- Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.
- Human beings are physically inefficient for survival. The mind which is the strongest survival tool needs to be made ready for experiences the same way muscles are built - by breaking it down and building it back up. But all we’re doing is softening it down by giving the mind the most comfortable and pleasurable experiences.
- Carry only what’s the most indispensable. Every extra bit of baggage that you pack at the base will slow you down till you reach the peak. Good: Things you can’t live without, things that will become part of you along the journey. Bad: Things that you think you’ll use at leisure.
- Descents look easy, but they’re the most painful.
- Ascents look impossible, but slow steps and steady breathing will get you to the top.
- You need to reach your next campsite before dark no matter what.
- You’ll think the probability of rockfalls on your trek is so small that it will most likely not happen, but as soon as you hear the sounds from a nearby mountain, this probability immediately shoots up to near 100% in your mind.
- You’ll fight with nature and accept defeat at some point. And then you become friends.
- The shortcut I took in my trek was the most difficult part of the trek.
What I learned from my Himalayan trek
· 2014/12/14 · 2 minute read