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.
Others |Jun 18, 2023
Nepali sculpture goes back 2,000 years with the earliest stone sculpture discovered being the headless ‘Yaksha’ of Handigaun, Kathmandu (1st Century A.D). In fact, most of the early sculptures in Nepal were of deities of the Hindu pantheon.
Trekking |Sep 27, 2016
The Langtang Valley – which is only a stone’s throw away from the capital city of Nepal, Kathmandu – is one of the colourful, culturally affluent, and diverse-in-landscape trekking routes in Nepal.
Nepal |Dec 17, 2012
Kathmandu Durbar Square, also known as Hanuman Dhoka, is where the palaces of the Malla and Shah Kings are located. Besides a number of palaces and historical courtyards, the site also has many significant temples including Taleju, Maru Ganesh, Shiva Parvati Temple, Bhagwati Temple, Saraswoti Temple and Krishna Temple.
Nepal |Sep 18, 2022
Participating in any of festivals in Nepal is an engaging way to learn about the culture and religions, as well as to meet local people. They often bring people out to public spaces for celebrations and include feasts and special foods, as well as important traditional ceremonies.
Nepal |Dec 18, 2021
One of the most popular trails in Nepal, the trek to Everest Base Camp, is rarely without visitors.
Trekking |May 22, 2023
One of the unique aspects of the landscape in the Himalayan region is the presence of a number of lakes that have a milky sort of color on account of the glacial silt prevalent at high altitudes. These are known as dudh kunds (milk lakes) and all of them are sacred to Hindus.
Trekking |Jun 19, 2023
The black river, under the brooding sky, gushing its way mightily from far-off Muktinath, and cutting its way through Baglung district, seemed to be holding many a black secret. The heavy black clouds, the black silt and sand, and the blackness of the Kaligandaki River reminded one easily of black hearts, black death, and black promises.
Trekking |Jun 15, 2023
Pokhara makes for an excellent starting point for many exciting treks in the Annapurna region. One such trek is the one to Kagbeni, then to Chele, and from there, to Syangboche and Ghami. It all starts with a short 30-minute flight from Pokhara to Jomsom, the district headquarters of Mustang district, which is situated on both banks of the mighty Kali Gandaki River. The majestic peaks of Dhaulagiri (8,167 m) and Nilgiri (7, 061 m) can be viewed from here. .
Tibet |Mar 23, 2014
Mani Rimdu is celebrated from the first day of the tenth month of the Tibetan lunar calendar (mid-October‒mid-November) to the nineteenth day of the month.
Trekking |Jun 23, 2023
Lumba Sumba Trek is one of the new trekking routes identified and explored by Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN) in 2012. A 20-member team, including support staff, led by Rana Bahadur Khadka,
Tours |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.