FAQ's

International
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International

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY INTERNATIONAL TRIP?

We try to minimize your in-country expenses on international trips. The following are general guidelines of services included in your land costs:*
All scheduled restaurant meals
Camping expenses
Scheduled hotel accommodations
Staff and guide services
All group gear
In-country airport transfers
All  activities (museum visits, city tours, etc.)
Porter support (with the exception of Aconcagua)

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE COST OF MY INTERNATIONAL TRIP?

International airfare
Unscheduled restaurant meals
Unscheduled hotel nights
Items of personal nature (phone calls, laundry, room service, etc.)
Guide/staff gratuities
All prices subject to change and some inclusions and exclusions may vary from one trip to another.

  1. ARE MY SERVICES DIFFERENT ON A PRIVATE CLIMB THAN ON A REGULAR CLIMB?
  2. In some cases, yes. The costs for a private climb may include professional guiding services only. In that case, all food, equipment, transportation and personal items are not included in the trip cost.

  3. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
  4. A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a pre-departure packet. Every year, after assessing feedback from our clients and guides, we review and update our lists so they are as complete and up-to-date as possible. Every list has a description of each item, however feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. It is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

  5. WILL MY INTERNATIONAL TRIP HAVE AN EQUIPMENT CHECK?
  6. Typically, we don’t have equipment checks for international trips, and you can’t count on finding an outdoor supplier in-country during the days just before a trip begins. Therefore, it’s extremely important you follow the equipment list guidelines and bring every item on the list. If you have any questions concerning any of the items mentioned in the equipment list, please contact us.

  7. CAN I RENT MY GEAR THROUGH MOUNTAIN MADNESS?
  8. Currently we do not rent equipment for our international trips. We may be able to procure some items in the country of destination. Call us for specific information regarding your trip.

  9. WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A FULLY SUPPORTED TREK OR CLIMB AND A PORTER SUPPORTED TREK OR CLIMB?
  10. On a fully supported trek or climb, you are responsible for carrying only a daypack. All group gear and equipment, including food, fuel and tents, will be transported for you. Clothing and personal equipment are the responsibility of each participant. On certain trips additional porters may be available at an additional cost.

  11. HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
  12. A typical daypack on a fully supported trek or climb contains snacks, camera, water and extra clothing and weighs between 15-25 lbs. On porter-supported mountaineering trips, additional cold weather clothes and miscellaneous climbing equipment may increase your load to 20-35 lbs. For unsupported mountaineering trips, climbers will be expected to carry between 40-65 lbs.

  13. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HIRE A PERSONAL PORTER?
  14. Yes, we can arrange to hire a personal porter for your pack. The cost of this service is not included in your land costs.

  15. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO STORE EXTRA GEAR AND CLOTHING THAT I WILL NOT NEED?
  16. In most cases, yes. Usually you can store extra gear and clothing at your hotel. There may be a small charge, but typically it is free. Call The Discovery Himalaya for details regarding your trip.

  17. WHAT KIND OF LODGING CAN I EXPECT?

Hotels
Most of our international trips feature first class accommodations in larger cities and towns. Generally, these hotels offer amenities like room service, laundry, etc. We try to find accommodations close to local points of interest, unique shops and colorful markets. Before trip you can tell us which type stay you want:
I would like to book a room for:
Premium Budget hotel
Budget Hotel
Luxury Cottages
Guest House
Tree house

 Camping
Our Treks,Camp,mountaineering courses and smaller scale expeditions are set up to allow for maximum group participation, which allows for additional learning opportunities. On some of our Asia and Africa treks, however, hospitality sometimes trumps participation, and we may deliver hot tea to the foot of your tent. On many of our fully supported treks and climbs, tents will generally be set up for you before you arrive at camp.

  1. CAN I REQUEST SINGLE ACCOMMODATIONS?
  2. All accommodations are based on double or triple occupancy. If you are traveling solo and wish to share accommodations, we will pair you with another traveler. If you prefer single accommodations, we will do our best to arrange it, however, there are some situations where it may not be possible. If you request single accommodations or a roommate cannot be assigned, you will be responsible for paying the single supplement fee listed on the application.

  3. HOW PHYSICALLY FIT DO I HAVE TO BE TO PARTICIPATE ON A Himalayan Yeti TRIP?
  4. Most of our trips are physically demanding, and your ability to enjoy the adventure depends on your health and fitness. Your trip will be more rewarding if you prepare for it by conditioning properly well in advance. We believe that the best form of training is simulating the activity you are training for, and then increasing the level of exertion as the routine becomes easier.

    For example, walking up hills and stair climbing are excellent ways to condition your lower body, heart and lungs for climbing. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, and eventually add weight as you increase your training pace. Then begin taking longer hikes several times a week with a weighted pack. Use water containers for uphill hikes, then empty the contents for the descent to reduce knee stress. Supplement these workouts with running, swimming, bicycling, or other forms of aerobic activity. Additionally, we highly recommend that you incorporate a weight training regime into your training program to build upper-body strength.

    Begin your daily training several months prior to your trip. If you have questions, contact Himalayan Yeti  to discuss how best to help you prepare for your trek, course, or climb.

  5. ARE Himalayan Yeti  TRIPS RATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY?

Yes. Here’s how we rate our treks and climbs:

Expedition
Rating
System
Beginner: no previous mountaineering skills required
Advanced Beginner: basic mountaineering skills recommended including self-arrest, cramponing, ice axe use, rope and glacier travel experience
Intermediate: basic mountaineering skills recommended in addition to experience on technical terrain consisting of 40-50 degree snow/ice slopes.
Advanced Intermediate: intermediate mountaineering skills recommended and proven experience on technical terrain and high altitudes to 20,000 feet.
Advanced: intermediate/advanced mountaineering skills recommended in addition to experience on technical terrain, including rock and ice climbing and ascents over 20,000 feet.

 Here’s how we rate our porter supported treks:
Easy: flat terrain.
Moderate: varied terrain with elevation gains up to 2,000 feet, 4-6 hours of hiking a day.
Moderate/Strenuous: steeper terrain with elevation gains up to 3,000 feet, 5-7 hours of hiking a day.
Strenuous: steep terrain, occasional elevation gains of more than 3,000 feet at higher altitudes, 6-8 hours of hiking a day.

  1. DOES Himalayan Yeti CUSTOMIZE TRIPS?
  2. Himalayan Yeti loves to customize personal trips -- for you, your friends, or organization. Our published land costs are typically based on 5-10 individuals, so the number in your party may affect your land costs. We require a $100 non-refundable deposit for custom trip planning, which will be applied towards your trip cost at the time of reservation. Just give us a call and let us know what you're interested in, and we'll do our best to Make It Happen. For further information visit the International Custom Trips page.

  3. I'D LIKE TO TRAVEL WITH MY SON/DAUGHTER. IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?
  4. No, however, we’d like to talk with you about the trip you are interested in and whether it’s right for someone under age 18.

  5. WHAT DAY DO I NEED TO ARRIVE?
  6. If you are traveling from the England and taking one of our international trips, you should plan to depart on the first day of the dates we’ve published for the trip and return on the last day we’ve published.
    For example, if you were departing from the England and the published dates were October 28 to November 17, you should plan to depart the England on October 28th and schedule your return flight for November 17th. If your country of origin is not the England., call us and we’ll help you plan your travel days.

  7. WHAT IF I WANT TO ARRIVE EARLIER OR DEPART LATER THAN THE TRIP DATES?
  8. Himalayan Yeti  is happy to help you arrange accommodations before and after your trip. Our area directors can recommend side excursions and restaurants for the extra time.

  9. WHO WILL BE PICKING ME UP AND WHERE?
  10. Himalayan Yeti  guide or representative will pick you up at the airport on the scheduled arrival date. We can help you arrange accommodations if you arrive earlier, and we are happy to make suggestions for transportation, restaurants and sightseeing.

  11. WHO WILL MY GUIDES BE?
  12. All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven safety records, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. At a minimum, all of our guides hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. In addition to their broad scope of personal achievements out in the field, many Himalayan Yeti guides have educational backgrounds in natural history, cultural anthropology, and language studies that will enhance your overall experience.

  13. SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
  14. Tipping is always a personal choice.

  15. WHAT KIND OF FOOD IS EATEN ON A TRIP?
  16. CAN YOU ACCOMMODATE A VEGETARIAN DIET?
  17. All of the meals served on Himalayan Yeti trips are a combination of the best local and regional fares along with some specialty items. Yes we can provide you vegetarian food and also non-vegetarian.

  18. WHAT IF SOMEONE ON MY ROPE TEAM GETS SICK,
  19. WILL I HAVE TO DESCEND/LOSE MY SUMMIT OPPORTUNITY?
  20. Safety is the primary consideration on all Mountain trips. For all of our climbs and courses, participants must remember that they are part of a team and that the safety and security of everyone on the team is more important than any one individual reaching the summit. If the entire group is required to get a team member down, they will be called upon to assist the guides and staff. However, we have a high success rate, in part, because we often hire skilled local guides to assist on summit days, decreasing the client to guide ratio. This offers additional safety and increases everyone's chance for success.

  21. WHAT IF SOMEONE ON MY TRIP FEELS SICK OR WANTS TO STOP?
  22. During a trek, if someone becomes ill or feels that they do not wish to go any farther, the guides decide whether the person requires an escort for descent (by a local staff or assistant guide) or if he or she can stay put until the group returns.

  23. WILL I BE ABLE TO INTERACT WITH THE LOCALS ON A MOUNTAIN TRIP?
  24. Absolutely! Himalayan Yeti  recognizes our trips as physical, scenic, and cultural odysseys into foreign lands, and so we encourage you to interact with the locals. Your guides are experienced in the proper cultural courtesies and will be able to advise you along the way regarding these considerations.

  25. CAN I GIVE A HIMALAYAN YETI  MOUNTAIN TRIP AS A GIFT?
  26. Yes. We can provide you with a gift certificate in any amount.

  27. CAN  HIMALAYAN YETI  HELP ME REACH THE HIGHEST PEAKS ON EACH CONTINENT?
  28. Himalayan Yeti  has designed a Seven Summits package that includes the highest peaks on each continent. Whether you have one or seven to go, Himalayan Yeti  can customize a package to help you reach the top of each continent. Call for more details.

  29. RESERVING YOUR TRIP HOW QUICKLY DO THE TRIPS FILL UP?
  30. There is no way to know how quickly our trips are going to fill up. Many of our trips fill up months in advance. So send in your application and a deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want.

  31. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A TRIP?
  32. You may register by using our online application which is located as a link on each trip page. For custom trips, a generic online application is used, this application can be found under RESOURCES, Trip Application.
    For those who would rather mail an application in to us a PDF is available for download.
    Please mail

  33. WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT AMOUNT TO HOLD MY SPACE?
  34. $500 for scheduled international trips. An application alone won’t reserve a space.

  35. WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
  36. For scheduled international trips, an additional $500 is due 120 days prior to departure. The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.

  37. WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
  38. If you need to cancel your trip, Himalayan Yeti  must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:
    More than 181 days from trip departure: $75 fee
    180 to 120 days from trip departure: $500 fee
    119 to 91 days from trip departure: $1,000 fee
    90 days or less from trip departure: 100% of trip cost

  39. WHAT HAPPENS IF HIMALAYAN YETI TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
  40. If Himalayan Yeti trip due to insufficient sign ups, you will receive a full refund.

  41. Will the guide speak English?
  42. The guides all speak good English, and the core staff (cook, cook assistants, assistant guides) speak some English. The drivers usually speak some English. Most porters know a few words : Hello, Good Morning, Good, and OK. We suggest learning a similar few words in Urdu because it is nice to have something to say in return.

    Trek General Information

  43. What will I carry on a typical trekking day?
  44. Think of a trekking day as an extended day hike in the mountains. You will want to carry a day pack with rain gear, extra jacket, sunscreen, sun hat, moleskin, camera, films, snacks, and lots of water. The guide will tell you which days you will need to carry your stream-crossing shoes. Many trekkers also like to carry a hiking stick.

  45. How long is the typical trekking day?
  46. A typical trekking day involves 3-7 hours of brisk walking. Rest days are just as they sound, with all walking optional. Weather or route conditions or other concerns may sometimes lengthen days. A faster walker will have more time to loaf or explore around each camp.

  47. What are the stream-crossings like?
  48. With the passing of each year, more stream crossings are improved along the major trekking routes. Most major crossings now have a sturdy cable and wood footbridge. On the glacier, many of the minor crossings have a rough bridge for the pony pack trains used to stock the military camps. Much of the season, most other streams can be crossed with dry feet by leaping from stone to stone. During high water or on less-traveled routes, you will have more wet crossings.

  49. Will the guide walk with us throughout the trek?
  50. The guide stays with the clients in general, but may not walk with you individually. He needs to keep an eye on the whole group, especially any stragglers. Where the trail is easy, you may walk alone for long periods - this is a wonderful way to enjoy the solitude of these stupendous mountains. Where the trail is more difficult, the guide will be with you or will assign an assistant or porter to stay with you. The group of porters is large enough that at least one is usually in sight at all times. TOP

     Domestic

  51. WHAT IS INCLUDED AND NOT INCLUDED FOR CUSTOM TRIPS?

Cost Includes:
Guide
Food while on the mountain climbs
Tents for climbs
Group climbing equipment

Cost Does Not Include:
Transportation
Lodging/camping fees
Parking permits where needed
Food in Nevada and on rock climbs
Restaurant meals
All personal climbing and camping equipment

*Available at additional cost

  1. HOW QUICKLY DO THE TRIPS FILL UP?
  2. Unfortunately, there is just no way of foreseeing how quickly or which of our trips are going to fill up. It is always in your best interest to send in your application and deposit as soon as you have decided which trip date you want to join.

  3. HOW DO I SIGN UP FOR A TRIP?
  4. The easiest way to sign up is online. The application link is found on the homepage of our website, as well as throughout the various trip pages. You can also mail your completed application to:
    www.himalayanyeti.in  
    We must receive a deposit upon reservation, either by check or credit card, in order to hold your space. Your final balance must be paid by check, money order, or wire transfer.

  5. WHAT IS THE DEPOSIT AMOUNT TO HOLD MY SPACE?
  6. $300. This includes a $75 non-refundable registration fee.

  7. WHEN DO I NEED TO PAY THE BALANCE OF MY TRIP?
  8. For Scheduled Courses and Climbs: Your balance is due 60 days from trip departure. Payable by check, money order or wire transfer.

  9. WHAT HAPPENS IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
  10. If you should decide to cancel your trip Himalayan Yeti must be notified in writing. Your trip will be cancelled from the date we receive written notice. You will be assessed a cancellation fee according to the following schedule:

    More than 90 days from trip departure - $75 fee registration fee
    89 to 61 days from trip departure - $200 + $75 registration fee
    60 to 31 days from trip departure - 50% of trip cost
    30 days or less – 100% of trip cost

  11. WHAT HAPPENS IF I WANT TO CHANGE THE DATES OF MY TRIP?
  12. All date changes must be received in writing along with a new application. There will be a fee of $100 for domestic date changes. Any date change can be extremely difficult and is subject to all additional incurred expenses as assessed by Himalayan Yeti Changes will be made at the sole discretion of Himalayan Yeti. Date changes are for credit only (no refunds) and valid for one year from written change notification.

  13. WHAT HAPPENS IF HIMALAYAN YETI HAS TO CANCEL MY TRIP?
  14. In the unlikely event that Himalayan Yeti  must cancel a trip due to insufficient sign ups or other reasons beyond our control, you will receive a full refund by check. However, refunds for expenses incurred by participant, such as airfare, are not possible. For this reason, we strongly suggest participants consider purchase of trip cancellation insurance – see below.

  15.  WHEN SHOULD I PLAN TO LEAVE A RETURN HOME?
  16. We often get this question because most people need to know how much total time they need to take off work. Our trips begin at 6:30 am in Seattle on the first date of your trip. Therefore, you will want to arrive the day 10 before your climb or course begins. Due to the nature of mountaineering, our return time to Seattle on the last day is often unpredictable. We suggest you make a hotel reservation for the night of the last day and plan to return home on the day following the end of your course or climb.

  17. WHAT IF I WANT TO ARRIVE EARLIER OR DEPART LATER THAN THE TRIP DATES?
  18. No problem. There is a lot to see and do in the Seattle area and we would be happy to recommend our favorite attractions, restaurants, and day trips.

  19. CAN HIMALAYAN YETI HELP BOOK MY AIRLINE AND HOTEL RESERVATIONS?
  20. No, Himalayan Yeti is not a travel agent, and does not book airfare or hotels. But your arrive trip and your departure trip we can arrange you hotel.

  21. ARE MY SERVICES DIFFERENT ON A CUSTOM TRIP THAN ON A REGULARLY SCHEDULED TRIP?

Yes. The costs for a custom trip include professional guiding services, food, cook gear, tents, and group technical gear. You are responsible for transportation for yourself and your guide(s), as well as camp fees and park passes. Please call our office for details you can contact us on

www.himalayanyeti.com

WHO WILL MY GUIDE (OR GUIDES) BE?

All of our guides are highly skilled professionals who have been selected based on their technical proficiency, proven climbing experience, careful judgment, patient and supportive teaching styles and great personalities. At a minimum, all of our guides hold current Wilderness First Responder certification and are proficient in technical rescue and evacuation skills. Our guides are dedicated to the world of alpinism, many having first ascents and successful summits on major peaks from the Western Himalaya. In addition to their broad scope of personal achievements in the field, many Himalayan Yeti  guide have educational backgrounds in fields such as natural history, environment and wilderness education, and cultural anthropology that can enhance your learning experience.

  1. HOW MUCH SHOULD I TIP MY GUIDES?
  2. Tipping is considered standard practice in the guiding industry. Tipping amounts vary - so ultimately it is up to your discretion, and how satisfied you are with the quality of your trip.  

  3. WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING?
  4. A complete clothing and equipment list specific to your trip will be sent to you in a pre-departure packet upon registration. Every year we review our lists and assess feedback from our clients and guides for updating these lists, 11 thus giving you the most complete and up-to-date guidelines for what you need. Every list will come with a description of each item how ever feel free to call us if you have questions or need help locating any of the items on the list. For a successful trip, it is extremely important that you adhere strictly to the equipment list.

  5. HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR A COURSE OR CLIMB?
  6. Prior to departing on your trip, our staff will give you a call to discuss the particulars of your course or climb. This typically happens about 10 days out. At this time you can review the equipment you have selected and get their input. Before purchasing any equipment, you are welcome to ask for recommendations. We know that selecting the right gear can be a challenge and they are happy to help.

  7. CAN I RENT EQUIPMENT FROM THE HIMALAYAN YATI ?
  8. Himalayan Yeti has gear available for rent for our courses and climbs. These items include mountaineering boots, crampons, ice axes, harnesses, helmets, a small amount of backpacks, sleeping bags and sleeping pads, and trekking poles. Quantities are limited and in high demand during peak season so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested.

  9. HOW HEAVY WILL MY PACK BE?
  10. You will be required to carry a portion of the group gear and food in addition to your personal gear. This should be taken into consideration when deciding what you will bring. A good rule of thumb is to try to keep your pack weight below 40 pounds, which will allow for extra items to be carried of the group equipment.

  11. IS IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO STORE EXTRA GEAR AND CLOTHING THAT I WILL NOT NEED?
  12. In most cases, yes. There may be the option of storing extra gear and clothing at your hotel but that is not guaranteed. You will also be able to leave a small amount in our vehicle at the trailhead (such as a change of clothes). We do not, however, recommend leaving valuables at the trailhead.

  13. WHAT KIND OF FOOD WILL THERE BE ON MY TRIP?
  14. Himalayan Yeti, we pride ourselves in preparing great mountain cuisine and we offer this added level of service on our summit climbs and custom trips. Our many years of mountain travel have provided us with time-tested and nutritious meal plans. Be sure to bring along your favorite munchies, energy food, and after dinner treats. If you have specific allergies/preferences, please note that on your application and your guide(s) will provide meals accordingly.

  15. WHAT WILL THE WEATHER BE LIKE ON MY TRIP?
  16. Like all large mountain ranges, the Cascades tend to generate and attract their own weather, making conditions impossible to predict. Typically May, June, July, August, and September have the best weather, but optimum or adverse weather can occur at any time. You should be prepared for a wide range of temperatures, from freezing nights and snowy and windy conditions, to bright sunshine intensified by high altitude. These wide fluctuations make it especially important to bring everything on the equipment list. Because our climbs and courses take place in the unpredictable mountain environment, your guides will make decisions regarding the trip itinerary based on current weather and route conditions. Himalayan Yeti guides will make every attempt to follow our trip itineraries, but the decision to amend an itinerary is always at the discretion of your guide. If you are unable to reach a summit because of weather or any other reason, Himalayan Yeti will be unable to provide a refund.

  17. WHAT IF SOMEONE ON MY ROPE TEAM GES SICK... WILL I LOSE MY SUMMIT OPPORTUNITY?
  18. For all of our climbs and courses, participants must keep in mind that they are part of a team and that the safety and security of a team member is our highest priority. In the unlikely event that the entire group is required to get a team member down, they will be called upon to assist the guides and/or staff.

  19. ARE HIMALAYAN YETI TRIPS RATED IN ACCORDANCE WITH THEIR LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY?
  20. Yes. The following outline indicates how we rate our trips and what the recommendations are for participation on such a climb or trek.
    Climbing Grades Defined:
    Beginner: No previous mountaineering skills required.
    Advanced Beginner: Basic mountaineering skills recommended including self-arrest, cramponing, ice axe use, rope and glacier travel experience.
    Intermediate: Basic mountaineering skills recommended in addition to experience on technical terrain consisting of 40-50 degree snow/ice slopes.
    Advanced Intermediate: Intermediate mountaineering skills recommended and proven experience on technical terrain and high altitudes to 20,000 feet.
    Advanced: Intermediate/advanced mountaineering skills recommended in addition to experience on technical terrain, including rock and ice climbing and ascents over 20,000 feet.

  21. HOW PHYSICALLY FIT DO I HAVE TO BE A PARTICIPATE ON A HIMALAYAN YETI TRIP?
  22. All of our courses and climbs are physically demanding, and your ability to enjoy your trip depends on your overall health and fitness. Your trip will be more rewarding for yourself and others if you prepare for it by conditioning yourself properly. We believe that the best form of training is to simulate the activity you are training for and increasing the level of exertion as the routine becomes easier. For example, walking up hills and stair climbing are excellent ways to condition your lower body, heart and lungs for climbing. Begin slowly, without the weight of a pack, and eventually add weight as you increase your training pace. Then begin taking longer hikes several times a week with a weighted pack. We suggest that you use containers of water for uphill hikes and empty the contents for the descent to reduce knee stress. Supplement these workouts with running, swimming, bicycling, or other forms of aerobic activity. Additionally, we recommend that you incorporate a weight lifting regime into your training program to build upper-body strength. We suggest that you begin your daily training several months prior to your trip. Please contact Himalayan Yeti to discuss the creation of a personal training program to help you prepare for your course or climb.

  23. I'D LIKE TO TRAVEL WITH MY SON/DAUGHTER. IS THERE A MINIMUM AGE REQUIREMENT?

We will accept participants 15 years or older on our regularly scheduled trips, if they are accompanied by a legal guardian. You must be 18 years or older to attend a Himalayan Yeti  trip on your own. We will be happy to accommodate people under the age of 15 on custom trips only.

Responsible Travel Policy

Responsible Travel Mission Statement
Our aim is to promote natural resource sustainability, economic viability and cultural integrity through sustainable tourism development. We enable people who travel with us to experience remote areas, to view pristine natural beauty and to learn from the cultures of the Himalayas without depleting natural resources or degrading cultural identities.

Policy Aims

We use locally owned and run services by preference.
We use locally owned and run accommodation in preference to foreign owned hotel chains.
We purchase our equipment and food from locally produced sources.
We support local income generation and small business enterprises by supporting locally owned shops and restaurants, and using local staff.
All guides hired to lead trips are local to the areas that they travel in and are trained in responsible travel practices; Leave No Trace principles, risk management & safety, remote wilderness first aid and natural history interpretation.
We encourage people who travel with us through our leaders to act in a responsible way and with an insight and understanding of the host destination.
We take into consideration environmental, cultural and economic issues when looking at new programs (In that order).
We ensure that our operations do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people and ensure that our type and scale of tourism is appropriate to local conditions and operate within the limits set by local appropriate infrastructure and carrying capacity.
We aim to take responsibility for maintaining and improving the environment.
We look for appropriate systems for minimizing water and atmospheric pollution from tourism developments.
We aim to achieve zero litter policies.
We aim to integrate environmental considerations into all economic considerations.
We provide regular and ongoing training, in the principles and practices of responsible tourism, to our office and field staff.
We will provide financial support for local economic and environmental projects, thereby actively encouraging local community involvement in Tourism Projects.
We aim to reduce the levels of energy use in our offices and by our staff by recycling where possible.
We strive to live by our zero paper policy by increased use of computers.

Responsible Tourism: How you can help us to achieve responsible tourism
As a traveler, you have a role to play in Responsible Tourism. We can provide a framework to achieve our goals but as a traveler your actions whilst on holiday and your choice of tour operator play a big part as well. We always provide the following guidelines in our pre-departure information for the places that we visit:

Environmental issues

 1. Never buy products that exploit wildlife or aid the destruction of species or habitats. Do not buy souvenirs made from endangered species, like Shatoosh (Tibetan Antelope skin), Kasturi (Musk deer) etc; doing so will only encourage the trade.

2. Consider what you really need to take with you. Waste disposal systems in remote Himalayas are ill equipped to deal with the increased pressures that tourism brings, and a few simple measures can make an enormous difference to the effect you have on your destination. Where possible remove the wrapping of packaged goods before you leave: unwrap soaps and take bottles out of boxes. As far as possible, use water instead of toilet paper. Use only the provided trash bags to dispose leftover food, plastic etc

 

3. Pick up your litter as you would at home: bottles, cans, plastic, cigarette butts, apart from being unsightly, can be deadly to wild animals.

4. We discourage clients from picking flora or removing anything from its place in nature, and educate on all species in the local environment.

5. Take environmentally friendly detergents and shampoos for hand and hair washing, and use as little as possible and at least 200 ft away from the water source (streams, lakes etc). This will help to keep valuable fresh water supplies, rivers, streams and the lakes free from pollution.

6. Remember that in many places, fresh water is a very precious commodity and should not be wasted, so use a minimum for washing and put off washing of clothes until absolutely needed.

7. Where any toilet facilities exist, however unsavory, they should be used. Where they do not, always bury your waste and make sure it is never near, (at least 200 feet) from a water source.

8. Although we insist that our guides maintain suitable distances from wildlife, allowing the animal a suitable escape distance, there is always a temptation to get closer. For this reason we recommend that you don’t encourage your guide or driver to get closer to the animals than is acceptable. Never feed animals and never attempt to touch them.

9. Be considerate of other visitors to protect the quality of their experience.

Social issues
 1. It’s quite easy in a small, simple community to appear an inquisitive rich foreigner, so be aware of the feelings of other people, and try to avoid giving offence. Learning a little of the local language can help reduce these barriers and take note of the dress codes and appropriate photography, all of which your leader can advise you on.

2. Always ask permission before taking pictures of people, ritual events or special places like shrines. If people seem reluctant or look away then do not take a picture. Be careful not to cause offence through your thoughtlessness.

3. Ask your guide for advice on how to respond to begging and about appropriate gifts. It is usually better, for example, to give school materials or local food treats as a group, through the leader, to the school head or village head; just handing out sweets encourages children to be a nuisance by begging, and may well ruin their teeth in a place where there is no dental service.

4. Extravagant displays of wealth such as ostentatious jewellery and technological gadgetry can be an incitement to robbery, as well as accentuating the gap between rich and poor.

Economic issues
1. Try to buy locally made crafts and support local skills and do not simply buy on price but on value to you: bargaining for a lower price for both souvenirs and services, is often the accepted and expected custom, but don’t drive a hard bargain just for the sake of it.

2. Try the local food and specialties. Many areas in the Himalayas are under threat from a reduction in their agricultural base and by eating locally produced goods you will help the local farmers as well as the local economy. Furthermore, it is important to us that we receive feedback from you. This will help us not only to find out your thoughts on our policy, but also to maintain and improve our standards. So please complete the Feedback form and return it to us at the end of a trip.

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