Giving Back in Nepal
Social Responsibility with Mountain Madness
Mountain Madness has a long history of reaching out to help local communities in the places we visit. Part of the reason to travel with Mountain Madness in Nepal is that we are socially and environmentally responsible. We pay fair wages to porters and staff, we abide by recommended standards for environmental conservation, and we work hard to ensure ethical travel without compromising comfort or quality.
Our efforts in Nepal extend beyond treks and expeditions to support locally-driven projects that are improving people’s lives. Mountain Madness contributes to Changing Lives Nepal, a non-profit founded in 2008 by Mountain Madness guide and former Peace Corps Volunteer Deana Zabaldo.
Mountain Madness helps to support these children. Deana Zabaldo photo
Changing Lives Nepal (CLN) has created a family-style home to provide food, clothing, education, and love for abandoned and orphaned children. CLN also creates organic agriculture programs that enable local farmers to become economically independent and self-reliant. They have planted almost 1 million tea bushes, built a factory jointly owned by 155 farmer families, and are expanding into organic almonds.
$3 covers the cost of 3 almond tree saplings for the new organic almond farm which will grow to include 10,000 trees and nearly 200 farmers over 5 years.
Deana Zabaldo photo
As you prepare for your trip in Nepal, we want you to be aware that Mountain Madness gives back in Nepal. If you are touched by the communities and cultures where we travel, we invite you to contribute and make a difference with us!
$150 covers the cost of school tuition and uniforms for one year.
Deana Zabaldo photo
We are proud members of Pack for a Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and take supplies for area schools or medical clinics in need, you’ll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. Please click here to see what supplies are needed for the Nepal orphanage project.