This is a ten-episode series consisting of short videos that will explore topics related to sustainable tourism in Nepal. The series will cover the dos and don’ts of sustainable travel and other topics such as community-based tourism and discussions with experts on pertinent sustainability issues.
In this episode, we discuss community-based tourism (CBT) and the ways in which Community Homestay Network has adopted the concept into its model.
For many years, international news outlets have covered the waste problem in the Everest region. What hasn’t been covered as much is the solution to the problem. While the problem remains a challenge, there are several initiatives being taken at the local level. In this episode of the Sustainability Series, we ask experts Alton C. Byers (mountaineer/ conservationist/national geographic explorer) and Tommy Gustafsson (Project Director and Co-Founder of Sagarmatha Next) to shed light on the problem, discuss the current status, and more importantly, walk us through the solution to the problem.
This episode of the Sustainability Series features the interrelationship between wildlife, communities, and tourism. Experts and champions of sustainability, Mr. Shiv Raj Bhatta (WWF Nepal), Ms. Sonja Rusticus (Bardia Community Homestay), and Mr. Sudip Jogi (Dalla Community Homestay) shed light on community-based conservation, the human and wildlife relationship near protected areas, and the relationship between tourism and conservation.
In this episode of the Sustainability Series, we explore a few places where the gender gap exists, learn about the challenges, and discuss a few ways to close the gender gap. We interview leaders who have excelled in their fields.
Yankila Sherpa: Yankila Sherpa is the former Tourism Minister of Nepal. She has also held various other leadership positions including former President of the Federation of Women Entrepreneurs of Nepal and Trekking Agency Association of Nepal. She is the Managing Director for Snow Leopard Trek.
Priyanka Singh: Priyanka Singh is the regional (South, East and Central Asia) representative for Planeterra Foundation, a leading non-profit that uses community tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation and women’s empowerment. For more information: https://planeterra.org
Reetal Rana: Reetal Rana is the Managing Director for Mid-Valley International College, a leading college that offers courses in hospitality management, among other degrees. Throughout her career, Ms. Rana has held various leadership positions both inside the education sector and outside. For more information: https://midvalley.edu.np
In this episode of the Sustainability Series, we discuss how hotels can be more sustainable. We ask experts from two hotels (the only two hotels in Nepal to receive GSTC recognized Travelife Gold certification in accommodation sustainability) to share their sustainability journey, their views on sustainability certification, and their advice to hotels looking to become more sustainable. Credit for Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge pictures and videos:
For more information on Tiger Mountain Pokhara Lodge: https://www.tigermountainpokhara.com
For more information on Traditional Comfort: http://traditionalcomfort.com
To find Travelife certified hotels: http://www.travelifecollection.com/home
In this episode of the Sustainability Series, Jane Connelly, food tourism and culinary heritage expert, helps us understand what food tourism is, how it relates to sustainable tourism, and how it can help local communities while benefitting travelers.
As we prepare for a tourism recovery, it is important that we take into consideration the Tourism Carrying Capacity of a destination. In this episode of the Sustainability Series, we discuss what over tourism means, and more importantly two important strategies to address over tourism.
In this episode of the Sustainability Series we discuss what development efforts should ideally look like in Nepal’s remote and pristine destinations, and how travelers can help keep a destination authentic.
1. Ashutosh Tiwari: Mr. Ashutosh Tiwari is the managing director of Safal Partners, an investment and consulting firm based in Nepal (link: https://bit.ly/3iKHdY6). Mr. Tiwari’s areas of expertise include development and public policy, SME development, and non-profit management, among others. In 2011, he was recognized by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader.
2. Marianne Heredge: Marianne Heredge is an auditor for Travelife, a Global Sustainable Tourism Council recognized certification platform for sustainability management. She has in-depth expertise on sustainable tourism. She has lived in Nepal for many years, and is a strong advocate for community-based tourism.
In this episode of the Sustainability Series, we bring wellness experts Lisa Mikosch, and Ramesh Sapkota to discuss Nepal’s potential for wellness tourism.
Culture & Festivals |Aug 6, 2014
Psychologists and psychiatrics would surely approve of Gai Jatra as being an excellent way to get rid of the bile in society’s soul, even if it’s only for a day. This day, as it happens, falls on the 11th August 2014 this year.
Nepal |Jul 31, 2014
Palpa is one of the 75 districts of Nepal located in the western region of Nepal. Lying on the lap of the Shreenagar Hills at an altitude of around 1300 m, Tansen is an ancient hill town and the administrative headquarter of Papla district.
Culture & Festivals |Jan 7, 2013
It is not that the chariot is not strongly built. The foundations are as solid as people’s faith on Matsyendranath’s power to bring down refreshing rain on the parched valley during the scorching summer months.
Adventure Sports |Jun 29, 2015
There are as many reasons to visit Nepal as there are the mighty ice-capped Himalayan peaks. In other words, quite a few, but let’s first talk about the most strikingly tall ones here.
Nepal |May 2, 2022
A Festival for Rice planting – is the day of a climax of rice planting. Ropain Festival, also known as Asar 15, is celebrated mostly by farmers from all regions of Nepal – to mark the day of planting new seedlings of rice crop of the year.
Women Empowerment |Mar 2, 2016
The recipe, or say secret recipe, for a healthy family, and for a successful community is to trust, empower, and enhance the skills of women/housewives.
Sustainability |Sep 16, 2019
At Royal Mountain Travel, we don’t just practice sustainable tourism, but sustainable living. As one of our core values, sustainability is woven through every element of our business and we’re proud of the work we’ve done to put our environment and our people first.
Community Homestays in Nepal |Mar 30, 2015
Staying in the homes of local people rather than with other travelers can provide a much more authentic cultural experience. Staying in a family home stay can present a chance to experience everyday life in the new place.
Nepal |Dec 26, 2012
Once practiced in secret, the Charya Nritya (dance as a spiritual discipline) is a Buddhist ritual dance.
Community Homestays in Nepal |Feb 3, 2019
There are numerous factors for an unforgettable travel experience and most of these are unique to each traveller.
Nepal |Aug 28, 2015
On a different day each year, in the month of Bhadra (August – September), thousands of colorfully masked people are seen cheerfully parading on the streets of Kathmandu, Patan, Bhaktapur and Kirtipur.
Trekking |Apr 29, 2022
Traveling in Nepal in the low season is not just about roaming freely but also impacting the life of locals. Since most of the trek destinations lie in the rural part of Nepal whose income depends upon tourism and animal husbandry, it is hard for them to survive the half-year of low seasons. So, when you travel and spend money over there you are also enriching the lives of the local people.