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Support Green Trails to keep Himalayas waste free

We need your help to make trekking in India more sustainable.

For nearly 8 years now, the trekking organisation Indiahikes has funded the Green Trails project to leave the mountains in a better condition than we found them in.

After all these years, Green Trails has almost turned into an organisation on its own.

This is where we need your support.

The scale and ambition of the Green Trails projects we are working on are high. Sustaining this team requires funding.

Up until now, we have funded ourselves to the tune of the Rupee. As we gain momentum, more helping hands will go a long way in preserving our Himalayas.

Our story
Waste. Stinking eyesores. Everywhere.
Who created this waste?

We don’t often think about the waste we generate, where it goes or what happens to it.

Who cares? You and I do.
This crowdfunding appeal is a shout out from us to the like-minded you.

We are on a mission to find an exit for waste generated in the Himalayas. Read on to find out who we are, what we do and how you can help.

Who we are
Indiahikes is a trek documentation organisation. We explore and document treks that can be done all over India. We do this in great detail so that everyone can organize their own treks.

Over the past decade, Indiahikes has been instrumental in bringing out great treks in India — be it in Kashmir, Himachal or West Bengal. We organise 28 high altitude Himalayan treks all year around. We have explored new terrains, modified the routes or highlighted the beauty of the Himalayan range. It has made trekking in India a lot safer by bringing in safe trek leaders and safety devices and protocols.

You do not have to be a trekker to know that the Himalayas have some of the most majestic and jaw droppingly beautiful trekking trails.


The problem? 
Waste generated by tourists, trekkers or by the villagers themselves has been steadily increasing.

Trekking routes are growing in number every year. Along with that the population of trekkers, trekking companies and locally run dhabas are popping up to help meet the demand.

In the past three years alone, an average of 14,000 kg of waste is generated by trekkers trekking with a single trek organisation alone.

What we do
The Green Trails project was an initiative Indiahikes brought into action. The mission is to leave the mountains in a better condition than they were found in. We like to try out new ideas, simplify complex issues and solve problems.

How do we do this?
We find ways to reduce carbon footprint in high traffic trekking zones. Trail and waste management lie at the crux of the Green Trails’ agenda. Currently, our team works with our trekkers, local communities, state forest departments and the government.

We like to sensitize our trekkers to responsible trekking.
We engage with locals to set up self-sustaining waste management systems.

This is how green we have left our trails in the past two years:

The hearts and brains behind the agenda are a group of gung-ho people from all walks of life.
Our team at Jaubhari, base camp for the Sandakphu Phalut trek.

Currently, we have 2 interns and 7 fellows working on our mountain slopes in Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and West Bengal. These engineers, lawyers, IT professionals, writers and researchers have been getting their hands dirty to advance the Green Trails mission.

The work we do relies entirely on these folks placed on these slopes.  It is with their consistent presence, we have seen our projects bear fruit - sometimes after years of persistence.

How you can help
The scale and ambition of the Green Trails projects we are working on is high. Sustaining this team requires funding. Up until now, we have funded ourselves to the tune of the Rupee. As we increase our mileage, we are opening it up to anyone who wishes to contribute.  
The funds will be used for:

  • Paying our Green Trails Fellow a monthly stipend and help cover their costs through their journey.
  • Covering food and accommodation costs for the Green Trails Fellow
  • Transporting waste collected from trekking trails and remote villages to recycling centers and landfills.
  • Sending dedicated teams on trekking trails to clean up any garbage we find.
  • Providing villagers with household and community dustbins to give a headstart on waste collection and segregation at source.  

To give you an idea of the Green Trails expenditure, we’re putting down a table below. It will help you decide how much you would like to contribute.


Green Trails Expenses Head
Amount per month
Green Trails Fellow stipend
Rs. 15, 000 per Green Trails fellow
Green Trails food, travel and accommodation costs
Rs. 10, 000 per Green Trails fellow
Waste transport to recycling center/landfill
(~10 hour journey)
Rs. 8000
Dustbins (2 per local market, 1 per household)
Rs. 1500

As a token of our gratitude, we will:

  • Email you on the what, why and how Green Trail projects are being taken forward
  • Make you part of the Green Trails community
  • Keep you updated with a weekly mailer about Green Trails
If you’d like to know more:
Here is a detailed report of the Green Trails projects.
Take a peek into the work done by Green Trails here, on one of our treks, Roopkund, Uttarakhand.
Check out our instagram account @IHgreentrails for latest updates.
Ask for an update
17th September 2019
Hi everyone

I want to give you an update. Crowdfunding has helped Green Trails grow immensely. 

Here is our impact so far:
  • 53,137 Kg of waste collected from 25 mountain slopes. 
  • 70% inorganic waste is reduced, recycled, or upcycled. 
  • 100% organic waste (food waste and poop) composted on site. 
  • 40% decrease in water consumption on our treks.
  • 6 villages undergo the Zero Waste Village Programme. 
  • Developed the fundamental trail and campsite practices. After extensive research, trial and error, we have standardised systems apt for high altitude trekking and camping. 
  • Operationally, we have come a long way in enabling conscious consumption,  understanding where to refuse and how to reduce. We focus on optimising the use of equipment and ration on our treks.
  • Two months ago, we created training modules for our staff, technical guides and Trek Leaders. We want our team to have extensive training on environmental skills. This way, along with the infrastructure in place, our staff will know in what ways they can facilitate low impact trekking.
  • Helping 4 Indian states practice responsible trekking.  Currently, we are working to bring in top-down regulatory measures. We want to collaborate with State Forest Officials and Tourism Ministry to help realise this. 
This is exciting for us. In our journey to define the future of trekking, we would like you to lend us a hand a little longer. We are confident of continuing progressive work.

Please stay tuned for our latest updates on Facebook and Instagram.



Hi everyone

I want to give you an update. Crowdfunding has helped Green Trails grow immensely. 

Here is our impact so far:
  • 53,137 Kg of waste collected from 25 mountain slopes. 
  • 70% inorganic waste is reduced, recycled, or upcycled. 
  • 100% organic waste (food waste and poop) composted on site. 
  • 40% decrease in water consumption on our treks.
  • 6 villages undergo the Zero Waste Village Programme. 
  • Developed the fundamental trail and campsite practices. After extensive research, trial and error, we have standardised systems apt for high altitude trekking and camping. 
  • Operationally, we have come a long way in enabling conscious consumption,  understanding where to refuse and how to reduce. We focus on optimising the use of equipment and ration on our treks.
  • Two months ago, we created training modules for our staff, technical guides and Trek Leaders. We want our team to have extensive training on environmental skills. This way, along with the infrastructure in place, our staff will know in what ways they can facilitate low impact trekking.
  • Helping 4 Indian states practice responsible trekking.  Currently, we are working to bring in top-down regulatory measures. We want to collaborate with State Forest Officials and Tourism Ministry to help realise this. 
This is exciting for us. In our journey to define the future of trekking, we would like you to lend us a hand a little longer. We are confident of continuing progressive work.

Please stay tuned for our latest updates on Facebook and Instagram.



8th April 2019
Hello humans,

We have received an incredible amount of support from everyone. Thank you!  

I wanted to tell you about our journey of 2019 so far:
-  Having enforced segregation at source strongly, we have reduced time taken to segregate by 80% on 3 trekking slopes. The system has been set for all our treks to follow the same.
- Our organic toilet fresheners on our treks have reduced the plastic waste we generate. We said no to 1310 plastic packed room fresheners.
- We introduced a washing contraption on our campsites that will reduce water consumption by around 40%.
- Introduced a 5 phase zero waste project - 1. survey 2. action plan based on data collected, develop back end infrastructure, 3. implement action plan 4. handover starts, work on feedback, handover project to villagers.
- Made upcycling initiative a micro enterprise reaching 3 of our trekking slopes. New product prototypes were made including wind chimes, key chains and bottle lamps  - all from waste! Trekkers have been happy to buy these local souvenirs to take home after their trek. Eco-pillows and windchimes are a favourite amongst our trekkers.

Stay tuned with all our updates on our Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/ihgreentrails/

This quarter, our focus is on
- Making Sandakphu reach 100% segregation and waste collection on the trail
- Develop 10 module curriculum for waste management to be taught in local schools. We will work together with teachers to roll out the new curriculum in 6 schools.
- Our Green Trails Fellows will complete the awareness phase of the Zero Waste Village project and handover the project to our 6 adopted communities.

I hope we have your continued support. If you have any questions or would like to help out, email us at neha@indiahikes.com

Hello humans,

We have received an incredible amount of support from everyone. Thank you!  

I wanted to tell you about our journey of 2019 so far:
-  Having enforced segregation at source strongly, we have reduced time taken to segregate by 80% on 3 trekking slopes. The system has been set for all our treks to follow the same.
- Our organic toilet fresheners on our treks have reduced the plastic waste we generate. We said no to 1310 plastic packed room fresheners.
- We introduced a washing contraption on our campsites that will reduce water consumption by around 40%.
- Introduced a 5 phase zero waste project - 1. survey 2. action plan based on data collected, develop back end infrastructure, 3. implement action plan 4. handover starts, work on feedback, handover project to villagers.
- Made upcycling initiative a micro enterprise reaching 3 of our trekking slopes. New product prototypes were made including wind chimes, key chains and bottle lamps  - all from waste! Trekkers have been happy to buy these local souvenirs to take home after their trek. Eco-pillows and windchimes are a favourite amongst our trekkers.

Stay tuned with all our updates on our Instagram account. https://www.instagram.com/ihgreentrails/

This quarter, our focus is on
- Making Sandakphu reach 100% segregation and waste collection on the trail
- Develop 10 module curriculum for waste management to be taught in local schools. We will work together with teachers to roll out the new curriculum in 6 schools.
- Our Green Trails Fellows will complete the awareness phase of the Zero Waste Village project and handover the project to our 6 adopted communities.

I hope we have your continued support. If you have any questions or would like to help out, email us at neha@indiahikes.com

12th November 2018
The Green Trails team sends out a huge thank you to all the supporters who have generously contributed to the cause.
Here is an update from us.

With the Rs 90, 000 we raised we have done the following:

(1) We have sent down 1500 kg of waste from our 3 of our trekking slopes to Dehradun recycling center and landfill.

We also expanded our team on two of our slopes.
(2) To advance the green trek operations, one Green Trails Intern joined us this November at Lohajung, our base camp for the Brahmatal trek.
(3) We have recruited one Fellow who will join us on the Sandakphu Phalut slope in December.

(4) Meanwhile, with the weather becoming promising this winter, we have restarted our upcycling workshops in Uttarakhand and West Bengal base camps. Eco-pillows and upcycled coasters are in the making!

We would advance the Green Trails work on our mountain slopes and strengthen our green trek operations. This winter, we will focus on the following treks: Brahmatal, Sandakphu, Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal.
We will need your continued support. So spread the word in your circles.

Let us know if you would like more details regarding the Green Trails work, email neha@indiahikes.com
The Green Trails team sends out a huge thank you to all the supporters who have generously contributed to the cause.
Here is an update from us.

With the Rs 90, 000 we raised we have done the following:

(1) We have sent down 1500 kg of waste from our 3 of our trekking slopes to Dehradun recycling center and landfill.

We also expanded our team on two of our slopes.
(2) To advance the green trek operations, one Green Trails Intern joined us this November at Lohajung, our base camp for the Brahmatal trek.
(3) We have recruited one Fellow who will join us on the Sandakphu Phalut slope in December.

(4) Meanwhile, with the weather becoming promising this winter, we have restarted our upcycling workshops in Uttarakhand and West Bengal base camps. Eco-pillows and upcycled coasters are in the making!

We would advance the Green Trails work on our mountain slopes and strengthen our green trek operations. This winter, we will focus on the following treks: Brahmatal, Sandakphu, Kedarkantha, Dayara Bugyal.
We will need your continued support. So spread the word in your circles.

Let us know if you would like more details regarding the Green Trails work, email neha@indiahikes.com
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Rs.142,522 raised

Goal: Rs.500,000

40 Days to go

Beneficiary: Indiahikes info_outline

Supporters (44)

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Siddhant donated Rs.500
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Sachin donated Rs.100
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Rohit donated Rs.500

Thank you for taking up this initiative. Was always in love with Green trails.

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