Times are changing! And it is all for the best! Venturing into uncharted terrain is no longer just about geography. It is also no longer just a man’s world. To cite a famous ad for a scooterette, “Why should boys have all the fun?”
When the mighty Himalayas beckon the girl in you to take the trekking challenge, how will you respond? Will you choose the “travel agent-guide-safety in numbers” path or the one “less travelled”, the one that urges you to go solo? Trekking solo, especially in the Himalayas, is not for the faint-hearted (or the weak-kneed). For all the spunky, spirited and carefree girls reading this blog, why girls should go solo trekking and why the Himalayas? Here are 10 terrific reasons:
- I go to the hills when my heart feels lonely
From the enticing Ladakh plateau to serene Sikkim, from the magical Valley of Flowers Trek in Uttarakhand to the surreal landscapes of Himachal Pradesh, regions from the Northwest to the Northeast are happily couched in the awe-inspiring Himalayas, waiting to be explored.
- I am the master of my fate
Going solo Trekking in himalayas is definitely for the free-spirited, uncompromising, at-my-own-pace kind of gal. Group trekking to the Himalayas has its advantages. However, if you are the kind who prefers to chart out her own itinerary, stop a little longer or skip a spot without feeling guilty about it, solo trekking gives you that wonderful power of choice.
- I am responsible
Paradoxical as it may seem, solo trekking in the Himalayas will bring forth the responsible, pro-active side of your nature. There is little room for mistakes. You plan better, you are more adequately stocked, your backups and emergency options are thought-out to perfection. Collective trekkers do well in groups – but rarely pay attention to the itinerary or supplies, and are consequently lost if, Heaven forbid, they are indeed “lost”.
- I say ‘Hello stranger!’
The Himalayas are not just about inspiring landscapes, lush valleys and thick blankets of snow. They are also about beautiful people – smiling, hospitable, and spontaneous, from Ladakh to Uttarakhand. Solo trekking is also about reaching out to these beautiful people who “happen” along your route. Some may give you valuable insight into life in the mountain ranges. And it would be easier for you young ladies, since locals would be happy to help without feeling threatened. Be cautious, tough, and trust your instinct when it comes to befriending a stranger.
- I have confidence in me
Again, contrary to what one is normally conditioned to believe, young ladies are moving out of their comfort zones into hitherto unexplored domains. Going solo trekking to the Himalayas is a brave choice, one that requires heaps of confidence. Nothing is familiar. Deep-rooted fears need to be overcome. Courage will be your ultimate ally in the face of lurking dangers. But, as a wise person put it, “Outside of the comfort zone is where the magic happens”.
- I think positive
For the young lady who thinks positively, solo trekking only reinforces the positivity. You have chosen a path that is fraught with uncertainty and possible failure at making it to the destination. This could be due to reasons beyond your powers – altitude sickness, landslides, a broken ankle. However, the mountains, nature, fresh air – they could all be lost on you if you are constantly fearful and full of nerves. If you choose to trek solo in the Himalayas, you have also chosen to transform yourself into a more positive person, expecting things to work out for you instead of dreading failure.
- I learn to pace myself
Solo trekking with no guidance teaches you a valuable life skill – learning to pace yourself. You are no longer “controlled” by gadgets, tutors, parents, competitive exams or the system. You pace yourself, with every step. What a superb lesson the Himalayas can teach you, girl! You know when to pause for breath, when to speed up, how to listen to your body and slow down. This is one skill that girls, forever expected to multitask and juggle different roles as they grow into womanhood, cannot do without.
- I choose health
The very act of solo-trekking is a test of your physical and mental health generic for benicar. How healthy are you? If you are the kinda girl who takes loving care of body, mind and soul, the solo-trek up the Himalayas would be the perfect test of your physical and mental strength. And if you are fit and with a body to die for, the Himalayas will help you stay that way.
- I now have a great profile
Yes, you can put authentic pictures of you surrounded by the majestic Himalayas, with all your trekking gear on, on your facebook page. Your penchant for doing things creatively and out-of-the-box could be a great way to boost your CV too – just what the new-age employer is looking for!
- I reconnect with myself
Solo, in the Himalayas – there could be no better way for you to reconnect with yourself. There is no one to impress, no one to judge or be judged by, no room for pretense or unnecessary social niceties. You can be yourself and love yourself exactly the way you are.
As Maya Angelou puts it smartly: ” You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody”.
Go girl, go and live your life in the Himalayas, at least once in your lifetime!