Darla Hillard and Rodney Jackson
CGCT helped provide emergency earthquake
in Nepal, and now is helping
to rebuild schools.
Paropakar Orphanage, Kathmandu
(Virtues Children Nepal beneficiaries)
School children in Kyaing Tong (Burma)
asked our KarmaQuest group Do you have
tigers and pythons in America?
Partners Asia-trained midwife, Pin Thau
and her mother with KarmaQuest
KarmaQuest has operated trips for
since 2004. In 2017, we operated one to Sri Lanka,
visiting botanic gardens and nature reserves.
KCC, a non-profit in
recycles garbage collected
at the trekking trailhead
The Black-necked Crane,
a threatened species in Bhutan.
KarmaQuest works in partnership with reputed international and grass-roots conservation
and social-service organizations in the places we visit. Together we
plan and carry out adventure travel and outdoor learning trips that
benefit communities and help protect the environment and cultural heritage
that foster tourism and improved livelihoods. Our trips contribute to
the following organizations' work. Please see their websites for more
Snow Leopard Conservancy (SLC) US and SLC-India Trust
The Snow Leopard Conservancy is dedicated to demonstrating
innovative grassroots measures that lead local people to become better
stewards of the endangered snow leopard, its prey and its habitat. KarmaQuest
trips to areas that support snow leopard (Wintertime Quest and Summertime Quest for the Snow Leopard in Ladakh) help generate funds and awareness for snow
leopard conservation, and income for mountain inhabitants as an incentive
Chandra Gurung Conservation Trust
As a close friend and colleague of Dr. Chandra Gurung, we have pledged to keep his indomitable spirit alive and continue spreading his message of compassionate conservation to young Nepalis. Wendy Lama serves as President of the Chandra Gurung Conservation Trust (CGCT) whose mission is:
-- to mentor the next generation of Himalayan leaders in conservation and sustainable development
-- to support projects that embrace the vision of Chandra Gurung.
Following the 2015 disastrous earthquake in Nepal, the CGCT has extended its reach to provide emergency earthquake relief and now support for reconstruction of schools in badly affected areas. We invite your support through the CGCT website and
Virtues Children Nepal (VCN)
As a member of the VCN Board of Directors, KarmaQuest's Wendy Lama has a long association with orphaned children of Nepal. KarmaQuest guests who visit VCN's project sites in Nepal invariably become supporters and sponsors of VCN beneficiaries. Our Cultures,
Arts and Wonders of Nepal Benefiting Paropakar Orphans
trip visits the orphanage during the Dasain festival time (Nepal's Christmas) and donates funds to educate a child for a year.
Partners Asia works to help some of the most disadvantaged people in Burma/Myanmar, and perhaps Southeast Asia. Focussing primarily on women and children, the US-based non-profit organization supports in-country non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that deliver grassroots level assistance in remote parts of the country to under-served ethinc minorities. Programs "help protect the vulnerable, give a voice to the powerless, and support the growth of a more inclusive society.”
KarmaQuest’s Lifestyles, Temples and Tribes of Burma trip visits Partners Asia’s village project in Kyaing Tong. On one recent visit, KarmaQuest guests sat together (photo left) with a young village woman who had been trained as a village midwife, complementing her mother's traditional birthing skills. Together they have brought the infant and maternal mortality rate to zero. In other villages visited, a primary school now has better teaching materials and skills thanks to Partners Asia financial support. The school has set ups a nursery at the primary school to care for students' younger siblings so that the older children can attend school rather than stay home to baby-sit. Nursery age children will likely transition into the classroom when their turn comes.
The National Tropical Botanical Garden (NTBG) is dedicated to preserving tropical plant diversity and stemming the tide of extinction through plant exploration, propagation, habitat restoration, scientific research, and education. NTBG's gardens and preserves are safe havens for at-risk species that otherwise might disappear forever. KarmaQuest is proud to have designed and operated trips to Bhutan, Burma and Thailand for NTBG Trustees, Fellows and Members since 2004. We are partnering to offer NTBG members unique trips that focus on tropical botanical ecosystems in the world. We conducted one to Sri Lanka in 2017 and are preparing for another to Lord Howe Island off the east coast of Australia in 2018.
The wildlife and eco-tourism arm of Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts in Sri Lanka, Nature Trails has pioneered several projects that help protect and sustain the natural environments and uplift livelihoods in geographical areas in which it operates. These initiatives include the use of renewable energy to improve energy efficiency and reduce emissions; supporting the livelihoods of cattle farmers by assisting them in corralling livestock safely, enabling them to protect their cattle from leopards in the area; helping to collect data on leopard distribution and population dynamics along the boundaries of the ala National Park; collecting information about elephant movement, demographics, health and behavior as baseline data for monitoring their well-being as the basis for a broader conservation initiative; and studying and preserving the blue whales and supporting the livelihoods of local communities involved in whale watching.
The Terma Foundation
Terma, a non-sectarian NGO, creates innovative programs combining indigenous and western knowledge to confront the health crisis affecting people in Tibet, Burma and Brazil. Terma has been working in the Tibet Autonomous region and adjacent provinces of China since 1993. It has recently begun partnering in Burma with local organizations to address health care needs in the country whose health care is ranked among the worst it the world. KarmaQuest and its travelers contribute to the education of orphan children through one of Terma Foundation's partners in Mandalay, Phaung Daw Oo Monastery. We also donate eye glasses to women weavers to extend their productive years.
Kangchendzonga Conservation Committee (KCC), Sikkim, India
KCC is a community-based organization comprised of energetic and dedicated
members who help to educate and train communities in sustainable tourism,
and to manage the impacts of tourism on the natural enviornment and
cultural sites of Sikkim. Their office and Visitor Information Center
is in Yuksom, West Sikkim, India. KCC greets all KarmaQuest trips to
Yuksom, the trailhead to Kangchendzonga National Park, showing guests
their work in the community and helping to promote homestay accommodations.
Royal Society for Protection of Nature (Bhutan)
RSPN is the first non-governmental organization established in Bhutan
dedicated solely to environmental conservation. Its main activities
are related to conservation of the endangered black necked-crane, and
environmental education in schools. Through the UNESCO Cultural and
Ecotourism program, it is helping the villagers of Phobjikha devlelop
ecotourism. International membership is welcome
TIES (The International Ecotourism Society) KarmaQuest is an active member of TIES, and is featured in its
Travel Choice listing, where "Your Choice Makes a Difference."
KarmaQuest Ecotourism Specialist Wendy Lama served as an Advisor to the UNESCO program
on Cultural and Ecotourism in Mountain Regions of South and Central
Asia from 2002 to 2007, helping to develop and sustainable tourism that benefits
communities and conserves mountain resources. KarmaQuest trips in Ladakh,
Sikkim, Bhutan, Nepal, and Kyrgyzstan collaborate with UNESCO partners and
support the program's objectives.