3 Things I Learnt when Trekking the Himalayas

  1. You’ll gain perspective

Amazingly, the Himalayas passes through 6 countries: India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, China, Bhutan and Nepal. It stretches a staggering 1,500 miles, give or take. When you’re standing on one peak and everywhere you look is mountain upon mountain upon mountain, it’s difficult not to feel small.

Nature that astounds you in this way has a habit of making you evaluate your life, your choices and the things that matter. What impact do you want to make in this world?

  1. You’ll be forced to be present

Being at one with nature sans phone reception and Wi-Fi, forces you to live in the moment. And I discovered it’s bloody wonderful! Like most, I’m guilty of mindlessly checking my phone and scrolling through apps, and even here in the Himalayas, it took a while to lose the habit. What does one do without updates of your mate’s dinner or knowing what the Kardashians wore today or wishing people #happyfriday?

I became more aware of my surroundings. I noticed the details. I’d gaze up at the sky and questioned why the ground sparkled like diamonds, eager to soak it all up in my mind.

Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat were traded for real conversation with real people. I was pleasantly surprised that my boyfriend and I were the only foreigners on the trek and I was in fact the only female.

People were open and welcoming wanting to know who you are, what your life is like and share with you their experiences.

  1. The struggle is always worth it in the end

The Himalayas will challenge you. Not only physically but there’s the battle against the voices fluttering in your head whispering “you’re too tired”, “it’s too steep”, “you’re not strong enough”.

Self-belief, motivation and persistence makes you stronger. Remember that. There’s no sense of achievement without a challenge, right?

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Want to know more about my trekking experience in the Himalayas? Read my account of What to Expect from a 3 Day Trek in the Himalayas

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