Why do I trek?

“Somewhere between the bottom of the climb and the summit is the answer to the mystery why we climb.” (Greg Child)

So the quote says it all but what is the mystery?

A peek  into my initial days of trekking…

Well, I started trekking just for the heck of it, for pure adrenalin rush and for the amazing view at the summit. It held good, be it the Western Ghats in Karnataka, Kerala & Maharashtra.  Since I was in my early 20s,  I loved racing up the mountain!

On top of Edakkal caves, Wayanad
On top of Edakkal caves, Wayanad, Kerala
Karnala Hill fort, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Karnala Hill fort, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Matheran, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Matheran, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra
Kuduremukh, Karnataka
Kuduremukh, Karnataka
Amongst the clouds, KumaraParvatha, Karnataka
Amongst the clouds, KumaraParvatha, Karnataka
View Point 1, Goechala Pass, Sikkim with Mt. Kanchenjunga in the background
View Point 1, Goechala Pass, Sikkim with Mt. Kanchenjunga in the background
On the way back from Manokarma Base camp(Stok Kangri Expedition), Ladakh, J&K
On the way back from Manokarma Base camp(Stok Kangri Expedition), Ladakh, J&K

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But after a gap of 6 years my idea and purpose of trekking changed. Thanks to the Himalayas!

For one thing, my physical stamina wasn’t great 😉 so it slowed me enough on the Himalayan trail to enjoy and feel with all my heart the serenity around and paved a way to find my inner peace!

Down to the big question of why I trek?

Here goes……

1. I trek because the journey is spectacular than the destination.

2. I trek for I feel alive when I am on the mountains.

3. I trek as each step I take forward just scares the hell out of me, as it is a thin line between life and death and that my friend, is the ultimate adrenalin rush!

On the way to Kokchurang, Kanchenjunga National Park
On the way to Kokchurang, Kanchenjunga National Park

4. I trek as I can feel my soul and feel one with nature.

5. I trek because the journey is a great learning experience about myself, the nature, the people around.

6. I trek because I learn to be humble, forgiving and patient and it surely helps to live a fulfilling life down in the plains.

Thansing Base Camp, Kanchenjunga National Park (Mt. Kanchenjunga can be seen in the centre)
Thansing Base Camp, Kanchenjunga National Park (Mt. Kanchenjunga can be seen in the centre)

7. I trek because I learn to appreciate life!

8. I trek as I get a chance to explore the world beyond the cities or beyond my comfort zone.

9. I trek because I literally get to learn the value of a breath! The value of Living!

Samiti Lake, Kanchenjunga National Park
Samiti Lake, Kanchenjunga National Park

10. I trek as it brings me the pleasure of being one with the mountains, the rivers, the sky, the earth, the wind….

11. I trek because it makes my dreams come true of achieving the unachievable and makes way for a hell lot of memories.

12. I trek because at the end of it, I am stronger(not physically 😉 ) and a much better person(I hope so)

On the way to Ganda La Pass, Markha Valley
On the way to Ganda La Pass, Markha Valley

13. I trek so that I get to see a whole new me during the trek and of course after the trek as well.

14. I trek because I love the Mountains!  https://trystmyworld.wordpress.com/2015/06/12/mountains-keep-calling/

15. I trek because even after treading and toiling in narrow, rugged, rocky, slippery, uphill, downhill paths……… the mountains give you amazing, spectacular and fabulous views!

Near Stok La pass, Ladakh
Near Stok La pass, Ladakh

16. I trek because I find myself after getting lost!

17. I trek as it helps to see my problems in a different way and the fact that they no longer remain problems after I get back to the plains!

18. I trek as I get to interact with people from a different culture, country, age group, perspectives but who are treading on the same path as me.

Manokarma Base Camp, before Stok Kangri Base camp, Ladakh
Manokarma Base Camp, before Stok Kangri Base camp, Ladakh

19. I trek because I want to feel the magic of nature.

20. I trek as I get to feel the silence of the mountains, and that place is what I call heaven!

Thanks to the treks to Goecha La Pass in Sikkim and the unfinished(owing to bad weather) trek to Stok Kangri in J&K, I have got  the courage to look upon life with my heart and discover the unknown but thanks to my mind for playing an eminent role in helping me through those treks when physically I was broken.

Well this is why I trek and hope to do so in the near future as well. (‘Hoping against hope hopen’)

I am sure trekkers out there would resonate the same feeling as above but for those who have not tried trekking and are keen….. all I would say is, ‘Go for it and experience the mountains….. for you never know, you may find what you have been looking for all your life.’

“Because in the end , you won’t remember the time you spent working in an office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain” – Jack Kerouac

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13 thoughts on “Why do I trek?

  1. Prathyusha

    ” I trek because the journey is spectacular than the destination.” can’t agree more. Beautiful points, and points that I have seen in practice to the core of each word. Proud to be associated with you 🙂 Nicely written with apt shots for each Loved reading it and will seriously consider trekking!

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