Trekking with shamans in the Nepal
Description of Trekking with shamans in the Nepal
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PlanetTaking into account that the natural beauty of Nepal is one of the most important elements of the experiences that we provide for our clients, we are aware of the need to make sure that we take good care of the environment. To do our bit for the environment, we have a few different measures in place.
At our office all paper, glass and metals are re-cycled and kitchen and garden waste is composted.
We try and minimize the use of chemical detergents and cleaning chemicals. Unfortunately we are yet to find products that are 100% eco-friendly. All waste water is let into soak-pits to prevent run-off into water-bodies.
During the trek we support locally-run guest houses that are built using natural and locally-sourced materials. We also have a strict no-litter policy and pick up and bag as much litter as possible from the trail. Furthermore we encourage our guests to use boiled and filtered water that is safe for consumption rather than bottled water as plastic-waste is an issue in the mountains.
During treks to remote valleys, we often encounter wildlife. Our guides are always careful to ensure that we do not disturb vulnerable wildlife.
We employ organic farming practices on our grounds where we grow a lot of the fruit and vegetables that we serve our guests. We source the balance of our produce from the surrounding villages where we ask the farmers to use organic methods as well. We also source our coffee from a neighboring farmer who has an organic coffee plantation.
We make sure to disturb the local flora and fauna as little as possible due to which our guests get to enjoy the presence of wildfowl early in the morning, monkeys and birds during the day; and if they are very lucky they might hear a leopard calling out at night.
At our offices in Kathmandu, we do the following:
- Limit the use of paper by only printing when necessary.
- Waste paper, glass and metals are re-cycled.
- We have solar panels installed along with an inverter which provides the majority of the electricity we use.
- We harvest rain-water
PeopleDuring our treks, our guests are accommodated in the family-run lodges for overnight stays which are operated by local villagers. The food is wholesome and home-cooked. While there is always a selection provided by the lodge for lunch and dinner, we normally recommend local Nepali cuisine. Not only does it have the lowest environmental impacts, but is also the most wholesome and delicious option as that is what the locals eat on a daily basis. Moreover, people are proud to showcase their cuisine as it is such an important part of their culture. By using small local businesses, we contribute significantly to the local economy in a way that benefits the residents of these beautiful regions.
In some areas, the local community locally collects a small percentage of the income generated into a reserve fund to be used in the development of that area. In this way, tourism directly contributes to the development of areas that we operate in. We also encourage our guests to purchase local products such as fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, drinks, handicrafts etc which help to generate income and employment opportunities for the locals.
On this trek in particular, guests will encounter different ethnic groups not only as we will be passing through their villages but also pilgrims who are sharing the trail with us. This provides us with the opportunity to share cultures and experiences. The trek also directly and indirectly provides income and exposure to the Shamans of the hills who are dwindling in numbers as younger people shy away from their culture to embrace modern lifestyles. Our trek leaders always make it a point to brief our clients of the fact that while people in the mountains are generally open and friendly it is important to respect their privacy and way of life. In remote villages and during religious rituals it is especially important to always ask before taking a photo of anyone - particularly elders.
Another method for us to reduce the negative impact on the environment and communities we visit is by restricting the number of clients on each trek. Only having small groups also allows us to stay in unique, family-run accommodation and engage positively with the locals.
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