Guidelines for Tourists Trekking in Nepal
Each year, approximately 77,000 tourists go trekking in the hills and mountains in Nepal. More than half end up in the Annapurna region, northeast of Kathmandu. Heeding these recommendations will minimize the impact of trekking.
- Deforestation is a chronic problem for the Annapurna area. While part of the forest is cut for subsistence, in the past 15 years, Nepalis in the Annapurn area have cleared more and more hectares (with no reforestation efforts), due to the increased influx of trekkers, and the growing need for accommodation. When staying in teahouses along the Annapurna trails, try to stay at those that use propane or kerosene as a source of heat for cooking, instead of wood.
- Hire a porter. Many men of Gurung descent are available for hire as porters. Pay a fair wage (7-10 $USD/day) and let them carry your bag. Money spent this way, instead of on American-owned and operated trekking companies, returns directly to the Nepalese economy.
- Be conservative with pictures. Postcards are a great souvenir.
- Don't give money or candy to children who beg.
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