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7 Reasons to Start Trekking now !

Published On 01 Mar 2020 by Oshank Soni

 Adventure is out there!

A whole lot of people equate trekking with long cumbersome hours of walking and zero luxury. When in fact trekking is everything except that. And in a generation where pros and cons are weighed just as frequently as you weigh yourself, we will help you see why hiking is all about pro even if you are just an amateur.

It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves. -Edmund Hillary

Although this single quote sums it up all perfectly, I think elaborating a bit might just help!

1) Nature, of course.

When on a trek you are as close as one can get to nature. And that too in its most exquisite and unadulterated form.

Be it the rising sun turning the distant mountains golden.

Or the deep blue skies draped over the emerald green hillocks.

Be it a million stars glittering across the night sky.

Or the tiny flowers dancing in synchrony with a light breeze.

I could go on and on because when you walk parallel to nature you'll realize that nothing can be as magnificent yet detailed as nature herself.

2) Life lessons.

You must be an amazing person, we definitely don't doubt that. But trekking puts to test, every little virtue that you have learned in your life.
It metamorphoses you into a better human being. It helps you gain a whole new perspective about yourself and about others too. I could probably list all the qualities that one learns on a hiking trip, yet I won't. It's because when you are unguarded and vulnerable, you'll learn easily and beautifully

3) Picture-sque heaven.

Ever seen those nature pictures on Instagram or Facebook or Snapchat or whatever? Those pictures that are so gorgeous, that you are pretty sure it isn't a photograph but a digitally created image.

Now, what if I tell you that you'll be able to click oodles of such photographs and they would be so perfect that you wouldn?t need to add any damn filter?
When on trek every spot is better than one before, every angle is flawless, every scene is worth capturing. Although here's an advice, camera might capture the moment but it won't help you live it. So except if you are going just to click photographs, try seeing the world through your eyes more often than through the lens.

4) Digital Detox.

It may sound terrifying but trekking helps you realize that oxygen is key to survival, not your mobile.

Among the mountains, you can untangle yourself from the snarl of inter-net. Climb higher than the tallest vertical bar of your network connection. Laugh harder than that tiny yellow emoji on your keyboard. You will be disconnected from the world only to be connected with your own self.

5) Turns you into a Storyteller.

No, by stories I am definitely not referring to those circular updates from everyone's lives, on every damn social media app. I am talking about moments, happenings, ventures, deeds, feats, anything, everything that happened to you, that you made it happen while on a trek. Sounds exaggerated? Well, it?s actually understated.

Believe me, every moment would be worth turning into a story. Every hour would be woven by a plethora of to-be memories. And when you come back, you would simply want to relive every moment all over again.

6) New people. New bonds.

What years of mundane life can't do, few days of adventure will. It will help you find kin and kith among souls you haven't even met before. People from nooks and corners, people of myriad culture and habits. Doesn't matter if you are with your squad or decide to join some random unknown group on a trek. By the end of your trip, you would have definitely forged bonds, bound by moments you all have lived together.

7) Shape of you.

What could get better than a trip with an added privilege of losing those muffin tops and getting a little close to the perfectly toned body? Hiking and trekking do require a whole lot of vigorous walking. Those lazy muscles of yours will be put to good use. And therefore when you come back you are bound to be a lot fitter rather than fatter.

So here's a warning. Once you go on a trek, you are gonna go back again and again and again.  And every time you choose to get lost in this adventure, remember you'll end up discovering a tiny part of yourself.

  1. Oshank Soni : Co-Founder at Trekmunk. Has travelled to 28 Indian States, has led more than 50 high altitude treks in the Indian Himalayas. He is an Investment Banker by profession but a traveller by passion. He has led treks in Kashmir, Ladakh, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh, West Bengal, Sikkim and Nepal. He is a NOLS certified First Aid Responder. Chasing the sun is his full-time job, a Storyteller, Travel photographer and Videographer at Insane Traveller Productions.

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