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Responsible Travel Policy


During our trekking/tour operation, we are committed to do following things for responsible and sustainable tourism 
1. Care for Environment:
as an Eco-member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project), our commitment towards environment is inevitable as a responsible travel.
2. Protection of local environment:
Actions taken: We are committed to active initiatives like popular ‘Pack it in and Pack it out’, ‘leave no trace’ principles, Minimum Impact Code. No disturbance or feeding animals with human food. We clean up properly the camping terrain after the overnight stay.
Actions planned: Seeking ways scientific to become more environmentally friendly from organizations like KEEP.
3. Energy:
Actions taken: Use of gas cylinders, fuel efficiency stoves, kerosene than using fuel as local trees/trunks.  Alternatively, we encourage our participant/s to use rechargeable batteries/ solarium energies.
Actions Planned: We look forward to adopt new other rural environment friendly technologies
4. Travel:
Actions taken: Fair travel, seek ways to benefit local people by buying their products, walk sticking to main trails. Eco-trek as an eco-tourism under responsible travel is our motto. Safety to diligent guides, porters and ensured their insurance policy.
Action planned:  Encourage becoming responsible traveler/s.
5. Water
Actions taken: Water re-fill system in office / treks/tours and say ‘NO PLASTIC water bottle’, use of iodine water cleansing tablet, water filter by pumping one, avoid tent toilet at least near 50 m from stream, rivers or sources of water to avoid water pollution.
Action planned: Strictly avoiding disposable carrying plastics entrance to office/ check posts.
6.  Waste:
Actions taken: Use of Eco-bag, ‘Say no to Plastic’ and ‘disposable Water Bottle’, carry toilet paper, no burning of waste.  While trekking in the fragile land, we encourage our trekkers/staff to carry only degradable materials. Following already stated principles.
Actions planned: Segregate wastes
7. Resource use:
Actions taken:  gas, encouraged local products to be brought for tourists.
Actions planned: Use of local resources for product buying.
8. Care for Communities:
Employment:
Actions taken: porters, guides and employed from local areas of trekking routes who are marginalized groups people, indicated by government of Nepal like Sherpa, Tamang, Rai & Dalits.
Action planned: recruit more and diverse ethnic community people.
9. Economy:
Actions taken: “Fair Trade and Fair Travel” during treks /tours operation is considered: buy local products, home-stay to enhance maximum benefit to locals & village tours are encouraged.  Office pays training fees to porters, guides, leaders of a trek.
Action planned:  Helping local remote village of Nepal through provision of stationery to school children, community development program through KEEP as it also is specialized in it.
10. Culture:
Actions taken: Cultural exchange programs between guests and tourists in local dresses. Explain local histories, mysteries, because every places of Nepal has interesting mythical stories. We advise our trekking participant to respect local culture, try not change the local people but follow their culture while trekking in their region.
Actions planned:  Encourage more and make a recording system of their indigenous cultures.

Presented by:

Ramesh Paneru

Botanical Treks & Excursion (P) Ltd.

G.P.O. Box  No. 3282, Thamel, Kathmandu, Nepal.

Tel: 00977-1-6226034

Tel / fax: 00977-1-4415002

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