Our Responsible Tourism Policy

Himalayan Scenery Treks are re-inventing tourism for the benefit of local people, tourists, environment and the tourism industry at large. We ask that you read our Responsible Travel and Ethnic Tourism policy in detail before you book your holiday with us, as we expect that you will adhere to our policy and guidelines while traveling with us.

Do and Don't

The tourism boom in Nepal, as in other countries, has had a mixed blessing. It has generated a sizeable share of Nepali’s foreign currency revenue but few people in the tourist destinations have experienced an improvement in their standard of living.

In fact, for many communities, the influence of visitors has come at a considerable cost. In numerous places, trekking groups have left littered trails and degraded forest in their wake. Against this alarming backdrop, the practice of eco-tourism has been gaining increased momentum – both in Nepal and around the World. This alternative type of tourism seeks not only to preserve the environment and culture of a tourist destination but also to be of benefit to the local population…. By fostering environmental awareness, both among locals & visitors and by linking tourism to social and economic development, it is possible to preserve the natural and cultural heritage of an area through the promotion of sustainable tourism. This not only enhances the positive experience of those on holiday it also helps to increase the standard of living of the local residents.

Respect local traditions, customs, values, and sentiments to help them protect local culture and maintain local pride.

  • Respect privacy when taking photographs
  • Respect holy places
  • Refrain from giving money to children as it encourages begging
  • Respect for the local etiquette earns you respect
  • Let the Himalayas change you - Do not change them
  • Protect the natural environment
  • Leave the campsite cleaner than you found it
  • Limit deforestation - make no open fires Burn dry paper and packets in a safe place
  • Keep local water clean and avoid using pollutants
  • Plants should be left to flourish in their natural environment

Animal Welfare Focus:

While you are in Nepal, you will encounter free wild animals living in their own natural way. You should be careful while hiking and touring around the wildlife reserves, National Park and conservation area and should not get near to wild animals carelessly. Teasing any wild animals, and any other activities to provoke wild animals is strictly prohibited. We advocate for cruelty-free wildlife encounters, encouraging explorers to take after the rules in our complete Animal Welfare Code of Conduct as we seek to inform stakeholders about animal welfare matters.

Child Safe Tourism:

No matter where you travel around the world, you all have the responsibility towards children, to protect them no matter how they are or what they are. Children are vulnerable to simple physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Even small abuse can make a great impact on them. So, you need to be careful while talking and doing anything abused. So, it’s important we know how to take simple actions to minimize harm to children and help create a Child Safe Tourism environment. The Child Safe Tourism campaign aims to arm us with knowledge and information on the simple things each of us can do in order to be a child safe traveler.