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Green Hiker tips

HIKING

  • Hike in a single file in the middle of the track to avoid further erosion.
  • Keep noise levels low, especially when traveling through a forest
  • Minimise the use of automobiles wherever possible

CAMPING

  • Choose a homestay or a community-run camping site wherever possible
  • Set camp 30m away from lakes and streams
  • Set up a temporary dustbin to dispose of waste by all campers. Make sure to carry it away

FIRE

  • Never leave a fire unattended this will rule out chances of a devastating forest fire
  • Minimize the use of growing vegetation as firewood. Opt for kerosene or fuel efficient stoves
  • Avoid burning plastic or other toxic substances

COOKING

  • Carry food that cooks faster and more easily, to reduce fuel consumption
  • A small solar cooker will serve the purpose keeping the environs clean too

WATER

  • Never discard rubbish into water bodies.
  • For washing, carry water 30 m away from the lake
  • Use biodegradable organic soaps for washing and cleaning. These will minimize water pollution

WILDLIFE

  • Do not feed wild animals since human food may be damaging to them
  • Avoid flash photography. Take pictures from a distance
  • Observe wildlife from a distance, especially at sensitive times like mating, nesting and raising young

WASTE

  • Never leave behind litter while hiking or camping. Stuff the rubbish into your pocket/backpack/garbage bag to take back with you
  • Try and sort your garbage into biodegradable and non-biodegradable at the base camp itself. Ensure that the mouths of the bags are tightly fastened. This will prevent the contents from scattering and emitting foul odour
  • Use toilet facilities and where not available, dispose of solid human waste like this – Dig a 15cm hole in the ground, more than 30m away from the lake, campsite and track. Cover it up with soil when finished
  • Opt for light, unbreakable utensils instead of plastic or Styrofoam

PEOPLE

  • Respect the local people, culture and customs
  • Get local guides or choose homestays so that the economic benefits remain in the region
  • Help your guides/porters to follow the rules as well. They will then be mindful of them in the future

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