Get used to your new environment with practical tasks and short introductory treks
The acclimatisation phase makes up the first part of your expedition. Many destinations offer short introductory treks so you can ease your way into the expedition and prepare for the physical challenges ahead. You may want to carry your rucksack to get used to exertion in a new climate before starting the more physical trekking or project phases. It’s also a chance for the students to take control and start to get to grips with team roles such as leader, accountant and member of the cooking team.
How does the Acclimatisation phase work?
Spend some time at the start of your expedition finding your feet in your destination. Completing tasks such as buying a local mobile, exchanging money and confirming bookings, helps you adjust to your surroundings. The aim of this phase is to get used to the new culture and climate you find yourself in and to start to work through the itinerary as a team.
Types of acclimatisation
This will depend on the country you are visiting and the duration of your expedition. Often an acclimatisation phase is not required on expeditions of two weeks or less.
- The level of acclimatisation trek, e.g. gentle or more challenging.
- The duration of the trek, e.g. day treks or overnight journeys.