We take lots of public buses on this tour, reducing our carbon footprint. When we visit local villages which rarely see westerners, our tour leaders make sure that our passengers do not leave any rubbish or anything that could damage the environment especially when we stay in the middle of the Annapurna mountains.
When we are in the conservation areas we ask our passengers to buy boiled and filtered water sold by the local lodges. This conserves the water where possible. During the trek, the lodges we stay in provide lunches and teas made from local produce in the area.
Carbon Offset Scheme:
Working in partnership with international conservation charity World Land Trust in our continuing quest to establish and maintain our position as a leader in responsible travel, we are offering a new way for our travellers to make a real contribution to the health of the planet - the Carbon Offset Scheme. When you book your tour with us you will be able to offset a portion of your share of the carbon emissions created while you are on your tour. We will calculate what clients have donated, and donate an additional 10% of the total to World Land Trust. Your contributions will be made directly to World Land Trust and we will not receive any direct financial benefit or commission from these donations.
We follow an Ethical Trekking Policy when working with sherpas in Nepal. All of our hiking trips throughout the world work with porters who are employed to carry hiking and camping equipment. All equipment carried must follow strict guidelines so as not to impact their health and fitness. The employment also provides a valuable income for the sherpas and their families and offer an invaluable service to travellers in the area.
Hiring sherpas allows travellers valuable contact time with local communities where they can learn about the culture, religion and environment which they are exploring. We ensure that the porters we use are paid fairly and are given enough time to rest and enjoy meals while at work. Not only do the sherpas we use receive a comfortable salary but we also encourage our travellers to tip the porters should they feel they have been provided with an excellent service, supplementing their income.
Furthermore, we also ensure that we stay in hotels and guesthouses owned by the local communities, recommend and eat in local restaurants and travel by local public transport so that money goes in to the local economy. We visit a Tibetan refugee camp where we are all encouraged to purchase souvenirs. All contributions go the community as a whole and work towards integrating them into Nepalese culture.