Trekking companies in Nepal speak the green lingo as fluently as anyone, but in many cases their walk doesn’t match their talk. Here are some specific questions to ask to find out what they’re actually doing to minimize their impact on the environment. You may not find a company able to answer every question, but the exercise should help establish which outfits are genuinely concerned.
- Do they carry enough kerosene to cook all meals for all members of the party, including porters?
- What equipment do they provide to porters? Tents, proper clothing, shoes, UV sunglasses?
- Do they carry out all non-burnable/non-biodegradable waste?
- How many of their staff have certificates from the Kathmandu Environmental Education Project’s (KEEP) eco-trekking workshop? Have they attended courses with the Trekking Agencies’ Assocation of Nepal (TAAN) or Nepal Mountaineering Association?
- Does the guide have certificated wilderness first-aid training?