Kathmandu, June 19
Campaigning for the responsible tourism, Trekking Agencies’ Association Nepal (TAAN) has started its cleaning-up drive along the trekking trails.
In its first step, the association launched a clean-up campaign on the two trekking trails of famous Langtang Region on the occasion of World Environment Day. The campaign was organized from June 5 to 10.
Under the cleanup campaign, two teams comprising 15 members in each took part voluntarily in the five-day campaign to pick up the garbage left on the trekking trails of Gosainkunda and Kanjing Gompa of Langtang Region.
Organizing a press conference on Tuesday, TAAN informed that the teams collected around 700 kg garbage from the two trails which had brought to Kathmandu for its disposal.
According to the team members, plastics, papers, tin, glass and garments were the main garbage found along the trails.
Piles of underwear have found near Gosainkunda, an important pilgrimage. Thousands of pilgrims used to visit Gosainkunda to take a holly dip and most of them throw their underwear in the lake after taking a bath.
The main purpose of the clean-up campaign was to create awareness among the locals and trekkers about their responsibilities in keeping the trekking trail environmentally unaffected, said Krishna Raj Bhattarai, coordinator of the clean-up campaign.
TAAN has planning to launch similar campaign in the other trails by mobilizing the locals, he said.
The clean-up teams have also organized various awareness programmes in the areas where school students and local communities attended.