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Impact Of Trekking On The Environment

 

 

Venturing deep into the Himalayas give you a memorable experience for lifetime, but it comes at a cost, not just your time and money, but also at the cost of our fragile nature which is the root of our very own existence !! Listed below are few of the impact of trekking on the environment which we could think of..  perhaps there are lot more

 

Pressure on natural resources: Trekking impose a huge pressure on the natural resource of the land, most preciously on the fire woods for the extra warmth and fun of camp fire. Often campfire are not a sheer necessity, but used for fun and not on every occasion importance is given to create a low impact fire. Earlier, on treks fire woods used to be used for cooking as well imposing a lot of demand on the resource, but luckily now, for the good, trekking groups carry either a kerosene stove or gas cylinders which releases the pressure on the it. Even on tea house facilitated treks like Sandakphu in India,  or other treks in Nepal, part of the pressure is absorbed by cooking on gas, but cooking on fire wood is still practiced on these treks majorly, specially for continuously boiling water.

Other forms of pressure are the wild plants which some locals eat. Closer to the villages, they can be cultivated and consumed, but in the deeper treks, that should not be practiced. Himalayas are home to lots of species of medicinal plants and flowers. They are plucked by the locals and sometimes even the trekkers. Most common example of this can be the Brahma Kamal and Junipers which are found on higher altitudes. The caravan of mules joining the group does not help much which put further pressure on the natural resource.

Bigger the group size, higher is the pressure on the natural resource.

use of firewood to dry wet shoes on a trek

use of firewood to dry wet shoes on a trek

 

Soil erosion: Deforestation leads to soil erosion. The demand on the forest wood for cooking and fun activities increase deforestation. Construction of tourist infrastructure also results in deforestation but it has other advantages in the long run to sustain the growth. We all know the long term effects of soil erosion which causes unnatural degradation of the mountains and even causes landslides and rockfalls.

 

Widening of trail and destruction of plants due to trampling. Trekking causes trampling and it causes to widen the trail, create multiple trails and also increase soil erosion. It is advised to stay on the single trail when on trek and not to take short cuts on a new route. Trampling spoils the plantation and reduces regeneration. It damages the stems and results in no growth making it a new trail. On the other hand, trampling also damages the soil quality and water permeability. 

brahma kamal

Brahma Kamal, rare Himalayan Flower are plucked for medicinal value, decorative purpose, curiosity and offerings to god

 

Non-Biodegradable waste. Perhaps the most talked about problem in the mountains. The litter of non-biodegradable waste by trekkers and the staff accompanying them is offcourse the most of the serious problems for the environment. Trekkers often venture deep and high into the mountains where there is NO MUNICIPALITY to take care of your waste, if at all they worked, even in the cities and towns.  Plastic forms a major cause apart from tin cans and glasses. The problem plastic has on the environment are well know and to list few of them , we may go with

  1. Degrade soil fertility
  2. Lessen soil water permeability
  3. Change the chemical composition of the soil
  4. Block water sources causing a breeding ground for diseases
  5. The roots of small plants cannot penetrate through them
  6. Disturbs the scenic beauty of the place

litter on trek trail

waste left over by trekking groups in Kashmir Great Lakes Trek, India

Listed below is a table of approximated time for compounds to biodegrade in a marine environment ( taken from Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradation)

Product Time to Biodegrade
Paper towel 2–4 weeks
Newspaper 6 weeks
Apple core 2 months
Cardboard box 2 months
Wax coated milk carton 3 months
Cotton gloves 1–5 months
Wool gloves 1 year
Plywood 1–3 years
Painted wooden sticks 13 years
Plastic bags 10–20 years
Tin cans 50 years
Disposable diapers 50–100 years
Plastic bottle 100 years
Aluminium cans 200 years
Glass bottles

Undetermined

 

 

Chemical contamination of food and water consumed by wild animals disturb their mental health. May be you thought that leaving behind some food is OK as it is bio degradable, but not always are you correct. Mostly preserved food are taken on treks and these contain chemicals which are harmful for the animals in the long run. There are examples of genetic changes occuring in animals due to consumption of chemical waste. So not all products that are biodegradable are good for the environment. So is the contamination of water by detergents and soaps not good. Keep the food chain in mind.

 

Frequent sighting of humans by wild animals disturbs their natural instincts. Wild animals are shy and love to be on their own. Human intrusion into their territory disturbs them.  It effects their mating cycle and also psychology effects their mental health for which they might need to face consequences. They might loose the fear of human which can bring the closer to the humans building a platform for a clash. The vice versa may also result in clash. History is a proof of the effect of animal and human clash, but remember we are all related to each other !!

 

Faecal contamination of soil and water bodies: This has very much to do with chemical contamination of the soil and water. We humans eat lots of chemicals in the form of preservatives in our food. Wild animals and plant do not. Improper disposal of faecal and other human waste pollutes the area. Sometimes, even proper disposal does.

flowers of himalayas

 

Cascading effects. Probably the worst of all. We humans have the tendency to follow and be irresponsible until the problem hovers on ourselves. A dirty place will be further piled upon with a dump. We leave things upon our followers saying or thinking that he or she or them following will do the clean up job, without even thinking that they are thinking the same too, until a LEADER walks on that path. Our this particular manner has even costed life in mountains like Everest, keep aside cleaning a area.

 

With these many listed impacts on the environment, I just imagine what all may be the unlisted ones, which did not hit my mind !!  

But does that mean we do not trek and see the beauty of the nature ? We too are Nature's own creation !! Should we stop our friends from trekking ??  Should we not allow our future generations to experience the wonderland ?? No, the answer is NOT. We Do Not have the right to do so.

Only WE can make it better. Only WE ourselves can help us out of this. Its US who together can solve this problem. We just need to be Responsible Trekkers, Practice it and Preach it. In each of our actions, we need to lead by examples and not just make it a SLOGAN !!

Hope for the best !! 

 

 

 

 
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    • Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Pantwari
    • Mobile Network: BSNL
    • Internet Option: No
    • Temperatures:
    • Is Cloak Room Available: No
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali
    Treks On Offer
    Climb Kang Yatse 1 Peak
    Climb Kang Yatse 1 Peak
    On Offer: INR 110,000 | USD 1,410 Only *
    • Duration: 12 Days, Leh to Leh
    • Highest Altitude: 6401m
    • Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: Jul, Aug, Sep
    • Terrain: Meadows, rocky, scree, hard ice, soft snow, broken ridge
    • Starts From: Leh
    • Ends In: Leh
    • Region: India - Ladakh
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
    • Mobile Network: BSNL postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from the summit
    • Internet Option: 4g in Leh and vicinity
    • Temperatures: -10 to 10 on higher camps
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
    Treks On Offer
    Annapurna Base Camp Trek
    Annapurna Base Camp Trek
    On Offer: INR 62,000 | USD 795 Only *
    • Duration: 9 Days, Pokhara to Pokhara
    • Highest Altitude: 4140m
    • Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • Terrain: Forest, Meadows, Rocky, Scree, Glacial Moraine
    • Starts From: Pokhara
    • Ends In: Pokhara
    • Region: Nepal - Annapurna
    • Country: Nepal
    • Nearest Airport: Pokhara Airport, Nepal
    • Nearest Rail Head: Jainagar or Gorakhpur or New Jalpaiguri, India
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Pokhara
    • Mobile Network: NCell, NTC
    • Internet Option: Available
    • Temperatures: -5 to 15
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 - Trek and Climb above 6400 meters in Ladakh
    Kang Yatse 1 and 2 - Trek and Climb above 6400 meters in Ladakh
    On Offer: INR 115,000 | USD 1,474 Only *
    • Duration: 15 Days, Leh to Leh
    • Highest Altitude: 6401m
    • Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: June, July, Aug, Sep, Oct
    • Terrain: Meadows, rocky, scree, hard ice, soft snow, broken ridge
    • Starts From: Leh
    • Ends In: Leh
    • Region: India - Ladakh
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Leh, Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport ( IXL)
    • Nearest Rail Head: Katra, (KEA), Jammu Tawi ( JAT)
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Leh
    • Mobile Network: BSNL and Airtel postpaid in Leh and vicinity and from the summit
    • Internet Option: 4g in Leh on BSNL and Airtel. 4G in Airtel on high points
    • Temperatures: -10 to 10 on higher camps
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Tibetan, Ladakhi
    Treks On Offer
    Kalanag 6387 Meters (Black Peak) Climbing Expedition
    Kalanag 6387 Meters (Black Peak) Climbing Expedition
    On Offer: INR 96,000 | USD 1,231 Only *
    • Duration: 18 days/ 17 nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • Highest Altitude: 6387m
    • Grade: Challenging + ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: May - Jun, Sep - Oct
    • Terrain: Rocky, Glacial Moraine, Glacier Crossing, Crevasses, Snow Field, Hard Ice
    • Starts From: Sankri
    • Ends In: Sankri
    • Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Taluka
    • Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • Temperatures: -10 to 16 degrees
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha And  Har Ki Dun Circuit Trek With Saru Tal and Maninda Tal
    Kedarkantha And Har Ki Dun Circuit Trek With Saru Tal and Maninda Tal
    On Offer: INR 22,500 | USD 288 Only *
    • Duration: 12 Days, 11 Nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • Highest Altitude: 4126m
    • Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: April. May, June, Sep, Oct, Nov
    • Terrain: Alpine Meadows, Rhododendron forests
    • Starts From: Sankri
    • Ends In: Sankri
    • Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and higher points
    • Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • Temperatures: -10 to 10 during winters, 2 to 15 in summers
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan and South Indian
    Treks On Offer
    Kalanag Base Camp Trek
    Kalanag Base Camp Trek
    On Offer: INR 18,500 | USD 237 Only *
    • Duration: 11 Days, 10 Nights Sankri to Sankri
    • Highest Altitude: 4800m
    • Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: May - Jun, Sep - Oct
    • Terrain: Meadows, Forest, Rocky, Glacial Moraine
    • Starts From: Sankri
    • Ends In: Sankri
    • Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Taluka
    • Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • Temperatures: -10 to 16 degrees
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: India, Garhwali, Nepali
    Treks On Offer
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek 2 Days
    Kedarkantha Short Hardcore Trek 2 Days
    On Offer: INR 5,999 | USD 77 Only *
    • Duration: 3 nights, 2 Trek Days, Sankri to Sankri
    • Highest Altitude: 3800m
    • Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: Dec, Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr
    • Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow in winter
    • Starts From: Sankri
    • Ends In: Sankri
    • Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • Mobile Network: Vodafone till Mori. BSNL till Sankri and Summit
    • Internet Option: 3G on BSNL till Mori and 2G on Vodafone. Occasional 2G in Sankri
    • Temperatures: -10 to 10 during winters, 2 to 15 in summers
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Nepali, Tibetan and South Indian
    Treks On Offer
    Sandakphu Phalut Tour By Land Rover Safari
    Sandakphu Phalut Tour By Land Rover Safari
    On Offer: INR 9,950 | USD 128 Only *
    • Duration: 4 Days, 3 Nights
    • Highest Altitude: 3636m
    • Grade: Easy ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: Jan - May, Sep - Dec
    • Terrain: Rhododendron forest, alpine meadows
    • Starts From: Maneybhanjyang
    • Ends In: Maneybhanjyang
    • Region: India - Darjeeling Sikkim
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Bagdogra, West Bengal
    • Nearest Rail Head: New Jalpaiguri, West Bengal
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Maneybhanjyang
    • Mobile Network: Vodafone, Airtel, BSNL in Siliguri, Maneybhanjyang and Srikhola. On the trek trail, Vodafone and BSNL works on some locations like Chitre, Tonglu, Kayakatta, Molley.
    • Internet Option: 4g in Siliguri, Maneybhanjyang and Srikhola. Limited 2G on the trail. Almost None.
    • Temperatures: -5 to 7 during winters. -1 to 10 during summers. Upper reaches are colder. Lower reaches are warm
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Nepalese, Tibetan
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    Har Ki Dun Ruinsara Tal Trek
    On Offer: INR 15,500 | USD 199 Only *
    • Duration: 9 Days, 8 nights, Sankri to Sankri
    • Highest Altitude: 4200m
    • Grade: Moderate ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • Terrain: Meadows, forest , snow
    • Starts From: Sankri
    • Ends In: Sankri
    • Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • Mobile Network: BSNL & Vodafone
    • Internet Option: 4G till Purola. 3g Till Mori. No Internet Sankri Onwards
    • Temperatures: -3 to 15 deg C
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Himachali
    Treks On Offer
    Har Ki Dun 4 Days Short Hardcore Trek
    Har Ki Dun 4 Days Short Hardcore Trek
    On Offer: INR 8,250 | USD 106 Only *
    • Duration: 5 days, 4 nights including 2 nights at Sankri
    • Highest Altitude: 3600m
    • Grade: Moderate + ( know trek grades )
    • Best Time: Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
    • Terrain: Meadows, Conifer Forest, Snow, River valley, Lakes
    • Starts From: Sankri
    • Ends In: Sankri
    • Region: India - Uttrakhand
    • Country: India
    • Nearest Airport: Jolly Grant Airport, Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Nearest Rail Head: Dehradun, Uttrakhand
    • Travel Guide: Where and How To Reach Sankri
    • Mobile Network: BSNL, Vodafone at Sankri, Jio in Mori
    • Internet Option: 4G till Mori. No Internet at Sankri.
    • Temperatures: -3 to 15 deg Celsius
    • Is Cloak Room Available: Yes
    • Generic Food Menu: Indian, Garhwali, Himachali
    Treks On Offer
View User Profile for Suman A Loyal Himalayan Lover, Trekker, Mountaineer, Photographer and Researcher. A Computer Science Engineer by education and Ex. Software Developer for the IT companies. He has learnt from mistakes and not from books - His Own, his friends, whom he met and lots of other trekker friends whom he lead for treks deep and high in the Himalayas. Having born and grown up in the lap of the Himalayas, playing with different elements of the Himalayas, its undoubtedly his best friend. Having said that, he is very biased, protective and caring of the Himalayas. Few of his friends say he is strict, in following rules and safety practices on a Himalayan trek. That's very true. It has come from the practical teachings by the Mighty Himalayas and he takes no chances, specially when he is leading a group.

He is the founder of Himalayan High and with it, his intentions are much bigger, wider and future thought, as a step to preach responsible trekking and make trekking sustainable, pass on this beautiful sport to the next generations. Learn more about Himalayan High on About Himalayan High

Posted by Suman Chowdhury Monday, April 11, 2016 12:16:00 PM
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