top of page

Porters are the backbone of the trekking industry, an activity which provides over 80% of the GDP of Nepal. However, porters used in trekking take on a tremendous burden in carrying the belongings of their guests at a personal cost that is quite detrimental to their health.


Most western industries use animal labor or machines to do difficult and repetitive work. In Nepal, however, the vast majority of that type of work is done by human labor, often at a great cost to those being hired.

Many male Nepalis start as porters at the age of 14, having dropped out of school to take the opportunity to earn money in the lucrative tourism trade. Porters will often carry 2/3 of their own body weight, or more, as pay rates are based on the amount of weight carried. Porters often work six to ten hour days carrying cargo,  all typically done in poor clothing and very inadequate footwear. Some porters work the off season by carrying building materials in excess of their own weight in order to maintain stable work schedules.

WWEP works with select trekking companies to provide training for porters and guides to allow them to improve their careers despite the poor working conditions that they have been born into.

Porter Advocacy
bottom of page