Mostly trekkers do not behave in a certain way they should while hiking. Nature has an immense amount of patience, but we as human beings take almost everything for granted. That day is not far when it will make you taste your own medicine. We need to consider effective ways of making sure that the mountains are not harmed by us in any way. When we talk about the authorities who collect taxes like the green tax, or a tax equivalent to it, we hope that they’ll use it for the reason we have paid them for. But on the other hand, most of the amount goes into their personal accounts, and only if they feel like they are obligated to do something more constructive, will they use it for the right purpose.
The Indian mentality, majorly lacks common sense or civic sense. Because when somebody litters the trails, they will convince themselves “ki ek insaan ke ganda karne se kya hoga” (one person cannot make a difference to the environment). But what many don’t realize is that the plastic wrappers may remain only for 3-4 days in their bags, unless they find a trash can, but when you litter, the same plastic remains there for millions of years!
Deforestation leads to soil erosion. The campfire has become a fun thing more than a necessity. For that you need wood logs, which will collect by cutting down trees. It is a major setback for the environment in the mountains, because it is the most fragile on the high altitudes. Locals need wood to cook food, so the ideal thing for the trek organizers to do is carry kerosene and a stove. Soil erosion causes unnatural degradation of the mountains and even causes landslides and rockfalls in the long run. Instead of being an extra burden to the nature you can actually plant some trees with the help of you fellow trekkers and discourage them to litter as well. You may leave some of the food there thinking its ok to do that, because it is biodegradable, but that is not the case always.The food which we carry for hiking, is mostly added with preservatives, to improve its shelf life. So when we leave it on the mountains, the animals consume those chemically processed foods which is very harmful for them.
A large amount of urine is collected at places like Mt. Everest. Every year many adventure seekers have an ardent desire of climbing the highest peak in the world. At the base camp, where there are more porters, cooks and support staff during the climbing season, there are toilet tents with drums to store the waste. Once filled, the drums are carried to a lower area, where the waste is properly disposed. According to Ang Tshering, chief of Nepal's mountaineering association, human waste being deposited in holes dug in the snow has been piling up for the last four years. Dawa Steven Sherpa, who leads Everest cleanup expeditions, said the result is “a health hazard and the issue needs to be addressed”.
At night when everyone is relaxing, while the food is getting prepared people, tend to listen to the music on loud speakers. It destroys the tranquility of the place, moreover disturbs the locals and fellow trekkers too. But the most impacted whilst these “DJ nights” are the animals in that area. They are way too sensitive to the sound and it is always peaceful up there, so those animals cannot bear it at all! If you want to lighten up the mood, play it to yourselves in your tents with your friends, or use headphones, but you do not have any right to cause inconvenience to anybody else. People also play music while they are trekking. That also is a form of inconvenience for others and animals both. Sometimes, there are people who make a lot of noise. Just to encourage the fellow trekkers! I get that, but we have to ensure the comfort of the localites and animals too. They might get disturbed whilst their slumber or any meal.
Get Beyond Limits’ PROJECT GREEN initiative is one of its kind. Firstly they make sure that as a group they do not litter on the trails and campsites. The waste which is already dumped there, is collected by the team, and brought back to the city. That waste is then handed over to recycling stations in Bangalore. On an average from each trek they collect at least 3-5 kgs of waste products.
We expect our clients to keep the area clean and safe for everyone else. Even if the trekker is not willing to collect the waste which is already dumped, they cannot dirty the area under any circumstances. We will make you sign a disclaimer for the same.
Mullayanagiri, Chikmagalur is the highest peak in the Western Ghats. Apart from a trekking trail, a driveway is also available if you do not wish to hike. Because of the easy accessibility, many people visit it and so it gets dirty around very easily. The GBL team always cleans up the whole place and while returning, we have collected 3-5 or more kgs of waste. When the localities see us clean the area, they also start helping us to do so. It builds a good connection between the tourists and the localites