Nepal is slowly moving towards achieving sustainable tourism. Therefore, various tourism organizations and government have been working relentlessly towards achieving such feat. On doing so the famous statement of “Take pictures and leave Footprints” is highly supportive.
Nepal is culturally and naturally diversified country. Therefore, trekkers/tourists are highly encouraged to respect the host’s rituals and help the locals in preserving the natural beauty.
Nepal was also an active participant of 2002 Cape Town Declaration on Sustainable Tourism. Therefore, trekking agencies and all stakeholders should abide by the rules implemented by the declaration.
The declaration defines responsible tourism as an approach to tourism that:
- Minimizes negative economic, environmental and social impacts.
- Generates greater economic benefits for local people and enhances the wellbeing of host communities.
- Improves the working conditions and access to the industry.
- Involves local people in decisions that affect the lives and life chances.
- Makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and cultural heritage embracing diversity.
- provides more enjoyable experiences for tourists through more meaningful connections with local people, and a greater understanding of local cultural, social and environmental issues
- Provides access for physically challenged people.
- Is culturally sensitive, encourages respect between tourists and hosts, and builds local pride and confidence.