The Thought Behind Green Trails
Sustainability has always been at the heart of everything we do. We want everyone to trek in a way where they not only leave no trace, but they leave mountains better than they found them. This is the mission of our Green Trails initiative.
The most visible impact of the Green Trails initiative has been the removal of over 100 tonnes of litter from trekking trails. Everyday, even as you read this, our team, including our trekkers, are cleaning up trails with the help of our iconic Eco bags. While picking up litter is easy, they further do the most difficult work — they segregate the waste for the right way of disposal.
But Green Trails goes much beyond cleaning up of trails. Indiahikes works with sustainability at its core, whether it is in how we source our equipment, what we cook, how we buy provisions, or how we manage human waste at high altitudes. The Golden 6 Practices below will give you a clearer picture of the far-reaching impact of Green Trails.
How Do We Do It
A lot of thought goes into Green Trails every day at Indiahikes. Here are some of them.
What Defines Sustainable Trekking at Indiahikes
There are 6 golden practices that we follow on all our treks to ensure low-impact trekking. We consume mindfully, reduce our carbon footprint and give back to our treks and trails. Here is how we do it:
Golden 1: Green Sweep
Golden 2: Segregation At Source
Golden 3: Food Composting
Golden 4: Bio Toilets
Golden 5: Save Water
Golden 6: Save Energy
All of these practices define how we trek at Indiahikes, ensuring we leave mountains better than we find them.
Heroes of Himalayas
You’re about to see one of the most meaningful films made on trekking.
It’s called Heroes of Himalayas.
After a long long time, we’re seeing a documentary that’s not only worth watching, but has also left every single one of us who saw the first screening teary eyed.
Ambuj Gupta is the filmmaker behind this. It took him almost a year to make this film. The film releases today. In this film he brings in his perspective of Indiahikes’ Green Trails initiative.
The Sustainability Championship Programme
The Sustainability Champion Program is a three-level program that will ease you into a minimalist lifestyle. The program was built on the crux of reducing individual waste generation.
Each level has a specific outcome and runs for a duration of 4 weeks.
Anyone is welcome to participate. It will help you consume less, manage your waste at home, send as less as possible to the landfill, and even upcycle your waste.
Green Trails Gets Global Recognition!
AIM2Flourish, a platform that celebrates business innovations for global good, has published an article on the Indiahikes Green Trails initiative.
The wonderfully written article, titled Democratizing Sustainable trekking in the Indian Himalayas, was written by Vineet Yadappanavar, of the Schulich School of Business - York University in Toronto, Canada.
"Some of the biggest problems on earth have the simplest of solutions. Indiahikes came up with one of these simple solutions," he writes, referring to the Eco Bag as an innovation that has revolutionised Indian trekking.
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