Reducing plastics during travel in Nepal

This is a fact. This year close to one million travellers came to Nepal. If each stayed about five days on average, which is quite reasonable, and drank 1.5 bottles of water a day, that's 7.5 million bottles of water, 50% of which will never get recycled, according to scientists. That's staggering.

At socialtours we have decided to take action. Earlier we used to ask travellers to buy reusable water bottles, and many do come with a water bottle. That's great.

For those who have not brought it, we give them a bottle, from our side. Complimentary.

A small initiative which might help put lesser plastic in landfills, and help educate and spread.

In our new offices at HUB in Thamel ( for directions) we even have a water refill station with several filters, where travellers can come and fill up their bottle for free. No bottle? can buy one right here for a very affordable price.

All this and several other environmental and socio-economic initiatives led us to become the first Tour Operator in Asia to receive the Travelife Sustainability Certificate in 2015 (

Raj Gyawali

I am usually never in the office, and my colleagues call me the Tourist. I think strategically, and align the company to the future. I enjoy developing new experiences the most, and of course nothing can beat leading a group on a unique journey through Nepal. Uh Oh I forgot, I would rather be in the mountains! Also own if you are looking at travelling in other parts of the world in a similar way