Support Green Trails To Keep The Himalayas Clean

Support Green Trails To Keep The Himalayas Clean

Category Green Trails Sustainability Resources

By Neha Satheesan


We need some help from you to make trekking in India more sustainable.

For nearly 8 years now, Indiahikes has funded the Green Trails project to leave the mountains in a better condition.

After all these years, Green Trails has almost turned into an organisation on its own.

This is where we need your support.

The scale and ambition of the Green Trails projects we are working on are high. Sustaining this team requires funding.

Up until now, we have funded ourselves to the tune of the Rupee. As we gain momentum, we are opening it up to anyone who wishes to contribute.

The funds will be used for:

  • Paying our Green Trails Fellow a monthly stipend and help cover their costs through their journey
  • Covering food and accomodation costs for the Green Trails Fellow
  • Transporting waste collected from trekking trails and remote villages to recycling centers and landfills
  • Sending dedicated teams on trekking trails to clean up any garbage we find
  • Providing villagers with household and community dustbins to give a headstart on waste collection and segregation.

To give you an idea of the Green Trails expenditure, we’re putting down a table below. You could decide how much you would like to contribute accordingly.

Green Trails Expenses HeadAmount per month
Green Trails Fellow stipend
Rs. 15, 000 per Green Trails fellow
Green Trails food, travel and accommodation costsRs. 10, 000 per Green Trails fellow
Waste transport to recycling center/landfill
(~10 hour journey)
Rs. 8000
Dustbins (2 per local market, 1 per household)Rs. 1500

As a token of our gratitude, we will:

  • Email you quarterly report on the what, why and how Green Trail projects are being taken forward.
  • Make you part of the Green Trails community.
  • Keep you updated with a weekly mailer about Green Trails.

In a gist, here is a quick overview of our projects.

Practices we follow to reduce our carbon footprint in high traffic trekking zones :

Awareness programmes

Environmental awareness programme at Sankri village, Uttarakhand.

Green Trails Fellow teaches children at local school in Jagatsukh, Himachal Pradesh.

Innovations (like bio-digester and rainwater harvesting)

Rainwater harvesting at Patar Nachauni campsite, Roopkund trek.

Rainwater harvesting at Ghairoli Patal, Roopkund trek.

Clean-up drives and segregation sessions

Trail clean up, Hampta Pass trek, Himachal Pradesh.

Clean up with locals at the Sandakphu Phalut trek base camp, Jaubhari.

Segregated waste being transported from Lohajung to the nearest recycling center in Dehradun 350 km away, Uttarakhand.

Villagers bring in segregated waste to our base camp in Lohajung, Roopkund trek.

Empowerment of local communities

Trek leader teaches how to segregate waste for easy upcycling at Wan, Uttarakhand.

Women upcycle soft plastic waste to make eco-pillows, Lohajung, Uttarakhand.

If you’d like to know more:

Here is a peek into the work done by Green Trails.

Click on the image to view the Video

Check out our Instagram account @IHgreentrails for latest updates.

If you have any questions, just drop in a comment. We will get back to you!

Neha Satheesan

Head of Green Trails & Video Content

About the author

Neha Satheesan is the Green Trails Manager. A Master in Environmental and Sustainability Sciences, she works with trekkers and local communities to make trekking an environment-friendly sport. Passionate about community-led initiatives, she believes in empowering people to become agents of change. When not busy saving the environment, she likes to explore cities, doodle and bring up baby plants.