Responsible or ‘low impact’ travel may be defined as “minimizing the negative impact on environments and cultures caused by tourist activity and enhancing the positive results of tourism”.
Traveling is as much about how you visit as where you visit. Tourism does impact on local communities and we strongly believe in a need to balance the welfare and conservation of all people and environments with the benefits sustainable tourisms offers to protect the people, cultures, environments and resources of the areas in which we work.
As a wholly Nepalese owned and managed company, at Royal Mountain Trekking we are inviting tourists into our home. As such, we want them to gain as much as possible from the stunning natural environment and the immense cultural wealth of the Himalayan region. We are also very conscious of the impact that mass tourism can have on the environment and the negative effects that this can have on small communities, whilst appreciating the social and economic benefits that tourism can bring.
- Throughout Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan and India we work with locally owned and operated agencies.
- We use existing infrastructures where possible such as public transport and small-scale locally owned accommodation.
- Encourage small groups.
- Guides and group leaders follow detailed guidelines on acceptable behaviors and practices. These cover cultural considerations, reduction and disposal of waste and protection of endangered wildlife.
- Travelers are issued with country specific guidelines to help them to make responsible decisions whilst traveling. These guidelines cover appropriate dress, etiquette for visiting homes and religious complexes, waste and environmental issues and endeavor to explain cultural behaviors which may seem alien to western travelers.
- We are committed to 'putting back' into the communities and regions we visit by supporting development and conservation projects in these areas and specifically choosing to use local businesses that support such projects.