I love to trek. That’s it. Nothing more. The idea I crave about pushing my body through difficult trails is the best adventure I could think of making the most of my time. That is why I least bother about the weather trying to create a burden in my trek.
Trekking carries a special meaning to my life. For me, it is about the freedom I enjoy from the daily chores. It breaks the activity pattern I am accustomed to. No more books to read, no more surfing through the internet and no more phone calls from people around you (well, you have to get lucky to be near locations where mobile networks are unreachable). There are no more news about Arsenal netting some goals in the fierce derby against Spurs. I don’t need to worry if my friend has gone to watch the latest movie which I was dying to watch. I leave behind the strenous task of reviewing every status and photos that I have been tagged in Facebook. I stop to think about whether Roger Federer himself would retweet my tweet. Above all, no more communication with the world wide web! Ah, I bet you have already been lured to pack your bag to a 14-day trek around Annapurna Circuit! Glad for you, though.
Trekking is about rejunevating my body with immense strength and cleansing my soul. It is a time to live in the present and stop thinking about my future. I also don’t have to worry whether my examinations delivered the desired result. My soul feels free and aids my body to recover mentally. Some people believe that trekking is just another version of morning walk. Well, not really. Because in trek, I don’t get used to the same trail yime and again like I do when I walk in the morning. There are no returns in the trek. I just need to walk the path that countless other trekkers have used. There are cliffs to walk, waterfalls to follow, moving down the hills and oh, how can I forget: the sheer enjoyment I get when I acclimatize! Lovely, isn’t it? I mean, to acclimatize.
Trekking involves walking an average of seven hours per day (well, at least that is what I did en route to the mini-long version of Annapurna Base Camp! Seven hours is no joke?!). Physically, my legs start to ache and the trekking bags I carry makes me feel like a professional porter who is earning 1000 per day for his services. The difficult trails force my body to gain stamina and prepare me to involve in a fight, if necessary (wait, no. I was just kidding).
|I (far left) and my friends Prabesh, Sajal and Rajnish on our
It is just a completely different feeling once you carry the trekking bag and trekking stick with you. It is just like inviting fun to party with you. Dancing to the chillaxing beats of the trails and letting your body encapsulate the beauty of increasing heart beat. Add to that a taste of our body nearing dehydration and you immediately find yourself searching for water. I am being nostalgic. It’s just that I remember about my latest Annapurna Base Camp trek.
I mean, trekking is just a walk but in a completely different level. The amount of sweat you carry in your clothes and the constant search for shadows to soothe you makes you want more of it. There is no returning back once you start your trek because you don’t want to! After all, you remember the trouble you got into preparing your trekking stuffs and buying the dry fruits and chocolates for your adventure.
Trekking makes you neglect your body’s call for immediate medical attention. If it turned out serious, it meant causing delay to your companions. If it turned out as nothing serious, it meant that some valuable trekking time was spent on worrying on useless stuffs.
Sometimes, although we really don’t want to get into tough acts, our peers challenge us to race. And the challenge gets passed onto our body. Trekking does just that. We have never been accustomed to continuous difficult trails and hence the race provides a brand new platform for us to analyze the extent that our body can reach. The adrenaline rush we get as we yearn for the finishing line proves as a boosting factor for us to extend the trekking days.
See, trekking involves all the adventure that we can possibly imagine. Break from our jobs or internships, break from the tendency to check facebook likes every now and then, a little bit of tolerating pain as we travel through steep trails, the adrenaline rush we get by racing in the uneven landscapes are all the surprises we can enjoy from this complete trekking package. One suggestion I desperately want to convey is that whatever the trouble you can possibly think of running into when you gear up for trekking plan, let it happen. Don’t worry about making an appearance in front of the boss or the worry about losing some of your salary. Just chill out and let the adventure begin! Happy trekking, folks.