Green Trails

GREEN TRAILS

Leaving the Mountains in a better condition.

Projects

 

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Innovation

To make trekking a more sustainable activity, it is important to implement new ideas consistently. Eco-bags, Rain water harvesting systems, Alternative composting toilets and Biodigesters are a few projects in this area.

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Model Village

This project aims to involve villagers, especially school children in our Waste Management and Upcycling Projects. And equip them with the know-how to have their own clean-up drives and segregation units.

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Upcycling

One of the goals in the Green Trails Initiative is to have zero waste produced on all our treks. So we ensure that the waste produced is upcycled or recycled. These projects involve making pillows from used plastic, recycled paper and seats from used foam mats.

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Waste Management

Tremendous amounts of waste is brought in to the mountains with thousands of visitors every year. We practice collection and segregation of dry waste on all our trails. We also innovate new methods to manage food and human waste.

 

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Latest Articles

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Do’s and Don’ts of Green trekking

Imagine climbing a mountain of plastic with music blaring in the background. Quite the opposite of serene. If we do not focus on green trekking, this is how grim the future of our Himalayas look. Here, Green trails Crusader Lakshmi explains the do’s and don’ts of green trekking.

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A personal account of the first Green Trails project

Izzat Ansari, who leads the Green Trails efforts at Indiahikes, writes a personal account of the first project on Roopkund. This team cleaned the trail, collaborated with local bodies, educated staff members and trekkers. See from Izzat’s point of view to know more.

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How We Manage Waste Collected On Our Treks

When we trek the Himalayas – there is a lot of waste produced and also collected. In fact, our trekkers go out of their way to help clean up the slopes. Here’s what finally happens to all the waste collected.

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My Fourth trek to Roopkund: Reflecting on the highs and lows

Back from his fourth trek to Roopkund, Green Trails Intern Nikshep gives an account of the work that is being done on the slopes. He felt awful to see the sorry plight of holy places. But the enthusiasm of local staff and their awareness of green practices gives him hope for the future.

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What Children In A Remote Himalayan School Learnt About Upcycling

The students of a school in the remote village of Lohajung participated in a 5-day workshop organised by the Indiahikes Green Trails team. In five days, they were teeming with upcycling ideas. Read their story here.

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What Trekking To Sandakphu Taught Me About The Garbage Crisis In The Himalayas

Maya Kilpadi, a social researcher, writes about the garbage crisis at Sandakphu and why the Green Trails initiative is a necessary step towards keeping the mountains clean.

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How Plastic Bottles Were Upcycled At Remote Villages In Uttarakhand

A big Green Trails team in the Himalayas came up with an innovative way of upcycling disposable water bottles into construction bricks. Take a look!

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How we Innovate to make Trekking Environmentally Sustainable

Through our Green Trails initiative, we are always trying to find alternative ways to process, reduce and recycle waste. Here are some of our experiments.

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Detox Your Body: Make Chemical-Free Toiletries For Your Trek

We all trek for a physical and mental detox. Yet, with the ingredients most of toiletries have, it defeats that very purpose. Here Lakshmi, our Green Trails Coordinator, shares a few alternatives you can try instead of commercial toiletries.

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How an eco-village at Jaubhari triggered a major movement at Sandakphu

Green trails crusader Lakshmi went on her first trek to Sandakphu and was shocked by the state of affairs. Garbage being burnt in the open and piles of rotting debris. Here is the story of how she designed a model eco-village at Jaubhari.

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Roopkund: An untold story in the Himalayas

The El Nino effect disrupted practically everything in the Himalayas: from agricultural produce to availability of water. Here is a little story of how local folk took on the mammoth task of ensuring trekkers had water at each campsite.

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A lesson in eco-friendly trekking that no classroom course can teach you

On the recent trek to Hampta Pass, Nikshep our green trails intern realised why exactly he stayed back in the mountains, and ditched his biochemical engineering classes back in college.

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When waste turns into something you can sleep on

The use and throw culture has become deeply ingrained in our society’s fabric. Here Green Trails Crusader Lakshmi brings new life to disposed waste.

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What is it like to be a Green Trails Intern?

Want to be a Green trails intern but not sure what it’s about? Here is a brief of what Green trails is, what we do, our focus areas and your role in it.

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Cleaning out 2,130kg of garbage from Roopkund – A Green Trails Story

It’s no mean feat to clean up two tonnes of garbage from a high altitude trek such as Roopkund. Here’s a report of how it happened, along with a big thank you to all trekkers who helped!

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Green Trails update: What happened to the garbage found on the Kashmir Great Lakes trek

A lot of garbage was brought down from Kashmir Great Lake trek by the trekkers. Here’s what happened to all that litter

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