When people come home from trekking in the Himalaya, there are always many praises sung about the strength, friendliness, dedication, and overall super-human feats accomplished by the porters, guides, and cooks. It is said again and again that visiting this breath-taking part of the world would not be possible without their undying support. Our trip was no exception.
Not only was our staff exceptional in every way, they all welcomed us in (sometimes to their own homes) as family. I wanted to take a brief moment to introduce our wonderful team.
One thing I would also like to note: many porters working in the mountainous regions of Nepal work for companies who do not properly outfit them with suitable clothing, do not pay them a fair wage, and frequently ask them to carry loads far in excess of the legal limit of 35 kg.
Karma is trying to change these norms. Karma strives to ensure that his staff are properly clothed, fed, paid, and insured. He understands that taking care of his staff means that his guests will be well taken care of too. He does not allow his porters to carry loads above the limit. In fact, he tries to limit their loads to 25 kg or less. It may mean that a trek could cost slightly more with his company, but a trek with his company means that more local people are employed. It also means that they will be employed in a safe and fair way.
Left to right: Dawa Ungle Sherpa, Ang Rita Sherpa, Pasang Sherpa, Sonam Sherpa, Sila Rai, Chongba Sherpa, Sagar Garung, Kami Sherpa, Surya Rai, Karma Sherpa
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