Lucky, Dicky and Nicky Chhetri, three Nepalese sisters, are pioneers in the field of female trekking guides. Since 1994, they have worked towards empowering women in Nepal through their trekking agency 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking and their NGO Empowering Women of Nepal (EWN). Entering an uncharted territory In the early nineties no one would have dreamed of a Nepalese woman guiding a trek. In Nepalese society a woman is expected to stay at home and was not allowed or encouraged to work outside. But the Chhetri sisters did just that. Lucky, Dicky and Nicky:
In 1993 we were running a restaurant and a lodge in Pokhara. We met women from all over the world and came across some with bad experiences of with their male guides. These stories touched us and we resolved to do something. With urging from our friends, we gathered up all our courage and entered into this uncharted territory." In 1994 Lucky, Dicky and Nicy started 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking, a women's trekking guide service. Breaking down social barriers They created a training program to teach local women the necessary skills for trekking and guiding. The early success of these women inspired others. Since then, close to 2,000 women from all over the country have completed the training. Many have become guides or assistant guides or gained self-confidence to find employment elsewhere. Some were low caste women whom society looked down upon, others were socially disadvantaged and facing challenges in life. It has been a life changing experience for all the particpants.
Lucky, Dicky and Nicky: "Whether or not these women go on to become a guide, we feel it is a seed planted for them and future generations. We demonstrate that women are mentally, physically and emotionally as strong as men."
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EWN and 3 Sisters Adventure Trekking work in partnership to promote and empower women through Adventure Tourism. Together we combine practical skill-based training programs with gainful employment opportunities. Our goal is to encourage our fellow sisters to become self-supportive, independent, decision-making women.
• Female Trekking Guide Training Programs ~ free of charge
• hostel facilities
• on-going daily English conversation classes
• assistance with job placement upon completion of the course
3 Sisters Adventure provides:
- a supportive, paid apprenticeship training program
- guaranteed field experience upon completion of training
- insurance coverage
- adequate equipment and clothing on loan. It is the sole responsibility of all trainees to borrow all needed equipment before their treks which must be returned back after their trek is over. 3 Sisters does not take any responsibility for trainees who fail to borrow the right equipment.
- The trainee guides are paid a salary while in the work-experience program. To encourage and support the women, this salary is at par with their experienced male counterparts. We pay the highest amount that the local economy allows and it adequately covers all their trekking expenses, plus allows for savings. (3 Sisters Adventure Trekking also offers financial assistance to EWN – Empowering Women of Nepal, a non-profit organization as a business sponsor.