Our Statements: Economic Responsibility, Environmental Responsibility, Social Responsibility and Contribution to Local Communities
Alpine Eco Trek offers travel holidays to both corporate and leisure travelers that encourages understanding, appreciation and conservation of the cultures and environments we visit. We conduct all our tours and treks in a socially and environmentally responsible manner. We are committed to working with our clients and the people of our host destinations to ensure direct economic benefits at a community level, and to contribute to cultural and environmental conservation. With the on-going monitoring of our operations, we aim to exceed best practice guidelines, as we strive to meet international industry levels of responsible travel operations.
- What makes us a responsible travel company?
- We foster environmental and cultural awareness and respect.
- We provide positive experiences for our valuable clients.
- We provide direct finical benefits for conservation efforts.
- We buy rice, vegetables and other products from local sources to support local economies.
- We assist and encourage our clients to become more aware of host country political and social issues.
- We pack in and out ourselves: no garbage is left to pollute the environment
- We use kerosene for cooking instead of firewood when we trek off the beaten path
- Our guides, cooks and all supporting staff are native to the areas in which we trek
- We sponsor schools in the areas we visit.
- We strongly support and fallow human rights and labor agreements.
- Our porters carry no more than 25kg.
- Our staff receives life insurance and access to health care.
- Our guides and supporting staffs are highly experienced
- We always welcome your feedback and comments regarding responsible travel, so please send an e-mail to let us know what you think.
We can build up tourism in ways which reflect the natural, cultural and social integrity of the destination, and which encourage appropriate forms of tourism. Tourism is one of the prevalent industries in the world and it is the largest incoming source of foreign currency in Nepal as well. Tourism also provides economic incentives, promotes wild-life conservation, generates income for park management and brings much needed incomes to the rural populations. It also accepts reasonable business, pay and charge fair prices, and builds partnerships with international companies related to tourism, help to establish friendly and co-related relationship in the field of tourism. Sharing idea with each other allows an opportunity to produce good benefits in tourism. In the other hand, local people gain economic benefits from tourism; helping travelers through their guiding skills, working as porter etc. They are more likely to respond positively and work with tourists and trekkers to protect and manage their natural resource base. Giving business to local people and hotels and buying local products keeps tourist revenue in the local economy.
As we send many trekking packages to any regions, we also send wealth, job etc to this reason means bringing wealth into that reason. The payment acknowledged by Alpine Eco Trek also goes towards the benefits of local people of any part of remote area. We have offered charity packages to the visitors so the money come from there goes to help to build up the school of remote areas. It provides full and effective participation and possible income-generating opportunities for local people. And it can make a huge profit. In fact, an economy, money creates more money and better living standards. If one can managed the tourism policy and managed it properly and catered to the utilization of natural resources to create sustainable income for businesses and individuals. Even for the people working in the tourist industry the benefits come at high costs: long and irregular working hours, minimal job security or seasonal work, and comparably low wages characterize employment in this sector.
Tourism is essential for many factors, due to the income produced by utilization of goods and services by tourists, the taxes levied on businesses in the tourism industry, and the opportunity for employment in the service industries associated with tourism. These service industries include transportation services such as cruise ships and taxis, accommodation such as hotels, restaurants, bars, and entertainment venues, and other hospitality industries. All things are benefitted by the tourism.
To save and preserve the natural resources and protect the environment, it is compulsory to teach environmental awareness in local schools, in the community, at homes, tourism offices and in volunteer service centers. In Nepal, volunteers have formed student groups to work on environmental projects, relying on their personal expertise and addressing the needs of the village communities. They organize various activities -- such as planting trees in the barren lands and teaching different methods of preservation – that educate the students and local people about the importance of preserving the environment. Other programs emphasize the significance of recycling -- making a smokeless stove, building a toilet pit, informing adults and children about the hazards of inappropriate garbage disposal, building a compost bin and teaching them how to maintain it, etc. We boil water and use water purification tablets to minimize the rapid growth of pollution. Alpine Eco Trek's leaders and guides carry iodine supplies on every trip and we encourage clients to have their own supply as well.
We believe that social responsibility is a major part of responsible travel since we are all members of a global society. We assist many communities and individuals in supporting local communities, as well as setting up school buildings and drinking water projects in remote parts of Nepal. We enthusiastically maintain a connection with many schools in different regions of Nepal. We can provide travelers with volunteer opportunities in the areas of health, education, mountain resource management, environment and pollution, just to name a few. Basically, we provide services that allow charity groups and volunteer workers to donate their time while learning more about Nepal and its unique culture and friendly people.
Staff Welfare and Porter Protection Policy
We are fully responsible for our porters and guides and we care about all of our staff, from trek leaders and guides to sherpas, cooks and porters. We ensure good pay, life insurance, and helicopter evacuation, as well as the equipment and clothing needed for porters and each member of the trekking staff. We believe that guides and porters are the backbone of our corporation. Without them, we would not be able to assist our valued clients, and to give them the attention they deserve as we introduce them to the spectacular beauty of the Himalayas. Our guides and porters also do their best to ensure that visitors get the quality service that they expect. They possess in depth knowledge and great experience of the trip destinations.
Contribution to Local Communities
Alpine Eco Trek provides many volunteer programs and charitable opportunities. We support schools and local communities in remote regions of Nepal and help the poor and needy people living in these areas. From its establishment, Alpine Eco Trek has contributed to the educational needs of children, as we believe that every child is entitled to a good education. We also run community-based environmental projects and have launched many programs designed to address environmental issues, like pollution and its effect on people's lives. We encourage local people and their communities to contribute to community development, education, as well as health, the environment, and their communities as a whole. We believe that our program enriches the lives of individuals, and promotes the development of daily activities in the fields of education, health, environmental sanitation, and so forth.
Special Request to our Clients!
Based in Kathmandu, we are a adventure travel company with a difference, we are not a simple commercial venture selling holiday tour packages for income but we are a firm with educated and sensible employees who believe in selling experiences keeping in mind the environmental considerations and believe in responsible Tourism policies so that we can leave a beautiful country for our next generation. We actively discourage use of plastics, loud music, detergents and chemicals and wastage of water. We humbly request our clients to help us in our venture to protect and preserve the environment.