How the minimum criteria of the responsible travel standard was met...
We are licensed via its subsidiary Private Kilimanjaro Limited as a tour operator in Tanzania and although no such registration is needed in Nepal we apply the same operating principles. All of the staff we employ are local: we do not employ any non local guides or administrative staff. All our local guides have proper national accreditation and are individually licensed where required. As well as taking clients to the high profile attractions we also encourage them to visit locally run projects such as Mulala Village.
All trash is packed out for recycling disposal. Cooking is done on kerosene stoves and no wood is ever cut or used. Drinking water is boiled and given to clients in refillable bottles. We provide private tented toilets to ensure all waste is controlled and disposed of safely. No washing is allowed in streams-clients are provided with water for washing that is disposed of well away from any water source.
Passengers are advised to visit the Foreign and Commonwealth Office's 'Know Before you Go' website (to which a link is provided from our site) to learn about political and other related concerns in the country they are to visit. An orientation meeting is organized by a guide prior to the start of any trip where aspects of culture and our required respect towards it are explained and discussed. For example: dress, general behavior, local ways of eating and so on. It is a practice on all trips to attempt to teach the fundamentals of the local language so that our clients can at least say thank-you, hello and please.