Let’s bring into discussion three major forms of trekking and how they are amazing ways to come in contact with nature.
Trekking in the Mountains
Mountains are probably the most common places for trekking. Especially, in Southern Asia, mountain trekking is extremely popular. Thanks to the Himalayan ranges, the Western Ghats, and many more hills, the region is a trekking delight. All over the world, people are highly vehement about trekking in the mountainous regions. The reason behind this fascination is the elegance of the mountains in providing adventure as well as natural beauty. A mountain is not just about rocks and elevation. It is a composition of thrilling moments in the midst of extreme beauty. While walking through the trails of mountains, you witness various colors of nature.
From the serene splashing of rivers to the picturesque panorama of waterfalls to the enlivening chirping of birds, mountains embrace everything in its womb. Most of the rivers and streams begin their journey from the mountains. While trekking in Nepal, walk by the edge of the rivers and let the soul be enticed by its soulful sound. Many people choose to take a bath in the chilling cascades. The journey becomes even more energetic and scintillating when you soak in the calmness of the hilly region. Birds’ music encourages you to fall in love with the diversity and beauty of nature.
“Do not look to the ground for your next step; greatness lies with those who look to the horizon.”
Trekking in the Jungles
In Australia, New Zealand, and the U.S., forest trekking is very popular. Kiwi people, in particular, love spending time in the midst of intense greenery. This is one of the better ways to remain in contact with the purest form of nature. A majority of jungle trekkers carry cooking and camping equipment with them as they stay there for longer periods. Such programs are more like holidays with family. Since older people cannot travel in the hilly terrain, forests are more suited to them.
Jungles are probably the serenest places on the planet where you can feel nature talk. Intense greenery, loaded with breathtaking scenery, fascinates the heart and soul of a visitor. There are a number of rain forests that are common for trekking. Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda, Daintree Rainforest (Australia), and Chitwan National Park (Nepal) are some of the most prominent names in the field of jungle trekking. All these spots are extremely magnificent. While trekking in the jungles, you will explore a variety of flora and fauna.
“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.” - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Spirituality is a major aspect of human life. One cannot stay away from the beauty of spirituality as humanity is constituted by various spiritual elements. Although many try to relate spirituality to religion, it is not completely correct. Spiritual trekking can be defined in two forms: pilgrimage and yoga/meditation trekking. There are a number of religious sites located in the mountains and need to be traveled by foot. Such journeys are common in India, Nepal, and Thailand. For example, the splendid Kedarnath (India), Mount Kailash (China), Camino de Santiago (Spain), Trek to Doi Suthep (Thailand) are a few of the finest examples of pilgrimage treks. These treks not only bring you close to nature, but also to spirit.
Yoga trekking tours are popular in Nepal, Portugal, and India. A number of nature lovers attend yoga retreat programs in the lap of the Himalayas and the Western Ghats in India to make the holiday utterly soul-charming. When you meditate in the tranquility of the utmost standard, you embrace the fragrance of nature. Also, yoga gives you an opportunity to understand the purity of the natural world while delving in the harmony of vegetation.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” - Rachel Carson
Bipin Baloni is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organizes 200-hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh. Bipin Baloni conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities. He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature, Himalayas, and Trekking in Nepal.