Isolated Trekking in the Age of Coronavirus


As fears concerning the rapid spread of the infectious Covid-19 virus are on the rise globally, more and more people are shutting their doors to the outside world to contain the disease. With a majority of the world’s population in self-isolation and quarantine, people are scrambling for ways to keep themselves going. From Netflix binges to catching up on reading and household chores, this era of global stillness has afforded citizens a much-needed period of rest and self-care.


While many are using their isolation as a productive outlet, outdoor fitness enthusiasts from across the globe are all asking the same question: How do I maintain my fitness regime while self-isolating? While going to the gym may not be the safest alternative, experts have given a thumbs-up to hiking, trekking, and other outdoor activities as long as precautions are followed.


If you happen to be the sort of person we are discussing, there are some precautions you must keep in mind when venturing out into the open. Take a look at this checklist, to ensure your safety, as well as that of those around you in these troubling times.

  • Wherever possible, stick to wide, open spaces. Wider roads are best for maintaining the WHO-ordained 6-foot social distance.
  • Solo-fitness is key. The first and most important rule of social distancing is just that, to distance yourself socially. Let friends and family know where you are, particularly when hiking remote venues, but please do not ask them to accompany you.
  • Carry a cellphone, santiser with at least a 90% alcohol rate, and water.
  • To minimize contact with others, only undertake outdoor activities in the early hours of the morning, or late into the night.
  • When returning from your activities, take a shower and clean off thoroughly before interacting with family and those in isolation with you.
  • If you haven’t been active in a while, which is likely due to the current preventative measures in place, be sure to start slow to avoid over-exertion.

Although hiking may have taken a hit, solo trips may just be the salvation, if the rules of effective social-distancing are followed religiously. It is known that the more ventilated an area, the lower the risk of transmission. While those stuck in the cities are advised to follow self-isolation and quarantines, those in the mountains may just be able to afford the joys of solo trekking. If you do choose to go, make sure to be flexible — consider an alternate itinerary to separate you from the bubble; be prepared: avoid crowded shelters and hostels; be humble: don’t ignore the public health experts; be clean— always wash your hands and keep a safe distance.


NOTE: Please only take part in outdoor activities if you are feeling healthy enough to do so, and while practicing social distancing recommendations. Those who are even slightly unwell should remain in isolation.

With those precautions out of the way, check out these outdoor alternatives to your workout that are sure to beat the fitness-slump of isolation!

1. Kuppar Peak Trail


Where: Giri Ganga, Himachal Pradesh

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

One of Shimla’s lesser-explored forested regions, those who undertake this trail are met with endless expanses of greenery and mixed coniferous forests littered with deodar trees. With an abundance of flora and fauna, the area boasts rich wildlife that consists of black bears and brown ghoral. The trek from Giri Ganga takes about 5 hours to complete.

2. Araku Valley Trek


Where: Andhra Pradesh

Difficulty:  Easy to Moderate

One of Andhra Pradesh’s most-visited destinations, Araku Valley is best known for its scenic allure. Located just outside Visakhapatnam, this trail a favourite among locals and weekend travellers from Vizag and takes about 10 hours to complete.

3. Gurson Bugyal Trek


Where: Uttarakhand

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Located at an altitude of 3056 metres, the Gurson Bugyal meadow is a large land of green pastures surrounded by coniferous forest and oak trees. Also known as the Lord Curzon Trail, it was discovered by Lord Curzon who lived there during the colonial period. The trek begins from Auli and can be completed in 4-5 hours.

4. Prashar Lake Trail


Where: Himachal

Difficulty: Easy to Medium

Surrounded by the Dhauladhar range in Kullu Valley, this trail offers a 180-degree view of the Dhauladhar, Pir Panjal and Kinnaur mountain ranges. One of the best-kept secrets of the Mandi district, this short 4-6 hour trek that rewards one with a stunning view of Lake Parashar, complete with a floating island of grass.

5. Khilanmarg Valley Trek

Source: HelloTravel
Source: HelloTravel

Where: Gulmarg

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate

Located about 5.5kms from Gulmarg, this trail offers you a scenic view of the Nun & Kun peaks, as well as the Nanga Parbat. Beginning at Gulmarg, the trek takes a total of 2 hours to complete.

As fear and panic spread around the globe, TheVibe reminds you to exercise caution in your everyday lives, and do what is best for yourselves and those around you. Please do not venture outside if you are sick or showing symptoms, and keep a safe distance from others in public spaces. Containment is our responsibility, and the buck stops with us.


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