New Year 2015 – New Commitment – 1 Trekker: 1 Porter
Trekking and climbing are the most popular adventure activities in the Himalayas. The porters are undoubtedly the backbone of such adventure holidays in Nepal. Depending on the trekking routes, the trekking condition varies, including freezing nights out in a tent or teahouse at a higher elevation with less Oxygen available on the beautiful surrounding parade of peaks.
Mountain Monarch is proud to announce that we are one of the few trekking companies implementing the ONE TREKKER: ONE PORTER strategy on our trekking and climbing trip above 4000 meters in the Himalayas in 2015. The personal porter is like having your Sherpa walking or climbing next to you. He carries a much lighter weight of 15 Kilos than any other porters you encounter on the route, so he can help and support you and deal efficiently with any problems.
We strongly believe this new trekker and porter ratio creates more much-needed job opportunities. Thus, the ethical way of dealing with porters enables them to work longer and spend extended, healthy lives supporting themselves and their families. Trekkers will benefit, too, as they will have direct interaction with our porters, who will be happy to share first-hand information about their culture and lifestyle, and many will probably become valued friends.
Employing porters on any adventure trips is an excellent aid for the local economy if done responsibly. The more porter we hire, the better, as it creates the much-needed job opportunity and benefits the regional unemployed man powers in the mountains and countryside. Porter carries the heavy load up and down the hills daily, day after day, in all sorts of weather and altitudes. Ethically employing the porter is very important as his family depends on him.
Mountain Monarch Responsible Porter Protection Policy: Our Guidelines
- We have a policy of ONE TREKKER: ONE PORTER, and these porters carry around 15 Kilo only weight on all high-altitude treks above 4000 meters in the Himalayas.
- We provide the appropriate trek and climbing gear to all porters, including windproof jackets and trousers, fleece jackets, trek boots, crampons on the pass, socks, hats, gloves, sunglasses, etc.
- We provide tents for accommodation with a sleeping mat and sleeping bag where there is no teahouse for their accommodation.
- These porters got proper insurance, including helicopter rescue in case of emergency and equal medical care as a trekker.
- We never send down any sick porter or trek crew alone; there will be sufficient support to cover the cost of rescue and treatment.
- We look forward to working with you and providing a wonderful trekking experience.
Let's employ the porter in the best Ethical way, support the tradition, and take good care of them!!!