"Respect the Himalayan culture, society & environment, so that it respects you as a
Tourism has mixed impacts. On
the positive side tourism provides jobs, brings foreign
exchange and provides income to support local development.
It can also directly support local industry and encourage
communities to place greater emphasis on environmental
protection. However, one of the main problems is that the
benefits of tourism often bypasses the local population, and
tourism related activities can contribute to the degradation
of the environment. They can put pressure on scarce local
resources such as land and water, pollute the environment
and reduce biodiversity. Money may not reach the local
economy, and the jobs available may be poorly paid and
provide insecure employment.
Responsible Tourism takes an action to increase the positive impacts and reduce
the negative impacts is vital to the future sustainability
and profitability of tourism.
Responsible Tourism: What is it?
There are many definitions, but in a nutshell, it means
making sure that tourism organizations look after
destinations, so that their attractions & resources -
whether natural or cultural - are not spoiled either for
local people or for future visitors.
Responsible Tourism :
the nature & environment
local cultures, traditions, religions and built heritages
local communities, economically & socially
minimize pollution or negative impact of tourism
As a traveller, we believe that you have as important a role
as we do. We believe that we provide a framework for
Responsible Tourism but your choices and actions before,
during and after your holiday have considerable part to
Responsible Trek in Nepal Himalayas
Social and Economical Issues
stay in lodges rather than camp. There are numerous
comfortable trekking tea houses and lodges in Annapurna,
Everest, Langtang and almost trekking route of Nepal
Himalayas. Therefore it would be wise and comfort for a
responsible trekkers to get accommodation and food in such
and participate local people in every activities of
trekking, so that they can achieve some benefits directly
the local products buying handicrafts fruits foods and
other agro products instead of buying the packed fruits
trading of products made from the body of wild and
- Do not buy
medicine and flowers plants but let them know its
importance and how to preserve them. Many parts of Nepal
Himalayas have popularity as the house for the Ayurvedic
- Do not
give money directly to the begging children. Instead it
patronize by stationery and other useful stuffs.
- Donate to
community rather than individual.
honour to the Temples & Monasteries doing ‘namaste’ &
taking off your shoes or leather dress out side the gate.
smoke & drink inside the temples & monasteries
permission to take photos. Respect a “no”
Responsibility to porters
should be provided adequate clothing for protection from
bad weather and high altitude.
should have perfect proper shelter and cooking
should have access to medical care as trekkers.
procedures should be in place for medical evacuation if
won’t carry more than 25kg in high altitude of
- We would
like to request you to be generous for the wages of your
porters, as they are helping you carrying heavy loads in
the high Himalayas.
Himalayan Respo Trek has arranged the insurance of our
porters for the high altitude accidents.
- Tip each
porter separately & directly rather than via the cook,
guide or agency.
- Spend a
few time with your porter. Offer them your candy and
learn a few words of Nepali or exchange the feelings
each others. It is an interesting experience.
the Himalayas change you - Do not change them
food (Dal Bhat) is comparatively fresh, hygienic and
inexpensive. Fuel consumption to cook dal bhat is less
than the other food. Therefore prefer Nepali food
while you trek.
using camp fire. Use the warmth clothes to protect
yourself from the weather.
hot water prepared by solar energy instead of
your own water instead of buying mineral water in
non-biodegradable plastic bottles.
or dump properly the biodegradable wastage in
bath or soap up cloths in stream.
bowl, pan or bucket to throw the soapy water away from
water source. Toilets should be build fifty to hundred
meter away from water source while camping.
up and carry out non bio degradable or non disposable
wastage such as plastics, aluminum foil , batteries,
glass, can medicinal rubbish.
side on the way while you meet suddenly the herd of
sheep, cows, buffalo, Yak or wild animals.
animals on the way can be frightened and run way or
attack due to the bright and coloured umbrella. Be
aware and safe it yourself.
whistle, talk loudly,& play music is not favorable to
animals. Respect it.
& other National Park Conservation Authority of Nepal
have issued some
regulations trying to minimise the negative impact of
tourism in the area. Himalayan Respo Trek expects our
valued guests to follow it.
mentioned concept of Responsible Tourism is merely
integration of our experience and views proposed at various
International Issues. We, however anticipate personal or
intuitional variations and show due respect towards it.
Advice and suggestions regarding this issue is expected and
will be highly appreciated. Please e-mail us at