Annapurna Base Camp (ABC) trek is one of the most attractive trek route in the world. Every year thousands of internal and external tourist trek around this route. In my opinion Waste management is one of the major issue in this route.
I was surprised by the waste management system operational there, and I think it is working pretty well. There are many bins kept throughout route so that trekkers can drop the waste in it, and many trekkers did use of them but I found some of them who were careless.
There were plastic bottles, wrappers just left here and there. I was wondering why people are so careless; it’s neither a city nor village where people have waste management system. Who is going to pick them (now I felt sorry maybe I should have picked them).
But there were some trekkers who really love Nepal, trekking and concerned of the cleanliness of the route. I saw one Russian man Mr. Alexander who was collecting all these bottles and wrappers with the help of his porter. I heartily gave him a salute for collecting the waste on the route.
Mr. Alexander with his porter
When I asked the hotels about the waste management they collect all the garbage and send them back to city. I saw a garbage collecting center at Chhommrong. I could not inquiry about it, but my guess is that may be at this center all the garbage beyond this place is collected and then send back to city on horseback because horses are not allowed beyond this place in this trek route. Imports of any kind of drinks on plastic bottle are band in this route, which is a very good step from Annapurna Conservation Area Project (ACAP) under National trust for nature conservation (NTNC). This does not mean that we cannot carry plastic bottles, we can take them but we have to be a responsible trekker and should dump them at the right place.
waste collection center at chhommrong
I hope in coming days People like Mr. Alexander don’t need to do extra job and enjoy his trek and other trekkers will be responsible and will dump the plastic wrappers at the right place where bins are kept for collection of such waste.