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1. Article- 5 things I learned from completing an 8 km trek in the Himalayas

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5 Things I learned from completing an 8 Km trek in the Himalayas

By: Agastya Rao

I recently went for a school trip with my classmates to Beas Kund as part of our school’s annual Outbounding Learning Experience. This was no ordinary trip, and was a gruelling trek at 12,000 feet above sea level to a lake called Beas Kund, the origin of the mighty Beas river.

As you may imagine, for us this was an eagerly awaited event, after Covid 19 taking away our ordinary student lives from us for two years, of which the OLE has been an important part.

Finally, the day dawned and over 100 11th graders, our teachers and the expedition guides set off on a memorable journey. It goes without saying that we had fun and made memories for a lifetime.

Here are 5 Things I learned from the trek-

1. The Trek is mostly a mental game

The trek, just like any challenge, is only 30% a physical task and is more of how well you process the task- i.e. more of a mental game than a physical one. The trek will seem much longer than the distance it is supposed to be, purely due to the rough terrain it is in.

You will have to cross difficult areas, and it is important not to give up during the trek, because the second you give up, the trek will not only take longer, but the entire point of doing the trek goes away.

It's important to look for motivation from your friends or just the animals around you.

For example, I saw mountain dogs and goats being able to walk on the hard terrain, and I told myself that if they could survive there and manage to walk through the terrain, then I was sure I could too!

2. Double check

The one big mistake I made when planning for the trek was, I checked every item against my packing checklist but didn’t double check to make sure that the bag that was to carry said items was in a good condition. I ended up carrying every single item on the list, but my bag came apart at the seams.

Packing is one of the most important parts of planning for the trek, and it's crucial to double check every single item. The motto “be prepared” is definitely one to remember.

3. Keep dry

While on the trail for the trek, you will have to cross quite a few streams. It is imperative to make sure that you try to keep your feet as dry as possible while crossing these streams. The second your feet/socks get wet, the rest of your body starts to feel cold. Cold, freezing feet make it harder to walk, and therefore increase the total time you take to complete the trek.

So try to keep your feet dry, and carry a spare pair of socks, because the water up there is really cold!

4. Pick up your trash

The entire area where we are trekking does obviously not belong to us, and belongs to the planet, and so we have to keep it clean. Whatever we take with us, should go back and our trash should be disposed of properly. In nature, the golden rule to follow is “Leave No Trace”, which means that we don’t leave any of the stuff that we brought with us over there. We leave the mountain as it is, except for picking up trash.

5. Pacing yourself.

The last thing I learned was pacing myself during the trek. I started the trek moving at a fast pace, and this made me slightly tired at one point. However, I changed my pace after that, and tried to maintain a pace that was fast, but was not one that looked like I was running. This helped me complete the trek at a decent pace, but without injuring myself, or getting tired.

I will keep these 5 lessons in mind the next time I go for a trek. The trek was an unforgettable experience, and I am glad that I managed to complete it. 5 days away from our city’s polluted air did wonders for all of us and I cannot wait to embark upon another trek. Do share your trekking stories with us.


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