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Important Trekking tips – Leave No Trace

Friday, June 7th, 2013 | mumbaihikers | Uncategorized

Take nothing but pictures 
leave nothing but footprints, 
kill nothing but time.


  • Visit in small groups when possible. 
  • Consider splitting larger groups into smaller groups.

Be Considerate of Other Trekkers 

  • Respect other trekkers and protect the quality of their experience.
  • Be courteous. Yield to(allow them to pass) on the trail.
  • Step to the downhill side of the trail when encountering pack stock.
  • Take breaks and camp away from trails and other visitors.
  • Let nature’s sounds prevail. Avoid loud voices and noises

Remember in popular areas

  • Concentrate use on existing trails and campsites.
  • Walk single file in the middle of the trail, even when wet or muddy.
  • Keep campsites small. Focus activity in areas where vegetation is absent.

In pristine(untouched) areas:

  • Disperse use to prevent the creation of campsites and trails.
  • Avoid places where impacts are just beginning.

Leave What You Find

  • Preserve the past: examine, but do not touch cultural or historic structures and artifacts.
  • Leave rocks, plants and other natural objects as you find them.
  • Avoid introducing or transporting non-native species.
  • Do not build structures, furniture, or dig trenches.

Washing and Waste

  • Repackage food to minimize waste. (Take back plastic bottles,chips warppers,glass bottles )
  • Pack it in, pack it out. 
  • Inspect your campsite and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food and litter.
  • To wash yourself or your dishes, carry water 200 feet away from streams or lakes 

Camp Fires

  • Keep fires small. Only use sticks from the ground that can be broken by hand.
  • Burn all wood and coals to ash, put out campfires completely, then scatter cool ashes.

Respect Wildlife

  • Observe wildlife from a distance. Do not follow or approach them.
  • Never feed animals. Feeding wildlife damages their health, alters natural behaviours, and exposes them to predators and other dangers.
  • Protect wildlife and your food by storing rations and trash securely.
  • Control pets at all times, or leave them at home.
  • Avoid wildlife during sensitive times: mating, nesting, raising young, or winter.
  • Refrain from the urge to distribute ‘gifts’ to poorer locals
  • Do  ask permission if you want to take photographs and respect their right to refuse
  • Respect local traditions .For eg  covering head with a scarf,removing your footwear to enter temples.
  • Support the local community

More Tips from Daniel
  • Trek at your own pace. It’s not a race.You’re not here to compete with the rest of the group.
  • Trek with pros. They know what they’re doing.

  • Don’t pack your troubles in your rucksack.
  • Don’t grumble at the weather.
  • Don’t miss opportunities of friendship.
  • Don’t walk in front of your trek buddy.
  • Don’t overfeed your body.
  • Don’t starve your mind.
  • Don’t overwork your legs.
  • Don’t lose your temper if you get lost.
  • Don’t leave anything behind you except a good impression.
  • Don’t take away anything except pleasant memories.

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