Written by Megan Paul
We want to off set some of the negative effects of air travel on the planet so we are planting 20 trees for each person who travels with us.
At a time when it is crucial to protect our planet, we are planting trees to breathe life into the surrounding areas as a way of doing something useful to give back to this beautiful part of the world.
The Walking and Climbing Company has been connected with the Himalayan Permaculture Centre (HPC) in Nepal for over fifteen years. Permaculture is a design approach for creating sustainable and regenerative communities that can meet their physical, social and economic needs without harming the planet - rather, allowing it to flourish. Its components include organic and agro-ecological food production and food sovereignty, appropriate technology, a circular economy, and ethical business. It’s amazing for us to see how the smallest and seemingly the most remote plots of land can be used to grow the food and resources these communities depend on.
Khadka Aidi of Humla by his nursery of wild apple rootstock - next year he will graft apple onto these
Our contribution goes to farmers of Surkhet and Humla districts who choose locations that enable the trees and the communities around them to thrive. Whether your trees provides fruit and nuts for the people of Nepal, fodder for their livestock or becomes an essential habitat for their wildlife, your booking enables us to leave a legacy that continues to grow long after your stay.
Women and men on a Farmers’ Training in Madana, Humla, learning how to plant fruit trees
To fund this initiative only 5% of this donation goes to the organisation’s administration and the rest to the farmers working with HPC for tree planting.
If you want to know more about HPC this is their website
The Himalayas and many of the local people depend on tourism. If you have travelled with us you will know that to suddenly close the business would severely damage the livelihood of staff who depend on the climbing and trekking business in the mountains.
Tek Bahadur Pun infront of his agroforestry at home in Sal Kharkha village, Surkhet district. Tek is an experienced “barefoot consultant”, a farmer-trainer for HPC who trains other farmers and communities how to establish and manage diversified agro-forestry systems as well as vegetable gardening, integrated livestock systems and holistic farm and village design.
We are actively marketing in countries nearer to the Himalayas as a further method of reducing air travel
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