This is worth sharing with all the fellow and wannabe Trekkers!
To be clear, we are mostly talking about the proliferation of Guided Trekking Companies which has changed the ecological landscape of the Himalayas. This post isn’t an indictment of Guided Trekking culture as a whole. Rather, it comes from a concern many independent Trekkers feel strongly about.
While a majority of people trek independently in the western countries, the same cannot be said for here. In India, trekking is still at an antecedent stage, largely dependent on Trek Operators. The “worry free” wilderness experience these Organizers offer has not necessarily helped in developing a true trekking culture. The clients are relatively inexperienced and require a thorough handholding. A lot of resources are put forth by the Trek Organizers to cater to the creature comforts of the clients.
Out of this niche, a very small fraction of people have learned to trek independently. The numbers are dismal. This dependency works in favor…
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