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Taking a Break to Trek

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Trekking is an outdoor activity of exploring, typically on foot. It is done with the special purpose of sightseeing and experiencing new places. Unlike hiking, trekking is longer, energizing and physically demanding. 

Nepal has always been a trekker’s paradise. It came into international radar during the 1960s when the first commercial trek was initiated by Col Jimmy Roberts. Since then, thousands of tourists visit Nepal every year to walk across the trails for days. Likewise, domestic trekking is also on the rise in the country in recent years.

Tourists enjoying Langtang valley trek, Nepal (source: hikingadventuretreks.)

Trekking in Nepal is both challenging and fun. From a day hike in hills to a month trek through the mountain passes, the topographic variations of the country incorporate wide ranges of trekking options. You can choose to trek along the steep Himalayas one day, and lush jungles in Terai the other. National parks, conservation areas, mountains are the main attractions with Annapurna and Everest region being the most highlighted trails. Likewise, Ghandrunk, Rara, Langtang valley, and Upper Mustang Trek are other few routes to name. 

The cultural, floral and faunal diversity further helps Nepal to stand out in global trekking maps. On the journey, you can encounter breathtaking waterfalls, exotic rivers, and golden sunrises. In addition, food, accommodations, and sign-posts are also easy to track along the journey. 

Sign-post showing the way to Everest Base Camp (EBC) (Source: basecamptraining)

A trek can revive the lost connection with nature. Even a short walk gives us a break from the hectic life to breathe the smell of fresh air. It provides an escape to the city dwellers to experience the other side of the world. The walk through an unspoiled wilderness introduces us to the different dimensions of nature: wildflowers, woody trees, unseen birds and animals options are offered unlimited. 

Trekking is not only a way to connect with nature but also establish relationships with new people. The trekking trails of Nepal encompasses a diverse range of communities where one can experience warm hostility. A homestay in a rural community is no less than a 5-star hotel.

People wearing traditional Gurung attire in Ghandruk (source: Twitter)

On the other hand, trekking creates job opportunities for local people. Around 100,000 people are employed in the trekking sector of Nepal which includes porters, guides, and transporters. This contributes to the country’s economy generating large revenue each year.

Furthermore, trekking is a physical sport and demands muscle work keeping our body in shape and toned. Regular trekking can help maintain body cholesterol and decrease hypertension. It also helps to prevent type two diabetes not to mention its benefit to mental health. It is a calming, fresh and noble method to keep our mind and body in good condition. Body longevity can be enhanced significantly through regular trekking.

Just a week of a trek can heal us. Our monotonous life can turn into an adventurous thrill. Yes, the pandemic has disturbed our daily routine. Writing this article I want to pack up my bags and trek around nature’s nirvana.  Hope this pandemic ends soon. I am already pumped up, aren’t you?

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