This is third major aspect of trekking in Nepal besides your own personal safety and comfort and the minimal of impact on the local environment. By responsible trekking we mean that trekkers like you should make the expenditure related to any of the activities related to trekking such that the expenditure reaches to the hand of the people who are directly impacted upon by trekking activities like the one that you possibly have already been or are planning to go for.
Trekkers should realize that Nepal relies upon tourism industry for generation of revenue in state level while the community around the trekking trail depends upon the trekkers and mountaineers for economic wellbeing. The trekking guides, porters, teahouses or guesthouses, several of the markets and shops that sell unique souvenir and many more depend on the activities such as trekking; the people who indirectly depend on the trekking is larger one. The income generated out of trekking is used by people to send their children to schools, build necessary infrastructures for the region, enhance their own living standard and many other activities. So, using the porters, guides and other personnel who belong to the community alongside the trekking trail, you are paying back to the persons who work for your safety and comfort during the trekking expedition.
For trekking responsibly…
i. Use assigned trekking routes, campsites and resting places to avoid infringement and other negative environmental impacts on the remote areas by trekkers.
ii. Hire licensed guides and porters in Nepal itself and if possible make sure that these guides and porters belong to the community that is directly affected by the trekking activity along the trail you are planning wander along.
iii. Use the teahouse or guesthouses that are run by the local community people and consume the food and other cuisines in the trekking route to support the local livelihood, provided that you are sure of the hygiene and quality.
iv. Respect the local cultures and traditions along the trekking route and participate in any activities that promote and preserve the indigenous cultural and traditional heritages along the trail.
v. Make minimal use of the firewood; if possible avoid the use of firewood altogether. Use common space for heating and promote other sources of energy for heating, cooking, taking shower such as solar energy powered sources.
vi. Take your waste disposal bag with you. Use the litter box available locally and refrain from polluting the trail in the ecologically sensitive areas.
vii. Don’t dispose the human wastes in open areas and use the mobile toilet facilities available while encouraging these to be placed away far from the water sources.
viii. Make sure that the money spent goes to the local community.
As generally requested to the trekkers we request you to “Leave only footprints and take only photographs”. Follow the guidelines by responsible authorities and respect the local culture besides assisting in conservation of wildlife and vegetation in the region. Be responsible!