After the Everest Clean-Up Campaign 2018, Nepal Academy of Tourism & Hotel Management NATHM
students set out on August 21, 2018 to clear Nagarkot’s hiking route.
Nearly 72 NATHM students took up the task of removing 16 shacks of plastic garbage from along the hiking routes from Telkot to Nagarkot as part of their educational curriculum.
Students also requested locals to stop throwing plastics and keep trails clean.
As per Nagarkot locals, nearly two dozen domestic and foreign hikers go through the Nagarkot route and this number further increases during holiday season; leading to more waste accumulation.
Chairperson of Telkot Ward 6, Santa Bahadur Wiba praised the students for their efforts.
“What the students did was truly commendable. We, the villagers, should learn a few things from them and start cleaning our villages by ourselves,” says Wiba.
Bishnu Tamang, young entrepreneur and author of this drive said, “We conduct hikes on various routes and trails near Kathmandu, and our motive is to clean the non-biodegradable wastes.”
Plastics are toxic to the environment, and if we don’t clean the hiking trails, the tourists might get a bad impression,” he says, adding further.
Earlier in March 2018, Nepal hosted the Everest Clean-up Campaign to clear debris on the world’s tallest peak.
The initiative which began at Lukla was able to get rid of 5,000 kg of waste from the Everest region. Furthermore, 100,000 kg solid waste was removed from places including Gokyo Thame, Pheriche, Pangboche and Namche Bazaar.
Nepal is constantly engaging in such activities to promote an eco-friendly environment that is important for tourists and locals alike.
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