3. Growth is inevitable when you are in a group of people more learned than you, because that is the only way you can be a part of that group.
Our group had expert trekkers who could jump from rock to rock effortlessly, people who were on their way to becoming experts and then there I was, an absolute novice! Trying to keep in pace with them, increased my personal pace.
4. Everything that I will be proud of myself for, is on the other side of my comfort zone.
It feels good to be in my comfort zone. That day, it felt like a pain in the ass to come out of it, so much that my comfort zone seemed like horizon. At one point, I even started to wonder if this whole thing was a bad idea. But, it definitely wasn't! I am genuinely smiling as I am typing this. This is the kind of feeling I like, to feel great, to feel excited about something even if it is an experience of the past and to be glad for taking it up.
5. "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves." - Edmund Hillary
I guess the first four points justify the fifth. The less said, the better.
I met a lot of people, who made this experience a very memorable one, more so because each one of them have helped at one point or another, because of me finding it very difficult (even though the difficulty level said "easy" in the website), especially out trek guides Hemraj and Bharath from Bangalore Mountaineering Club. Thanks to all of them and most importantly, my family for even letting me do this.
The greeting everyone, the selfies, the breakfast, the bad tea, the falling and hurting, the tears that were almost about to roll down my eyes, the feeling of accomplishment, the sunet by lake and sunrise between mountains, the campfire, the eating and sharing tent with almost unknown people, the dancing in the vehicle, the snake spotting,; it is three months since then but very fresh in memory. I couldn't have asked for a better kick-start for 2017. I am definitely going back for this!
Photo Courtesy: Aashish Bhanawat - Deepthi.S. Prakash.
This post was originally published on Deepthi's Blog.