As trekkers and adventurers, the Great Outdoors is our haven. As you trek up the mountains, the idea of becoming one with nature becomes an actuality, it becomes a reality. The best view comes after the hardest climb.
Yes, that’s what you get to see when you go on a trek. Trust us, you will never be the same person after putting the final step on your base camp, and after each and every trek. During my 15Km trek from Barshaini to Kheerganga, perched at an altitude of approximately 3000m, I learnt so many things about my life, about others and about survival. Yes, if you have been to trek before in your life, I am sure you can relate to it and if not, then I would urge you to give trek a chance so that it gets easier to figure out What Life is All About.Whether you are looking to reduce stress, lose weight, spend time away from chaotic life of cities, or simply clear your head and get out into nature, trekking ensures you are bestowed with utmost rewards. And even if you are looking for some motivations to get off your lazy bed, consider these reasons to start trekking.
Trekking is Healthy
While there is a growing amount of hiking-specific research, studies of the benefits of walking are equally applicable to trekking. Trekking doesn’t require a rigorous training method as such. It’s said that if you can walk, you can most certainly trek. Trekking at high altitudes, makes it a more grueling task due to the thinning oxygen levels. Thus, frequent trekking helps us work our muscles and keep our body fit.Trekking Gives You Freedom and Technology Break
We all spend too much time on computers, smartphones and indoors under fluorescent lights. Spend each precious seconds texting and watching TV (often texting while watching TV). Trekking encourages you to step away from your desk and step back out into nature. Disconnect once in a while and give yourself the freedom you deserve.
Nothing is More Refreshing Than Fresh Air
With the rate of pollution rising and exhaust in the air, those chemicals inhaled can be carcinogenic and dangerous for your health. But nothing beats the indescribable feeling when breathing in crisp, fresh mountain air. By taking the time to go on a trek and soak in the fresh air Mother Nature has to offer will be refreshing and also good for your overall health.It will make you MORE responsible
Trek offers us the freedom to discover new terrains, but at the same time it reminds us to be responsible for ourselves and the people we are trekking with, and the environment also. We need to maintain certain levels of discipline when trekking. Also, we need to respect nature and ensure that we would be responsible enough as travelers and don’t do anything to spoil the purity of a landscape. This doesn’t only help us in our treks, but greatly reflects on how we handle things in our daily lives.
You Make New Friends Along the Way
When you choose a trail for trekking, there is a possibility that you will end up meeting people who are out to feed their hungry souls just like you. It is highly likely that you will come across like-minded people who share your enthusiasm for the unknown, and if you’re lucky to meet experienced trekkers, you will get the chance of hearing their amazing stories.Challenges Your Limits
Trekking offers a sense of competition without competing with anyone else, only yourself. It’s not a meant to be a race with the person trekking next to you, but rather an interpersonal challenge set to your own capabilities. It may not be a physical challenge for some, but also a mental, and spiritual challenge. Trekking allows you to learn more about yourself and grow into a better person because of it, try it, you’ll see.
A Different Kind of High
Trekking offers a different kind of high. A high not associated with drugs or alcohol or going out to the clubs and staying up all night partying. A trek can offer surreal sense of accomplishment and an adrenaline rush. It increases your dopamine and serotonin levels (happy hormones) in a healthy way. Not only that, but there is no better feeling that feeling like you are on top of the world, literally.It Will Make You a Story Teller
The more pain you felt on the trek and the more horrible moments you had, the better the story will be. The great experiences, the sliding moments, the trek under the rain or storm, the creepy experiences, the dreadful night treks, etc, these are all the ingredients to have a well-cooked story that you can share in dinner parties. The funny moments, the mistakes you’ve done can make it more interesting. The more you go on trekking, more and more stories you’ll have. At least you’ll never run out of some funny anecdotes to tell to anyone.