“Agar firdaus bar roo-e zameen ast, Hameen ast-o hameen ast-o hameen ast.”
(If there is Paradise on Earth, it is this, it is this, it is this)
The poet Amir Khusro wrote this about Kashmir, and his lines are not hyperbole. Yet, even a place as beautiful as Kashmir sees litter strewn around – behind its rock faces, in its streams and emerald green lakes. Last year, Indiahikes trekkers did a thorough clean up of Kashmir Great Lakes route- they collected more than 10 quintals of plastic and non-biodegradable waste!
We hope we’ll find the trail as clean as we left it last September when the season starts!
All of our trekkers carry these eco-bags to collect litter on trails and campsites.
What a catch! Trekkers cleaning up Gangabal lake.
Trekkers pick up litter from streams.
Emptying contents of eco-bag into bigger collection bags.
Picking up litter left by others.
The litter left behind by another trekking group.
Heave ho! Look at the haul.
Job well done! But a long way to go.
The garbage our trekkers collect are brought down to nearest city so that the waste can be segregated and processed. Here is a report on what happened to all the waste they collected.