11 Beautiful Reasons Which Will Make You Go on a Trek in the Himalayas
Venturing outdoors is always the first thing on one’s mind when the boredom and monotony of life hits hard. When we are in the wilderness it’s as if we see a newer side of ourselves which we never knew existed. This is best explained by John Muir when he says,
“ Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilised people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is necessity…”
The wilderness is all the more exciting when it’s in the mighty Himalayas. Himalayas has an immense number of places where you can have your best trekking experience. Himalayas has it all. It has treks for beginners, explorers and also experienced mountaineers. From cold deserts, alpine pastures, dense forests and beautiful wind blown passes, the Himalayas are the soul stirring adventure dream. A trek in the Himalayas
is a blissful break from all the monotony and stress of life.
Amazing snow-clad mountains, breathtaking views, hospitable locals and centuries old culture. These are just a few reason on why you should trek in the Himalayas at least once in your lifetime.
Here we bring all the possible reasons of why you should trek in the Himalayas.
We are already packing our bags. Tada!
When we hear the word Himalayas what comes first to our minds is Snow capped mountains. From Everest to Kanchenjunga to Ama Dablam, these peaks just put every adventurer in awe of the Himalayas. A trek in the Himalayas gives you a view of many such peaks. Of those, one trek which gives you an amazing view of Mount Kanchenjunga is the Sandakphu Trek. The Sandakphu is a peak in itself and once you reach the top you see the mighty Kanchenjunga, the Sleeping Buddha and many other peaks.
The Mighty Kanchenjunga Image Source: www.cntraveller.in
The Sleeping Buddha Image Source: www.trekearth.com
One amazing thing about Sandakphu is you many a times shuffle between India and Nepal. The route of the trek takes you through trails where you really walk on the border which is very obscure though.
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2. Enchanting dense forests
A trek in the Himalayas is bound to take you from dense forests. The flora is diverse according to the altitude and climatic conditions. You see Alpine forests, grasslands and finally the scrub lands which lead you to the snowline. You can have the best experience of this diversity in the Nanda Devi National park which is also a Biosphere Reserve.
Imagine trekking through the National park and you see a black bear in the distance or you come across a Himalayan Musk Deer. There is great variety in the flora and fauna of the Himalayan forests.
The Himalayan Musk Deer
The Asiatic Black Bear
Nanda Devi National Park
3. A Trek in the Himalayas for Beginners!
Just because it’s Himalayas, doesn’t mean it’s for pro trekkers and hikers or mountaineers. Himalayas has treks for beginners too, given that you are fit enough before you go on the trek. The Kedarkantha trek is a beautiful option for a first trek in the Himalayas. It is also termed as one of the most beautiful treks in the Himalayas. The Beas Kund is another such trek for beginners.
The Kedarkantha Peak at extreme right
Image Source: Flickr, by Himanshu Dutt
The Beas Kund, Manali
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4. Beautiful Meadows in the arms of nature
A trek in the Himalayas is always bound to put you in the arms of nature. And how? Meadows! Whichever trek you do in the Himalayas you are bound to come across meadows which give you a beautiful view of the mountains. To give you an idea, the Gorson Bugyal in Auli
is a meadow which you come across when on the Kuari Pass trek. The meadow is like a breather after a long trek.
Gorson Bugyal in Auli, enroute the Kuari Pass Trek
Image Source: Dev Bhoomi Wanderes
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5. Trace the trails of Legends
Himalayas has always been a subject of thrill and exploration since decades. There have been so many expeditions done by legends like Lord Curzon, Shipton and Tilman and not to forget Edmund Hillary himself. There are treks in the Himalayas where you can trace the steps of these legends. The Kuari Pass trek takes you right through the footsteps of Lord Curzon.
In your trek to the Valley of Flowers
you walk the footsteps of the legendary mountaineer Frank Smythe.
Valley of Flowers in Uttarakhand
Image Source: Flickr, By Prashant Ram
6. Rhododendrons everywhere
If you trek the Himalayas in March or April you come across these mesmerizing flowers in full bloom. The red, pink, purple sheet of Rhododendrons is just surreal to look at. The Goecha la pass trek is one which really puts you in a romantic mood with nature when you come across rhododendrons in the forest.
Already planning it with your partner eh?
Image Courtesy: Shailesh Vishwakarma
7. Starry skies to put you to a dreamy sleep
This is one of the best reasons why you should trek the Himalayas. Living in towns and with so much pollution around us it gets really tough to come across a clear sky. But in the Himalayas, once night falls, you see millions of stars twinkling in the sky. While camping and taking rest from your trek in the night, it’s the best feeling of serenity when you look up at the sky.
Camping Picture by Navaneet Unnikrishnan
Photographers have a gala time as you get a chance at astro-photography. Now who does not want to click the milky way?
8. A good fitness exercise
Trekking always makes you realize the worth of your body and health. It helps you understand how much your body can take. Himalayan treks are such where you need to fall into a fitness regime before the trek, on the trek and also after it would be a good thing. Generally it is good change if you have not been into exercising. Himalayas can be one good motivation.
Trekking a good fitness regime
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9. Clean refreshing air to breathe
This one reason is enough to plan a trek in the Himalayas. Yes the weather in the Himalayas has a mind of it’s own, but no matter the weather, the air we breathe is so much pure.
Who would not want to experience a weather like that!
Image Source: www.himalayanwonders.com
10. Prayer Flags, Lamas, Monasteries
It really does feel very soothing when you visit a monastery and hear the soul stirring sounds of Om Mani Padme Hum in the background. The fluttering prayer flags, the chanting of the Monks give a very soothing feel to the monasteries. Be it Ladakh or Spiti, monasteries and Buddhist culture is mystifying and Himalayas is where you find it all in it's most purest form.
Lamas getting ready for lunch at Phuktal Monastery
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11. Legends and stories
Himalayas has no dearth of stories and legends. From being considered to be the the birthplace of the mighty Ganga, to Mount Kailash being the abode of Lord Shiva, to a long history of Buddhism, Himalayas has many enchanting stories. One of the famous legends or enigma of the Himalayas is the Roopkund trek where there are skeletons found when you reach the lake.
The Frozen Roopkund Lake
Who would not want to go here and listen to these exciting legends?
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Himalayas is what attracts the explorer, traveler and the curious soul in you. It’s the best place where you find a newer version of yourself and your surely come back home with beautiful mesmerising memories. So just leave all the stress behind and trek in the Himalayas this season.
If you have any other reasons to go visit this heavenly place then do let us know in the comments section.
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