Responsible tourism: Everest trekking tour, small group
We try not to run whistle-stop tours. Tourist haunts and large hotels are usually avoided. You are never packaged. And remember our maximum size of group is 12 and less for some expedition grade trips.
We urge our clients to contribute to Climate Care to offset flight emissions.
On all our Treks utmost care is taken to ensure minimal harm to the Environment. We strongly are against use of bonfires in the woods, all the trash is collected after the camp is wound-up and taken back.
On the trek there will be days when we are carrying refreshments/snacks with us for example on hike to Lobuche, we will need to carry some supplies and the support staff will brief you on disposing the refuse, there would be a collection of trash made by them and they ensure that this is brought back to previous camp and goes back to Namche for recycling. Any refuse generated after this point is carried further to the finishing point at Monzo from where it gets collected and taken to Lukla for recycling.
Any bio-degradable item is buried under the ground. We advise the clients not to use plastic mineral bottles and instead use refillable mineral water bottle, during treks we provide boiled water to the clients.
Responsible office practices: We also try to minimise the impact on the environment in our UK office. For instance our brochures and stationary is printed on recycled paper. As a minimalist contribution we re-use or recycle office waste paper.
We generally ensure that any supplies needed for the trip is purchased from Namche Bazaar itself rather than buying in bulk in Kathmandu and shipping it over. It ensures that the supplies are fresh and also contributes to the local businesses. Our trek leader will brief you on how to do the same if getting things individually.
Tea houses/ lodges are selected on this trek are chosen on the basis of providing adequate comfort levels but at the same time where possible, we ensure to use the ones owned by local families and not the ones being managed by big landlords.
We are aware that every trip has an impact and we do all we can to ensure that this is sensitive to the local environment and benefits the local community. We want our clients to appreciate and respect other countries, their institutions, traditions, religions and heritage and we are committed to creating positive long-term relationships with the communities and places we visit.
On this trip you will be visiting places of worships like Pashupathinath Temple in Kathmandu, Thame monastery though these places are popular among tourists at the same time they are sacred for the local community, so we always advise you to adhere to local way of dressing modestly while visiting these and certain sections do not allow photography, no matter how compelling it is we advise you to refrain from photography. Our leaders would brief you more on the local customs.
It's always good to greet anyone you meet by saying "Namstey" the joyful local would definitely reply with a smile, the best way to get up close with locals
We support the IPPG (International Porter Protection Group) The IPPG works to improve the conditions of mountain porters in the tourism industry worldwide. This means porters carrying for individual trekkers, organized groups, climbing expeditions and those who supply lodges. We support the work of IPPG and endorses its five recommended guidelines. To ensure we meet these aims, we work with local people, using local staff and supporting locally owned accommodation. Treks and group logistics are organised to have minimal impact on the environment: groups are limited (max 12); wood is only used for fuel when other resources are not available; cleanliness of water sources is protected at all times; trek leaders are rigorous in ensuring that all litter is removed from campsites and properly disposed of.
We are a member of of Tourism Concern Tourism Concern's mission is to ensure tourism always benefits the local communities they do this through a wide range of exciting and innovative projects. From working with communities in destination countries to reduce social and environmental problems connected to tourism, to working with the out-going UK tourism industry to find ways of improving tourism so that local benefits are increased.