Himalaya Mt. Everest Tower ‘HIMET’ aim is to integrate sustainable environmental conservation and community development programs for tourism development. It is well known fact that travelling has been a human phenomenon since the beginning of human civilization. It is a sensitive factor of the human nature in the context of moving to survive, explore and to know that unknown. Yet tourism is often taken to be a new phenomenon associated with our present civilization.
The ancients undertake travels for personals or collective interest or out of curiosity and regions sentiments But the modern science and technology advancement, higher incomes and saving longer, leisure times, demographic expansion, cheaply facilitated and diversified tourists services, spread of education etc. have made the term “Tourism” more households as well as the most dynamic and important for not only developing countries. Nepal, a country of natural paradise, is unique due to its peculiar topography, diverse climate and cultural heritage. Nepal has many tourists’ destinations and range of comparative advantages.
The most spectacular mountains in the world, people of different races, religious, cultures, and costumes, a wide variety of flora and fauna and a varied climate are the large and growing tourist’s world. To develop sustainable tourism and to achieve the opium socio-economic benefits, the activities like eco -tourism, community based tourism or village tourism; social tourism should be highly promoted. Nepal one of the most unique exotic and remote destinations in the tourism map of the world unquestionably a country deemed with countless natural wonders and exhilarating tourism products.
It would n’t be an exaggeration to say tourism potentiality of Nepal, if utilized properly and with a little seriousness on the part of the plans and policy makers; it would prove itself like the Hen that used to lay Golden eggs in fairy tales. Social tourism is Community based tourism which enables tourists to discover local habitats, wildlife and to celebrates and respects traditional cultures, rituals and wisdom.
The community will be aware of the commercial and social value placed on their natural and cultural heritage through tourism, and this will encourage community to conserve these resources. Supporting community-based tourism, tourist can immerse in the day-to-day lives of local and indigenous people while helping them to preserve their environment and cultural heritage by sharing idea and knowledge.
In return tourist gets rare opportunities to experience local communities in a low price instead of paying high price for the hotel and resort. Many successful experiences in development countries prove that tourism can become a leading sector for the people who conserve natural resources and live on it. Local people of these countries jointly cooperate in Community Based Tourism and this gives not only economic benefits for them but also becomes an example of community involved decision making process.
A community by definition implies individuals with some kind of collective responsibility, and the ability to make decisions by representative bodies. Also Social tourism is aimed at benefiting the whole community by contributing to the economic and social development of regions and citizens as the whole.
All the players in the tourism development are subject to the same expectations of professionalism and competence, whether facility managers or entrepreneurs, guides or tour organizers, entertainers or educators. Himalaya Mt. Everest Tower ‘HIMET’ is with a strict aim of promoting community-based socio-environmentally friendly tourism. Eco tourism is gradually becoming a priority as it is proved to be the alternative economic activity to the local community. The organization sees itself as a social partner for community development through tourism to create economic, social and environmental value in the community.
It believes that the overall longevity of the organization success depends upon its ability to create value in these three areas simultaneously. Responsible Tourism/Sustainable Tourism Once we are promoting the social tourism we should not forget to talk about responsible as well as sustainable tourism, responsible tourism is tourism ‘that creates better places for people to live in, and better places to visit. The concept of Responsible tourism can be understood through Sustainable tourism, the goal of both being the same – sustainable development.
While Sustainable tourism points at the obvious need for sustainability, Responsible tourism means taking the initiative, understanding actors involved, studying the impacts and benefits and spreading them out equally, in other words, spreading the responsibility for both impacts and benefits thus ensuring the ability of all levels of actors to act accordingly – be government, tour operators, hospitality industry and even individuals such the tourists themselves. Targeted points to promote and integrate the issue, Social Tourism to raise awareness to conserve and protect the environment and cultural heritage.
And to motivate and mobilize youth for the positive change through social tourism Improve the quality of life of a broad community: local, national and international for sustainable development Distinctive Features: Focus on quality tourism for sustainable development: Believe in quality tourism rather than only focusing quantity at affordable price Home Stay; opportunity to experience Nepali culture, tradition, society and daily life style directly Social and Environment friendly: not use of poly bags and other stuffs which polluted the environment during the treks and mobilize the volunteer for treks route cleaning if needed also respect the all the social values.
As a Social Development Organization we to strive to make essential contributions to the improvement of human relations, through the establishment of supporting systems for staff training and the creation of infrastructures by designing appropriate Social Tourism Packages that appeal to all budgets and age groups.
Our selection of social tourism destinations in Nepal are well equipped to receive small groups and to ensure respect for the ecosystem they visit. Visitors through this program can equally help promote profitable avenues to generate income and employment opportunities for the locals while helping to preserve as much of local culture and tradition of host destinations.
Our core vision is to enhance sustainable tourism development combining together with heartfelt concern for environment and livelihood improvements in Nepal.
And our organization has been working through: Tourism plans and reviews, Tourism infrastructure development, Research and Publication, Cooperation/ networking with other partners Trainings, Social mobilization, Marketing & Promotion, Awareness building, Technical Advice, Environment awareness/ preservation, Culture and Heritage conservation, Forward/backward linkages in local economy, Monitoring and Evaluation, Conservation and preservation, Corporate social responsibility, Social inclusion and gender, Project management.
We provide opportunity to visit and interact with local NGOs and CBOs Empower the minorities and deprived youth as a tour guide with providing needed training Contribute certain percentage of the income to educate orphaned and Vulnerable and underprivileged children of Nepal.