What a solo trekking taught me

Situated at the foothills of Dhauladhar Range (a Himalayan chain of mountains) is a small hill station, called Triund in Himachal Pradesh, a state well known for Himalayan Ranges in INDIA.



Out of all the wonderful memories I could recollect from this place, there's one that I found more meaningful and worthy to share.


I happened to meet a girl from North Carolina (somewhere in US). After talking to her for a while, I found out that she's an avid traveler. We get along well and she invited me to join her and her friends for bonfire in evening. I happily agreed.



And, It was a wonderful evening spent under the sky at 2,850 meters high, with some Bon Jovi and Beatles yodeling by side😋


Later, I curiously asked a guy from the group, who I believe had done the arrangements for bonfire that how did he managed. He replied that he and two of his friends went to stroll around and they were lucky to collect enough material for bonfire. The material here is 'the TRASH' that we as tourist/traveller/visitor leave on the mountains. I was astonished to know that they first separated polythene bags, foil papers, plastic wrappers, any such thing which can degrade the air if burnt. And then, they dug a small pit in the area where there was no grass. He told me that after the bonfire is over, he will cover the pit with the mud which is used as boundary. Thus, leaving nothing as dirt over the mountains.


The non-degradable trash, they chose to carry along while descending next morning.



This group taught me how to enjoy at best without littering and showing respect towards mountains by making it clean.

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