Intrepid is starting a fundraiser for Porter’s rights and it’s easy for anyone to join.
As reported by Insider Travel Report,
Step Up For Porters is a virtual climbing challenge that brings some of the most incredible trekking experiences to customers. From June 1-30, 2019, participants will be asked to tackle a series of virtual treks, including Everest Base Camp, Kilimanjaro, the Inca Trail and Mount Kinabalu—mountains that porters around the world do every day—using the Healthwise app to track their steps. Intrepid hopes the Step Up For Porters challenge will raise $175,000 AUD for porter welfare.
Participants can register at www.stepup.travel for a fee of $18 U.S./$22 Canadian, with 100% of proceeds donated directly to the Porters Collective, a group of three non-governmental organizations (NGOs) supporting porters’ rights: Kilimanjaro Porters Assistance Project (KPAP), Kathmandu Environmental Education Project and Awamaki-The Tourism Academy for Porters in Peru.
Porters take on some of the world’s toughest routes, such Mount Kilimanjaro and Everest Base Camp, several times a month, while carrying heavy bags, cooking food, and pitching tents. But they are often the least valued on the mountain, overworked, underfed and underpaid.
“Anyone who’s done a trek understands the importance of porters and the amazing work they do,” said Robyn Nixon, general manager of the Intrepid Foundation. “We want to help people get fit and do good for porters.”For more information or to register, click on Step Up for Porters.
To view Intrepid’s porter policy, click on Intrepid Porter Policy.