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.
As a Travelife Certified company, we know every small step we take to protect our environment has a powerful ripple effect. Eliminating single-use plastics is one of the most important steps we can take and we’re committed to it. Earlier this year, we gave each of our team members reusable water bottles, 500 in all. Each reusable bottle replaces roughly 217 plastic ones in a year, which means roughly 108,500 plastic bottles will be saved from landfills this year. We know this step starts with us, but will inspire similar actions among our guests and colleagues because we didn’t stop there
We spread the word to the hotels and homestays in our network and many have already committed to minimizing plastic bottle use as well. They’ll now supply guests with refillable glass bottles for water in hotel rooms or install water purifier stations in the lodges (plastic bottles are available for a fee only). Leading this movement for our staff, our hotel suppliers and our travelers is a priority that will help us protect our land and oceans. Have you made a similar commitment in your business?
As a larger investment, we’ve installed solar panels at the Royal Mountain Travel office to power our building with renewable energy and we’ve begun to transition all of the vehicles in our fleet to electric cars starting with the first two this year.
These are key steps to reducing our impact on the environment, but sustainability doesn’t stop with eco-friendly practices.
Community empowerment is just as important to us, and that’s why we aim to set the standards in our country and within the travel industry when it comes to business practices that benefit locals. We are dedicated to creating economic opportunities to support indigenous and rural areas. We employ locals. We pay fair wages, offer paid internships and paid training opportunities. We invest in programs that empower women. About half of our staff are women, including most of the drivers in those electric vehicles we mentioned. But there’s no ceiling. We encourage our female staff members to train and develop into leadership roles, such as tour guides. Have you made a similar effort to empower your local community through your business?
We know we’re on the right path because we were honored with the Resilience through Cultural Diversity Award from the International Institute for Peace through Tourism earlier this summer. We’re extremely proud to lead the way to bring positive impact to locals in remote areas of Nepal.
By making our sustainability initiatives public, we hope to set an example for other businesses, as well as attract values-aligned travel agents, operators and travelers to work with us. Learn more about our sustainable tourism values here.
Culture & Festivals |Jun 21, 2023
Bhutan may be a small kingdom but it surely has a lot of festivals. These are mostly religious in nature and are called tshechus. Tshechu means the “tenth day” of a month of the lunar calendar, a day when Guru Rimpoche’s birthday is celebrated.
Travel Guide |Apr 20, 2022
Manaslu Tsum Valley Trek is one of the most popular trekking destinations in Nepal. This trek takes you to the hidden valley of Manaslu “Tsum” which means vivid. This isolated hidden Shangri-la is home to the Tibetan descendant called Tsumbas and remained restricted till 2008.
Nepal |Jun 18, 2023
If you have a problem with rats in your home or if you have a problem with your spouse, do visit the 16-handed Ganesh Temple in Ranoipokhari. Ranipokhari—one of the most beautiful ornamental ponds in Kathmandu Valley.
Trekking |Jul 14, 2023
From the shore of Rupa Taal (Rupa Pond) there is a hiking route to Chisapani Hill, which is now introduced as the Royal Hike. Once the Prince of Wales, Prince Charles had hiked from the same section, which later attributed to name this route as the “Royal Hike”. However, this hike is already in business for a day excursion.
Wildlife |Jun 14, 2023
Imagine a warm and lazy day on the riverbank, watching long-legged herons and storks fishing in the placidly flowing waters of a slow moving river, while a herd of thick-necked water buffaloes amble about leisurely on the shore, perhaps ruminating on whether it’s time to call it a day and retire for the evening.
Tours |Jun 13, 2023
A glowing chapter was added to the history of the Himalayas on May 19, 1975, when Junko Tabei became the first woman ever to reach the top of Mount Everest, the highest place on earth. Many more women have climbed Everest since then; however, Junko Tabei is the name that always comes to the forefront when talking about women and mountaineering
Travel Guide |Mar 20, 2017
Apart from the awe-inspiring landscape, tourists to this area definitely will experience unique Sherpa tradition by seeing monasteries together with museums along the route.
Trekking |Jun 26, 2023
This is small kingdom is one of the world’s last remaining Shangri-La’s. The country has effectively and courageously combated the ill effects of rampant globalization and today stands at the forefront of nations active in the preservation of nature’s bounties.
Culture & Festivals |Jun 26, 2023
A tour during the time of the festivals (Punakha Drubchen: March 6-March 10; and Punakha Tshechu: March 11-March 13) would be pretty worthwhile for any tourist as they will have the opportunity to get a good glimpse of ancient Bhutanese history along with its culture and traditions.
Trekking |Jun 23, 2023
Gorkha, place from where unification of Nepal was started by King Prithvi Narayan Shah, is the first capital of Nepal. There are several places of historical and archaeological importance in the district. Blessed by nature splendor and land marked by
Tours |Jun 12, 2023
You can view this statue of the once-famous king, a statue with the earliest Licchavi inscription ever found here, in the stone sculpture room at the National Museum in Chauni, Kathmandu. You may also observe many other ancient artifacts at this museum, making it worth a visit
Culture & Festivals |Jun 21, 2023
Bhutan has a score and more festivals throughout the year. Most of them are religious events known as tsechus, and they are celebrated on the 10th day of a month of the lunar calendar corresponding to Guru Rimpoche’s (Guru Padmasambhava’s) birthday.