Tourism always has an impact in remote places and on small hill communities. We always try and give something back to the region we travel in, alongside maintaining culturally and environmentally sensitive guidelines for our staff and guests.
Minimum Impact Travel
We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility. The responsibility to protect its ecology and tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.”
To create the best trips possible, with uncommon professionalism, unsurpassed personal service and a commitment to protect and preserve the cultures and environments through which we travel.
We aim to ensure our trips have minimal negative and maximum positive impact on the places we visit.
We respect the culture of the regions we travel to, instead of imposing our own.
We do not shield the reality of the regions we work in, from our guests, but make them aware of the other world of the Himalaya, where poverty, lack of education, basic health care stare us in the face each day.
We believe that along with the privilege of adventure in the Himalaya comes a serious responsibility. The responsibility to protect its ecology and tremendous beauty. The “Leave No Trace” philosophy is followed to the letter and we work to minimize the environmental impact of our trips. We are scrupulous in our camping, cooking and sanitation practices; we limit the number of trekkers we allow to join us on our trips and the number of trips we lead in a given area.
We involve local people and organisations as far as possible, to ensure better facilitation of each trip aspect. Local knowledge is premium, and we go by that adage.
We recruit only people from the Indian Himalayan regions. This is our way of paying back to the regions we work in.
All food supplies, transport needs and shopping is done locally. We work directly with local companies and individuals. We use small establishments, usually owner-operated accommodation.
We work with companies that work with local communities in the manner we do.
We prefer to work with companies that share our commitment to environmental responsibility and many partners operate their own local initiatives.
Guidelines for our Guests
Our guides are aware of our policy and talk to guests and make them aware about it. The company actively points travelers in the right direction, to act in a responsible manner by including guidelines in the Pre-Departure Information sent to everyone before the trip. These guidelines aim to help minimize the impact on a destination and avoid any embarrassment based on behaviour, dress and conduct.
Before Your Departure
Transport: Try using public transport to travel to the airport. You may also want to consider offsetting your flight carbon.
Save Paper: Print trip information only what is needed. Try and get as much information online, avoid collecting brochures.
Be clever when you pack: Carry your own water bottle, instead of buying plastic water bottles. If you are a smoker a pocket ashtray can come in handy. Always carry a set of your unused clothes, shoes – they make a great gift to your trekking staff at the end of the trip.
All the staff at Aquaterra Adventures is trained to lead by example. All our trip leaders and staff, are aware of the need to reduce, re-use and recycle wherever possible. Minimizing use of energy, is now daily practice.
Wish you the very best with all your travels.