Kat Mut0 review 22 May 2014
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?
Just being in the Himalayas trekking was a most awesome experience.
2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?
Make sure you get a fluent English speaker for a guide and one with experience
and true enjoyment doing what he/she does.
3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I am not sure.....it seemed this was booked then booked with another company and then booked again with a local company so I am not sure how much went back to Nepal and the people there.
4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?
Read the operator's response here:
Thanks for taking the time to provide feedback on your recent tour to Nepal. I wanted to follow up on the comments you made relating to the way that our tours benefit the local communities and economy as much as this goes on behind the scenes and may not always be obvious to clients traveling with us.
- In Nepal and all of the countries in which we operate, we use local operatives and organisations as much as possible in the day to day running of our tours. This ensures we provide employment and generates and income for the local tour companies we use. In Nepal we have worked with one local family in particular over the last 15 years, starting by employing people directly, and then helping them to start and build their own trekking agency.
- As part of our code of practice we support various local and international organisations, NGO's and charities, related to the areas in which we operate. The booking of any of our tours will include a donation of at least UKú2 p/p to one of the causes we support. In Nepal the main organisations we support are: Shree Nalang Primary School Project, Bardia Eco-Lodge projects, KEEP (The Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) and the Himalayan Rescue Association.
- We use locally produced materials wherever possible. When foreign equipment is used we aim to use that equipment which is owned by local operatives/organisations.
- In Nepal (and some other destinations) we try to use public transport wherever it is possible for us to do so.
- We have been actively involved and provided financial support towards the development of Bardia Eco-Lodge in the west of Nepal. This project provides local employment in Bardia, and shows examples of possible eco-friendly building and operational techniques to other lodges in Bardia.
I hope that this helps to explain our policy on responsible tourism in Nepal
and the way that our tours benefit the local people.
Thanks again for choosing to travel with us!