As we embark on the thrilling journey of mountaineering, trekking, skiing, and rock climbing, it is crucial to acknowledge that our actions have the potential to disrupt the delicate balance of nature in forests, mountains, glaciers and other natural habitats. But with conscious efforts and sustainable practices, we can minimize the impact and safeguard the biodiversity while relishing in the adventure.
At The Wanderin' Man, we are a group of ardent enthusiasts who are dedicated to preserving the ecological harmony of all the natural habitats we encounter, be it in the Himalayas, Nilgiris, Arawalis or any other regions. We are deeply rooted in the mountains, with an innate reverence for their splendor. Our team, comprising of employees and guides, fully comprehend the significance of human impact on the environment, and are devoted to not just safeguarding but also conserving the ecosystems we come in contact with.
As a responsible community of adventure enthusiasts, we are committed to minimizing our impact on the natural world. To achieve this, we have established a comprehensive policy that we are fully dedicated to implementing. The policy encompasses two main aspects: the first is the proactive approach of preventing any further damage to the ecosystem through the stringent adherence to a “leave no trace” principle. The second aspect is the initiation of new and innovative measures to conserve and enhance the ecosystem. Our unwavering commitment to the environment is reflected in our constant vigilance in evaluating the impact of our actions on the natural habitats around us.
Ecosystems are intricate web of interactions between various living and non-living entities that includes humans, animals, birds, geographical features, and vegetation. Although it is not within our realm of influence to alter the behavior of these stakeholders, we can certainly focus on preserving and conserving the geographical features such as mountains, trails, rivers, water bodies, grasslands, trees, camping sites, snow-capped regions, and peaks. Our policy thus, is a testament to our dedication to safeguard these invaluable natural assets for the generations to come.
The Wanderin’ Man leaving no trace:
1. Not a Sheep Flock!
The beauty of the natural world is something to be cherished and protected. In areas such as the Himalayas, where the allure of spectacular vistas attracts many visitors, it is particularly important to tread lightly. To this end, we at The Wanderin’ Man take a principle-driven approach to responsible tourism.
Foremost among our commitments is the avoidance of over-crowding. By limiting the human footprint in any given area, we pave the way for Mother Nature to rejuvenate and flourish. We accomplish this through two key strategies:
First, we keep our groups small, with a maximum of 15 people per batch. This not only reduces the amount of waste generated, but also enables us to manage it more efficiently.
By adhering to these principles, we hope to help preserve the natural wonders of the world for generations to come.
2. Keeping cleanliness intact!
Managing waste efficiently and effectively is essential in order to maintain a healthy ecosystem. Our team manages three types of waste: biodegradable organic waste, toilet waste, and non-biodegradable waste.
Biodegradable organic waste, such as food, is minimized through participant education and responsible behavior. Any generated waste is collected in pits and covered with earth to allow for quick degradation and enrichment of nearby vegetation.
Toilet waste is the most difficult waste to manage. In low altitude areas, deep pits are dug and covered with earth, although this is not the ideal solution. In high altitude areas where digging is not possible, the waste is carried back in disposal bags and disposed of in earthen pits or sewers.
Non-biodegradable waste, such as plastic and glass, is the most damaging to the ecosystem. Our team avoids plastic waste generation through the use of reusable steel or aluminum utensils and by educating participants on avoiding plastic usage. If plastic waste is generated, it is carried back to civilization and disposed of in the nearest available dustbin for non-biodegradable waste.
3. Making water pure again!
At The Wanderin’ Man, we prioritize the preservation of natural water sources in our camping organization. Our staff and campers are informed on the importance of keeping water sources free from contamination. To achieve this goal, we implement the following measures:
Placement of toilet facilities away from water sources.
Prohibiting littering and washing of dishes or utensils near water sources.
Avoiding the use of soap or chemical cleaners in the water stream.
We are committed to continuously improving our practices and welcome feedback and suggestions. Please email us at email@example.com with your thoughts.
Some moves to make the environment better
How can we improve?
During our treks and expeditions, we frequently encounter litter, particularly plastic waste, which is deeply concerning. To reduce waste in all areas we visit, we have launched the following initiatives:
Join us in Remove Plastic Movement
The Wanderin' Man has initiated the largest plastic waste collection challenge. All those who sign up with us will have the opportunity to participate and compete to collect the most non-biodegradable waste. Prizes will be awarded to the top collectors.
Part 1: "Get.Set.Clean" Award Groups who collectively deposit more than 500 grams of non-biodegradable waste during any of our expeditions qualify for a "Get.Set.Clean" award, which is a TWM voucher worth INR 300 per participant.
Part 2: "Recycle Gurus" Award We keep a record of the plastic waste collected by each group and at the end of each month, the group that has deposited the most plastic waste will receive the "Recycle Gurus" award, a TWM voucher worth INR 1000 per participant.
*This contest is applicable for all our expeditions that are two days or longer and follows the standard itinerary published on our website.
The Wanderin' Man welcomes innovative ideas on managing waste and recycling plastic waste during our expeditions. If you have a suggestion, please send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We will personally engage with you to assess the feasibility of implementing your idea and collaborate with you if possible. If the implementation is not feasible, we will still showcase your idea on all our platforms with full credit to you, to raise awareness and inspire volunteers to join the cause.
Additionally, if you have written pieces or other creative material that can raise awareness and encourage more responsible environmental practices, please share them with us. We will publish your content and reward you as per our TWM Content Sharing policy.