SEVEN REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD DO A TREKKING 

As from my experiences in the Himalaya working as a trekking guide and successfully ascending Mt. Everest for seven times and numerous other 8000 meters peaks, I believe  that everybody should go for a trekking at least once a year or go for a hike every week. Personally, I take trekking not only to hike and take pictures to post on social medias but as an opportunity to gain an immense source of inspiration and learning. The benefit of trekking is so vast and worthy if one follows some small tips and tactics.

Here are my Seven Reasons why one should do Trekking:

1.HAPPINESS

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As soon as the word HOLIDAY comes in our mind, our level of excitement automatically starts to increase many folds. Secondly, when we book a flight such feeling of going for a holiday brings positivity in our daily routine. This positivity gives an extraordinary impetus to pursue and complete our daily works carefully and productively before embarking on the Journey.

As you have dedicated your time to family and friends, now is an opportunity to spend quality time for yourself. To take a break and enjoy the holiday from your hectic work and urban lifestyle will be the liberating experience. And it is worthwhile self-incentive too for all the hard works you have done so far, and experience the sense of satisfaction and blissfulness.

Scientific research shows, outdoor activities like hiking and trekking have a result oriented therapeutic effect. It can help people over depression (including severe depression), apart from the physical benefits of such activities. Trekking can also contribute to enhancing creative imagination as well as helping to lead a more active social life to those who have been socially aloof. Eventually, this experiences help an individual to strengthen one’s social bonding and relationship, which results into living a happy life.

2. FITNESS

Once you book your trekking trip to the
Himalaya, your subconscious mind starts to remind you about the altitude, the high mountains, the walking distances and challenges to overcome. But your conscious mind starts to make pre-training planning, and your body begins taking action that brings benefits of building your stamina, bones and muscles before the embark. 

Trekking between 4 to 6 hours a day burns many calories while drinking lots of water helps to purify the overall body.

It is also effective for building up your legs and core strength, boosting your immune system, lowering your blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease and osteoporosis. Good sleep after physical exercise is another way of rejuvenating your body and mind and increase the serotonin level (happiness and dopamine cells).

3. LEARNING

Trekking is not only about walking for hours, but one can learn immensely if one can consciously observe environment and community around oneself at that time.

Meeting new people along trails, walking together with people of completely different background will teach us how to cooperate with the team, act, and response. Different cultures, traditions or practices may be interesting for using and adapting in your personal life as well.

The most important thing is to understand how humans can be happy by only having the basics needs. Trekking in remote places can teach us what the things which are paramount in our life and which are not are.

Experiencing the local’s life just for a short time may finally clarify what corresponds to the real value in one’s life.

4. MOTIVATION

Humans need the motivation to stay fit, perform better and be good. Trekking in the Himalaya, the word HIMALAYA, itself is a magnetic motivator for overall. Once you are sure of your departure, you start sketching your training plan, and some might even quit smoking or drinking, to be conscious of your health before going to the Himalaya. You start toSeven reasons become a better planner, live a disciplined life with full consciousness. By walking several hours a day, you feel proud of your endurance, which boosts your confidence and makes you prepare for the next height and challenge.

You can then apply the same technique in your normal life once getting back to home. Planning every single day and executing with discipline and hard work can result in conquering your everyday high mountains, like conquering Mt. Everest.

5. WELLBEING

Trekking is a form of meditation, by which you can focus consciously on each step and can feel the touch of the ground. Breathing the fresh air and feeling the calmness and peaceful mountainous scenery and diverse landscape will rejuvenate your inner soul. Beautiful Panorama and feeling of lost in nature enhance our mind and soul so completely.

Away from all the social media, hustling and bustling lifestyle, television and world news; this silence bliss experienced by trekking will automatically provide your mind a sense of relaxation and calmness; this state of mind enable you to think more wisely about you and people around you. Peace and tranquility will provide you enough time to judge on your problems and obstacles in life, and also solutions to overcome.

6. FEELING OF GIVING

A wise man said, “There is no better exercise for your heart than reaching down and helping to lift someone up.” Your Trekking in the Himalaya can generate lots of work for the locals, which directly assist them to make a living and empower their families.
A country like Nepal, which is just rising from the 2015-devastating Earthquake, for them trekking brings lots of hope and smile on the face of people. As you see the smile on your guide, porter and the locals you feel bless of what you have received and satisfaction on what you have given.

7. BUILDING OF THE CONFIDENCE

Trekking has a great potential to boost self-confidence. seven reason

Each day achieving 4-6 hours walk in a remote terrain, descending deep gorges and ascending steep hill will boast a new confident level within you.
You will be so much impressed by your capability, which you have not experience yet. Reaching a new height (altitude) and breaking the records can boost one’s willpower dramatically and subsequently, makes one feel proud of oneself.

Norbu Sherpa

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