Nepal is one of the most spectacular eco trekking destinations in the world because of its vast landscapes and rich cultural heritage and attracts more than two lakh trekkers every year. Trekkers can explore remote, pristine regions of Kanchenjunga, Tsum Valley, and Upper Mustang. Eco trekking is a commitment to environmentalism as it is an attempt to prevent an environmental catastrophe in the longer run by going green and emphasizing on educating tourists about the importance of sustainable trekking. It also includes training of trekking professionals so that they adopt and follow sustainable trekking practices. Many travel operators in Nepal are hiring trained and qualified individuals for assisting tourists while trekking. The chefs, climbers, guides, sherpa, porters and kitchen team all have good awareness about the impact of trekking activities on the ecosystem. Waste disposal management is an important aspect under eco trekking in Nepal.
ECO TREKKING IN NEPAL: ANALYSIS
The highest number of tourist influx for eco trekking in Nepal comes from the Indian subcontinent and also from China. There has been an increase in the number of tourists from Europe and North America over the past few years. Tourists from Australia and South America are potential visitors for eco trekking in Nepal. The Trekking Agencies Association of Nepal (TAAN) should focus on launching eco trekking advertising and promotional campaigns to attract tourists from hitherto untapped regions.
Money spent by trekkers on eco trekking in Nepal has diverse effects on Nepal’s economy. Nepal’s economy is stimulated and induced with the “Multiplier Effect” i.e., creation of jobs, accumulation of capital, reduction in dependency of local workers on subsistence farming, and an establishment of their own business to serve the requirements of trekkers. Such businesses employ local people as guides and professionals for eco trekking assistance in Nepal. In a nutshell, the money spent by trekkers improves the living standards of the citizens of Nepal. Also, eco trekking in Nepal is leading to the development of new trekking areas and model villages in Nepal. Moreover, it can be further developed if the responsibility is shared amongst all of its stakeholders. Eco trekking can be organised successfully on all the trekking trails if the local people, travellers, tour operators, various organisations and the government work in synchronisation to keep the trails clean, conserved and protected.
ECO TREKKING IN NEPAL: PRACTICES
Eco trekking in Nepal emphasizes on adopting environment friendly practices during trekking. It is done under the supervision of educated, experienced and trained individuals. Tour operators in Nepal motivate their staff to make them concerned for maintaining ecological balance. Eco trekking in Nepal is done with the use of already recycled or recyclable materials while trekking. Trekkers are encouraged to avoid usage of plastic and synthetic materials in order to conserve the ecosystem. Eco trekking in Nepal involves trekkers in various forest and mountain conservation campaigns during the trek. It discourages the use of pollution causing fuels on the trail. Trekkers are encouraged to carry their own fuel reserves for camping activities and are instructed not to purchase any item made using the body parts or skin of endangered fauna species, while trekking.
ECO TREKKING IN NEPAL: CHALLENGES & CONCERNS
Eco trekking in Nepal is done with government recognised and fully authorised travel agencies only. The dawn of modern mass trekking tourism in Nepal, induced by the extension of modern transportation deep into the Himalayas, has led to serious consequences on the ecology of Nepal. The building of roads along various trekking regions is reducing the overall trekking experience for tourists and also harming the fragile ecosystem of Nepal.
ECO TREKKING IN NEPAL: FAMOUS TRACKS & ATTRACTIONS
More than 25,000 tourists visit the Everest base camp trek every year. The Annapurna circuit enables trekkers to cross the widest pass of the world i.e., Thorong La Pass. Annapurna base camp trek is in proximity to the city of Pokhara, which is one of the famous tourist destinations in Nepal. The Poonhill trek crosses the ancient village of Ghandruk, which is rich in cultural heritage. Trekkers can experience the Tibetan traditions in local villages and monasteries on the Langtang trek.
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