Responsible travel in Nepal: 01 trekker: 01 porter
Mountain Monarch has started to have the ONE TREKKER: ONE PORTER policy since 2015 on our entire trekking and climbing trip above 4000 meter in Himalayas from 2015. The personal porter is more like having your own personal Sherpa walking or climbing next to you. He carries a much a lighter weight of around 15 Kilo only on specially designed Mountain Monarch Day Pack which is much lighter weight than any other porters you encounter on route so he can help and support you and deal easily with any problems that arise at higher elevation trekking and climbing trip in the Himalayas.
While conducting tours and trekking program, protection of the fragile environment is our topmost concern. Mountain Monarch is aware to preserve & conserve the past glory of our ancestors and to hand over all the Natural and Cultural affluent to our next generation. Mountain Monarch as a local company and as our lives have revolved around the Mountain & valleys, we feel bigger and increased responsibility to protect and preserve these Natural and cultural resources.
We are committed to minimizing the negative impact of tourism and enable you to ‘take only photos, leave only footprints’. We cook using kerosene or LPG gas and bring back non-biodegradable items on all trips. Being a member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), we are organizing various ‘Eco- Tourism Workshops’ in association to protect the fragile environment and indigenous cultures of the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal
To put a brick on our commitment in responsible to the deforestation that has occurred in parts of Nepal, we have active involvement on a forestation program jointly organized by Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal at Kashi Bhanjang, Kavre
Building School and Drinking Water Project
Mountain Monarch is aware the importance of giving back to the communities: we therefore assists to enthusiastic individuals, groups and organizations on the genius support to local communities development for school building and drinking water project in the remote region. We have built school at Gibang in association of our Sandiago friends and sister school project Ron and Dev. Under preparation and planning drinking water project at Nepal, Magdi district in association with Guildford District Scout Group, UK.
Educating Porter Children
Education is the most important wealth of the children therefore we are funding and sponsoring the porter’s children to provide them education. Mountain Monarch has been funding on all social activities from its profit in the different activities and we always feel responsible to share the values/contribute something with communities. We welcome anyone for generous assistance in our mission to provide better education to the many more deprived children.
Staff welfare / Porter Protection
We believe in caring for all our staff from Trek Leaders to Sherpas, Cooks and Porters. We ensure good pay, life insurance, helicopter evacuation, as well as the equipment and clothing needed for porters and each member of staff. MMA has fulfilled all the standard set by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) for the welfare and safety of all porters and is committed to improving their livelihoods. They are our kith and kin as well as the backbone of trekking in Nepal. No wonder all of the staff including porters want to work for us over and over again.
We have set some noticeable guidelines, which we are applying in our trips as a Porter Protection Policy.
- Good & fair working wages.
- Responsible Trekking policy of 01 trekker: 01 porter
- Fair weight of around 15 kilos only all high altitude trek and climb above 4000 meters
- Same standard of medical care for Porters and trek crew as the trek members
- Arrangement of Food and Accommodation
- Accidental / medical insurance
- No porter is asked to return from the middle of trek
- We provide required trekking gears for all the porter like Gortex wind & water proof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, mattress & blanket / sleeping bag, woolen warm hat, woolen gloves, woolen socks, trekking shoes / boots, sunglasses etc
- If any porter gets sick and required to send him back them we never send him alone but with someone who speaks same language and understands the problem. Sufficient financial support will be provided to sick porter and helper to cover the cost of their return and treatment.