By their very nature, wilderness trekking vacations spend a significant amount of time in remote areas. Some will have very limited access to daily comforts while other more popular routes may have better infrastructure. You might camp every night, erecting your own tent (with help on hand, of course) or in simple guest houses. Campsites vary in the level of amenities, with some offering little more than a toilet block.
If you prefer a higher standard of accommodation, then opting for a wilderness trekking vacation based in one place, rather than a point-to-point itinerary, can be a good option. Some of the refugios
and hotels in Patagonia’s Torres del Paine National Park, for example, make a comfortable base to come back to each night, while day hikes take you into the wild valleys, past enormous glaciers and around ice-blue lakes. You might even get an internet connection!
Depending on your destination and the length of your trek, you might prefer to become vegetarian, especially the more remote you go. When you’re trekking in the Markha Valley
, for example, the tea houses at high altitudes will have supplies, including meat, brought in via yak – a journey that might take two or three days or more without refrigeration.
When you’re camping, your porters will go on ahead to set everything up for you, so you can be welcomed with a ready tent and hot cup of tea. You’ll enjoy a hot meal for lunch and dinner too – usually vegetarian, as it’s not ideal carrying meat for several days on the journey – but hearty. You’ll be eating curried vegetables, dhal. “Generally, we find people are amazed at the quality and variety of food that can be produced by our expedition cooks,” says Kashka.