Reduce Your Impacts

Tourism Impacts Nepal

The Himalayan nation of Nepal is the mecca of trekking being at the top of the world and having a developed trek infrastructure. Home to eight of the highest mountains on the planet, it will always be a huge draw card for those drawn to the Himalayas.

As with all popular destinations Nepal, and Kathmandu in particular, is in the grips of what we call overtourism. Despite its flourishing tourism sector it remains an impoverished nation and lacks infrastructure that you and I may regard as standard. While relying heavily on tourism, the local people’s lives are greatly affected by the huge influx of visitors. The environment is beginning to show negative impacts too.

At Real Travel Nepal we do everything we can to lead by example and demonstrate that tourism ought to be conducted in ways that empower the local people and have no negative impacts on their environment.

In Nepal this is no easy task with its dependence on being a cheap tourism destination. That’s why we and our customers need to do as much as possible to reduce impacts firstly, and secondly to show others how it can be done!


Read on to learn the 16 ways you can reduce your impacts.

Follow The Leave No Trace Principles For Outdoor Conduct When In Nature

Leave No Trace Principles:

  • Plan ahead and prepare

  • Travel And Camp On Durable Surfaces

  • Dispose Of Waste Properly – Carry It Out

  • Leave What You Find In Nature

  • Minimise Campfire Impacts

  • Respect Wildlife

  • Be Considerate Of Others

15 More Ways You Can Reduce Impacts


Book non-stop flights where possible as they emit less carbon gases. Use e-tickets rather than paper.

Quality Gear

Invest in quality gear, it’s less likely to fail early and end up polluting the environment.

Smart Water

Travel with a water purifying system to suit your needs, we use the Grayl Geo-Press filter bottle.

Bring Your Own

Eliminate disposable coffee cup and drinking straw usage by bringing your own durable ones with you.

Go Rechargeable

Bring rechargeable devices and a solar charging power bank for phones, cameras and headlamps.

Reusable Bags

Don’t contribute to plastic bag waste by bringing your own reusable bags made from durable material.

Local Produce

Eat like a local whenever possible, less transport emissions, less packaging and more income for locals.

Locally Made

Purchase items made from sustainable materials like hemp and decline endangered species.


Use human (rickshaws) and animal powered transport, hybrid or electric vehicles where available.

Room Habits

Opt out of room cleaning, re-use towels or carry your own travel towel to reduce laundering discharges.

Avoid Single Use

Avoid non-rechargeable batteries and bring your own biodegradable hygiene products and sunscreen.


Limit bathing and clothes washing to reduce release of soaps and detergents to the environment.

Support Local Entrepreneurs

Visit our friends in Kathmandu and buy sustainable goods and services.


Carbon Footprint Calculators

Carbon Offsetting

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