KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

KarmaTreks is a social enterprise born out of the desire to offer visitors to Nepal something more. When you come on tour with KarmaTreks, we take care to ensure you are traveling as a global citizen, not just a tourist. You'll be made aware of opportunities to contribute personally and actively to sustainable development and education-giving projects. Our entire team is made up caring people with core competencies in community development and ethical travel. All of our guides are humanitarians at heart. We want to offer you the best possible experience in Nepal; guided by people who care about your environmental footprint and cultural impact. With that in mind, we have developed a series called Know Before You Go to address some of the more common issues that visitors to Nepal face. We hope you enjoy it!

 
Tip#1  Kathmandu and Pokhara are very multicultural and metropolitan. You’re not going to shock anyone in the tourist quarter of Thamel - they’ve seen it all. Outside the city centers, and especially in religious areas, things get a lot more buttoned up. It shows great respect and helps preserve local culture, to wear loose-fitting, clean clothes. Wearing shorty-shorts and tank-tops (both men or women) in a village or to a temple, is kinda like wearing a bikini or board-shorts to a black tie. Awkward!

Tip#1 Kathmandu and Pokhara are very multicultural and metropolitan. You’re not going to shock anyone in the tourist quarter of Thamel - they’ve seen it all. Outside the city centers, and especially in religious areas, things get a lot more buttoned up. It shows great respect and helps preserve local culture, to wear loose-fitting, clean clothes. Wearing shorty-shorts and tank-tops (both men or women) in a village or to a temple, is kinda like wearing a bikini or board-shorts to a black tie. Awkward!

Tip #2  You’re going about your daily business, mowing the lawn and taking the trash out, when suddenly a group of strangers with big cameras starts photographing you. Feels weird right? Intrusive? While some people don’t mind at all, and others actively enjoy having their photo snapped, others really really don’t! Your best bet is simply to ask before you snap, and if someone looks uncomfortable or says no - respect their right not to have their image taken. No photo is so important that it’s worth ruining someone’s day over.

Tip #2 You’re going about your daily business, mowing the lawn and taking the trash out, when suddenly a group of strangers with big cameras starts photographing you. Feels weird right? Intrusive? While some people don’t mind at all, and others actively enjoy having their photo snapped, others really really don’t! Your best bet is simply to ask before you snap, and if someone looks uncomfortable or says no - respect their right not to have their image taken. No photo is so important that it’s worth ruining someone’s day over.

Tip  # 3:  We're trash obsessed! Plastic is not just a problem for Nepal, but for our whole planet. There is something we can do about it. Small changes in habit, can yield huge benefits. We highly recommend that everyone bring a re-usable filter bottle with them (see our packing list for recommendations), as we really dislike buying one-use plastic bottles. Each of our clients receives an upcycled-day pack on arrival (made in Nepal from retired paragliders), so that you don't ever have to use plastic shopping bags. As we trek, you can join our guides in packing out the little bits of plastic rubbish you might encounter along the trail. By leaving places cleaner than we found them, we show our appreciation for the purity of nature and preserve it for the next visitor. If you really want to get your hands dirty (so to speak, we provide our volunteers with gloves), you can join our sister organisation KarmaFlights.org in their monthly trash cleanups in Pokhara!

Tip #3: We're trash obsessed! Plastic is not just a problem for Nepal, but for our whole planet. There is something we can do about it. Small changes in habit, can yield huge benefits. We highly recommend that everyone bring a re-usable filter bottle with them (see our packing list for recommendations), as we really dislike buying one-use plastic bottles. Each of our clients receives an upcycled-day pack on arrival (made in Nepal from retired paragliders), so that you don't ever have to use plastic shopping bags. As we trek, you can join our guides in packing out the little bits of plastic rubbish you might encounter along the trail. By leaving places cleaner than we found them, we show our appreciation for the purity of nature and preserve it for the next visitor. If you really want to get your hands dirty (so to speak, we provide our volunteers with gloves), you can join our sister organisation KarmaFlights.org in their monthly trash cleanups in Pokhara!