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Travelling with a local operator
This holiday is operated by a company based in the holiday destination and they will be able to provide expert local knowledge. They will be able to tailor make your holiday to suit your requirements not only concerning the dates of travel but also typically the standard of accommodation, and thus price. It is rare for local operators to be able to help with the booking of your flights.
Environment has always been our major concern. We try our best to implement the policy of environmental conservation on every service and tour. Our main direction is to provide first class adventure and holiday experience in the Himalayas, all in a SUSTAINABLE and RESPONSIBLE manner.
We operate as such that the journeys ensure benefits to the local people and their surrounding as much as possible and any potential negative impacts at the destinations are minimized. At office, we encourage the staff to run the electrical appliances only when needed and also to control their usage. Besides, we work in accordance with ĎThink before you printí.
We have also conducted various plantation and river cleansing campaigns, in order to contribute to environmental conservation. To mark our seventh glorious anniversary, we organized Bagmati River Cleansing Program too. We want to do as much as possible for protecting the Mother Nature by our operations, special activities and awareness.
All our staff are from local communities. Our guides are English speaking and have years of experience as they live locally, displaying a wealth of knowledge in the Annapurna Region with local people and customs. Each guide comes fully equipped and supported by us, having obtained the training in the related tourism sectors including Ministry of Tourism in Nepal, High Altitude First Aid and Environmental issues for Nepal.
We are dedicated to giving something back to the local community the Sambhav Nepal Foundation is a registered Nepalese charity we are associated with. With the foundation our aim is to offer English medium schooling and health services for a remote isolated region of Gorkha.
We understand and appreciate the hard work the guides and porters perform. Therefore we treat and obey the following Guide and Porter Policy to ensure the conditions for our guides and porters are of a humane standard. We work towards eliminating avoidable illness, injury and death.
- All our guides and porters receive medical care when ill or injured. - We provide basic accommodation for our guides and porters or tent with sleeping gear, and they are provided food and warm drinks. - We have insurance policies for each of our employees. - We provide appropriate clothing for each season and altitude, ensuring protection from cold, rain and snow. This means windproof jackets, trousers, fleece jacket, long johns, suitable footwear, socks, hat, gloves and sunglasses. - We never overload our porters for us itís not all about making money we strive on being able to employ local people; we respect and treat each and every one of our employees with the up most respect.
Reviews of Chomolhari trekking holiday, Bhutan
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I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
It was OK
A bit disappointing really
Reviewed on 13 Nov 2008 by Alan Reimer
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Lots. The friendly people who seemed enjoyed to have their photo's taken. The scenery, the hundreds of prayer flags. As we trekked at high altitude, the many people we met driving horses, cows & yaks. But the best experience was caused by a mistake. On one night of the trek we lost our horses & luggage! Our clean socks & toothbrush went one way & we went another. Our guide rescued the situation by arranging us to stay in a yak-herders hut. The family very kindly took us in & we dried our cloths (we had been in a freak show storm) on a fire fuelled by wood & yak dung. This incident is a story by itself.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Don't pick a fight with a yak! Treat with great respect. Apart from that, the best tip I can give to people is to go to Bhutan.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, and minimized impacts on the environment?
Yes. We certainly toured the markets & bought material from local traders. We bought off people who came to our tents. As far as we could see, no rubbish was left behind after we broke camp.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
The freak snow storm meant that we couldn't complete the trek - but it still became a great holiday. The guides couldnít do anything else.