Social Responsibility is an ethical ideology that companies should contribute to the welfare of the society and not be devoted to maximizing profits only. Trekking Encounters is a business organization which has put an obligation to act to benefit society at large by avoiding engaging in socially harmful activities and performing acts that directly advance social goals. We are one of the Socially Responsible companies that act in a number of ways to benefit society; by employing locals, giving donations to preserve the arts and culture, funding academic scholarships, supporting community-building initiatives and so on. We are also committed to reduce the pollutions in the environment because of our customers' activities.
Since Nepal is one of the under developed countries in the world, the private sectors can play a vital role to support its people in many ways. We have been donating a certain percentage of our profits to local charities that work for environmental protection, education and health services in Nepal.
Trekking Encounters ran a Charity Trek to Everest Base Camp in October, 2010.
There were seven VIPs (Visually Impaired Persons) in the team namely Drew, Eddie, Fiona, Jacky, Jen, Natalie, Dean and seven UK guides Amanda, Bob, Derek, Diana, June, Linda and Rhona. The team also supported a school in Kathmandu with some stationeries and books.
We send our very special thanks to Dean and Rhona who supported the school financially to build up some funds for scholarships. Trekking Encounters aims to find more opportunities in building up scholarship funds for the remote and underprivileged children of Nepal. The girls of indigenous casts and war victimized children also need support suffered from the 10-year long Maoists insurgency.
To read more about the training and trek, and see more photos, please check out the official website – Trekking Nepal - 2010
We are also committed to reduce the impact to the environment from our clients and dedicated to sustainable eco-tourism. We request our customers to help in preserving our environment by conserving water, supporting the use of renewable resources, minimizing the use of plastic bottles, canned food and other things that pollute the environment. We supply our clients with safe and purified drinking water instead of bottled water.
We are life member of KEEP (Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project) and are working closely in association with KEEP in environmental preservation activities. KEEP is a non-profit, non-governmental organization working to provide impartial and independent information to the travelers seeking for a trek. KEEP also ensures the future ecological and cultural prosperity of Nepal. KEEP has been offering training courses on nature conservation, basic and intermediate English language courses for trekking guides, porters and lodge owners as well as first aid training and eco-trekking workshops. Our guides are trained by KEEP on environmental protection and preservation which enables them to understand the importance of the environment. We also give awareness messages in the conservation of natural resources to the local people through our staffs. A simple example is they can request local people not to cut down the trees for fuel and use kerosene or install a solar system.