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Responsible tourism

Sherpa Heritage Trails and Responsible Tourism

We are Sherpa. Sustainability is in our DNA. The Himalayas, with its ethnic cultures and special natural habitat, is a heritage to each and every one of us. Throughout all our programs we endorse responsible tourism. Therefore we aim for small groups and big adventures.

Nepali staff and porter welfare:
Having worked in the trekking and expedition business in the old days, owner Gomba Sherpa has experienced himself what kind of impact poor welfare means. It is the main reason why Sherpa Heritage Trails wants to ensure safe, healthy and fair working conditions for all our staff  during all our tours, treks & expeditions.

We offer our staff:
-An honest working wage, usually higher than the recommended wages by TAAN. ( Trekking Agencies Association Nepal)
-If necessary we provide proper clothing, shoes and gear for all staff. Or we provide an additionally higher wage for buying gear prior to tour departures.
-A medical insurance, and a medical-evacuation insurance. Free use of the First Aid kit.
-Our staff must have a minimum age of 16 years.
-We aim for a maximum of 25 kg carrying weight per porter. The carrying weight will never exceed 30 kg.

Recommendations on responsible tourism:
-We encourage our clients to encounter with the local community. Believing that there is much to learn from each other’s culture. Off course therefore we ask all those travelling with us, to respect the culture and privacy of the local inhabitants.

-If you would like to take a photograph of a local, ask their permission first.
For photographing children you need consent of their parents or their keepers. In order to protect children we ask you to refrain yourself from posting photo’s or video’s of them on social media.

-We strongly advise our clients not to hand out sweets, pens, balloons or other gifts to local children. This encourages begging amongst children and their parents. If you want to help out, please donate your gifts to a local school. This will benefit more children as well as the local community.

-All our clients and staff travel locally CO2-emission free. We offset the emmision in a non-profit organization who invests in environmental projects to reduce the carbon footprint. We also encourage our clients to travel CO2-emission free from their home destinations.

-We do not offer day tour helicopter flights or day tour mountain flights.

-If possible and safe, we offer filtered drinking water instead of bottled water.

-We encourage all our clients to minimize their rubbish and to leave no waste behind.

-During camping trek we use petroleum stoves or gas stoves for cooking instead of wood. Cooking on wood means more wood is being cut, which means more erosion on the mountains with disastrous consequences.

-During camping trek we do not use open fire for the same reasons as mentioned  above.

Sherpa Heritage Trails is connected with Tashi Delek foundation in The Netherlands. This foundation is supporting the local farmer community in the Solukhumbu region. The main focus is agricultural knowledge, water efficiency and practical education. Further, Tashi Delek encourages the self sufficiency of the local community. In 2018 the foundation started a new practical school project with high school students. The students receive extra classes in English language, and practical farming classes. With this education project Tashi Delek wants to encourage young locals to live and work in their home region. This instead of leaving Solukhumbu to the big cities or abroad for jobs.