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Checking in from the Condor's Nest on Illimani, Bolivia. MM Collection
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February 15, 2013

Ethical Travel in Nepal with Mountain Madness

MOUNTAIN MADNESS has a long history of reaching out to help local communities in the places we visit. Today, we continue the vision of Scott Fischer and Christine Boskoff by collaborating with a variety of relief agencies, conservation groups, and non-profits. We believe in the power to make a difference! 

Mountain Madness helps to support these children in Nepal. Deana Zabaldo photo

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. 

$3 covers the cost of 3 almond tree saplings for the new organic farm which will grow to include
10,000 trees and nearly 200 farmers over 5 years. Deana Zabaldo photo

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. We were excited to receive this card (below) from Deana this year celebrating the generosity of past MM clients. This past year, our clients helped us raise $3,000 to support a Nepali girl, Maya, and her education. 

Maya. Deana Zabaldo photo

Deana with Maya. 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.


Deana and social entrepreneur Parshu Dahal make a field visit. 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! 

Learn more at:
Changing Lives Nepal is an all-volunteer organization in the U.S.
100% of donations go to help children and farmers in Nepal

By joining Mountain Madness on a trek in Nepal, a portion of your application fee will go towards Changing Lives Nepal and directly to helping the local children and farmers of the region. Contact us now to find out how you can join us on one of these adventures or contribute to the efforts in Nepal. 

$150 overs the cost of school tuition and uniforms for one year. Deana Zabaldo photo