Environmental Issues

Pathfinder Expeditions is committed to the preservation of the environment. We understand that Nepal is a unique destination much sought after by travellers, by safeguarding the ecological balance that is found in this breathtaking paradise we hope to preserve the future of Nepal for the local people, the wildlife and travelers alike.  We also feel strongly that the culture and religion of the local population represents a treasure to our country and it is also our objective to promote understanding between the traveler and the local people by creating culturally sensitive travel programs.  We truly want you, the traveler to experience the heartfelt warmth of the local people and open up your imaginations to the local people’s way of life.

General advice to trekkers is to leave only footprints and take only photographs; however, recent developments along trekking trails have been of concern to environmentalists and locals alike. The sprouting of tea houses along trekking trails demand wood for construction and fuel, which has led to deforestation. In addition, the amount of waste has increased without proper mechanism for disposal, making some of the popular trails both unsightly and unhealthy. With increased awareness on the part of trekkers and local people, this trend is changing. However, the message still needs to be passed across for more environmentally sound trekking.
For eco-friendly trekking the following rules must be followed.

Ensure that your trekking company supplies sufficient kerosene or gas for cooking. So as not to place demand on dwindling wood supplies.
Dispose biodegradable waste properly and carry non-biodegradable waste out of the area or get your trekking crew to Construct a waste pit. Waste pits should be well away from natural water course.

  • Ensure that campsites are left clean and that toiler pits are properly filled in after use. If using toilet paper, you should bury or burn it.
  • Bring along your own water bottle and treat water yourself instead of buying plastic bottles along the way.
  • When staying in Tea houses, choose those that use gas for cooking and solar power for hot water.
  • In order to save energy and fuel you should order your meals as a group and eat at the same time and order similar food items.
  • When washing or showering you should use biodegradable soaps and shampoos. In remote and dry areas you should limit your water usage.
  • Do not drop your litter along the trail and discourage fellow trekkers from doing the same thing.
  • Dress appropriately and respect the customs of the local people. Always ask before taking photos, entering homes or passing on peoples land.