THE PAGE HIMALAYAN 68 ADVENTURE COMPANY The Himalayan Adventure Company & Responsible Travel Adventure tourism continues to grow worldwide and with that, so does the accompanying pressures and impacts on local environments and communities in the places we visit. We have seen at first hand the effect tourism has on local communities – both good and bad. Being responsible and protecting the environment does not mean a compromise in quality or standards of travel, if anything it requires just a little more thought and care and there are many admirable ex- We currently have information on a number of projects with local charities in Nepal, where your amples of how tourism can benefit help would be greatly appreciated, from working with young street children, to visiting a local school, helping to construct an orphanage, working with local villagers to improve facilities or and sustain the environment and helping protect and manage Nepal’s environment. Please contact us for more details. indigenous peoples. Through our approaches and activities we Local Development Volunteer for Change aim to play an active role in the effort to We strongly believe that travel and minimize the negative impact of tourism Are you interested in spending some time tourism should benefit local communities and to raise awareness of responsible during your trip to help out on a local and can be a powerful support and catalyst approaches to tourism, with our own staff, development or conservation project in for change. The Himalayan Adventure local counterparts, travellers and local Nepal? Whether you’d like to give your time Company supports local development in people. We aim to provide environmentally and skills for a few hours, a few days, weeks Nepal in a number of ways with both friendly trekking and adventures, including or longer you really can make a difference. management and staff involved in arranging clean up treks, for example to voluntary and other development work. Everest Base Camp and ensuring our own We employ local people and work with Stanley, who sadly died in the Asian Tsunami treks are environmentally friendly and our local businesses. We pay fair and good of 2004 and who we will always miss. staff and clients aware of the importance of wages and ensure that all our guides, responsible travel. We support Tourism porters and other staff have appropriate We are particularly proud to support The Concern and the International Porter facilities and equipment. Their welfare is Sahara Group and their valuable aims and Protection Group. We believe that local important to us and we work as a team. activities. The Sahara Group work with communities should benefit from tourism. underprivileged communities, including We encourage travellers to learn about the We donate a percentage of profits to specific providing support and training for street places they will visit and to show respect charities and work with local communities children and orphans, children and adults and consideration for local cultures, and businesses. So the money you pay for a infected with HIV/AIDS, girls and women traditions and landscapes. When you make a memorable travel experience benefits local affected by human trafficking, the destitute booking with us we provide Responsible communities. For every booking made we elderly and poor rural communities. For more Travel Guidelines and this is also a key part also donate £10 to The Sahara Group in information, to offer support or to volunteer to of our pre-trip briefings held in Kathmandu. Nepal, to help continue their valuable work help on a project please visit their website at For further information visit Tourism with the most vulnerable in society. We www.saharagroup.org.np or contact our office Concern at www.tourismconcern.org.uk and dedicate this to the memory of our for more information. We are committed to The International Porter’s Protection Group wonderful and much loved friends and fellow continuing and increasing our support of at www.ippg.net travellers Barbara McTaggart and Craig Sahara and of local development generally.