Accommodation & Meals:
We spend seven nights in hotels in Deli and Leh and six nights in basic homestays. All hotels used are staffed locally, which has a really positive effect on employment and economy in the areas where we stay. The homestays (in Chilling, Skiu, Ullay and Mangyu) are authentic local Ladakhi houses; 2-4 people will sleep in each house and dinner will be cooked by the host family. This provides an alternative income for families in winter time when the region receives few visitors and it is too cold for agriculture.
All food is included in Ladakh and meals include locally sourced ingredients, like porridge, eggs, bread, pasta, rice and potato with a mixture of Indian and Chinese styles. All groceries and other items are purchased from local shops and markets in Leh (although we may bring some fresh vegetables from Delhi as they are scarce in Ladakh in winter) - where clients are encouraged to support local businesses and explore local delicacies on offer.
Water is a really important issue and whilst we must stay hydrated, it is also vital that we have a system for providing clean water without causing lots of waste with plastic bottles. Lack of recycling is already a massive problem in India so we suggest that instead of repeatedly buying bottled water, guests should re-fill a singular bottle. You will be provided with boiled/filtered drinking water in Ladakh but it is also advisable to bring purification tablets/liquid such as Biox Aqua to treat water. We ask that you keep a rubbish bag for non-burnable rubbish to take back to Delhi.
Our Himalayan Community Support Projects have been helping people in Ladakh (particularly the Markha Valley) since the floods in 2006, when we helped people rebuild homes. Since then we have been involved with the local women’s groups and Youth Organisation for the Conservation and Preservation of the Hems National Park in building and running a successful Eco Café. The focus is using only locally made or organic produce and eliminating the plastic bottles littered around the Valley with the use of a UV water filter for trekkers. The Ladakhi women have been trained in needle and flat felting in order to make and sell felt snow leopards, ibex and blue sheep as souvenirs. This has had great economic, social and environmental benefit for 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.
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