Namgay Adventure Travels
How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
We employ content local support staff at the office. We use local services on our trails.
On our treks and tours, individuals from different villages generate income through;
1. Pottering from village to village
2. Assisting as cook or village guide
3. Community distinctive cultural performances
4. Sales of typical community crafts, vegetables, dried fruits and other agricultural products
5. Community campsite fee
6. Animal Transportation.
In this way we are able support the livelihood of the local community in the area and to create more awareness on the preservation and promotion of our natural, environmental, and cultural heritage. Trekking provides an opportunity to directly benefit the local economies in the trek areas by using the services and products available locally.
We stay at farmhouses and local Bhutanese owned hotels for overnights. We are able to spread the economic benefits of tourism to small local accommodation providers. In turn, our guests are able to receive insight into local culture and ways of life.
We have been certified by the Ministry of Agriculture & Forests, Department of Forests & Park Services, Royal Government of Bhutan as “Partners of Conservation” in recognition of our contributions and efforts for Biodiversity Conservation in Bhutan.
A visit to the rural communities gives our guests a true experience of Bhutanese culture, old traditions and a better perspective of rural day to day life in our villages. These communities play a big role in the success of our trips and we love to give back a little something to the people & and the community. Our community efforts focus on:
1. Providing Access to clean drinking water to reduce disease and improve children’s health in the community
2. Providing Access to clean toilet facilities. Keeping the environment clean, by stopping use of bushes as quick latrines
3. Awareness building on issues of Hygiene and Sanitation. Children practice proper hygienic behavior in the school and then take these behaviors home to their families.
4.Community involvement to teach local people about why we need a proper toilet system and encourages the local people to self finance, construct and use proper toilets to improve community health.
We also have a program designed to offer education for girls in far reaching villages in Bhutan. A program simply called Girls Too.