We are involved actively in the International Porter Protection Group and guarantee that we implement their recommendations to ensure our staff enjoy decent, adequate wages and first class conditions. We also go a stage further to secure loyalty of our staff, as we believe this enhances and achieves a quality service to our climbing and trekking customers. We operate a service that is cost effective and has a sound ethical and operational base by:
- Ensuring our Nepalese staff are paid an agreed and decent living wage.
- Providing our guides, porters and field staff with adequate and appropriate clothing and footwear for the terrain and climatic conditions.
- Insuring all our Nepalese staff against illness and injury.
- Training all staff in regular health and hygiene practices.
- Ensuring all loads carried by porters is less than the recommendations laid down by the International Porter Protection Group.
- Implementing good Environmental practices that have no negative impact and effect on the surrounding landscape and village life.
- Providing regular employment opportunities for local people. Community Action Treks Ltd will use Nepalese goods and services as much as possible, in particular by using local hotels, locally produced food and local resources and equipment.
- Setting up and running an emergency welfare fund for staff and their immediate families.
Our company is technically a trading arm of the charity ‘Community Action Nepal’ where all profits are directed to the charity to help sustain health, education and community strengthening projects in the impoverished middle hill region of the Himalayas. This means that all trekkers and climbers who decide to come with our company will know that what they leave behind is as important as what they take home. That’s why when we show you some of the most awe inspiring scenery and places in the world, the local people also get something life-changing as well; health posts, clean water systems, schools and other community strengthening initiatives.
Through Community Action Nepal (CAN) we follow the work of the International Porter Protection Group who have been complimentary over CAN’s efforts to provide mountain shelters for porters. Doug Scott, CAT’s founder, wanted to ensure that people, who had supported him on his mountaineering expeditions and continued to be employed in the trekking industry, could enjoy fair wages and working conditions – this was a prime reason for establishing CAT in the first place. By employing our teams directly in Nepal we can offer a decent wage and make sure that our staff are properly clothed and fed whilst on trek. We maintain this philosophy when selecting partner agents in other countries. We also source supplies locally and employ local porters in order to benefit, economically, the regions through which we trek.
Please also see our Porter Contract