Lost Earth Adventures is an independent adventure travel company specialising in small group adventure tours to Thailand, Laos and Nepal. Our itineraries are original and allow us to really dig beneath the surface of the countries we visit. We provide a unique blend of cultural immersion and adventurous activities such as climbing, mountain biking, rafting and trekking. We have years of experience traveling in the regions we explore and maintain an exceptionally high standard of quality, knowledge, expertise and an ethos of responsible travel.
Member since: 07 Jul 2011
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
We help to put money into the local economy by the following means:
- We employ local suppliers and guides. We only use reputable suppliers that adhere to the same high standards as ourselves and we use suppliers that train and educate younger employees to international standards, gaining international certifications thus raising the standards of the respective industries.
- Accommodation: we stay in small family run guesthouses and at home-stays (the homes of local families), thus ensuring that money is driven back into local communities. At all other times we aim to stay in independently owned hotels.
- Food, Drink and Local Products: we encourage our guests to explore local options whilst eating, and to eat in independent and family run establishments. Not only does this assist in spreading out income for a variety of different families/businesses it encourages our clients to experience new/local cuisine and provides a genuine experience. We encourage our guests to buy local, shop at local markets and purchase souvenirs/handicrafts and authentic goods that are produced within the region we are exploring.
- At Work in the UK we only use energy efficient light bulbs in our offices; all paper, cardboard, plastics, and tins are recycled; we only print what is absolutely necessary and reduce/reuse materials whenever possible; we do not have any brochures and aim to keep printing of paper materials to a minimum; our staff walk or cycle to work; paper is sourced from sustainable forests and is 100% recycled and ink used in all of our materials are eco-friendly, vegetable based inks
- On tour we put into practice the following basic principles:
- Bottled Water: we recommend purchasing water-purifying tablets or a water filter to treat drinking water whilst on tour. Clients on tour are made aware of water refilling stations where available. For example in Kathmandu, clients can refill drinkable water at the K.E.E.P. (Kathmandu Environmental Education Project) Visitor’s Centre. Local and international guides are encouraged to follow the same practices.
- Leave Nothing But Footprints: we stand by the adage of “leave nothing but footprints, take nothing but photos” and encourage clients to do the same. Lost Earth Adventures travels through remote, fragile eco-systems and their preservation is of the utmost importance.
- Take in What You Take Out: we always dispose of our rubbish in an eco-friendly manner and ‘take out, what we put in’. We encourage our clients to take batteries back to England to dispose of properly.
Bio-friendly & Biodegradable Detergents, Soaps & Shampoos: our guides only use detergents that are environmentally friendly and biodegradable. This practice is also recommended to our clients whilst on holiday and before their trip departs.
- Firewood: we do not purchase or use firewood in areas where resources are scarce, such as in the Himalayas. When we must use firewood, we obtain it by using fallen branches or driftwood.
- We promote sustainable tourism and provide environmental and cultural education to travelers and the tourism industry through free, impartial information and training programmes and we enable sustainable development through outreach projects, training and resources in order to seek a more equitable distribution of the economic benefits of tourism for the people of Nepal.
- We conduct research and development activities on environmental and associated social issues and our clients are encouraged to visit their Visitor’s Centre in Kathmandu whilst on tour. The Visitor’s Centre provides unbiased and invaluable local knowledge of the areas we visit and is an excellent resource for information and insight into the environmental and ecological issues in Nepal.
- Before departure clients are given an in-depth trip dossier that outlines the where we visit, how we get there and what types of accommodation we stay in. Within this document is extensive information on ‘responsible travel’ recommendations and information in regards, to culture and lifestyle. We also have in-depth country profile pages available on our website that highlights valuable country information (these pages also relay the political situations in the countries we visit).
- Local Suppliers: Lost Earth Adventures insists on using local suppliers on our holidays, as well as using local guides. When visiting villages and communities we employ local guides and stay in the homes of villagers. Using a local guide with a good knowledge of English is a brilliant way to gain insight into a community and gain a better understanding of the culture, community and destination that we visit. This local connection allows our clients to interact more with the people of the community we visit, and vice versa. With more understanding of the cultures we visit we are assisting in reducing the negative impacts of tourism.
- Purchasing Goods & Handicrafts: we encourage our clients to act responsibly when making their purchases, to not buy banned products such as ivory nor to purchase animal skins or marine life. We make our clients aware of the fact that purchasing and exporting antiques is considered illegal and reiterate the importance of a nation preserving its history.
- The Share the Load Foundation: after seeing first hand the poor treatment and conditions porters often work in, we decided to create our own foundation, dedicated to providing proper clothing and equipment for porters, their families and the remote mountain communities we visit. Clients are encouraged to donate/bring useful goods and equipment with them on their holidays. More information about the foundation can be found on our company website. We are proud to follow the guidelines of the International Porter Protection Group (IPPG). This is an organization dedicated to endorsing the fair treatment of mountain porters worldwide. More information about this organization can be found on their website www.ippg.net.
Founders Richard and Sarah travelled the world - but kept coming back to Asia, where their hearts lie. They've trekked the Himalaya and jungles of SE Asia and motorbiked for 7 months through India and Nepal; they don't just love this continent - they live it.