Across all our trekking and cycling tours we employ local trekking staff and leaders, use public or locally-owned transport, family-run accommodation, local restaurants and buy our supplies from local operators. This benefits everyone: greater opportunities and economic benefits for local communities, and travellers get further under the skin of the country they visit.
Less is more: less impact on the natural environment, more chance to enjoy your surroundings. Less crowding out of places, more time spent meaningfully interacting with locals.
We work hard to ensure our impact on the environment is minimised – training staff and business partners, keeping our distance from wildlife, and of course giving advice to everyone who travels with us. We’re also working to minimise greenhouse gas emissions and support a number of environmental conservation projects.
We always aim to leave campsites in as good or preferably better condition than how we found it. We aim to locate tents at least 30 metres from streams and lakes and to prevent erosion we don’t dig drainage ditches around tents. Where we can, we aim to pitch our tents on sandy or hard surfaces, thereby protecting fragile mountain meadows and tundra. We never camp within historical sites.
We will never light a fire at a site where it is prohibited to do so and adopt a responsible and environmentally sensitive approach where it is allowed. All the cooking on our trekking holidays is done on kerosene stoves rather than open fires.
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