Accommodation and Meals:
We spend 4 nights in standard hotels, 14 nights in locally owned teahouses and 2 nights camping. In Kathmandu we use a locally run hotels. On trek we use a mixture of camping and teahouses. The camping is environmentally friendly and most of the teahouses are owned by families who have lived in this region all of their lives. This is an easy way to make sure a decent portion of the trip cost and the money you spend on meals in the teahouses goes directly back to the community. Breakfasts are included in the lodges and will usually consist of something simple, locally sourced and carb-heavy for energy, like porridge and toast. Where meals aren’t included, clients can support local lodges by trying some authentic cuisine, rather than imported meals. Whilst camping the cooks will source locally grown vegetables.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. It is a low impact activity requiring comparatively little resources to support. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem and our trip leaders encourage clients not to stray from paths to minimise this. We work with a strict ‘leave no trace’ policy, meaning we have respect for wildlife and the landscape, separate rubbish and take all burnable waste back to Kathmandu. We also ask that clients consider using biodegradable toiletries and shower at lodges where electricity or solar power is used for hot water.
Local Craft and Culture:
Although we spend much of this tour trekking, there are many opportunities whilst walking and in the teahouses to engage with locals, learn about regional customs and to do some sightseeing. Whilst trekking, we stop at Namche, the administrative centre of the Khumbu region with a weekly market selling fresh produce and souvenirs. We visit the monasteries at Thyangboche and Khumjung. In Kathmandu and along the trails there are traditional and handcrafted souvenirs available for purchase. Buying handmade jewellery, painted masks and puppets, prayer wheels, handwoven bags and tapestries all helps to support small vendors and their craft. In terms of cultural sights, we can visit the temples and World Heritage sites in and around Kathmandu.
After organising tours to the Himalayas for over 40 years, we have developed many long lasting partnerships with our operators and leaders as well as some of the local communities we visit. We seek ways to give something back and we usually help with small-scale practical projects that can help local communities and their environment, whilst giving the maximum possible long-term economic benefit. Together with our local leaders we manage all our own projects and over the years we have helped build schools and a children’s home. We have built water tanks and provide water pipe for villages and have helped with hydro electric projects. We have sponsored and installed more than 130 smokeless stoves and 50 solar cookers. On this trip we have the chance to visit the Tree Nursery in Braga, which was founded in order to combat deforestation in the area.
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.
A spectacular and fairly isolated circular trek in Nepal
From US $2275 - US $2385 18 days excluding flights