Good to see you here. This means that you have come one step closer to becoming a responsible trekker. This means“You are Awesome!”
It doesn’t matter where you’re planning to trek but it is very important to be a responsible person throughout the time. So, let me get started with things that you should keep in mind.
Say a BIG NO to littering: On an average, there are about 900 people trekking in Everest alone in a year. The annual Eco Everest Expedition, started in 2008, has brought down over 13,500 kilos of garbage, of which 400 kilos were human waste. Although, there is a good method for garbage storing in the base camps, a lot of waste is still being dumped along the seasonal water courses. It has caused major contamination.
Leave the environment to its own: There’s a saying in eco-tourism “Leave only footprints and take only photographs of the places you visit”. We all need to respect the environment and preserve it so others can enjoy the same.
Many of the trekking routes have seasonal water sources. These are sources of drinking water for the local villagers. So, keep this in your mind before you dive into the water, do your laundry or do anything that may pollute the water. When you travel through trekking agents, they will show you the right means of getting things done.
Respect the culture: You may come across different indigenous cultures and communities during your trek. Understand the cross-cultural aspects and do your research on their values, customs, traditions and taboos. Nepal still follows a conservative and orthodox way of life. An exotic sense of dressing, for ladies especially, and making out in public is considered very disrespectful especially to the elders. Also, when visiting temples you may find some restrictions in taking pictures and putting on your shoes and sandals while entering the prayer area.
Support the locals: Many communities’ source of income is the visitors that come for trekking. Your purchase of the local products and services like homestay not only earns them their butter and bread but also serves in their economic development.
Initiate: Take the initiation of being responsible and others will follow you (maybe on Twitter as well). Your small step can help change the mentality of trekkers and Nepali people as well.
So when you go for trekking, make sure that you consider these things. Let’s make the world a better place to trek!
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