Responsible tourism is similar to any other form of tourism but minimizes any kind of negative impacts on the social-cultural and economic aspect of the country. The tourist destinations also retain their originality with a bit of accountability on the part of the travelers. This form of tourism help locals gets greater economic benefits and enhances the overall condition of the hosting community. However, in the present context, the natural beauty and different trek trails are under threat due to unmanaged tourism. Similarly, The Nepalese remote areas are under-developed, where responsible tourism can be the best and finest way of uplifting their situation. These have prompted the initiative of responsible tourism to a degree that is monumental not just for the development of the nation but for healthy growth in tourism-related activities as well. Leave only footprints and take only photographs!
What to expect?
- Meaningful interaction with locals and indigenous people from the region you are visiting
- Activities to ensure the welfare of animals and natural vegetation
- Participation in different relief activities which target the victims of natural calamities
- Activities that don’t hamper cultural ecology and environment
- Following the 5 trekking ethics outlined by IPPG (International Porter Protection Group)
Find more information regarding these guidelines at the official website of IPPG at http://www.ippg.net/tx/guidelines/.
- Greater understanding of social, local, and environmental issues
- Use of same trekking trails and resting places, which assures a reduction in environmental pollution
- Practicing homestay and staying in locally owned lodges and teahouses
- Maintain sanitation and proper cleanliness during the trips
- Use of the locally available services including, guides and porters
- Participation in development activities of locals, women empowerment, and environmental conservation
- Avoid use of any kind of driftwoods/firewood and focus on using an alternate source of energy
In a nutshell, responsible tourism is all about taking certain responsibilities to address specific challenges and achieving sustainability in tourism. It focuses on making the places better to live in as well as to travel. With the resources of Nepal seeing declination in quality, responsible tourism is the go-to. Thus, we, at Nepal Alibaba Treks, aim to help sustain these resources for the sake of relishing their glory to the fullest.