In Central Asia we have developed unique relationships with many of the semi-nomadic peoples of the region and as tourism is becoming one of the main economical sectors of Mongolia, we are committed to making sure that the tourist economy benefits the local people. We work with Mongolian owned hotels and tourist Ger camps directly – these camps in the countryside hire local staff, creating thousands of employment opportunities and ensuring that money goes directly into the community.
Although the tourist season is limited, this income allows country dwellers enough food and supplies to survive the harsh winters. To put this into perspective; Our drivers earns 250, 000 tugrik for one trip - these wages are equal to the cost of educating one child for a year or to feed his family for 1 month. In each part of the trip we employ local guides in addition to our Western guides, such as Bat-Erdene, Tulga and Munkhbat, which again places funds directly in the pockets of local families.
We train our staff (both local and Western) to be responsible travelers in the countryside and to respect local community and environment. Also we have trainers for Leave No Trace Ethic. For our Mongolian staff we organize training of “Leave No Trace”, a program supported by the Mongolian Tour Guides Association.
When you take one of our trips, we make a contribution to “Carbon Clear” – an organisation who work with hundreds of organisations to measure their carbon footprint and reduce their carbon emissions.
We also support several NGOs around the world such as the Hope Foundation, A-Cet and Adopt-A-Minefield, which are all carefully selected to improve the standard of living for the communities we visit.