Ethical Tourism

If you want to climb Mt. Everest, you are basically a terrible person:

“In December, the first of the families received their compensation. ‘Yesterday seven victims’ family members took their compensation, and the government has already issued money to all the 16 victims,’ says Yuba Raj Shrestha, an official at the mountaineering department of the ministry of tourism.

But the Union of Trekking Travels Rafting Workers Nepal (Unitrav), which is representing the families, says that in order to claim compensation the next of kin have to travel to Kathmandu to present the required documentation.”

But Nepal is a poor country with little to nothing in the way of income, no?  Um:

“This apparent reluctance to accommodate victims’ families has added to the community’s anger, because Everest tours represent a significant revenue for the government, which charges westerners $25,000 each for a climbing permit. Families fear that after April’s disaster the cycle of poverty in the region will be intensified.”

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