“We trek not to escape life, but so life doesn’t escape us.” Our busy lives may not give us the time to realise that most of us merely survive; not live. Gift yourself the freedom and happiness you deserve. Here’s a list of 5 reasons why you should start trekking.
1. Disconnect. Slow down. Breathe.
How often do you find yourself rushing from A to B, with no time to breathe? Whether you are climbing the corporate ladder, building your own business, or assuming family responsibilities, it is easy to get caught in a mundane scripted life.
“I was such a chirpy person, but the monotony of life had taken the ‘me’ out of me. I was sad and disliked everything happening in my life – it was a tough patch.” recollects Srilakshmi, now an avid trekker with Indiahikes. “That’s when Roopkund happened to me – my first trek ever. I felt a sense of calm. I was singing, smiling and I was in a completely different frame of mind. To be honest, trekking to me is medicine. It healed me and transformed my outlook to the world completely,” she shares.
So, disconnect and give yourself the freedom you deserve. Life is not meant to be a time-table (at least, not always).
2. You’ll never get this close to nature
Trekking is a beautiful way of travelling. It’s real – it is an unscripted experience filled with surprises. Take a chance and view the world without a filter. The views and undiscovered spots you get to see on a trail are ones that no world class tour can guarantee you. “I have seen trekkers burst into tears everytime they see a captivating view. Even people who have gone on international vacations have reacted this way. The mountains have the ability to touch your soul. It’s the most beautiful feeling.” says Manish Pasad, veteran trek leader at Indiahikes. Lie down on a green meadow under the blanket of stars, or run around with the mountain goats like Heidi! You’ll never get this close to nature anywhere else.
While trekking, your entire focus is on the beauty of the surroundings that you get exposed to. You tend to forget the fact that you are actually burning calories in the process. The whole experience of walking in the glory of the mountains is extremely relaxing and refreshing. “I was gyming for quite sometime, but I never really lost more than half a kilo. And the worst part was, I used to gain much more than what I lost when I stopped gymming,” says a miffed Latika Payak. “Then, I went for my first trek to Roopkund and in just 6 days, I lost 3 kilos. And I’m not gaining it back. Which means my metabolism has improved,” she says.
So, ditch the gym and take a hike!
4. Life lessons
You’re far from civilization and the only thing you can embrace is the serenity of the world. “You get a chance to meet people from diverse backgrounds, and build lasting relationships. The purity of the mountains teaches us to embrace experiences, cultures and relationships that are outside our comfort zone,” shares Manish Pasad, who has been on wanderlust for the past 27 years.
Trekking humbles you enough to learn that it’s not all about you. You are often put in challenging situations that make you realise that the world is so much bigger than your perspective on it. You weren’t really the big fish in the ocean but a tiny minnow in a pothole.
5. You’ll regret not doing it when you are old
A lot of us strongly express our desire to travel, and yet we suffix our beautiful thoughts with the most fatal word – “But”
‘But’ work, ‘but’ kids, ‘but’ family and everything else under the sun.
It is true that as we get older, life mostly just “happens” to us, and we lose control over it. But, your body is not going to support your heart’s desire forever. And don’t forget, you are not guaranteed a long life.
Cover image by Pravin Karandikar.