The Explore Nepal Group believes in an environment friendly approach, keeping in mind our activities have no negative impact on our community and nature. Learn about some of our environmental sustainability initiatives.
All of our restaurants and kitchens (at our hotels for example) provide great tasting food freshly prepared using organic ingredients*. Many of these ingredients (rice, seasonal vegetables, flour) come from our own farm at Gundu Farm House. Others are sourced from our sister company Kheti Bazaar (a Kathmandu-based organic farm shop) who in turn source their fruits, vegetables, honey, eggs etc. from organic farms throughout Nepal (including our own Gundu Farm House).
We do not believe that eating organic food is a privilege, but a right. We actively campaign against GMOs, pesticides and harmful agricultural practices within Nepal. Through our Gundu Farm House we also provide training to Nepali farmers and hope to be a living example of what is possible through organic farming and a permaculture approach.
*Organic meat is not readily available in Nepal and organic eggs are not always available.
Gundu Farm House in the VDC of Suryavinayak just south of Bhanktapur is another example of traditional thinking and modern design. Traditionally people would build their homes on the top of ridges where soil is shallower while walking down into the valleys to grow crops in the deeper, more fertile land. Over the years, many houses have been built further downhill to reduce the need to carry goods up or down.
Gundu Farm House is located in the valley of the small Gundu Khola (Gundu River) where organic crops are grown year-round. Our fruits, vegetables and grains provide wholesome and organic ingredients to our other properties.
Gundu Farm House, a project dedicated to organic food and farming
Bagmati river constitutes the main feature of Kathmandu supporting the natural as well as cultural eco-system of the Kathmanduities. Unfortunately, lack of planning and haphazard urbanization on the part of government and the public has made it a wasteland for household, industrial waste and sewer. Hence, The Explore Nepal in partnership with others took the initiative to clean up the river with the Bagmati Clean-up Drive. It is a weekly get-together of volunteers and organizers where we help extract approx. 15 tons of waste every week.
The river has shown some considerable progress in terms of water-flow and cleanliness since the project began.
Bagmati Clean-up Drive: A campaign led by The Explore Nepal Group
The Explore Nepal Group is partnering with local waste management service provider “Doko Recyclers” to ensure all the non-bio degradable waste produced is recycled and not carelessly discarded. We strive to be plastic-free but since it is unrealistic in the current context, we try to keep its use minimal and ensure whatever remains is recycled via Doko recyclers.
Recycle Bins contributed to Doko Recyclers by The Explore Nepal
The Explore Nepal Group believes in an environment friendly approach, keeping in mind our activities have no negative impact on our community and nature. So we started a no plastic campaign in the 1990's to bring awareness regarding the harmful effects of non-biodegradable waste. We have strictly followed this philosophy till today and banned the use any kind of plastic in our businesses. We recently conducted a campaign in 2016-17 where all of our staffs engage in educating the public and and holding peaceful demonstrations to fulfill our social responsiblity.
No Plastic Campaign: A campaign by The Explore Nepal Group