Our partners and memberships.
Hirdaya (`Heart for`) Nepal is a Nepalese non-profit organisation, founded in April 2016.
They have a double mission:
(a) to create and support community and empowerment projects in the district where Chuda was born, Kavre and
(b) create some skill trainings for trekking guides, which we will offer on a regularly basis.
Nepal Inside Out delivers the necessary infrastructural support and donates part of her profit to the organization.
Both managers of Nepal Inside out, Chuda and Maaike are actively involved and driving forces in the daily management of Hirdaya Nepal.
KEEP - Kathmandu Environmental Educational Project is a Nepalese NGO founded in 1991. They cooperate closely with local and foreign trekking agencies. Their mission is to maintain the unique ecology and cultural inheritance of Nepal and the local inhabitants. They do this by maximizing the benefits for the local population and minimalise the negative impact of tourism.
They establish their goals and mission in several ways:
an information centre for trekkers;
organization of workshops about eco-tourism, creating awareness of the environmental impact of tourism;
organization of courses to empower local staff working in tourism; leadership, English, first aid and mountain sickness,...
mediation of conflicts betwoon porters, guides and employer;
a clothing bank for porters, where they can borrow suitable shoes and clothes for trekking.
Nepal Inside Out is an active member of Keep. Maaike volunteered in teaching English to guides and porters; Chuda and our guides follow on a regularly basis courses and workshops offered by Keep.
National Tourism Board is the department of the government that is in charge of the tourism business in Nepal. All local travel agencies are obliged by law to become a member of this institution. They regulate the tourism business and make sure that quality is maintained by checking if the rules are applied. They do also the general promotion of Destination Nepal.
The GHT Alliance is a group of like-minded organisations and individuals who voluntarily adopt the Codes of Conduct. It means that we believe in the principles of Fair Trade throughout the Himalaya and act accordingly to it.
Nepal Inside Out adopts the Code of Conduct, implements them in her own policies and acts in their daily operations according to these guidelines.
Trekking Agencies' Association of Nepal (TAAN) is an umbrella association of trekking agencies in the country.
They provide trainings, explore new trails and areas to expand trekking possibilities and they lobby with the Nepalese governement.
Stating that we offer sustainable treks and tours is one thing, but delivering real efforts and getting certified with a sustainability label for this proves our statement.
We worked hard to become Travelife Partner by March 2017. We engaged ourselves to create policies and review every aspect of our company and travels to ensure that we work as sustainable as possible. And we succeeded: since the 3rd of March 2017 we are Travelife Partner.
The next step in the process was becoming Travelife Certified. We are proud to say that we reached this level in January 2018. Though we are aware of the challenges ahead of us in Nepal and that working towards sustainability is a never ending process.