Following are the three major principles of responsible travel :

Environment
Travel which makes positive contributions to the conservation of natural and human heritage, biodiversity and wilderness, and minimises negative environmental impacts

Social/Cultural
Travel which respects culture and traditions, and encourages authentic interaction and a greater understanding between travellers and hosts

Economic
Travel which has fair financial benefits for the host community. Monies spent by travellers remain in the community through the use of locally owned accommodation, services and staff.

However, while it is good for the locals to reap the benefit of tourism, it strongly discourages the exploitation of its people (i.e. prostitution, low wages etc) as a result of unhealthy competition, lack of awareness etc.

Rationale behind our Responsible Tourism Policy

“A healthy ecology is a basis for a healthy economy.”- Claudine Schneider

The mere mention of the word Himalaya may evoke a magical, mystical place to many people, but it is also home to some of the poorest people on earth. The region itself is a fragile ecosystem that cannot support large numbers of tourists. The customs and traditions of the indigenous people living in remote valleys are also vulnerable to the over-bearing culture of tourists. Therefore, we owe it to ourselves as tour operator to recognise this dichotomy by putting in place strict guidelines to minimise the impact of our presence.

Many underdeveloped countries such as ours have become dependent on the tourist dollar for their future development, and this has led to many abuses by tourists and tour operators. If managed appropriately, we believe that tourism has an enormous capacity to bring benefits to these places by bringing much needed economic growth and supporting development and conservation efforts. Therefore we have placed a major focus of our operations in setting the standards in responsible tourism. By this we hope to repair some of the damage already done and eliminate the possibility of repeating the same mistakes in the future by acting sensitively, being as well informed as possible, informing others about the perils of these dangerous practices and bring about a new wave of attitude towards the concept of conservation and preservation.

In many ways, our role in promoting the Himalayan regions and its varied cultures may be the most powerful contribution we make as we strongly believe that once we initiate this interest, people will, consequently, be aware of the perils that face the Himalaya and its fragile ecology. Our emphasis is on creating awareness through participation.

We invite your contributions and feedback on ways we can further improve our approach to sustainable tourism while ensuring the future protection of the environment and, the indigenous people, their age-old traditions and cultures. As the famed Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore once wrote “we live in this world as long as we love it.”

Please read our Responsible Tourism Policy for more information about these guidelines.

 

Your responsibility

Whilst we play our part in ensuring that the planning of our holiday and your travel experiences comply with the ecotourism or responsible tourism principles, a large part of the responsibility is with you, as the guest of the country you are visiting. Although to most it is a matter of commonsense, our guests are given a few simple guidelines on responsible travelling covering everything from begging to buying artifacts. We urge you to read them and get behind our push for responsible tourism.

Your feedback on environmental matters is vital. Please remember to fill in the questionnaire at the end of your trip.

Please read our Responsible Traveller’s Code for more information about these guidelines.