Environment Policy

Any interaction with the fragile areas has its ill effects on the ecosystem of forests, mountains, glaciers, peaks, etc. but that does not mean that the effects cannot be managed and the ecosystem cannot be protected while continuing with the most thrilling activities like mountaineering, trekking, skiing, or rock climbing.

Bikat Adventures, as a community of passionate adventurers, is committed to maintain the ecological balance in all ecosystems that we touch – be it the Himalayas, the Nilgiris or the Arawalis or for that matters any natural ecosystem. We are born and brought up around these mountains and have deep respect for them. The line may sound a bit cliché but it’s true! All our employees and guides understand the importance of human interference with the environment and are committed not just to protect but also conserve the ecosystems that we touch.

In order to fulfill our commitment of minimizing human footprint, we have a formulated policy which we are deeply committed to follow. There are two parts to this policy; first is oriented towards maintenance of the ecosystem by no further damage “How we strive for zero foot-print”. Second is about the new initiates that we would try in order to conserve or improve the ecosystem “What we can do better”.

While ecosystem is a larger concept that includes humans, animals, birds, geographical features, vegetation and interplay of these stakeholders. However, it would be beyond our scope to interfere in the way humans, birds or animals belonging to these ecosystems behave. Thus the policy, as published here, is focused on maintaining and conserving the geographical features like mountains, trails, rivers & other water bodies, grasslands, trees, camping sites, snow clad areas and peaks. 

How we strive for zero “foot-print”

1. Avoid Over-crowding

We recognize the fact that certain areas, especially in Himalayas, are extremely popular and are already at risk of environmental damage because of high numbers of visitors. So avoiding over-crowding is the first principle that we follow. This is critical for most of our commitments because limiting the human footprint that hits any area simultaneously is the first step to allow Mother Nature recover. So we ensure this by 2 ways : 2. Managing Waste Efficiently and Effectively

There are three types of the waste that we manage: 3. Keeping the water source clean

Our camps are carefully organized in order to keep the water sources free of contamination. Our team and participants are sensitized towards the precautions that are required while camping near the natural water sources. 3 major precautions, among others, that we take help us in maintaining the water sources clean:

The points that we shared above are the best efforts that we strive for. We have published this policy not just to make you aware but also to invite feedback and suggestions so that we can improve. Write to us at info@bikatadventures.com for feedback or suggestions.

What we can do better?

On most treks or expeditions that we go, we can see existing litter and what is extremely disturbing, is the plastic waste here and there. Following are the initiatives that we have launched in order to reduce the waste from all the trails or areas that we access.

Be a “Plastic Eradicator”

We have launched the biggest plastic waste collection marathon. All participants signing up with Bikat Adventures would be eligible to participate in this contest. The contest would be simple; collect as much non-biodegradable waste as possible and win prizes!

Part 1 – Every batch that collectively deposits more than 500 grams of non biodegradable waste during any of our expeditions, would qualify for a “Rag-Picker” award – a Bikat voucher worth INR 300/- per participant.

Part 2 – Batch wise list of plastic waste deposited would be maintained by us and the batch that deposits maximum plastic waste during a month would win the “Recycle Bin” award – a Bikat voucher worth INR 1000/- per participant.

*The contest would be applicable on all our expeditions (2 days or longer, as per the standard itinerary published on our website).

Be the “Idea-tor”

Bikat Adventures also invites ideas in terms of managing waste better on our expeditions and plastic waste recycling mechanisms. All ideas are invited at info@bikatadventures.com

We would engage with you at a personal level to evaluate the possibility of us working together on the idea and implementing the same, if possible. Even if we are not able to implement the idea, we would be publishing the idea on all our forums with all credit to the “Idea-tor” so that awareness is created and volunteers can be galvanized.

Also, if you have write-ups or other creative material that can help in creating awareness and engaging people to act more responsibly on the environmental sustainability front, then please share them with us. We would not only publish the content but also reward you under the Bikat Content Sharing policy.