Nepal Vision is committed towards adopting a responsible attitude towards the areas we visit. We are guests of the communities we pass through and with some thought and care we can ensure that everyone benefits from the experience. Our responsible tourism policy aims to ensure that Nepal Vision and its clienteles act in a way that is socially, environmentally and culturally sound. If you have any suggestions or comments regarding our Responsible Tourism policy, please get in contact with us.
Nepal Vision's Responsible Tourism Policy
Porter welfare is our top priority; our local partners are monitored on a continual basis and post trip questionnaires are read and acted upon where necessary. We do our utmost to comply with the International Porter Protection guidelines (IPPG)
Nepal Vision is a life member of Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP). KEEP is a non-profit organization with two main aims; to provide impartial and independent information to travelers, and to ensure the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal through positive impact tourism and outreach project work†http://www.keepnepal.org
Nepal Vision will offset its carbon dioxide emissions each year by contributing to Climate Care, which funds projects around Nepal to reduce Greenhouse gases.
Appropriate behavior is encouraged by providing Trip Dossiers with sections on social and cultural awareness and by using local guides who discuss these issues with the group.
All areas of our operations are planned in respect to responsible tourism and we require our business partners to support this vision.
We, Nepal Vision, believe that our clients have an important role to play during the trip, with each person ultimately determining the overall impact of the group in the area visited. The following are some ideas you might like to consider:
- We always persuade our clients to buy locally made crafts and support local skills to encourage the positive sides of tourism.
- Consider tipping a reasonable amount for good service. It has become a cultural and every staff expects something from their guest at the end of the trip.
- Bargaining is an accepted practice in all of the countries we visit- but do so in a good sense and bear in mind the amount of money you are negotiate over!
- Think carefully about giving money to beggars, it is often more effective to give money to local charity to reduce reliance and expectation.
- Better to learn basics of the local language, which is appreciated and often results in getting more out of the experience.
- Always ask for permission before taking photographs out of respect for the local people.
- Enjoy the areas you visit, however, if possible, try and leave in a better state than you found them in.
- Always respect the local laws, customs and cultural beliefs.
- Observe the dress code of the area and be aware of differences in social behavior and norms.
- Do not buy ancient artifacts or souvenirs made from endangered species (eg; ivory).
- Wild animals should not be touched, fed or disturbed and do not encourage local people to parade animals.
- Try not to damage any plants you see on the trail.
- Do not collect firewood; all of our camping treks use kerosene for cooking.
- Ask permission before using a village well or pump.
- Please burn all paper and bury away from a water source (30m) and please use toilet facilities if they exist.
- Our policy is to carry out all non biodegradable rubbish, if any is left behind in the morning, please bring to the guides attention.
- Bring along environmentally friendly detergents and shampoos and use as little as possible to keep fresh water supplies free from pollution.
- Be economical in using fresh water for showering and washing as often they are in short supply.
- Consider offsetting environmental effects of international travel by contributing to Climate Care.
Nepal Vision is proactive in supporting ethical tourism. After the Great Eastern Nepal FLOOD we took the initiative and collected warm clothes, household belongings and tents for the victims.