Sidenote 5: The aftermath

I thought, I should write a little about the aftermath of this trek, too. While on the trek, our lives were beautifully simple: Wake up between 6:00 and 7:00; have breakfast around 7:00 – 7:30, set off between 7:30 or 8:00 in the morning. While you walk time passes incredibly fast, because there is so much new and so many impressive views to see. In no time it’s lunchtime. You eat and drink a little and you move on. More stunning scenery, more speechlessness and you have already arrived at the day’s destination. You drink quick tea or a Sea Buck Thorn Juice (that stuff is GOLD), followed by a nap and then it’s almost time for a dinner. We, like everybody else were usually in bed by 7:00pm. You sleep for a good 10 hours, albeit with interruptions – something that your kidneys produce a lot more urine to cope with the altitude, thus everyone pees a lot.

Because the scenery is so great and everyday has new views in store, you are subconsciously a little on edge in anticipation what the next day will bring. At the same time, your body tires from the constant fresh air, the altitude, the hiking up and down (pretty massive ascents / descents) and simply the distances covered, but you don’t necessarily notice that.

When we arrived back in Bangkok, after about a day, when I finally realized it was over and let go a bit, I fell asleep on the couch. Naps quickly extended to 3 hours and I could eat whatever I wanted, no weight gain. In fact I lost 3 kilos over three weeks, although I ate like a black hole.

The aftermath is that a thorough tiredness kicks in and you have to give your body a little bit of time to adjust to whatever your “normal” lifestyle is. In our case it meant we went back down to 3m above sea level, highly polluted air, noise and chaos to people who by- and-large don’t care about anything and the brain (if present) is usually on idle or snooze – oh how I long for the days of simplicity, bliss and mutual looking out on our trek. But tat is all part of the experience and I would not want to miss any of it.

In summary, do not be surprised if you are deadly tired after your trip. And do not be surprised if that tiredness materializes a few days after everything is over and you didn’t really expect it.

Stay sharp and enjoy life while you can.

Markus \m/



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