Working for the safety of the mountain porter

balti-porters-smIn 1997, a young Nepali porter employed by a trekking company became severely ill with altitude illness. He was paid off and sent down alone. It took just another 30 hours for him to die….He was 20 years old and left behind a wife and 2 small children.

The International Porter Protection Group (IPPG) was formed to prevent these recurring tragedies.

IPPG’s aim is for every porter to have:

  • Access to adequate clothing, boots, shelter and food (appropriate to the altitude and weather)
  • Medical care when ill or injured
  • Insurance

These aims are achieved by lobbying, education, monitoring and direct action through support of clothing banks, the construction of shelters and rescue posts.

IPPG is run entirely by volunteers with a minimum of bureaucracy. All monies raised are spent directly on our various porter projects or to support other porter NGOs.

You can be part of the porter movement by aiding IPPG’s efforts through donation, volunteering, spreading the word or just simply becoming aware of the issues porters face and speaking out.