Top 4 Important Insights I Gained from Trekking

Yesterday (20th of March) a group of 158 people, including me from my college went on a trip to Tada falls. In this post, I’m sharing my experiences along with the insights I gained from the trip.

Some information to know before reading the insights:

  • I never trekked before. To be honest, I never even climbed a tree in my life.
  • Although I love adventure video games, I never thought about going to an adventure myself.
  • Tada falls or Ubbalamdugu Falls is located on the border of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh in India.

You need cooperation and help:

This sounds very basic, doesn’t it?

Let’s face it. You need friends to survive. Half the way to the falls, there were very steep and slippery rocks which one cannot climb without the help of someone. This is true especially when you never trekked before. Also I carried a bag which was heavier than me 😉 The reason I climbed to the top was my friends. They helped me when I fell and they motivated me to continue trekking.

The quote by Ned Stark says it all

When the snows fall and the white winds blow, the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives.
Ned Stark quote

Insight: Alone we are smart, together we are brilliant. Surround yourself with people, ahem, good people.

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Take risks to reach the top:

Tada falls
Tada falls trekking (Credits: Muthu Hariharan)

As I said earlier, the path to the falls was filled with rocks and was risky to climb. We took the risk and trekked our way to the top. The reward for the risk was the cold water pond where I bathed for nearly an hour. It was a breathtaking experience, literally.

Climbing the rocks was like climbing the wall in Game of Thrones (metaphorically, of course)

Insight: If you never try, you’ll never know what you’re capable of – John Barrow.

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Sometimes, you need to STOP and say NO

I know I’m contradicting myself from my previous insight. Let me tell you why. I realized that sometimes you need to stop. There is no point in striving if you know it’s not for you.

I trekked hard with my friends to reach to the top. But at the final route, I found that I needed to climb a very steep rock to reach to the source of the falls. There was a danger sign drawn on the rock. It was very dangerous indeed. It only takes a single slip in a slippery rock to break my bones and be crippled for the rest of my life. I estimated if it’s worth the effort and my bones 😉 to climb to the top. I realized it was not worth the effort.

This photo of Tada Falls is courtesy of TripAdvisor

Insight: You should identify and understand your strength and weakness and act accordingly. Sometimes you just need to stop.

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A good coordination is what we need:

The trip to Tada falls was actually an industrial visit required by our course in college (However it was like a picnic). It was a very good experience, thanks to the coordinators (Naveen Kumar and team ) and course instructors who made it possible and comfortable.

The coordinating team took care of the transportation and food. They made the experience smooth.

Insight: Unity is strength… when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved. – Mattie Stepanek.

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Summary of insights I gained:

  • Surround yourself with right people.
  • Take risks and enjoy the rewards.
  • Stop once you believe the path is not worth the risk.
  • Team work makes the dream work – John C. Maxwell.

Share your experience:

In my opinion, everyone must go trekking at least once in their life. The experience is wonderful and it opens up new perceptions in your thinking.

Do you have a similar story? Share your experiences in the comment section below. I’m eager to read your story 🙂

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