Responsible Trekking in Nepal

If you are going on vacation to Nepal and plan to trek the Annapurnas or visit Everest Base Camp, you need to know responsible and safe trekking in Nepal. Here is a practical guide on responsible trekking during your trip to Nepal.

Water – Nepal is trying to minimize the number of plastic water bottles that litter and pollute the countryside and even the cities. In order not to aggravate this problem, you can take your water bottle and purification tablets with you during your trek in Nepal. If you need to do laundry, do not lather and rinse your clothes in a stream or river as it is very likely to be a stash for villagers and even animals. Use a bucket or bowl and then dispose of the dirty water away from the fresh water source. There is a government program set up in the Annapurna region that provides purified water to hikers at some of the stops on the famous Annapurna circuit trek. Take advantage of this program during your holidays in Nepal.

You can also treat the water with iodine to purify it without boiling it.

Litter and Waste – Bring matches to burn toilet paper or handkerchiefs that you might use instead of littering the trail while trekking in Nepal. Or even better, learn to wash yourself with some water like the locals do instead of drying! Some people who undertake longer treks in Nepal carry a small light trowel to bury their “stock” and away from any water source. Carry the litter box with you until you have a suitable place to dispose of it during your trip to Nepal. Keep in mind that for Nepalese the hearth is the heart of the home and therefore the fireplace is sacred. So it’s bad manners of you to throw your garbage in the family fire.

Trekking safely – Robberies, attacks and thefts take place, but especially in city areas. Or, of course, they can occur from time to time in rural regions. It is good to be aware of the most up-to-date advice on the region you are heading to during your trip to Nepal. You can check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website for general country specific advice and advice. The golden rule is never to walk alone because you are unnecessarily putting yourself in a vulnerable position. If you have a reliable guide and a porter to accompany you, then you have someone to supervise your pack if you need to nip in the bushes, you have someone to ask for help if you are injured or ill and away from the next trekking stop. Someone who knows the terrain will also prevent you from taking a wrong turn and losing yourself.

Porters and guides – When you hire a guide or porter locally and privately, you have effectively become their employer for the duration of your trip to Nepal. Porters can carry extraordinary loads, but it’s irresponsible to overload them with unnecessary luggage when you can travel light and carry some of your essentials in your backpack. If your porter or guide gets sick or injured, you are responsible, as their employer, and you must help them and make sure they are rescued. You hear terrible stories of travelers in Nepal leaving the porters to fend for themselves and even die alone. Likewise, if your guide proves to be a heavy drinker and a liability (like my sister’s experience), you may fire him and have to leave him behind (at a safe point) if he’s too drunk to continue! So maybe it’s safer to go through an agency or boarding house to find a good doorman or guide and not just a guy off the road. บอลสเต็ปราคาดี