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Protect Our Porters: the Indian Initiative

Bhujbas Porter Shelter | Help the Project | India Porter Images

The Message is Simple...

The Bhujbas Shelter Project:

Welcome to the Indian Himalayas. Located at the gateway of the famous Gangotri Glacier complex, Bhujbas is the perfect place for a Porter Shelter. Every year, apart from hundreds of trekking and mountaineering teams going in to the Gangotri glacier complex; thousands of pilgrims pass by Bhujbas on their way to the Gomukh (the snout of Gangotri glacier, the source of the holy river Ganga). After a carrying up a mountain of load from Gangotri, or after a tricky day on the moraines of Gangotri glacier, we want to offer warm shelter to our porter friends of Garwal. In the Bhujbas Project, they will have a mattress to crash and a blanket to keep them warm. Yes, it’s going to be very basic. Basic, but clean and hygienic with first aid facilities. In Bhujbas they do not even get these basic requirements. It’s been like this since the early exploration days. And its time to do something about it! And the time is NOW! And most importantly, for the porter friends it’s going to be FREE accommodation!In near future hopefully we will be able to use the shelter as a rescue post as well.

The need is basic

The plan:

The idea is to provide free shelter and first aid to our porter friends. We want to keep it simple and basic. This will help us keep the costs down and also be environ friendly. By using tents, the shelter will be portable, cheaper and will be in use for 5 months in a year. The shelter will be operational during the following months: May, June, September, October and till mid November

carrying a mountain of load with a smile

A Shelter up in the Himalaya :

Shelter project site at Bhujbas,Gangotri

Initiated by Anindya Mukherjee along with some of his buddies, Adventure Mania is a climbing & trekking guide service. Anindya mostly known as Raja is the Country Rep for IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) is all set to start a porter shelter in Bhujbas. This project has received support& endorsements from the IPPG and by Dr. Jim Duff; the International coordinator of IPPG. This is the first shelter project of it’s kind in Indian Himalaya. Hopefully there will be more in future as climbers/hikers become more aware of this situation.