At Vertical Adventures, we are extremely environmental conscious and aim to minimize our impact as much as possible. Wonderful environment of the Himalayas is also an extremely fragile one. Increasing population density and number of trekkers threaten to destroy the beautiful environs. Our goal is to protect and preserve this wonderful environment for future generations of explorer to enjoy as we are enjoying now.
Each of us must be responsible and should follow the principles of responsible tourism. No matter what you do, your mere presence will make some impact on any given environment, so keep that impact for short term and minimal. These tips apply to remote wilderness as well as your own backyard.
We encourage our clients to stay in locally owned accommodation, use local guides and use transport owned and operated by local people wherever available. We usually operate only small groups (maximum of 16 people) to have a minimal impact on local environment. All our trekking guides are trained and responsible for ensuring that the guests understand the nature of the environment that they are in and minimize the impact that they may have.
We encourage our staff and clients to use only designated campsites, collect and dispose of all litter, boil all drinking water instead of using plastic bottled water, and use responsible cooking fuels (kerosene) instead of wood. We provide proper equipment for porters for the type of trek they are about to work on. Only necessary equipment and food stuffs are supplied to minimize the load to porters.
We compulsorily send a copy of our “Responsible Tourism” information sheet to all our clients before they leave for the tour. This contains details and advice on how they can make a positive difference during their travel.
We work in partnership with various local non-profit oriented organizations. They work for some local community development. We contribute 2 to 5% of our profit each year through these non-profit oriented organizations for health and sanitation, awareness program, free education, tree plantation etc. We are the member of The Nature Conservancy — the leading conservation organization working around the world to protect ecologically important lands and waters for nature and people. [quote align=”center”
Some tips to our clients for Traveling Responsibly, we provide them before they leave home are as follows.
- The true meaning of Responsible Tourism.
- What short of things you can do Before You Leave Home.
- Be sure how much your Tour operators, hotels and lodges are responsible for environment, culture & nature.
- Respect local culture.
- How you can minimize your impact on fragile places.
- How you can behave with locals and what you can expect from them.
- How we can help to protect and preserve Himalayan Endanger flora and fauna.
- Dress and act respectfully according to the local standards.
- Avoid giving gifts or money to panhandlers and children as it encourages begging.
- Bargaining may be appropriate in some areas, but should always be conducted with care.
- Protect the natural and cultural heritage of your destinations- Do not purchase illegal plants or animal products under any circumstances.
- Always ask first before taking photos or video of people.
- Tell your friends and family about your memorable experiences and encourage them to also travel in a sustainable way.