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Himalayan Code of Conduct

(Adopted worldwide)

Prepared by Himalayan Environment Trust and approved by Union Internationale Des Associations D'alpinisme (U.I.A.A.), the code of conduct is being religiously followed by every mountaineer and trekker.
By following these simple guidelines you can help to preserve the unique environment and ancient cultures of the Himalayas.
Campsite : Remember the other party will using the same campsite after you have vacated it . Therefore, leave the campsite cleaner than you found it.
Limit Deforestation: Make no open fires and discourage others from doing so on your behalf. Where water is heated by scarce firewood, use as little as possible. When possible choose accommodation that uses kerosene or fuel -efficient firewood stoves. You will help the cause greatly by taking with you some saplings and planting these on your trail .
In a safe place burn dry paper & packets: Bury other waste paper and biodegradable material including food. Carry back all non biodegradable litter . If you come across others people rubbish, remove their rubbish as well.
Keep local water clean: Avoid using pollutants such as detergents in streams or springs. If no toilet facilities are available, make sure you are at least 30 meters away from water sources and bury or cover wastes.
Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment : Taking cutting, seeds and roots is illegal in many parts of the Himalayas.

Help your guides and porters to follow conservation measures: Do not allow the cook or porters to throw garbage in the nearby stream or river.
Respect Holy Places: Preserve what you have come to see, never touch or remove religious objects ,remove shoes when visiting temples.
Refrain from giving money to children since it will encourage begging: A donation to a project, health center or a school is a more constructive way to help.
Respect for local etiquette earns you respect: Loose, light weight clothes are preferable to revealing shorts, skimpy tops and tight fitting action wear. Hands holding or kissing in public are unapproved by local people.
When taking photographs, respect privacy : Ask permission and use restraint.

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