Fair and responsible trips.
At Nepal Inside Out we strive to offer sustainable Nepal travel. In this there is respect for the local population, culture and nature. With the help of the positive social impact of our trips, the local population also benefits.
Our guests stay in Nepali home stays, small guesthouses or small-scale hotels. In short, no international chains. Therefore they have several options to have intense contact with the local population.
We integrate less traveled locations and trekking paths in our trips. With this we want to spread tourism more over Nepal. As a result, Nepalese in less tourist regions and more remote communities also get an income from tourism.
How do we make our trips sustainable?
We integrate sustainability into the design of our treks and tours. In addition, we promote sustainability on our websites and social media. Furthermore, we only work with Western partners who share the same values. So they promote sustainability just like we do, no matter what they implement in their business.
We actively encourage our local business partners (hotels, providers of transport and excursions,…) to improve their services in a sustainable way. In addition, we educate our employees in order to make the trips run in a sustainable way. We also make sure they involve our guests. We encourage them to take part in training courses on this theme. These trainings are organized by local NGOs. Sustainability is an essential part of this internal training twice a year for all our employees and freelancers.
We create awareness about sustainability issues among our guests. This is done during the preparation of their trip and with a short briefing on location at the beginning of their trip. You can also find information about sustainable travel on our website and our social media channels.
On our website you will find icons at the different tours with information that shows why a certain tour is sustainable. In short, with our policy we strive to minimize all negative effects on the natural, cultural and social environment in Nepal.
Internationally recognized certification: Travelife certified since 2018
To reinforce our intention, we have joined forces with Travelife. Travelife is a three-stage certification program for tour operators and travel agents: (1) Travelife Engaged; (2) Travelife Partner and (3) Travelife Certified. We are at stage 3 – Travelife Certified.
The Travelife Certified award is a recognition of our excellence towards social and environmental sustainability. We comply with more than 200 criteria related to sustainability management, office operations, working with suppliers and customer communication. Travelife as a certification body is formally recognized by the Global Sustainable Tourism Council (GSTC), the highest global body for sustainability in tourism, supported by the United Nations.
We became a Travelife Partner in 2017 and obtained our first Travelife Certified certificate after an external audit in February 2018. In November 2022 we had the 2-yearly external audit in our company, which resulted in a recertification. Our next audit is planned in the beginning of 2025.
Winner of the WTM World Responsible Tourism Awards 2020 : Commended.
On the 3rd of November 2020 we got Commended for the category Fund Raising at the WTM Responsible Tourism Awards! This award recognizes our efforts in helping communities in two villages of Nepal, contributing financially to food distribution to day workers in the area of our office and supporting our guides and porters. We did this mainly with the money collected with our Go Fund Me campaign that we’ve set up in April 2020.
We are very proud that the judges acknowledged that even small companies can contribute to better tourism and make a difference!
Our policies and guidelines
In order to be able to implement this smoothly in our daily operations, we have developed a number of guidelines and policies:
In this policy you will find not only our mission, but also all the guidelines we follow during the organization of your trip and how we implement this in our company.
Sustainability is an evolving process. We continuously work to improve parts of our business and our travel.
- Guide & Porter Policy
Our guides and porters are very important to us. In Nepal they are not always correctly paid and treated. We have made a policy for them, so they are treated as they should be!
Not only in our office, but also during our travels, health and safety is very important. We have laid down the guidelines we follow in this policy.
- Child protection in tourism Policy
We are a member of The Code.org, which campaigns against child abuse in tourism. We follow guidelines and also inform and train our staff and suppliers about this.