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BACKGROUND

 

 

Sustainable tourism is a great concern to Nepal and there are some organisations leading the way to promote and conserve this beautiful country with the aim of welcoming tourists and educating them on sustainable tourism choices. A variety of projects initiated by these organisations are already taking place.

 

SHERPA TOURS

Our objective is to help those NGOs & INGOs which work to achieve balance between the environment conservation and socio-economic development, through people’s participation.

 

ANNAPURNA CONSERVATION AREA PROJECT(ACAP)

The ACAP is established as one of Nepal’s leading eco-tourism non-government organisations, implemented by the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC).It was first launched in 1986 and can boast on being the first conservational area and largest protected area in Nepal, covering an area of 7,629km2.  Its goal: "To achieve sustained balance between nature conservation and socio-economic improvement in the Annapurna Conservation Area thereby assist National Trust for Nature Conservation in achieving its goal."

 

OBJECTIVES OF THE ANNAPURNA CONSERVATION AREA PROJECT

  • Support local economy on the trek by buying local produce, and staying at hotels which consume local produce and operate under the ‘minimum impact code’.
  • Trek gently and follow the ‘minimum impact code’, especially in the Annapurna and Everest areas.
  • Support safe drinking stations.
  • Spreading awareness to travellers of the local ecosystems, effects of tourism, cultural sensitivity and sustainability.
  • Training all of our staff to build capability to operate following these standards and contribute in fulfilling the company’s mission.

 

CONSERVATIONAL EFFORTS

 THE SITUATION IN ANNAPURNA CONSERVATIONAL AREA

The land is fragile as its diversity and resources are out under great pressure due to the population growth, poverty and tourism.

 

The ACAP collects the entry fees from trekkers and redistributes a significant proportion of this revenue back into the community to carry out the conservation and development activities.

 

The National Trust for Nature Conservation is an organisation which works at exploring the potentials in the Annapurna Conservation Area and minimise the threat of tourism for the prospects of the ACA for years to come.

 

KATHMANDU ENVIRONMENTAL EDUACTION PROJECT

KEEP is a non-profit, non-government organisation established in 1992, it also has links to organisations in Australia, Europe and the USA. Their mission is to ensure the future ecological prosperity of Nepal and its people by maximising the benefits and reducing the negative impacts associated with tourism. The activities of KEEP reflect their core mission and include the establishment of;

 

  • Community development program - A program of activities that harness tourism to develop local communities in a positive way.
  • Environmental & Eco-tourism program - Aimed at raising awareness about the environmental impact of tourism on Nepal’s picturesque terrain and to run specific projects to minimise this.
  • Porter’s Clothing Bank - This project set up in 2009 provides ill-prepared porters with better clothing suitable for trekking in the mountain environment and aims at reducing the number of unnecessary illnesses and fatalities that occur each year.
  • Tourism Capacity Development Program -  Focuses on increasing the professional skills of those in Nepal’s tourism industry by providing training in areas such as environment, conservation, eco-tourism, leadership, language, safety and First Aid.
  • Visitor Information Centre - Open in the heart of Thamel, Kathmandu, providing free impartial and independent information to travellers about trekking and tourism in Nepal.
  • Volunteer Projects - Provides a platform for international visitors to volunteer in numerous community development programs.

 

 

PORTERS WELFARE

Porters play a vital role in making trekking easier for tourists. They are often poor and uneducated, making the journey into alpine regions in not much more then thin jumpers and sandals. This exposure to the elements results in many regularly falling ill. KEEP is now the voice of Nepali porters, holding workshops to educate all involved (tour companies, tourists and porters). Through the Porter’s Clothing Bank they are spreading the message and distributing the donated clothing to the porters. KEEP encourages tourists to donate and leave behind their suitable clothing to this cause; boots, jackets, gloves etc. are all appreciated. It is also worth considering the amounts they carry and sharing some of the load.

 

The maximum weight that a porter should be given has been fixed to 20kg now a days. Sherpa tours comply with this policy.

 

Sherpa Tours ensures that the porters working with us are looked after by providing them warm clothes, take out their insurance, pay them wages as per the suggestion by the porter welfare.

 

HOW YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE TO SUSTAINABLE TOURISM AS A TRAVELLER OF SHERPA TOURS

Sherpa Tours operates with sustainable tourism policies, for these sustainable tourism policies please refer to our policy section under ‘About Us’.

 

We expect our travellers to comply with our policies and contribute as a responsible traveller.

 

RESPONSIBLE TRAVEL TIPS

  • Contribut in preservation of local environment, flora and fauna.
  • The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. Please avoid the purchase of bottled water by using the available safe alternatives where recommended by your group leader.
  • Contribute in preservation of local culture. Dress modestly in Nepal as a respect to local values, beliefs and practices. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees.
  • Always ask first before photographing or video-taping people.
  • It is advisable that you avoid giving gifts or money to children on trek, or beggars in the city streets to discourage such behaviours. Sweets given to children in the hillside are causing dental problems in remote villages.
  • Put effort in learning local languages, at least for greetings.
  • When shopping for gifts and memorabilia, favour locally made handicrafts. Choose local produces.

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