You’ve probably heard it all before… “You HAVE to do this, its LIFE CHANGING!”. And you may have shrugged it off, put it to the back of your brain, and thought “yeah, yeah, one day.” But believe me when I say you will return from the Himalayas a different person.
Any type of trek in Nepal will leave you gobsmacked. It’s the views, the people and the culture that’ll leave you wanting more. And leaving, you may even shed a tear (or a thousand!) on the plane back home. And you know what’s better? The trip will leave you mentally and physically fit.
As you walk from day to day, you pass by tea houses and lodges run by families of the mountains. With no means of transport but by foot, and kilometers between towns, life looks as hard as you can imagine. But, the welcoming environment that you are placed in when stopping from time to time at these places is overwhelming. By the end of the trip, you will feel lighter, warmer and extremely grateful for the life you live. When talking to on Nepalese man, he told me he leaves the lodge at 4:30am with a heavy basket filled with supplies on his back, and arrives at the Annapurna Base Camp by sundown, having traveled five times the amount I did in just one day. It really puts things into perspective along the trip, and the six hours you walked that day becomes almost insignificant.
You’ve seen it in movies and pictures, but that doesn’t do it justice. There is no way to describe what it’s like to walk through a valley, with waterfalls and a forest on one side, and stunning views of the mountains on the other. Rain, hail or shine the country provides spectacular beauty with every step. And it’s not just the mountains, it’s the cool breeze running past you, the light rain falling off your shoulder, the amazing species of animals talking amongst themselves. You’ll be walking up a hill and just as your mind starts to complain , you’ll come across a line of cows, blocking the way. Then you’ll remember where you are, find a way to get around them (safely), which isn’t easy… and continue on with a new, focused mindset!
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t struggle. I did. And that’s even more of a reason to go. Test your limits, challenge yourself. Yes, you will be continuously walking, up and down on rocky, wet and muddy surfaces for hours on end. But take a look around you. The scenery will literally blow your mind And think of the fitness benefits. Your cardiovascular strength will improve, you’ll gain flexibility, build strength in your muscles and bones, not to mention the mental benefits. Every new day is a new adventure, and you’ll face different challenges and new situations every hour.
Basically if you know how to walk, you know how to trek. Walking along a well set out trail, with the guidance of a local does not require exceptional skills. If I can do it, so can you – so give it a go and you’ll see what I mean!
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