The Chief wrote:In the meantime, treat the porters like slaves and pay em penny's on the 100 dollar to carry all your shet in and out & feed yur ass. Then they call it supporting the local economy.
All to achieve your dream.
This is the component of this deal that I will never agree with, never!
I will never condone any activity that folks do to achieve their "dreams/goals" at the cost of another human being's dignity.
Those porters get paid less than a dollar a day to haul all that shit up to and then back down.
And the sherpa's don't fair that much better to haul, set-up/clean-up camp, fix, rescue etc for all them high paying folks.
This coming from a guy who's country employed a great number slaves and paid immigrants next to nothing back in the day. Get off your high horse Chief, the world didn't start rotating when you were born. You live in a market economy so you should understand that what the locals are being paid would be the going rate. Nepal as a country basically doesn't have anything so I would think the money brought in by climbers, trekkers, etc. is desparately needed and appreciated. We all know you'll never be going there so if you're so concerned perhaps you could make a hefty charitable contribution to the people. Send me a copy of your receipt when you do, until then, quite bitchin.