Full Moon Festival & Shamanism, Nepal

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Traveling with a local operator

This vacation is operated by a company based in the vacation destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your vacation to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Full Moon Festival & Shamanism, Nepal

Environment

We are a Nepali company and travel through this company makes a direct impact in the economy of Nepal. We also triy to maximise its contribution to the local economy by hiring local guides and porters for these trips and staying in smaller lodges to spread the income. The company does not vertically integrate and sub-contracts all support activities like transportation, lodging etc. so that the money gets spread in the economy. It conserves on paper minimising paperwork in the office and by giving out electronic brochures. When required, brochures are printed on both sides of the paper and are in a folder format so that only relevant inserts need be given.

We also have in place a development support system whereby 10% of its profits go to charities like the Joy Foundation Nepal who conduct free cataract eye camps in rural areas of Nepal and Antardristi Nepal, which is developing a fund to start a incest and rape care centre for minors. 10% of the company's profits also goes directly into employee benefits. Through the snow leopard trek, part of proceeds will support snow leopard conservation efforts.

In the field, guides, porters and clients are all oriented in responsible travel. A zero litter policy is in place so that it minimises wastage in the region. We only take out very small groups with a maximum of twelve participants per group. All trips also focus on culture.

Community

We have put in place a development support system whereby 10% of its profits go to charities like the Joy Foundation Nepal who conduct free cataract eye camps in rural areas of Nepal and Antardristi Nepal, which is developing a fund to start a incest and rape care centre for minors. 10% of the company's profits also goes directly into employee benefits.

Reviews of Full Moon Festival & Shamanism, Nepal

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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
Very enjoyable
It was OK
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2006 by

My husband, my 11-year-old son and I, booked our trek with this operator per your instructions July 27th. We stayed in Nepal for the entire month of August. The Full Moon Festival and Shamanism trek was amazing. There is so much I could say about our personal growth and the incredible views that I could write a book.

The staff at this operator is wonderful. They were on top of all communications. They answered our emails each day, when we arrived we were met at the airport by Nima Lama, who was our guide. He brought us to our hotel and from then on we were well taken care of by him. The porters and other guides that he provided us with (as well as personally being our leader on the trek) were kind, courteous, wonderful people whom we grew to know and enjoy their company as well.

Nima was also resourceful. My knees were not as strong as I had thought which became evident early in the trek. I was determined to complete the trek, so Nima assigned a guide to keep me going at my own pace. Nono Sherpa was his name. He had an uncanny way of knowing exactly when I needed a hand and when I wanted to do it myself. I never fell or stumbled; Nono was always there to steady me. On the narrowest steepest passes and waterfalls Nono managed to be there by my side. When my knees grew too stiff to safely trek down the 15,000 foot mountain from Lake Gosainkunda, Nima hired a horse.

That horseback ride was the probably the highlight of my trip. I never knew a horse could go up and down such steep inclines and cross a suspension bridge. All the while, Nima or Nono were by my side watching over me. Our son was well watched over by the entire crew, and he even learned a bit of the language. The other trekkers were very nice people who took him under their wing.

Lifelong friendships were formed. It was a great group. The magic of the Shaman pilgrimage was palpable. At one point in one of the villages, Sing Gompa, I was watching the Tamang women dance. I was following their dance steps when one of them grabbed me and pulled me into the circle. Another put her hat on me and we danced together for hours. They brought me with them to other dance circles and when I could dance no longer, too tired to move, they all hugged me with genuine affection.

That is a warmth I will carry with me my entire life. After our trek we booked a couple more, one to Poon Hill and one to Chitwan. We knew that, based on our experience with this operator, we would be well looked after, and we were.

I would definitely rate the Shaman Trek at a ***** five star experience. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this operator to anyone. They are superb. I’ll be proud to direct my friends to the web site.

We will be booking our next vacation through Responsible Travel. It is comforting to know that a group such as yourselves have done the work of finding good people who run local businesses to bring the world community closer together.

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