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Does Age Matter For Experiencing Trekking?

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By Author: Manmohan Singh
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For many people, age is just a number… unlike some who grow older with age and the worst things happen to them as they lose the vigor of living with their growing age. We have had so many instances and people who are bright, lively and full of vigor at the age of 99, and we know people who have lost the will to lead a vigorous life at the age of 21.
Age is a very tricky element about life. There are people who we like to call “old souls” as they like to lead their lives at the pace of a tortoise.
No matter what age they may be, be it 20 or 90… old souls are peaceful yet slow-paced people who have a stable and monotonous mind (in the best way); doesn’t meant they do not experience changes in life, if at all change is simply inevitable, even for a tortoise.
And then there are the divas, these people have no sense of a manual, and rather live their life using the hit and trial method of living. These people, be it 20 or 90 have a “just do it” attitude. And we all know these kinds of people in our lives. This simply leads us to understand that maybe age is just a state of mind.
There are many trails that you will find while trekking in Peru, trekking in Bhutan and trekking in India that are easily scalable and yet not too harsh on your health and body, along with the most magnificent vistas that you will witness in your lives.
Well but when it comes to strenuous activities like trekking, there are a few things that one must understand.
1. Physical fitness matters to some extent:
Even though trekking is majorly a mental game and mental strength to keep on pushing forward, physical fitness is a catalyzing element in this game. With a physically fit body, one can surely trek faster and better and sustain pain much better. Physical fitness does matter but it does not mean that physical fitness is the only way one can trek easily. Do you think, that the people who live in areas in the Himalayas where trekking is the only means of transport, don’t have old people?
Well of course not! True that these old people of the Himalayas have trekked all their lives and so they have a habit of performing treks, but their bodies grow old too, the pace becomes slower, but the joy along the trek does not perish. You will still hear jokes and momentary smiles when you’re on a trek with an elderly residing in the remote villages of the Himalayas.
However, if an enthusiast is elderly and planning on a trekking expedition, it is highly suggested that they practice walking and induce more physical activities in their everyday lives. And most of all eat healthier in order to prepare their bodies for the expedition.
2. The view is worth the while:

Trekking is inherent to human nature. We spend all our lives trying and doing everything that we can to secure our futures and the futures of our generations, and in this struggle, we lose focus from what is essential and what needs appreciation and we deny ourselves the time to give thanks and appreciate the truth and the beauty of nature. Usually by the time we realize that all our lives we have not really presented something to the world, we are old people in our elderly period. But anyhow it’s never late to go to nature and give thanks to her and appreciate the details of the beauty that she beholds for us. The trek may be slow and tiring and painful, but with a little smiles and laughter, the pain fades away, and the view that lies in front of you is just nature’s way to thank you in return of the time that you take being awe-struck. This mutual gratitude is what the real “circle of life “is made of.
3. Prepare for all the mortal issues you may face so that you can absorb all that is immortal out there:

Don’t forget to pack essentials like ointments, energy bars, water, balms, your medications (if any) and your hiking stick. The rest can be taken care of by the mules and the porters that you take along on your hike. All these mortal problems will always be with you, the pain will pain, the disease will be with you, but these are things that can be taken care of, what will not be taken care of, is the loss you feel when you miss the sight of the sun rising or setting on the distant snowcapped peaks as you breathe in the freshest air and sip on a cup of tea.

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Among all the fascinating places to visit in South Asia, Pokhara owns a distinguished space. Thanks to a number of mesmerizing lakes and spiritual temples in the lap of the Himalayas, the Nepali town is a boon for travelers. Home to calm weather all around the year, Pokhara is the second-most important city in Nepal.

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