What makes us Responsible Trekking Company?
“Responsible Travel” considered a ‘new’ way of trekking but we’ve always been conscious of the give and take of eco-tourism: we walk through the homeland of varying cultural groups and in order to interact with them, we use local lodge and tea house during lodge trek owned and inhabited by local families whereas in some of the higher and remote regions, we camp near villages, trading with them for the food we need along the way, assisting them with medical help in the simple way we can, donate items, even on occasion cash for purchasing equipment at local schools.
During camping trek, use on kerosene or gas for cooking, use iodine to treat water rather than boiling it. We select best lodges that use kerosene or fuel efficient stoves for cooking.
We conduct trek related activities by avoiding any natural and social ecological disturbance and operate trekking activities in eco- touristic destination and accountable to preserve natural and cultural heritages.
Our staffs and guides are concern and conscious to local customs and culture. We are dedicated on delivering best services without compromise when it comes to client’s preferences. Apart from conventional promotional tools, we are delighted in our return connection that comes through “Word of Mouth”.
We encourage our trekking staff to camp in established campsites and to leave no trace: no garbage, no tent trenches, no fire pit, and a toilet pit to be filled as it did before digging.
We always concern on utilization of the locally sourced products to maximize the economic benefits to the local communities. We encourage our clients to buy local products as far as possible so as to support local people and their livelihood.
Our trek guide and crew members collect the garbage in the destination and along the trail they travel. We encourage our client to participate in this initiative. Trek guide provides gloves and tong to pick the garbage to our interested travelers.
We sponsor destitute children with shelter, education and engage in various volunteering and charitable organization.
Our porters carry no more than 30kg.
Our guides and team are highly experienced and we believe that guides, porters, cooks, Sherpas and other crew team are the backbone of organization. As without them, we would not be able to deliver quality service to our valued clients. Therefore, we are responsible and ensure they receives life insurance, access to health care, remuneration, the equipment and clothing required for porters.
We train and make our staff aware about sustainability during trekking.
We actively discourage use of plastics, loud music, and harmful chemicals, detergents and over consumption of water. We humbly appeal our clients to assist us in our initiatives to protect the environment and enhance green travel.
Become socially, environmentally and economically Responsible Traveler
- Economically responsible
Support the local community by purchasing locally made products and stay at lodge run by locals. Never buy authentic archeological artifacts or souvenirs made from endangered species.
Consider tipping a rational amount for good service.
Resist giving money to beggars; it is rather more effective to grant money to local charity. As begging only encourages local people to continue asking tourists for money.
- Socially responsible
Use both hands to show gratefulness and respect whether you are giving or receiving as a gesture of respect, even if it is money. Always greet people with word “Namaste” by joining both hands together.
Never point your finger at a person and particularly to religious monuments, temples instead use the flat back of your hand to indicate the person or a sacred object. Never touch people on the head nor should you touch or point your feet at people because it denotes show of disrespect and insult.
Walking around temples or stupas is traditionally done clockwise.
If you need to use your fingers to eat, then use your right hand as the left hand is considered polluted.
When visiting a home, temple, monasteries take your shoes off and cover up your legs and upper arms. Smoking is prohibited inside sacred institutions. Avoid touching offerings or sacred objects.
Ask for permission before taking photos of locals, religious festivals, cremation grounds and the inside of the temples. If possible avoid using flash. If you are wearing leather accessories you will not allow entering into the temple.
Don’t offer food to locals after tasting it, nor eat from a common plate, and avoid touching your lips to a shared drinking pot.
While trekking both men and women should dress appropriately and modestly.. Women should wear Baggy pants or calf-length skirts with loose tops. Whereas, Men should wear a shirt and long trouser when visiting homes and religious places. However, Men’s knee-length hiking shorts are fine for trekking.
Public displays of affection and nudity are considered as scandalous. Men should wear shorts or underwear and women can drape in a sarong while bathing in a stream or at a village tap.
- Environmentally responsible
Try to carry eco friendly bag during travel and shopping which will help to send less amount of waste to landfills.
Be economical in using fresh water for showering and washing as often they are in short supply. Be sensible while using hot showers heated by solar energy, by hydroelectricity or by the back-boiler method
Try not to spoil plants along the trail and wild animals should not be touched, fed or disturbed.
We suggest traveler to carry water bottle that can use constantly to refill it instead of buying plastic bottles.
If you generate non biodegradable waste during trekking (batteries, shampoo & sun block containers plastic bags, toothbrushes, etc.) bring it back with you and dispose in designated separate places. Sanitary pads and tampons should be wrapped well and packed out. Don’t put debris in the bonfire until the cooking is done because fire is considered sacred.
Collect litter along the trail and dispose at nearest facility whether in town or hotel.
Make sure your trek operator provides a toilet tent, set up at least 50 meters (150 feet) away from any water source. If you are tea-house trekking, select lodges with well-site latrines. If not, choose the area away from water and religious sites and bury all fecal matter.
Use eco-friendly soaps, detergents and use pan for rinsing while bathing or washing near streams and throw soapy water away from the water source.
You can also reduce firewood consumption by ordering the same food at the same time as others.
Bring adequate clothes rather than depending on lodge fireplace for heat and never ask your trekking staff for a bonfire.