Everest region trek, Gokyo & the Renjo La

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Small group holidays
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel – but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It’s easy to tick off the big sights independently – but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. If you’re heading off on a gap year your, perhaps – but for those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

The leaders are not guides – they’re not there to shepherd you around. Instead, they’ll let you know which local restaurant serves great value food – without running the risk of travellers’ tummy. They’ll allow you to avoid hour-long queues at train stations and attractions.

We like to think of small group travel as the Goldilocks option. It is independent travel without the fuss, worry and bunk beds – and organised travel without the coaches. And it’s cheaper than a tailor made tour. It’s sits somewhere in the middle – and we think it’s just about right.
What are the main benefits?
Big experiences
Have big, life-enriching experiences that would be impossible to organise without lots of time and insider knowledge.

Simplicity
Make the most of your holiday time by letting someone else do the hard work and boring logistics!

Peace of mind
Small group tours take care of the security aspects – and provide a safety net should anything unexpected happen.
Who is it ideal for?
Travellers who are short of time
If you don’t have three months to spend exploring, small groups trips let you cover more ground in less time. Your days are not spent queuing for tickets or finding hotels – so you can squeeze more into your holiday.

Solo travellers who’d like company
Likeminded travel companions plus peace of mind for those travelling alone. Single supplements are usually available – providing privacy if you want it.

Less confident travellers
Stray from the tourist trail without worrying about getting lost, and meet local people without dealing with the language barrier.
Mythbuster
“I won’t get any privacy!”
Couples and friends have private rooms, and you can choose to eat alone or not. Single supplements give solo travellers their own room.

“There won’t be any free time”
Free mornings or afternoons let you explore on your own, or just relax.

“The accommodation will be basic”
Trips are as high or low end as you like. Though off the beaten track destinations won’t have luxury hotels, this is all part of the adventure.

“I won’t like the other travellers!”
Tour operators try to create groups with a similar demographic – age, families, activity levels... Chances are, you’ll even make new friends.

“Will we be following an umbrella?”
No.
Meet a group leader
As well as taking care of all the day-to-day practicalities, your group leader is the one who will turn your trip into an adventure. Leaders are extraordinary characters – the kind of person who has spent 14 Christmas days on the slopes of Mount Everest, runs marathons wearing tiger suits to raise funds for their conservation and thinks nothing of leading an overland trip in Sudan or Afghanistan. Fearless and inspiring, group leaders are as important as the destination itself.

Meet a local guide
No matter how experienced your group leader, they can never make up for the knowledge gained from a lifetime in the destination. That’s why many of our trips work with local guides around the world – who invite you into their homeland with pleasure. As well as doing crazy things like climbing Kilimanjaro 100 times, they also donate their time to local projects supported by travellers – such as rebuilding Sri Lankan villages following the 2004 tsunami.

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.

Environment
On selected nights you will stay in our private eco campsites which have a minimal environmental 'footprint’, camping based treks are the most sustainable type of trekking. We stay in semi-permanent tents, cook with kerosene or gas only, while our dining rooms are heated by a pot belly stove that is fuelled by yak dung and not wood (yak dung is a sustainable and renewable fuel source that has been widely used as a traditional practice in the Himalaya for centuries).

We are one of the founding partners of a simple but effective litter collection initiative called 10 Pieces. The aim of 10 Pieces, which is available on all our treks in Nepal, is to harness the collective power of travellers to keep wilderness trails free of litter (namely plastic and paper). Your guide will tell you more about 10 Pieces at the initial group briefing in Kathmandu. The initiative is completely voluntary, but if you choose to partake it will only take 5 minutes each trek day. We will provide you with our reusable rubbish collection bags and we will dispose of the litter responsibly, so you can leave a positive footprint in Nepal.

Our Waste Management Policy encourages our travellers to take their own reusable water bottles and reusable stuff sacks to avoid single-use plastics. We follow this same philosophy in our London office as well as on the trail: we have banned single use coffee cups and water bottles; we use recycled paper and are working towards reducing the overall amount of paper we use; and we recycle all of our plastic and paper waste. On the trail in Nepal, all non-biodegradable refuse – paper and plastic – is incinerated in a clean and complete burn. Non-combustible waste is carried out to the nearest city for responsible disposal.

Already in 2000 we developed the award winning Responsible Travel Guidebook, which presented our Travel Group’s comprehensive policies on sustainable travel. Over the years our Responsible Travel Guidebook has evolved to meet the ever-changing landscape of sustainable travel. In March 2018, The Thoughtful Traveller booklet was launched, which is an easy-to-read document that empowers travellers with suggestions about how they can be part of the solution and collectively make the world a better place when they travel. Everyone is encouraged to read the Thoughtful Traveller ebook before departure.
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The Impacts of this Trip

Mountain porters are an integral part of each trip. The entire group – travellers, guides and porters alike – are a team who share the same needs for safety in the mountain environment.

We use local Nepali guides for all our treks, so not only will you have a richer experience with someone who knows the land and culture but you will also be helping to support the prosperity of the very place you have sought out as a destination.

Our ‘Porter Welfare Code of Conduct’ ensures safe working conditions for the mountain porters we employ. In Nepal, our mountain porters receive:

• A working wage that is regulated by the Trekking Agents Association of Nepal and the Labour Union of Nepal; we pay per their guidelines, which are unionised.
• Life insurance and income protection insurance.
• Access to the same first aid care that our travellers receive, including emergency helicopter evacuation if required.
• A wind and waterproof jacket and over-trousers, 2 pairs of woollen socks, 2 pairs of leather shoes on long treks and 2 pairs of canvas shoes while on short treks, woollen gloves, a warm cap and sunglasses.
• A weight restriction of carrying no more than 30kgs.
• A porter age restriction of minimum 16 years of age and maximum 50 years of age.

In addition, we are one of the few trekking companies in Nepal to provide porters with three meals a day, prepared by our cooks, as well as lodging (or tents), sleeping mats and blankets.

We are proud that our camping treks employ many local people – a workforce of up to 25% more than a lodge trek typically provides. Our eco campsites and the operations of these help provide year-round employment and career opportunities for the Nepali people, while as a traveller you gain an invaluable insight into the local culture via the dedicated Nepali crew accompanying your trek.

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