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Sustainable Tourism » Eco-Tourism

Nomadier operates on the underlying philosophy of adventure with awareness and gives this belief a specific form by making eco-tourism an integral part of its adventure tourism offerings. Nomadier consciously and continually strives to be a landmark in the implementation of eco-tourism across the scope of activities, big or small, direct or indirect, that it engages in. By educating adventure seeking travelers on the preciousness, importance and sustainability of the environments in the regions of travel, we try to share our passion for a greater appreciation of natural habitats, the people and the cultural relevance and sensitivities of that particular region. We understand that in the very near future, across the world sustainable tourism that take into account environmental conservation will become a major means to further economic growth. To this regard, Nomadier starts at the grassroots level and helps adventure tourists understand and respect the consequences of even their elementary and routine activities like eating a meal, flushing a toilet and drinking a glass of water.

 

Nomadier tries its best to interpret the customs, traditions, beliefs of the region for you. A Nomadier representative / guide would undertake this responsibility, however educating oneself about the destination, prior to departure, is an extremely important side of good eco-tourism / sustainable tourism practice. Learning about the history, culture, language, and natural environment of your destination area aids both cultural interaction and appreciation of local ecosystems. People are more likely to socialize if you show a prior knowledge of their country and home. Like wise, Nomadier, believes that even the local people should benefit from their interactions with you, hence our representatives / guides will facilitate in smoothening this interaction. This interaction and exchange of knowledge and awareness holds true for the people from different regions within a group as well. We would try and provide an environment where, along with enjoying the beauty of the region around you, you would also be able to learn about different regions, issues, cultures etc.

 

Nomadier completely believes that the benefits of tourism in a particular region should be structured in a manner that they are ploughed back in to the region. For this purpose, Nomadier employs local people and works with local businesses. We pay fair prices and good wages and ensure that all our guides, porters and support staff have appropriate facilities and equipments. We are committed to uphold the rights of every member of the team and support staff. We ensure all our crew members are well treated and we provide the same level of shelter, clothing and footwear, and medical attention as any other member of the Group.

 

Nomadier's Commitment
Tourism mismanaged can and has in the past lead to deforestation, disruption of ecological life systems and various forms of pollution. Nomadier doesn't walk this road. We strongly advocate the conservation of biological and cultural diversity and sharing of socio-economic benefits with the people of the region by means of their consent and participation. Our packages in intent and design are an example of how the negative aspects of conventional tourism on the environment can be reduced and how best recycling, efficient use of energy, water conservation and eco-friendly garbage disposal may be carried out. This in turn, along with spreading of awareness of environmental and cultural knowledge among our tourists and affiliates, will provide direct financial benefits for conservation and the empowerment of local people.

 

Environmental Concerns

  • Do not litter - Litter is one of the most worrying problems in the Everest Region and is directly related to the activities of the trekking and mountaineering Groups. Put litter in dustbins. We recommend that each trekker / mountaineer keep a small bag during the course of the expedition. Each morning a small fire would be lit for burnable rubbish. Any non-burnable or non-biodegradable rubbish should be carried back to Kathmandu and disposed appropriately. Nomadier completely supports the efforts of the local authorities trying to keep the region clean. We fulfill our duties by duly making a Garbage Deposit. The refund of which shall be made as per the provisions made by NMA (Nepal Mountaineering Association). For more information refer to Permits, in this fact sheet
  • Do not pollute – Do not engage in activities that can pollute the various natural resources of the region
  • Fuel Conservation – The area does not have sufficient fuel (like firewood, kerosene etc) even for local consumption, leave alone the tourists. Therefore try and be economical in your consumption and use of fuels
  • Do not damage the flora and fauna – The purpose of the trek is so that you enjoy the beauty of the nature and witness it in its natural setting. Do not indulge in any activity that may cause harm in any way to the flora and fauna
  • Be helpful. Suggest changes or areas for improvement. Acknowledge areas where you saw the successful application of eco-tourism principles
  • Advise travellers to avoid buying corals, ivory and other souvenirs that may exploit wildlife
  • Don't stay silent if you come across environmental problems. Contact your nearest environmental or tourism organisation

How You Can Engage Through Nomadier

  • Avoid plastic bags by using your rucksack for shopping
  • Eat locally produced foods and buy aerated drinks in glass bottles instead of plastic
  • Carry all batteries and other hazardous waste back with you
  • Walk or cycle wherever you can
  • Switch off electric appliances when not in use
  • Cigarette butts are non-biodegradable. Don't throw them everywhere
  • Pick up rubbish from trekking trails as you walk, at lunch and overnight stops
  • Avoid bathing or washing clothes directly in streams
  • Don't walk thorough shrubs and don't create multiple trails across meadows
  • Discourage campfires and blazing hearths
  • Don't collect flowers, plants or seeds
  • Don't spoil rock and other surfaces with graffiti