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Responsible tourism: Nepal trekking holiday, Annapurna and Everest
We stay 2 nights in our permanent exclusive camps, 6 nights wilderness camping and 2 nights in carefully chosen lodges. Why does that make a difference? We want to support the fragile ecosystem of the Himalayas. Many teahouses burn wood to heat their water for cooking and hot showers and we avoid these. This in turn contributes to deforestation, associated erosion and loss of biodiversity. That is why 30 years ago, we pioneered the use of only kerosene above and below the tree-line – to ensure that we are loyal to our policies of making a minimal impact on the environment. Also, we want to stay off the beaten track. We believe that you will get a greater understanding and appreciation of the natural beauty of your surroundings if you are away from the hordes which follow the ‘tea-house trails.’
Permanent eco-campsites in the Everest Region: Ensure the environmental footprint of our permanent campsites is significantly smaller than that of tea house/lodge based treks through close scrutiny of the following components: Fuel for cooking & heating - all by kerosene & pot belly stoves (fuelled by dried animal dung) Water usage: all campsites use a rainwater tank Waste management: all non-biodegradable refuse is carried out & we use composting toilets. Minimise deforestation to: Reduce the threat to the biodiversity of the regions flora and fauna. Reduce the risk of landslips, which can be catastrophic for villages. Contribute in a positive way to social, cultural and economic aspects of life for the Sherpa people by providing employment and training, purchasing goods locally and interacting with the local people respectfully and with high regard.
To set the benchmark, demonstrating how commercial trekking groups should be operating in this delicate environment.
Our Responsible Travel Guidebook Our philosophy since 1975 has been to leave only footprints and take only photographs. To reiterate this, every customer who travels with us receives a copy of our award-winning Responsible Travel guidebook. This detailed book outlines our environmentally sustainable principles, and outlines how each customer can minimize their impact while travelling.
By joining this trek you can be assured that you will not be contributing to deforestation or the associated soil erosion and loss of biodiversity but rather you'll be making a significant contribution by supporting our efforts to set the standards for a sustainable trekking service.
All our treks in Nepal contribute in a positive way to social, cultural and economic aspects of life for the local people by providing employment and training, purchasing goods locally and interacting with the local people respectfully and with high regard. Most importantly on a camping based trek in Nepal, we provide more employment than on a tea house trek. We only use local staff that have been trained to a high level. We believe in empowering our staff and making them some of the best trained leaders, cooks and staff in Nepal.
Our pioneering Porter Policy Porters are an integral part of your trip, and we have a close association with the IPPG, IMEC and Porters Progress to improve the conditions for porters. As well as paying our guides out of season, and an above-average take-home wage, our porter welfare supplement includes insurance, all meals on trek, appropriate clothing and accommodation for ALL our porters on all our treks. Their safety and comfort is as important to us as our customers.
We have committed US $3000 to sponsor the Porter Rescue Post at Machermo which has been set up by the IPPG. This facility is for the benefit of sick or injured porters in the Everest region and building has already started.