Looking at the mountains and saying - "Oh, its so beautiful !!" is definitely not for the Adventure Breed. Himalayas are so vast and massive that perhaps no human being in his one life can ever finish travelling to its corners, summits, the terrais, dooars and the platue on its other side. To add to it, there are villages, people, their way of living day to day life and their sacred culture, and lots more...
Coming from a struggling middle class family, who valued education and a good job, I had followed the path of becoming a Computer Science Engineer and working as a Software Developer. However, with my childhood spent mostly in the freedom of the Himalayan Foothills of Bhutan and Bengal, how could I remain constrained within the artificially air conditioned rooms of the corporates. Everything was so artificial about it !! Though it gave me money to do my first ever high altitude trek - The Roopkund Ronti Saddle Trek. That was it... that was what was required by my soul.. The trek got me back into my skin and merged my soul with me. Life of the corporates never felt interesting anymore, regardless of the money and comfort.
From then till now, lots of sacrifices in normal life gifted me the best ever experiences of life, which none can snatch from me.. After college, while all of my friends lived for accumulating things which they will leave behind, I made myself busy gaining things which I will take with me to my death bed. To my parents though it was disheartening
For me, The Himalayas are my daily dose of dope to get high. To describe to you how that high feels and mean to me may go beyond my expressions. Each trek, each summit, sometimes same trek multiple times... Each of them can be 'distinctively distinguished'. Offcourse different time, different season give a different view, but its the FEEL which a trek gives to you for which a trek becomes and remains special.. Himalayas are like the MIRROR - just that instead of reflecting your physical body, it reflects your inner self, your soul, your strengths, your weeknesses, your likes, your dislikes, your dreams... Hence helps you in finding 'THE YOU' . Each interactions in the Himalayas, both living and non living things has been 'Milestone Moments' of my life till now.
Not Just Trek !!
Apart from knowing the mountains, appreciating it geographical presence, reaching it, seeing it and feeling it, it also feels lovely to know its people, their culture, understand their way of life, build bond with not just the place, but also its people!!
The mighty Himalayas not only serves you pleasure, it heals you as well... It makes you stronger and becomes your best friend for lifetime. Many a times it has helped me take very important strong decissions with such ease !! While working as a Trek Leader with one of the GIANTS in our country, I have seen ignorance for the eco-system, reluctance for enforcing safety procedures, profit mindedness in giving basic comfort and safety, borne lots of commercial ideas converting Trekking to anything but trekking. I have heard and tolerated "Good Food Is The Key To Excellent Trek" theories. At times, I have trekked with 32 trekkers, and when you have to trek with porters and other staffs, the number increases even more than 50 !! While managing such huge groups honed my skills, somewhere else, negligence leading to deaths and irresponbsibilities leading to inhuman actions had to be tolerated even !! That definitely gave me a lot of insight on how the very sport of trekking and its experiences are manipulated by these companies to serve their profit making goals. It was intolerable. However, the main point is, The Himalayas are so powerful and Godly, that when on its lap, everything eases out. Life blooms out of everyone and would automatically overtake all the low feelings by inspiring all of us by its very presence...
The mighty Himalayas are to go silent at.. become humble.. get carried away by the sway of its wind, feel free.. build love.. and stay footed !! When you stand still and stare at the clouds playing with the mountains, I feel something to explain which I have no words. The rains, snowfall, winds, hails... everything... I feel my playground has returned to me where I play without anything behind my mind, like in my childhood. People say that childhood once gone does not come back again.. when I have found a way to get it back, I am no fool to give it up !!
This Life For The Himalayas