Royal Mountain Travel organizes sessions with travel guides to discuss sustainability at the destination

Session on Sustainability with travel guides

As a sustainable tour operator, Royal Mountain Travel (RMT) recognizes that it has a responsibility to promote the sustainability of the destinations in its itineraries. In light of this, RMT recently organized 4 sessions with tour leaders and travel guides to discuss important aspects of sustainability in Nepal’s tourism context. The sessions were attended by a total of 59 travel guides over 4 sessions.

Topics covered included key sustainability issues in Nepal’s tourism sector, ways to minimize impact on the environment, criteria for identifying sustainably operated accommodations along trekking routes and ways to minimize negative impact on the local communities while maximizing the benefits.

RMT staff taking part in the monthly Sustainability interactive session

Besides working to promote sustainability at the destination, RMT also conducts monthly interactive sessions with its staff to promote sustainable practices both at the business level and at an individual level.

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Royal Mountain Travel awarded with the Ripple Effect Award by G Adventures


Recognizing efforts by Royal Mountain Travel (RMT) to bring the benefits of tourism to local communities, G adventures awarded RMT with the Ripple Effect award on September 28, 2019. The Ripple Effect Award is awarded for “outstanding commitment to changing the world through responsible travel”.

The award ceremony was held in Niagara Falls, Canada and was attended by the partners of G adventures. Among the award presenters were Mr. Jamie Sweeting, President of Planeterra Foundation (social enterprise of G Adventures) and Mr. Yves Marceau, Vice President of Product, G Adventures. RMT’s Managing Director, Mr. Shiva Dhakal received the award for the company.

Since 2012, RMT, through the Community Homestay Network has helped make a palpable impact on the lives of the homestay owners who are mostly women. Through the award, G Adventures recognized the company for its leadership in community tourism, women’s empowerment, environmental stewardship and for keeping responsible tourism at the core of their business.

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Royal Mountain Travel establishes an Impact and Sustainability Department

At Royal Mountain Travel, we are guided by our vision to develop tourism in Nepal sustainably and to ensure that the benefits of tourism reach the local communities. Our impact-oriented approach led us to establish the Community Homestay Network. Over the years, it gives us immense joy to witness women homestay owners feel more empowered, standards of living of homestay owners improve, local economies become more stimulated and cultures of indigenous groups become more respected. We have been humbled to receive recognition from our partners worldwide for our efforts.

On the sustainability front, since our inception, we have learnt and continue to learn from our experiences and our partners to engage in more sustainable practices. As we worked towards engaging in more sustainable practices, we were awarded the Travelife Certification for Excellence in Sustainability in 2017. Continue reading

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Ghalegaun ( Beautiful than ever )

A view of Ghalegaun in Lamjung, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019. Photo: THT

One of the most amazing tourism villages of Nepal “Ghalegaun” also known as Asia’s model tourism village which lies in Kholosothar rural Municipality of Nepal has undergone a beautiful change in its appearance. The old Zinc sheets on the roofs are now all replaced by new red zinc sheets.

Under the plan of developing Ghalegaun as a smart village, the provincial government has provided 2.9 million rupees in order to replace old zinc roofs with brand new red zinc sheets. Similarly, the Municipality also provided 1.5 million for the same Plan. Continue reading

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Royal Mountain Travel’s new initiative – ‘Women Behind E-Wheels’

Royal Mountain Travel has introduced electric cars, Hyundai Kona as a mode of new transportation facilities to tour inside the Kathmandu Valley. The company aimed to encourage the city to adopt the electronic vehicle for the improvement of the city’s weather.

It is also aimed to satisfy the demand of travelers who wanted to be a part of responsible tourism. Green Energy is a, certainly, a demand of the future, and the Royal Mountain Travel has always been a great advocate for responsible and sustainable tourism. Continue reading

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