Travelling is not about the views of mountains, watching the meadows and more.. Though travelling also helps in some health benefits. When we are particularly talking about the way of travelling, there are two types of peoples in the world; those who loves plains likes beach shores and the other one are those who loves mountains and valleys. There are chances the person who enjoys the peace of mountains may not like the vibrant ambiance of the beaches, or the one who loves the sea may end up getting bored on mountains.
Now, this articles is solely dedicated to all the mountain persons there.
Personality of Mountain Person
If you have heart for the mountains, snow and valleys then being a mountain person says a lot about to you.
Here are some traits that match up with your mountain personality:
You enjoy secluded, to be more precise peaceful places. You are introvert at heart.
You are not a fan of hustle-bustle and crowd of the big cities.
You had rather plug in your headphones rather than talking with someone in crowded places.
You are creative person, may be your hobbies are writing, painting, sketching. And, the mountains brings the best in you.
You are a great listener.
You are more in meaningful conversations. Philosophy, Life, Nature are your points of discussion.
You find your happiness in secluded spots.
Now, that you have known some parts of your personality and you certainly agree with some of them. Don’t you want to know the perks and advantages of being a lover of green meadows and snow-capped mountains? Read along………
1. Mountains- The best Teacher
Mountains are the best teacher who teach you the “Lesson of Patience”, “Lesson of Persistence” & “The Lesson of Gratitude”. A Trekker or a Climber knows very well that he/she is not going to reach at the summits in one or two hours. You have all the patience of world in mind while you are in mountains. Reaching on top may take hours and even days take, but the most important is the patience in you which helps you in mentally strong. Climbing up on the mountains requires persistence, you can’t sit back and lose hope when you are on trekking. And, at last, the Lesson of Gratitude. You learn to thank God when you successfully reach on the top where you find the peace which you are searching in the crowded cities.
2. Health Benefits
When you start climbing the rugged mountain peaks you build up strength and endurance. Climbing up on the high altitude mountains brings your lungs stronger and increases your stamina. You will realize after some trekking that climbing the mountains is like a catwalk for me. Mountain trekking also improves your diet plan, because you realize that eating unhealthy food is not fuel you up to climb the high altitudes.
3. Find happiness and luxuries
They will teach you to find happiness and luxuries in small things. Supposedly, you are climbing the toughest part of any mountain but you are run out of water & food. Amid the mighty nature, what would you wish for? A car, bungalow or money? No, you know that they are of no use for you now. All you want is water & food. And, when the nature gifts you a river and tree full of fruits you find your luxury.
4. You are the witness of photos in screen
You can witness the views that people watch on their laptop and mobile screens just because being a mountain person you already visited that place of mesmerizing meadows and snow-caped peaks. Climbing up the mountain is not so easy task, but when you reach at the top then only you understand that it is worth.
5. A True Companion
You’ll find a lot of peoples with similar nature when you start trekking in the mountains. You get to meet all kinds of people. You trust your new group of adventurers in the hard times. You realize in the worst storms or worst conditions your new friends will get your back creating a strong bond between the two. Apart from this, you all have the same goals, ‘to reach the highest peak and enjoy the beauty of nature throughout the trail.
Every Mountain top is within reach if you just keep climbing
There are treks for wanderers who wants to explore and looks up the nature. The mention are the treks for those wanderers who start their trekking passion.
1. Trek to Triund, Mcleodganj (9,278.21ft.)
Triund is a small hill in the Kangra district in the state of Himachal Pradesh, India. The Triund Hill Station is a part of Dharamkot. Triund is at the foot of the Dhauladhar ranges and is at a height of 2,828 m.
Itinerary– Triund hill is located 11 kms from the city Mcleodganj, Himachal Pradesh. One day trek to uphill. There is campsite allocated on the top.
2. Prashar Lake, Mandi (8,957ft.)
Prashar Lake lies 49 km north of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh, India, with a three storied pagoda-like temple dedicated to the sage Prashar. The lake is located at a height of 2730 m above sea level. With deep blue waters, the lake is held sacred to the sage Prashar and he is regarded to have meditated there. Surrounded by snow-capped peaks and looking down on the fast flowing river Beas, the lake can be approached via Drang. The temple was built in the thirteenth century and legend has it was built by a baby from a single tree. The lake has a floating island in it and it is said to be unclear how deep it is, with a diver not being able to determine its depth.
Itinerary– Trekkers have to reach Mandi Town, Himachal Pradesh, then from there take taxi to village Baghi which is 23kms from Mandi Town. From Baghi there is trek trail to Prashar lake of around 10-12kms. A must visited trek for Beginners.
3. Nag Tibba Trek, Tehri Garhwal (9,915ft.)
Nag Tibba (‘Serpent’s Peak’), 3,022 metres (9,915 ft), is the highest peak in the lesser himalayan region of Uttarakhand state (Garhwal Division), and lends its name to the ‘Nag Tibba Range’, itself the next-northerly of the five folds of the Himalaya. It is situated 16 km (9.9 mi) away from Landour cantonment, and around 57 km from Mussoorie in Tehri Garhwal region of Uttarakhand. The ‘Nag Tibba Range’ is amongst three principal ranges of the Lesser Himalayas, which includes the Dhauladhar, and the Pir Panjal, which branched off from the Great Himalayas.
Itinerary– Taxi from Dehradun, Uttarakhand to Pantwari which is around 85 kms. Then from Pantwari trek start for Nag Tibba summit which is 11 kms. that takes around 5-6 hours.
4. Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarkashi (12,500ft.)
The best winter trek in the Himalayas. When it comes to trekking in India in winter, the Kedarkantha trek would be your best bet. From December to April, Kedarkantha makes for a terrific trek in virgin snow, with pretty campsites and astonishingly wide clearings in the forests.
How difficult is the trek?
Although this trek is quite short in terms of number of days of trekking, each day you gain about 2000 feet in terms of altitude. The trek also demands continuous ascent and this is what makes it seem a bit difficult to some. The switch from walking on soil to walking on snow with micro-spikes can take some time to get used to.
Itinerary- Taxi from Dehradun, Uttarakhand to Netwar which is around 185kms. Then trek from Netwar to Jalouta which is around 6kms and take 4 hours, then from Jalouta to Kedarkantha base which is 4.5kms that takes another 4 hours. Atlast from Kedarkantha base to Kedarkantha summit 12500ft.
Deoria Tal (Also spelled as Devaria’ or ‘Deoriya) is a lake located about 3 km on an uphill trek from the villages of Mastura and Sari, on the Ukhimath-Chopta road in Uttarakhand. At an altitude of about 2438 meters, it has heavily wooded, lush green surroundings with snow-covered mountains (Chaukhamba is one of them) in the backdropDeoriatal is in itself a gorgeous trek. The forest trails and the summit climb are unmatched! If you add to this the vibrant rhododendron forests, you will never want to leave this piece of heaven! There are three things that are really stunning about the Deoriatal to Chandrashila peak trek. As you climb up to Chandrashila, one by one, all the major summits of Western and Eastern Uttarakhand pop into view. When we say all, we mean all. And as everyone knows, the summits seen from Uttarakhand are the tallest summits of India. Nowhere on a trek that is so easily approachable do you get to see all these summits so close. Standing on top of Chandrashila summit is a blessing and not an achievement.
Itinerary- Taxi from Haridwar, Uttarakhand to the base Sari which is 213kms and take 6-7 hours of drive, then from Sari to Deoriatal which is 3kms and take 1 hour. From Deoriatal to Chopta which is 14kms and take 7 hours then Chopta circuits for 3hours.
6. Kareri Lake, Mcleodganj (9,626ft.)
The Kareri Lake Trek from here is an all ascending trail through holly oak and spruce forests. There is an easy glacial crossing over the stream running down from Kareri Lake during early summer. As you reach the secluded meadows of Harote, Kareri Lake is another 4 km trek up the narrow valley along the stream. Once at the lake side, you are at the base of Minkiani (Mankiani) and Bleni Passes. There is a lot one can explore from this campsite if time permits. Overall, this is an ideal Himalayan trek that can be wrapped up over a weekend.
Itinerary- From Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh take a bus to Ghera Village which is 8kms. and bus takes 1-2 hours to reach Ghera, then from Ghera village trek starts to Kareri Lake which is 16-17kms. and takes 8-10 hours. Then after Kareri Lake there is another 2kms trek to the beautiful Kareri village.
7. Kuari Pass Trek, Chamoli (12,516ft.)
Kuari Pass- the best Himalayan trek for Beginners
If you are stepping into Himalayas for the first time then Kuari Pass is the trek to do. It is almost crafted perfectly for the beginner.
To begin with, Kuari Pass is an easy-moderate trek, which makes it easy enough for someone starting out in the Himalayas. But more than anything else there are three things about the trek that stay with you.
Itinerary- Take a cab from Haridwar, Uttarakhand to Joshimath, Chamoli which takes 4-5 hours then from Joshimath drive to Auli. Trek starts from Auli. Auli to Padiyar camp which is 4-5kms and takes 2 hours of trekking, then from Padiyar camp to Chitrakantha which is 8kms and takes another 4-5 hours then atlast trek to Kuari Pass which is 3-4kms and takes 4-5 hours.
8. Valley Of Flowers, Chamoli (14,440ft.)
The Valley of Flowers is a high-altitude Himalayan valley that has long been acknowledged by renowned mountaineers, botanists, and in literature. It has been recognized internationally for over a century and is referenced in the Hindu religion. Local people have visited the valley since ancient times. Indian yogis (Yogesh Mota) are known to have visited the valley for meditation. The Valley of Flowers has many different colourful flowers, taking on various shades of colours as time progressed. The valley was declared a national park in 1982 and now it is a World Heritage Site.
Itinerary- Drive to Govind Ghat, Uttarakhand from Haridwar, Uttarakhand which is around 230kms and takes 6-7 hours. Then from Govind ghat trek to Ghangaria village which is 13kms and takes 6hours, from Ghangaria village trek to Valley Of Flowers which is 7kms and takes 4 hours.
9. Bhirgu Lake, Kullu (14,200ft.)
Bhrigu Lake is a lake located at an elevation of around 4,300 metres (14,100 ft) in Kullu district, Himachal Pradesh, India. It is located to the east of Rohtang Pass and is around 6kms from Gulaba village. It can be reached by trekking either from the Vashishth temple, which is famous for its hot water springs, which is close to the town of Manali or from Gulaba village. Actually there is no settlement in Gulaba and is actually an area of the Pir Panjal mountain range. It is named after Maharishi Bhrigu. Legend has it that the sage used to mediate near the lake and hence it has been rendered sacred; the locals believe that due to this the lake never freezes completely.
Itinerary- Drive from Manali, Himachal Pradesh to Gulaba which is 20.5kms and take hardly 1 hour. Then from Gulaba trek to Rola Khuli which is 7kms and take 4 hours. Rola Khuli to Bhirgu Lake which is 10kms and take 6 hours.
“Climbing the Mountain is like an Art, it takes Practice, it takes Patience & it takes Passion”
On this mountain, the 10th highest in the world, about 130 climbers have summited the avalanche-prone peak, but 53 have died trying — making Annapurna’s fatality rate of 41% the highest in the world.
2. NANGA PARBAT, Gilgit,Batistan(26,657ft.)
Known affectionately as the Man Eater, this craggy monster in Kashmir is an enormous ridge of rock and ice. The peak is the ninth highest in the world and its southern side features the tallest mountain face on the planet. Nanga Parbat claimed 31 lives before it was conquered by Austrian Herman Buhl in 1953.
3. SIULAGRANDE, Peruvian Andes (20,814 ft.)
In 1985, the duo of Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, whose journey was chronicled in the book and film Touching the Void, attempted the western face of Siula Grande: a sheer, vertical ascent that had never been completed. They made it to the summit but Simpson fell during the descent, breaking his leg. Then Yates, lowering the injured Simpson down by rope, lost sight of him over a cliff. After an hour passed, with his position slipping away, and Simpson unable to secure himself, Yates cut the rope. Incredibly, Simpson survived the 100 ft. fall into a crevasse. Over the next three days he subsisted on melted snow and hopped the five miles back to camp, arriving shortly before Yates, assuming Simpson had perished, was due to depart for home.
4. K2, border of Pakistan & China(28,251ft.)
The second highest mountain in the world, this peak has a nasty reputation, especially when it comes to female climbers. The first woman to reach the summit was the legendary Polish climber Wanda Rutkiewicz, who got to the top in June 1986. Over the next 18 years all five female climbers who summited this peak were killed. Three died during the descent down K2, two others on nearby mountains. Rutkiewicz also perished close by, on Kangchenjunga in 1992. The curse was finally broken in 2004 by Edurne Pasaban, a 31-year-old Spanish mountaineer, who remains alive to this day.
5. KANGCHENJUNGA, border between India and Nepal (28,169 ft.)
In 1999, a new James Bond novel found the uber-agent trekking up its dramatic ridges. James may have stopped to admire the gorgeous view, but, as our hero knows well, looks can be deceiving. Avalanches and bitter colds have made this one of the deadliest mountains in the world.
6. THEMATTERHORN, border between Switzerland and Italy (14,691 ft.)
These days the principle danger on the Matterhorn is its popularity, with overeager tourists sending loose rocks onto the heads of fellow climbers below.
7. EVEREST, border between Nepal and China (29,029 ft.)
With its marquee status, it would be easy to assume that this is the deadliest mountain of them all. But pound for pound, Everest claims a fairly small percentage of climbers (9%), considering the number that attempt it every year.
8. MT. WASHINGTON, New Hampshire (6,288 ft.)
To experience a killer mountain a little closer to home, look no further than this New Hampshire peak. The rapidly shifting weather, hurricane force winds, and summer ice pellets scouring this slope have claimed more than 100 lives. Temperatures at the peak can descend to -50 degrees Farenheit. In fact, the strongest wind gust ever measured on Earth was recorded on this peak, a gale of 231 mph.
9. DENALI, Alaska (20,320 ft.)
The mountain is prone to earthquakes. And the combination of high altitude and extreme latitude also means altitude sickness kicks in much faster. (At the equator, a peak this size would have about half as much oxygen at the summit than at sea level; because of the latitude, the percentage on Denali is far lower.
10. Mt. Fuji, Japan (12,388 ft.)
Sometimes you don’t have to be a tall mountain to be a lethal one. Take Mt. Fuji, for example. At its base sits the Sea of Trees, a large expanse of cedar, pine, and boxwood trees that was the only area not overrun by lava and ash during a massive eruption in 1707.
This forest, know as Aokigahara, has attained cult status among Japanese as the perfect place to die. Rumors about the woods abound: locals speak of magnetic fields that disorient search and rescue operations; the forest’s population is said to consist of snakes, wild dogs, and the occasional demon.