Ladakh and Changtang cultural tour, India

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Ladakh and Changtang cultural tour, India

Environment

a) Our vehicles are of BS-IV standard (equivalent to Euro 4) emission norms. It is currently the national emission standard followed in India. Responsible driving by our drivers ensures your safety and keeps the fuel consumption low
c) During the hikes and village walks, we educate you on local waste management practices that use compost. Villages in general have a much lesser negative footprint on environment, and it is worthwhile to adopt some of it back in our cities
d) The carbon emission from your domestic flights in India is offset by paying for projects like biomass, efficient cooking stoves, waste management or reforestation in India or other developing nations
e) Over the last few years, Ladakh has faced environmental issues with irresponsible disposal of plastic waste. We provide alternatives to plastics bottles and carry bags upon your arrival in India
f) Raw material for your meals is sourced locally. Therefore there is less consumption of fuel during transportation
g) Cooking at most places is done by LPG gas or kerosene stove rather than on firewood. Ladakh has scanty vegetation, and this helps in lesser use of wood. Only in few remote places of Changthang, firewood may be used to keep warm
h) The lighting used in homestays and in camps is solar powered with low energy consuming CFLs or LED lights. Water is also heated by solar power in homestays. Electric geysers are kept in certain places only as backups

Community

a) Training of locals in best practices to get better yield of vegetables and apricots, building greenshouses with involvement of SHGs. Ladakh is in rainshadow area of Himalayas, and gets scanty rainfall. If proper training in farming is not given, the yield may be low and not of good quality
b) Marketing of the farm products in metropolitan cities of India to get direct benefit for the farmers in Ladakh. Help in preparing uncultivated fertile land for production and in setting up small production units in villages
c) We execute small groups to be conscious about the consumption of natural and human resources of the village
d) The homestays in Leh and Saspol are run by the families themselves that have been provided training in responsible travel and hospitality. It gives direct empowerment to the locals
e) Before you start the tour, we will share with you detailed information through the e-brochures about Changpa people, their life and migrating patterns. This is to ensure responsible cultural exchange

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