It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies in place, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
Leaders & local suppliers
We work with a locally owned operator and over the years have helped to help train their staff in areas including Responsible Tourism, in which they receive additional refresher training on a regular basis. The local leader will give a short briefing on Responsible Tourism issues on arrival to help you understand the local issues and how you can help. Our leaders in Slovenia are also enrolled at local clubs, these clubs help maintain the environment of the region and have strong policies on environmental issues. The Triglav National Park works with the Snowdonian authorities to help protect the park and to learn from
In Triglav National Park all the accommodation huts are locally owned and run. We believe that this helps contribute directly to the local communities as staff are employed locally, and in addition, locally produced and sourced goods are predominantly used. The owners are responsible for cleaning the area around the huts and for maintaining the trails, so a portion of the money they receive from us also goes into these projects.
Electricity is turned off after a certain hour, and water supply is from natural storage. There is no hot water in the high huts and no shower facilities. All dirty linen, rubbish and recycling are collected on a weekly basis and transported to the valley to be washed or properly disposed of.
We operate small group tours that have a low impact on the communities we visit and we always ensure our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. This allows us to stay in unique and characterful accommodation that would not have benefitted from tourism due to their limited size.
Few holidays have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a walking trip. It is a quiet, low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this.
This tour operator was the first to get access to China over 30 years ago and the first to take a truck to Everest Base Camp on the Tibetan side. They have since expanded into 91 countries. Their product is driven by their clients because they listen to feedback and have to constantly evolve to provide a greater experience and better value. The exclusive centres they use have been grown organically and are often owned by ex-leaders. The holidays remain innovative, though you will now be travelling in a Mercedes 16-seater sprinter coach rather than a rusty old Bedford overland truck.
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