This Isn’t A Trek. You Better Stop This.

I have been on treks; with friends, friends of friends, with a bunch of strangers; only to find out that most of us and the community is fighting a deception which grows slowly unnoticed.

Now, before jumping to conclusions, Read further.

Last week, when my friends planned to go on a trek to Tada (a small range in the Eastern Ghats, suitable for one day treks) I was elated and very much excited to have an adventurous experience. But it didn’t last long.  The plan failed to meet the basic requirements of a trek, not just failed by a mark, but in epic variations.

Here is why the plan failed massively;

In spite of my constant texts and calling up my friends, we started at 8 am while most people sported a jean for the trek, with the blazing sun above their heads. Our first stop was a tea shop where most of them had a smoke and bought cigarettes to survive the trek (Seriously, I opposed this idea totally but they didn’t give a shit about that)  thereby leading to the next pit stop; a liquor store, to buy some stocks to refuel some people on the group.  Then it was time for the much-needed breakfast. After devouring all the entities in a nearby hotel, we reached the base of the range around 12 pm, which the group considered as early and I have lost my enthusiasm by then and it was it was just seconds from totally dying  out.

But we were in front of  the invisible gates of wild, my energy was still burning in my mind only to be shooed off. We slowly made our way to the first pool, which was so damn easily accessible, had a refreshing bath without a lot of swimming but with an exhaustive amount of flashing cameras.

A clogged stream at Tada

A clogged stream at Tada

Now comes the most annoying part.

Some started to venture out further as we have not yet started to trek but a majority of people found some nice shady place to sit down, not because of the exhaustion (as if they are tired) but to start boozing, doing all the nasty stuff that shouldn’t be done on a trek and once the supplies are deplete, it’s time to return back home. And who says I don’t trek? will be their story next day across various social media platforms.

To some people in India, a trek is a place to booze, litter and to make noise which they strongly call it as “having fun.” Unfortunately, this is what many think about and do, when they get their asses in the wild under the pretext of trekking.

And this isn’t a trek!

In fact, when I first told my parents about my eagerness to take part in a trek, they tried to call it off under these claims though I made them understood but still it is a huge hindrance for many willing souls who are waiting for these shackles to be removed.

Ah !! Women! I don’t even want to talk about their problems.Many equally willing and spirited women suffer a lot due to many reasons including the one aforesaid and there are many others as like say,

  • Safety; due to the ill practices carried out in the name of trek, women and their parents are not willing or shocked to take part in a trek, I should say.
  • Society; people accept men to go anywhere they wish but due to our social safety, women themselves and society are worried on going to many places; a definite no, to a trek with a bunch of strangers.

This wouldn’t change unless our parents, friends and others are educated that those who go on a trek (especially in India) do not go there for drinking, littering or to do any such obscene stuff. Because they are deceiving the society and make a false impression on those who trek in a true sense.

Being said that, many fresh souls who want to be a part of the outdoor fraternity are 2009110250150402_107016gconfused about a trek. 

I have seen many of my friends and colleagues when called for a trek, simply opt out of it for a movie or a beer and that’s ABSURD.

Okay see it this way,

You go on a journey in the wild where you will be experiencing a whole new emotion which you have longed your entire life. Yes, THAT MAY SOUND EXAGGERATED but you will be tested, trained, ruined, tear down, fall apart not by others but by yourself; only to find out the true nature of your being.

If you understand this quote the you know what is  Trekking and you don’t have to read more ELSE RE-READ THE ENTIRE THING THRICE!

In life, you are only happy when you cross boundaries, destroy your limits and keep pushing them always. Once you stop doing that, you are dead.

It is true that everyone is concerned about nature, but very few act about it. When I come from a trek, people ask me the about the experience and express their interest in joining me next time. Unfortunately that next time never arrives.

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Words won’t suffice if I tried to explain Trekking and it will be boring but this is what you can experience from a trek;

You will be Tested

Once you go out in the wild, you will be tested for all qualities, be it your self behavior or with your companions. Your abilities and responsibilities will be compelled to break. You will feel like a mere matter who has met his maker.

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You will be Transformed

Many have been beautifully transformed in a trek. Your facilities won’t matter there. Your richness is incomparable. Your dedication and humility will be enriched.

You will be Devastated

The energies in yourself will be unleashed until it has been devastated, only to be one with your body and soul, to be happy and to exist along nature.

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You will be Grateful

You will be having the richest experience you ever had till now. You would have heard the term “nature at its best”, for you, it will be always the best. NO CONDITIONS APPLY

The best thing about a trek or being out in the wild or to volunteer for such stuffs are that you could carry the glee wherever you go and that’s awesome.

You will be Amazed

Yes, at the intensity, at its calmness, at its condition, at its serenity above all, at its entirety.

You will be Thoughtful

On seeing NATURES true form  and with what we have done here in our localities, will make you think, will urge you to act, will make you join with nature to realize your own intensity.

You will Want More!

I have to tell you nothing more, you will be wanting for more on what you have felt.

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A trek is something else, where we should be enthralled by nature and to protect it from ourselves and definitely not a place to dump our unwanted belongings, where one could see broken bottles, enormous quantity of garbage and plastic.

A trek is not about walking long distances in the wild, enjoying beautiful views on peaks and valleys, dipping ourselves in many clear and fresh water pools. It is something exquisite.

This is not about having fun in the wild without our daily pressures and commitments but it is much more than our life itself. This is not about going with a group of strangers or venturing out alone, it is the strength and determination that we have in ourselves.

It is not like you are following someone in the wild, it is you following the footsteps of nature.

I’m a proud member of the Chennai Trekking Club, a hardcore trekking fraternity which mainly operates in South India. You can check out CTC’s activities here

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Rajkumar Mahendran
See Everything, Be Nothing

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15 comments

  1. Karthikeyan Kumar · January 20, 2014

    Thanks for the nice article Raj. This post reflects my thoughts as well. I went to Tada about 6 months ago to see it in the same state shown here in spite of CTC doing a massive clean up drive recently. There are officials posted there who are supposed to check for liquor, polythene covers etc. but they do nothing to stop people from doing this. Neither do they clean the place they serve. I don’t believe people will change by themselves. They should be forced to.

    • Rj · January 22, 2014

      But if somebody is forced to change, I think it wont last long and there arises the unnecessary problems of monitoring them, Instead they should be educated or told hard to the face, so they could change their vision themselves.

      Thanks for sharing your thoughts Karthikeyan

  2. Krishnan · January 17, 2014

    Appreciate your writing about this. A trek is also about seeing new communities and people. I trek regularly in Uttarakand and have been truly humbled by the locals. You see what pride, trust and loyalty means from these remote communities. It is a shame that there are people who are making trekking equivalent to partying

  3. Hema · January 16, 2014

    I totally agree with you. I can tell you from experience, many times I have been asked not to go to Tada falls for trek. The place will be full of drunks, not safe – that’s what I was told. But I was lucky and have been trekking in other places. Hope we can do something about those who trek to booze – may be dunk them in the falls and let them come back on their own!

  4. Hari Prasad · January 16, 2014

    I agree to your point. I find it very disturbing when we find people venture out to enjoy the nature, but leave back s**t to nature never caring that someone else took pain to leave nature as it is for them to come and enjoy. I am totally against that Tada has been made accessible right till the first pool. I still remember my first trek in my 7th std to Tada. Just to reach the first pool it took good amount of walking on loose gravel and sand, no one except if they are serious can reach there. No one (Or at least majority of them) would not want to walk kilometers to have a drink and litter.

    The same is the case I see has happened to Nagala East, to reach the dam, it use to take a good amount of walking. Not anymore. Not too far we will have bus services and jeep trails to first pool, second pool and so on.

    I strongly would want to pass on the message that if you took all the effort to carry your ration with you, why you want to leave the trash back. Carry it back. It is not going to be difficult. There are few ideas myself and our team has around this and will soon be implementing in Nagala East and if possible in Tada too. These places need to be preserved.

    Worst, if you still make up your mind to drink in any of these places, please bring back the trash. This is my humble request to anyone who is reading this.

    • Rj · January 22, 2014

      Accepted Hari Prasad

  5. aborrowedbackpack · January 3, 2014

    So true! There are people with glamorous notion about treks, more so because it isn’t inculcated in us during our growing-up years. Perceptive to a lot things depends on that.
    The beauty of each trek is that it has the capacity to leave one spell-bound AND grateful. I hope more and more people experience trekking in its organic form. You are never the same person as when you started on it.

    • Rj · January 7, 2014

      Well said. You trek a lot?

      • aborrowedbackpack · January 7, 2014

        I am just a beginner. Chalking out my 2014 suited to my fitness level, currently 😀

    • Jacey · May 14

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  6. enidhi · January 3, 2014

    Well said!

  7. ashokbhatia · January 2, 2014

    The disdain with which we treat our environment is truly shameful. We need more posts such as these to keep the ripples of good civic sense spreading far and wide!

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