Social Welfare and HealthPorters' Rights
Moving Mountains works in collaboration with our partner organisation and supporter Adventure Alternative to provide employment and improve working conditions for porters in Nepal. We work together as part of our commitment to ensuring the principles of Fair Trade Volunteering and to harnessing responsible tourism, volunteering, and development education to benefit communities and local economies.
Our volunteers and visitors spend a couple of days trekking up through the beautiful Himlayan landscapes to the villages of Bupsa and Bumburi where Moving Mountains is working in partnership with the communities.
Volunteers and visiting groups are accompanied on the trek by porters who we recruit from the villages and who assist volunteers and staff with carrying luggage and project supplies.
In addition to employment for porters for logistics for Moving Mountains projects and volunteer groups, Adventure Alternative also employs many porters from the region for the treks they run in the Solukhumbu and around Nepal, including treks to Everest Base Camp and the Gokyo lakes (sacred lakes for both Buddhists and Hindus).
Through many years of work in Nepal we have formed strong relationships with porters and have worked to improve conditions for porters along the trekking trails. This has included the donation of mattresses to porters' lodges along the main Everest Base Camp trail, support for porters' associations, and ensuring ethical employment practices for porters, both directly through our employment of porters and through lobbying and working with other organisations active in the region.
Find out how our partnership with Adventure Alternative is leading the way in helping to ensure the safety and wellbeing of porters in Nepal and around the world by visiting the 'Supporting Porters' Rights' page on the Adventure Alternative website.
History of our Porters Rights Project
In continued support of the teams of porters who carry equipment and supplies up and down the high altitude paths of the main Everest Base Camp trekking route, Moving Mountains has replaced the sleeping mattresses in a series of porters lodges along the route. We have provided around 500 mattresses in total over the years to improve the health and comfort of all porters working the trails. Recent donations of mattresses have included:
July 2011 - 34 for Gorak Shep Porters' Lodge
November 2011 - 30 for Lobuje Porters' Lodge
January 2012 - 30 for Tangboche Porters' Lodge
2013 - Further mattresses donated to lodges at Gorak Shep and Labuche
- Moving Mountains UK
- Gavin Bate's Everest Climbs
- Adventure Alternative
1. Volunteer with Moving Mountains Nepal on a project in Bupsa and Bumburi or volunteer with us in one of the schools with which we work. Volunteer as an individual or join a group volunteering or development education trip with Moving Mountains.
2. Visit this stunning part of the world as part of any trip to Nepal or incorporate visits on an Everest Base Camp trek from Jiri.
We will continue to support porters in the Solukhumbu through the provision of mattresses, bedding, and equipment as funds allow and we will continue to campaign for porters' rights in Nepal and all countries where we operate. We will also continue to provide employment for porters through Moving Mountains volunteering and development education trips, Moving Mountains projects and treks and trips run through Adventure Alternative.