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Leave No Trace - Camp Eco Friendly - Camping Etiquettes

 

 

With increasing in various activities in the wild, its also causing a negative impact on the ecology of the area. The wild animals who are not used to humans are encountering them. The silent valleys are no more silent. Preserving the fast deteriorating nature for our future generation has become a big task now. Below, we have listed camping etiquette which are eco-friendly and has a low impact on the nature. 

Any principle or a good cause is difficult to follow but it takes a good heart and strong intentions to follow that. We just cannot keep taking from nature, keep destroying it and give it nothing in return. We cannot leave things thinking that OTHERS are there to take care of !!

 

 

Here it goes..

As for any outdoor activity, planning is very important and every great adventure starts with proper planning. While planning, give emphasis on the Leave Not Trace principles.

 

 

Planning Your Trip:

Smaller Groups Is The Most Important Factor: Go in small groups. Your ideal group size should be 10 or it can go as high as 16 but should not go beyond it. If reducing the group size is not possible, better decide to split your groups and keep space in between them.  

Pack Right: Plan your packing well. Do not bring tins, cans, extra plastic bottles, glasses etc to the mountains. Use reusable ziploc pouches, even for candies if you cannot do without them.

Carry Extra Bags For Waste: Bring extra bags to bring down you waste from the mountains. If possible, show generosity in cleaning other's waste as well. This creates a Negative Trace

Stay Away From Areas Which See Huge Rush: You should stay away from crowded areas and give them a breather as they are already facing the overload. For example, in Indian Himalayas, Roopkund trek is heavily overloaded during May June and September. So, its better you choose another destination equally beautiful to contribute little from your side to save that biosphere. 

Color Of Your Clothes: Do Not wear fluorescent colored clothes as it scares away the birds and wild animals. Choose colors that are light and goes with natural colors of region.

Camp only on designated campsites where available. Usually, the forest department or administrators will mark and designate a campsite. Those areas are well researched by the administration on the impacting factors and are then designated to be  used as camping area.

If there is a trekkers hut built, do plan use it. The purpose of building the trekkers hut is not just earning revenue, but it also aids low impact camping principles

 

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Camping Etiquette

Never camp close to the water source and do not use the water source directly for washing dishes, cleaning vegetables, washing your face, brushing or other actions which introduces artificial chemicals like soap, detergent etc into the water. Water bodies are frequented by animals. Its important to keep a distance.

Being Loud is absolutely a bad practice in the wild. It disturbs the wild animals. Sometimes, being too loud can trigger avalanche as well in avalanche prone areas. Remember, Loud for human beings is actually too too much loud for the animal ear drums. Being loud might also be not liked by other members in the group or other groups.

Always use a Cat-Style Dry toilets. Remember to use mud to cover your dump before you leave the place. Never use area close to water source as your dumping area. Remember that the water is used by people in the lower regions and other camping groups as drinking water including yourself.

Do not burn plastic waste. Bring them down and discard them in a proper way. You may use the nearest village's waste discarding methods if available. If not, bring them further down to the nearest city or town where it is available. Remember, your waste, your responsibility 

Do not bury your waste as it can be easily dug by wild animals and scattered out.

Keep things Intact, Do not bring them home: Its very important that you leave the things found in the nature like dead bone fragments for example. Do not bring the home as a memory. Use your camera to click pictures and mind to store the memory instead. Its important, as it not only allows others to enjoy similar views but the dead things have a very important role to play in the nature. It still has to give something back to the nature. So its dead, but not finished !! Respect that. 

You may take Roopkund trek as an example. The scattered bones which our seniors saw, are we seeing it ??  and Will our future generations see it ?? 

 

 

 

 

Making Fire:

FIRE IS NOT FOR FUN, BUT ONLY FOR SURVIVAL. Not only the smoke that comes out of the fire is harmful for the nature, but also the leftovers. Apart from destroying the natural wood, it also destroys the natural sight of that place.  Use your cooking gears to warm yourself rather than making a fire. 

Use body warmers which are available these days. Be sure to dispose them properly.

Use a fire container. If making fire is a must, use a fire container or fire ring. 

Read more on this link on /making-a-low-impact-camp-fire-in-your-himalayan-treks

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People Manners

Mountains are sensitive and Local People are a part of the ecology . Respect It. The locals include the village people on the way or the local staffs used on the activity. Talk to every one with respect unless you get too friendly. In hindi, use 'AAP' to acknowledge.

Ask for permissions: If you are photographing locals, ask for their permission before clicking their photos. If you want to enter the Kitchen tent, ask the cook. If you want to tip the staffs, ask before you give them money. 

Wear Proper Clothes: Usually in Indian Himalayas, if you are camping near a village, Do Not wear shorts, even if you are a man as the local women are shy of it and do not like it. The same applies to women as well, probably at a little higher degree.

Educate and Raise Awareness: It a great opportunity to be able to talk to the locals. Do use the time to increase their awareness and educate them on the ecology, present conditions and ways to make it better. Its a process.

 

 

 

 

Wild Animals:

Most important thing is to be aware of the simple basic fact that Its you who are in their habitat and not the opposite.

Keep safe and proper distance from wild animals. Do not disturb their privacy.

Do not feed them. Firstly, they are not habituated and might develop a taste for human food which can cascade the problems. It might cause imbalance in their hormones, might change their behavior, and cause other unknown problems.

Camp away from water source as these places are frequented by wild animals, Ibex dominantly found on Himalayan treks are attracted to salt. So store salt properly. Similar case with Bear and other animals who are attracted by the smell of the food and food products. 

 

 

 

 

Lastly, repeating what already spoken about - 

Any principle or a good cause is difficult to follow but it takes a good heart and strong intentions to follow that. We just cannot keep taking from nature, keep destroying it and give it nothing in return. We cannot leave things thinking that OTHERS are there to take care of !!

 
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Every day I keep learning new things, but as of now, I think I can describe myself as a Loyal Himalayan Lover, Avid Trekker, Student Of Mountaineering, Amateur Photographer and an Enthusiastic Anthropologist. I am a Computer Science Engineer by education and previously worked as a Software Developer for premium IT companies. However, I quit the luxury of a high-earning corporate job and left behind the herd to walk towards the spiritual path laid down by the Godly Himalayas. At the age of 27 with no savings at all and being the only son from a lower-middle-class family, it was too young to fight against the family who in turn had to fight against the rules laid down by society. However, with my determination and perseverance, everything became smooth by passing time.

It wasn't easy for me as I learnt the hard way from mistakes - my own and by observing others. I fought 2 major road accidents that broke my right tibia and femur. I underwent 7 surgeries that kept me away from the mountains, but I patiently fought them all to get back to trekking again in the Himalayas with rods and plates in my bones. Despite doctors saying I cannot walk properly ever again to getting back to trekking on the difficult routes again, Life made me understand very clearly what it wants out of me in this World. It wants me to serve the Himalayas and its community, live a peaceful, content and simple life. That's what I have dedicated my this life to. I am not religious, but spiritual. The Himalayas define my road.

The Himalayas today is spammed by mushrooming trek agencies and big companies who take pride in being India's Largest, biggest, oldest, etc. They are exploiting everything for the sake of profit. It is in dire need of regulation by credible Government authorities, Sustainable Tourism Practices needs to be forced upon every organisation, Small Group Sizes needs to be mandated, Fixed camping should be restricted in alpine zones and Negative Ecological Impact Trekking Protocols should be laid down immediately by governing bodies. With all these objectives, I founded Himalayan High in the year 2015. Learn more about Himalayan High on About Himalayan High

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    We take a lot of care for managing emergencies and evacuation on the trek and take all required steps firstly to prevent, and then to respond to it on uneventful situations. Small things like taking extra resources, monitoring daily health, etc are a part of it.

  • Leave No Trace Policy

    We implement a comprehensive waste management process from procurement to disposal. Our commitment extends beyond social media posts, ensuring proper waste disposal without leaving a trace. It starts from what we buy, to what we carry on the trek to what we bring back.

  • Low Impact on Ecology

    Our commitment to smaller group sizes, eco-friendly methodologies, waste management practices, zero tolerance for fixed camps, and utilizing natural resources in the required quantity minimize our impact on the ecology, allowing for sustainable and responsible treks.

  • Boosting Microeconomy

    As part of our commitment to supporting local communities, we hire local resources and make all non-equipment and trek leader-related purchases locally. By doing so, we contribute to the growth of the microeconomy in the regions we operate. We wish to do more of it in the future.

Chasing Dreams And Creating Ecstatic Memories

For 10+ years

                                       

Recognition And Certifications

adventure Tour operator association of india recognition incredible india recognition indian mountaineering foundation recognition wesdt bengal tourism development recognition


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Ecologically Sustainable and Low Impact Trekking Company in India
We Only Organize Lesser Done, Uncrowded, Customizable & Personalized, Small Group Private Trekking Tours In The Himalayas



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