Waste management in the Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) presents a significant challenge that threatens the delicate ecological balance of this unique and biodiverse area. Solid

Waste Management (SWM) becomes particularly complex in the highlands due to factors such as remoteness, challenging topographical configurations, rapid urbanization, and severe climatic conditions. Currently, there is a glaring lack of adequate SWM facilities throughout the IHR, and the existing situation is alarming. Establishing comprehensive SWM facilities across the region is undoubtedly an urgent necessity.

The Snow Marathon’s aim and objectives are designed to address these pressing issues by expanding the existing pilot project in the region and enhancing awareness, knowledge, and practices related to waste minimization and recycling. The initiative focuses on a three-fold approach:


The first step is to restore the pristine tranquility of the Himalayas by making it garbage and plastic-free. This involves promoting the use of eco-friendly products and encouraging responsible waste disposal practices among locals and tourists alike. By restoring the natural beauty and purity of the region, we aim to preserve its ecological integrity and appeal as a global heritage site.


The second objective is to establish a sustainable waste management ecosystem in the IHR. This entails implementing innovative and environment-friendly waste management solutions that protect the region’s unique environment, biodiversity, and wildlife. By adopting sustainable practices, we can mitigate the adverse impacts of waste accumulation and pollution, ensuring the long-term health and vitality of the Himalayan ecosystem.


The third goal is to improve livelihoods and create opportunities for the local community through the development of infrastructure and SWM facilities. By investing in local infrastructure and capacity-building initiatives, we can empower communities to actively participate in waste management efforts and benefit from the sustainable development of their region. This includes creating green jobs, promoting eco-tourism, and fostering community-based initiatives that contribute to the overall well-being and prosperity of the IHR.

In summary, the Snow Marathon’s initiative aims to transform waste management practices in the Indian Himalayan Region by restoring its natural beauty, establishing a sustainable waste management ecosystem, and creating opportunities for local communities. By working together towards these common goals, we can protect and preserve the invaluable ecological heritage of the Himalayas for future generations.