Camping in Kheerganga is going to be shut soon on high court orders. Upon hearing this, I couldn’t get any happier! And why not! The way we are deliberately sabotaging the divine nature around us, I could see it coming. The government has decided to ban camping/overnight stay at Kheerganga but if you ask me, I’d rather want the entire precinct, and subsequently, this trek to be banned because we’ve earned it.
It’s indeed saddening to see how Kheerganga, over the years, has turned into a massive pile of wrappers, plastic bottles, and beer cans. Adding to the miseries of the alpines are the frequent bonfire made by a large section of so-called ignorant and stupid ‘travelers’. These unwanted circumstances have left the beautiful mountains in a neglected state. This generation of so-called travelers, with their reckless attitude, are sabotaging the pristine outdoors and I will count this as an irreparable loss!
A month ago, while I was witnessing a lovely starry night at Nag Tibba base camp during the Nag Tibba Trek I saw there a bunch of goons (yes, that’s what I am going to call them) sitting around the campfire, having a good time, but nature didn’t look amused in their company. They sat around the fire for hours, made merry, and drank the night away. It was only in the next afternoon, after descending the peak, that we could see the aftermath of the wonderful time they had there. Beer bottles, chips packets, wrappers, and other leftovers littered all over the campsite area narrated the story from the last night. It was sad!
I strongly advocate the idea that such people don’t deserve to be anyplace where nature thrives in quietude. 1 year back Malana was made off-limits for travelers, and why not, the village has been glorified for wrong reasons and ill-treated for being nice to the outsiders, which eventually left the village residents red-faced.
Kasol has been brutally murdered by the assemblage of hippies and irresponsible travelers! And Kheerganga being the astounding neighborhood has to suffer the perils of being the beauty next door. Today, these series of ugly events have only made my thoughts stronger that mountains must be off limits for everyone because we don’t deserve them.
Anyway, I’d really want to see our mountains plastic-free and thrive in the way they exist!