Responsible tourism means to explore the new places without disturbing our culture, nature and tradition. Tourism is known as one of the major revenue earning industries in an economically backward countries as well as underdeveloped countries like Nepal, Bhutan and India. It provides a base for the employment facilities and generates income for thousands of household. Today the main focus is on the development of tourism in an around the country by building various tourist spots. As well as satisfying the foreign visitors in each an every aspects so that they can enjoy the scenic beauty of Nepal such as Himalayas, the exotic flora and fauna and people with diverse culture. Also includes adventurous activities like trekking, rafting, bungee jumping, mountain flight, wildlife safari as well as sightseeing.
The main motive is to attract more tourist and to generate huge revenue for the country. Since the Everest area which used to be called as highest garbage dump in the world mesmerized everyone by developing such types of activities. As we know every coin has two sides so in the same way tourism has also positive as well as negative affect though tourism harms the environment for instance trekkers use precious wood for cooking, camp fires, rubbish being dumped along the trail but today the government and entrepreneur has realize that tourism should be flourished but in a healthy manner without harming the environment. During last decade many measures has been adopted in order to conduct healthy tourism without harming the nature. Today every trekking group camping out as kerosene or small gas cooker for their cooking purpose and hot water needs, cutting of trees has been abolished. A trek guide ensures that rubbish after a camp is always disposed off with proper care. Trekkers are told briefly about customs and traditions of the local people and should be friendly as well as polite. They should not hurt the sentiments of people who may feel offended by cheap tips or presents, perhaps for a photograph.
Today Nepal has adopted a strong conservation and protection policy on environment, natural resources, the flora and fauna and the region’s rich bio diversity. Along with the Everest zone which has been declared as a world heritage site by UN. 13 national parks and wildlife reserves have been demarcated and restricted against human. It is ensuring by the Nepal’s government, that proper’s a measure as well as initiatives has been taken for the well development of tourism without disturbing the ecosystem. It is not only the responsibility of government about also the people who all are involved in it and get benefited through responsible tourism. It is not necessary one has to be highly educated to run such kind of activities instead they can learn from the people who are already in this field. And in case of accidents, death they should be insured by paying fairly for their hard work also should be provided with protective clothing and footwear for the higher more risky treks.
For instance, Glorious Himalaya Trekking Company strictly follows the norms and guidelines laid down by the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) and all porters hired by us on any trek are covered by insurance.
Social and Environmental responsibility:
Glorious Himalaya at all times fulfills its social and environmental responsibility in respect to social issues of the local people, as well as all aspects of good ecological practices. We try to fulfill our social and environmental responsibility in the following ways:
- We use bio-cooking gas and organic food during all our treks.
- We don?t litter the trekking trails and mountains. Our Camping staff and Camping groups clean up the camping grounds after their stay.
- We try our best to employ the local people of the areas we trek to.
- We generally serve local food during our treks and discourage imported food items.
- We cover Life, Medical and emergency rescue insurance of all our trekking crews.