Responsible tourism: Nepal culture and adventure vacation
We have always believed in tourism that aims to have a low impact on the natural environment and local culture, generating income and employment for local people and promoting the conservation of local ecosystems. This is responsible tourism which is both ecologically and culturally sensitive. The locals have major roles to play in sustainable tourism, participating actively and taking responsibility in the industry. We encourage locals to sell local handicrafts or simply talk with tourists to give them an authentic image of the local culture.
Our guide will provide information on how to protect the environment e.g. do not drop litter, dispose of garbage in proper places like garbage boxes, establish fire point in camping treks/tours, if possible give food wastage to domestic animals. Pay a small extra amount to porters to bring back non-disposable items by duffel. Avoid bathing or washing clothes in streams etc. We take only small groups with a maximum of 16 people help to minimise our impact on the environment.
We try to maximise our contribution to the local community by hiring local familiar guide and porters with knowledge about local culture. We encourage all our clients to hire porters to give local people employment, this is a great way of directing money straight back into the local economy. Our porters are not allowed to carry more than 25kg. In this trek we stay at local lodges/teahouses operated by local people. All lodges/teahouses minimise the impact on the environment by using kerosene/gas fuel instead of fire wood.
We are in partnership with registered charity organisation “Chhahari Group Nepal”, The organisation has been serving in Nepalese society since 2001. Most projects funded by them directly benefit the local community that has been affected by natural or political issues. Many other projects directly or indirectly benefit our citizens, e.g. orphanage home, community school, health camp, scholarship program etc. A current project involves helping to run a free community school for very poor families' children who can’t afford to send their kids to school.
Reviews of Nepal culture and adventure vacation
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I am reborn! Simply the best vacation I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 22 Apr 2014 by Courtney Stryker
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
We did it all during this vacation and enjoyed every minute! We toured Kathmandu; went river rafting; enjoyed scenic trekking; and visited Chitwan National Park where we took an elephant safari and got to wash elephants in the river. The tour operator did a fantastic job planning an active itinerary where we had lots of time for activity but also enough time to relax. I would not change a thing!
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Just let the good folks at Friendship Tours know what you want to do and they will plan a great experience for you. We had been to Nepal before so we knew what we wanted. Otherwise, Mr. Roka will make good suggestions for your trip. Mr. Roka and his team were responsive, professional and friendly. They really know their business.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
All of the employees were Nepali--Ramesh, our wonderful guide; Narahayn, our amazing driver; Santosh, our river guide, etc...
We only went to locally owned and operated places and drove rather than flew to our destinations.
The river guides and the trekking experience were very conservation-oriented and they mentioned responsible use of the river and the trails.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
This was a wonderful, active and fun vacation. We will absolutely consider using this company again if we return to Nepal or go to one of their other destinations like Bhutan. They did an outstanding job. Good value for the money.