Intrepid Travel has launched a $1 million fund-raising campaign that will see all profits from the company’s next season of Nepal trips donated to local and international charities working to rebuild Nepal.
Namaste Nepal is the latest initiative from Intrepid Travel, one of the largest trekking operators in Nepal, continuing the company’s commitment to aiding recovery efforts in the country.
The company’s not-for-profit The Intrepid Foundation has raised $400,000 to support Plan International’s emergency relief support to families in Nepal. The money raised through sales of Intrepid’s trips to Nepal from September 2015 through May 2016, will be distributed by The Intrepid Foundation to a range of charities such as KEEP, a project that works for porters’ welfare and education.
With over 26 years experience in the country and around 200 local employees, Intrepid Travel has strong ties to the destination and its people. Intrepid’s Kathmandu-based operations team ensured the safe evacuation of travellers after the earthquake and is now working closely with safety experts and local authorities to assess infrastructure.
Intrepid Travel co-founder Darrell Wade will be visiting Nepal this month to meet with staff in Kathmandu, as well as local and international aid organizations to identify charitable projects that are in most need of support from the company’s fund-raising campaign.
“The generosity of our travel community has been inspiring. People clearly care about Nepal and the Nepalese people as much as we do,” said James Thornton, managing director of Intrepid Travel.
“The question we’ve been asked most about Nepal is simply: how can I help? We’ve spoken to our local team in Nepal and concluded that the best thing we can do now is to visit the country. Tourism is Nepal’s largest industry, but without visitors many Nepalese people will find it difficult to earn a living. As the largest guided tour operator in Nepal, we believe it is important for Intrepid to lead the way and support the country when it needs us most.”
To find out more about Intrepid’s trips to Nepal and share news about the fund-raising campaign, visit http://www.intrepidtravel.com/return-nepal and use the hashtag #NepalNeedsYou.