The tragic death of a young British trekker, Tracey Taylor Young, led to the establishment of the Kathmandu Environment Education Project (KEEP) in 1992.
Tracey was killed in a fall during a climb on the trekking peak Imja Tse (Island Peak) in 1991. Tracey, along with her friend Joanne Chittenden, had decided to climb Imja Tse to raise awareness of the growing environmental degradation of the Khumbu region of Nepal.
In her memory, it was decided that a new project on ecotourism should be established to provide education on safe and ecologically sustainable trekking methods to preserve Nepal’s unique and fragile eco-system.
Joanne Chittenden and friend Johnnie Woods returned to Nepal and worked together with colleagues based here including Steve Powers, Wendy Brewer Lama and the late Dr. Chandra Gurung to study the impact of trekking on Nepal in order to develop a way to increase access to environmental and safety information.
This brought about the establishment of the Tracey Taylor Young Mountain Trust in the UK and KEEP in Nepal. KEEP then obtained support from the late Lord John Hunt and by the autumn of 1992, KEEP’s Visitor Information Centre in Kathmandu opened its doors to the public.
Since the idea first germinated in 1991, KEEP has continued to expand its sphere of influence and develop new projects. Today, we are established as one of the leading eco-tourism NGOs in Nepal and have links to international organisations in Europe, the USA and Australia.
KEEP works to ensure sustainable tourism in Nepal with the enthusiasm, support and commitment of our key partners:
Antipodeans Abroad, Australia
Antipodeans Abroad specializes in educational and volunteer travel programs with a purpose. Their range of travel programs are designed around developing young Australians and focus on leadership, personal challenge, cultural immersion and responsible travel.
Their volunteering programs incorporate sustainable, grassroots projects which enrich volunteers’ travels and benefit a small community. KEEP have been working in partnership with Antipodeans Abroad for over a year.
Crooked Trails, USA
A non-profit, community-based travel organization, Crooked Trails has been encouraging people to diversify their understanding of the planet and its myriad of cultures through education, responsible travel practices and community development for more than ten years. We began our partnership in 2002 and since then have collaborated on several of our Community Development programs placing international volunteers and adventurers in Nepal’s rural villages and communities. Over the past two years Crooked Trails has proved instrumental in fundraising for the expansion of Shree Bindabasini Lower Secondary School, Kavre.
International Porter Protection Group
IPPG works to improve conditions for mountain porters in the tourism industry worldwide. Its aim is for every porter to have; access to adequate clothing, boots, shelter and food (appropriate to the altitude and weather); medical care when ill or injured and appropriate health insurance.KEEP and IPPG became partners in 2009 and KEEP now houses a Porters’ Clothing Bank on behalf of both organizations.
PATA International Foundation, Nepal
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) is a membership association acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of the Asia Pacific travel and tourism industry. In partnership with private and public sector members PATA enhances the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism to, from and within the region.
In 2009 PATA awarded KEEP a grant to organize an eight month program educating tourism professionals on the importance of waste management and waste management skills along the Tamang Heritage Trail.
Porters’ Progress, UK
Porters’ Progress facilitates the safe treatment, education and empowerment of adult and child trekking and commercial porters and their communities in Nepal through appropriate programs, with priority given to creating change within the trekking industry.
Rhododendron Education Trust, UK
The Trust has been supporting KEEP since its inception 16 years ago. Their support has been priceless for the organization of training and workshops intended to strengthen the capacities of tourism professionals.
The Intrepid Foundation, Australia
As part of Australia’s Intrepid Travel organization, The Intrepid Foundation strives to aid the local community promoting small campaigns in healthcare, education, human rights, child welfare, and environmental and wildlife protection. The Foundation contributes to the grassroots work of other non-governmental organizations, primarily in areas where Intrepid Travel operates a branch.
Over the past seven years, The Intrepid Foundation has offered continued support to our Community Project Fund as well as consistent collaboration in our Community Development programs.
From 2007 to 2009 The Intrepid Foundation and KEEP coordinated several programs to assist Shree Bindawasini Lower Secondary School and Shree Mahakali Primary School in various construction projects, crucial to the safety and continued attendance of its students.
The International Mountain Explorers Connection
The International Mountain Explorers Connection (IMEC) was founded in 1996 in Boulder, Colorado to promote responsible and sustainable connections between travellers and the people of developing mountain regions of the world. Through its Porter Assistance Project, IMEC focuses its efforts on improving the working conditions for porters in Tanzania and Nepal.
IMEC supports KEEP’s Porters’ Clothing Bank.
Annapurna HR, UK
Annapurna HR caters exclusively for the needs of experienced HR Professionals and Companies seeking to hire them.
Our Mission Statement: "Annapurna HR aims to continually be the leading edge ethical recruitment company, whose people are passionate about being the best in their field for the benefit of themselves, their clients, candidates and the environment."
Nepal Trekking, UK
Nepal trekking is a UK organization specialising in tailor made treks/tours to Nepal. These cover all manner of levels to suit a client’s wishes. They cover different kinds of expeditions from Community Service and Trekking Peaks to Experience and Wildlife Tours as well as working with specific village projects. Keep has recently started a partnership with Nepal trekking in March 2012.
Swiss Foundation for Solidarity in Tourism (SST), Switzerland
Founded in 2001 by the Swiss Student Travel Office cooperative, the SST supports organizations and initiatives that pursue the development of sustainable tourism.
Through its contributions, the Foundation helps to secure the livelihoods of the populations in tourist destinations, to improve their economic conditions and to protect the environment.
It also helps to promote new initiatives and ideas for a balanced cultural exchange between tourists and locals.
Aussie Action Abroad, Australia
Aussie Action Abroad actively collaborates with communities in need to provide practical and realistic support leading to sustainable outcomes and enriching the lives of all involved. Formerly under the organization OzQuest Adventures, Aussie Action Abroad builds upon over a decade of experience in facilitating projects to communities in need and continues to strengthen its relationships with partnering organizations, communities and volunteers.
Sierra Club, USA
Founded by legendary conservationist John Muir in 1892, the Sierra Club is now the world’s largest and most influential grassroots environmental organization with more than two million members and supporters. Sierra Club’s successes range from protecting millions of acres of wilderness to helping pass the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act. More recently, we've made history by leading the charge to move away from the dirty fossil fuels that cause climate disruption and toward a clean energy economy.
BridgIT Water Foundation, Australia
BridgIT Water Foundation is a non-denominational, non-government, non-profit Australian incorporated humanitarian organization which partners with corporate entity, Prime Pump Co. Pty Ltd. This organization believes that small business and the corporate world have a Corporate social responsibility to create change in the world to contribute in making a real difference to bridge the gap that separates privileged nations from those not so lucky.
Worldwide Education Partnerships for Nepal (WWEP), USA
Worldwide Education Partnerships for Nepal was founded by Steve Mannshardt, an avid traveler with a long history in the not-for-profit arts community, to help solve some of the more pressing issues confronting the education system in Nepal. ‘WWEP’ enlists the assistance of various partner organizations in Nepal and the United States which carry out the WWEP mission to our specifications. Steve travels to Nepal a number of times a year to facilitate the various programs that WWEP has put in place and to create new programs for the future.
GloboTrek is a budget travel site for backpackers and independent travelers who are looking to explore the world and get the most from the experience, to grow, explore, or just have a good time. It features tips, reviews, how-to’s, and more useful information that can ease the process of travel planning and make travelling a more enjoyable experience. Its mission is to make travelling more accessible, comfortable, and rewarding for those who wish to trek their way around the world.
WLD is a code for We Live Different. We know, that it may sound strange for you, that we in Germany
try to live different, but at the same time work in the city and are in the end a part of our
economy driven society, which leads to negative impacts to nature. But we try to make the difference. It
may be just a small difference, but if we spread the word, it may become significant. The more our
customer get the point, that our attitude is happening all over the world, especially in places like yours,
the better for our education and awareness and of course for mother nature.
Started from Norway over 30 years ago, by a group of trekking friends. Now registered as a Nepali NGO, with Norwegian and international based support. Basic idea:
Mountain people helping mountain people to help themselves. Completed over 500 grass-root projects, from individual advanced health assistance, individual and group vocational training, supporting other organizations to reach their goals, built own school and a new welfare centre and upgrading over 50 school class rooms, plus play areas, toilets and water delivery systems. Supports KEEP's yearly Porter Training program.
A.S Hornby Educational Trust
The A S Hornby Educational Trust is dedicated to the teaching of English as a foreign language. Activities include providing scholarships in the UK for people from developing and transitional countries, funding schools and workshops around the world, and maintaining an alumni network. The Trust was created in 1961 by A S Hornby, an English-language specialist best known for producing the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, published by Oxford University Press. To this day we are funded by royalties from the book and from related products, as well as having a professionally-managed investment portfolio.
Founded in 1990, EGP is the UK's oldest entirely student run charity with over 25 years of experience in delivering sustainable development projects in the Global South. We have successfully completed over 175 projects and worked in 21 countries around the world.
Trekking Agencies’ Association of Nepal (TAAN), Nepal
TAAN was formed and registered with the Kathmandu CDO office in 1979 by a handful of trekking agents who realized that it was time to assemble and create an umbrella organization under which they could work together to meet their common goals and also assist the government by providing suggestions to develop trekking business into a revenue generation industry.
Nepal Mountaineering Association (NMA), Nepal
NMA was established on November 1, 1973. It is a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization working as a national alpine association of Nepal to promote mountain tourism, climbing sports, protects mountain environments.
World Wildlife Fund Nepal has focused its energies on community supported biodiversity conservation since the late 1960s. WWF has been at the forefront of educating the community in regards to conservation concepts and practices. Initially WWF focused on preserving the endangered rhino and tiger, but with its success has shifted its concentration to promoting sustainable livelihoods for indigenous groups.
In 2009, WWF funded KEEP’s research and development of tourism best practice and documentation in key tourist sites on the Gosainkunda Trail.
Nepal Tourism Board, Nepal
Established in 1998 Nepal’s national tourism organisation seeks to forge a partnership between Nepal’s government and tourism industries, working together to promote and develop Nepal as an attractive tourist destination.
We have worked with the Nepal Tourist Board over the last four years organising conferences and education courses and promoting projects that encourage sustainable tourism. They have supplied financial and logistical support to many of our programs and in return, KEEP has provided best practice advice and feedback for their customer service programs.
Sustainable Tourism Network, Nepal
The Sustainable Tourism Network (STN) is an informal network of individuals and organisations that earnestly encourages sustainable tourism practices in Nepal. STN provides a forum for those working in the tourism field to share advice, increase cooperation and encourage the use of best practices in regards to sustainable tourism.
|Mr. Bimal Naherki||Chairperson|
|Mr. Devi P. Panta||Vice Chairperson|
|Mr. Ram K. Puri||General Secretary|
|Mr. Rishi Prasad Nepal||Secretary|
|Mr. Pitamber Gurung||Treasurer|
|Mrs. Meggie Chhetri||Asst. Treasurer|
|Dr. Suresh Babu Malla||Board Member|
|Dr. Ajit Kumar Gurung||Board Member|
|Mr. Dawa Sherpa||Board Member|
|Mrs. Mina Sherpa||Board Member|
|Mrs. Santosh Giri Gurung||Board Member|
Ukesh Raj Bhuju
Rhododendron Education Trust
Conservation and Livelihood Consultant
Community Action Nepal
Mr. D.B. Gurung
Mr. Arjun Limbu
Senior Program Officer
Mr. Tara Datt Joshi
Sr. Accountant/Administrative Officer
Assistant Program Officer
PCB -in Charge