Responsible Travel and Tourism

Passages Nepal P. Ltd. A Trekking company promises you a rewarding trip with an experience that last you lifetime amidst natural and cultural beauties. Here you will find committed team member, world-class quality, personalized service, closest co-operation and great company. Our trekking crews have more than a decade of trek leadership experience. We ensure you get the ultimate holiday experience that exceeds your expectation. Quality service is what matters the most. We at Passages Nepal Trekking, Expeditions are supremely confident to bring outstanding service throughout your trip without any unnecessary discomfort and hassle, it is guaranteed.

We also consider the effects of tourism on our destinations and promote responsible travel on our trips. Passages Nepal Pvt. Ltd. cares for the proper wages and proper working conditions for porters and mountain guides. They also arrange for a tree to be planted for ever person that climbs the mountain, so that every travelers can make a positive contribution in the fight against climate change. We encourage our customers to be sensitive when it comes to both photography and dress code, urging travelers to respect differences, privacy, and modesty.

Nepal, Geographically small in size, but with its varied terrain, diverse cultural and lifestyle pattern, high Himalayas including top of the universe, we can safely say that it is vast, it is truly a paradise for adventure, a perfect spot for ultimate holiday experience while you are in Nepal.

Whether you are looking for a holiday in Nepal or in Tibet or in Bhutan, we have a trip for you that suits your personal preference and timeframe. So join us today, let us plan your holiday down to the smallest details. We would take immense pleasure to be of service to you.

Passage Nepal Pvt. Ltd is accountable for the way we affect the local community and environment in the areas we operate in. Our recent great strides in ensuring that a Responsible Travel and tourism philosophy is incorporated into all aspects of our business.

We are appointed including Travel co-ordinate, setting up a Responsible Travel team, introducing Responsible Travel elements into our trips, auditing all our trips in terms of how 'responsible' they are, linking up with charities and auditing our office energy efficiency.

Passages Nepal simply be considered at every level of decision making. This section of our website is dedicated to giving you more information putting responsible travel and tourism into practice for your whole trips, that include trekking, tours, expedition, climbing, safaries and others.

We always welcome your feedback and your experiences regarding Responsible Travel and tourism that we respect and support. Pleas kindly Email us regarding responsible travel and tourism that we hint and respect.

In additional, Following the instruction and information of passages Nepal or Independent travel is a great way to keep your mind, and your eyes, wide open. Wherever you go and whatever you do, you'll come face to face with new cultures, meeting entirely new people with a completely different view of the world. You'll come across colorful customs, and strong, happy communities living in all kinds of environments. We strive to help preserve and support world communities of every description, to ensure that our trips are sustainable as well as authentic, fun and Responsible.

Minimum Criteria and its impact of Responsible Travel and Tourism.

Impact:

As we are travel, trekking and adventure operators, We firmly believe that nature is the biggest asset. We never undertake any activity that goes against nature. Our team is well-trained and aware of possible impact to environment due to the unregulated tourism adventures. So we discharge our duties very seriously towards preservation of nature as well. Especially for tented camping trek, we always use kerosene to cook with, and our rubbish is well disposed, or carry out all with us. This leaves minimal impact of our activities to nature, and helps it to exist in its natural splendour as well as respect the local society, Their culture and make contribution on cleaning up the villages for next season and other trekkers and traveller.

Cares for Guides, porters, Sherpas and Staffs:

Passage Nepal is small but well known of job responsibilities and well staffing that all of our staffs are well paid and insured. They are provided sufficient equipments, and emergency helicopter evacuation in case of emergency. All of our staffs are paid regular remuneration and bonuses. We provide training and development opportunity to each staff to enhance their personality. Training mostly focused with the interest of our staffs and office needy.

We every off season provide training on administration and management, English and other specific languages we need and interest, Trekking and mountaineering training with AMS, Hospitality and natural preservation and an Environment.

We operate the trek according to the 5 guidelines of International Porter Protection Group (IPPG)

Guidelines 01
we provide windproof jacket and trousers, fleece jacket, long johns, suitable footwear (leather boots in snow), socks, hat, gloves and sunglasses to save from cold, rain and snow.

Guidelines 02:
We take care of their goods, shelter means: twin sharing rooms or tents, blankets or sleeping bags, hot drinking and cooking equipments and fuel.

Guidelines 03:
Porters should be provided with the same standard of medical care as you would expect for yourself, and life insurance.

Guidelines 04:
Porters should not be paid off because of illness/injury without the leader or the trekkers assessing their condition carefully. The person in charge of the porters (sirdar) must let their trek leader or the trekkers know if a sick porter is about to be paid off. Failure to do this has resulted in many deaths. Sick/injured porters should never be sent down alone, but with someone who speaks their language and understands their problem, along with a letter describing their complaint. Sufficient funds should be provided to cover cost of rescue and treatment.

Guidelines 05:
No porter should be asked to carry a load that is too heavy for their physical abilities (maximum: 20 kg on Kilimanjaro, 25 kg in Peru and Pakistan, 30 kg in Nepal). Weight limits may need to be adjusted for altitude, trail and weather conditions; experience is needed to make this decision.

Economic responsibility:

Trekking in any region means bringing wealth into that region in any region means bringing wealth into that region. We are aware that this wealth is not fairly distributed; there is no easy solution to this. However we choose not to use the over wealthy establishments unless there is no alternative and the service we seek to offer our clients is likely to be compromised. Most of these establishments, wealthy or not use local staff. The money received by Himalayan Glacier goes towards maintaining the quality of our operation to include local staff training regarding all aspects of tourism in the country.

Environment Responsibility:

We have installed our own clean water system in the office negating the need to buy clean water in plastic containers. We boil and use purification tablets to minimize the rapid pollution growth. Our guides carry iodine supplies on treks and we encourage clients to have their own supply

All of our tours have one member of staff whose main responsibility is to ensure we are adhering to good practice and treading lightly.

Through our study centre in Ghandruk we are able to link people into the aims and objectives of the Annapurna Conservation Area Project. The centre also has a policy of separating waste for appropriate disposal. We do Campaign in the trekking villages or destination to disposal.

The main objectives of this project was to increase environmental awareness between individuals and groups who are directly and indirectly participate in the mountain activities

Contribution to the Local community and Social Responsibility:

Passages Nepal trekking and Expedition invest minimum 5% of its profit for charitable work leads by HEED Nepal Organization. We sponsor school kids, poor and needy people from remote areas. We support to build the school in the rural mountain villages with minimum contribution from the local people and supports to buy books, notebooks and teacher wages. We have been contributing children who are in need for their education. Besides we also run community base environmental projects, Healthcare initiatives in school and community through learning by education and Medical camps. We have also put our effort into water and sanitation, road construction, drinking water supply, and community healthcare services in remote and underprivileged villages. Sometimes we also launch awareness programs against environmental degradation due to unhealthy practices, social problems, superstitions, old beliefs still prevailing in our society that have been proved to be barriers to social development.

We have noticed tremendous changes in people due to such campaigns and interaction programs. Recently we have set up Recycled Handicrafts, benefited 100s of family and supports their children’s education, healthcare payments and family in need. The empowerment program in equal involvement in the social activities are successful that we have supported. They are all in remote areas from remote mountain villages.

A few thoughts for the responsible travelers

We sincerely observe Responsible Tourism practices, and our policies are guided by the principles for Economic Responsibility, Social Responsibility, and Environmental Responsibility. We endeavor to be the role models for those around us and hope that our principles can contribute to awareness and make change.

Read up on the countries you plan to visit The welcome will be warmer if you take an interest and speak even a few words of the local language

Think small when booking a holiday for example bed and breakfasts, village houses and locally owned accommodation benefit local families. Help the local economy of developing countries by buying local produce in preference to imported goods.

If bargaining to buy an item, bear in mind that a small amount to you could be extremely important to the seller.

Realize that often the people in the country you are visiting have different time concepts and thought patterns from your own, this does not make them inferior, only different.

Instead of the western practice of knowing all the answers, cultivate the habit of asking questions and discover the enrichment of seeing a different way of life through others eyes.Remember that man travels the world in search of what he needs and returns home to find it.

Please, Kindly email us your comments or feedback as we requested Above: Email ID: gurungrankesh@hotmail.com (Rankesh Gurung) info@passagesnepal.com

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