Accommodation & Meals:
We spend five nights in simple hotels (in Deli, Almora, Munsiyari and Nanital) and eleven nights full-service camping. All accommodations used are staffed locally, which has a really positive effect on employment and economy in the areas where we stay. By camping for the majority of the trip, we also reduce our energy consumption and carbon footprint for the whole tour. On trek, 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 used during treks are purchased from local shops and markets - where clients are encouraged to support local businesses and explore local delicacies on offer.
Few vacations have as little detrimental impact on the environment and local residents as a trekking trip. Erosion on and adjacent to popular paths is a growing problem in certain places and therefore our trip leaders encourage clients to stick to advised routes in order to minimise this. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints, although this tour actively encourages guests to talk to local people, and use local businesses in order to leave behind a positive cultural exchange. Also in visiting cultural sites, we benfit local communities (Nanital, Almora, Munsiyari) by making donations, buying souvenirs and local crafts or paying for entrance.
Water is a really important issue with trekking trips 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 drinking water on trek but it is also advisable to bring purification tablets/liquid such as Biox Aqua to treat water. Burnable rubbish will be burnt on trek and we ask each trekker to keep a rubbish bag for non-burnable rubbish to take back to Delhi.
The trekking route passes through remote seldom-visited settlements and on some nights we camp close to villages, where we actively encourage you to interact with the locals. We employ local leaders, guides, camp staff, drivers and horsemen to carry our gear during the trek. Often we top up our food supplies with fresh produce bought from the villagers en route. We use local train transport at the start and end of the trek. We also support various Himalayan Community Projects in India, namely in the Ladakh region.
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.
Trek in Sikkim & Darjeeling
From £1200 - £1450 12 days including domestic flights only