2 independent reviews for Indian Himalayas trekking holiday

Reviews for Indian Himalayas trekking holiday

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review 5 Nov 2018

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

Seeing the Himalayas.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Be sure you're in shape for the sometimes steep hiking.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Not particularly.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

4/5; disappointed in lack of interaction with villagers. Your literature read as though this would be a component of our trip. It really wasn't.

Read the operator's response here:

Thank you to Ms. Kathie Sherman for sharing these valuable feedbacks. Question 3 - We respect the feedbacks shared by guests and will work to improve our briefing, which is done before guests start their village walks. We will stress more on explaining about the community involvement and the benefit sharing system that the villages follow since last 14 years and how they use this income for the benefit of the wider community. We started this first project in Binsar Wild life Sanctuary in 2004 . There have been positive impacts on forests and wild animals, after the involvement of local villages inside the Sanctuary in Tourism activities, as shared with us by the Forest department. This is very encouraging for us and we will also include this information as a part of the briefing. Question 4 - We will discuss this with our guides, as this aspect of being able to interact with village communities and being able to closely witness village life, is the focus of our work and the vacations that we offer. The village communities of the Binsar Sanctuary are engaged in our project for two principal reasons. The first is to receive a secondary income stream from low impact tourism to supplement their meagre living from agriculture. The second is to receive guests and through the hospitality given, so enjoy the cultural exchange that their visits bring to the villages.There is no third party in the way of direct contact between guests and their village hosts and the guides, who accompany guests, are also from these or adjoining villages. We would be pleased to share any details that guests might like to know about our work to understand these aspects better. Thank you again for sharing these feedbacks. They will help us immensely to improve aspects which need our attention. Best regards Manisha Pande

review 8 Nov 2017

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?

All of the walking in the Himalayas and staying in the small villages and meeting the villagers. The views from all the villages and well as the views while walking.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?

Bring a warm layer of clothes for the Jaikuni camp.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?

Definitely! Talking to our guides, who may have to had to leave the Himalayas for work in the crowded cities, this type of tourism was working for them. The villagers on the village committees were keen to demonstrate how welcome we were. All of the food cooked for us was sourced locally.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?

Brilliant, I would recommend it for those who love walking and those that are happy to stay in basic accommodation. We felt very healthy after the 16 days trip.

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