Benefits of Trekking & Hiking

Mental benefits – Stress can disrupt your everyday life, causing health problems and depression. Trekking is a great way to reduce the stress in your life, because of the release of endorphins, which are known to make us happy!

 

 

Other health benefits of Hiking & Trekking  :

HEALTHY HEART – While trekking, a person has to climb up and down which makes the heart pump blood with vigour, so in a way, trekking is a great way to provide much needed exercise for the heart

LOWERS BLOOD PRESSURE – 
Logging cardio in the form of hiking can lower blood pressure by four to 10 points, and reduce the danger of heart disease, diabetes and strokes for those at high-risk.
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24731832

CONTROLS CHOLESTEROL & SUGAR LEVELS – Trekking on a regular basis decreases cholesterol also. Both the ups and downs have benefits when it comes to lowering LDL (bad) cholesterol.Hiking uphill lowers triglyceride whereas hiking downhill is two benefits of trekkingtimes more effective at removing blood sugars and improving glucose tolerance.

IMPROVED LUNG CAPACITY  – Most trekking tours are organized away from human population which in an area with extensive vegetation that would keep the air cleaner. Taking deep breaths while hiking / trekking increases the tidal volume, ie lung capacity and also clears toxins from the body making you feel rejuvenated.

STRONGER BONES – Trekking requires optimum effort from human body, as it requires stretching, jumping, climbing and dodging at several intervals.  Such small burst of exercises at regular intervals during trekking would help make bones stronger.

IMPROVED MUSCLE TONE – The energy and strain that a trekker requires, would undoubtedly lead to exercising and stretching of each and every muscle in the body, thus making the body flexible and muscles strong. Body gets into a better shape

Benefits of trekking

FLEXIBLE JOINTS – The stretching and exertion, especially in climbing, mobilizes all the joints. This improves the secretion and circulation of the joint fluids improving joint flexibility and strength. Such healthy joints develop arthritis much later than others. Also, hiking / trekking in nature puts less strain on your joints than walking on concrete or asphalt.

PREVENT BACKACHE – The spine is also comprises of many joints, all of which become more flexible and more stable because the supporting muscles become stronger while hiking. Leads to a better posture.

INCREASES IMMUNITY – Already, there is a growing body of scientific research that shows that time spent in the great outdoors is physically and mentally beneficial.Trekking and associated activities also improve immunity by stimulating the lymphatic system.
http://wilderness.org/blog/can-wilderness-boost-your-immune-system-some-surprising-answers

PREVENTS &CURES CANCER – Exposure to forests boosts our immune system. While we breathe in the fresh air, we breathe in phytoncides, airborne chemicals that plants give off to protect themselves from insects. Phytoncides have antibacterial and anti fungal qualities which help plants fight disease. When people breathe in these chemicals, our bodies respond by increasing the number and activity of a type of white blood cell called natural killer cells or NK. These cells kill tumour- and virus-infected cells in our bodies

MENTAL FOCUS& CONCENTRATION – Trekking requires unhindered concentration, and to do that, a person has to clear his thoughts and prepare his mind to face topographical challenges.

 WEIGHT LOSS – Climbing, dodging around boulders and lights runs and sprints is common while on trekking tours.  These physical activities eventually help shed unwanted weight. In fact, trekking at a moderate level of intensity on a regular basis can lead to significant weight loss. Just an hour of trekking can burn upto 500 calories

BETTER THAN A TREADMILL – Unlike the treadmill, trekking offers new scenery, different  terrain, and requires almost no equipment or training. Besides you inhale crisp fresh oxygen instead of the smelly and stuffy gym air and listen to the soothing sounds of chirping birds and flowing streams rather than the unfamiliar loud noise in a gym

MENTAL RELAXATION – Trekking is a great way to reduce the stress in your life, because of the release of endorphins, which are known to make us happy! Taking in the fresh air and nature around you while trekking is a great way to help improve your mental health, and it is believed to also improve memory and functionality of the brain. Breathing in the fresh air, as well as seeing flowers, butterflies, birds and animals can also give you a better appreciation of the world and a sense of calmness and joy.

CURES DEPRESSION – 
A study commissioned by Mind, a leading British mental health charity, suggests hiking contributes to improved mental and emotional health. Focusing on people affected by depression, researchers from the University of Essex compared the benefits of hiking a trail through the woods and around a lake in a nature park to walking in an indoor shopping centre.

BETTER QUALITY OF SLEEP – Regular physical activity has been shown to improve sleep by over 50 percent in those who engage in a regular schedule of exercise. Thus, hiking can be an important part of getting a better night’s sleep. If you choose decide to spend an entire night in nature, or a few nights, you are helping your sleep cycle tremendously.Most of us in the modern world have gotten so used to the artificial lights, noises and distractions of modern technology that our bodies have forgotten how and when it’s time to sleep. A night under the stars is a good way to reset that.

Other Life Benefitstreking

IMPROVE CREATIVITY
PLEASANT MEMORIES
BONDING & TRUST BUILDING
EXPLORING NEW CULTURES

WARNING !!! Hiking / trekking can seriously improve your health.

 

* As suggested by Dr. Abhinav Gupta 

CORPORATE MEDICAL ADVISOR, FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE-TRAINED CLINICIAN, AND HOLISTIC LIFESTYLE + FITNESS+ WELLNESS COACH.

TOP 3 Expeditions
by Life Away From Life
2017

  1. Mt. Elbrus expedition- Russia.Date:  9th August 2017.Mount Elbrus expeditionMount Elbrus is the highest mountain in Russia and in Europe, and the tenth most prominent peak in the world. A dormant volcano, Elbrus forms part of the Caucasus Mountains in Southern Russia, near the border with Georgia.

    Mount Elbrus – one of the 7 summits, the highest mountain of European continent. Its West summit is 5642 m high, the East one is 21 m shorter – 5621 m.

    Mt. Elbrus is situated between the Black and the Caspian sea on territory of the Russian Federation, only 20 km from the Georgian border. Mount Elbrus is a dormant volcano. The last explosion occured about 2000 years ago. The two summits of Elbrus are in fact two craters of volcano. Everywhere on its slopes you can see debris of solidified lava.

    read more : http://bit.ly/ElbrusExpedition.

  2. Kang Yatse 2 peak expedition , Ladakh – India.

    Date : 3rd June 2017.

    Life away from life - adventure travel

    Ladakh has several fascinating peaks to its credit, Kang Yatse being one of them. With a height of about 6400 meters, the trek to the top of it is adventurous and arduous. It  takes you through some amazing valleys, some beautiful rivers and some really quaint villages that give a glimpse into the local life of people here.

    Kang yatse is one of the famous spot for mountaineers and the adventure seekers. The peak is higher than the surrounding mountain ranges.Kang Yatse Lies south east of Leh and its situated in Markha Valley on the top of Nimaling Plateau. This beautiful peak is a desire for all the trekkers doing the Markha Valley, as they are always having a glimpse of this outstanding peak while trekking there. Actually there are two peaks one is easy and non-technical 6200mts high, and the other one is quit technical 6400mts. high. Though there are many options for this summit, but the best way is to combine with the Markha Valley.

    Read more… http://bit.ly/KangYatse2.

     

  3. Mentok Kangri peak expedition, Ladakh – India.

    Dates: 4th July 2017.

    mentok kangri expedition

    Mentok is the Tibetan name of a wild flower growing in the Ladakh region during the summer season. Mentok Kangri, located in the Rupshu plateau in Eastern Ladakh, lies south of the village of Korzok and the highest peak of the range is at 6250 metres. It consists of 3 peaks – Menthok 1, Menthok 2 and Menthok 3, which offer some breath-taking and stunning views of the landscapes of Tso Kar and Tso Moriri. We will start the trek from Korzok village and setup our base camp at a height of 5240 metres. Following a day’s rest at the base camp, we will summit Mentok I (6250m). After a long trek to reach the summit, you will be treated with amazing scenes of the Tso Moriri lake and beautiful horizon of snow, clouds and spectacular landscape all around you.

    This trek is not very demanding technically but is quite challenging for adventurous trekkers.

    Read more : http://bit.ly/MentokKangri

The LAFL team successfully summits Mentok Kangri 1, 6270m  on 18th August 2016 at 12:00 noon.
5 members reached the peak  namely Prateek Deo, Arun Ullal, Santosh Phansekar, Sushil Gowardhan, Srinivasan Subramaniam.

Mentok Kangri 1 expedition team.

Prateek Deo : Expedition Leader from LAFL.
Sanjay Gupta: Deputy Leader from Gurgaon.
Basavraj Masanagi from Mumbai.
Vikas Mallik from Delhi.
Arun Ullal from Mumbai.
Santosh Phansekar from Mumbai.
Sushil Gowardhan from Mumbai.
Srinivasan Subramaniam from Dubai.
Shailesh Bhaisora from Bangalore.

The itinerary:
13th August : reach Ladakh and accilimisted with short walks aroudn Leh.

14th August : Reached Korzok village in Tsomori.

15th August : Acclimitising and height gain day at Korzok village.

16th August: Korzok to Base camp.

17th August : Base camp rest day.

18th August : BC to Summit  Mentok Kangri 1 ( 6270m) and back to Korzok.

19th August: After a brief celebration drive  to Leh.

MENTOK KANGRI 1 EXPERIENCE:

Mentok  is the Tibetan name of a wild flower growing in the Ladakh region during the summer season. Located in the Rupshu plateau in Eastern Ladakh, lies south of the village of Korzok and the highest peak ,Mentok Kangri 1, of the range is at 6250 metres. It consists of 3 peaks – Menthok 1, Menthok 2 and Menthok 3, which offer some breath-taking and stunning views of the landscapes of Tso Kar and Tso Moriri. We started the trek from Korzok village and setup our base camp at a height of 5240 metres. Following a day’s rest at the base camp, we summitted Mentok I (6250m). After a long trek to reach the summit, we were treated with amazing scenes of the Tso Moriri lake and beautiful horizon of snow, clouds and spectacular landscape all around you.

Our summit guides were well trained and very strong. They had a very positive attitude towards everything. They didn’t not give up till the last and made it sure that everyone were safe.

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TOP 5  Ladakh Trips
by Life away From Life

Ladakh Trips have been a favourite with Life Away From Life since the year 2000. Based on our experience in this Trans-Himalayan region , we suggest 5 top trips this year which one must experience.

 

  1. Ladakh Backpacking Trek

    Ladakh backpacking trek

    What’s Backpacking?Backpacking is a form of low-cost, independent travel. It includes the use of a backpack that is easily carried for long distances as well as short periods of time, the use of public transport, and inexpensive lodging such as youth hostels. It can be done for short or long duration of a trip and is typically coupled with an interest in meeting locals, seeing sights and treks.

    The Experience:
    At a height of 9000 feet and spread across the Himalayas, Ladakh has the essence of backpacking flowing through the city. Your first look at the city and you will all in love with vast stretches of mountains, sneak-peaks of snow, the sound of water passing by and the hospitality of the people. With Ladakh’s mysterious way of life and its humble people, a backpacking trek to Ladakh is a lifetime experience, something every backpacker is looking for.
    This trip is one of the most looked for trip amongst all the Ladakh Trips.

     More details

    http://goo.gl/SYRFwU

     

  2. Ladakh Adventure Trip

    Life away from life - adventure travel

    The word ‘Ladakh’ means ‘Land of Passes’. On the way from Manali to Leh, there are 5 high-altitude passes (Rohtang, Baralacha-la, Namik-la, Lachunga-la, Tanglang-La). They offering spectacular view of the world’s highest routes between the snow clad mountain ranges of Ladakh and Zanskar. We think that experiencing unique beauty of this mountain-highway is experiencing Ladakh in a true sense.
    The white water rafting is done in the world famous Zanskarriver.  The route is very adventurous and ends at the confluence of Indus and Zanskarriver at Nimu.
    The trekking is done in the world famous Sham valley. This trek crosses streams, astounding landscapes, beautiful villages. We would camp one night in tents and have dinner over a camp fire in the valley.
    The Ladakh Adventure trip is one of the most exciting trips in the world.
    More details

    http://goo.gl/09d3hH

  3. Mentok Kangri Expedition

    mentok kangri expedition
    Mentok is the Tibetan name of a wild flower growing in the Ladakh region during the summer season. MentokKangri, located in the Rupshu plateau in Eastern Ladakh, lies south of the village of Korzok and the highest peak of the range is at 6250 metres. It consists of 3 peaks – Menthok 1, Menthok 2 and Menthok 3, which offer some breath-taking and stunning views of the landscapes of TsoKar and TsoMoriri.
    The trek starts from Korzok village and setup our base camp at a height of 5240 metres. Following a day’s rest at the base camp, we will summit Mentok I (6250m). After a long trek to reach the summit, you will be treated with amazing scenes of the TsoMoririlake and beautiful horizon of snow, clouds and spectacular landscape all around you.

    This trek is not very demanding technically but is quite challenging for adventurous trekkers.

    More  details : http://goo.gl/FpA7Qk

  4. Ladakh Jeep Safari

    ladakh jeep safari

    The word ‘Ladakh’ means ‘Land of Passes’. On the way from Manali to Leh, there are 5 high-altitude passes (Rohtang, Baralacha-la, Namik-la, Lachunga-la, Tanglang-La). They offering spectacular view of the world’s highest routes between the snow clad mountain ranges of Ladakh and Zanskar. We think that experiencing unique beauty of this mountain-highway is experiencing Ladakh in a true sense.

    Flying from Mumbai to Delhi to Leh means reaching from the sea-level to 12000ft (Leh) within a couple of hours. This can is invite high altitude sickness (headache, vomiting, nausea) no matter how fit you are. Whereas, if you take a Jeep Safari from Manali to Leh over two days your body can slowly acclimatize to this altitude change, making you fitter to enjoy the rest of the trip.

    Go for it  The Ladakh Jeep Safari

    More details : goo.gl/faC8Sf

     

  5. Kang Yatse 2 Trekking Expedition

    Kang Yatse expedition

    Ladakh has several fascinating peaks to its credit, Kang Yatse being one of them. With a height of about 6400 meters, the trek to the top of it is adventurous and arduous. It  takes you through some amazing valleys, some beautiful rivers and some really quaint villages that give a glimpse into the local life of people here.

    You even come across some monasteries along the trek, which adds a bit of spirituality to this Ladakh trekking experience. We start our excellent trek from Spituk near Leh and cross pass of Ganda la before entering into Markha valley. A entire Markha valley is an evidense of old civilisation which has been passes through it and can still find ruins of castle and forts along the trek.Trekking along the Markha river enroute we pass through barley fields, beautiful villages, and experiencing daily life of Ladakh people. We climb to an open pasture of Nimaling, and climb gradually to the base camp. With a panoramic view finally ascending to left shoulder peak of kangyatse.We also cross pass of kongmaru la.

    More details : https://goo.gl/4fegtg

     

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We suggest 5 MUST DO treks  this summer.

  1. Ladakh Backpacking Trek in LadakhSummer Treks Ladakh backpacking trek

    Ladakh has its mysterious ways with its vast stretches of mountain terrain and backpacking is the best way to explore the beautiful city of Ladakh. At a height of 9000 feet, the Ladakh Backpacking trek is a unique initiative that allows you to unravel the beauty of the Himalayas – a dream of every backpacker and among the best treks in this world.

    Cost: INR 8500 per person + 3.625 % service tax
    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/LadakhTrek

  2. Sandakphu – Phalut trek in DarjeelingThe Sandakphu Phalut trek

    Introducing the Phalut trek – a beautiful and serene trek that takes you through snow-clad mountains, stretches of colorful flowers with melancholic birds and an opportunity to witness the grandeur of the five highest mountains in the world!

    The Sandakphu – Phalut trek in Darjeeling is one of the worlds most exciting treks. The grandeur of snow capped mountains, battalions of colorful wild flowers like primulas, rhododendron, magnolias, orchids and many other sub-alpine flowers, the melodic chirp of birds filling the air and the fresh green smell… soaking in all of this would definitely elate all your senses.

    Charges: Rs 9,000  + 3.625% service tax– 6 days and 5 nights

    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/PhalutTrek or reach out to us on 022 66096693 / 7718058351

  3. Valley of Flowers trek , Uttarakhandsummer treks

    Our backpacking initiative takes you to the Valley of Flowers, a National Park located at an altitude of 3800 meters on the West Himalayan area of Uttarakhand. This backpacking journey through the West Himalayas is a unique experience that covers the herbal and scenic secrets of the valley, rare and endangered animals, pheasant and high altitude birds, and many more surprises.

    Register for the trek and we will take you for a unique backpacking experience.

    Cost: INR 6000/- per person + 3.625 % service tax

    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/ValleyOfFlowersBackpacking

  4. Kang Yatse 2 peak expedition , Ladakhsummer treks by Life Away From Life

    Unfurl the Indian Tricolour on 15th August on Kang Yatse Peak in Ladakh

    Ladakh has several fascinating peaks to its credit, Kang Yatse being one of them. At a height of about 6400 meters, the trek to the peak is adventurous and arduous. This trek takes you through some amazing valleys, some beautiful rivers and some really quaint villages that give a glimpse into the local life of people there.

    Last year LAFL hoisted the Indian Flag simultaneously at 3 summits on 15th August – Mt. Kilimanjaro (Tanzania), Stok Kangri peak (Ladakh) and Peb Fort (Maharashtra). Following this tradition, this year we will summit the Kang Yatse peak on 15th August and hoist the Indian Flag. Join us in this expedition.

    Charges: Rs 25,324 + 3.625% – 9 days and 8 nights
    For more details, visit http://bit.ly/KangYatseExpedition

  5. Mt. Kilimanjaro Expedition, TanzaniaSummer treks by Life Away from Life

    After a successful summit in 2015, we are happy to announce the most excited trip of this year. An exciting expedition to Mt Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in the months of July, August & September 2016

    Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest peak on the African continent and the tallest free standing mountain in the world. It rises in breathtaking isolation from the surrounding coastal scrubland with an elevation ranging from around 900 metres to an imperious 5,895 meters (19,336ft).

    Kilimanjaro is one of the world’s most reachable high summits. Most visitors will reach the crater rim with little more than a walking stick, proper clothing and determination. And those who reach Uhuru Point, the actual summit, or Gilman’s point on the lip of the crater, will have earned their climbing certificates.

    Our 9 days 8 nights trip to Tanzania, to climb Mt Kilimanjaro will fascinate you at every level.
    Join us for this unique trek.