trekking nepal with care

lukla nepal trekkingBefore trekking Nepal we need to all ask ourselves “How can I hike responsibly?” Here’s some advice from our good friends at KEEP – the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project in Nepal, on how to be a responsible trekker in their beautiful mountainous land:

* Pack adequate warm clothes so as not to depend on fires for warmth.

* For women a mid-calf length skirt or loose trousers, and for men trousers or knee-length shorts (long trousers in monasteries) are respectful of local customs.

* Carry a plastic bag for litter and carry out all non-biodegradable items. Paper should be burnt discretely and not in the cooking fire.

* Cooking dahl bhaat takes less fuel. Order the same meals at the same time as other trekkers.

* Please don’t give to begging children.

* Pay fair prices for food, lodging and services. Buying local products benefits hill economies, but buying antiques and artifacts robs Nepal of its culture.

* Be respectful when photographing people. Always establish a friendly rapport and ask first and please don’t pay any money.

* No nudity when bathing. Women should wear a sarong covering them from chest to knees. Don’t use soaps in the streams and throw any soapy water well away from the high water mark.

* Take hot showers only when the water is heated by non-wood or fuel-efficient stoves.

* Carry a water bottle and purify water using iodine. 2% tincture of iodine, available from pharmacies, is used at 4 drops per litre of water and left for at least 20 minutes. Longer in very cold weather.

* Stick to the main trails to prevent erosion.

* Respect and thank your host for their welcome.

The Intrepid Foundation is proud to support the valuable work of KEEP – please click here for more information on how you can help make a difference.

* photo by Chetan Patec – Intrepid Photography Competition

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Sue Elliot - Like many of us, Sue contracted a serious travel bug at an early age. She's visited over 90 countries in search of a cure, but her wanderlust just seems to get worse. Thankfully at Intrepid Travel she's amongst people who understand the affliction and since 1998 Sue has enjoyed being our blog and newsletter editor. Here you'll find helpful travel advice and inspiring tales from Sue and other Intrepid travellers.

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