Avoiding and treating Blisters on Your High Hill Himalayan Trek: Essential Tips

Are you gearing up for an exhilarating trek with Suman through the stunning Himalayas? While the adventure promises breathtaking views and unforgettable experiences, it’s essential to prepare your feet for the journey ahead.

Will blisters appear systematically ?

In our experience, we came to conclusion that blisters appear during your trek, because of few things

  1. You did not broke your shoes the proper way (you have to wear them day and night for minimum 3 weeks, prior the trek)
  2. Humidity and/or heat creates new point or friction in your boots
  3. You are not listening to the pain of you body… maybe because you do not respect your walking rythm ?

 

They do not appear systematically.
The body is well done.
While wearing your boot, callus will naturaly appear (callusis are thick, hardened layers of skin) because the skin tries to protect itself against friction or pressure.


So why they appear ?

Stop as soon as you can feel pain!
Early detection is key and it’s best to stop as soon as you can feel the slightest irritation/hotspot. Don’t be afraid to stop the group !
The sooner it’s addressed, the better, even though when you are with a walking group it’s not always convenient to do so as it’s an unplanned stop.


Blisters is a painful skin irritations that can quickly turn a dream trek into a nightmare if not properly managed. Here’s everything you need to know about preventing and treating blisters on your high hill Himalayan adventure.

How Do Blisters Appear?

Blisters form when there’s friction or rubbing on the skin, leading to a separation between the layers of the skin. This separation creates a pocket of fluid, causing discomfort and pain.

Four Tips to Prevent Blisters:

1. Wear Properly Fitted Shoes: Invest in trekking shoes that fit snugly but have enough room to wiggle your toes. Avoid brand-new shoes for your trek; instead, opt for well-worn, broken-in footwear to minimize friction.
2. Use Moisture-Wicking Socks: Moisture-wicking socks help keep your feet dry by drawing sweat away from the skin. Damp skin is more prone to blisters, so choose socks made of synthetic materials or merino wool.
3. Take Breaks and Adjust Footwear: Regularly stop to rest and adjust your socks or footwear if you feel any discomfort or friction. Addressing hot spots early can prevent blisters from forming.

Treating Blisters During Your Trek

If you develop a blister during your trek, it’s essential to address it promptly to prevent further discomfort and infection. Here’s how:

  • Clean the affected area with antiseptic wipes or soap and water.
  • Use a sterilized needle to carefully puncture the blister near its bottom edge and drain the fluid.
  • Apply an antiseptic cream or ointment to the blister and cover it with a sterile adhesive bandage or blister pad.
  • If the blister is painful or shows signs of infection, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

 

By following these simple tips, you can minimize the risk of blisters and enjoy a comfortable and rewarding trekking experience in the high hills of the Himalayas.

Safe travels, and may your journey be filled with unforgettable moments and breathtaking vistas!