To start this topic, let’s first take a look at how long does the rubbish we litter our surroundings with take to disappear completely.
Utter rubbish, right? Absolutely.
With the increasing number of tourists and trekkers headed towards the mountains, and given our tendency to litter thoughtlessly, imagine how many generations to follow will have the privilege of sighting all the garbage, if left behind.
A few simple measures listed below is the least we can do to ensure we leave as little a trace of our trekk
Post trek measures
Trekkers should also encourage all others on the trek, the local staff employed as well as other trekkers to follow these measures and seek their cooperation to keep the trails clean. Only once does garbage collection and disposal become a truly collective effort, will we be able to rid the
And it’s not just the trekking agency and the local staff that should bear all the responsibility –each trekker is equally responsible to ensure all the garbage generated during a trek is collected, carried away and disposed efficiently.
“Pack in. Pack out.”
A simple philosophy that is strictly implemented in most Western countries is something we can and must learn from. Using ‘poop bags’ to carry human waste away from the trails is practiced by ardent followers of this principle, something yet to be adopted by Indian trekkers on a large scale.
That calls for another discussion on human waste and the use of toilet tents on treks, but mandating the use of ‘poop bags’ is a measure that should not be too far away from getting implemented in the Indian Himalayas.