both mental and physical fitness. You can expect to spend up to 10+ hours of trekking while carrying full backpack.

Ultimate trek

Ultimate Trek

If you truly want to test your physical and mental limits while experiencing the deep, untouched areas of Trinidad and Tobago, then this adventure awaits you. The terrain varies from good to rugged, with steep climbs and descents, through dense forest. These are strenuous hikes even for someone who is in exceptional hiking condition.

 

your trekking fitness

On a trek, you will be on the march for several hours, often over rough terrain and challenging ups and downs.

Before you start a trek:-

  • Determine your level of fitness.

  • Ensure that you are well prepared both mentally and physically for completing the hike

  • That the Trek Leader is aware of any medical issues you have and that you ensure that you BRING ALL MEDICATION with you.

  • Consider how many miles and hours you’re comfortable hiking

trekking gear

There might be a million and one things that you may want to bring along on a trek. This list will certainly help in getting you started:-

 

  • Consider long trousers. They protect the legs from scratches, sunburn, insects’ bites and falls. However, whether you are choosing long or short trousers, ensure that they are not heavy or slow to dry.

  • Shirts and T-shirts are OK, however, consider materials that are breathable and fast drying.

  • Gloves, hats, and sunglasses are optional, once they don’t impair the user.

  • A pair of light weight, sturdy shoes that offers good traction.

  • A pair of socks that takes moisture away from the skin.

  • Mobile phone, GPS tracker, flashlight, headlight (depending on the hike)

  • Ziploc bags for keys, phones, tissue, and garbage.

  • Backpack should be sturdy, comfortable to carry around and fully supports its content.

  • First aid essentials.

  • Food and water

Carry what you need but remember, it must always be very manageable.

 

  • A hiking menu is a simple menu that works and it can include, sandwiches, crackers, fruit, nuts, granola and energy bars.

  • Water is an absolute need. On the trail, drink water at regular intervals, don’t get thirsty.

For clarification or further information, contact the Trek Leader today.

on the trail

One breath, one step. The excitement of the trek is usually reflected by your walking speed. However, it’s important to follow the advice of the Trek Leader in order to keep the group together, safe and in high spirits:

Follow the instructions of the Trek Leader

Stay on the Trail

Be mindful of Trail Conditions

Be mindful of the persons in your group, consider a buddy system

Always be aware of your surroundings

Be willing to adjust your pace, it’s not about being the fastest hiker

if the unexpected happens

Unexpected situations can arise to even the most experienced and best prepared hikers. If something happens unexpectedly such as an injury, or someone getting lost, resort to the following:-

  • Cooperate with the Trek Leader

  • Find out if you can assist

  • Be calm, listen to others, contribute ideas

  • Help look after everyone who came on the trek.

  • Stay on the trail

caring for the trails

Leave no trace. Most of us don’t intend to harm our natural surroundings, and as guardians for our planet, it’s important to enjoy the outdoors in a sustainable way. The Seven Principles of "Leave No Trace" provides useful guidance as follows:

  • Plan ahead and prepare.

  • Travel on trails to minimize damage to natural vegetation.

  • Clean up thoroughly, carry plastic bags to haul your trash and dispose garbage properly.

  • Leave what you find to minimize damage and allow others a sense of discovery.

  • Avoid building fires.

  • Don’t collect or disturb the flora and fauna, if you got to have something, take a picture.

  • Be considerate to other visitors. Your behaviour should not be obtrusive.

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