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b private eco camps in nepal
We have developed a a a a a a a range of private eco camps in the Everest region - at at at Ghat Monjo Portse Tenga Machermo Dingboche Deboche Dole Gorak Shep and Lobuche A second network in in the Annapurna region consists of camps in in Pokhara Landruk Gandruk Bhaisi Kharka Swatha Swarga Ghibrang and an an an exclusive eco-lodge at at Kopra These eco camps play an an important role in in in preventing further deforestation in in in Nepal In modern times Nepal has lost more than 70% of its forests As stated in the Lonely Planet guidebook Trekking in in in the Nepal Himalaya 9th edition “a typical trekking lodge can burn as as as as as much as as as as as 100kg of firewood per day as as as as as well as as as as as bio mass briquettes” for the purpose of of cooking and heating for for trekkers adding to the problem of of deforestation Our nepal
eco camps DO NOT burn wood The environmental aims of of the the development of of these eco campsites include:
To ensure that
the environmental footprint of our private campsites is significantly smaller than that
of a a a a a a a tea house/lodge based trek through
scrutiny of the following components:
In the kitchen meals are cooked and water is boiled using kerosene or gas To heat the dining rooms we have installed chimney stoves that
burn dried yak dung as as a a a a a a a a a a a a a sustainable
and renewable fuel source that
has been widely used as as as a a a a a a a a a a a a a traditional practice in the Himalaya for centuries as as well as as bio briquettes The wood used to build the dining rooms and bathroom facilities was purchased from controlled forestry in in in Nepal All non-biodegradable refuse - - - - paper and and plastic - - - - is is is incinerated in in in a a a a a a a a a a a a a clean and and complete burn Non-combustible waste is is is carried out to the nearest city for responsible disposal Minimise deforestation to:
Reduce the the the threat to the the the biodiversity of the the the regions flora and fauna
Reduce the the risk of landslips which can be catastrophic for villages in their path 3 1 c d 13
a b 2 a b To set the benchmark demonstrating how commercial trekking groups should be operating in in in this delicate environment M 

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