Trekkers And Villagers Come Together To Bring Down 1,807 Kgs From Roopkund

H i folks! Our Roopkund trek season has come to an end. I am proud of how we managed our treks. What makes me happy is our growing involvement of villagers, trekkers and our local staff in the various projectsgreen-trails-roopkund-updates-1

The end of a season for a trek includes a host of things. Winding up campsites, bringing down equipment, getting updates from slope managers, tallying accounts. Most importantly, end of season means aggregation and segregation of waste.

After some intense segregation sessions, we have managed to segregate and safely dispose 1,807.1 grams of aggregated waste this Roopkund trek season! This is not including the waste we upcycled.

Waste was collected from our trekking trails, campsites, villages and the Lohajung market. Apart from upcycling, we sent recyclables to the kabadiwala. Thus, we reduced the amount of landfill waste.

The waste that was not used was sent to Waste Warriors for further segregation and use in road-making. Out of 1,807 kilograms of waste we sent down, 17 kilograms of hard plastic waste was sent in for recycling.

Parallely, things have been picking up marvelously at the village. At the Lohajung market, waste management is turning into a full fledged system. Locals are more conscious of how they dispose their waste.  

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The more you upcycle, the cozier it gets

The Green Trails station at the Roopkund base camp has undergone a lot of transformation. It is our work space, where we turn ideas into reality and put learnings to action. So it is not surprising that we ensure it is as comfortable as possible.

When I first visited Roopkund, it was a modest, functional space where we upcycled waste. Our team just me sent photos of the station and it makes me want to go back! The best part?

The upcycled items are what make it cozy. Be sure to visit our Green Trails station if you go for the Roopkund or Brahmatal treks.

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Last week, I told you that Green Trails fellow Laura has started a new project where she trains local women to become Assistant Trek Leaders. Our first local Assistant Trek Leader, Kavita, has been undergoing intensive technical and medical training. Guess what she has been up to for the past few days!green-trails-roopkund-local empowerment-6
Meanwhile, Green Trails fellow Payal went on the Roopkund trek. She was happy to report that spirited trekkers contributed to our Green Trails efforts on the slope.

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Let us know if you have a green idea which we could employ in the mountains. We would love to hear from you in the comments section below. Click the picture below to follow us on Instagram for further updates!
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What you should do now

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3. If you ended up here by chance and were actually looking for treks to do: Then head over to our upcoming treks page. You’ll find all our Himalayan treks there.

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Neha Satheesan

Neha Satheesan

Neha Satheesan is the Green Trails Coordinator. 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.

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