To be a good trekker, one must be responsible toward the environment. Respect and appreciate the outdoors by reducing your impact on it. Here are some simple and creative ways by which you can help preserve the natural beauty of our natural heritage making it a fun and memorable experience.
* Stick to the well trodden on trekking routes instead of forging out new ones.
* Use identified campsites and don’t intrude upon undisturbed wildlife areas in secluded or private spots.
* Leave no trace: When exiting a campsite, follow the principle of leaving the place in a better condition that what you found it in. Leave no trace of your stay, best as possible. Take everything back with you before you leave. Take only pictures and leave no footprints
* Do not cut trees, damage plants, pluck flowers or herbs around the site for any purposes.
* Respect the nature by not being too loud and maintaining a clean and hazard free campsite
* Pack your rucksack carefully: Be a prepared camper and come with all the appropriate clothing, first aid and emergency gear - flash lights, head lamps, solar lanterns, two-way radios, basic tool kit, water bottles, water containers, mosquito repellent spray, compass, whistle, and toilet paper. For a detailed list of items refer to our page “List of Things” - https://www.snowmonkcamp.in/list-of-things.
* Fire safety: Always be vigilant when using fire in the open. Ensure that there is enough water nearby. Likewise, you must build a fire only in the existing fire area. Once you are done, you need to let the fire burn the wood down to a fine ash before pouring water on it, or dirt if you don’t have any water, before leaving the premises.
* Minimize impact by keeping local water sources clean: do not use any detergents, soaps, or toothpastes within 100 feet of a water source.
* Wildlife: It is wonderful to appreciate the beauty of wild animals from afar but do not tread upon their territory or try and engage with them.
* Conserve water: while washing the dishes, filling up a personal water bottle, or boiling water for meals, there are always ways that you can help save water! Scraping food off the plates entirely before washing them, filling up the sink with water and soaking the dishes therein, etc. are just some methods by which you could dramatically decrease the amount of water you use day to day.
* Bury all biodegradable waste - It is not acceptable to simply cover up toilet waste with vegetation or rocks. Use a shovel to dig a hole for burying the waste.
* Tampons and sanitary pads should never be buried but instead removed with the rest of your rubbish back to the road head, as otherwise animals could dig it up.
* Cooking: Use kerosene/ LPG to cook food and avoid using wood
* Take care of your tents: never smoke inside the tents as they are made of nylon which is highly inflammable. Do not damage your tent with blades and scissors