A Documentary Film On Green Trails By Red Bangle Films

Today, we’re sharing with you a documentary made by well known film maker Lakshmi Rebecca. She has made many important documentaries before. So when she heard about our Green Trails program, she wanted to see the whole thing herself.

She set out on a journey to Roopkund, along with her film crew to capture the story. Here’s her story captured in this documentary.

It’s a well-made film and gives you a rounded view of the problem we’re trying to solve.

Here’s what Lakshmi had to say:

When we think of the Himalayas, we think of pristine mountains, not plastic waste. Sadly with increasing tourists and trekkers the amount of waste generated has also increased. Soft drink bottles, chocolate wrappers, wet wipes, biscuit wrapping, sanitary pads are all dropped on the wayside, shoved in tree nooks, thrown on beautiful meadows, and stuck in river streams. No, that’s not how we imagine the Himalayas.

Indiahikes started Green Trails in 2011 to battle the problem of waste in the mountains. Back then, it was something unprecedented and game-changing. We wanted to leave the mountains in a better condition than what we found them.

The outside world knows us as an organisation that asks trekkers to pick up garbage, i.e., become human vacuum cleaners. 7 years down the line, however, trekkers still don’t know much about it — about how much work goes into keeping the mountains litter-free.

We’ve grown from collecting two sacks of garbage a year to collecting 2 tons. But, that’s just the start of our efforts.

Watch the video and tell us what you think in the comments below.

Have an idea that can help us keep the mountains greener? Share it with us – we would love to hear them!


What you should do now

1. If you want to serve as a Green Trails Intern: Read this article before you apply.

2. If you want to work as a Green Trails Fellow: Read this article to know more about it.

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy

Swathi Chatrapathy is the Chief Editor at Indiahikes. She heads the content team and runs a video series called Trek With Swathi. Before joining Indiahikes, she worked as a reporter and sub-editor at Deccan Chronicle. She holds a Masters in Digital Journalism and continues to contribute to publications such as Deccan Herald. Trekking, to her, is a sport that liberates that mind like nothing else can. Through her work at Indiahikes, she hopes to let more people experience this sense of liberation, by spreading information about trekking and by instilling the right spirit of trekking in them.Read Swathi's other articles. Watch Swathi's video series here.

16 thoughts on “A Documentary Film On Green Trails By Red Bangle Films

  1. Hi Swati, This is a great video and it reminded me of my memories with the roopkund trek which i took in sep 2015. Indiahikes is doing a wonderful job in educating the locals and trekkers on waste management. It was pleasure watching this video and sincerely thank Indiahikes for taking this initiative forward. I would love to trek with Indiahikes again.

  2. Well rounded video! A shorter version made of the key points (a hard hitting trail blazer) on the superb India Hike initiative would reach the youth (future!) sharper. As a trainer i note attention span of youngsters becoMing shorter by the day as their minds are much sharper in grabbing gist & KLPs quickly. Keep up the great work. So happy to see India hikes’ innovative initiatives!

  3. A lots of plaudits to all who being a part of these green trails and doing a tremendous job . I also recommend this to all persons who called them a traveller for caring of the mother nature like as well as cares for their biological mother .
    Suggestion:- 1. Plz carry your own reusable water bottle. Trying to not depends on the packaged water.
    2. Plz don’t chewing tobacco gutkha pan masala and chewing gum chocolates etc .If you wants than courage to bring that wrappers back .
    Because the wrappers are looks little but these are hidden in soil by the time and didn’t
    Visibly easily. They thought इतने से प्लास्टिक से क्या होगा ।
    3. Makes their mind clear about the things which they brings with themselves that bring back all the things . If everyone brings back their garbage than problem solved easily.
    That’s it .
    Some of the thoughts and lots of in my mind .
    But poor in writing so ….
    I done 3 treks on my own and brings all the garbage back with me.
    In triund trekk I collects approx 200 plastic bottles back by the inspiration of an Austrian trekker .
    If she do than what about ourselves . This is our responsibility to cure her (Mother nature).
    Agin three cheers for documentary (red bangle films ) and Green trails (India Hikes) .
    Someday I will sure join your these green trails.
    Thanking you
    Sincerely
    Karmveer Singh

  4. Awesome initiative!
    It felt really good to know at least someone took initiative and lead to such a large scale!
    Kudos to India hikes and especially their on field workers and volunteers!

  5. Hi.. Swathi…
    India hikes is doing a great job.
    You people are so dedicated and doing a fabulous work. Your thoughts are so clear . Thank you very much for this innovative initiatives.
    Keep it up. Would love to join .

  6. You see this in lake pangong(Ladakh) littering all the way, but in Hermis valley it’s very clean. You see Indians in pangong but not in Hermis, is this a Indian thing?

    Sethu, Kodaikanal

  7. Watching the whole documentary, it felt like, I am back in the Roopkund, which we did in June’17.
    Have been blessed to be the part of Green Trails, initiative by Sudeep at Sewa Village during Rupin Pass.
    Kudos to everyone, who are doing this and would love to participate in the same on some other trails.
    Thanks, IH and Lakshmi Rebeeca for putting this in a nice way.

  8. Hi swathy.I really impressed by initiative taken by Indiahikes.I am doing treks since 1974 n used to go as camp leader in CEC by S.Bhattachrjee.we were also very strict about trashes during HAT programme.We are organising PANCHACHULI in november n we will keep in mind regarding this holy movment started by you.best of luck nhope to see clean himalayas in days to come.

  9. Very heartening to see this. A right thought backed by organised implementation can do some real wonders for planet earth. Congratulations India Hikes for this terrific effort !!

  10. Nicely summarised the green trail initiative, feel proud to be a part of it in my 3 treks with indiahikes . We need to involve the tourism department of j and k to form strict guidelines for camping near KGL , as saw many Trekk groups camping so near the lakes and littering and defecationg on the slopes draining into lakes , if some thing is not done urgently we will loose this beautiful trek

  11. It’s commendable what Indiahikes is doing to preserve the environment on the Himalayan heights. Arjun has rightly mentioned in the documentary that the rise in the economy is resulting in people opting for packaged food items and not caring about disposal norms of the wrappers and packing materials. In this scenario the only way out is to create as much awareness as possible among the trekkers about the side effects of the littering that goes with consuming packaged food items. Trekkers specially, are adventure and nature lovers. Little bit of sensitizing can make them motivated to fight against pollution not only during the trekking but also in their normal course of life. I believe that is where Indiahikes is playing the most crucial role of producing harbingers of nature conservation. I am sure one group of Indiahikes green trekkers is getting multiplied to hundreds of nonpolluting Indian citizens back home. Thank you for the initiative and becoming an inspiration.

  12. Hello Swathi
    Two years back I did Kumara Paravata Trek with one of my friend, who had been trekking with you guys for many years. While descending she started collecting plastic thrash thrown all over the mountain. I have observed none of the other trekkers who were there with different organisations took this initiative or participatd in it. That is when I got introduced to green trails. Before that I always used to comment about how people throwing plastic all over the mountain and thought as long as it’s not done by me, I don’t have to take any responsibility of cleaning it. But green trails made me realise, if everyone one of us think it’s not my responsibility, then in the near future, there won’t be much left of the mountain, which I have come to love very much. This changed my outlook towards my lifestyle. Now wherever we go, may it be small park, if we see any plastic or other waste lying around we make sure to dispose it in right place. We have made a pledge that we will reduce the usage of single use plastics. Thank you very much for spreading this awareness and inspiring so many people.

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