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Intrepid Travel, one of the largest trekking operators in Nepal, has announced that it will be donating 100 percent of its profits from the company’s next season of Nepal trips to local and international charities supporting Nepal recovery.
Money raised from the sale of Intrepid’s 2015-2016 trips to Nepal will aid international and local charities supported by The Intrepid Foundation, the company’s nonprofit group. One such organization is Kathmandu Environmental Education Project (KEEP), a nonprofit that promotes sustainable tourism in Nepal through efforts such as porter education, water sanitation and emergency earthquake relief.
So far, The Intrepid Foundation has raised $304,268 during the company’s Nepal Earthquake Appeal. These donations have been used to support Plan International’s emergency relief work in Nepal. The company aims to raise 1 million dollars.
Intrepid believes that the No. 1 way to help Nepal is by visiting the country — as early as this fall. Options for travelers looking to return to Nepal include treks in both the Mt. Everest and Annapurna regions. The five-day Walking Annapurna itinerary starts at $542, while the 15-day Everest Base Camp Challenge starts at $1,280.
“The question we’ve been asked most about Nepal is simply: ‘How can I help?’” said James Thornton, managing director of Intrepid Travel. “We’ve spoken to our local team in Nepal and concluded that the best thing we can do now is to visit the country. Tourism is Nepal’s largest industry, but without visitors, many Nepalese people will find it difficult to earn a living.”