Note: Waste Warriors Dharamshala works extensively in the region voluntarily organizing meticulous clean-up drives.
4. Don’t be Gama in the Land of Lama
This looks and probably is a controversial statement to be made, but I use it for all purposes of fun. But let’s look at this closely. It is an age old saying in the mountaineering tradition and in other shizz as well.
The Great Gama was an undefeated world wrestling champion from the Amritsar District, British Raj. The ‘land of lamas’ refers to high altitude peaks and passes (not directly Tibet or Tibetan settlements in the mountaineering context) which means one has to be humble and meek in front of the almighty mountains for that is the only way to summit them successfully.
In this context again, it is prudent to listen to what the guide has to say, respect the guide and receive it likewise. Muscles and might have never won peaks, the way humility and technique have.
Note: There are incidences of over-intelligence and display of muscle from tourists/guests time to time while trekking to Triund. Sometimes this is justified if the travel agency is really rotten but most other times it is stupid and meaningless. Your guide or instructor is not a condescending prick, they only mean to help and guide you so you have a smooth ascent and descent, while enjoying Triund for whatever it is.
5. Don’t turn Triund (or your trekking route) into a club or discotheque
I know a part time musician and DJ, who listens and mixes jazz, deep house, psytrance and sometimes faster BPM songs but he leaves that shizz behind when he is trekking somewhere. Because he wants to leave behind the urban din, sounds of humanity or if we need more melodrama to explain this, ‘sounds of an uncivil civilization’.
Music, shouting or any form of amplified echo disrupts the communication of animals in the region, seeing that mountains have very different acoustics and even faint sounds are amplified. Do mind, loose rocks and snow can fall due to these noises and create a disaster for everyone!
Plus it also disturbs people of human species too, seeing that they want to be far from the sounds of civilization and these people do not want a hybrid ‘adventure meets luxury’ or ‘trek to Triund, feeling at home’ nonsense. Think about it, don’t you want to listen to the sounds of nature? Hear the rustling of leaves or the wind; might be a bit boring I understand. One can keep it to themselves by using earphones if one feels it is worth missing the nature shizz and have a need for pumping up their jam.
It is worth remembering that noise pollution is also pollution (so let’s not indulge in selective activism, let's keep calm and trek).
6. Don’t eat packaged food (like maggi for example)
The local cuisine is heavily criticized for being bland and simple but if made from the right hands, bland and simple my hat- it is amazing! Try the local food and chuck the maggi phenomenon aside. You will help help the local economy to prosper alongside minimizing trash. A research somewhere made somehow suggests nestle, maggi and other companies’, ‘packed food’ packaging contributes lavishly to waste and dump sites.