We care deeply about the places we visit and the people who live there and believe that tourism should and can be something positive for both the visitors and for local communities. Being responsible and protecting the environment does not mean a compromise in quality or standards of travel. We make every effort, as do our local counterparts, to continue to do what we can through our approaches and activities in playing an active role in the effort to minimize the negative impact of tourism and to raise awareness of ‘eco’ and responsible approaches to tourism, both with travellers and local people. We are member of Tourism Concern and a sponsor and supporter of the International Porter Protection Group.
Adventure tourism continues to grow worldwide and with that, so too does the accompanying pressures and impacts on local environments and communities in the places we visit. And with many travellers visiting Nepal and the Himalaya each year, the strain on this beautiful environment also continues to increase. We have seen at first hand the effect tourism has on local communities – both good and bad. Being responsible and protecting the environment does not mean a compromise in quality or standards of travel, if anything it requires just a little more thought and care and there are many admirable examples of how tourism can benefit and sustain the environment and indigenous peoples.
We continue to do what we can through our approaches and activities in playing an active role in the effort to minimize the negative impact of tourism and to raise awareness of ‘eco’ and responsible approaches to tourism, with our own staff, local counterparts, travellers and local people. We aim to provide environmentally friendly trekking and adventures, including arranging clear up treks, for example to Base camp and ensuring our own treks are environmentally friendly and our staff and clients aware of the importance of responsible travel.
We support Tourism Concern and, along with our sister company The Himalayan Adventure company, are sponsors of the International Porter Protection Group. We believe that local communities should not be harmed but should benefit from tourism. We encourage travelers to learn about the places they will visit and to show respect and consideration for local cultures, traditions and landscapes. When you make a booking with us we provide Responsible Tourism Guidelines and this is also a key part of our pre-trip briefings held in Kathmandu. For further information visit Tourism Concern at www.tourismconcern.org.uk and The International Porter’s Protection Group at www.ippg.net .