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Giving back

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.