Everest Base Camp Photography expedition

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Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your vacation will help support conservation and local people.

We consider it a huge privilege to be able to visit the world’s wild places and at all times we endeavour to respect local cultures, the natural beauty and fragile environments. At the beginning of the trip we advise and discuss issues such as appropriate dress, local religious and cultural beliefs, disposal and re-cycling of litter in wild place and local environmental issues.

Both our company, guides and our local guides aim to foster a deep respect for the environment by:
Protecting the environment - its flora, fauna and landscapes
Respecting local cultures - traditions, religions and built heritage
Benefitting local communities - both economically and socially
Conserving natural resources - from office to destination
Minimising pollution - through noise, waste disposal and congestion

These matters are especially relevant in the areas that we visit on this trip. Kathmandu and the Khumbu region are places of huge spiritual significance to the people that we will be mingling with, it is important that we travel with respect and take care regarding our photography that it is appropriate and not intrusive.

We use local lodges and ensure toilet & washing facilities do not contaminate water supplies. All litter is removed and recycled where possible. No local wood is used for cooking where deforestation is an issue and we encourage the use of renewable energy resources.

The Impacts of this Trip

During this vacation we will be working alongside a local Nepalese company with their guides and location experts who also speak English and their knowledge of and respect for the local communities is unsurpassed.

We engage with local hospitality, promoting interaction with our hosts and locals throughout this tour. We always foster an attitude that promotes responsible tourism as sustainable development in the areas we visit to minimise impact on the local communities. We walk and travel in small groups often splitting into smaller clusters of two or three persons in order to reduce intrusion on local communities whilst photographing.

With a few exceptions when we visit iconic locations, we try to avoid main tourist areas, concentrating instead on the less visited communities thus economically supporting innovation and a responsible tourism economy. We encourage an immersive approach to the practice of photography and firmly believe that exploration on foot gives ample time to engage with place is key, to the success of our trips.

We are often treated to insights of cultural tradition and ways of life that would have passed us by. Through fostering sound connections with our hosts and guides we are able educate and gain knowledge about the locality and environment.

We encourage our guests to contribute financially to local communities by buying locally made items rather than doing so in Delhi. Benefitting local communities - both economically and socially is key to our interactions. We believe that in the aftermath of some catastrophic incidents in Nepal we should be encouraging tourists to visit this area to help bring about an economic revival.


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