Responsible travel – Responsible trekking in Nepal
Posted On: Apr 17, 2018
Whether we choose the luxury beach holiday or trekking in Nepal’s great Himalayas, being a responsible traveller is the greatest responsibility to the planet that we all share. Being responsible, we can make a positive impact on the places we travel by directly benefiting the local people and not hampering the natural resources with the goal to give more while taking less.
We strongly believe the thoughtful selection of your holidays in a most responsible way, where you can leave a positive impact on the local people to conserve their culture and economy. Mountain Monarch, being a responsible tour operator, encourages all adventure travellers around the world to always travel with local and responsible trekking companies for your adventure trekking and climbing trip in the Himalayas.
To be a Responsible Trekker simply means your maximum efforts to bring positive impact on the local people to conserve and sustain their culture, environment and economy where you trek on your adventure holidays.
Below are some tips for your ready reference on how to be Responsible Trekkers’ while trekking In Nepal:
• Travel with a local tour operator. Research before booking and choose the most responsible trekking company for your adventure trip to the Himalayas
• Ask for individual porters (1 trekker: 1 porter) especially on high altitudes and long trekking trips. So that your porter carries a comfortable weight which could be really helpful while you are on an adventure holiday
• Check and make sure that your supporting trekking crews have proper gear on the trek
• Avoid buying plastic water bottle while on the trek
• Avoid excess packing – travel light
• Bring back non-biodegradable wastage like batteries, tins etc
• Save fuel by ordering the same meals as other trekkers in a group
• Shop locally – You can buy most of the gears locally
• Take great memories back home and leave only footprints
• Use existing trekking trails
• Follow the local guide’s suggestions and guidelines
• Ask for permission before taking photographs
• Respect the local culture and dress and act modestly
• Don’t encourage children to beg by handing out gifts, pencil or money etc.
• Save energy and natural resources – It’s easy! Switch off the lights and electronic devices before you leave your room
• Be open-minded and learn a few local words and travel like locals
• Trek in a group / join the fixed departure trip group if you are a solo trekker.