If you are someone who loves, appreciates the outdoors and respect nature, you will probably always looking for ways that you can help reduce your impact on the environment when camping and trekking. Here are some simple and creative ways that you can help save and preserve the natural beauty of our natural heritage making it a fun and memorable experience. It is essential for campers to practice responsible behaviors when camping.
1. Don’t forge your own path through wild areas, stick you the beaten trek path.
2. Use identified campsites and please don’t establish undisturbed wildlife areas in secluded or private spots.
3. Leave no trace: What you bring in, you take it back. One of the major principals of responsible camping is simply that you should leave no trace (as best you possibly can), and that you should not leave anything behind or take anything with you when you go. Leave the place better than you found. Take only pictures and leave no footprints
4. Do not cut trees, damage plants; pluck flowers, herbs around the site for any purposes.
5. Respect the nature by not being too loud, maintaining a clean and hazard free campsite
6. Pack your rucksack carefully: Be a prepared camper and come with all the appropriate clothing, first aid and emergency gear - first aid kit, flash lights, head lamps, solar lanterns, two-way radios, basic tool kit, water bottles, water containers, mosquito repellent spray, compass, whistle, and toilet paper. Please see out section on “List of Things”.
7. Fire safety: Always be vigilant when using fire in the open. Ensure that there is enough water nearby. Likewise, you must build a fire use only 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 scene.
8. Minimize Impact: by keeping local water sources clean: Do not use any detergents, soaps, or toothpastes within 100 feet of a water source.
9. 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.
10. 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! Scrape food off the plates entirely before washing them, filling up the sink etc you can dramatically decrease the amount of water you use day to day.
11. 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.
12. Tampons and sanitary pads should never be buried but instead removed with the rest of your rubbish back to the roadhead, as otherwise animals will dig it up.
13. Cooking: Use kerosene/ LPG to cook food and avoid using wood
14. 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