Sacred Himalaya Porter Policy
Sacred Himalaya supports the International Porter Protection Group
The well being of the porters we use on our Sacred Himalaya treks is very important to us. we are fully supportive of the work done by the IPPG in providing good working conditions for Himalayan porters.
IPPG aims to improve safety and health for porters working in the mountains for the trekking industry worldwide. We work to eradicate avoidable illness, injury and death. We do this by raising awareness of the issues among travel companies, guides, trek leaders, sirdars (porters foremen), and trekkers.
IPPG also supports porters in their quest for a decent wage and freedom from overloading.
IPPG is involved in these activities:
Educate trekkers on the issue of porter safety through flyers, posters, photo exhibitions, video and media
Assist with the provision of clothing and footwear for loan through porter clothing banks
Raise funds for and build porter shelters
Run an emergency relief fund for injured porters or their dependents
Lobby government departments
Encourage travel agents and trekking companies to adopt ethical porter policies
Maintain and update our website
Run a porter shelter and rescue post in Machermo (Nepal) on the Gokyo trek to try reduce the death toll in that area
Organise fundraisers through articles, lectures, documentaries, letter writing, talks, and donations
Cooperate with other porter NGOs
Help porters organise their own institutions
Organise/attend relevant conferences
More information can be found at the IPPG website at -