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I have but one life, one canvas.

And I paint it with my dreams.

Embracing it with every color that life offers.

And it may not be beautiful to you or the world, for I ain’t an artist.

I am only a dreamer. And I don’t fear to be ugly.

I fear not having a dream, for I have only one life!!

-Said a girl to herself diving deep in an ocean of thoughts sitting by a riverside in the lap of the Himalayas on her first trekking adventure to Beaskund (a beautiful hamlet in the footslog of Manali). And there her heart was head over heels in love with her new self-being and she was encapsulated in love with mountains!! 

And thus none of them ever returned; neither her soul from the mountains nor her heart from that romantic affair with her all-new self- being!!

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Benefits of Trekking
You have but one life, one canvas! (picture credits- wanderlustguyfilms!!)

Benefits of Trekking

1.  A sense of confidence and self-esteem

Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world!! 

Every girl should trek once in her lifetime as trekking through the wilderness imparts an extraordinary sense of courage and poise.

 It takes you through a beautiful character transformation from being a damsel to being a wildfire. Also, it teaches you improvisation and gives you brass bound belief in yourself and your ability to spread wings and fly high, very high!!

Be in a romantic affair with your own self! ♥️
Be in a romantic affair with your own self! ♥️

2.  Master of your own life

Being in feminine skin, most girls would connect pretty well to this one. On most days of our lives, we are not our knights as our families always tend to be very safeguarding and tender towards us, no matter how wonderfully independent we get in life.

So, for all those who cherish having some days to be their masters, trekking seems like a good game to try scoring at!!

Loving life a little more on the trek to Chauli ki jali in Mukteshwa
Loving life a little more on the trek to Chauli ki jali in Mukteshwa

3Learn the Quick fixes

Trekking slops you out of your comfort zone and puts you out to experience a rough-hewn life in savage with minimalistic resources. Nothing in the mountain topography comes easily to your disposal. Thus, it is one of the finest ways to learn quick fixes in life. For instance, cooking Maggi on dried wooden twigs or applying kohl looking at the reflection in river water.

Moreover, camping gives you a perplexing opportunity to learn a wide range of new skills all by yourself and in your unique way like pitching a tent, lighting kerosene stove, starting the bonfire using stones. 

Lighting fire the caveman style
Lighting fire the caveman style 😛

4. Smashing clichéd stereotypes

What a ridiculed clichéd thought is that- men are more fit and flexible for mountaineering adventures. On the contrary, I believe more than the physical strength, it’s the willpower to summit that holds par in the mountain footslog.

Also, people comment about the physical strength of women to haul but trust me, I have seen several women on their menstrual cycles trek like bosses despite all the abdominal cramps!! Hence, salute to all such women for not letting anything as natural as their monthly cycle put a pause to their dreams.

Hence, a shout out— oops! Sorry, we don’t have time for stereotypes. We prefer trekking!!

Kicking stereotypes with girlfriends on the trek Jalori pass
Kicking stereotypes with girlfriends on the trek Jalori pass

5. Soul searching

Walking alone on the mountain haul you suddenly tumble and are clutched by your solitude. And you realize that it’s just you and your solitude sauntering together. On such undiscovered trails, you monologue to your soul about your deepest and darkest fears, insecurities, your dreams, goals, and commitments.

I have always discovered masked parts of my soul on such solitary ambles, which I never knew dwelled in my body. Also, I have encountered various challenges during my adventures which make me question my limits, thus expanding my sphere.

So girls, bruise. And watch your body grow a thicker layer of skin!!

munsiyari
My tamasha moment at a spot near Munsiyari 😍

6.  Great travel stories to tell

Trekking adventures first leave you speechless and then turn you into a storyteller.

OH!! We all agree that Travel tales are by far the most interesting conversations to hear. Moreover, it gives you a chance to impart practical and yet sometimes, crazy knowledge to your friends.  And damn, how intriguing is the whole idea of telling your crazy adventure anecdotes to your children and grandchildren!!

Make new friends in Munsiyari
Make new friends in Munsiyari

7.  Awe-inspiring pictures

Undoubtedly, this needs no convincing. In the era of Snapchat and Instagram, I clearly don’t remember crossing paths with any girl who wouldn’t walk an extra mile for awe-inspiring Instagram feed and snap stories. And indeed, what is a better frame than mountains to capture breathtaking photographs?

Miracles of nature
Witness for yourself the miracles of nature 😍

8Try new local cuisines

Whoever said money can’t buy happiness, surely didn’t try finger-licking good food.

Nothing is yummier than mummy ke haath ka Khanna (mum’s homemade food) and local cuisines of Pahadi people (natives of mountains). It is my personal favourite to dine homemade food cooked by local women, sitting with their family in the woods, accompanied by old anecdotes of native lands.

Thupka with a view of the parvati river
Anyone up for thupka with a view of the parvati river ?
The traditional Himachali thali
The traditional Himachali thali ☺️

9.  Learning to keep yourself safe

 Not all lessons are learned in 4 walls, some are learned under an open sky in stormy weather. Yeah, Solitary hauls not only teach you how to take care of your safe being from the big bad world but also the wild animals, though I am pretty sure the first one is more dangerous. You learn to decipher for yourself the thin line between taking calculative risks and directly stepping into shit holes. You also learn to interact with fellow travellers keeping in mind your safety factors and not get lost, after all, we cannot be daddy’s princess at all times and places.

why every girl should trek atleast once in her life
My smile says it all!

10. Change of perception

Travel makes you humble.

 It paints a bigger picture of the world and makes us realize how tiny part we are of it. It alters the way you see things, for the closer you look, the less you see.

 So go; get lost in the trails and see for yourself what nature has in store for you.

Living for serene moments in ladakh
Living for serene moments in ladakh !! 😊

11. Complementary reason and the best one  😛

Natural workout session for weight loss!!!

 I know, I know!!  By far, it is one of the best reasons to go out strolling in the wild. Shoot two birds with one arrow– Enjoy the beauties of nature and achieve the long targeted goal of a good workout and weight loss.  A win-win situation!!

Happy friends
Happy puppies 🐶

So, I guess these are many more than needed reasons (bribes) for all you girls out there to give a shot to trekking.

I began the journey of my adventures through trekking and thus, this has by far been my most loved adventure.  So, here I am dreaming to urge every young girl out there to trek at least once in their lifetime and discover a new part of their soul and fall in an all-new romantic affair, but this time not with anyone else but themself!

Looking forward to hearing your trekking stories too!! 

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Let no one tell you your limits
Let no one tell you your limits !

15 Comments

  • Krishna
    Posted April 4, 2020 5:47 pm 0Likes

    Perfect words

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  • Poonam
    Posted May 4, 2020 6:33 am 0Likes

    No matter what, next time take me along…..bass.
    Please tell me in advance 😁

    • Navneet
      Posted May 7, 2020 1:26 pm 0Likes

      Sure love 🙂
      That’s totally my pleasure!!

  • Gargi
    Posted May 15, 2020 11:44 am 0Likes

    Wow!!!! You make me miss the mountains already.
    Really understand and admire you for choosing a girl’s perspective on this trekker’s story, because more often than not, it’s always the girls like me who need a bit more push to do something like this.
    Where is that ice skating/hockey place though??

    • Navneet
      Posted May 20, 2020 7:03 pm 0Likes

      Hii Gargi,
      Thank you, for all the kind words of appreciation!! You made my day!!
      Also, I am glad that this post could be the catalyst to motivate young girls 🙂
      P.s- That ice hockey picture is from the Land of Lamas- Leh Ladakh!! It is the Pangong Tso lake which freezes like this in peak winter months 🙂

  • Simar
    Posted May 21, 2020 8:03 pm 0Likes

    Heyy navneet!💩
    I have known you since ages and I know how much stubborn you are but trust me this is the best thing you have in you..!! No matter how much I try I cannot be like you..I don’t know why but it doesn’t come from inside😅. But I’m proud of you for who you are , for just being you. I couldn’t have wished for a better sister♥️ And yeah you couldn’t have wished for a hotter sister 🤪🌸. You don’t know how much you inspire people out there to travel..especially girls out there ! You’re a big inspiration for a lot of people like me.!! And I promise you next time I’ll surely join you in your next trip. 🤩 I have seen your hardwork and your efforts to make your dream come true. Trust me this is gonna be super successful one day. Hope for the best. ❤️ Love you 😘😘

    • Navneet
      Posted June 5, 2020 2:15 pm 0Likes

      I am short of words to express how happy I am to read this!! Thank you for being mine and all the appreciation!! Much love <3

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