Newsletter Issue 1, January 2008

Happy New Year and welcome to the second issue of The Responsible Travellers newsletter. We are delighted to bring you news of an exciting range of Himalayan adventures for 2008, many of which you won’t see anywhere else!

But first we’d like to share with you what else we’ve been up to …

Supporting education

This year our trekkers raised funds to help children like these to go to school. Join one of our trips to help make a difference!The teacher training project is invested in through CHANCE and developed with the help of Save the Children. It will be delivered in March in a district called Rolpa in the middle hills of the mid-west region of the country. It is a very deprived area with one of the poorest education performance rankings of the 74 districts in the country. Only 1/3 of the teachers have had any kind of training and as a result over 10% of children in grade one have to repeat the year. There are also some basic infra-structure problems, with only 40% of the schools having toilets and 60% having drinking water facilities. Therefore, in addition to the trainings that already have a budget, we hope to invest the current year’s fund raising into the basic infrastructure. We might even be running toilet building volunteer holidays soon! 17,500 children will benefit from having teachers sensitized to Child Friendly schooling!

High altitude biogas

Lodge using biogasThis is something we are really excited about! Biogas is a great renewable energy resource which has so far been very successful in the terai plains. Now after research it is proven to be successful at high altitude. We are delighted, as one of the major impacts of tourism is the use of firewood in the lodges. With such a fragile environment it is difficult to cultivate and grow tree nurseries at altitude to replenish the forests. The installation of biogas has the power to irradiate the use of wood from the industry. We shall be working with Biogas Support Programme in Nepal to advocate, educate and financially support the use of this technology across the Himlaya. We are starting in the Manang district, so come on the Annapurna Circuit trip to find out more!

Giving blood … Saving lives!

Nepalese familyWe are also starting a blood donating campaign in Kathmandu and encouraging as many of our suppliers, colleagues and contacts in both the tourist industry and the charity sector to join us. The first event will be at the end of this month and all the blood is being allocated to a blood bank for children in need set up by local charity, Child Workers in Nepal (CWIN).

We also run clothes donations days for street children and those from deprived backgrounds.

Providing multi-faceted training in the Tamang Heritage Trail area

This is an area that is just beginning to be promoted, with fabulous heritage and culture. We are working with the local organizations to provide Value of Heritage, Waste Management and Sanitation & Health training to help this area provide responsible and safe tourism and improve living conditions for the locals. The benefit of sustainable tourism will allow visitors to enjoy the area, and locals to develop a much needed economy. Come on our Tamang Heritage & Sacred Lakes trip to see just what a superb new area this is!

Now for those great new trips for 2008-2009

Why not do a sponsored trek?

We have trekking in the Annapurna and Everest regions with an option to undertake sponsorship in order to fund raise for charity. No minimum fund raising and no strings attached!

You can trek in the Himalaya and raise funds for charity

Everest Base Camp, April 2008

Annapurna Circuit, October 2008

Everest Base Camp Trek

Want to visit somewhere no one else goes?

Try the Dolpa wilderness, in the far north west of Nepal. Dolpa is a remote and fascinating Shangri-La which is as far off the beaten track as you can go. Land of the yak caravans, and Peter Mathiessen’s The Snow Leopard.

New!

Off the beaten track in the Dolpa Wilderness, camping beside the beauty of Phoksundo Lake and meeting the Bhotiya people, still practising the ancient Bon Po Tibetan religion.

Dolpa Wilderness, April 2008

Dolpa Wilderness Trek

Mountains, monasteries and ancient culture

Explore the essence of Tibet with a journey that discovers the ancient culture and visits the most mystical and famous sights of this once forbidden land. Mix with the Tibetans by celebrating the Saga Dawa Festival.

Tibet for Saga Dawa Festival

We combine the Tibetan Monasteries and Dalai Lama residences with an exciting journey through the Himalaya, and an opportunity to get up close to Mt Everest. This is a true journey of discovery!

Discover Tibet (inc. Saga Dawa Festival), June 2008

Discover Tibet

How about a discovery tour that gives you more?

Our exclusive Wild West Adventure Tour is bursting with nature, culture and excitement. This two week trip travels from Kathmandu to the little explored Bardia National Park packed with all the great things Nepal has to offer.

Wild West Adventure Tour

Searching for Bengal Tiger, mountain vistas in the Annapurna, visiting the birthplace of Lord Buddha, rafting the waters of the Trisuli river, and seeing the timeless mediaeval town of Tansen, this is a value for money trip!

Wild West Adventure Tour, November 2008

Wild West Adventure Tour

This year we are also trekking the Tamang Heritage Trail and Annapurna Sanctuary, climbing Mera Peak, and much more.

Click here for a full list of departure dates.

If you book any of these trips with The Responsible Travellers in the next 2 weeks, we pledge to donate £50 to our charitable projects.

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