Bhutan small group tour, Essential Bhutan
Description of Bhutan small group tour, Essential Bhutan
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe ensure our guides are mindful about protecting the environment in which you travel, and across the many rural locations visited on this trip – including valleys, rural villages and plantations – we rely on their local expertise to advise our travellers well. They do a fantastic job of promoting having a minimum impact whilst travelling, whether in natural or urban environments.
The logistics of this trip have also been designed with the environment in mind. This trip features travel primarily by shared vehicle rather than less eco-friendly means of transportation. This is just one small but significant factor that we consider across all tours to all destinations, not only benefitting local areas, but the whole world, too. The accommodation for this trip primarily consists of small, eco-friendly lodges. The environmental benefits of small accommodations over large hotels are numerous, and this is a factor we consider across all of our trips to all destinations.
To you, our traveller, we ask you to be vigilant about disposing of your waste and recycle where possible. During your trip you will be asked if you have any waste to dispose of when it is a suitable time in the itinerary. This ensures we make it as easy as possible for our travellers to be eco-friendly whilst traveling. We strongly advise all travellers to bring a reusable water bottle - this is an easy way to save plastic waste and is detailed in our ‘What to Bring’ trip notes for all trips to all destinations. Your guide will remind you where and when you can fill up your re-usable water bottle. Similarly, we ask you to be environmentally-conscious in other areas across your trip, for example using climate control and electricity sparingly where possible.
PeopleAs regular travellers, one thing that never ceases to amaze and inspire us is the kindness and generosity of local people, often people who have very little to their name. We firmly believe that they are who make these places special and that they should benefit from our visit. Therefore, as first preference, we use local guides and drivers offered fair pay and working conditions, use locally-sourced supplies and visit locally-owned lodges, shops and eateries.
We do our best to ensure that the benefits of our tours reach as widely as possible into the communities where they operate. Our belief is that all operational costs should go directly into the local economy wherever possible. Improving employment opportunities in remote regions is a powerful tool in tourism and something that goes right to the heart of our responsible travel ethos.
We also support a small portfolio of charities and local grassroots organisations. The Draktsho vocational centre in Kanglung, East Bhutan is an inspiring organisation teaching 120 disabled and disadvantaged young people skills to help them gain self-esteem through their contribution to the community. They desperately need more classroom space. We are aiming to provide them with a brand purpose-built Library and learning block. The building will provide a flexible space adaptable for both the academic and physical education of the children. It will incorporate fully wheelchair accessible toilets. The new Library and Learning block, alongside the new girls’ hostel and dining hall will allow the school to double its capacity.