The Call of the Mountains

“What is there in the mountains?”.” Why do people go for treks? It’s like you are paying to walk”. These are some of the questions my friends throw at me quite often than not. Then there is also the quintessential, “it’s too dangerous” or “you are a plains person, you can’t survive up there”. And the best, “what’s the point in taxing your body unnecessarily”.  So, why do I trek. Well, there is no easy way to answer this question. The mountaineers will agree to me, there is this certain allure to it that draws us to those snow-capped giants, again and again. You just simply can’t stay away from the mountains.

There are various reasons for people to trek. Some trek to get lost, while others trek to find themselves. Some use treks as a getaway, while there are those who come to get connected. It is a way to forget about their life for some, and then there are those who come to remember, what it’s like to live. Some come to celebrate and others come to overcome grief. Its passion for some, but there is also people who simply want to try something new. For some it’s an adventure and then to some it’s a way of life. Then there are those who don’t wait for a reason; they come just for the love of it. No matter the reason, the mountains disappoint none. It has the broadness to accept all. Granted, it isn’t a walk in the park. Accidents are waiting to happen at every turn, if you are not careful. And the famous “3 rule of mountaineering“, make it abundantly clear too. “It's always further than it looks. It's always taller than it looks. And it's always harder than it looks.” But every rose has its thorns. And as the thorns completes the roses’ beauty, the dangers does nothing more than adding to the allure of the rugged beauties.

In George Mallory’s timeless words,“How to get the best of it all? One must conquer, achieve, get to the top; one must know the end to be convinced that one can win the end - to know there's no dream that mustn't be dared. . . Is this the summit, crowning the day? How cool and quiet! We're not exultant; but delighted, joyful; soberly astonished. . . Have we vanquished an enemy? None but ourselves. Have we gained success? That word means nothing here. Have we won a kingdom? No. . . and yes. We have achieved an ultimate satisfaction . . . fulfilled a destiny. . . To struggle and to understand - never this last without the other; such is the law. . . ”.

The mountains have the habit of getting to you. Once you have been on one, you can never ignore it. And it’s impossible to ignore the Call of the Mountains. After all, the best view is always at the top.


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SUCHETAN

An ardent traveller, this ex engineer has been a child of the mountains from early childhood. With the passion of mountaineering running in the veins, he has been instrumental in the operation and running of WeTrekkers. As a trek leader has successfully completed various batches at Roopkund, Hampta Pass, Bamsaru, Sandakphu, Pindari and many more.