A vertical climb of 2000 ft, a trail into the mountains, a hike across the meadows, the crisp mountain air, and adrenalin rushing as you reach the summit- does that sound like an adventure enthusiast you read about but that’s actually the story of your first trekking expedition.
The mountains and trails have always beckoned the humans to start their journey of adventure and the story is always new. It doesn’t matter if you’re in 40s or 50s, you’re still younger than you’re going to be tomorrow, it’s never too late to get out and get going to the mountains- not to retire but to start really living. So get rid of that lazy muscles and get yourself a great backpack, a neat pair of trekking shoes, a water bottle, a cool hat, supercool glares and start walking, trudging, limping whatever you got to go with.
The reasons for you to go on Trekking Trip
Trekking is in vogue: Trekking has been in vogue since the time traders discovered new routes to business, since armies went trekking on training programs and the Maharajas made hunting expeditions a passion. So if you haven’t started trekking, then hey, you’re not in fashion. So put on that hat and feel like a Maharaja minus the shotgun and plus the camera and march down the royal paths to mountains.
You may be making history: When trekking in the beautiful valley with exotic herbs, wild flowers and protected fauna that we know as Valley of Flowers today- well we would never have known this treasure if Frank Smythe had not decided to follow the trail of wild flowers and vast meadows on his way back from the Mt Kamet Trek. Who knows what you might find or what feat you may accomplish!
Trekking is a healthy addiction– While the rest of your mates will be groaning to get out of bed and head to the gym, you’re already up and training for the exciting trekking trip ahead. Your ‘pink of health’ status will be maintained by the path you choose and that’s not difficult when it’s a new trek path that you’re hooked to.
You’ll be the coolest grandparent– You can go on and on about your wild adventure tales of snow leopards, mountain goats, yetis and all .Your grandkids will be all ears and are going to love showing you off to their friends.
You’ll never get bored- Nature has made sure you’re amply supplied with never ending trails to discover and by the time you finish one you’ll be planning the next exciting trek. The beauty of starting a trek is that there are so many more places waiting to be discovered.
You’ll make new friends– Whoever told you that you can’t make new friends when you’re older hasn’t met a trekker. The trekking world will open doors to friends who share the same crazy passion and that’s not going to happen unless you get of that couch and start walking.
Trekking as simple as taking that first step. Here are a few tips that have been gathered from experience that will help you hop out and prepare to take the wild road to happiness.
Trekking Tips for Beginners
Set a goal: Whether it’s the hill in the vicinity of your city or the Everest itself have a destination and start planning. Trekking associations are a great way to get information to get started and all it takes is making that call.
Get your gear right: Backpack, shoes, water bottle and every other gear need to be in place to avoid discomfort of strain. Your equipment will be worth every cent when you’re well on your way through challenging parts of the terrain.
Prepare: Once you know where you’re going start preparing with the everyday walks and small hikes increasing them slowly to allow your body to get in tune with the larger goal.
Remember starting is the hardest part and once you’re past that hurdle everything is a flow. The only thing you have to do is really enjoy the trek- breathe in the freedom and fresh air and the live in the moment. So pack up the excuses and start packing for the treks you’re going to be taking.
Here are some of the best treks for beginners to start with
Stok Kangri Peak in Leh Ladakh is most famous trekking peak and this trek offers multitude of adventures along the trekking route to Base camp and towering Stok Kangri height at 6153 meters high from mean sea level. Trek starts from Stok village where centuries old Stok Palace still stands strong. Leh Ladakh Tour is a must for any adventure enthusiast. Stok Kangri Trek is an ideal challenging trek for both experienced as well first time trekkers to Himalayas but they need to prepare well because the climb is a challenging trek because of its altitude.
The Stok Kangri Trekking experience entails ice climbing, crampon, glacier trekking, Ice climbing and traversing the thin trekking trail to summit over the sharp ridge. Combine your Stok Expedition with a short tour to Zanskar Valley, Pangong Lake and Nubra Valley.
Everything is Mind
When I was doing my Basic Mountaineering Course in HMI Darjeeling we had one instructor by the name Mr. Bhutia. He was an extremely talented mountaineer and a very good teacher. During our training he used to keep repeating the phrase ” Everything is mind”. Which meant that we could do anything if we could conquer our minds. This is probably as true for life as it is for mountaineering and high altitude trekking.
This pic which I came across reminds of that phrase.
During my first Expedition in Leh Ladakh those words inspired me a lot. Mind over matter in now a truism I try to live by. Every year many trekkers from world come for this expedition from June to October few only reach up to the summit. Trekking or Mountaineering is more of mental game rather then physical. Below picture is an example when I reached on the summit of stok for the first time in 2011 there was fellow trekker (In Red Jacket) who was on the summit and he was an amputee and he reached the summit of Stok on his own with his guide.