Responsible Tourism News
New Water-to-Go Reusable Bottle Campaign
Here at Mountain Kingdoms we have teamed up with the revolutionary company, Water-to-Go, which has developed a multi-use drinking bottle with a filtration system that eliminates over 99.9% of all microbiological contaminants including viruses, bacteria, chemicals and heavy metals from any non-salt water source.A filter will typically filter 200 litres or last for approximately for three months of daily use. Any drinking source can be used from a tap in a hotel bathroom, to a stream or even a puddle!
Help Mountain Kingdoms help Kerala
We were very saddened to see the devastating effects of the severe flooding in Kerala in Southern India last month. It is a destination which is very popular with Mountain Kingdoms’ clients and although none of our tours are affected, there are areas which have been truly devastated by the catastrophic flooding.
Kidasha Charity Trek and Tour, Nepal
Join Kidasha Trustee, Liz Waterman, on one of two life-changing fundraising adventures in Nepal. Trek through remote locations within the Annapurna region, explore the Kathmandu Valley and gain an in-depth insight into the real Nepal whilst walking through untouched villages and uncovering wild and wonderful national parks.
Worthy cause - Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service-UK
For the past seven years, Wendy Lovatt and her husband, Brian, have been running a medical project in Ethiopia called the Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service (SMMMS). They started the project after trekking through the Simien Mountains with Mountain Kingdoms and seeing first-hand lack of basic medical care and health services available to rural communities.
Mountain Kingdoms bake for charity
Last week Mountain Kingdoms had their own Bake Off and helped raised a tasty sum of £245 for the Nepali Children's Trust
The team baked hundreds of small cakes to feed the the 500 runners who took part in an off-road race in the Forest of Dean organised by Rogueruns. For every runner who took part, Rogueruns gave 50p to Mountain Kingdoms for their bakes. The £245 raised was then donated by Mountain Kingdoms to the Nepali Children's Trust who support the Newlife Centre orphanage in Nepal.
The Gurkha Welfare Trust and the Royal Visit
The Gurkha Welfare Trust have announced that they raised an impressive £26 million in 2015 to spend on their many projects and initiatives in Nepal. This includes rebuilding the homes, schools and lives of Gurkha veterans, their families and the communities devastated by the earthquake last April. We were honoured to become a corporate partner of the Trust last year and will continue to raise funds for them in 2016.
Mountain Kingdoms’ baking efforts raise £220 for charity
Last week the team at Mountain Kingdoms helped raised a tasty sum of £220 for charity.
On 18th February 2016, 220 runners took part in an off-road race in the Forest of Dean, organised by Rogueruns. Mountain Kingdoms was given the task of baking enough cakes to feed all the hungry runners at the end of the race, and for every runner who took part Rogueruns donated £1 to Mountain Kingdoms for their bakes. The £220 raised will be donated by Mountain Kingdoms to Nepali Children's Trust who support the Newlife Centre orphanage in Nepal.
Donation in memory of Alan Gallop
An impressive £1,012 was recently raised by friends and family of Alan Gallop on the very sad occasion of his funeral. Alan had previously trekked in the Annapurnas in Nepal so it seemed fitting that the money should be donated, in his memory, to help rebuild a country he so enjoyed visiting. This is one of Alan's photos from his trek to Annapurna Sanctuary.
Responsible Travel - Our response to the challenges of 2015
There was no bigger challenge in 2015 then the terrible damage wrought by the earthquake in Nepal last April. Trying to provide practical help and support to the people of Nepal became the overriding focus of our Responsible Travel activities and fundraising throughout the year. By the end of 2015, our incredibly generous clients, staff and friends had raised over £40,000 which we distributed between several charities who have been doing amazing work rebuilding the homes and lives of the people of Nepal. Helping them to continue this immensely valuable work will be our driving force in 2016.
Away from the tragedy of the earthquake, we have continued to provide training courses for our Nepalese guides and trek crew and we've also raised funds to plant trees in Peru and to expand the important work of the Simien Mountains Mobile Medical Service in Ethiopia. None of which would have been possible without the overwhelming generosity of our clients. A huge thank you from everyone at Mountain Kingdoms.
Here's a look back at our Responsible Travel year.
Jim returns from Nepal
In September 2015 Mountain Kingdoms' Operations Manager, Jim Davies, visited Nepal to carry out inspections of the trekking routes and lodges, plus visit charities and villages Mountain Kingdoms' support. Below is a report about Jim's visit to Nepal and how life is returning to normal following the major earthquake in April.
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