Reducing plastics in Popular Trekking Trails of Nepal
A search for the escape from the busy city life is nature. The time spent in the beautiful nature gives the new energy, so its natural retreat. The increasing popularity of mountain retreats has made the trekking trails busier with the nature lovers creating more the threats to these trails. The threats are basically the increasing wastes in the trails which have questioned over handing the trails in the same condition as it today to the coming generations.
The trekking trails with hundreds of hikers can easily go into the debris trap. The precautionary measures have been necessary. Unlike the poverty trap in the economies, the debris trap in the mountains can be more challenging. Especially when these non decomposable plastic residuals pile up, it would be definitely a huge panic for everyone.
Plastics enter very easily to the trekking trails as the wrappers for edibles, drinks and other cosmetic packs. As a non decomposable waste, the piling up is faster. The problems have already started in the popular and easy trails where the number of visitors is increasing every year. At Himalayan circuit, we believe that a mutual effort of the tour operators , trekkers, guides, porters, and other stake holders is must for reducing these problems.
In Himalayan Circuit we have been continuously working with the following models to reduce the plastics:
In the policy level we have clear guidance, whatever is hiked in must be hiked out.
We are encouraging the trekkers, guides and porters to carry less plastic, like instead of energy bar to carry simple the dry foods, nuts and other edibles which can be packed in papers and are healthier.
Complete replacement of packed water bottles and use the filtered local water.
Save the source of water in the trekking trails.
We have created the system of paying back the trekkers, guides and porters for bringing back the wrappers.
Working with local colleges and mobilizing the students for cleaning up the trails.
Motivating the lodges and tee houses for the proper deposition and management of the wastes.
Every big problem is created with the simple ignorance and every big problem can be solved with the small precautions.
Let’s all take the simple precautions, make our trekking trails sustainable for the generations to come.