Trekking has been a thing even before it gained its hype in the past decade. As the decade is ripening, people find it harder, to find the quintessential space, that a human should have to move around, the time one must have to take decisions and revise them , the resources and the foods that should be replenishing rather than bringing the body down, etc.
The world we live in, we have left to be polluted. The pollution can be metaphorically seen as the anger that the people convert into consumerism and that leading to all kinds of pollution that we surround ourselves with. Pollution is human anger translated.
This is the road we have treaded on as of now, so trekking brings repose. It is a moment we take from our polluted lives to breathe in fresh air, meet people who are humbler and much less angrier than ourselves, valleys and mountains, lakes, waterfalls, snowlines, sunrises and sunsets that have not yet been polluted. To eat plain but rich and replenishing foods that was picked off of Mother Earth right in front of you.
When one says trekking expeditions, they think of trekking in the Himalayas. Why the Himalayas you ask? Well, because the Himalayas are the highest mountain range in the entire world.
The Himalayas have been for long a loving muse to so many artists, painters, writers, poets, storytellers, musicians, filmmakers and photographers…. these are people who have had enough of the world and are on a journey looking for something unknown to them, something that may be unperceivable and the Himalayas is an avenue to achieve all of this.
60 percent of the Himalayas is hosted by Nepal (Himalayas replenish this impoverishing country with so much richness they probably don’t require money to amount to their prosperity). Trekking tours in Nepal is becoming a trend because Nepal has so many trails that suit all kinds of trekking enthusiasts. Whether one is a beginner or an experienced trekker, trekking tours in Nepal has it all covered. One of the most famous treks in Nepal is the trekking in Everest Base Camp.
30 percent of the Himalayas are hosted by India. Trekking tours in India are also fascinating in the sense that, they take you to some of the most amazing places where nature thrives and the destruction by humans hasn’t yet reached those corners.
But what are the 10 reasons why trekking is in trend now?
- Trekking makes you push your limits:
Ever thought climbing the stairs is not all that you can do? If you push your limits, you can climb huge mountains. In trekking situations, one is often expected to push their limits if situations call for it. There may be a boulder you have to climb on and carefully so that you cross over safely. Trekking makes you push your limits.
- You face your greatest fears:
Maybe you never thought you would walk 100 km on foot on rustic terrains, maybe you never thought you’d have to go without food or water ever in your lives, maybe you never thought you’d have to talk to people who have a lower IQ than your own, maybe you have never been humble in your lives, maybe you have never slept on wet grounds. All of these things are real time fears of a trekker. Trekking makes you overcome these fears and diminishes them.
- Trekking lets you just be:
Most of our lives, we were trained and tamed to be a certain way, talk a certain way, move the body in a certain way, maintain the “professionalism” in a certain way. What is common is this taming always happens in closed spaces. Trekking leads you to open spaces where you can damn well act, move and talk on your own accord. Trekking lets you just be.
- It gives you time to think and contemplate:
Well we know the importance of thinking and contemplating, just that in our worlds we have to do that on another person’s timeline. Nature has a simple concept of timelines, you follow yours. Trekking leads you to think and contemplate without the pressure of delivering results within an hour’s time. You come across thoughts in your mind that you never knew you had in the first place. It leads you to knowing yourself.
- It makes you a fighter:
Your heart is thumping on the chest wall and you can literally see it, you want to back down but what a waste would that be after having reached so far? So you take a couple of deep breaths, calm yourself down and nothing but move ahead! You’re a natural fighter see!
- One learns resource management:
You’ve got a bottle of water for the next 5 hours of the trek so you must consume this water only when your mouth has really begun to parch and you cannot let your mouth parch so that it does not hamper your breathing. You have to use the saliva in your mouth to keep it wet for as long as you can. There’s no more saliva? So take a sip! Do this throughout the way and keep a lookout for clean water sources because there are no homes along the 5 hour way.
Trekking makes you good at managing your resources judicially.
- It brings peace to the body and the mind:
There is a certain sense of peace that comes with exhaustion. Like the one you feel after a rigorous yoga class or a gym session, but greater, and long lived. This peace is what the body has been craving for since ages and did not know that!
- You make different kinds of friends:
Trekking takes you on a journey with strangers who come from different walks of life. It opens you up to their world as well. Your vision is not glued to your perspective of life solely; this you realise when you are stranded in the mountains with a bunch of strangers who may not have ever experienced your walk of life. You literally see others for what they are what their actions and decisions are and you can then work on bettering these visions and perspectives.
- Trekking leads you to something new:
Literally, and metaphorically, trekking bombards your mind with unexpected things at every turn you make. At every step, there is so much to see and accept and appreciate and think about. Trekking leads you to something new with every turn make sure you have enough headspace to accommodate all that you wish to take along with you…
- Trekking strengthens the soul:
Some of the greatest trekkers will know this! Trekking leads you through so much, that you get a clear view of how much of the world is temporary and what is permanent in that temporary world. This will not be explained any further, lest you lose the feeling of sublime that comes with realising the temporary and the permanent for your own self.
Trekking is the affirmation a human needs that there is enough space and resources for anyone’s needs but not for their greed. Trekking takes you on a literal journey of life where you need to keep on moving ahead and overcome all sorts of obstacles.
Obstacles that were created externally or even the ones that are created internally…overcoming obstacles and moving on to reach the destination from which you know that the view is splendid and worth a while!